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Saranac Rye IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA

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283 Ratings

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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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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm


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

Date: 17 December 2010
Glass: Sam Adams Summer Ale glass
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured aggressively for a frothy 3-finger head, reducing to just under a 1-finger head, lacing is fairly impressive and sticky for typical Saranac beer. Color is a typical apple juice gold. Aroma of bread and slightly bitter hops. Taste is bready, like sourdough(!), and bitter, but I enjoy bitter brews in the wintertime! Pretty good Saranac beer from the winter variety pack!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 20:01:40 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Photo of BeerBuckeye


2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pour a light golden amber in color , good amount of head with a bit of lacing

S - Sweet malt smell, a bit citrusy. Rye comes through with a deeper smell

T - Rye certainly comes through in the taste, a bit zesty. Very malty on the finish

M - Quite thick actually, the beer lingers in the mouth even after the swallow, drys out the mouth a bit afterward.

D - It's good to drink, but it's one I prefer to take my time with.

Overall - It's okay. Nothing spectacular, but pretty drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:18:06 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours palest amber with a steady film of white that leaves a bit of trailing. Spicy grain and citrus hops on the nose. Light cranberry-ginger malts with grapefruit hops. Prickly, light to medium, some stick.

For me, where rye usually comes on too strong, this is perfectly understated. However, still too fizzy and simple to be great.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 19:23:33 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of CHickman

New York

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

Pours clear gold in color with a 1 finger thick cloudy off white head that lasted a while and left a layer around the top of the brew; great lacing that left rings of foam as it went down.

Smells of rye, hay, grass, herbs, piney hops and sweet malt; the rye and malt provide a rye bread like aroma which is nice.

Tastes of rye, roasted malt, grains, citrus hops like grapefruit, lemon zest, piney hops and/or pine cone, a hint of spices like cinnamon or pepper; not sure if the rye makes it dry or some yeast, but this has a chalky dry finish.

Very light carbonation, crisp and watery mouthfeel, this goes down easy with the dry finish of rye and hops fading to end it.

Good beer that puts a nice twist on an IPA. Above average drinkability, but this would not be a session beer for me as the rye lingers a tad bit too long and I prefer the hops sticking around.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 04:10:35 | More by CHickman
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden body with a fluffy white head.

Earthy, spicy rye and floral, fruity hops on the nose.

Bold rye earthy flavors on the front end. Things get really spicy on the back end as the hops kick in. Moderate bitterness with plenty of malt for balance. Rye is surprisingly prominant, a true rye showcase.

Full flavor, full body.

A bigger beer than I was expecting from Saranac. Big rye, big hops, pretty interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 19:57:05 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a light amber color. Kind of a nice hue, but rather transparent and simple. Pretty good lacing, however.

S - A pretty straightforward malty nose with some citrus hops and a bit of rye bread.

T - It tastes good, some nice hope character which is pretty well balanced by maltiness. A definite bitter citrus aftertaste.

M - Very light, a bit thin.

D - Really easy to drink, nothing offensive or overpowering about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 18:40:03 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of tone77


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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mainly of hops. Taste is good, well balanced hops and malts, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 17:06:55 | More by tone77
Photo of PicoPapa


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

12oz bottle from the 12 Beers of Winter mix pack. Pours a golden color with a medium-sized thick head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of pine, orange, hops and a bit of grain. Taste has more grain that the aroma would indicate. Also flavors of orange and slight piney hops. Pretty decent contribution to the mix pack. Nicely drinkable with a good amount of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 05:19:49 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

closing out the 12 beers of winter variety pack.

A- a golden yellow uplifting brew with a major frothy head that slowly recides and leaves lacing. I like the looks of it

S- some good hop resin with lemony scents rising too. Not very overwhelming though

T- good spices with the piney hops staring alongside. There is a slight zip of some fruity yeast as well as dryness at the end. I like this

M- a creamy and crisp combination that is not too rough with the carbonation

D- Rye IPA is not as crafted as you would want for the style. Still, it has some zest and is drinkable. I would try again

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 17:06:04 | More by lovindahops
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

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

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Massive 3 finger, creamy off-white head from an aggressive pour. Nice light copper color. Average carbonation activity. Great lacing. Looks great.

S - Hops are weak but present. Mostly grainy with a bit of the rye.

T - Simple but pleasant. A bit of rye mixed with some bread and pale malts. Bitter in the finish.

M - Light body with little action from the carbonation. Goes down easy but there's a slight lingering presence in the back of the mouth. A bit dry on the finish, but not overly so.

D - Very easy to drink. Not very hoppy, so it's very easy to handle, for anyone. Fairly bitter

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 22:36:28 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a DFH Shaped Pint Glass

A: Pours a light golden color with about 2 inches of thick creamy white head. leaves a very nice amount of lacing

S: Slightly sweet scent a bit more gentle than most ipas, slight rye smell

T: light and refreshing yet still has some very nice depth to it, finishes with the "dryness" of an ipa

M: Strong carbonation tingle with a lingering bitterness on the edges and back of the tongue

D: Pretty easy drinking brew

Overall, didnt knock my socks off but was a good well rounded quality brew, just what ive come to expect from Saranac

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:16:30 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a cool pint glass.

A. Light golden body with white foamy head with not much staying power.

S. Light smell mostly of grains and some hoppy floral characteristics.

T. Strange spiciness bites you in the back of the throat and leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. I taste some spicy malt with hops and hop oils with salt and earthiness.

M. Gentle bite with an aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Not overly hoppy flavor but very hoppy body.

D. Not sure after the first one. I'm sure I would try this again if I had a chance.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:08:15 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of musicforairports

New York

2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from this year's winter pack.

