Saturday, March 24th 2012
Saranac Pale Ale
(Saranac Brewing Company)
Saranac's flagship Pale Ale first appeared in cans a couple years back. They've since added 16 oz. pints cans as well. One of many, many styles/brands that the upstate New York brewery packages, but one of only a handful that makes it into cans.
From the Saranac site:
"A beer that would make the English jealous! This true English Pale Ale is rich and fruity, yet finishes crisp. You'll love the copper amber color and medium body."
Here we go...
Pour - absolutely gorgeous pour. Nice bold, bright amber color with a big, thick off-white head. This pour is clean and looks great. I am impressed.
Aroma - toasty malt, a little honey along with some fruity sweetness. Not a lot of aroma, mostly light caramel malt.
Taste - brown sugar and malt, a bit light in mouthfeel with some grassy components along with hints at lemon or even lime. I can't quite get a grip on why a brewer would settle with this flavor as the style is not overly complex. Tastes like it was made without a lot of love and attention to detail. This one has the looks of a great brew but not the flavors to back that up. Its sort of unfortunate.
Overall - decent enough beer but lacking some body and flavor. Its an easy drinking pale ale and certainly one that I'd choose over any macro in the cooler but not in the same category as some of the other craft pales on the market.
Note - Saranac will soon be releasing their Saranac White IPA in cans. This was a great beer on draft and should do well in cans. This summer look for their Pale Ale, White IPA and Summer Ale all in cans. Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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