Saranac India Copper Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +6.1%
usually a winter offering, this some times shows up in other places. a hopped up amber ale that retains some malt sweetness while still dropping a heavy dose of hops in the finish. good on hearty winter days, but also works on chilly summer nights when its around. the pour is medium amber, like maple syrup, with good carbonation and a just off white head an inch tall. it smells like an English ipa, with a lot more malt to balance than most American versions. yeast is a little generic on the taste, and that's my main critique. something a little more interesting or sturdy would pay off I reckon. still, a good bitter hop profile to offset the sweetness of the red malts, and a clean sort of finish for the style. a little more body than I need though, and as such, one or two of these is usually enough for me. good bubbles, but maybe even overcarbonated a tad. not saranacs best beer overall, but something I am happy to pick up a few times a year because I like the style.
08-05-2013 14:04:49 | More by StonedTrippin
3.53/5 rDev +1.7%
Copper it absolutely is, ruddy and thick and impossible to see through. The tan head grows to over a finger and a half in height and displays some density. It's been a while since I've seen the rocky cragginess in a head this one's got. Lacing is left in good quantity and pretty thickly.
The aroma's a little nondescript, though there's an evident malts backing that still permits the hoppiness to come out, caramel being evident foremost before some fruits, citrus and otherwise, and perhaps floral notes come out. The roasting is what is drawn out very evidently as I continue; roasted grains all the way underneath.
More citrus comes out in the flavor but, again, it goes a little nondescript and then roasted grains become the foremost flavor. It's evidently well balanced, but could be cleaner as well as hoppier.
Fairly smooth but whith a crispness that's just a little too faint, it ends up feeling a little "fuzzy," so to speak, though not bad. A bit of heft wouldn't hurt, but it's on the edge of medium in the body.
06-28-2012 12:25:43 | More by Brenden
Saranac India Copper Ale from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.