Saranac Session IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +11.7%
Although not really much by IPA standards, this is a good, enjoyable session beer with nice light but firm character.
Dark gold, it has a big off-white head steadily shrinking to thin ring, a tiny bit of lace.
Aroma is grassy and herbal hops, hint of lemon pith, apple and grain, like a hoppier, fuller cream ale type.
Taste is grassy-herbal hop, dryish with light peppery-grassy bitterness and light sweetness, some mineral with dryer, lightly bitter grassy finish. It is simple but nice, light and crisp, still tasty like a hoppier golden ale or cream ale type. Feel is firm, light but not watery.
08-13-2013 07:08:05 | More by Offa
3.38/5 rDev +4%
Saranac IPA (2013) - Thick foamy head. Excellent lacing. Straw body with very active carbonation. Vibrant IPA aroma. Flowery hops and copper ale overtone. Sour nose. Lemons and hops. Hoppy mid-palate with perfectly timed bitter note. Copper ale back palate. High hop note simmers down into a mild bitter skunk. A bit of pepper spice. After taste is very clean. Lingering pine, copper, and bitter daisies. Very nice. Nothing stand out, but a good standard bearer for this brew type. 3.25 out of 5. Good.
07-05-2013 02:08:20 | More by digitalflood
3.66/5 rDev +12.6%
bought as part of Saranac's Summer Variety pack from Southtown Beverages on 4/26/13 for $ 7.99.
poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler, served at fridge temp.
appearance: amber with just a hint of tangerine. thick 3 finger meringue of creme brulee head. adequate lacing.
aroma: candied ginger, honeydew
mouthfeel: a little thin.
taste: thick and bready with a melange of earthy hops and a hint of fruitiness.
notes: well done. Saranac is an inconsistent brewery IMO and this is one of their good examples.
04-27-2013 21:11:18 | More by fx20736
3.51/5 rDev +8%
Another of my local, in-person trader, tone77's latest drop-off.
From the bottle: The "Notes" have everything already. Good job!
Mmmm. The aroma of grapefruit was strong in my kitchen as I poured this into a glass. My pour produced two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I put my nose into the glass just to make sure and it was like being gassed with hops! The lacing that began to form as the head fell was very pretty. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops seemed to be saturating the beer, giving it a grainy texture. I did not mind it since I am a self-professed hophead, but it did not seem to conform to what they told me on the neck label. Finish remained hoppy and it was a decent beer, but I would prefer something with more Ooomph. I suppose that is the tradeoff for a session beer, but I would grow tired of this quickly, I think.
03-14-2013 20:02:19 | More by woodychandler
2.4/5 rDev -26.2%
Glassware: Yuengling pint...Occasion: still in the afterglow of the Christmas holiday...Appearance: thick, meteor-laden chunks in the pale white head; burnt orange body; head laces thickly as well-promising...Aroma: bright, punchy citrus-orange peel and lemon zest--a bit of soap dish affects the scent...Palate: begins medium-bodied; slightly obtrusive at the throat; foamy and soft at the teeth...Taste: oddly a combination of puckerish hops and troublesome aftertaste--not a beer to enjoy slowl--or often--due to this quirk...Overall: Not a session IPA after all, unless I ended up with a bad batch...not among Saranac's better offerings...
01-12-2013 04:50:22 | More by dacrza1
Saranac Session IPA from Matt Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.