slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"another that started with a pleasant citrus and pine aroma with a hint of malt, but fell a little flat in the flavor and finish. an average or below pale ale." geologyguy (1650) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Slightly spicy bland smell, sort of a Weird taste...def heavier than one would think.... generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
As advertised the body has a pale yellow gold color with a light and fluffy foam head. The head fades to a thin wisp of lace that hangs on top of the beer to the last sip. There is very minimal lacing on the glass as it is slick and just slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is delicate and has mostly hopy notes with pale biscuit/grainy malt underneath. Like the aroma its flavor and palate are delicate as well. This makes for a very refreshing and easy drinking beverage. Its base has a light biscuity flavor that mixes with and then quickly gives was to modest leafy/citrus hop notes. The finish has light hop bitterness fading off of the tongue. Overall it’s a nice refreshing drink that could also make a good cross over beer for BMC drinkers who would be overwhelmed by more hopy complex beers.
ads135 (4924) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Decent beer for Saranac, but a notch below the better pale ales being produced (in NY even...) A decent amount of hop bitterness, though pretty decently balanced. LowBrau (140) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Pale amber color, small white head. Piney & citrusy nose. Has a hefty malt character but it’s easily outmuscled by the bitterness from the hops. Overall though, it’s one step lower in intensity than a lot of pale ales. Slightly musty finish.
madmitch76 (25344) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
14th December 2009Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
Clear amber beer. Frothy white head. Watery soft palate. Watery malt and nary a sign of any hops. Remarkable in as much as it manages to be nothing like a pale ale and worse than the Saranac Amber!
Originally reviewed: 10/15/09. Poured into my pint glass a clear pale gold with a small ivory-colored head on top. Retention was weak, but there was some nice sticky lace on the glass. Smells of earthy malts and veggies. Some slight sweet scent on the finish. Moderate amount of carbonation gives this a decent body. Flavor is slightly bittering with the light hops used, but malt is the big guy here. Not the sweet malt profile, rather a dull earthy flavor. I like the low ABV as well. This would be a great one to session during a cookout or day in the yard. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle poured into a cheater pint
A: pale color, 1/2" head with good retention. Gobs of carbonation. Lacing rings the glass
S: mostly neutral nose, slight hint of pine and citrus
T: pine and citrus bitterness well balanced by what seems to be a simple malt bill. Nothing overly agressive.
M: light to medium bodied
Ratman197 (15220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle courtesy of adneilsen (thanks AAron) poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of biscuit, light citrus and a hint of earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, light earthiness and light citrus with a crisp dry lightly bitter finish. Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Good for an everyday drinker. Nice and crisp with a decent amount of hop flavor.