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Saranac India Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac India Pale AleSaranac India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
76
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868 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-01-2011 23:16:54 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright tangerine with a barely visible cloud of tiny particulates suspended within. The large, creamy cap makes me think that Saranac IPA might be a quality offering. It sorta looks like one anyway. The lid is ecru in color and sports a surface of variously sized bubbles that are in no hurry to pop. I like what lace has been deposited so far.

The nose is disappointingly underpowered. I fully expected simplicity since pale malt and Cascade hops are the only two members of the malt bill and the hop bill respectively. However, I also expected more than a barely noticeable citric hoppiness. A stumble on the first turn.

If the truth were known, I really didn't anticipate that this would be a great version, no matter the appearance. I've simply had too much experience with Matt Brewing Company beer to have gotten my hopes up. The first thing that occurs to me is that the brewers nailed that whole bitterness thing, without paying much attention to that whole flavor thing.

IPA is acceptably malted with an underlying pale malty sweetness that still struggles to offset the deluge of alpha acids flowing its way. There can be no other conclusion than that this is what adding a boatload of hops to the kettle will get you... when the skill to make it work is missing.

White grapefruit pith and peel assaults my tongue with every sip. This beer is a perfect example of why bitterness for bitterness's sake is never a good idea. Saranac IPA is to a quality IPA what a child's cartoon drawing is to an artist's rendition. The mouthfeel is barely acceptable for the style. At least it achieves respectability, unlike the aroma and the flavor.

I actually wondered whether this would be my favorite Matt Brewing Company beer, given my love of hops in general and this style in particular. Nope, not even close. This is one case in which aging an IPA might be a good idea. It doesn't really matter though, since I won't be buying any more Saranac IPA in order to test that theory.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 14:52:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger sized white head that has good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of citrusy and piney hops in the nose along with some notes of pale malts.
T: A light amount of bitterness from piney hops is present in the initial taste and finish, the overall taste has notes of pale malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable given the low alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 02:01:59 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head a some splashes of lacing

Smell: Sorry, but this smells soapy and grainy

Taste: Unfortunately, the soapy flavor shows up at the outset; after the swallow, the beer provides a grainy bitterness along with a perfumy quality that mixes with a resinous character but overwhelms the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: There are so many great IPAs out there it hardly makes sense to waste one's time with this one; the flavors are not well-balanced at all

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 22:27:23 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber bronze with a huge billowing white head, great retention and a nicelace. Smell was lightly hopped with a very good malt back showing through. Taste was good, but forgettable, obvious hop tones but just too lightly done for me. Overall a very sessionable poolside beer, nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 00:28:54 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-26-2011 17:34:31 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a nice copper/amber color ale with a medium head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is clearly identifiable. Taste is comprised of well balance floral malt and bitter hops. Body is above average without being too full. I guess this is a middle of the road IPA that can be quite enjoyable with BBQ on summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 19:32:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this Saranac better than most from the variety pack. Though you won't brag about this one to your friends, it's a basic, nice brew. A moderate malt profile withdraws underneath the bittering and flavor of spicy American hops. The hop flavor shows light esters with a light boquet to the nose and taste. Lightly grassy and piney, yet remaining sweetly spicy. Moderate and bitter to the mouth with a hint of grain-husk astringency. Finishes bitter and dry with a light sweetness. Good, but I probably won't remember it in a week.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 01:42:33 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.6%

06-09-2012 23:58:42 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep copper body with an inch of fizzy, white head. Thin, half-formed layers of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with a note of grain husks and hints of citrus and pine needles.

Taste: Pale malts with a bit of graininess to it and a very slight caramel sweetness. A mix of pine and citrus hop flavors with a medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit basic, a bit under par within its style, but not out-and-out bad. Saranac seems to have a Saraknack for that.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 02:04:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-05-2014 04:11:38 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden with a fluffy head that takes its time settling leaving a nice sheet of lace,mainly grapefruit/citrus in the aroma with a light tasted grain hint but its subdued.A pretty well balanced IPA some citruis and resin up front but a toasted malt flavor really comes thru in the finish to make this pretty well balanced.A pretty drinkable ale not complex and or big and bold but quaffable and I think a good session type brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 23:13:23 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a golden/amber color with a white, 3-finger head. It left lacing.

S - Smells mainly of hops and grass.

T - The malt flavor is nicely complimented by a spicy/bitter hoppiness.

M - It is crisp and light-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good American IPA. Not as hoppy as some but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 15:53:05 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden body that's topped by a creamy white head which holds fairly well before dropping to a creamy collar and thin surface covering. It leaves some nice "spider web" lace that's thin but still attractive. The aroma expresses bold Cascade hops and some underlying sweet and fruity (apple, pear) malt that cuts down its citrus side. It's almost sweet, and even quite floral as opposed to the tangy citrus that can sometimes be present when over-done. It's quite nice; soft and inviting. The body is medium light and combines with a fine/median carbonation to give a gentle crispness on the tongue. The flavor displays a nice combination of straight-forward sweetish malt and mildly citric hop flavor. Again, it's clearly not over-done. It's a touch soapy across the palate, as many of the Matt beers can be, and that lingers in the dry finish with some firm bitterness and citrusy/floral hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 20:04:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, copper colored body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - A nice aroma of citrus and pine hops, balanced out by caramel malt and some toasted notes.

