Odyn (266) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Once again, I was not disappointed by this seasonal brew. I absolutely love it! It is my second favorite fall beer. MaBeer1972 (2058) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 11, 2006
After years of doubt about the middle-of-the road quality of Saranac products, I finally changed my opinion of this brand with this particular brew. It wasn’t instantly apparent, but by the 2nd or 3rd bottle, I really got into this one. Much richer and malty than some other pumpkin ales out there. Not overly spicy either. Every store I went ran out by early October last fall. I will be sure to stock up on this one this year! JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
I love pumkin ale and I think this was one of the best I have ever had. Very light notes of pumpkin and nutmeg make this a real winner. TRY AND FIND IT IF YOU CAN! ronjustron (22) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
Great aroma upon opening the beer. Great colour and good palate. Smells like and tastes like a pumpkin pie in a bottle. Totally enjoy drinking this in the fall. Overall, a great beer. NapalmXv3 (11) - Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Simply put.. It’s pumpkin pie as a beer.
Very easy to drink, light tasting, and has a very distinguishing taste. Pumpkin spices hit immediately and dominates the taste throughout the drink. The lingering taste afterwards tastes just like a nice Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Makes me eager for the fall.
Tbroad21 (4) - - OCT 1, 2013 does not count
I was surprised by this beer. It had a good overall taste. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes the Fall beers.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 Saranac Pumpkin Ale is a very clear, sparkling amber ale with a creamy off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a strong aroma full of cinnamon, with notes of tangy pumpkin, vanilla and nutmeg. It has a fluffy medium body with a chalky finish. It pretty much tastes like cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. It has a light bitterness and a good balance. It’s spicy and tasty.
[previous rating, 8 Sep 2007]
Saranac Pumpkin Ale is very sparkling and amber. It’s crystal clear. There is a small white head on it for a moment and then it’s gone. The aroma is of nutmeg, allspice, garam masala, etc. It is very wooden. Cinnamon takes the place of hops. Vanilla is detected, but not pumpkin. What stops it from smelling like root beer is the pale malt presence. It has a medium-light body that’s a little watery. It’s slightly sudsy-- a large and soft carbonation. It’s dry in the mouth and reasonably smooth. The flavor is mellow. It starts with pale malt extract and then moves to cinnamon, coke syrup and maybe orange peel. This is met at the end with a light flick of what seem to be noble hops. A roasted flavor comes through in the aftertaste. It maintains its woodenness throughout. Reasonably complex. Nice! Autumny! Wicked label! I want to chug this when the leaves change.
[aroma: 8/10, Appearance: 3/5, Flavor: 7/10, Palate: 3/5, Overall: 14/20] properhops (88) - - OCT 12, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhB5W9Fb8tE
gpleasant72 (1) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2012 does not count
Appearance: Transparent amber, 1-finger head dissipates, average lacing
Smell: Cinnamon powder, nutmeg, allspice powder , tiny bit of ginger + cloves
Taste: Medium body, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, vanilla, carmel malts + tiny bit of bitterness on finish, lemon rind + pine as an afterthought, mild carbonation, drinkable
Pairings: Turkey, pecan pie, pumpkin pie
Has a great aroma- you smell the pumpkin and spices. The bottling is ordinary, except for the jack-o-lantern on the label. Taste and palate are clean but substantial. Overall a great ale. ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Best beer I’ve ever had from Matts. (And I’ve been drinking there Saranac Line since when they introduced it...). Perfect balance; not overdone - like most pumpkin ales; yet not too subtle -where you lose the flavor after the initial few sips...Nice, natural taste; very pleasant, and above all drinkable. had 2, and almost a 3rd with no let-down...Give this to the skeptics to try