Saranac Rye IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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2.05/5 rDev -39.9%
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.
06-21-2012 09:39:21 | More by corby112
1.8/5 rDev -47.2%
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...
06-14-2012 03:07:00 | More by brystmar
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Pours a amber-golden color with a healthy white head with excellent retention. Drops alot of lacing.
S: Smells a little sweet with some malt and a spicy, earthy hop aroma.
T: Flavor is similar with some light sweetness and some spiciness (from the rye?) before the hops come along with a moderate earthy and herbal flavor. A little bitterness and a bit dry with some lingering spicy grain.
M: Light to medium body. Not watery, and good lively carbonation.
O: A solid IPA. Nothing spectacular, but good nonetheless.
05-25-2012 02:46:55 | More by Sharkophile
4/5 rDev +17.3%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was golden pale urine. Light layer of frothy white lacing that lasted for about 75 percent of the pour. Decent amount of soaky, suddy film on the sides.
Smelled of sharp spicy bitter hops up front. Then got lemon, lime and pine hops. Kind of digging the smell, but I have a bad feeling this isn’t going to end well. It reminded me slightly of a Double Take IPA.
The taste surprisingly held up better than I thought it would. Got lemon, lime and pine hops, with a semi-healthy dose of rye hops as well. Reminded me of iced tea as all rye hops do to me. Much more smooth than the smell to start, which gives way to a slightly bitter, but balanced finish.
Medium body. Oily texture, but seemed to have be watery as well. Average carbonation. Clean, crisp finish with some slight bitterness.
A pretty good beer, really perfect for June or July. I was pleasantly surprised at its drinkability.
05-23-2012 04:38:03 | More by BucannonXC5
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
On tap at Nail Creek in Utica. Pours a very carbonated golden color with very thick foamy head into pint glass. No real outstanding smell other than some malts. Taste is of malty bitter hops and you deff taste the bitter rye. Its very drinkable and mild rye. Overall a slightly above average brew and worth a try if you are a saranac fan like myself.
05-17-2012 22:25:30 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.48/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-16-2012 17:33:35 | More by Brad007
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-16-2012 01:41:08 | More by StonedTrippin
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
A - dark gold; a lot of carbonation rising to the top; a quarter of an inch of loose, soap-like, foamy head; decent retention
S - a bit grainy, herbal, grassy
T - grainy; very faint, peppery rye; herbal; piny; mildly spicy hops; smooth, bitter finish
M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied
The label advertises an "aggressively hopped brew" but the hop character is pretty average for an IPA. The rye is noticeable, but it's very faint. With a more forward, fuller flavor this would be a much better beer.
05-05-2012 22:18:32 | More by tdm168
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
12oz bottle from the 12 Beers of Summer 2012 mix pack served in a Saranac pint glass.
L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned to a light layer leaving thin trails of lacing.
S - floral and grassy hops with a hint of rye malt.
T - this beer has a spicy kick of grassy hops blending well with the rye flavor.
F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.
O - an overall good beer that I'd have again.
04-24-2012 20:30:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.