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Saranac Rye IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
78
okay

290 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.95% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009)
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Photo of Kooz
1.43/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle with no glass available. Looks okay from the outside. Brown bottle, some head.

Smells boozy, not pleasant. Hints of hops.

Tastes bad. Burnt, too bitter, no real flavor, no depth.

Mouthfeel is what I've come to expect from Saranac--disappointing. Too much bite, no depth, just unpleasant.

Overall, this is not a good beer. I've grown tired of Saranac products. they all seem to be flat and one dimensional, ranging from "eh" to "ugh"--I won't venture down the Saranac path again unless I get them free, and then I'll only drink them to review them, until I find a good one.

Kooz, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of brystmar
1.8/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Afksports deserves another high five for this tick. I think?

Another nice pour with head and lace earns this brew some arbitrary beer geek points. Too bad everything else is absolutely awful. Aroma is relatively non-existant, though not offensively bad. Taste is, however. Skunky hops and malt remind me of a macro brewery, and I wish I hadn't taken a sip. This is a special kind of bad; my very first batch of homebrew was considerably better. What the fuck...

brystmar, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of bltzburgh
1.9/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not one of saranac's best in my opinion. Poured out in a weak yellow color with little head and pour lacing.

Aroma was weak and bitter.

The rye was very evidnet and possibly the one good thing that stood out in the brew. Hops were not focussed on and there was too much carbonation.

Don't get me wrong there were four in the variety pack and they did not go to waste, I've had worse commercial beers, just not expecting this from Saranac.

bltzburgh, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of prisdefer
2/5  rDev -41.3%

prisdefer, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
2/5  rDev -41.3%

whartontallboy, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -41.3%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of corby112
2.05/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma that's kind of lacking in hops for an ipa. Subtle grassy character with a subtle grainy adjunct quality and sweet malt notes. Caramel, toffee, toast and nut but I'm not picking up much rye spiciness.

Medium bodied with a very dry, earthy/soily quality that provides a lot of unpleasant bitterness that lingers over the sicy rye and sweet malts into an overwhelming bone dry finish. Hop profile is one dimensional and rye is spicy without providing any interesting flavor. Underneath there's some sweeter malt notes with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut but these are overpowered by dirty hops, grainy adjuncts and astringent alcohol.

corby112, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Fnerk
2.25/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My familiarity/experience with IPA's of any sort is limited, therefore this review will undeniably be obscured somewhat by ignorance.

Appearance - pours a rich dark gold with a long-lasting head and good lacing on the glass.

Smell - Yum. Hops. I don't get much of the sense of rye notes, but that is because I'm unfamiliar with them. The smell is quite pleasant and citrusy however.

Taste - like the maple porter--while possessing a fine taste--this beer is cloying and is not balanced. Backing off on the boil a tad and thinning the brew out just a hair would keep it from overwhelming the palate.

Mouthfeel - again, heavy/syrupy, rather than creamy. The carbonation is really quite good, there just needs to be a lot of it to cut through the syrup.

Drinkability - I could only get one down, and as with the maple porter,this is actually a good-tasting beer. And again it is a seeming paradox, the beer being an example of how less is more is a precept that can often work with beers like this.

Fnerk, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of sliverX
2.25/5  rDev -34%

sliverX, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Dmoore07
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep copper color. Aroma was dominated by citrus with just a hint of malt. I didn't get much of the rye flavor in the beer. The hops were not quite right. The malt and hops were not well balanced and seemed to work against each other instead of playing off of one another. The mouthfeel was ok, nothing terrific. Overall, this beer didn't do it for me. Something was just a little bit off.

Dmoore07, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of cujim
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

cujim, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

TheBigBoy, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of TomG2751
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

TomG2751, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of BryanK
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of mikereaser
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/15/09.

A - Pours a clear copper with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - sweet malt, medicinal rye aroma, slight hint of hops

T - metallic taste, alot of rye giving a very dry taste

M - good carbonation, but the metallic mouthfeel is too much for me to ignore

D - not a good example of this type of beer, taste and mouthfeel is lacking

mikereaser, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of dsa7783
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

One of the better of the six new Saranac beers copped as part of a seasonal sampler... Although to be quite honest, there was very little hop presence or flavor profile with this brew... Bland and watered down with taste struggling to be noticed... Slight hints of citrus are barely evident... nothing special...

dsa7783, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of PangaeaBeerFood
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass. The appearance was easily the best part of the beer. Crystal clear, without looking too watery or yellow. Has a nice goldish color to it that I find really enticing.

The smell is, hands down, the least enticing aspect of the beer. Little to no aroma to be found. Considering how the beer advertises it's intense hopping, you couldn't tell from the smell. Makes me think there's probably more early addition hops than late addition.

Taste follows through with what I expected. Abrupt bitterness from the early hops, with no complexity due to the lack of late hops. A run of the mill IPA flavor at best. Some spiciness from the rye, but nothing overly intriguing.

Mouthfeel is pretty average. Feels like a standard 5% ABV pale ale. A touch on the watery side, but not overly so.

I had no desire to go back for a second Rye IPA. By the end of the brew, as it warms up, the early hops become very apparent. The finish of the beer is just bitterness with not much else to hold on to.

Overall a pretty average beer. I'm no brewmaster, but if I had to take a crack at the issue here, it is that they decided to use low bitterness noble hops in an IPA, and boiled them particularly long to get all the utilization they could, increasing bitterness but killing complexity. I think this beer would be much better if they balanced the hops throughout the process more. But, again this is purely based on what I'm tasting, so who the hell knows.

PangaeaBeerFood, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
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....

dacrza1, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of PaBeerLover
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

PaBeerLover, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of abrodsky
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

abrodsky, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of TaborTime
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

TaborTime, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Jeckel
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Jeckel, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of TheGarvenator
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a light golden color with a head only around the brim of glass

S - smells like malt and hops

T - very bitter taste...leaves an aftertaste just as bitter....this is mostly dominated by hops creating that crisp bitter taste

M - medium bodied, its still carbonated and not really impressive...

This is probably the lightest tasting IPA I've ever had and its not really impressing me as much as i thought it would...the hops seem to overtake the malt in taste and stings the mouth...its not terrible but its not fantastic

TheGarvenator, Mar 29, 2011
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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.