This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac Goat Radio Pale Bock.
As mentioned in last week's SNS, this year's 12 Beers a Springing mix box has a masterful combination of a classic brews along with three new offerings. In addition to the standard bearer - Saranac Pale Ale (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/03/sunday-night-suds-saranac-pale-ale.html) and last winter's interesting Prism White Ale (reviewed herekosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/03/sunday-night-suds-saranac-prism-white.html), Saranac has added two new brews - the Heart of the Hop Red IPA (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2015/05/sunday-night-suds-saranac-heart-of-hop.html) and the Goat Radio Pale Bock.
The Goat Radio bills itself as a pale bock which I guess is why they it Goat Radio (a take off on the Ram which appears on labels for many bock beers). As explained by the experts at BA:
The Maibock style of beer tends to be lighter in color than other Bock beers and often has a significant hop character with a noticeable alcohol around the same as a traditional Bock. Maibocks are customarily served in the spring and are oftentimes interrelated with spring festivals and celebrations more often in the month of May.
We did not consume the Goat Radio Pale Bock as part of any spring or May festival as it was not fitting for Mother's day and it is not yet Memorial Day of Shavuous (no SNS next week due to the holiday).
But lets talk about the beer - it has many of the characteristics of a bock and only seems light in color (the abv is 6% so that is not light either). The flavor profile is also more developed than many a bock that I have tried. There are quite a few interesting malts and there is some caramel and even a cheerio type flavor. I could see having this beer with pizza or even a calzone. Try it for Shavuous and let me know how it works for you!
Saranac Goat Rodeo Pale Bock 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 has begun to brew 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 brew, please follow this link www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/143839.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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