UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012
It’s funny how a little bit of a difference can go a long way. Saranac
Brown Ale reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Scotch Ale in that they both
have a very roasty, almost smoky taste to them. The difference being
Saranac’s taste is well-balanced while Sam Adam’s is overwhelming. I was
actually expecting a sweeter beer, but a beer with a significant,
balanced roasted flavor that’s smooth suits me just fine.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
Considering the name, it’s no surprise Saranac Brown Ale pours to a
medium brown/reddish hue, not unlike Newcastle Brown Ale. It forms a
caramel-colored, fairly creamy head which lingers for a little while but
leaves no lacing on the glass.
There isn’t much scent to this
beer other than a fairly standard malty aroma. However, from the aroma
alone you can tell this beer is going to have a roasted flavor.
Once again I seem to have done a beer a disservice by drinking it at
too cold of a temperature. Straight out of the fridge, Saranac Brown Ale
has an upfront taste of roasted hops and sweet malts. The label
advertises a chocolate taste but I think the roastiness is the
definitely element to the flavor. Also, there seems to be just the
slightest hint of a smoke flavor to its palate, but maybe I tasted
The beer has something of a “bonus” to its
taste in that it sweetens significantly as it warms up. I’d like to give
it another try by drinking it at a warmer temperature from the get-go,
but I’ll have to wait for the next Saranac mix pack.
UPDATE: I did drink it warmer and it was MUCH sweeter!
as can be, Saranac Brown Ale is a craft beer with the drinkability of a
mass-market light lager. The mouthfeel is very soft and inviting,
especially considering the flavor. It finishes very clean with almost no
bite. Anybody should be able to drink this beer no problem.
this is an ale it’s no surprise it’s medium-bodied without being too
filling. At 6% ABV, it would seem to be a much heavier beer, but it’s
surprisingly light. This would likely make a great session brew.
One of my all-time favorite beers is Newcastle Brown Ale, and even
though Saranac Brown Ale isn’t quite the same, it does have similar
characteristics. Those looking for an easy-to-drink ale that’s not too
filling would be wise to give this beer a try