Saranac India Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.45/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
We pour a brew of a dark golden straw color. It holds a one and a half finger stark white head of big foamy bubbles that stick to everything as they recede. This produces a nice patterned lacing. The head never fully departs. The brew has a slight haze, but is almost entirely translucent. No sediment is noted, and the carbonation is quite active. The aroma is both malty and hoppy. The hops used are cascade, as advertised by the bottle, but they do not fall into any major aromatic category (soapy, piney, grassy, etc.). There is also faint wheat and some sweet fruitiness, of passionfruit or some other tropical variety. The first thing that hits the palate is lemony hops. Malts swoop in through the middle, providing balance. We finish with a bittering effect, likely from the cascades. There is a bit of a sweet floral air here as well, but the hops tend to mask it. The aftertaste breathes with lemon citrus and hops. This causes the mouth to pucker slightly. The body is medium, with the carbonation also at a medium assertiveness. The head helps to give the beer a creaminess, and it slurps nicely. The mouth coats momentarily, but is left with nothing much more than wetness. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks with ease.
Overall, what we found most interesting about this brew was its nice look, defiant head, and subsequent lacing. It could have been a bit darker with a glow, but it was a good looking drink nonetheless. We also enjoyed the slurpable quality to the mouthfeel, again, likely lent by the frothy head.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2011 00:05:58 | More by TheBrewo
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
76 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.