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Saranac Rye IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA

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284 Ratings

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Ratings: 284
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:
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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
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 00:35:01 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of kegger22


3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac Rye IPA was clear amber in color with an off-white head that reduced to a collar.

The aroma was citrus hops and a little malty sweetness.

The taste definitely leaned toward the hops; the grapefruit skin bitter variety, just a bit of maltiness in a vain attempt at balance. As it warmed, the bitterness increased in the after taste.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and well carbonated.

Drinkability was good with good taste, good ABV and great value.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 06:02:32 | More by kegger22
Photo of Jason


3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 03:08:02 | More by Jason
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear golden with a thick white head that thins to a film and leaves considerable amount of lacing.

Aroma is nice with some good hop aroma and just a hint of the rye. The rye comes through much better in the flavor, and the hops complement it nicely. Malts come through in the end to balance it a bit, bitterness is definitely the focus though. The carbonation is lively, but the bitterness lingers in the mouth a little long. Overall a well executed, not over the top IPA. Just different enough to be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:03:50 | More by mjaskula
Photo of mikereaser


2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/15/09.

A - Pours a clear copper with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - sweet malt, medicinal rye aroma, slight hint of hops

T - metallic taste, alot of rye giving a very dry taste

M - good carbonation, but the metallic mouthfeel is too much for me to ignore

D - not a good example of this type of beer, taste and mouthfeel is lacking

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 21:06:34 | More by mikereaser
Photo of woodychandler


4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:56:09 | More by woodychandler
Photo of jwc215


3.75/5  rDev +10%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 23:41:14 | More by jwc215
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle a friend gave to me. poured a clear somewhat dark golden color. nice fluffy kinda soapy looking head. decent retention. some good lacing.

not too impressive aroma. definately more on the malty side. english style malts, biscuity. maybe a touch of rye. perhaps a tad skunky.

the taste is more enjoyable than the aroma, but still no really noticable rye effects. first you get some biscuity, caramel,buttery malts, finishes with a nice hop bitterness, definatly nothing over the top. piney like hops.

medium to light body. fairly average mouthfeel. leaves some resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. decent carbonation.

a pretty nice session beer if you looking for a mildly hopped ale. nothing really stands out for me, but ive never really had anything from saranac that really does, they just have a crap load of styles that are all average and below. i dont think you can get this in anything but the 12 beers of winter pack. prolly wouldnt mind another one of these, but im prolly not going to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:35:29 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of hopheadjuice


3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from 12 beers of winter 12 pack.

Pours a slightly off hue yellow red which is interesting, about 1 finger of off white head and nice lacing around the glass.

Smells kinda funky to me maybe its the Rye i don't know. Hops are here as well but kind of hidden by the rye.

Taste almost exactly like it smells really bitter(in a rye bread way not hops) and the hops are more or less hidden behind the array of ingedients used in this brew.

Mouthfeel is of an average IPA nothing to write home about.

I have one more of these in my fridge its not my favorate beer but its not my most hated either. Basically an IPA with a seriously rye bread twist.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 15:51:23 | More by hopheadjuice
Photo of Tilley4


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this brew looks and smells pretty good but doesn't quite follow up in the other areas... The aromas aren't bad, perhaps a little muted and the hops seem floral more than citrusy or piney.. I don't get any rye at all in the aromas or the taste for that matter... The hops are present somewhat in the taste but they definitely aren't the main character.. That's the biscuity malt...

Overall, nothing I'd go for again.. Not one of the best out of the Winter Sampler...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 01:54:20 | More by Tilley4
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

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

A: A clear, golden hue with a small white head that leaves good lacing.

S: Faint hops and some floral notes. Rye is not detected at all.

T: Some grapefruit and mild hops bitterness along with some floral notes. Not your typical IPA, and not nearly as full of hops as most. Decent, if not watered down version of an IPA.

M: A bit more fuller and creamer than most of Saranac's offerings, this one is a bit oily - most likely from the hops - with a slight spicy finish.

D: This is a pretty decent IPA, if not a more tame version than some of the better ones I've had. Still, considering where Saranac was trying to go with this one, I think they did a pretty good job; it's a good IPA session brew for a good price.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 05:25:20 | More by irishking1977
Photo of MaxBrews


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac Rye IPA

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into a standard Pint Glass.

Appearance: This rye IPA pours clear amber with a 1 and a half finger head. The head dissipates at an average rate and leaves a fluffy soapy lacing that clings to the glass like a crown above the lacing.

Aroma: I picked up Rye malt, pale malt, a citrusy hopping, and faint aromas of dark fruit. A very faint aroma for an IPA.

Taste: For an IPA this is a very malty brew. There seems to be a duality between the rye and pale malt in this so it can be a bit difficult to distinguish the two. Beer finishes with a big note of rye. Combined with the malt is a slightly citrus hop taste, but overall the hops add very little taste. Malt pervades most of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is standard. Strangely sweet for the style. Hop bitterness isn't overwhelming but is assertive and leaves the mouth a bit dry upon finishing.

Drinkability: How many strong, agressive, overly hopped and flavorful IPAs do you have to drink until things get a bit tedious? The answer is when you get to beers like this. A great malty beer with hop bitterness but no real hop taste. For all the bitterness the hops should add some flavor. I know this is a rye IPA, but why focus on the malt so much? Why not bring everything together for an exquisite combo? Not a bad beer and I'm aware this came in a variety pack, but unless you like Saranac if you're looking for an IPA move onto the younger and better craft guys. Just a bit average when there are dozens of American craft breweries that have mastered the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 01:41:30 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of bltzburgh


1.9/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not one of saranac's best in my opinion. Poured out in a weak yellow color with little head and pour lacing.

