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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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875 Ratings

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 30 | 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 WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

12-24-2003 01:56:45 | More by WesWes
Photo of winomark


2.42/5  rDev -26.9%

Appearance: Pours a light copper with a substantial foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Some hop citrus, but a slight sweetness is most noticable.

Taste: Malt and cereal notes up front with a slight hoppiness battling with the carbonation. Dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Not balanced at all. Flavors going in all different directions. Carbonation dominates throughout.

Drinkability: Not an IPA in my book. Avoid if possible.

12-22-2003 15:36:22 | More by winomark
Photo of clvand0


2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

This beer poured a golden/yellow color with a small head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was mostly citrus with some malts and hops in the background. The flavor was citrusy with some hops and malts as well, but it seemed to be pretty watery. I didn't think this was a good representation of the IPA.

12-19-2003 14:27:18 | More by clvand0
Photo of mschofield


2.63/5  rDev -20.5%

Finishing off my Saranac Holiday 12 pack
Copper-orange with a tall bubbly white head, does lace a little, settles to a cap.
Citrus and pine notes with a tiny bit of green apple in the aroma. Citrus carries through to the taste as grapefruit rind, not enough malt in the flavor, none in the aroma.
Light medium, slightly oily body.
Not a terribly memorable IPA, or one I'd buy if there were other choices available, and there are a lot of better easilt available choices in the same price range.

12-18-2003 17:20:10 | More by mschofield
Photo of ManekiNeko


2.42/5  rDev -26.9%

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange yellow (a wee bit pale for an IPA, to my experience and preference) topped by a healthy and frothy ecru head. Visible carbonation. Head recedes to a frothy film and leaves lacing appropriate to the style: big and billowy.

Smell: Decent cascade hop nose, mildly grapefruity and piney. Detectable malts on the nose.

Taste: Sharp cascade hop bite. Grassy and metallic, not much of a malt backing, but not the worst I've ever had. Grapefruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a tannic-esque drying effect.

Drinkability: Lack of enough malts + tannic-like drying = unhappy kitty. Not horrible enough to dump down the drain, but not good enough to even want to try again - even on someone else's dollar.

12-09-2003 01:13:50 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

A light amber body tending toward gold with a decent intial head of an ivory hue. The head flattens out to a thin layer fairly quickly and leaves spooty lace down the glass. The nose is of citrus hops with the faintest hint of malt as the brew warms toward room temps.

The tasty is of citurs hops with only a little malt background. Faint oiliness in the feel with a fair snap in the finish. The drinkability is pretty good but would be helped by a heavier malting.

12-08-2003 00:08:34 | More by AtLagerHeads
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3.03/5  rDev -8.5%

This is, almost, a side by side tasting with Harpoon IPA, both from 12 bottle sampler boxes from their respective breweries. The Saranac pours a totally clear medium golden amber, with short lasting head. Subued nose, like the Harpoon, but the Saranac's nose is more bitter, less floral. Good chain lacing in the pint glass. Mouthfeel is ok, plenty of carbonation and nice hop/malt balance. Tastes like some pine resin got tossed into the mix. There is a slight peppery taste, and an astringent aftertaste. I think Saranac is trying to do too many styles at the same time, or it seems that way to me. This doesn't compare favorably to the Harpoon IPA.

12-08-2003 00:08:15 | More by merlin48
Photo of jed


3.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a golden, straw brown with a medium head. Excellent head retention, leaves behind a trail of lace.

Smell: Piney hop aromas dominate, oily and a bit astringent. Less of a citrus aroma then some more popular American IPAs. Hints of sweetness and malt.

Taste: Strong cascade hops with a hint of malt sweetness. Again, less citrus flavor than I would have expected. Chewy, woodsy aftertaste, dry and grainy. Less floral or spicy then Harpoon IPA or something like HopDevil. Very smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: While this beer lacks the strong flavors of something like SN Celebration Ale, the lightness makes it very drinkable. A good session beer, although you might start to crave something more substantive.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. This would be an excellent beer to suggest to macro drinkers as a very easy introduction to the IPA style. I can't see seeking this out regularly; I prefer Harpoon for a session IPA. Nevertheless an excellent if slightly weak brew.

