Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Saranac Pumpkin Ale

Fall started today. Whoopie! It's still 90 degrees out and we have more than two months left in hurricane season still. I'd love to roll in the leaves, but the leaves here don't fall unless the tree is seriously under-watered and on its way to tree Heaven. I guess I can go roll in the hedge trimmings that our property manager's guys left on my back yard. Anyway, that's all I have to say today, except for...

Today I'm drinking Saranac Pumpkin Ale brewed by Matt Brewing Company in Utica, New York. The label has a carved pumpkin with a big jagged smile on it and also says this beer is an Autumn favorite. Perfect timing.

The aroma is mainly pumpkin and cinnamon, not too powerful. The flavors are very good and are not as pumpkin pie-ish as some of the others I've had in this style. And that is a good thing. You do taste pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves, and there are enough hops to keep any sweetness in check, very balanced. It tastes more like a beer! The body is a little light, slightly watery, yet more refreshing than what I expected. You end with a dry finish. Check it out this Fall.

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4 comments:

Cooking Asshole said...

Buffalo Bill's is my all time favorite pumpkin ale. I saw Elysian came out with one this season so I have high hopes in that department.

Beer Drinker said...

I'm a bit tired of the pumpkin beers right now in general. It's not one of my favorite styles.

Scott-TheBrewClub said...

I had the Saranac Pumpkin before I started 'reviewing' beers - I don't remember if I liked it or not. I really like the concept of pumpkin ales, but most of them are a let down.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Scott.

I like Pumpkin Ales once in a while, but I think most taste the same. This one was not as sweet and thick, though, which was a bonus.