Saranac India Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.23/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The beer pours an apple juice yellow with the healthy look of dehydrated piss. The head is thinner and dissipates rather swiftly, but is nicely white with an ever so slight yellowing to it. The lacing is quite thin and droopy, however. The smell is sharply malty, which is odd for an IPA. There are some nice sharp citrusy hops smells in the initial waft, but the strong underlying backbone of the smell seems to be sweet and caramel sweet malts. The taste follows up the smell nicely, with a distinct malty flavoring. The hops are not all together lost though, as the nice crisp burst of orangy citrus seems to swim on the sides of the tongue. There is also a slight biscuitiness in this beer, which seems to come from the malts. It feels properly coarse on the mouth with bitterness, while leaving the tongue with a nice thin sheen of saliva and a thirst for more. It lacks the proper hops-taste that comes with the bitterness though. Carbonation bubbles nicely against the tongue, and the beers consistency seems nicely balanced. Overall this is a nice low hopped IPA, it is definitely more reminiscent of the old British IPA’s than of the American variants, but Sarnac’s more old-timey approach to beer makes this choice not too surprising. It’s not a hop lover’s IPA but it is a nice introduction to the style for those who have trouble with bitters. Decent beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2012 18:48:04 | More by Maxwell
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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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