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October 30, 2010

Matt Brewing’s Saranac Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 10.30.2010

Matt Brewing's Saranac Pumpkin Ale.

Matt Brewing's Saranac Pumpkin Ale.

The Brewski Report Reviews Matt Brewing’s Saranac Pumpkin Ale
File Date: 10.30.10

File Name: A Well Prepared Military Is A Wise Investment.
The Beer: Saranac Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: The Matt Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.saranac.com
Country/State of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: The Matt Brewing Company was founded in 1888 by German-born immigrant Francis Xavier Matt, or F.X. as he liked to be called. After Prohibition, F.X., then 74, was joined by his sons Walter and Frank. Walter Matt, who served as company president until 1980, is credited with increasing sales and many building renovations, including the model brewhouse and Tour Center. Today, under the leadership of the third and fourth generations of the Matt family, the brewery still crafts beer to the exacting standards set forth over a century ago. True to their German brewing heritage, the Matt Brewery Company has earned its reputation as one of the country’s most respected brewers of specialty beers. In each bottle of Saranac, you’ll find a commitment to quality and patient attention to detail that is the signature of the Matt Brewing Company.

tbr-saranac-pa-labelBrewer Brand Hype: Saranac Pumpkin Ale is brewed with Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves, Ginger and Vanilla. Look for a full-body and amber color. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this special brew!
Label: Ale brewed with pumpkin, spices and other natural flavors. In celebration of the fall harvest. Here’s an Autumn favorite that’s as enjoyable as pumpkin pie. This hearty ale is brewed with Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves and Vanilla. Look for a full body and amber color. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this special brew.

The Brewski Review: Normally, I try to keep my blog bipartisan in nature. I feel no need to interject my political views in my posts because that’s not what people want to read about. They’re here for the beer! To those half dozen, or so, readers of my humble web site I emphatically state: ‘Here I stand on the precipice of my core, unwritten values and I’m blindly stepping off into the abyss.’ Well….not really. I’ll quote a classic line: ‘It’s more of a guideline than a rule.’ (Bill Murray – ‘Ghostbusters’). That said I’ll make it known that I’m a creature of conservativeness. If you haven’t picked up on the clues in any of my other posts I can only surmise that your here to check out the beer girls. (See gratuituous picture of beer girl below.) My problem is that I’m in full favor of a modern, well equiped and ready military but I disagree that this same tool should be used the world over as a universal police force. If we need to take care of an issue – which there are times – we should get in, create maximum havoc, achieve the objective and get OUT. There are too many poor, uneducated, sick and needy people in the U.S. to spend billions every year on military jaunts and propping up weak countries for fear that they’ll collapse into a terrorist state. Our Government leaders are also too quick to send plane-loads of cash to dictators and other maligned countries to gain their favor. Let’s spend some of that cash at home and let the rest of the world step up and help out. We need to fix the problems at home before we try to fix everyone else’s issues. I’m not really thinking these thoughts as I drink this beer because that would just leave a bad taste in my mouth. Considering this is a pumpkin ale – one of my favorite – I’ll just relax and enjoy the beverage with a clear mind. I’ve said it before….I’ve become a fan of Pumpkin Ale’s. This is no exception. The spices and the higher ABV content is nice on a chilly fall day.  Saranac Pumpkin Ale is good. It had a nice dark color and a large foamy head at the pour. It seemed sweet at the start but that appeared to fade away the more I drank. Overall, a decent beverage.

Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Medium Brown. Nice foamy head.
The Buds: Liked it as many of the other Pumpkin Ales.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

As promised.... gratuitous picture of a beer girl.

As promised.... gratuitous picture of a beer girl.

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