Saranac Our Forbidden IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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2.69/5 rDev -20.9%
Copper body bright slightly off white head billowing above the rim of the glass, this IPA is picture perfect...fine speckled lacing. Aroma has bitter citrus notes, hop pellets, hints of pine notes but really focuses on the citrus aspect of the hop spectrum. Some perceived sweetness from the fruit characteristics of the hop additions with minimal biscuit malt notes. Flavor has a sweeping bitterness for only 50 IBUs it's an onslaught of off balanced hop pellet additions and grapefruit pith/crushed aspirin acidity. The mouthfeel pretty much fills the whole palate with citrus peel, it's like snorting Grapefruit peel puree, ridiculous unbalanced levels of bitterness on the palate, make this one of the most frustrating IPAs I've ever had. West Coast IPA is great for the hop flavor, high bitterness, and malt presence the combination of the three not the pure raw chewing on hop pellet alpha acid aspect of the beautiful IPAs out there.
03-17-2014 04:14:09 | More by WVbeergeek
3.55/5 rDev +4.4%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by June 30, 2014
A: Pours a clear amber golden with an average white head on top. Just a bit of visible carbonation in the body. Head dissipates in a couple minutes leaving behind a few spots of lacing.
S: Bittering aroma up front on this one. Don't get as much citrus as is advertised on the label but still a bit is present. Slight malting brings up the rear but the focus is certainly on the hops.
T: Mild easy going IPA that is pretty standard affair. Hops are the focus of course but they do not bring as much to the table as others in the style do. Just a hint of sweet malts rounds out the beer.
M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Certainly an easy drinking beer. Crisp and dry finish.
Overall seems like your run of the mill IPA. Won't blow you away with an intense hop profile but will help satisfy a hop craving.
04-03-2014 01:06:38 | More by CloudStrife
4/5 rDev +17.6%
Saranac "Our Forbidden IPA"
12 oz. brown bottle, code "BB JUN 30, 1014 3473 1457"
An aggressive beer, and an interesting one, from Saranac/F.X. Matt. "Our FORBIDDEN ALE"... why is that? Is this the beer the employees are not allowed to drink after work? Or maybe they can't take it as part of their monthly "beer allowance"? Or is it just a good name for a beer, because I think it is? What I find more interesting, however, is the line that reads "ALE BREWED WITH NATURAL FLAVORS" - I wonder what they might be?
Anyway, it looks good in the glass. It's got a "fingerprint clear" deep-gold body that appears copper-ish in a full pint, and a frothy white head that holds pretty well and leaves very nice lace behind. Once the head drops it maintains a very solid whispy surface covering. Nice.
The aroma is what you'd expect of an American IPA: citrusy, fruity, and softly piney over gently sweetish doughy/bready malt.
I'm not finding any "natural flavors" here, so I'm assuming whatever they're using is in a limited dose. I'd imagine it's a fruity or pine-like flavoring (I'm guessing orange), but it doesn't stand out from anything I'd be expecting anyway, so who cares? Not me. It starts with a dollop of sweetish bready malt that's got a drip of golden caramel to it, followed immediately by piney, citrusy, and spicy hops. The 50 IBU's are quite apparent across the middle, and to be honest, it seems even more bitter than that. (I actually feel like the alcohol might be stronger as well... just 5.2% abv?). Not surprisingly, it finishes dry with lingering piney, spicy, and citrusy hops. It's woody as well, almost as if it had been oaked; and a nice bit of tangerine rises late. Pretty nice! It could be a bit more balanced for drinkability, but as a citrusy American IPA I'm pretty sure the market wants it this way - hoppy, bitter, raspy, and just supported by a fairly basic malt base.
I've been pretty impressed with the Saranac line-up for a while, but I think their most recent beers have been their best; not necessarily in choice of style and recipe formulation, but also in quality. Really nicely done beer. Worth trying.
04-30-2014 17:13:57 | More by NeroFiddled
3.21/5 rDev -5.6%
12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles, leaving a tight lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear, bronze colored body.
S) Subtle citrus aroma, quite mellow.
T) Bitter from the beginning. Hints of caramel. Slightly nutty. Lingering mellow hop bite in the aftertaste.
M) Medium-light body. Dry. A touch chalky in the finish.
O) An okay IPA. You average run-of-the-mill IPA, but a little on the light side.
03-24-2014 00:11:20 | More by u2carew
3.59/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured a bright brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There is good retention and lacing.
The smell featured fruity esters and an herbal hop.
The taste offered a full herbal bitterness atop a grainy, earthy sweetness. Herbaceous aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.
Overall a decently bitter IPA.
01-18-2014 04:22:05 | More by plaid75
3.86/5 rDev +13.5%
pours a golden color with a white head. good floral hop presence on the nose. a bit of caramelized sweetness. mouth has a lot of citrus, jasmine, lemon peel. very juicy and wet. nice and clean. not hating this one. not as harsh as some of the other saranacs
02-03-2014 02:11:40 | More by dank203
3.54/5 rDev +4.1%
Another IPA that is riding the wave of citrus-forward IPAs.
Pours a dark gold with a frothy white head. Lots of bubbles. At 5.2%, a good way to start off a lazy Sunday afternoon.
There is indeed a good dose of citrus on the nose. It's light and playful, with more orange than grapefruit.
The aroma translates into a burst of bright citrusy hops on the tongue. Crisp. The added citrus helps to mellow out what would likely be a bitter, metallic IPA.
Finishes very clean. Very thorough.
A refreshing IPA from Saranac.
03-09-2014 20:39:43 | More by Brad007
3.75/5 rDev +10.3%
I picked this up at Giant in Linglestown, poured chilled into a goblet from the 12oz brown bottle.
The color id medium amber with very good clarity and thin white head with fine bead. The smell is good with some piney hop odors with fruity yeast and light malt aroma with slight lemon zest scent. The feel is decent with a good bitter entry with medium carbonation with light sweetness and zesty dry finish with light astringency.
The flavor is very good with good citrus zest and lemon with a hint of grapefruit form the hops with mild caramel malt adding body and foundation in the background with flavor that flattens leaving a residual bitterness w/ slow fade and floral tinge. Overall I like this -pretty high drinkability for the strength with fresh flavor, better than I expected with interesting hop taste.
02-25-2014 18:05:21 | More by Slatetank
Saranac Our Forbidden IPA from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.