Saranac India Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by Marty:
2.45/5 rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
I could have sworn I reviewed this beer years ago when I was a student living near the FX Matt Brewing Co. We used to get it only once a year, when it came packaged with the 12 Beers of Christmas sampler pack by Saranac.
If I HAD reviewed it I would have said I was unimpressed. IPAs are supposed to have HOPS! Lots of hops. This beer has some, but certainly not as much as a beer like Sierra Nevada, which considers itself a PA, not an IPA. Furthermore, this beer seems kind of watery. It looks nice, has a somewhat sticky head, but doesn't smell like much and really tastes a lot like Saranac's Pale Ale.
I realize I shouldn't expect too much, since this beer is probably only brewed once a year for the 12 Beers of Christmas. On the other hand, Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale is only brewed once a year... and IT rules.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2005 22:23:12 | More by Marty
More User Reviews:
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
Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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