Saranac Session IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
3.2/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
12-07-2012 06:42:49 | More by tone77
3.83/5 rDev +17.8%
i thought this was really good, one of the better saranac hoppy beers ive had. the pour is clear and golden, standard looking, with an inch of white head on top that slowly dies down. the nose is really citrusy hops, grapefruit mostly, bitter and crisp. the flavor is a little more balanced, with some very light toasted american barley malt and just a hint of sweetness to calm the bitter hops down. the hops are quite fruity, centennial or citra or something must be. great hoppy finish. the body is really light, indeed a session beer, but i thought the carbonation was also a little light, which made it a little less drinkable than it otherwise might be. overall though, this is a tasty beer, one of saranacs best displays of hops to date in my opinion.
11-26-2012 18:29:17 | More by StonedTrippin
2.3/5 rDev -29.2%
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.
11-13-2012 00:26:02 | More by RoninTK3
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear dark golden with a small whitish head. Small bits of lace cling to the glass after each sip.
S: Hops - slightly citrusy, though more green (piney/grassy) or even earthy. Also that Saranac house yeast smell, which is hard to explain but if you drink Saranac beers enough, you understand - as they all start to smell (and even taste) alike.
T: Light crackery malt followed by a touch of bitter (lemony) hops and a metallic/minerally taste. Some grassiness lingering on the aftertaste, but then that fruity yeasty taste counteracts the bitterness with sweetness. Overall impression is that it tastes more like a slightly bitter APA rather than an IPA, but given the "session IPA" moniker, I guess the line between those two styles is bound to get blurry.
M: Carbonation is a bit over-active, but at least it's fine-bubbled and gentle, not harsh on the palate.
O: Like so many Saranac beers, this one tastes mainly like Saranac. Buy a mixed 12-pack of their beers and drink them all back-to-back and you'll see what I mean.
10-26-2012 01:03:26 | More by Kendo
3.68/5 rDev +13.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam adams pint glass.
A- pours a clear, golden yellow. Medium head that quickly disappears but leaves some lacing.
S- floral, piney hops. Slightly citrusy
T- good balance of hops and malt, but there could be more flavor in this brew. Vanilla aftertaste?
M- medium carbonation, pretty drinkable ipa.
Overall, a good brew. Not awesome, but good. Not the most flavorful ipa but worth it for the price.
09-17-2012 03:12:01 | More by gcamparone
2.4/5 rDev -26.2%
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.
09-04-2012 03:33:18 | More by alli4051
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
A - Light orange, one finger white head. Some lacing.
S - Light, some caramel and floral notes.
T - The hop presence is light, and not very bitter. There is a crispness to it, but it falls short in flavor. A very simple flavor, which might have been the goal.
M - Light with lots of carbonation.
O - As easy to drink as a light beer with flavors to remind you of the thicker, bitter IPAs. This would be great on the beach, or my deck on a hot summer day.
08-31-2012 00:35:08 | More by KB24
3.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Served in a pint glass.
Appearance: A little bit of a deeper gold, the head is white maybe 1/4" off the body.
Smell: Weak hoppy smell, wished it was more floral like.
Taste: Light hops, wish it was more bitter. I can tell you this for new IPA starters this isn't bad.
Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, very smooth.
Overall: Not a bad brew but don't expect much from it. It is closer to a hoppy pilsner than an IPA. Drink with confidence, Salud!
08-28-2012 22:58:33 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Saranac Session IPA from Matt Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.