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Saranac India Copper Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac India Copper AleSaranac India Copper Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

160 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: generallee on 10-13-2010

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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 89
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Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle no freshness date though it was part of their winter 12-pack 10'-11'.

Very large head to start, seems not to want to go anywhere either. Mildly hazed copper color, what other color would it have beer? Slightly fruity, buttery, caramel and hoppy as well in the nose. Smooth and slick. Caramel sweetness meets and overripe fruitiness, buttery tones push against the oily resin hop flavor and bitterness. Hoppy, mildly estery and toffee finish.

A pretty good take on the IPA "hop" style ... they could have easily called it a Copper Ale that is hoppy but what is the fun in that right? Choice pick out of the mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of Beers of Winter 12 pack.
In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was copper colored with a thick tan head that retained well. Very sticky head.
Mostly a caramel malt aroma. Some citrus, and a tiny bit of floral hops.
Caramel taste, a little grapefruit and a little piney hops.
Pretty thin in the mouth.
OK, not that exciting.

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is part of this years winter mixed pack. The label has a nice description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: It has a coppery amber color with an average two finger head off an aggressive pour. The head hangs on for a bit but fades to a wispy thin layer. Lacing is good and slick.

Smell: The aroma has some sweet maltiness pooping through some very nice American hop notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects on the aroma with a sturdy sweet base malt and solid citrus/pine like hop bitterness. Hops carry on into the finish but don't linger for long. Its medium body and carbonation keeps things moving along and drinking well.

Notes: This is classic easy drinking Saranac.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Website says American Amber, label says India style Copper Ale. Interesting regional brewer jargon or just rock solid good beer. Appears a beautiful bright copper hue when held up toward the light slightly off white head comes of light cream colored. Aroma hits with spruce tips/citrus rinds/ and floral notes all C notes going on here with Columbus, Centennial, and Cascades. Sugary coated hops a touch of caramel malt, nice mix of olfactory sensations going on in my glass. Flavor offers up a nice bitterness coated with enough malts to balance out the party still lands on the abrasive bitter side of things but there's still some poetic justice going on within the malt/hop mixture in the glass. Citric hops/floral notes make it through with a nice semi dry malt crispness making it through. Mouthfeel is a bit oily actually brings the hops, carbonation is sturdy maybe too much so. Finishes pretty dry espcecially with the hop burps coming back up between sips. Drinkability overall is solid hoppy offerings from a small rebuilding regional brewer who's hearts are in the game totally. Don't believe check a couple of the Matt guys giving verbal reviews of these beers on their youtube site.

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gregb13
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a typical copper ale. It looks nice in the glass, has a good head with superb lacing. Smells typical; a little malt and a little floral hop. Taste follows the nose. Nothing at all off-putting, but nothing stands out either. I could session this all night or just leave it alone.

Average brew.

Photo of dacrza1
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Occasion: beer rating, plain and simple...
Glassware: K's Tavern pint...
Appearance: thick, pillowy head that sits atop an orange-brown body--the head is resilient...
Aroma: bright, punchy citrus--an IPA no doubt..
Palate: medium-bodied; quite drinkable--this doesn't seem to be an IPA once the glass tilts...
Taste: sprucy ending with some cinnamon or nutmeeg--mellow otherwise with a malty undergirding...
Overall: not sure what this beer is, which often bothers me when writing a review--and causes a deduction in the rubric, as this sits somewhere between its boast and the truth...

Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Not surprisingly copper-colored, nice bubbles, and good lacing and retention. The look of these Saranac brews lately has been pretty good.

Smell: The fruit esters mixed with the sour and citrus qualities are what's present the most here.

Taste: More bitterness than I was expecting overall, with a nice earthiness and grapefruit component, along with some sweeter fruit esters and mild roasted malts and bread notes lingering.

Mouthfeel: A little more medium-bodied, or so it seems, with a creamier yet more dense carbonation.

Drinkability: Another one in the 12 beers of winter I'm a fan of. They're not blowing minds, but there are some solid ones in there this year in my opinion, and this is one of them.

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a half inch of thick, foamy, off white head that has great retention. I pick up notes of bready malt and faint pineapple in the nose. The taste is malty with some caramel and bready notes up front. It finishes with a clean, mildly bitter, floral, piny hop character. The hop character is rather subdued, and doesn't present with any one clear, distinct flavor. It's a medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth beer.

This is a decent IPA from Saranac. I enjoy this better than I do their regular IPA or their Imperial. The malt backbone here adds a solid base, flavor, and body. The hops are laid back and, for a hop head like me, weak, but overall this IPA was enjoyable.

