Saranac Rye IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
78
okay

293 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.95% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear full golden with one finger white head atop,aroma is lacking in my mind,a bit of floral hop and toasted grain is about all I could detect.The hops are a bit more pronounced flavor-wise but it lacks any real rye bite in my opinion,there is a firm lightly sweet malt base as well.Its not bad, but it doesnt show off enough of the rye element in my mind.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the winter beer 12 pack.
Copper colored, small white head. Just a little bit of lace.
Aroma of rye bread. Some citrus. A little peppery in my nose.
It tasted like rye bread with some grapefruit.
A little on the sharp side.
Interesting beer. It just missed the mark.

Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle but it did come in the new 2009 winter pack so I have a good idea of how fresh it is.

Appearance: It has a light amber body with very good clarity. The head is just off white in color, tall and foamy. It has a good two finger thickness which hangs on well and makes lots of nice lace patters on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a mellow hint of dark rye bread and very mild hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a light bready malt base with mild clover honey like sweetness that lets the flavor of the rye come through. Spicy and dry leafy hop flavor comes in close to and into the finish which also has a balanced hop bitterness lingering for a while. Its body has a good medium feel with just enough soft carbonation.

Notes: The Saranac Rye IPA has very good balance of flavors but I think hop heads will be looking for a little more hop flavor. Still, I feel that this is a wonderful beer and a very drinkable Rye IPA.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bright golden color, nice drop of lacing on the glass. Mandarin orange, faint mint and wild flower hop aroma. Deep crispness with a bit of body to flaunt. Very mild spice from the rye, dried grass and earthy. Bitterness is there but never sharp or even give a bite. Lots of earthy and herbal flavor though. Dry malt, bready with more of a crust flavor. Clean, very clean with only a very faint note of alcohol. Finishes a little spicy and hoppy with a hard dry pull.

Tame for the sub-style, drinkable and quite flavorful though.

Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold in color, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: rye, bread, citrus hops--the scent is not as strong as I would have hoped for

Taste: Follows the scent, but the flavors are more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: super smooth, medium carbonation, very light/borderline watery, slightly bitter end

Drinkability: This one is pleasant and tasty. The rye and hops are there, but they are not overpowering. A solid B beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle a friend gave to me. poured a clear somewhat dark golden color. nice fluffy kinda soapy looking head. decent retention. some good lacing.

not too impressive aroma. definately more on the malty side. english style malts, biscuity. maybe a touch of rye. perhaps a tad skunky.

the taste is more enjoyable than the aroma, but still no really noticable rye effects. first you get some biscuity, caramel,buttery malts, finishes with a nice hop bitterness, definatly nothing over the top. piney like hops.

medium to light body. fairly average mouthfeel. leaves some resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. decent carbonation.

a pretty nice session beer if you looking for a mildly hopped ale. nothing really stands out for me, but ive never really had anything from saranac that really does, they just have a crap load of styles that are all average and below. i dont think you can get this in anything but the 12 beers of winter pack. prolly wouldnt mind another one of these, but im prolly not going to buy it again.

Photo of far333
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangey straw colored with a low white head of wispy foam. Low aroma of doughey malt and spice.

Flavors initially of honied malt and hops of citrus and floral, some orange rind and lemon zest. Moderate bitterness, some peppery spice lingers.

Even mouthfeel, full, finishes tingly. Decent beer, moderate drinkability.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into McDonald's collector glass (I'm...not at my place right now). Clear golden with rising bubbles and a medium fizzy white head that dissipates quickly to a medium-thin layer of thick white foam. Smells of dank hops, yeast and rye. Taste is bitter hops, yeast and rye, with clean malts and a the hops return at the end leaving a bitter aftertaste. Priorities seem a bit off for an IPA, even with the rye as the focus; this tastes more like a rye pale ale. Still good though, Saranac is always great for tasty sessionable beers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden copper hue with a bright two fingered thick white head leaves thick chunky lacing with each sip. Aromatics are a bit tame here sweet spicy rye with nice upfront bready malt tones and in the back ground comes some floral earthy hops. Flavor is nice with the kick of rye amongst the malts, not real hoppy but nice. It's got a complex spice rye character with the bitterness coming late and sticking around between sips. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils and it is medium bodied with very moderate carbonation levels. Drinkability overall is solid a complex holiday drinking experience with this sampler. I wouldn't mind a six of this offering to appear eventually there needs more Rye IPA out there.

Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A more popular style these days but a newer one for the Saranac line from Matt, this one is a dark golden-yellow color, like a polished gold bar though perhaps just a little further down the color spectrum. The development of a very nearly white head is respectable. It tops off at one finger, has moderate retention, and is kept up to a strong foam but unceasing bubbling activity. Lacing is left in patching and spotting.
The smell is pretty good, giving a floral bitterness that's a good strength with the obvious spicy and earthy notes of rye. There's a hint of caramel sweetness balancing it out, and a little biscuit too. Some citrus pith rounds it out.
It loses a bit in the flavor, though, and I don't know if it's the malts backing down or the clashing fruitiness of the yeast. It doesn't come together quite properly, though it's not bad exactly.
The feel is nice, on the lighter side of medium with a strong but soft crispness and a smooth flow.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Giving it a lively pour there is a full 2+ finger thick white head on top of a clear golden body. Not really any visible carbonation. Head leaves a sticky lacing as it fizzles down.

S: Certainly has that nice spicy hop that you would expect in a rye. The sweet malt is noticeable.

T: Hoppy from the start. A nice spicy hop and malt round it out.

M: Actually a real creamy and more carbonated than I expected. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall a decent beer in the Saranac lineup. I'm a big Rye.P.A. fan so I'm sure that helps. Worth a try by anyone who likes hops.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter...Luck to get this 2009 vintage 12 pack here in the summer of 2010.

A-Filtered copper with a tame eggshell head that settles rapidly.

A-Not sure I'm picking up the IPA hints from this, but some rye definately present.

D-This is a very good example of a bitersweet rye beer that takes a stab at being an IPA. The rye holds forth well in the palate, with some slighly sour malts heading into the end, with drying hops throughout. I will review this out of style and say it is worthy beer. If you are looking for a rye IPA, go buy some Hop Rod.

M-Medium mouth and carbonation balance

D-This one is a kind of "why not, or why bother". Decent beer, but there are many better. One reviewer talked of Saranac as "comfort beer". I cannot agree more. They nail their styles in their own way, and do a decent job of it, especially for the price.

Photo of dacrza1
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Glassware: Yuengling pint; Occasion: O's?Yanks four-game seriees opens...Appearance: nicely effervescent copper body holds a generous, cloudy two-finger white head that laces quite nicely...Aroma: bright, punchy fragrance--alluring boquet...Palate: thin for an IPA, and fizzy and oily enough to sully the experience....Taste: mildly present; the taste is fleeting and not the spicy, hoppy mix that the label--or the scent--promised!...Overall: lacing nicely at its end, this beer's promise of a complex, interesting IPA fizzes into a watered-down, albeit comfortable, brew...would not seek it out for an evening....

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saranac- Rye IPA

A- Bight clear orange with a nice thick heavy lacing head. Light carbonation.
S- Heavy carroway seed rye with a touch of caramel malt and pine hops.
T- Big crisp strong spicy carroway seed rye and black pepper with a caramel malt and a sweet sugary pine hop body. Finishes hoppy with a fresh rye.
M- Thick rye with sweet thick malt. Good crisp sweet pine/ citrus hops in the ned.

Overall- Nice Rye presence! I'm slightly prejudice here cause of my love of Rye, but this was delicious! The Rye was fresh, bold, and present throughout! Possibly my favorite Saranac beer! (and my 36th different offering to boot)

Photo of asabreed
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Lighter golden color, few bubbles to the top of the glass, some scant clumps of lacing to the bulbed top of the glass.

Smell: Spicy fruit esters, mild earthiness, brown sugar, caramel, and a twang of lemon and grapefruit.

Taste: Initially there's some good bitterness and citrus, mixed with nice fruit esters and good spiciness from the rye. Lingering mild caramel, fruit esters, dough notes.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, though more in the latter range, with good and semi-creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: All around above average, and though this doesn't reach levels of transcendence, I like the rye twist on the IPA, and it's nice that they're not trying to set monumental standards for the style, which makes me appreciate it even more.

