Friday, July 4, 2014

Saranac Juggler-Naut

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1123) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into my Saranac shaker glass. It had a best before date of 10/31/14 and came as part of the summer mix pack for $14.49 ($1.20 per bottle or $0.10 per ounce).

Appearance: Extremely cloudy orange/brownish hue. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Mild nose with hint of pomegranate or other fruit. Generic wheat scent.

Taste: I’m pretty sure Saranac Juggler-Naut is more or less the same recipe as Saranac’s Pomegranate Wheat they released in their summer mix packs the last few years. It didn’t do much for me back in 2009 and it doesn’t do much for me now in 2014. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect of a brewery of this caliber making a beer of this style. I’m sure it’s intended for the mainstream beer drinker, which explains why the palette is on the mild side. There’s nothing particularly niche about the taste here. A general wheaty flavor and a light taste of pomegranate on the finish. Some bitterness through the mild, but I wouldn’t interpret this as being an IPW in any way. It’s inoffensive, but far from being truly delectable or unique. It’s just meh.

Drinkability: While the taste leaves something to be desired, the delivery is right on point. The body is quite light with a thin, fairly tepid mouthfeel and a smooth, clean finish. As a summer refresher it does its job well and at only 4.8% ABV it’s pretty sessionable (though you only get two bottles in a mix pack anyway). 
Grade: 5/10

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