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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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896 Ratings

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 37 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a Saranac Adirondack Sampler

Pours a golden amber with a fluffy 1.5 finger head that dissapears rather fast but leaves nice lacing.

Nice hoppy smell, but somethings a little off. I think the malt doesn't come out right.

Not a complex beer, rather simple and light in taste but it has the hops and it good. Starts smooth and finishes bitter. Leaves a somewhat dry hoppy aftertaste to savor.

Surprisingly good mouthfeel. I think there's a little diacteyl in there that's helps make it go down fairly easy

Great for a cheap hops fix. This isnt a great AIPA, but its worth seeking if you want an easy drinking, cheap IPA. It may sound like a glorified APA, but its got some kick to it.

tempest, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer. I find Saranac a nice alternative to Sam Adams, at least in these parts. A very basic AIPA, but pretty darn tasty. Keep in mind I'm reviewing a Marco-mini.

App: Not fantastic, really lacking any of the traditional hues that make up IPA's. Slightly orange, almost translucent, very odd.

S&T: Very poppy, carbonation and initial taste are poppin' all over the place. Lots of spice in the aftertaste. Very fruity as well, lemon and grapefruit.

M&D: A decent offering from a decent brewery. Saranac thumbs up!

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice coppery gold color. Good aroma-very hoppy and floral. Some sweet malt in the backround. Ok hop and malt flavor. The two are balanced but not really enough of either to say "IPA". Faint soapiness in the whole mix. Somewhat astringent finish. Decent enough moutfeel. Overall a worthy effort. Loose the astringency and add a touch of malt and you got a decent IPA. Good cross over beer for a macro drinker.

lackenhauser, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/orange hue; fairly clear. A one and a half finger head retains well and produces some sticky lacing. Spicy hops and pale malt in the nose. Big bitter taste upfront, followed by a dry and sweet ester sweetness. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a clean finish. Smooth and well balanced for an American IPA, and very refreshing.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is really citrusy, must be lots of cascade in here, and then some honey and caramel notes. This might not be dry hopped, I'm not sure. Taste leaves behind the malts and there is almost no malt flavor. Instead I get a nice prickly grapefruit flavor. Bitterness increases towards the finish which is dry but still lingers in the back of my mouth. No acidic bite which I almost expected. A little spicyness in there as well as some yeast flavors which give earthiness at the top of the beer. Easy drinking and decent but not much more. I could drink a few of these I think.

granger10, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased as part of sampler pack. Poured a clear golden color with medium puffy white head. Smell is dominated by hops but a citrus background texture is noted. Taste is strong with hop bitterness at first sip, but a sweet fruitiness starts to come through. Finishes with a dry bitterness, Decent drinking beer.

tgbljb, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a surprisingly light colored copper. Small white head with decent lace patterns.

The cascade hops are what you first smell. They are backed by a bit of wheat cracker type aroma.

Taste is pleasant but not really biter enough to be a true IPA. Still there is some briskness and a bit of puckering citrus. The malts add a nice bit of balance. This one is a little under gunned to considered more than just above average. Don’t know, but I’m guessing the IBUs are in the 40 to 45 range.

The mouth is a wee bit husky which is fine. Easy enough drinker and this one could be a good intro to the IPA family of beers.

Redrover, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of jakester
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a sampler case. No date evident!

Pours a beautiful clear light copper/gold with a 2 finger off-white head of foam. Drops to a nice coating and lacing all the way down.

Aroma is strong lemons and grapefruit. Obviously Cascade hops are present. Also some faint bready/yeasty malts, but not much.

The first flavor is malt, but that is quickly overtaken by pretty darn strong hop bittering. Lemons and grapefruit flavors come next, with some light caramel malts also present. There is a final, pleasant, dry astringency. This is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is sweet malts, bitter hops, and soft carbonation which finishes the beer as clean and crisp.

This would be a pounder. Damn good session IPA, though a little strong, and definitely recommended. For the price, this is a real winner.

jakester, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cyrytal clear medium amber with a 1 finger head and good lace. Average IPA aromas. A spicy citrusy hop aroma with some caramel malt smells also present. Slighty fruity smells as well. A nice hoppy IPA as they should be. Not overly heavy and fruity on the malt side. Crisp and refreshing. A pretty good IPA for the price.

sabrills70, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of Applesauce1
4.65/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Overall, an excellent beer. The first smell of the beer is very hoppy. This taste is also hoppy, but not overly done. Very good taste. Better than more expensive IPA's (pyramid, redhook,...). This IPA also did not have the fruity taste some do (fruity taste is bad). 5.99 for a six-pack in ohio. I tried other beers in sampler pack that saranac makes, and this is deifinitely the best.

Applesauce1, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of LarryV
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I do consider the price when I review a beer, and for the money, this is a pretty decent IPA. It's not a hop monster, so true hopheads will be dissapointed with this beer. Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy beige head that lingers for a while. The nose is piney hops. The hops come to the forefront in the flavor, but the malt is racing to keep up in the background. Taste is crisp and clean, though the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. For a relatively inexpensive IPA, I think this is a pretty good beer. Enjoyable with some BBQ or tacos and it won't kill your wallet.

