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Saranac Rye IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA

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160 Reviews

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 295
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

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Reviews: 160 | Hads: 295
Photo of KTCamm
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From twelve ounce bottle with no freshness date.

The aroma is of a slightly sour bread with a bit of floral mixed in. The beer pours a dark yellow body with two fingers of off white head. The head lasts a decent while going into a spotty lacing on the glass.The taste is crisp, reminds me a little of Seagrams rye whiskey with a citrus kick. Nice!

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Photo of KajII
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear golden amber with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a large puddle and small collar with good streaky lacing.

The aroma was kind of mild with a light grain and bread malts, grassy hops and an earthy yeast along with a note of caramel and a slight rye spiciness.

The taste was lightly malty with a hint of a caramel sweetness in the beginning, maturing slightly with a mild hoppiness and a light rye presence right at the end. The flavor was average in duration with a light spicy bitterness lingering for only a short while.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery and mildly dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall this brew had very little rye flavor and just a light bitterness which pretty much made it an OK brew, but really nothing special...


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Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden-amber color with a two finger white head and tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a good level of retention slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is a mix of rye bread and some aromas of sweet caramel. Mixed with these aromas are some moderately strong aromas of grapefruit and floral hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and lighter rye taste upfront. There is a very small amount of caramel upfront but this fades very fasting leaving a rather dry and bready taste overall. With the drying out of the brew, so too comes the hop. Initially there is a little bit of a grassy hop taste which grows stronger as the flavor advances to the end. Along with the grassy hop so to comes some grapefruit and a little bit of a floral hop flavor. The grapefruit hop grows the strongest at the end leaving a light rye bread and moderately hopped dry taste on the tongue

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. Both were appropriate for the style and matched the flavor profile rather well.

Overall – An OK rye, although a little light on the rye and a bit too on the drier side for me.

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Photo of Offa
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This I found to be an enjoyable, light but characterful beer with straightforward but firm light hopper character.

Very dark gold, it had a medium-big off-white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is grass, sweet bread dough, apples, hint of lemon.

Taste is peppery-grassy bitterness with faint medicinal bitter finish, slightly raisiny-bready sweetness. It's well-rounded and characterful if a bit simple. It has firm bitterness and sweetness and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Suds
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This beer is a crystal clear, golden brew...fleetingly amber in hue with a white cap. Enticing..the aroma is clean and subtle. After a bit of coaxing (agitation and coaxing), the smell of grain, and herbal hops spring forth. Rye isn't immediately present, but it is detectable, if you look. The Tate is balanced. Firm and pleasant bitterness. Tongue-tingling carbonation, especially when mixed with the rye and hops. Still, the beer feels a bit thin and less than substantial. The beer is okay, just okay. Not great, and not bad.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ba Review #280
Served On: 07/21/2013
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 10/31/13

This was from the 2013 release of 12 beers of summer mixed pack. I got from Evergreen Liquors ($13.99)

Look: Poured a light copper, borderline golden color. Head was a 1-finger of white foam. Carbonation bubbles were steady. Lacing was impressively consistent throughout.

Smell: Rye grain and some light floral hops. Aroma also had that typical malt twang that most Saranac offerings seem to have.

Taste: First up was the nice smooth earthy rye grain. Then a grassy hop note kicked in. The middle had some nice honey sweetness and then some unexpected booze. The finish was more honey sweetness that seemed to linger long into the aftertaste.

This was a solid brew that would rank slightly below others I’ve had (i.e. SN Ruthless Rye). Still a slid brew.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Part of Saranac's 12 Beers of Summer pack.

A - Pours a dark golden yellow. Approximately 2 inch head, which dissipated very slowly.

S - Malted rye is a main ingredient, and it's very noticeable. Next to nothing for hops.

T - Malted rye with a bit of a sour aftertaste. Though this is an IPA, I didn't notice a whole lot of strong hop flavor. It was there, just not much of it. Not a whole lot going on. Not offensive, just not a lot of flavor.

F - Not bad, easy on the throat and tongue. Leaves just a touch of dryness. Good feeling summer beer / thirst quencher.

O - Not a bad beer, but it's nothing I'll ever buy on it's own. I admit, I'm slightly biased, as I'm not the biggest fan of rye beers. However, I won't mind drinking the other bottle of this from the sampler. Decent rye beer, decent for summer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a sampler pack poured into a pint glass.

A-Deep golden color, vivid carbonation, big fluffy white head. Solid white film remains, leaving web lacing. Good looking.

S- dry spicy hop aroma. Some floral and light malts.