12-07-2003 23:23:34 | More by jed
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New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -13%

Saranac IPA was #10 of my assorted 12 pack.

IPA poured a golden yellow with very little head.
the smell was slighty citrusy with a hint of hops.
the taste was very plain. Slight citrus, some floral, some bitterness.
The mouthfeel was bitter yet watery.

Overall, not an impressive IPA just an average brew at best.

12-06-2003 23:45:41 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.6/5  rDev +8.8%

Light tan head leaves a good amount of spotty lace. Light amber colored beer is transparent. Nice bitterly sweet hoppy aroma. The flavor is sweetly hoppy and quickly becomes bitter. The bitterness fades in the aftertaste and finishes fairly clean. I wouldn't mind drinking this one more often, too bad you have to buy a mixed 12 pack to get one.

12-03-2003 02:38:26 | More by HappyHourHero
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2.85/5  rDev -13.9%

Clear light copper. Frothy, loosely packed cream white head leaves rough lace. Generic pink grapefruit Cascade hop nose, with a light caramel twang in aroma. Prosaic, but clean aromawise. The flavor mirrors the aroma, with a grapefruit and citrus rind hop presence dominating overshadowed caramel malt. Trace pseudotoasty Carapils malt emerges as it breathes, but there's insignificant malt depth here. Hop bitterness is moderate and due to the high attenuation, very little residual sweetness remains. Lean in body, and only a notch above watery in mouthfeel. Finishes with a fading acidic tartness and lingering sharp, pith like notes. Not an impressive brew. Saranac IPA lacks in malt and hop character, and is somewhat watery taboot. Would function quite well as a thirst quencher, though. Decent at best.

11-26-2003 07:36:45 | More by marc77
Photo of shippos

New York

3/5  rDev -9.4%

poured with a pale yellow color with a thick white head. very intense floral hop aroma, almost grassy...can't detect any malt at all in the aroma. very hoppy taste again with little malt to balance out the intense hopping of this beer. mouthfeel is kinda watery would have like it to be a little thicker. no depth to this beer at all just hops, hops, hops.

11-18-2003 13:29:48 | More by shippos
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3.05/5  rDev -7.9%

A pretty beer. A white head sitting atop a beautiful orange amber. But looks can be very decieving. The smell was weak and had very little to offer, though I did get a slight hint of hops. A tell tale sign of a good beer is balance. This beer completly lacked this. The hops were overpowering to the extent that one could hardly tell there is any caramel malt. I think this could be a great beer if there was more balance.

11-16-2003 14:28:06 | More by CBFanWish
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3.8/5  rDev +14.8%

A nice deep gold color with a hint of copper. Aromas of mild cascades, some nice leafy rawness but overall fairly light on the nose. Taste is a bit spicy with some nice earthy flavors starting things out. Also some nice and light caramel malt, minerals and a little metallic twang, some more earthiness comes to play towards the end. Finishes fairly bitter and BONE dry. Mouthfeel could have done with a bit more fullness, carbonation was just about right.

Overall - Another solid, if not overly complex offering from Saranac (the poor mans micro). I like it like I like Redhook IPA.

11-12-2003 22:18:36 | More by bmills1608
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.4%

(Saranac "12 Beers" sampler, 2002 edition)

Truth be known, this is actually my first I.P.A. You will be reading the comments of an I.P.A. newbie, so prepare to be amused (or maybe disgusted)! Saranac's Pale Ale was a pretty decent but average representation of the style, and this IPA of theirs is similar except it seems that they have increased the hop amount in this one tenfold. A pretty interesting beer, but I couldn't see drinking too many of these.

Saranac IPA pours a light copper/gold color that is similar to the Pale Ale. A 1 finger foam head forms and dissapears in under 30 seconds, leaving some whispy lace. The aroma mainly consists of a citric hoppy aroma, with some of the "cheesiness" of the pale ale present. The mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated. I detected very little malt in this one, as the hops seemed to be the showcase here. Cheesiness was present, but the citric hop flavor was quite dominant, with some minty and piney notes. Pretty bitter for one not used to it, but enjoyably complex to an extent. Aftertaste has a long lingering hop flavor, lasts for quite some time after beer is done. Citric/pine flavors noticeable. This one finishes off with some alcoholic warmth.

