pootzboy (1803) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle ( thanks Eric)
Poured a crystal clear amber ale in the glass. Modest cap with short retnetion and ligh lacing ability. Slightly spritzy carbonation.
Modest malt spine, light body, tart mouth feel, sweet and sour character.....
Aromas are really subtle..light grain and cerial tones with some fermented honey sweetness and fruit tones from both yeast and fruit...but very subtle.... Sweet without cloying up front with caramel malts then a sour fruit taste to balance..middle is like a pear cider with some biscuit tones. Finishes surprisingly quick and clean with light drying from the use of wheat......
Refreshing, pleasant and fruity-cidery made with real fruit and decent ingredients but there is just nothing really distinct about this brew that makes it stand out. I’d never turn one down though.
Braudog (6835) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle: Medium to dark amber with a firm enough head that relatively quickly subsides. Very outdoorsy aroma, bit of the berry, bit of leafy forest aroma. Flavor wise, this gives one of the deeper berry textures I’ve found ... like a real dark berry, not the fruity syrupy sweetness you get from most berry-augmented beers. SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 light amber gold colored. slim to none filmy head. flat looking. flat tasting. some light toasted malt aroma. honey and toasty malt flavor. hint of raspberry. very much like an amber ale. the first of the summer sampler pack that i have been dissapointed with. everything is weak in this one. not good. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
(bottle from kraggie97)light brown body,small head.mostly caramel malts with a hint of berries. seeknay36 (111) - DC, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Bottle. Amber in color, head that dissapates quickly. I am not a fan of fruity beers but this was managable, that is to say I was able to drink the two that were included in the summer pack. Light berry flavor (raspberry?), sweet.
MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Aug. 1, 2006: 12 oz. bottle. Amber color; sour fruit aroma; taste is mostly water with vague sweet & fruity (go figure!) notes. Pleasant enough to look at, but no reason to ever try one again. BigBen2120 (687) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Reddish-amber body with just about no head. Smells weak, but has berry and yeast overtones. Tastes bitter-sweet, but not too strong. Agreed with the last review - sweet and bland. Nothing special. Not one of the better ones in the multi-pack. Having said that, Saranac, knows how to do a multipack. The one I got this time was a 12-pack, but it had 6 different beers, which means that you get to try more beers for your money, and if you don’t like one, you’re only stuck with one other bottle of it. While I’m not impressed with the beer, I’m impressed with some of the others and the concept. BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2006
12 oz. bottle from Beers of Summer collection Note: Label is brown not red and ’BERRY’ is not in the name. However, based on the description this is the same beer.
Aroma: Sweet and malty with a hint of berry
Appearance:Slightly reddish amber brown. Head again is a major disappointment as usual with the Saranac offerering. Just does not sustain and is weak from the get go.
Flavor: This is the best of the 6 beers from Saranac I have tasted. Unfortunately that is just not saying very much. It is rather thin but it does have a nice sweetness to it that I liked.
Palate: Finishes fairly quickly and clean.
Overall: As stated this is the best of the Saranac beers sampled. Clearly a company too focused on trying to appeal to the masses instead of working on staying true to the style that they are attempting to produce. Of all of their beers though I could actually see drinking a few of these. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. (Beers of Summer) Pours a light red color with not much head. Nose is malty. Flavor is very thin and weak. I would have no idea what this beer was unless I read the description. Sweet and bland. Not a very good attempt from Saranac. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2006
12oz bottle-pours an offwhite head with copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, secondary hops. Taste is sweet caramel malt, light hops. OK carbonation. Label says Mountain Ale, but as others have, I’ll figure this is the same beer based on description. Wouldn’t have known there were berries in it other than the sweetness.