Thursday, September 27, 2012

Saranac IPA

 I pulled this one from Saranac's 12 pac Sampler. Their India Pale Ale pours golden in color with a white head, which vanished rather quickly. Yes, I had a 'beer clean" glass. It 's aroma was very subdued, with just a hint of fresh hop and grapefruit. The flavor is quite bitter for a mid-level IPA, thus throwing its malt-to-hop balance outta whack. There were some mild grapefruit notes, but the beer lacks  that big bold hop flavor of a notable IPA. I detected a bit of "stickiness" in the mouth-feel, which did create some character. For all the "in your face" bitterness Saranac's IPA provides, I was rather happy that it didn't linger on my pallet too long. With the ongoing battle between the East and West for IPA supremacy, being middle of the road only equates to checking the box. Okay, so Saranac has an IPA. One interesting note is that they only list Cascade as their hop of choice. This only makes it even more disappointing, in that a "single hop"offering could be so nondescript. I did find Saranac's Pale Ale much more interesting, leaving me wondering why I didn't review that one. Cheers!   

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