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Saranac Rye IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA

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290 Ratings

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 2
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009)
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Photo of eporter66
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

eporter66, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of tlinner
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.

tlinner, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of kkosmoski
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!

kkosmoski, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of bob3701
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.

bob3701, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Dec 13, 2009
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.

akorsak, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this chilled from the 12oz into a mug

A - A refulgent amber w/ great clarity, visible carbonation is apparent rising quickly upward. A frothy, sudsy ecru cream caps the ale w/ average sized bead. The retention is good and lace clings well

S - A fruity malt odor w/ a mildly yeasty ester is noted w/ a mildly floral hop influenced nose w/ subtle spice tones. The scent has mild stone fruit accents w/ slight woody hint in the background

M - The feel is very effervescent, slightly fruity w/ subtle bitterness and light soapiness w/ clean bitter finish and medium bodied w/ moderate sweetness

T - The taste has a crisp, and slightly lemony flavor w/ citrus peel and floral notes that come forward w/ subtle spiciness and light rye flavor w/ a cascade hop tinge and mild soapiness after the swallow. The taste is lightly sweet w/ mild fruit and hints of grassiness in the hops w/ slight bitterness lingering in the finish

D - A pretty tasty beer, not exeptional, but when I need a hop fix I could see this fitting the bill. The drinkability is pretty good considering it is sufficiently bitter in comparison to other Saranac products -worth a try

Slatetank, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of MVotter
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The Saranac Rye Pale Ale pours into a chalice a light gold color with a cream colored, thin head.

S - Alcohol, sweet malts, yeast.

T - Sweetish malts and hops at first, then a hint of green apple, and a finally a more bitter biting back. Very interesting profile ... maybe even a mild tobacco flavor in the finish. Whoa.

M - Plenty of carbonation in this brew ... medium feel, excellent dry finish (sipping frequency acceleration warning ... hehe).

D - Very drinkable. At 5.95% abv, this brew is a great pick for sessioning this winter season. Another new addition to the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter Pak; may have just taken first place amongst my favorites in the 12-pak.


MVotter, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of PangaeaBeerFood
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass. The appearance was easily the best part of the beer. Crystal clear, without looking too watery or yellow. Has a nice goldish color to it that I find really enticing.

The smell is, hands down, the least enticing aspect of the beer. Little to no aroma to be found. Considering how the beer advertises it's intense hopping, you couldn't tell from the smell. Makes me think there's probably more early addition hops than late addition.

Taste follows through with what I expected. Abrupt bitterness from the early hops, with no complexity due to the lack of late hops. A run of the mill IPA flavor at best. Some spiciness from the rye, but nothing overly intriguing.

Mouthfeel is pretty average. Feels like a standard 5% ABV pale ale. A touch on the watery side, but not overly so.

I had no desire to go back for a second Rye IPA. By the end of the brew, as it warms up, the early hops become very apparent. The finish of the beer is just bitterness with not much else to hold on to.

Overall a pretty average beer. I'm no brewmaster, but if I had to take a crack at the issue here, it is that they decided to use low bitterness noble hops in an IPA, and boiled them particularly long to get all the utilization they could, increasing bitterness but killing complexity. I think this beer would be much better if they balanced the hops throughout the process more. But, again this is purely based on what I'm tasting, so who the hell knows.

PangaeaBeerFood, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of deruiz10
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - 1.5" white, soapy head reduced quickly to a finger. Surprisingly sticky, left great lacing. Pour is golden amber, quite effervescent and clear.

S - Fresh strawberries and malt with a hint of those rye hops.

T - Moderate hop strength, but flowery flavors more than spicy. Malts just hint of sweetness, but the dominating flavor is the rye hops, which slowly fades to a lingering aftertaste of marmalade. Not very complex, but focused in the right direction.

M - Good weight and carbonation, well done for maximum effect.

D - Though the bottle claims "aggressively hopped," the rye hops are actually quite mild as IPAs go and the overall effect is good. Crisp and pleasing to the palate, this would make a good IPA for when you want something pleasing but aren't feeling too hoity-toity.

deruiz10, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac Rye IPA poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A light copper in color with a good amount of soapy foam and lace work.

Very light aroma of malt sweetness and grains.

Flavors of peppery rye and earthy hop compete for dominance. Both meld together well with a sharp spiciness. Suggestions of tart grapefruit. Sweet grains and malt lay in the background.

Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

A decent rye beer with an earthy hop presence. Solid sessionable beer that is a healthy addition to Saranac's arsenal.

Stinkypuss, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as parts a winter mixed 12 pack

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Floral hops, plus peppery rye & a touch of lemon as this warms

T: Spicy peppery rye up front, plus biscuitty malt & floral hops up front. Slight honey malt flavor, plus some pear riding along with all that peppery rye & a bit of lemon as this warms. Finishes crisp, slightly peppery & slightly sweet & juicy/fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Great drinkability could stay on this a while, maybe the best beer I've had from these guys!

russpowell, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear full golden with one finger white head atop,aroma is lacking in my mind,a bit of floral hop and toasted grain is about all I could detect.The hops are a bit more pronounced flavor-wise but it lacks any real rye bite in my opinion,there is a firm lightly sweet malt base as well.Its not bad, but it doesnt show off enough of the rye element in my mind.

oberon, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale copper color with about two fingers of light beige head. Keeps a very full, thick lace and leaves a ton of stick on the sides, with some nice rings as the beer is consumed.

Smell is floral and grassy, with a nice spicy rye character and some citrus hops. Some sweet caramel too.