T - Moderate pine hops up front as well as a strong dose of thick, bready malt. Some notes of light caramel in the middle with more pine character. Finishes with darker toast and toffee notes as well as moderate, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - A well made and drinkable, if somewhat middle of the road, IPA. There is enough aroma and flavor character from the hops to clearly place this in the India spectrum of pale ales, while the malt is more than sufficient to balance. The hop character is a bit one dimensional, mostly pine with a hint of citrus, and the aroma could be a bit more pronounced. Overall, it is drinkable and a pretty decent beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 06:49:46 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.45/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is weak and contains a decent amount of hops, but not a lot for the style. What makes the hops smell seem strong is the fact that there really isn’t much else to go along with it, just some caramelized malt and a faint touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a tangy bitterness, but not the normal floral hops bitterness of most IPA’s. There’s a little bit of caramel and citrus sweetness that provide some balance, particularly as the beer warms. However, I found both the hops and malt characters to be kind of thin. After-taste is pale and grainy.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: I didn’t find it very tasty, which was the most contributing factor to it not being very easy to drink. It was exactly what I was expecting, which was a slightly hoppier version of their Pale Ale. I didn’t like that and I don’t like this either. It’s among the very worst that I’ve had in the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 03:30:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck bottle with no freshness date, description of the beer and “American I.P.A.” stated on the label.

Appearance: Shimmering off white lace that leaves a web-like trail, the pancake of a head stays for a while floating above the bright golden liquid.

Smell: Slanted hoppy aroma of full on Cascades, sweet and floral with an oily citric note. Some malt is noticeable with suggestions of taffy and ripe pear, all in all this is a bit weak in the aroma for an American IPA.

Taste: Crispness gets a little lost when the moderate carbonation drops out, malt is hard to discern as the one way left-wing Cascade character tries to take over. Rind like citric tones are quick and the bitterness is a bit pungent. Finishes bitter and semi-dry.

Notes: Not bad if you like the taste of citrusy Cascade hops, weak in the malt department which shows in the body as well. Similar to Harpoon IPA but not as good.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2002 11:03:19 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright, clear orange/gold color, head is thickly held, a nice, bubbly bone-white.
Aroma: jumps out with a sharp hoppiness, piney, fruity (citrus, pineapple, peach), but fading fast.
Big entrance from the hops, filling and warming the mouth and tongue, then receding, pleasantly. Fruity flavors return, though, with each additional sip, ande adding an extra astringency in the back of the throat.
Body is medium-light, finish a touch sour and short, and overall, a mellow brew. With each return to the lips, tangy, grapefruity flavors resurge to dominate the senses, briefly, then creep back.
A nice, easy-going, but still very hoppy IPA, and not a bad brew by any stretch.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 01:32:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bronze with a 2 fingers off white foamy head & effervesnce. Great lacing & okay head retention

S: Floral hops, but not much

T: Foral hops & fruittyness followed by a sligt grainyness. Finishes fruitty with floral & citrus hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, with good carbonation & okay balance

Drinks pretty easy, but just an okay IPA

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 05:17:17 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle at a local beer store. Poured into a Chimay goblet. Beer is clear and amber in color, slightly red. Carbonate is moderate to low, the head is diffuse and thin but covers the entire top of the beer. Minimal lacing left on the glass (I don't care about lacing but some people do). Smell is there but you have to hunt for it, hoppy, floral. This beer is bitter, but its an IPA so that's right on. Mouthfeel is moderate to thin, could beef this beer up a little bit, make sure people know that they are drinking it, not to chew a beer but nevertheless. All and all a decent example for an American IPA, especially from the East.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 03:22:05 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears copper gold with an off white cream colored head leaving scattered lacing with each sip emptied from pint. Aromatics this beer seems standard piney hops simmered in caramelized sugar is what I am getting here, cascades aren't as upfront as I would like. Flavor is one rush of bittering hops with no malt balance exists making this beer hard to swallow and rough on the palate. Saranac IPA isn't in your face for the style it's just not good, so with a thin mouthfeel and no body hand me a real IPA. Drinkability suffers due to the one dimensional flavor profile and lack of texture in the body of this beer, disappointed in this beer from the Saranac lineup.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 21:06:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-20-2013 23:20:36 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is hoppy and quite aromatic. It has a very powerful floral scent; very nice. The taste is good. It also boasts floral hop flavor. It however has a very plain tasting palate of malts. It tastes like only pale malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer; a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 01:56:45 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Bottle provided by Cavie.

The beer pours yellow orange with a white head. The aroma is earthy hops with some citrus. Flavor is more of the same with earthy hops and some pineapple. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation. A decent IPA, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 17:58:32 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really bitter ipa. smells and tastes the same, very citrus hop beer. i taste slight hints of lemon lime in here. its a bitter hop takeover to a point far beyond refreshment. i didnt like this one at all when i first had it years ago, but as i enjoy one right now i find my palate has evolved to appreciate it for what it is. mouthfeel is a little thin for all this flavor, but thats a good thing here i think. a good beer for bold foods as it can stand up to anything without filling you up. they put this one in most of their mix packs so its widely available. not bad, not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 16:14:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.