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Saranac Session IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Session IPASaranac Session IPA

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75
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We've created an easy to drink crisp, hoppy ale that is truly pale in color without sacrificing the hop character you expect in an IPA. To make a delicious "sessionable" beer, we selected citrusy centennial hops and an experimental variety from the Northwest U.S.. Look for this unique hop character balanced by the background nuttiness of Maris Otter malt. Not too filling, not overbearing-just laid back and drinkable!

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 04-24-2012)
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Lordquackingstic:
Photo of Lordquackingstic
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottled poured into a tulip.

A: Bubbly dark gold with a finger and a half of white head. The lacing is pretty sticky (which is what bumped this up from a 3.0 to a 3.5).

S: Really lacking in aroma here. To be honest, I'm not sure I can smell anything. The only thing I smell is a little hay or something. I'll give it a 2.0 only because my allergies might be affecting my perception.

T: Even though this is an IPA, malts definitely hit the tongue first. After that a spicy/lemony flavor hits the palette. The spiciness is actually more noticeable than the hop presence. Not bad, but not great.

M: Medium carbonation with a nice spicy finish that lingers a little bit. Nicest part of the beer.

O: This is an easy drinking IPA, pretty refreshing for a hot summer day, but not full of flavor. Wouldn't really look for this one again.

Lordquackingstic, Jun 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

DWolf, Jul 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

generallee, Aug 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Bike2work, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear lightly carbonated gold with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Large bubbles. Head sticks around for a few minutes.

S: Lightly spiced earthy hop with some bite. Sort of a pure hop smell to it, no malt really gets through.

T: An almost medicine like hop that feels a little naked without much malt backing.

M: Light, real easy drinking. Maybe a little watery but I think thats part of the idea.

Overall another drinkable beer that fits well in the summer mix pack.

CloudStrife, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
2.4/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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...

dacrza1, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light gold; half of an inch of soft, white, dense, foamy head; great retention

S - citrusy, orange, herbal, spicy

T - orange, citrus, mild bitter hoppy finish, herbal, slightly piny, lightly nutty, a bit grainy

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This isn't a bad beer, but it's not my favorite IPA from Saranac. The hops are a bit at odds with each other. The citrusy character is one-dimensional and immensely orangey. This could use a bit of balance and maybe a bit of a heavier malt character.

tdm168, May 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

chrishiker1409, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Bdel34, Jun 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

DOCRW, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

PaBeerLover, Jul 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Kmlund, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Ablackbrew, May 12, 2012
Photo of Sharkophile
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Appears a pale golden color with a big white head that leaves rings of lacing around the glass. Looks great.

A: Some malt sweetness with a lemony and earthy (tobacco?) hop.

T: Some pale malt sweetness with an earthy, grassy and citrussy hop character. Grain husk and some nuttiness in the very dry finish.

M: Quite light in body with a lively carbonation. Enhances the dryness, which is quite pleasant.

O: Nice, light IPA. Serves it's purpose, methinks.

Sharkophile, May 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Kunstman, Jun 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

dgeebs07, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is also kind of light, some hops, not nearly as much bitterness as I would expect. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

tone77, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 18, 2012. It pours golden yellow with regular carbonation but practically no head or at least any head that lingers. On the nose there are floral hop notes and some citrus along with grainy malts. The body is about medium and slightly creamy. There is a harsh kind of hop bitterness to the taste so it does taste like an IPA should. There is also a white grape kind of flavor along with grains and a clean finish. If you are looking for a hint of character on a nice, hot day this should do the trick.

puboflyons, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

KevinGordon, Aug 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

cujim, Aug 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

DoubleMalt, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of fx20736
3.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

fx20736, Apr 27, 2013
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Saranac Session IPA from Matt Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.