Flavor doesn't have as much hop quality as I'd like in an IPA, but what is there is nice and the rye is well done in this beer. Adds some spicy character to go along with a biscuit and lightly sweet caramel malt base. Hops are grassy and citrusy and there is a good amount of bitterness. Lots of spicy rye character mingling with the hop bitterness in the finish. I'd like just a bit more hop flavor, but this is quite good as is.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied and smooth. It's dry in the finish with some lingering herbal and rye bitterness.

I think this beer is well brewed but could also use more hops. It is quite good as is, but would be very good if the hop bill were amped up a bit, especially to give it more citrus flavor. I think Saranac has the makings of a real winner here; this is already better than their standard IPA, but could be really special with just a bit of tweaking. Another nice beer out of this Winter 12 pack.

number1bum, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of mnrider
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown Bottle. Pint Glass

A: Pours a clear golden color. Ample amount of carbonation as it creates a one finger creamy white head. After a few minutes the head disappears. A nice amount of lacing is left down the glass.

S: Malts and hops. A little citrusy. Very mild aroma.

T/M: Alot of hops, but still mild. Well balanced with the rye malts. Light bodied with a watery aftertaste.

D: Very easy to drink, almost to easy. Hops and malts are really to weak for this style. I like em with more hops. Still decent and not bad to drink.


mnrider, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold in color, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: rye, bread, citrus hops--the scent is not as strong as I would have hoped for

Taste: Follows the scent, but the flavors are more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: super smooth, medium carbonation, very light/borderline watery, slightly bitter end

Drinkability: This one is pleasant and tasty. The rye and hops are there, but they are not overpowering. A solid B beer.

tigg924, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden copper hue with a bright two fingered thick white head leaves thick chunky lacing with each sip. Aromatics are a bit tame here sweet spicy rye with nice upfront bready malt tones and in the back ground comes some floral earthy hops. Flavor is nice with the kick of rye amongst the malts, not real hoppy but nice. It's got a complex spice rye character with the bitterness coming late and sticking around between sips. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils and it is medium bodied with very moderate carbonation levels. Drinkability overall is solid a complex holiday drinking experience with this sampler. I wouldn't mind a six of this offering to appear eventually there needs more Rye IPA out there.

WVbeergeek, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is my first Rye IPA.. pretty good beer. Great lacing and nice golden color to it, a bit more subdued hop wise than the typical IPA but has a bit different of a taste to it. Nice spiciness to this one too.. just not the usual bitterness, which is good for a change of pace but I do love it. Nice solid, drinkable beer.. can't go wrong with this one.

oriolesfan4, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Kinsman
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden/bronze color with a moderate white head. Poor head retention

S: Spicy hop notes up front, a little fruity also

T: Rye malt makes this one a little bit different than most IPAs, however the hops really define the flavors in this beer. Earthy and spicy, which is pretty typical for the german hops used.

M: Solid medium body, however a little too much carbonation

D: A very drinkable IPA, doesn't make you "hopped" out after one.

Kinsman, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of magnj
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light Amber, clear as can be, generous off-white head.

S - Somewhat spicy, very low hop aroma out of the fridge.

T - Really clean and mild for an APA let alone an IPA. Rye is present but restrained, somewhat vegetal in the finish with no bite.

M/D - Very thin body, hardly any residual sugar. Easy to drink, wouldn't guess 6% ABV. Overall drinkable and cheap but nothing IPA, and very little Rye about it.

magnj, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of mklinger
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. This is a very pretty beer. Thick rich head, very clear pale amber color with nice bubbles. Leaves great lacing behind.

Aroma is also really good. Certainly exceeds my expectation -- citrus, rye, and spice all melded together.

Flavor is good. Lots of hop bitterness, slightly piney, less citrus and more spice in the taste. There is also a slight astringency that put me off a bit. I think it's a hop astringency, but I can't quite place it. A bit sour.

Mouthfeel is fine, a bit low on the malty, dextrinous mouthfeel but pretty good. Drinkability suffers because of the flavor problem I had with this beer.

mklinger, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It has a good foamy, white head and some lacing. Goldish/red in color. Fairly bubbly.
S- Appleish scent to it.
T- It has an extremely unique taste. The rye definitely comes through. There's also a sweet, almost apricot hoppy taste to it. Not like many beers I've had. Very unique in it's style.

Amalak, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 2649-1444. Sampled on November 14, 2009. It pours bronze-amber with decent clarity but little to no head. A bready, weakly spiced, and thinly hopped aroma greets the nose. For an IPA the hoppy aroma is noticeably absent. The mouthfeel is smooth but of medium texture. The taste includes a little bit of malts but overall it is tart. The hop finish is there but weak. Not like most IPA's I have tried.

puboflyons, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Brew pours a light amber, with white fluffy head.

Brew has a sweet hop and rye smell. Has a bready scent as well. Nice head and lace retention.

Brew has a very smooth dense flavor and moothfeel. Has a good floral hop flavor, has a nice balance of the rye and the hops. Bready flavor.

This brew is very drinkable and very good. Nice.

magine, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: Nice meringue pie fluff that has descent staying power, leaves pretty nice lacing. Pale caramel copper in color.

S: Hearty herbal bitter hops, hint of rye.

T: Smooth up front with a nice, bitter hop finish.

M: Medium/light, crisp and nice carbonation.

D: I really like this and could easily see myself getting a case of this. For non-hop lovers, they may be better served with something a bit more balanced.

ujsplace, Nov 14, 2009
Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.