Aroma was weak and bitter.

The rye was very evidnet and possibly the one good thing that stood out in the brew. Hops were not focussed on and there was too much carbonation.

Don't get me wrong there were four in the variety pack and they did not go to waste, I've had worse commercial beers, just not expecting this from Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 04:11:50 | More by bltzburgh
Photo of stakem


3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 00:12:34 | More by stakem
Photo of buschbeer


2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of head. This beverage is amber in color. The hops are very faint. I can smell the bready malt quite easily along with some faint rye. The taste is kind of weak. I get some hops bitterness upfront, and it is followed by the sweet malt. It is average at best.


Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 22:09:44 | More by buschbeer
Photo of mtnbikerpa


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

I got this brew in 24 beers of winter variety pack. Poured from a 12 once bottle. This totally not what I expected but very drinkable IMO. Scents of mint and herbs. A darker golden hue to the color. Lots of carbonation with little head. Subtle notes of rye toasty bread along with a moderate hops flavor. More orange citrus than grapefruit. Alcohol well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 19:34:04 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of billybob


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

pours a dark golden color, two finger head and nice sheets of lace as you drink. earthy rather than pine and citrus aromas in the nose. big biscuit malt taste, very dry, with a slight pine citrus taste. carbonation and mouthfeel ok. the dry taste of this beer was a turn off for me, i was loking for something a little more fruity and not so dry. its a pass at the liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 18:17:09 | More by billybob
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Fairly clear pour. Very clear really. A little bit of white lacing. Not that impressive.

S: Little bit of a hop nose with a touch of spice from the malt. Not that bad really.

T: You get the hops. Reminds me of their imperial IPA in the hop profile. Really quite similar. You get a touch of the rye but not enough for my tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D: Not a bad beer. Family offered this up on Christmas eve and it was a decent beer. Great for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 03:05:30 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of eporter66

New York

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Bright gold color, with a 1 finger head that receeded quickly. Little lacing left on the glass

S - Struggled with this one, yeasty bread smell, not much in the way of citrus or spice.

T - Kind of bland taste, seems like it might hit you and as you wait for it, it flattens out. I was waiting for more bite, but it's just not there.

M - Light mouthfeel, with nice tingly carbonation

D - These go down rather easy, and there is nothing bad about this beer at all, good session drinking. Unfortunatly, there is nothing really memorable either

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 23:32:05 | More by eporter66
Photo of tlinner

New York

4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As Saranac's go, this one isn't half bad. It pours an amber yellow with a faint head and little lace. The smell is of hops and citrus, with some faint berries and wheat. The taste is initially of a standard IPA, albeit weak, but leaves with a crisp, pilsner-like breadiness. The "weakness" of this beer's hop taste actually serves it some good, as I could understand if a person preferred an IPA that wasn't quite as harsh as most offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 21:16:39 | More by tlinner
Photo of kkosmoski

New York

4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass after a lengthy rest outside the fridge on the counter. A hard, two-part pour produced a nice fluffy head atop a perfectly clear gold colored liquid. Very minimal carbonation rising up. Aroma includes orange rind, pine cone, rye bread, and grass. Flavor starts off with some citrusy sweetness, followed by the spicy rye, and finishing with a lingering piney bitterness that sticks to the tonge for quite a while. Feel in the mouth is medium with a fluffy carbonation. This IPA is a good drinker for those who enjoy a bold, spicy ale with a bitter bite. I applaud this new release from Saranac. Keep the interesting brews coming!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 01:22:50 | More by kkosmoski
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. A brillant gold color with a nice thick head that hung around for a while. Excellent lacing, marked every sip.
I am not an IPA guy and I liked this brew alot so I am guessing if you are into IPAs you might not like it. Bitter but very mellow in the bite (is this the rye?) great citrusy taste with it too.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 02:39:37 | More by bob3701
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

One of the better of the six new Saranac beers copped as part of a seasonal sampler... Although to be quite honest, there was very little hop presence or flavor profile with this brew... Bland and watered down with taste struggling to be noticed... Slight hints of citrus are barely evident... nothing special...

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 22:45:46 | More by dsa7783
Photo of akorsak


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

From the 12 Beers of Winter case. Had one last night but decided not to review it then.

A: The IPA is a brilliant amber color, more orange hues than brown running through it. The IPA is remarkably clear. A half a finger of lace didn't do much.

S: The aroma has two characteristics that stick out. First, it has the Saranac ale yeast aroma that is nearly identical to all pale, and india pale ales. Second, rye and a short dose of strong citrus hops add a pleasing aroma, however short-lived it may be.

T: Again, the ale is a combination of the house Saranac yeast and a fuller IPA body. The house flavor is mildly sweet, almost ringwood. The IPA side is more vibrant, more bitter. Rye and pale malts are bready. The hops are fuller, citrusy but not in an in-your-face way. The ale's aftertaste is mildly sweet, more of the house ale taste.

M: The mouthfeel has moments of clarity but generally the rye and hop flavors are few and far between.

D: The IPA's alcohol level is reasonably low; I'd have no issues working through a couple. The only problem would be that the ale tastes like most Saranac ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:13:56 | More by akorsak
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