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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

293 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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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 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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Ratings: 293 | Reviews: 160
Photo of Kooz
1.48/5  rDev -56.5%
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.

Photo of brystmar
1.84/5  rDev -45.9%
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...

Photo of bltzburgh
1.88/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

Photo of prisdefer
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of whartontallboy
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of corby112
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

Photo of sliverX
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of Fnerk
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of Dmoore07
2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Photo of cujim
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of TomG2751
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of BryanK
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of mikereaser
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
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

Photo of PangaeaBeerFood
2.62/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
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...

Photo of PaBeerLover
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of david18
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of abrodsky
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of TaborTime
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Jeckel
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of buschbeer
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of head. This beverage is amber in color. The hops are very faint. I can smell the bready malt quite easily along with some faint rye. The taste is kind of weak. I get some hops bitterness upfront, and it is followed by the sweet malt. It is average at best.

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