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale light brown color, slightly hazy, with a small dense khaki colored head that disipated into a sparse cap that left some lacing on the glass. Lacking on the rich colors of an amber ale.

The aroma is of caramel malt, a touch bready, a hint of brown sugar and a very light grassy stale hop. Not much going on.

The taste is of a sweet caramel malt, some lemon and tea like flavors, then a fairly good shot of some grassy bitter hops. Not much hop flavor but definitely the hop bitterness. I am not wild of the flavor but the hops give the brew some character.

The feel is light, almost watery, with fizzy carbonation, drinks quite crisp. Finishes bitter.

Drinks very easy as the body is light and fizzy. Not the best amber ale out there but its got some flavor to it.

Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep reddish copper with 1/2 inch white foam. Heavy around the rim. Malty smell. Caramel/toffee notes. Buried pine. Mostly hop bitter taste with light malt wrap around. Lingering aftertaste. Blends well.

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy copper color with a light tan head that lingers with pretty good lacing.

Smell- fruity hops with a buttery sweetness, a bit of caramel also.

Taste- the buttery sweet malts meets a bitter kick from the hops on the back end. Tastes of caramel and citrus fill the palate but it's oddly a great combination. I'm not a big fan if India Pales but the extra boost from the malts makes the taste much more pleasant for me.

Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety and creamy.

Overall this is one of the better Saranac brews that I have had. Its well balanced and very enjoyable.

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops are present. Taste is hops up front, followed by a good malt balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 12, 2010. It pours a nice looking amber-copper with a long lasting half-inch beige head that leaves thick lacing. Floral hops take command of the aroma with a backdrop of sweet malts. The body is in the medium range. The taste has a pleasing merger of caramel malts and bitter hops that makes it feel like a moderate IPA. Likeable beer.

Photo of philbe311
2.13/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Two fingers of tightly packed yet slightly fluffy off white colored head with a bit of a rocky top... Excellent retention... Loaded with exceedingly small bubbled moderated paced carbonation... A deep dark coppery amber color with a faint glow... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - An exceedingly mellow citrus hop presence... A bit of syrupy sweetness... Caramel... Loads of bready malts... A step above average, but rather muddled...

T - Holy bitterness... This isn't hoppy, just down right intolerable... Uber tart grapefruit... Witch hazel... Solvent... No balance... No complexity...

M - Medium bodied... Biting carbonation... Exceedingly bitter... Uber dry finish...

D - This one misses the mark by a mile for me... After a promising start in terms of appearance and aroma, this one falls of a cliff and ends as a drain pour... I'm a long time Saranac supporter, but found this one a terrible disappointment...

Photo of bourbonbock
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle of this into a clean pint glass.

A. Golden copper colored body with slightly off white foamy head with some staying power. Leaves several lacing rings around the glass on the way down.

S. Strong american style hops. I can smell some grassiness and resinous floral and pine.

T. Very interesting flavor. Very flowery up front followed by a sweet maltiness and finishes with a sweet and salty hoppy flavor. I'm very curious on what types of hops are in this beer.

M. Very light in both body, with a heavy hop punch, and lightly carbonated.

D. I have a feeling that this is a first run beer and therefore is the best that it ever will be but I wouldn't mind if it came out in six pack format.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #122
Served On: 02/07/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: March 31, 2012

This was in the 2011 '12 Beers of Winter' mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a murky copper with an orange hue. The head was an eggshell colored white that lasted for a few moments and then dissolved into a thin film.

Smell: Some hints of grapefruit with a distinct maltiness – typical of other Saranac offerings. Also some clean hops that seem present in the Saranac Pale Ale.

Taste: First was a robust hop fruitiness that quickly became overtaken by that signature Saranac malty sweetness. The finish was rather clean with faded notes of grapefruit and that malt sweetness. Aftertaste was slightly dry and bitter,

This beer drinks very similar to the Saranac Big Moose Ale. I think the grapefruit may be the only real quality that sets the two apart.

Photo of Sensaray
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a red hued copper color. Fluffy light tan head.

You smell the hops, a sense of malt in background

Not really liking the bitter here. Or much. More piney than citrus. Bitter dry finish. Some spice.

Fairly light for what it is, medium light. Didn't do much.

Compared to the saranac rye ipa I drank tonight, this falls short of that, so really not too great. Wouldn't get again.

