Saranac Pumpkin Ale

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Type: Vegetable/Spice/Herb Beer
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  • 05.40% 
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In celebration of the fall harvest. Here's an autumn favorite that's as enjoyable as pumpkin pie. This hearty ale is brewed with cinnamon, allspice, cloves and vanilla. Look for a full body and amber color. We're sure you'll enjoy this special brew.

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  • Nov 14, 2010
    ABanerjee (29)Rank: Beer AficionadoGroup: Blueberry Lovers
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    I tend to like my pumpkin spiced ales very mild and something that has a hint of pumpkin in it (i.e. see Dogfish Head Punkin Ale). I like some of Saranac's brews but this one is not one of them.

    The real reason that I didn't like this beer is that it overwhelmed me with a pumpkin taste the moment I sipped it. The aftertaste on my palate was also quite intolerable that had me reaching for the only other beer at the party (a PBR!). I think that while Pumpkin brews around October are very popular - you should steer clear of this one...
  • Oct 23, 2009
    generallee (312)Rank: Beer ExplorerGroup: Fall beer lovers
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    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

    Appearance: It has a deep amber color with very good clarity. Its head is thin, white in color and fades quickly leaving a few bubbles on top and no lacing.

    Smell: A strong spicy aroma hits you in the nose. Cinnamon and clove are the stand out spices.

    Taste/Mouth feel: Wow this starts off with a big spicy kick in the mouth. Allspice, bitter cinnamon and clove overpower the malt that has some toasted and caramel notes. The pumpkin flavor is really hidden deep under the spicy character of this beer. A more apt name for this beer would be Saranac Spice Ale. The spicy character fades off a touch and hop bitterness picks up before slowly fading off into the finish. Its palate is smooth and slick with mild carbonation inside its medium body.

    Notes: Overall it's a little bit too unbalanced on the spicy side.