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark gold; a lot of carbonation rising to the top; a quarter of an inch of loose, soap-like, foamy head; decent retention

S - a bit grainy, herbal, grassy

T - grainy; very faint, peppery rye; herbal; piny; mildly spicy hops; smooth, bitter finish

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

The label advertises an "aggressively hopped brew" but the hop character is pretty average for an IPA. The rye is noticeable, but it's very faint. With a more forward, fuller flavor this would be a much better beer.

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as parts a winter mixed 12 pack

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Floral hops, plus peppery rye & a touch of lemon as this warms

T: Spicy peppery rye up front, plus biscuitty malt & floral hops up front. Slight honey malt flavor, plus some pear riding along with all that peppery rye & a bit of lemon as this warms. Finishes crisp, slightly peppery & slightly sweet & juicy/fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Great drinkability could stay on this a while, maybe the best beer I've had from these guys!

Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey straw color with a tight white head that settles into a light cap. The aroma is of a grainy pale malt with a touch of rye spice and grassy hops. I was expecting more of a hop aroma from an AIPA. The taste of a grainy malt, a bit fruity, some lemon and rye spice, and a grassy hop which finishes with an asprin bite. The brew has a light to moderate body with plenty of fizzy carbonation; finishes a tad dry and bitter. A decent AIPA, better than their traditional offering. I was expecting a bit more rye flavor perhaps more body. Noticable hop presence though not a big fan of the hop profile. Overall, not bad.

Photo of Kinsman
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden/bronze color with a moderate white head. Poor head retention

S: Spicy hop notes up front, a little fruity also

T: Rye malt makes this one a little bit different than most IPAs, however the hops really define the flavors in this beer. Earthy and spicy, which is pretty typical for the german hops used.

M: Solid medium body, however a little too much carbonation

D: A very drinkable IPA, doesn't make you "hopped" out after one.

Photo of morimech
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poura a clear, pale golden color with a large head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Interesting aroma that combines the rye, hops, and malt in a pleasant smell. Spiciness from the rye, dry cracker like malt, and floral hops meld nicely. The flavor is not as nice. A bit of a bland pale ale. Starts with a bready malt flavor and only gets interesting in the finish with a splash of citrus in the finish. What happened to the rye? The different malts seemed to have let the body down as well. Feels thin and a little flat despite the carbonation. For a beer that started off well, it went downhill quickly. Very average in a few areas.

Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass, left over from my summer stash. 1/5

Pours gold, dark edge but definitely see through. Light white foam sits atop and laces. Light malty nose hints of rye. Mild bitter note in the taste. Touch of sweetness. Caraway bread notes. Simple and clean IPA. Good use of rye to subtly influence the flavor.

Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with abundant thick and creamy white head. Smells of spicy hops and slight citrus.

Taste- The rye malt suprisingly compliments the hops very well. The bready malty taste enters on the front with bitterness of the hops lingering on the back end. This is very well paired, nothing overpowers. Mouthfell is solid as well.

I'm usually not an IPA fan but the rye malts gives this a smooth balance, even for those who aren't big fans of lots of hops! I would drink this one again!

Photo of Sharkophile
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a amber-golden color with a healthy white head with excellent retention. Drops alot of lacing.

S: Smells a little sweet with some malt and a spicy, earthy hop aroma.

T: Flavor is similar with some light sweetness and some spiciness (from the rye?) before the hops come along with a moderate earthy and herbal flavor. A little bitterness and a bit dry with some lingering spicy grain.

M: Light to medium body. Not watery, and good lively carbonation.

O: A solid IPA. Nothing spectacular, but good nonetheless.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mainly of hops. Taste is good, well balanced hops and malts, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 2649-1444. Sampled on November 14, 2009. It pours bronze-amber with decent clarity but little to no head. A bready, weakly spiced, and thinly hopped aroma greets the nose. For an IPA the hoppy aroma is noticeably absent. The mouthfeel is smooth but of medium texture. The taste includes a little bit of malts but overall it is tart. The hop finish is there but weak. Not like most IPA's I have tried.

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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.