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Saranac Rye IPA - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
78
okay

280 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%


Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.95% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another new one from the winter box, I just love being able to plow my way through these. This one served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 02/21/2010.

The pour was more then decent, really just a nice solid looking IPA, with a dark, but clear amber base and a nice tight ring of white foam that really sat on top quite well. Rich and well formed the lacing coated the entire side of the glass after just a few moments and the overall look was just what I wanted. Nice piney hops welcome me in on the first go wrong, a touch of a light spice comes through as it warms, but not really picking up much in the way of the rye here. Light flavor, clean, a bit under carbonated and it leads to not enough pop on the tongue. Hops give way far too quickly to the biscuit like, malty middle palate and the easy, smooth transition into the finish kind of left me hanging. Still though nice and drinkable and smooth, though not as inspiring as I would have hoped.

Overall not the best of the afternoon, but it still worked. A decent edition to the box.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 00:35:01 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a magnificent head that leaves copious amounts of lace

Smell: Underwhelmed by the aroma - some biscuity malt and spicy hops - but not enough to make much of an impression

Taste: Biscuity malt, up front, followed by a spicy, noble hop flavor that reaches a peak after the swallow, and lingers into the finish; plenty of rye spice bit too much aspirin at the end, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rather nice example of the style; one of Saranac's better offerings

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 22:36:57 | More by brentk56
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light gold-toned body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Simple nose of basic bread with a spicy touch of rye grain and light, passing notes of floral, spicy hops and citrus peel.

Taste: Opens with only a modest taste of lightly sweet pale malts. Small hint of breadiness. Slight spiciness from the malted rye and the noble hops. Additional florals and a tiny dash of lemon zest from the latter. Medium-light bitterness is more than sufficient enough to balance the light malt character. Drying, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Goes down just fine, but still, it's merely average, at best. This one's fairly subdued in all aspects. It's really about what you'd expect from Saranac. But having said all that, I always do enjoy grabbing up the latest Saranac 12-pack as they do at least mix things up each time.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 23:52:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 22:15:45 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

As related before, this came to me during the post-DLD death march through Indiana. Good times. It pours a clear golden amber with a finger-and-a-half of white foam on top. As this head quickly dies away, it leaves behind a snail's trail of pretty good lacing. The nose is orange peel, flowers, and caramel; simple, straightforward, not bad. The taste is similar, comprising notes of subdued citrus, a slight peppery spice (let's call it the rye influence), a vague bitterness, and some light toffee. The body is as heavy it can be while still being classified as light, with an active carbonation and a dry finish. Not bad at all, I'd say.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 04:29:42 | More by TMoney2591
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, grassy hops and a little citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and spice come in along with a hearty but not too heavy rye malt character creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, although there are better beers of this kind out there, this is still a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:55:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +25%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 01:55:07 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It really doesn't have much of an aroma at all. It has a basic pale malt scent with little else. I think the rye and hops have cancelled each other out. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with a strange rye/hops flavor. It's a filtered beer and I think the flavors are muted because of it. Either that, or they decided on only a light rye addition. Usually, the malt bill is more complex as well. This is quite pale and light in mouthfeel. It's a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average rye IPA. I'm not really impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 21:28:53 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a clear, orange/gold color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and floral notes. Good IPA aroma.

T - It tasted of bitter piney hops with some nice rye notes and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice rye IPA. I've really been impressed with some of the new releases from Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 21:45:54 | More by zeff80
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From winter '09-'10 variety pack:

Pours golden with a thin white/creamy head. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is floral, with minty and bready notes.

The taste is herbal, floral and minty. For this line, it is a hoppy beer - has grassy notes and a minty rye touch. Finishes dry.

Light-to-medium bodied with a lasting bitter dryness.

