BeerFanDan17 (1120) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2013
A unique red IPA from Saranac. Good sweet reddish notes and a good hopfeel. Nice balance!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 The aroma is caramel, toasted, slightly nutty, light fruit. The appearance is amber/russet color, off-white head. The flavor is lie the aroma, caramel, nuts, toasted malt. The finish is astringent, noble hop like bitterness. Medium in body, slightly thin. Just ok. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Ron (3962) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2012
"BB MAR 31 2013"
Appearance: Pours a deep, amber-tan body with a lofty, foaming, off-white head.
Smell: Pale malts rounded out by some toasty notes. Hops yield notes, albeit somewhat wimpy notes, of florals, resins, and citrus.
Taste: Pale malts, slight toast, even slighter brown sugar with a low sweetness. Floral, resinous, citrusy hop flavors follow, but they’re muted, just depositing some aspirin-like bitterness and fleeing the scene. Drying, lightly bitter finish with most of the flavors long gone by this point.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.
Overall: It’s like your old man banged on the door and told you to "turn that IPA DOWN!" Parents just don’t understand, man. You ain’t the boss of me, Saranac!
Bottle. Pours amber with a decent white head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of orange, citrusy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is citusy, herbal hops and some caramel malt. A differnet twist on the IPA. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Not much to this one. For an "IPA" this really lacks in everything that truly makes an IPA an IPA, aroma-wise. It is bitter, but again not like an ipa should be.
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle poured a red amber in color with a one finger off white head that retained a nice covering. Aroma has sweet malt, grains, light hops, and light caramel. Mouth feel is on the light side and the carbonation medium. Flavor has caramel malt, light bitterness, piney hops, grains, and a lingering finish. blipp (9280) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber reddish with an off white head. Light flowery hops, with a lightly sweet malty base. Dull and lifeless for an IPA. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark brownish-red with a two finger off-white head. Really pretty impressive head retention and lacing that surprised me quite a bit.
The aroma is a nice mixture of piny hops and caramel/toasted malt. Hops are quite strong but not so much to overpower the malt. The one mark against it is a slight metallic note.
The flavor, unfortunately, doesn’t quite stack up to the appearance and aroma. Pine is very subdued with a distracting metal flavor coming through. Lots of caramel with a slight hint of dark bread and light toast. Bitterness is quite high making this beer a little unbalanced. A little tartness on the tip of the tongue and an acrid bitterness on the back of the throat don’t go together very well. Mouthfeel is quite sticky, more than I feel it should be.
Overall, this beer is really unbalanced and not too good. The bitterness is too high and doesn’t balance well at all. Nice try but doesn’t quite make the cut.
Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine and citrus. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, pine and a hint of citrus with a crisp dry bitter lingering earthy finish. nearbeer (5422) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2012
12 oz. Clear copper with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is earthy orange, menthol, wood, toffee. Flavors of orange toffee, toasted nut, caramel apple, earthy resin, menthol and woody pith. Light-medium body is well balanced and dryish, with light, smooth carbonation. This would be really good without the menthol.