Very clear golden in color, looks kind of carbonated. Minimal head, scant lacing.

Smells sweet and rye-like. I don't really get hops here, despite the IPA in the name.

Tastes, to me, like kind of a pilsner with a bittersweet flavor reminiscent of a cider. Definitely some rye. Again, I don't really taste any particular kinds of hops. Finishes a bit bitter though, I guess.

Mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium. Nothing offensive here.

It's easy enough to drink, but I'd call this a rye pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 03:52:24 | More by musicforairports
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter...Luck to get this 2009 vintage 12 pack here in the summer of 2010.

A-Filtered copper with a tame eggshell head that settles rapidly.

A-Not sure I'm picking up the IPA hints from this, but some rye definately present.

D-This is a very good example of a bitersweet rye beer that takes a stab at being an IPA. The rye holds forth well in the palate, with some slighly sour malts heading into the end, with drying hops throughout. I will review this out of style and say it is worthy beer. If you are looking for a rye IPA, go buy some Hop Rod.

M-Medium mouth and carbonation balance

D-This one is a kind of "why not, or why bother". Decent beer, but there are many better. One reviewer talked of Saranac as "comfort beer". I cannot agree more. They nail their styles in their own way, and do a decent job of it, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 04:10:08 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes from a while ago...

A - Thin coppery yellowish orange with a generous bublly white foamy head. Light carbonation and sticky lacing.

S - Hops jump out, but not overwhelmingly so. Almost a soapy smell. Very subtle.

T - Hops...taste follows the nose. Nothing wild jumps out at me, tastes like your average hoppy beer with a clear crisp flavor that reminds me of bottled spring water.

M - Light carbonation. Hoppy bitterness and a tangy bite.

D - Another nice offering from saranac, priced right and readily available in most supermarkets (by me at least)

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 19:10:21 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of TMoney2591


3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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
Photo of far333


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

Clear orangey straw colored with a low white head of wispy foam. Low aroma of doughey malt and spice.

Flavors initially of honied malt and hops of citrus and floral, some orange rind and lemon zest. Moderate bitterness, some peppery spice lingers.

Even mouthfeel, full, finishes tingly. Decent beer, moderate drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 23:58:53 | More by far333
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear orange color with lots of visible rising carbonation. The head was one finger of slightly yellow foam that retained well and left good lacing. The aroma was pleasant, a blend of hops, caramel malt and light rye notes. The flavors however, were a little odd. Maybe I just don't have an affinity for Rye but when that grain coupled with the hops it produced a bitterness that I didn't care for. That same grainy bitterness lingered on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty good but slightly oily, the body medium and the carbonation good too.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 03:43:57 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Photo of Fnerk

New York

2.25/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My familiarity/experience with IPA's of any sort is limited, therefore this review will undeniably be obscured somewhat by ignorance.

Appearance - pours a rich dark gold with a long-lasting head and good lacing on the glass.

Smell - Yum. Hops. I don't get much of the sense of rye notes, but that is because I'm unfamiliar with them. The smell is quite pleasant and citrusy however.

Taste - like the maple porter--while possessing a fine taste--this beer is cloying and is not balanced. Backing off on the boil a tad and thinning the brew out just a hair would keep it from overwhelming the palate.

Mouthfeel - again, heavy/syrupy, rather than creamy. The carbonation is really quite good, there just needs to be a lot of it to cut through the syrup.

Drinkability - I could only get one down, and as with the maple porter,this is actually a good-tasting beer. And again it is a seeming paradox, the beer being an example of how less is more is a precept that can often work with beers like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:17:56 | More by Fnerk
Photo of biggred1


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brass with a smooth eggshell head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Mildly minty hop notes with a touch of pale malt. Spicy,bittering hops and a touch of rye and biscuit maltiness. A bit more hop and/or rye flavor would help out here. Light bodied and crisp with seltzery carbonation. An easy drinking lower end of the spectrum rye IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 01:27:48 | More by biggred1
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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
Photo of MikeBrandman


3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours from a bottle into a pokal with 3 fingers of white billowy head. Body is a honey brown with faint visible carbonation. Good lacing too.

S - Strong bready hop smell. A lot of yeast and hops but not a strong malt smell. Very much an AIPA by the smell. A little citrusy too.

T - A little weaker than I expected. What's there is the bready hop smell and a little caramel sweetness. Very well balanced and drinkable, but about as strong as a pilsner and not as flavorful as I expected.

MF - Very clean MF. Goes down smooth and doesn't have much obtrusive combination.

D - Drinkable from the weak, yet balanced taste. However, not very intriguing so I wouldn't necessarily want to go back for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 05:05:17 | More by MikeBrandman
Photo of wilbrew


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It has a clear amber color with a thick two finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a bit and leaves a lot of lacing. The smell and taste are consistent with a mild malt flavor and a balanced hop profile that is more on the bitter side. The mouthfeel is good, which I have found to be consistent for the Saranac beers. The flavor does not impress me much so I would probably only have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 23:28:35 | More by wilbrew
Photo of morimech


3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poura a clear, pale golden color with a large head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Interesting aroma that combines the rye, hops, and malt in a pleasant smell. Spiciness from the rye, dry cracker like malt, and floral hops meld nicely. The flavor is not as nice. A bit of a bland pale ale. Starts with a bready malt flavor and only gets interesting in the finish with a splash of citrus in the finish. What happened to the rye? The different malts seemed to have let the body down as well. Feels thin and a little flat despite the carbonation. For a beer that started off well, it went downhill quickly. Very average in a few areas.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 22:55:01 | More by morimech
Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.