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Saranac India Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac India Pale AleSaranac India Pale Ale

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844 Ratings

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong coppery gold in the glass, good head retention with streams of carbonation up the glass, very clear. 3.75
S – crisp grapefruit upfront, floral notes in abundance, caramel biscuit malt, light and fruity, very summer-y. 3.25
T – a nice punch of cascade hops, lots of ruby grapefruit and pithy bitterness, dry florals and a dry body that lingers with robust citrus notes drying out on the finish. Some grassiness, the hops are good and the bitterness balanced by the maltiness, but I feel they fall a bit flat, fairly one dimensional in terms of the cascade/grapefruit profile. 3.5
M – moderate body, high carbonation, quite a sessionable fruity IPA. Good bitter pithy feel to it, with enough of a biscuit malt base to work. 3.5
A tasty, easy to enjoy American IPA, not too many bells and whistles, clean and dry which I like, but the hop profile doesn’t overly impress. Would be good for summer, malts are there but surpressed a bit and hops dont really shine. Clean but not very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 03:18:30 | More by mick303
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3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this at a local festival on tap. There was not much to remember about this beer. Very light malt taste. Smooth going down. Very light with a large head. The smell was flat, no real overtones. I think all the flavor was almost flattened out. Not a bad beer, but nothing exquisite. Would make a good beer for summer fishing or football.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 22:38:35 | More by USArmySteve
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3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into pilsner style glass, color is gold, head is bright white and 1/4" thick, then laces lightly.

Smell is muted, muddled, very minimal hop scents, some grassiness noted but no power, and malt seems to not be present.

taste is clean, but muted, no bright hoppy flavors and feint malt presence. It tastes like a mild pale ale, clean but lacking distinct flavors.

Mouthfeel is okay, clean not off or overpowering but no strong bitterness noted.

Overall, this is a mild pale ale in an ipa bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:51:43 | More by mvanaskie13
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3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very surprised I haven't ticked this yet. Picked it up in the spring variety pack and since the red and white IPA were exceptional this beer can't be that bad can it?

A - ow dear mid floaties this beer could be past it's prime. The head and carbonation are much less than the Dry hopped lager giving me just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to an exceptional lace ring. Very sticky.
S - Going downhill fast this beer has little to no hops in the nose. Much less even for a pale ale which is kind of disheartening. Still I go head first into the sip.
T - Well it does have some hop character mildly acidic and a touch soapy but not as earthy pine or even a sweet citrus as I would expect for the style. Thankfully it goes down easy enough with little aftertaste.
M - Well its not watery which is nice, the malts and hops seem to hold the body well.

Overall a very forgettable hop experience again not bad for under a buck a bottle but nothing I would reach for if other options are available. Man this makes the dry hopped lager look like the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 22:34:07 | More by DrDemento456
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2.16/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. bottle into craft pint

A- Crystal clear, dark honey body, 3/4" dense off white head. Little bits of lacing.

S- Strong pale malt nose, with relatively no hops, Agitation brings up a little citrus.

T- Pale malt, with a dull bitterness lingering. Pretty poor flavor.

M- Fairly light, hardly any carbonation.

O- Not an IPA, nor a very good beer at that.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:52:28 | More by BWED
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New Jersey

2.44/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into glass gives a small, light biege head with good retention that is fairly creamy. Beer is a golden, pale amber color. Leaves moderate lacing down glass. Smells of burnt caramel malt, doughy bread, and a bit of floral hops.

The biggest taste is burnt caramel malt. Also some floral along with bread. Has a very bitter middle-end, but with a crisp finish. A light, non-hop forward IPA, that is very bitter w/o much other flavor from any hops. Body is light and creamy, with medium/high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:53:33 | More by JG-90
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North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a goblet. no bottling date.

Pours a bronze color with a half inch white head. Nothing unusual. On the nose is a mild hoppy, citrusy aroma. It's not bad. Taste is very unusual for an IPA. Extremely subdued hops and some malt on the back as well. The flavors are there they just dont do it for me. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Overall this is an alright beer overall but not a remarkable IPA. Its not "bold." More targeted for non craft beer drinkers IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 21:08:49 | More by Axnjxn
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New York

3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

AppearanceL Has a clear darker gold color to the body with heavy heavy bubbles on the body created a white head that rose to just about one finger's length.

Smell: Light hops, but feels a little skunk...I am a huge fan of IPAs and something seems a little off.

Taste: Very bitter, feels piney but no complexity to it at all. Hops are strong but dont expect much else with pinches of sourness makes you think a lemon was squeezed into this.

Mouth: Has a pretty high carbonation, with a bitter finish that feels like pine wood.

Overall: Not bad but i wouldn't go crazy for it. I have had much better American IPAs but just to slam one down to have right after work it definitely wouldn't hurt. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 05:50:33 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color, very clear. Coarsely bubbled but with a nice medium sized white head with some creaminess on top and some retention.

