FX Matt “Saranac Pale Ale” Review (#080)


FX Matt Brewery
“Pale Ale”
Utica, NY

From The Brewery:

A beer that would make the English jealous! This true English Pale Ale is rich and fruity, yet finishes crisp. You’ll love the copper amber color and medium body.

Beer Style: Pale Ale
Malt Selections: Crystal English Pale Ale
Hop Selections: Cascade, East Kent Golden
Color: Amber
Mouthfeel / Body: Medium
Food Companions: Lamb, beef, stews, cheeses
ABV: 5.5%
Original Gravity: 13.50

Review:

Appearance: This is a darker colored pale ale, a nice rich orange hue. It has a nice, inch thick white head, made up of nice big bubbles.

Smell: Citrusy and fruity hops up front, but followed up by a nice malt sweetness showing a little toffee.

Taste: A very balanced beer. Many times pale ales are all about hops (some should just be called an IPA), but this one brings a nice backing of malt. It starts off with a nice floral fruity hop flavor which fades to a nice bitterness, just as the sweetness comes in from the malts, bringing a nice light roast flavor with some caramel mixed in. As it warms, it shows a little more biscuit flavor, indicative of an English Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium; this one is right on target for mouthfeel. The malt flavor is held up nicely by the body, but it is still light enough to be a refreshing pale ale.

Drinkability: Big

Notes: This is a great example of this style, and I have enjoyed MANY Saranac Pale Ales over the years. This is one of my go to beers; my East Coast Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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