LarryV, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of Naes
4.22/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very clear golden color and a pearl white head, that laces wonderfully.

The aroma is hopy with hints of citrus.

As for taste, hops are dominant. Though citrus is vaguely present.

A highly carbonated beer; the bubbles dance on the tongue as if to prepare you for the hops that are quick to follow.

One of the more drinkable IPA’s, if you are not prepared for an onslought of hops.

Overall, not a bad brew if you like the hops.

Naes, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

MMmmmm. Crack this one open and your nose will experience a nice shot of floral and citric hops. It pours a nice light orange amber color with a light beige head and some interesing lacing. Wow this is hoppy and nto really malty. Not much else going on for it but i like it. Mouthfeel is moderate and It is moderately drinkable.

kbnooshay, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poours a light orange with a thin cap of head. Smell is rather faint, but is of citrus hops and grapefruit. Taste is quite bitter and citrusy, with almost enough malt presense to balance. Medium bodied and just a little overcarbonated and bubbly. Overall a pretty solid, if unspectacular, beer.

cubedbee, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of buckiflyer
2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

light amber color, pours a decent 2-3 fingure head, very carbonated, no lacing. Disappointing smell, expected a more powerful hopness. Light taste for an ipa, weak hop finish. Overall an average IPA. In this drinkers opionion there are better American IPA's available.

buckiflyer, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear pale amber in color with a bone white head that retains surprisingly well and leaves minimal lace.

Aroma is quite hoppy, and dominated by notes of citrus and pine. A little malt character comes through, but this one is all about the hops.

Flavor is crisp with abundant hop flavors and just barely enough golden malt flavor to balance it. Not too complex, but tastey and easy to drink.

Medium light body with a bubbly, full mouthfeel. One of the more solid brews from Saranac, not bad for $5 a 6er.

AlexJ, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-vast carbonation in a clear golden color, the head is huge and leaves lace, ok clarity on the color.

Smell-big whiffs of Cascade hops, not much malt but it is there along with alcohol simmers

Taste-hoppy which is good, not much malt to balance making the taste rather bitter, the Cascades pull through nicely a decent hop beer.

Mouthfeel-quite bitter, somewhat rough on the palette, balance could have been better but overall not bad.

Drinkability-not that alcoholic for an American I.P.A. sessionable for a bunch of hop lovers.

Overall-decent American I.P.A. I love Cascade hops so this hit the spot for me, from a critic's standpoint it could have been more balanced with malt though, but overall another solid beer in Saranac's fantastically solid lineup.

TheDeuce, May 22, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw orange in color. Nose is strong in the hops, with malts slightly in the background. The taste is very kosher. Flavor is malts and hops, but with some peppery and citrus tones. Very ordinary beer, but another beer that is always good to have on hand for plebe beer geeks. Mouthfeel is just a bit watery, but has enough flavor to power through that. Another smooth drinking beer from Saranac.

MuddyFeet, May 03, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber color with a long lasting two finger finely bubbled head.

Aroma is cascade hops all the way (some grapefruit, some lemon peel) as well as light caramel. A bit faint and one dimensional, though not unpleasant.

Flavor is almost abrasively bitter with very little in the way of malt to offer balance. Otherwise there are again hints of caramel and citrus.

The beer finishes with a lingering lemon peel quality. This one could certainly have been better, but also worse. I just can't get too enthusiastic either way.

TongoRad, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber clear hues with scant bubbles topped by a thin ivory froth.

Hop nose of cascade is clear with some malt background scents.

First swigs: Slight apple and mostly grapefruit hops lightly pepper the flavor palate. A linger of leafy mineral dry lemon peel aftertaste. Unbalanced towards the hops, but a malty base holds up the citrous sizzle.

Medium bodied crisply carbonated. Lacks a true originality. Just nips at the heals of SNPA.

Last swigs: Grapefruit and apple IPA with a crispness. A pretty good IPA. Nothing that you are missing if you never have it. A solid overall hoppy grapefruit IPA. No freshness info.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden straw color (just like the bottle says, go figure) with a white, thin feeling, small head that quickly diminishes to a stubborn film that leaves some spotty lacing on the way down.

Smell: Mostly citrusy hops. Hints of caramel make the malt presence known, though it’s quite overpowered by the hops.

Taste: Pretty typical for a hop-dominated beer. Grapefruit bitterness from start to finish with a weak maltiness detectable early. The finish is bitter and medium long in duration with a slight metallic tinge that’s not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, watery to oily texture, light carbonation, and slightly acidic.

Drinkability: So so. I’m a sucker for and IPA, especially when I’m going through a hophead phase, like now, but this one was only ok, not as good as I expected from Saranac. Many better IPAs out there.

ski271, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saranac, a good decision. When you can't find any other beers around, I'd recommend a Saranac over any 'macro'.

This IPA pours golden amber with a moderate bubbly head, decent retention, some lacing as well. Smells of hops, a little citrus notes as well, a hint of skunk. Taste is moderately bitter and a little citrusy wheaty at the end of each sip. Crisp, dry, consistent. I'd try this again.

aquatonex, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of sprackops
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

sprackops, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of 99bottles
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

99bottles, Feb 14, 2005
Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.