Saranac Amer­i­can Pale Ale

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - American Pale Ale -

LOC: Utica, New York ABV: 5.5% | IBUS: 32 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“Now of­fi­cially Amer­i­can, pre­vi­ously an English pale ale. We’ve con­verted this beer over to an Amer­i­can-style pale ale and di­aled up the hops pro­file, ad­ding more fo­cus on Amer­i­can-style hops such as Cas­cade, Chi­nook, Ci­tra, and Wil­lamette.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Lively! Or­ange with a touch of lime, a hint of pine, and some flo­ral notes. Some nice spice, par­tially from the mas­sive car­bon­a­tion.” Fla­vor: “Caramel and sim­ple malt sweet­ness up front with a touch of clean bit­ter­ness. Fruity through­out with peach, cherry, or­ange, lime, and medium-light pine. Slight min­eral char­ac­ter on the swal­low. Tastes like a ear­lier stop on the pale-ale evo­lu­tion from English-style to to­day’s APA—A bit throw­back, but not too far back.” Over­all: “The aroma is soft and dis­tinc­tive. The flo­ral and earthy hops com­bine with an un­der­ly­ing spici­ness to cre­ate an invit­ing im­pres­sion. It could use more bit­ter­ness on the fin­ish, though. It comes across overly sweet and a touch out of bal­ance but would pair well with food.”

AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 18 MOUTH­FEEL: 3 OVER­ALL: 9 89

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