Pine hop aroma initially hidden beneath big head, a metallic/copper penny smell. Overall the aromas aren't very rich or impressive.

Slight caramel malt flavor initially, then a rush of more earthy pine-like hop flavor and hop bitterness takes over. Surprisingly nice hop flavor given the lack of a good aroma. Assertively bitter into the finish, but not overpowering. Earthiness of the hop flavor becomes tedious at times. A better blend of hops would help the flavor.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, hints of warming which seems hard to believe in a 5.8% beer. Dinner not sitting right?

Overall very drinkable, but the hop flavor is a little crude. If earthy hops are your thing, this is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 01:15:14 | More by mpyle
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3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From memory here. The first IPA I ever tried as part of a mixer of my first craft purchase back in college. Pour is a nice clear golden color, lots of bubbles, one finger white head. Aroma is full on pine needles, without much malt to balance, it seems. This IPA was rather bitter and one dimensional in the pine flavor, but a decent intro to the style. Dry finish, relatively light. Again, not poor, but one-dimensional here.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:19:08 | More by BMMillsy
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New York

2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

bought as part of Saranac's Spring Variety pack from Beers of the World on 4/6/13 for $ 8.77.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

appearance: medium amber with an offwhite head. Nice lacing.

aroma: grapefruit, peaches in syrup

mouthfeel: full, solid.

taste: bready malt with some citrus hops, there is a vaguely 'dirty' finish that I have detected in Saranac beers that is a little offputting.

notes: I seem to remember a similar reaction to their Big Moose Ale. No need to buy this again

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 16:37:41 | More by fx20736
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New Jersey

2.31/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok, before I watched the Saranac video on their website I totally thought this was an English IPA. Don't get me wrong, I mean it has a nice malt character, no citrus, no dank--tastes like an American rendition of an English IPA. If thats what you are going for, then its not bad at all. Kind of like Bass on steroids.

But American IPA? Really? The old guys in the video are talking about Cascade hops like they are some new discovery? Really? Born and raised in Nor-Cal, I was weaned on Sierra Nevada and this tastes nothing like what you would expect from an American IPA. That being said for an English IPA, its in the top 2/3 and a fair attempt. For an American IPA, or even a West Coast rendition, this is severely lacking. Beers like this make me glad I am a homebrewer.

Last Words: Now you know

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 16:15:08 | More by TriggerFingers
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New York

2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Golden straw appearance without too much head--little bit dark for an IPA. Nice steady stream of carbonation. Characteristic aroma of hops. Taste is sweet and of course very hoppy. Straight floral and hoppy taste with a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. A bit tart.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:16:37 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very average beer.

Golden pale color. Some bubbles. Less than a finger thick head that recedes rather swiftly. Decent lacing. Clear.

Aroma is not at all like an IPA. Very typical of its pale ale version. A mix of herbal hops and some weak weird hops. Strength is low to moderate. A good amount of malt.

Taste is again very bland. Nothing good about it. It is more a run of the mill pale ale than an IPA. Some amount of bitterness and a rather faint oily resin character.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly light. Moderate to high carbonation. No astringency. Disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 01:32:14 | More by AmitC
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Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a standard 12oz bottle

A: Looks really nice. Pretty pale looking with a good one and a half finger head that retained itself pretty good. Nice lacing too.

S: Even though the alcohol content was about average it was somewhat noticeable in the smell I found. Has dim but nice notes of citrus and pine.

T: Nicely hopped. Good hop content for an IPA. Might lean a tad on the lighter side but overall nicely bitter. Small delicate notes of citrus, pine, and maybe a little bit to much yeasty flavor for an IPA. Not to flavorful or overpowering but good.

M: Goes down smooth with nice carbonation. Nice clean finish.

Overall: I liked this beer. Nothing insanely pleasing about it but it was pretty good, better than average that is. I could see it being easy to drink a lot of them as its not to overpowering. I would consider buying it again but can't cause it's not sold in any of my local stores. ( Gift from the states)

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 21:14:51 | More by Haydn-Juby
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2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: massive foamy white head, 1 inch when slowly poured to a pint glass, leaves plenty of thick foamy lacing on glass. Head lasts at least a finger even after drinking half the glass. Lacing persists on glass through to the end. Amber colored. Visible rising carbonation.

S: wheaty, citrus notes, with some odd chemical sharpness/bitterness (hard to place)?

T: for an American IPA, no noticeable resin hoppiness, has a faint sweet banana aftertaste? not fresh banana, almost like candy banana flavor

M: light carbonation

overall: easy going, light. not a typical American IPA (wasn't what I was expecting in the American IPA category), almost more British bitter style

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 06:10:07 | More by khooke
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District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark honey/orange color. Single finger head.

S: Pleasant scents of pineapple, green apple, orange and pine, followed by a burning alcohol.