I will probably laugh at this beer once I try one of Stone's offerings, or even once I retry SNPA, which I haven't had in years. I was pleased with my entrance to the I.P.A. world, even though a newbie like me would still consider this a lower rung IPA. My main criticism of this beer was that it wasn't as well balanced as it could have been and could have had a slight increase in malt presence. I probably would get tired of this after two, hence the lowered drinkability level. Interesting, but my grade is slightly above average for a Saranac, and average for all-around beer.

11-05-2003 07:17:42 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -19.9%

Bought as part of the 12 beers of Saranac pack. It poured a orange color with barley a head. The carbonation was very light, and the aroma was dull, as some hops were detectable but the nose needed to find them. The malt and hops levels were unbalanced as the bitterness was overpowering.

The body was thin and the overall flavor was dull and uninteresting for an IPA. There was some crispness in the mouthfeel, and the bitterness lasted only brief second on the tongue before disappearing. I expected more of this IPA. Very bland.

11-01-2003 22:21:17 | More by Gavage
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3.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours out a nice orange, with a fluffy off white head. Smells of grapefruit... alot of grapefruit. Hops hops and more hops is the only way to describe the taste, very little malt is detected which makes me wonder if the hops are covering for a bad malt job. Good all around ipa very hoppy (not that im complainin i love em).

10-28-2003 03:58:43 | More by Ianhockey91
Photo of goz


4/5  rDev +20.8%

Pours a clear golden, decent sized white head, ok lacing, tons of bubbles in the body. Aroma is dominant with the hops, mildly malty. Flavor starts bland and watery, ends with a decent bit of hoppiness, although it seems a but unpleasant to me. Thin body, kinda watery, nothing special here.

10-08-2003 02:52:18 | More by goz
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West Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -32%

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.

08-25-2003 21:06:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.65/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

06-25-2003 01:32:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.83/5  rDev +15.7%

This is exactly the take on the IPA style that one would expect from an old school brewery. It is a very restrained IPA, which is a nice change as most microbreweries seem to use the IPA style as an excuse to pack as much IBUs into a beer as possible. And there is a place for the max IBU beers, but to me it just seems so "done".

There is debate as to how bitter original IPAs were in the 1800s. This tastes like how I would expect an good English brewery would make an IPA. Definitely hoppier, stronger, and more bitter than a regular English style ale, but not over the top. Very nice.

06-20-2003 15:07:37 | More by Scoats
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3.78/5  rDev +14.2%

Some interesting complexity to the hop qualities of this beer, which leaves it in better standing with me than some. Also, I find the level of citrus nose and taste on this rather low considering others I've had (which seems different that many of the other reviewers). The aroma has an initial light flowery aroma that moves to a more earthy or green quality (ADR I think refers to it as Pine-Sol, although I enjoyed it more than that). I liked the aroma. Amber, clear with a big full head. Hop flavor that is very much like the aroma with enough malt to balance and keep the hops from being excessive. Medium finish of mild bitterness. Fairly smooth overall with a good blending of the carbonation in the overall drink. I like this, but don't consider it great. A little lacking in body, but would gladly take it if offerred.

05-18-2003 20:12:38 | More by garymuchow
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3.28/5  rDev -0.9%

Not a best in breed, but what Saranac beer is. Faint hop aroma, light on the body. Good for the times when you don't want to be overpowered by the beer, but I would rather go for a Pale Ale in these cases. Good drinakbility, pleasant, just not outstanding.

03-29-2003 03:53:32 | More by beernbbq
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3.48/5  rDev +5.1%

A bottle pours a tiny white head on top of a pale golden body with a light orange hue. Pleasant aroma of cascade hops. No real malt flavors in this brew. Its fairly bitter but not sour in the least. A gulp finishes with a dry feeling on the tongue. Almost flowery tasting aftertaste. Nodak pointed out that this tastes fairly similiar to their Pale Ale and I agree with him. Its just much more bitter and doesnt have much of a malt profile. Body is rather thin and carbonation sticks to the bottom of a pint glass. A fair IPA but no where as good as other Saranac offerings.

03-26-2003 09:51:46 | More by allboutbierge
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3.78/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

03-05-2003 20:04:44 | More by NeroFiddled
Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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