Last night was cleaning night. Vacuuming, cleaning toilets…the whole nine yards. I wasn’t feeling sexy afterward, thus no review. Tonight is a different story. Played PS3 for 2 hours, and now sitting down with a plate of spaghetti to watch Miracle at St. Anne with the wifey. It’s beer review’n time!
Tonight I’m having a pale ale showdown. Saranac vs Shipyard. Maine vs New York. Who will win?
I tried to pour the two beers identically, so I could compare head. The Shipyard was more flat, only a half-inch of head. The Saranac had much more foamage.
Saranac is slightly darker. Like a dirty penny. Or in other words, dark copper.
The Saranac had the most scent initially. Probably because of the amount of head hanging around. It’s tough comparing the scent, as I have to smell one, wait a few minutes, and try the other. Generally, I think the Saranac has more aroma. Saranac is more hoppy, and Shipyard more citrusy.
I have to step back and think about how I will approach this. I guess I could drink all of one, then all of the other. Will my pallet be goofed up by then? Probably. I could also trade sips between the two…that seems like it could be a problem as well. Man, sometimes life is so hard. I guess I’ll go with the latter approach, but try to cleanse my pallet a little between sips.
Saranac – Bitter, no citrus. Dry. Maybe even metallic.
Shipyard – Slightly sweeter. No citrus, although I thought I smelled it. Milder aftertaste. Dry, but less so.
Both got sweeter as they warmed.
I prefer the Shipyard. Not down with the harsh bitterness that Saranac brought to the table…at least not this evening.