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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

158 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: generallee on 10-13-2010)
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Reviews by errantnight:
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errantnight

California

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

11-04-2010 03:09:37 | More by errantnight
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-16-2011 21:53:38 | More by lordofthewiens
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

10-13-2010 17:28:26 | More by generallee
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

01-31-2011 00:16:29 | More by Jason
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%

06-05-2012 01:25:27 | More by mjtiernan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

11-28-2010 05:10:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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Brenden

Ohio

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
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gregb13

California

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

12-10-2011 06:30:59 | More by gregb13
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

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...

01-29-2012 03:45:22 | More by dacrza1
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asabreed

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

12-18-2010 00:02:47 | More by asabreed
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

12-28-2011 22:54:41 | More by tdm168
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-07-2012 22:57:37 | More by Damian74Shensky
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avisong

Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.3%

04-26-2012 02:57:29 | More by avisong
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chrishiker1409

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-24-2013 17:31:02 | More by chrishiker1409
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spatula212

Ohio

2/5  rDev -42.4%

01-07-2012 19:49:28 | More by spatula212
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leinie13

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-04-2011 23:16:57 | More by leinie13
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Gmann

New York

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

12-18-2010 02:16:41 | More by Gmann
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

07-14-2011 01:42:43 | More by KTCamm
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maynard713

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

10-21-2012 02:06:42 | More by maynard713
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Bapplebaum

New York

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

02-14-2013 23:35:55 | More by Bapplebaum
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-26-2011 18:19:52 | More by kmwilson76
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odbjs735

New York

2/5  rDev -42.4%

05-07-2012 06:44:54 | More by odbjs735
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

11-18-2011 02:59:27 | More by Treyliff
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Ablackbrew

New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%

12-13-2011 02:25:35 | More by Ablackbrew
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

11-27-2010 18:07:44 | More by tone77
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Saranac India Copper Ale from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.