Saranac Rye IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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3.38/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-28-2013 15:11:39 | More by Brenden
3.34/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-28-2013 01:05:58 | More by Darkmagus82
3.71/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
08-13-2013 07:11:21 | More by Offa
2.95/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
07-27-2013 01:43:18 | More by Suds
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
07-21-2013 16:42:49 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.