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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

292 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.8%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

acurtis, May 17, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 10, 2010
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, May 16, 2012
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.

Jason, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
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

Slatetank, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of russpowell
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!

russpowell, Nov 30, 2009
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of jwc215
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!

jwc215, Feb 01, 2010
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is my first Rye IPA.. pretty good beer. Great lacing and nice golden color to it, a bit more subdued hop wise than the typical IPA but has a bit different of a taste to it. Nice spiciness to this one too.. just not the usual bitterness, which is good for a change of pace but I do love it. Nice solid, drinkable beer.. can't go wrong with this one.

oriolesfan4, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
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.

woodychandler, Feb 04, 2010
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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.

stakem, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Jun 21, 2012
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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.