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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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873 Ratings

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 29 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of sprackops


2.78/5  rDev -16%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Golden coloration with an adequate head and some lacing.

Smell: Light citric hops aroma with a hint of honey.

Taste: Biscuity, slightly sweet malt character. While there is some evidence of a cascade presence, there's actually very little here in the hops department given the style. It has a slightly bitter, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

Drinkability/comments: Not a very good IPA as I know the style. Disappointing.

02-18-2005 06:25:43 | More by sprackops
Photo of 99bottles


3.6/5  rDev +8.8%

Apperance: This pours a nice clear body of orange-gold with active carbonation and a fleeting head of fine white lace. Looks nice, the somewhat light color makes me think this is going to be rather light.

Smell: A full and hoppy nose forms with light piney flavors and some bitter citrus also. I think of dried orange and lemon rinds. The floral hop quality is very understated as these bolder scents pull through.

Taste: This is a nice, simple IPA. Nothing fancy, nothing to win any awards. The malts are slightly sweet and finish dryly. The hops impart more of the citrus flavor, with moderate bitterness and little in the way of aromatic or floral qualities. West coast pine and orange seem to dominate. Finishes with a great dryness and just the right bitter smack.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation keeps this lively beer from settling down and burning the flavors on the tongue. Just the right amount of malt to keep this light.

Drinkability: This would be a great beer to have with food. It's not flashy or subtle or floral or intense. It's a nice IPA that does most things right and keeps itself on the lighter end of the spectrum, so you could easily have more than one.

02-14-2005 17:06:30 | More by 99bottles
Photo of santoslhalper


2.85/5  rDev -13.9%

Appearence: Pours copper with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: The smell is obviously hop focused, but the hops smell bland and boring.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first it's instantly hoppy, and the hops are alright, but the aftertaste is almost sickening. It lingers on forever with an almost nast fizzyness that clings to the inside of your mouth. The good hops but bad aftertaste make the flavor average.

Drinkability and Overall: Ok, this is just another completely average IPA churned out with massive amounts of hops just because it sells. The true essence of beer is in the balance and the ultimate enjoyment, not jumping on the bandwagon with over-hopped IPA's that wind up being just like everything else on the market. This was a beer with alot of potential that just fell short.

02-10-2005 07:15:08 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -4.8%

This beer pours out a very clear golden color with a small off white head. Weak, unimpressive grainy smell. The flavor is a touch of malt with cascade hops. The hops dominates the taste, but I would not call this beer very hoppy. As soon as you swallow, the flavor is almost completely gone. I am often a fan of moderately hopped India Pale Ales, but this one is too weak. I prefer the Saranac pale ale.

02-05-2005 03:15:44 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of Celt44

New York

4.3/5  rDev +29.9%

Hop-filled aroma is impressive. Golden to yellow appearance is its only negative quality. Keeps a head and lacing throughout. Very tasty. Lives up to its billing as "generously hopped". Great for the price - $4.99/6pk. here in Upstate NY.

01-27-2005 22:52:34 | More by Celt44
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

01-06-2005 23:13:23 | More by oberon
Photo of Hibernator


3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip imperial pint glass.

Golden yellow-orange in color with a fluffy head on top. Nice sticky lacings are clingning on the glass.

Whiffs of pine and citrus. Floral aroma with sweet hop oils. This brew clearly screams Cascade hops. I love the smell of Cascade hops.

Strong, sweet flavor of Cascade hops dominate this beer. Orange and lime zest and working together with a minimal malt presence. Light to medium bodied. Could use more backbone, but pretty good nevertheless.

I was pleasantly surprised with this IPA from Saranac.

12-19-2004 00:01:05 | More by Hibernator
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +1.2%

I like this beer better than the Saranac Pale Ale. It has more of a balanced taste. Sure it is hoppier, but it has also got a good bit of malt in the finish which is short and not too dry. The malt is in the middle and it is just enough not to put me off from liking this beer.

Good looking brew, nice head, and lots of thick lace. I will definitely look for this again.

12-18-2004 02:53:45 | More by Citadel82
Photo of Southernbrew


3.43/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours bronze with a nice, foamy head.

Nose is mostly composed of Cascade hops along with a graininess I've come to expect from Saranac.

Medium bodied, definite Cascade flavor without any real malt backbone. Some bitterness and citrusness come through up front followed by a faint husk-flavor. Finishes up quickly with a weak bitterness.

Average IPA, nothing noteworthy.