The aftertaste is a bit too aspirin-y, but overall, it's an interesting mix of spicy/herbal hops and minty rye. One of this brewery's better offerings!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 23:41:14 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 21:03:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

in the summer box for the first time that i know of. smells like a standard ipa, with a mix of lemongrass and pine tree for hop profile. very little, if any rye malts in the nose. flavor features a bit more of that, but its not spicey or even grainy like some can be, its just sort of an additional layer of malt complexity, still quite well hidden behind the fresh feeling hops. the mouthfeel is not amazing here, its kind of filling like some of the saranac ipa incarnations have been, but i would still have no problem drinking all of them in the box in one go. in general, i think it could have been a bit stronger on the rye malts, but thats just me. crisp and clean in the finish, a worthy summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:41:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 Beers of Winter case. Had one last night but decided not to review it then.

A: The IPA is a brilliant amber color, more orange hues than brown running through it. The IPA is remarkably clear. A half a finger of lace didn't do much.

S: The aroma has two characteristics that stick out. First, it has the Saranac ale yeast aroma that is nearly identical to all pale, and india pale ales. Second, rye and a short dose of strong citrus hops add a pleasing aroma, however short-lived it may be.

T: Again, the ale is a combination of the house Saranac yeast and a fuller IPA body. The house flavor is mildly sweet, almost ringwood. The IPA side is more vibrant, more bitter. Rye and pale malts are bready. The hops are fuller, citrusy but not in an in-your-face way. The ale's aftertaste is mildly sweet, more of the house ale taste.

M: The mouthfeel has moments of clarity but generally the rye and hop flavors are few and far between.

D: The IPA's alcohol level is reasonably low; I'd have no issues working through a couple. The only problem would be that the ale tastes like most Saranac ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:13:56 | More by akorsak
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 03:08:02 | More by Jason
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 09:39:21 | More by corby112
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, I'm reviewing a BT! Leave me alone, CAN you?

My pour created a fluffy two-fingers' worth of bone white head with good retention. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was brilliant - slightly hoppy with a decent rye bite. Mouthfeel was medium with a pronounced hoppy bitterness up front and a spicy rye bite on the finish. Damn! Could they make this more often? I am a big fan of their sampler packs, but I could really drink this beer as a regular thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:56:09 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light golden color with a finger of big bubble slightly off white head. Sticky amount of lace all around the glass. Aroma is malty sweet, spicy, earthy and citrusy with hops. Taste is a nice blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Slight lingering taste of bitter hops is left on the palate. You can really notice the different blends of hops as it isn't just an in your face amount of bitterness but a blend of different types of hop character that were onset by the aroma. Individual tastes of the hops are present just like in the nose: spice, earthiness and citrus. Medium feel with this beer and moderate carb. This is really quite drinkable and very enjoyable. I am not certain the rye aspect is what brings out all the complexity of the aroma and taste, but it certainly is a good mix.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 00:12:34 | More by stakem
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear medium copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retenion and lacing.

The smell featured a light herbal hop spice and a zesty grainy malt.

The taste was likewise grainy with a multilayered spice attributable to the rye and herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was thinner side of the style but well carbonated.

Overall a tasty hop forward IPA. Spicy rather than citrusy.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:51:40 | More by plaid75
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac Rye IPA poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A light copper in color with a good amount of soapy foam and lace work.

Very light aroma of malt sweetness and grains.

Flavors of peppery rye and earthy hop compete for dominance. Both meld together well with a sharp spiciness. Suggestions of tart grapefruit. Sweet grains and malt lay in the background.

Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

A decent rye beer with an earthy hop presence. Solid sessionable beer that is a healthy addition to Saranac's arsenal.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 03:57:45 | More by Stinkypuss
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this chilled from the 12oz into a mug

A - A refulgent amber w/ great clarity, visible carbonation is apparent rising quickly upward. A frothy, sudsy ecru cream caps the ale w/ average sized bead. The retention is good and lace clings well

S - A fruity malt odor w/ a mildly yeasty ester is noted w/ a mildly floral hop influenced nose w/ subtle spice tones. The scent has mild stone fruit accents w/ slight woody hint in the background

M - The feel is very effervescent, slightly fruity w/ subtle bitterness and light soapiness w/ clean bitter finish and medium bodied w/ moderate sweetness

T - The taste has a crisp, and slightly lemony flavor w/ citrus peel and floral notes that come forward w/ subtle spiciness and light rye flavor w/ a cascade hop tinge and mild soapiness after the swallow. The taste is lightly sweet w/ mild fruit and hints of grassiness in the hops w/ slight bitterness lingering in the finish

D - A pretty tasty beer, not exeptional, but when I need a hop fix I could see this fitting the bill. The drinkability is pretty good considering it is sufficiently bitter in comparison to other Saranac products -worth a try

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 17:57:25 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice golden color with a huge head into my glass. Honestly, there's nothing odd about it as IPAs tend to be different shades of gold/copper/amber.

Where's the rye? I had to sniff pretty hard just to find it. Ditto for the presence of hops.

The rye is all in the flavor! Spicy, chewy rye mingles with grassy, slightly-citrus hops. Is it just me or does rye resemble sorghum?

The rye spiciness is welcome at the back of the throat. It adds texture to what would otherwise be a bland finish. Good hop bite too!

I've learned by now that if I want a rye IPA, I can travel to get Bear Republic. But, since Bear Republic is not available around here, this will do. I still want a rye IPA that is full-flavored.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 17:33:35 | More by Brad007
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdmek9 for this extra.

Poured into Rare Vos glass.

Pours 1 finger of fizzy beige head that lasts a few minutes before fading down. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear pale orange copper. I would have expected this to be darker.

Aroma: Very faint rye, with additions of notes of an ipa. Grassy hops, citrus, and caramel. Bready malts as well.

Taste: A lot of sharp citrus up front. The rye kicks in well here, a lot more than in the nose. Nice amount of grassy/floral hops here. A lot of caramel and bready malts as well. At the end, I get a soapy taste.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth and creamy for an ipa, hardly any bite to it. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, very fizzy over the tongue. Ends with a very sticky rye and hop flavored aftertaste.

Overall, I was a little let down by this one because I have had other Rye IPAs and I expected this one to compare a little bit, but the ingrediants didn't seem to flow. It wasn't bad, just not what I expected. Glad I got to try it. Thanks Jason.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 01:58:04 | More by mothman
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep yellow to orange-ish in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a pinch of rye and pine to citrus hops. In the taste, rye notes all the way through and mellow pine hops, with a end of citrus. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry hop and sweet rye in the aftertaste. Not as much rye as expected, mellow hops, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 15:11:40 | More by OWSLEY069
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a semi-bright, crystal clear, straw-gold coloring with a frothy, sparse, bright white surface coat of head. Brighter coloring than most Rye IPAs I've seen. The nose has a pretty significant grain character, both roasty and toasty, with a peppery and slightly resiny ribbon throughout. Flavors are bitter and resiny on the forward tongue, with a peppery spiced character at the end of the palate. Heavy grain/rye backbone, with a frothy, light feel in mouth. The aftertaste has a tangy, slightly bitter tone to it, with a frothy, light finish. Subtle dryness at the end of the palate. Not bad, but a bit unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 22:43:22 | More by GarthDanielson
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid Golden yellow slightly dark with mild head that fourms to a good lace ring

S - From the bottle neck I can detect mild pine hops and spicy rye. Upon second whiff I can detect a calm malt base with a mild caramel sweetness.

T - Not bad. Hops are pretty subdude but there and the rye is not very dry. The malt base it pretty sold concieling a bit of the hop bitterness. Very good.

M - I thought it was pretty medium bodied.

D - I was actually impressed with this offering from Saranac. The hops were average but it drank pretty good for a rye beer. Excellent

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 00:17:41 | More by DrDemento456
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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company
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