Photo of musicforairports
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of this year's winter pack.

True to its name, it pours a mahogany copper. Looks like a lighter-colored brown ale. Head is decent and remains through most of the beer, with the best lacing I've ever seen from a Saranac. This is a very, very good looking beer.

Smells like a red ale. Some biscuit, possibly a bit of hop in there, but not much.

Tastes like a red ale also, but with a bitter twang to it the whole way. Despite "generous amounts" of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, it's not citrusy at all--perhaps a bit metallic actually. All in all, it really doesn't taste bad, though. Better than a lot of red ales. It's rich and more malty bitter than hoppy bitter, despite the "India" reference in the name.

Mouthfeel is substantial, a bit creamy but nothing overbearing at all.

I could keep drinking this. Like most other Saranac beers, it's nothing amazing but not bad at all, especially for its price ($12-14 for a 12-pack.) I appreciate that they mess with a lot of different styles and flavors.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ight amber color and nice clarity to it. A small head of maybe a half an inch rose up from the bottom and settled down to nothing rather quickly with little in the way of any fan fare.

The aroma was rather light. Lots of malts in this one at first, not really getting the strong hop nose of an IPA. As it warmed though some nice touch of pine came through, but again nothing very heavy. Same can be said for the taste which was nothing to write home about. Light citrus hops, touches of grain and a bready malt base. Not bad really, just nothing really pushing it any direction at all.

Photo of rlee1390
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the Saranac Winter Mix

A-Cloudy Amber, one finger foam head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing all the way down

S-Some hops, not much and floral notes

T-Floral Hops with some bitterness, interesting for an Amber Ale as the bitterness is usually not there.

M-Medium body, not getting any carbonation here.

D-It's drinkable, the hops, although not much, make it a good inclusion for the winer pack.

Photo of errantnight
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A fine, albeit unnecessary, stab at an IPA by way of an Amber Ale.

Pours a nice, copper color with thin head, nice lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is citrus hops and caramel malts, but the malt (which leans bread) is almost in front.

On the palate this is well rounded with a crisp finish and just a touch of sweetness lingering. Bitterness is nice, but it's really more of an east coast pale ale.

I kinda like it, although nothing is standing out, terribly. A fine beer to swig while playing poker with the guys, not strong enough to stand on its lonesome.

Photo of blakelive784
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

a - Pours a textbook copper color with a thin, off-white 1.5 finger head. Retention is average, and the head leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

S - Moderate strength generic hops aromas, lemongrass, a good bit of yeast and some weak pale and caramel malt. It's a bit boring and simple, but it's balanced well .

T - Better than I was expecting, but it still doesn't have a lot going for it. Pale malt and caramel foundation meddles with generic (and not too fresh) hops. There's a fair amount of biscuity yeast throughout. All of the flavors linger throughout the beer, with none being more distinguished than another. Balanced well, but they're only balancing two notes.

M - Light to medium bodied, smooth and wet, especially on the finish. It could stand more carbonation.

D - It's definitely drinkable and well balanced, but I'd never have it again. It's simple, uninspired and far from memorable.

Photo of skenyon1811
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Nice orange color but it has a cloudiness that I wouldn't expect for an IPA, only about a quarter inch of head but it head good retention.

S: A slight citus aroma with a hint of some spice. Not much here. Nothing outstanding.

T: This brew has quite a bite to it, but it does have a great taste to it. Very hoppy but it does blend right. It has a sort of tangy booze flavor. I like a very hoppy beer, but I prefer a good pairing of hops. I judge my IPAs at a very high standard.

M: It has a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Leaves a weird coating in my mouth.

D: This beer destroys your taste buds and doesn't give much back in return. I would hold off on this one until the end of the mix pack, enjoy the others first.

Photo of gmw
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Copper is an apt descriptive for this beer. A clear color that reminds me of slightly tarnished copper. The head dissipates to a very thin layer that remains around for quite a while, with a surprising amount of fine lacing.

s - smells like your basic IPA. Some citrus like hops.

t - tastes like a good basic IPA with the addition of some malty sweetness. Some lingering hops. Saranac calls this a strong brown ale. I'd say it's basically IPA meets brown ale.

m - Smooth, with just the right carbonation.

d - High. With an ABV of 6% it's not too high to have a few in an afternoon. Unfortunately it seems to come only in the winter mixed pack. Considering that I can get a 24 bottle case of the winter mix for under a buck a bottle, I'll be drinking plenty of this throughout the fall.

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Saranac India Copper Ale from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.