T: A bit on the sour side, puckering citrus juices then an alcohol wall. Not much complexity.

M: medium body feel, a bit too highly carbonated.

O: Not that great an IPA. Way too sour, not really a pleasant IPA bitterness, instead an outright lemony sourness.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 20:49:01 | More by Rukasu
Photo of magine


3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a big dense off white head. Tons of bubbles cascading up. Very nce lacing clings the whole drink. Good looks.

Brew smells of floral, grapefruit, grassy hops. Biscuit malts in the background. Good nose.

Brew tastes clean; smooth upfront with some spiced bitters in the end. Good balance in flavors with a slightly light mouthfeel here. A very drinkable, approachable, mild IPA here. Good soild brew here. Good.

A solid IPA here. Good flavors, good looks. This is a good IPA to introduce to someone that never tried them or was scared to try them. Not a hop bomb IPA by any stretch, just a really soild tasting and drinking brew here. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 19:58:56 | More by magine
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Ontario (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For the record, the bottle only read IPA and not India Pale Ale as the picture above shows. Same beer though.

A: Orangy straw colour. Pours a nice 1/4 inch head that then falls to a film and laces the glace. Head retention is very short.

S: I detected a rubbing alcohol smell when taking a deep smell. Some cascade in the background (citrus)

T: Again, alcohol is strongly detected, some malt flavours present and strong bitterness.

M: medium body feel, carbonation is a bit on the higher side for me and it does distract from the flavours.

O: Not a beer I would want again. The alcohol is present in the smell and taste. The bitterness is not pleasant and the carbonation distracts from the experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 18:23:14 | More by Kremlock
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" custard head which slowly receded like melting merengue. The body is a clear straw yellow color verging on golden and not much effervescence is left in it after the head. Smells mildly of malt but honestly I don't get any hops from that smell. Taste though comes through with the Cascade hops. It's still relatively mild for IPA standards. And not much of a finish to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 10:45:06 | More by MoreThanWine
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3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright orange with a small head and some lacing near the rim of the glass.

Smell is grainy, grassy, some menthol hop aromas, biscuits and citrus mist

Taste is also breadier than i like my IPAs..Light orange citrus flavors with metallic hop flavors, honey sweetness, and quick wash of bitterness

Nice feel..would drink a few

Decent IPA even though it's just skatin by..

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:19:53 | More by TheMultiYeast
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3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a reddish amber with a froffy white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves lacing in the glass. Doesn't give off a great aroma, but has hints of floral hops. Taste is of lots of earthy and floral hops with a little sweet grain, very nice. Beer is light/medium bodied and has a good level of carbonation, and goes down very easy, one of the beers I can have many of in a night and not think about it. Overall, an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 04:35:55 | More by cyclonece09
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3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear copper body with two fingers of white head...the head fell to a full cap and left nice lacing

S - The nose had a mineral aroma to it that turned me off from the start...other than that there was a slight hop aroma, caramel, and stale bread

T - This one is mainly malt dominated...there is a lot of caramel coming out along with some biscuit flavors...an herbal tea presence creeps in before the hops come through...the hops have a weird taste to them, but they do have a little bite

M - Medium bodied...too sweet for an IPA but it has some lingering bitterness

O - Definitely not the best IPA I've had...the mixed pack wasn't off to a good start with my first two offerings

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 19:39:58 | More by thain709
Photo of macrosmatic


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Light clear gold with only a bit of visible carbonation. One finger white head with decent lacing.

S: Flowery, citrus hops; some light caramel malt.

T: Taste follows nose with the addition of some slight spicy hop flavors. Malt is a little bready.

M: Medium mouthfeel, not highly carbonated. Hang is hop bitterness but short-lived and not particularly strong. Mild alcohol presence.

O: This one is OK. Nothing off-putting but not great. Wouldn't go out of my way for another.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:15:36 | More by macrosmatic
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3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have tried most of the IPA's in my local liquor stores Singles cooler, except for this and a few others.

A: Pours a beautiful golden, amber color with an orange tint. Has a solid 1 1/2 inch off white head which stays in a wide glass so hard to see the lacing.

S: First instinct is not a strong smell at all. I get a little bit of pine and some apricots at the front. Citrus aroma is minor but present on the back end and is complimented by some earthy notes as well.

T: Nice flavor that begins with a tangy citrus and pine at the top of the mouth, but not as much hop bitterness as I was hoping. The taste is followed by some sweet malts and a dry bready finish, but not strong there as well.

M: Mouth feel is tangy and crisp for this medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation helps the taste a lot.

O: Overall, not a bad IPA if your expectations arent too high. Good for a beginner. I know Saranac is an over looked beer for the most part, but does a good job for some of their creations. As for their IPA, not as much Hop bitterness and overall flavor as I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 01:33:27 | More by SouljaSaia17
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Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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