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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

283 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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tdm168

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:18:32 | More by tdm168
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 20:30:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Mart1


3.75/5  rDev +10%

04-24-2012 19:47:40 | More by Mart1
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3/5  rDev -12%

03-28-2012 20:08:29 | More by TheRuss9585
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

02-18-2012 20:28:51 | More by chrispoint
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SargeC

Japan

4/5  rDev +17.3%

12-30-2011 08:44:27 | More by SargeC
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rxthree

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2011 22:00:11 | More by rxthree
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%

12-21-2011 17:34:44 | More by fizzyted
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leinie13

Ohio

3/5  rDev -12%

12-04-2011 23:17:41 | More by leinie13
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rab53

Washington

2/5  rDev -41.3%

12-02-2011 04:19:02 | More by rab53
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12%

12-01-2011 23:25:47 | More by djrn2
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12%

11-28-2011 16:15:55 | More by touchmeimsac
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-26-2011 13:57:51 | More by Another6Pack
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-24-2011 15:16:41 | More by whallgren
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -12%

11-21-2011 19:02:32 | More by Rochefort10nh
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-17-2011 21:39:21 | More by tclapper
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -12%

11-16-2011 03:41:01 | More by oline73
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-15-2011 16:59:30 | More by mjtiernan
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with abundant thick and creamy white head. Smells of spicy hops and slight citrus.

Taste- The rye malt suprisingly compliments the hops very well. The bready malty taste enters on the front with bitterness of the hops lingering on the back end. This is very well paired, nothing overpowers. Mouthfell is solid as well.

I'm usually not an IPA fan but the rye malts gives this a smooth balance, even for those who aren't big fans of lots of hops! I would drink this one again!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 22:50:01 | More by Treyliff
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chodinheaven

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow or straw in color with a decent little white head. Lacing on the glass. The smell is of some hops and an odd malt smell that I can't put my finger on. The rye malt possibly?

Spicy hop profile that is bitter on the back end of it. An impressive and unique malt backbone that adds to the spice. Very crisp and clean in the feel, very dry in the finish, making the overall feel of this beer refreshing and easy to drink despite a somewhat odd aftertaste. The rye malt is robust enough to stand out nicely among spicy hops that kind of back off to let the malts through. But make no mistake, this is an IPA. Unique beer, definitely wouldn't say no to this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:15:16 | More by chodinheaven
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Sensaray

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with a fluffy white head

Smells of a slight hoppiness, I assume the maltiness i smell is rye

Ok ok, this is an american ipa. Nice spiciness rides its way throughout then closes at the finish. Bitter dry hops in the finish too. Sweetens up slightly.

The spiciness provides a nice bite, medium to light moutfeel with easy to drink medium carbonation. Its a crisp finish for an ipa.

Not surprisingly I like this. Good drinkin rye ipa definitely.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 06:00:06 | More by Sensaray
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Kooz

New York

1.43/5  rDev -58.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:13:53 | More by Kooz
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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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armock

New York

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wegmans in Newwark NY

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - The rye is the strongest scent with a hint of hops

T - Like the nose the rye really comes out and dominates the flavor with some bitter hops in the finish

M - This beer has a Medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This isn't really a mind blowing beer like most of the Saranac line up but like the rest of their beers this is a well made easy drinking beer thats worth a try sometime

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 22:33:37 | More by armock
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TheGarvenator

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a light golden color with a head only around the brim of glass

S - smells like malt and hops

T - very bitter taste...leaves an aftertaste just as bitter....this is mostly dominated by hops creating that crisp bitter taste

M - medium bodied, its still carbonated and not really impressive...

This is probably the lightest tasting IPA I've ever had and its not really impressing me as much as i thought it would...the hops seem to overtake the malt in taste and stings the mouth...its not terrible but its not fantastic

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:33:19 | More by TheGarvenator
Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.