12-16-2004 15:22:50 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of oelergud


2.63/5  rDev -20.5%

Light golden body with white head and good carbonation. Lace is pretty good but retention is low.
Pleasant hoppy scent with sweet malt undertones but there is a sour odor present.
Taste is acidic and somewhat sour, some hoppyness is trying to take over but the sourness wins. Little to no malt present in the taste and none of the spiced kick many IPAs have.
Little coating despite good body feel.
Not a beer I'll have again in the near future.


12-16-2004 01:41:33 | More by oelergud
Photo of sideshowrob


3.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Brew poured a slightly jaundiced shade of yellow-amber. Very clear, good carbonation. Vitrually no head when poured. The faintest aroma of pine gave a subtle hit that there may be some hops in this brew, but the bouquet was very week. Taste was surprizingly good, with a fairly agressive hop note. Nice clairity of hops, not too strong, and definately above what a pale ale ought to be. Mouthfeel was nothing out of the ordinary, pleasant enough. With the low ABV and modest hop note, this brew is easy to quaff.

12-12-2004 23:56:37 | More by sideshowrob
Photo of NEhophead


3.6/5  rDev +8.8%

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy 1/2" white head with slightly above average retention. Condensed lacing with pretty good strength. Thin straw in color with a bit of light brown.

Floral hop aromas; lemon, very light pine, and a bit perfumy. A slight dark sweetness as well.

Darker hop flavors: burnt floral hops with lemon. A well supported semi-sweet malt character. Moderate darker tasting bitterness that gives way to a pretty strong perfume-hop aftertaste.

Medium bodied; a little thick on the palate, but it coats it well anyhow.

A slightly above average IPA, IMO. Not a bad ale but nothing special. This is one of Saranac's brews that I wouldn't mind trying again (which is certainly an accomplishment), but again nothing special to write home about.

12-04-2004 14:17:02 | More by NEhophead
Photo of ppoitras


3.03/5  rDev -8.5%

12ozer bottle bought as part of a mixed six of Saranac products from somewhere, I forget...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" slightly off-white head above the golden amber brew. Head is reasonably lasting, and lacing is average. Aroma is minimal, slight pale malt/hop aromas lurking like peeping Toms, with no one showing themselves very well. Taste provides light malt backbone, with medium bitter hops, no artistry with those babies. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both average, nothing much to write home about here.

12-02-2004 23:04:51 | More by ppoitras
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.33/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a clear golden straw hue with a big creamy ivory head. Lots of fine lace. Smells of hops. Big floral bitter hops.

Taste is lots of hops. Floral hops, bitter hops, lemony hops, oily hops. Some metallic flavors in there too with just hints of a dry grassy pale malt. Hops linger a long time on the tongue. A bit light bodied but quite drinkable and tasty. I wasn't expecting much out of this one but was pleasantly surprised. Nothing special but a solid second-tier IPA.

The Third Beer of Christmas.

12-02-2004 02:58:29 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of connecticutpoet


4.03/5  rDev +21.8%

This was a clear yellow ale that had a 3 inch head when I poured it into my pilsner glass. LOTS of lacing.

The aroma was of aromatic hops... mostly pine notes.

The taste was VERY bitter... tart, with pine notes and a slight amount of grapefruit-like citrus. The finish was long and bitter.

Mouthfeel was tart, astringent, and well bodied, perfect for a good IPA with a hop wallop.

The bitterness matched the mouthfeel... overall I was very pleased with this, the last of the three Saranacs I tried this night.

11-24-2004 04:11:14 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of chilidog


3.9/5  rDev +17.8%

The beer pours a good looking golden color with a fluffy off-white head that did lace and even ring some. Carbonation was moderate and it did tend to flatten abit to almost water-like for the body seemed abit thin to start. The aroma was citric & pear-like. The taste, abit thin on malt, carried a weak hop along with the pear- citric over-all taste. Mouthfeel was left semi-bitter.
Over-all abit weak for an IPA. But, for a drinkable, not over-hopped, non-offensive brew, this one will do.

11-07-2004 20:23:37 | More by chilidog
Photo of Rio


3.8/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours a deep golden color witha pretty nice off-white head that left a layer across the top of the brew. Aroma of cascade hops, and a bit of a malty sweetness to it.

Cascade hops are prevalent here, along with a tiny bit of a citrus flavor, and another fruit flavor. I almost want to say it tastes like a pear. Smooth, but the lack of noticible carbonation stands out here for some reason.

All in all, I think it's a decent IPA. Not a great one, but pretty good.

