Saranac India Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Smith's imperial pint glass, Saranac IPA was a coppery amber with a 1-finger frothy white head. Very little lacing and the head settled into a slight white foam.
Smelled predominantly of Cascade hops: floral and citrusy, though there was a slight bit of sweet malt peeking through.
Taste: Floral and fruity at first, but with a fairly dry, bitter metallic finish that lingers. The caramel malt taste becomes more pronounced as it warms, and the Cascade hops really stay with you. A decent balance, but frankly I think this beer is closer to a traditional English IPA or American Pale Ale than the modern American versions of an IPA.
As for mouthfeel, this beer is not highly carbonated at all (despite the frothy white head on the pour). I thought it was slightly thin and finished with a tad bit metallic or slick feel to it.
As for drinkability: Saranac beers in upstate NY are reasonably priced and solid; I often use this and their Pale Ale as my "house beers." As a result, I've sessioned the IPA numerous times without problems (except maybe for the next morning).
All in all it's a pretty good beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2006 16:09:15 | More by Kendo
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