This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac Session Ale.
Not to be confused with the Saranac's 2012 Session IPA (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/05/sunday-night-suds-saranac-session-ipa.html), this year the good folks at the Matt Brewing Company of Utica, New York (just an hour up the road from Camp M) have introduced a Session Ale.
The Session Ale comes exclusively in the Beers of Summer mix box which contains two of the Session Ale, two of the new Wild Hop IPA (to be reviewed iyh in a future SNS), an old standards Kolsch (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/08/sunday-night-suds-saranac-kolsch-ale.html), Rye IPA (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2010/03/sunday-night-suds-saranac-rye-ipa.html), White IPA (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunday-night-suds-saranac-white-ipa.html) and the #1 star of the Saranac line up, Saranac Pale Ale (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/03/sunday-night-suds-saranac-pale-ale.html).
While last year's Session IPA was a very light version of an IPA or a Pale Ale with a little more kick (depending on your perspective), this beer just seems to a very light version of an ale. The beer has very little hops and just a hint of citrus. The alcohol content is on the lighter side (4.5% abv) and it almost seems like a light beer. I had mine tonight with some charred steaks and the flavor of the meat completely overwhelmed this brew. Yes, I know that Session beers are meant to be consumed in quantity, but this beer was quite non descript and I needed to focus on it so that I could even write anything about it before I finished it.
Saranac Session Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit, as is every other brew produced in Saranac's Utica plant. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Saranac Session Ale, please follow this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/93166.
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