11-02-2004 06:53:05 | More by Rio
Photo of twelvsies


3.58/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a clear amber color, a bit of puffy head on top. Smell is interesting, very hoppy of course, citric and fruity, maybe a bit of malt hints but that's not the point of this beer it seems. Tastes as good as it smells, strong hops, citric notes, a ted bitter which suites my tastes. This beer could be more full bodied, it's pretty thin in the mouthfeel. Also, there's not enough malt, it's kind of just like a lot of hops in water. I like the pale ale better I think. Overall a very decent beer, but don't expect anything out of the ordinary.

10-20-2004 19:10:42 | More by twelvsies
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%

A golden straw color (as stated also on the label) with a medium head that sits atop the glass for a while. Nice carbonation and lacing. Smells of strong hops with a slight hint of fruit or honey. Bitter as a typical IPA with above average mouthfeel. The hoppiness makes for difficulty drinking more than one. However, one of the better IPAs I've tasted so far.

09-19-2004 23:45:50 | More by Backer2004
Photo of ElGordo


3.23/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a nice pale amber hue with a good one-inch white head. This bottle must be very fresh - a beautiful hop aroma filled the room when I popped the cap. Hoppiness isn't quite as nice out of the glass, it has a bit of an astringent character to it, and maybe a hint of pepper. Palate isn't particularly assertive for an IPA. Up front, a light malty character with notes of grapes and a touch of hops. Towards the back of the mouth, the hops come out to play a bit more and leave a satisfying bitterness on the finish. Slightly foamy mouthfeel. I guess I'd have another, but I'd definitely prefer a west coast IPA.

09-03-2004 00:24:34 | More by ElGordo
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Lightish copper bronze color and a small bubble creamy head that's got some retention. Fruity hops nose, pineapple and tropical fruits on the sweeter side of things.

Tastes like a standard IPA, fairly fruity hops, medium to light body, crisp...felt normal. Mildly sweet in the mouth, notes of apples. After the cleanish finish, there's a wildly bitter aftertaste, however, that headed towards metallic in its bitterness. Not too dry--just bitter. And long-lasting.

08-12-2004 22:15:49 | More by donnebaby
Photo of TinusTime


3.73/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a light copper colour with a medium sized sticky white head that laced down the glass. Aroma is of a bit of pine and citrus with just the faintest note of malt and a little brown sugar. The taste is a little unbalanced in favour of the hops. Not much malt detected. However its not too out of balance and is pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is a little sticky due to the abundence of hops. Over all pretty drinkable. For 4.99 a six pack I will definately pick it up again when I want something inexpensive and dont want to drink yellow fizz beer.

08-02-2004 20:17:40 | More by TinusTime
Photo of Mitchster


4.03/5  rDev +21.8%

Brewed with 2-row american pale malt and hopped with Cascade.
5.8% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear bronze, forming a large white, sticky head with very good retention and superior lacing. Carbonation is spot-on for the style...kinda moderate yet piquant. Aroma is fresh with classic Cascade hops, a touch of pale malt husk, some nice residual sugars peeking through, and a touch of cannabis akin to Amarillo. Smacks of honey and vanilla, and as it warms, brief isopropyl alcohol. I like! Mouthfeel is bright and moderately sharp with a medium-dense body. Slightly sticky. Taste begins with abundant floral and citric flavor hops, yet is not too bilious, followed by a moderate-strong bitterness, some light residual sugars, and drying astringency from the hops, grain husk, and slight alcohol. Finish is long with notes of vanilla and honey. Cleanly fermented.

True to the style, this is a very good IPA which would seem to be under-rated here. More West-Coast than Midwest in character. I'd like a bit more malt to balance it out. Give it a try!

07-20-2004 22:26:06 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Zorro


3.85/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours a clear deep amber colored brew.

Smell is both malty and hoppy, seems to be extra malty for the style. Fruity scent here to like an altbier.

Taste is quite malty with a solid hops bite to fight back the sweetness. Strong citrus note from the hops too. A mild tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Nice drinkable brew well balanced and smooth.

07-04-2004 23:39:04 | More by Zorro
Photo of TheOtherMike


3.58/5  rDev +8.2%

I found this while vacationing in the Adirondacks. It seems to be readily available throughout the region.

Appearance - light golden color, slight head, well carbonated.

Smell - somewhat faint, not too revealing. Suggests, however weakly, that this is an IPA.

Taste - Kinda boring, but not bad by any means. Thin bodied but crisp.

Drinkability - It'll work to wet the whistle. I'd get it again if I saw it mostly because it isn't available near me.

06-30-2004 17:08:28 | More by TheOtherMike
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