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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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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
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:
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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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

04-25-2013 17:03:22 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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prisdefer

New York

1.75/5  rDev -46.2%

09-15-2012 20:54:49 | More by prisdefer
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vfgccp

New York

2/5  rDev -38.5%

07-01-2012 15:07:19 | More by vfgccp
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guzzleacoldone

Ohio

2/5  rDev -38.5%

09-02-2012 01:48:07 | More by guzzleacoldone
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Boulder pint glass.

A - Translucent gold color. A quick burst of white head leaves behind some light lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus and pine. Honestly, smells a bit like a cleaning product.

T - Citrus and pine flavors return from the smell. Pretty lemony with some light hoppiness. Pretty bitter. Really can't get behind this one.

M - Very light, but heavily carbonated. A bit too much on the carbonation.

This is the last of a fairly disappointing variety pack I picked up. This is drinkable, but with so many similar, better IPAs out there, there isn't much reason to come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 00:26:02 | More by RoninTK3
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dacrza1

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:50:22 | More by dacrza1
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alli4051

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a bright gold with a thin white head. Head leaves some wispy lace as it goes. Smells...soapy...with faint floral hops. Tastes kinda soapy too, marris otter is pretty prominent as well, hops definitely take a back seat. A previous reviewer described it as a "hoppy pilsner" more than an IPA which is right on the money, which I guess makes sense since they were shooting for a super light IPA. Overall pretty mediocre, that bizarre soapy flavor throws me off, kinda stripped away too much to make it a sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 03:33:18 | More by alli4051
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

07-05-2012 01:15:57 | More by DWolf
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mborden

New York

2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

07-19-2013 18:32:57 | More by mborden
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cujim

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

08-01-2012 20:06:49 | More by cujim
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bubseymour

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

08-04-2012 15:52:10 | More by bubseymour
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

08-14-2012 00:59:56 | More by harrisjohnson
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BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

01-01-2013 22:24:24 | More by BigGingDrinker
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Jeckel

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

08-17-2012 19:14:31 | More by Jeckel
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rab53

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

07-09-2012 02:26:36 | More by rab53
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, resinous hop aroma with an earthy, grassy quality that's countered by citrus fruit and pale malt. Some nice earthy pine needle followed by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel. Faint biscuit and graham cracker malt. Decent balance of earthy and citrus hop notes.

Medium bodied with a floral hop presence up front that provides some dry bitterness that lingers over the citrus fruit and pale malts into a dry, astringent finish. Some nice grassy and piney flavor that is quickly countered by subtle citrus rind and an odd metallic spice/yeast character. I'm not sure if it's the yeast that they use but all of Saranac's beers have an odd, off-putting taste that lingers in the finish. All of the citrus notes from the nose are completely muted and it results in a beer that has some decent hop flavor that is killed off mid-palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 08:24:02 | More by corby112
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Lordquackingstic

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 18:00:34 | More by Lordquackingstic
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -7.7%

10-03-2013 18:21:13 | More by Kmlund
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dgeebs07

New York

3/5  rDev -7.7%

07-25-2012 00:18:06 | More by dgeebs07
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PKing

New York

3/5  rDev -7.7%

07-24-2012 00:36:15 | More by PKing
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-18-2012 18:58:44 | More by Davepoolesque
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brealbg

Ohio

3/5  rDev -7.7%

07-30-2012 13:55:21 | More by brealbg
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M_Burkey


3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-10-2012 02:37:25 | More by M_Burkey
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -7.7%

08-31-2013 17:04:39 | More by scxcrunner
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mitch3114

New York

3/5  rDev -7.7%

07-13-2014 16:33:33 | More by mitch3114
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Saranac Session IPA from Matt Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.