Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Clear light orange, foamy white head. Aroma of resinous hops, earthy spice, and burnt malt. Taste is mild hop with a light bitterness and floral. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2010
12oz bottle pours brilliant deep gold with copper hues and assertive bumpy light tan head. The aroma has mild levels of caramel malts, sweet malts, some spicy rye, spicy hops and a dash of citrus. The taste begins with a moderately spicy attack from both rye and spicy hops and then picking up a touch of sweet malts. By midway and to the finish a dash of grapefruit hop bitterness, spicy hop bitterness play second fiddle to growing rye spicy goodness. Ron (4266) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Pours a clear amber with decent white head and lacing. Nose is clean, with some light hops. Flavor is bitter rye and citrus grassy hop with pine. Don’t really care for rye beers. Slightly bitter finish Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
Golden, with a touch of red and a thin head. A strangely muted nose....where is the Rye? Definitely a presence of hops and nestle crunch milk chocolate but extremely quiet. Aggressively hopped? On first taste I certainly taste the hops but not nearly as potent as I was led to believe. This being said, it works well because its accompanied by the promised spice and a dry but sweet rye that lingers endlessley and so delicate around the back of the palate. There is also the presence of pine and a touch of lime. The aggresive hops finally show their face on the finish as this one just leaves a stingy bitterness that hangs around for as long as you choose. A bold beast that plays possom at first but attacks relentlessly and doesn’t stop! rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2010
12 oz bottle, pours a clear, sudsy amber color. Aroma is not floral like a regular IPA but more spicy and citrusy. Taste is sweet and spicy with very little bitterness. Palate is smooth and agreeable. Nice crisp aftertaste. More like a Pale Ale than an IPA.
freekyp (2470) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Aroma shows aggressive piney notes, but with a somewhat unpleasant cattty overtone. Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a thick rocky white head. Nice sticky lacing accompanies. Flavor starts off slightly nutty, but quickly amps up the hops with an earthy bitterness that lasts long into the finish. A bit on the thin side, I would have liked a bit stronger malt backbone. The rye plays a role in dry bitter finish. cheap (6216) - CHINA - DEC 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2011 There is a special palce in my beery heart for saranac. First beer that I can remember that gave me a variety pack. Pours yellow oarnge some brown. Smell is hoppy mettallic indicator. First taste is resin and spruce sap laced with chewed up green grapefruit rinds. Oily soapy palate. Looks nice in glass. On style, tho perhaps average in the hopp ale effect. Long rude bittter linger. Nice looking carbonation in the glass but barely any in the mouth. MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Dec. 28, 2009; 12 oz. bottle (part of an uneven winter sampler). Gold color; thin head; grapefruit aroma; slightly-sour & tart citrus flavor; palate is surprisingly astringent & dry. Another generally inoffensive, "variation-on-a-played-out-theme" brew from Upstate New York’s masters of it. fsbw21086 (481) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 Nice IPA. Crisp flavors with a generous portion of hops ( it is an IPA of corse). Tastes is refreshing and sharp. Good amount of carbonation and slight citrus flavors. I would drink a few more, but wouldn’t go out of my way.
Edit: gave 2 more points a year later picked up on a bit more earthy flavors which was appreciated Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Pours a deep orange. Aroma is mild citrus and some toffee with the malted rye. Flavor profile is citrus, grapefruit, and a slight rye sharpness. Pleasant