T- spicy and mild citrus. Some maltiness but not too complicated or hoppy.

M- Light and thin but it has some hop bite. Sharp. Adequate carbonation.

O- for what it lacks in star power, it's drinkable.

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Photo of TheSSG
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, frothy, white head with minimal lacing. Hop aroma is subdued, citric in nature. Bright, golden hue (I was hoping for a darker amber hue on account of the Rye). Starts off fairly bitter with a grapefruit-like flavor, peaks in bitterness as the rye malt begins to show through, bringing a spicy characteristic into the mix. The finish is lingering bitterness that is reminiscent of citrus rind.

Not bad, but nothing great; a touch below average (for a Rye IPA). The hops are pretty much one dimensional here, and I'm not sure if such a bitter citrus highlights/compliments the rye so well.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish gold.
Smell: Some grapefruit, citrus, and floral.
Taste: Some bitter grapefruit and citrus. Light honey.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

This is an enjoyable brew, though it's much lighter than other rye IPAs. The taste of grapefruit and floral mirrors the smell. It also adds a slight bitterness to the mix. I would drink this again, but wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of fx20736
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bought as part of Saranac's Summer Variety pack from Southtown Beverages on 4/26/13 for $ 7.99.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler, served at fridge temp.

appearance: light apricot amber with a one finger offwhite head. Nice lacing.

aroma: faint, fruity, maybe like Strawberries. pleasing but weak.

mouthfeel: a little thin.

taste: bready malt with a faint spiciness.

notes: decent but not needs more oomph, both fruitiness and spiciness.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light straw with heavy carbonation with mild head. Hoppy, sweet, citrus aroma. Heavy metallic and hoppy taste characteristic of it being an IPA, but a bit sweet at the same time. More depth than we remember the last time we tried this. Better. Herbal notes as you continue through the beer. Finishes true.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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....

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Photo of Electros
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Rye IPA's this one I loved. I have been the FX Matt Brewery, and every time I am NYS I pick up there seasonal sampler and this was including, unfortunately no 'Willie-Wonka-Golden-Bottle', but still a solid offer.

Great colour, amber brown, nice head retention on pour, smell ust right, no over power, but gave the intent, subtle initial flavour but instantly the hops were there but didn't over power the malt, crisp finish.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A- Golden yellow body with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while, reducing into uneven heaps of white foam. Heavy lacing. Looks like an IPA should.

S- Herbal and citrusy with a faint grassy background. Interesting

T- Mildly hoppy upfront, fading into a caramel sweetness. Not overly complex

M- Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Standard mouthfeel for the style

Overall, a fairly balanced IPA. Nothing special, but not particularly bad. It's a nice easy drinker that I'd enjoy with dinner.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear gold, thick white head that rose to just over a finger's length.

Smell: Light hops, little like cheap lager.

Taste: It is a little bitter, crisp toasted hop taste but also light. Has light floral feel but there's room for improvement.

Mouth: Like a mentioned before toasty, its has a lightly toasted bread finish that compliments it's bitterness.

Overall: Not a bad beer but there is more out there to enjoy. I am definitely not knocking it; no way in hell I will say no to this if offered. You be the judge

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Photo of KB24
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange, one finger light and white head.
S - Faint smell that's a little sweet, a little grassy, a little spicy.
T - Spicy with a crisp bite from the hops. Rye comes through but not overpowering. The subtle sweet malts nicely balances the hops.
M - Light carbonation jumps around in the mouth, easy finish.
O - A different kind of IPA that is quite enjoyable. I would definitely try other Rye IPAs based on the exposure to this beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having a bottle of this at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and some bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: light bready and caramel malts. Some citrus in there too.

Taste: some spiciness from the rye, breast notes, some sweet malts, citrus too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, light bodied, too easy to drink.

Overall: Just alright for a rye IPA. I would try it out on draft to see if it tastes more clear and the flavors are more pronounced.

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Photo of JRed
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent orange with white head that fades. Aroma of pine, deep citrus, grass, malt spice, black pepper, rye. Flavors are similar: citrus with rind, grass, black pepper, sharp rye comes thru towards the finish. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Aroma and flavors are nicely balanced. A bit prickly in mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by September 2012:

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: golden yellow body gave a one finger white head appeared for about twenty seconds and immediately died to nothing. No carbonation was seen rising and no lacing was left.

S: some nice spicy hops that dominated over the hops, malts once it warmed

T: basically the same

M: medium, pretty creamy, sessionable and the carbonation is felt

O: this beer warmed well as the malts came out, I did like this offering and would have it again.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.