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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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914 Ratings

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Ratings: 914 | Reviews: 550
Photo of oelergud
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.


Photo of sideshowrob
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.02/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chilidog
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rio
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of twelvsies
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Backer2004
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of donnebaby
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TinusTime
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheOtherMike
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of avylover
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice lookling brew - looks like something you might see on TV up close. Bubbly, golden, nice size head, and frosty in my glass on this hot & humid day. The aroma is fairly weak. Some slight cascade notes, but I can't get much else from this really. Taste is better, with a crisp hoppy flavor throughout, ending with some citrous notes and heavy bitterness. Not much evidence of malt here, but some alcohol is evident. Mouthfeel is medium & slick, with a slight lingering stickyness. Drinkablity is good, but there are other IPA's I would rather have for a session. For $4.99 a six pack, this is solid and worth it.

Photo of SixpointJMH
2.82/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

in typical saranac fashion, this pours a lighter, watered down version of the true colour of the style of beer. in this case, it's a light amber colour. crisp looking with a thin, slightly siticky head. the smell here is of muted hops and slight sweetness. nothing to rave about. seems like this one's going to be a fairly laid back ipa. the flavour here needs some work and some balance. hops and fighting with malt that was not apparent at all in the smell and sweetness and some citrus fruit are both scattered throughout. it's a minor mess of flavour. this one is just thin overall and, again, all over the map in terms of flavour. i've grown accustomed to and really enjoy the bigger, bolder ipa's. this one is far from that. even for a basic, east coast style ipa, this one is pretty weak.

Photo of BadBadger
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This India Pale Ale pours a light amber color. There is a white foamy head but only briefly. There is a very slight hoppy smell-nothing else to make note of. The taste is rather bland, though there is a slight bitter taste it is limited and nothing special. This beer is not something I would seek out. Nor would I be happy to find this on a beer menue, even if the options were "extremely limited". Don't bother with this when there are so many fine India Pale Ales out there.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - standard pour into a pint glass gets a brief head, very creamy. Golden orange color is nice but not enough to place it above average.

Aroma - yer standard citrusy orange nose, pine, with some decent staying power. Gets a little lighter after several moments, but still smells good.

Taste - briefly malty, turns mildly citrusy and a little more so for the grapefruit bitterness, but also some unwanted metallic notes. A hop head's 'lite' if you will. Aftertaste is just the grapefruit bitterness, nothing else. Pretty one-dimensional with the effort given to the hop. It's okay albeit a bit shallow character-wise. Not a player in the fiercely competitive IPA category.

Mouthfeel - watery with a good level of carbonation. Actually a little more crisp than most IPAs, a little more refreshing.

Drinkability - a decent warm weather beer, pretty middle of the road for the most part.

Photo of kunzbrew
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a nice hazy dark straw color with a nice head that last for a little while. A nice sexy lace is left behind. The aroma is a little week for my liking, I really can't smell any hops, I smell more astrigent aroma from the malts and the yeast.

A harsh hop bitterness that stings the back of the throat along with the earthy grassy flavor makes for a not so pleasent drinking expirence. The overall mouth feel is not to bad a little film is left in your mouth after after each sip.

This is an over ok beer nothing to write home about.

Photo of Quaffer
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear, golden-amber brew. Big, almost three-finger, off-white head that became frothy and stuck well to the side of the glass. Tons of lace, sometimes in solid sheets.

Smell: From the bottle, all raw hops. In the glass, hops combined with roasted and caramel malts. Hints of cherries and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and thin. A little rough, especially in the back of the throat.

Taste: Only hints of the malt came through, mainly as a sweetness in the aftertaste. The hops overpowered and provided a strong bitterness, but were muddled in flavor. Somewhat flowery and herbal in character. Overall dry, making it more quaffable than it should be.

Not a bad IPA, but the malt presence is weak and the hops flavor isn't wonderful.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out golden amber color with a great, consistent head. Huge aroma here with the hops standing out above all (just like any IPA). I really enjoy the taste of this beer. Big floral, hoppy taste with a slight touch of alcohol. Tastes a little bitter but nothing that you couldn't handle. Extremely similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but maybe a notch below.

Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as IPAs go, this is pretty much what you'd expect. It purs a clear light golden orange color. Little head, and no lace. The smell is the typical citrusy pine hops, with the background of malt and yeast. The taste is also pretty typical. Hops hit at the front, with it mellowing into a subtle blend of the hoppy bitterness and the rich maltiness. Mouthfeel is average viscosity, with a very nice amount of carbonation.

Photo of homersimpson
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a white foamy head.
Very faint nose with a floral malt hint.
Has a rather thin, light body.
Thin hop and slight nut flavors quickly dissipate to a sour twang and sweet malt that stay with you for a while.
Not bad persay, just really weak. Not much to it at all, not done well enough to be called "delicate" either.

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Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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