This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac's Cloud Splitter Ale.
The Saranac Cloud Splitter was one of the beers included in this past summer's "12 Beers of Summer" variety pack. The other beers included in this box were the Wild Hop Pils (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2013/07/sunday-night-suds-saranac-wild-hop-pils.html); GPA; Jugglernaut (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/08/sunday-night-suds-saranac-jugglernaut.html); Kolsch (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/08/sunday-night-suds-saranac-kolsch-ale.html) and Session IPA.
Interestingly, the packaging of the 12 Beers of Summer variety pack indicates that only the Session IPA and GPA are "new" beers, but I cannot recall ever seeing and cannot find any prior reference to the Cloud Splitter Ale.
The Cloud Splitter tastes like a wheat ale with a little extra kick from the bitters. Although the label indicates that there are oats, coriander and orange peel included in the brew, I did not taste any spice. I did enjoy the extra hop bite and the tang from the wheat.
The Cloud Splitter Ale would pair well with brisket (in case you were still looking for a beer to pair with Yom Tov fair) as well as other smoked or stewed meat.
Saranac Cloud Splitter Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac brews some of its High Peaks series off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the Cloud Splitter Ale, please follow this link www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/116794.
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