1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Saranac Session IPA - Matt Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Saranac Session IPASaranac Session IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

93 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.25/5  rDev 0%

01-05-2013 04:22:16 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of BigGingDrinker

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

01-01-2013 22:24:24 | More by BigGingDrinker
Photo of tone77


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
Photo of StonedTrippin


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
Photo of RoninTK3

New Hampshire

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
Photo of BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-03-2012 01:44:09 | More by BigTrubble
Photo of Kendo

New York

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
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.25/5  rDev 0%

10-08-2012 15:04:43 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of bdn8183


3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-18-2012 20:51:26 | More by bdn8183
Photo of Davepoolesque


3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-18-2012 18:58:44 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

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
Photo of prisdefer

New York

1.75/5  rDev -46.2%

09-15-2012 20:54:49 | More by prisdefer
Photo of cbord459

New York

3.25/5  rDev 0%

09-10-2012 13:29:59 | More by cbord459
Photo of M_Burkey

3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-10-2012 02:37:25 | More by M_Burkey
Photo of Happyhopper

New York

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

09-09-2012 19:10:14 | More by Happyhopper
Photo of alli4051


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
Photo of Marty91


3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-04-2012 01:54:24 | More by Marty91
Photo of ahbaggins

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-03-2012 17:56:12 | More by ahbaggins
Photo of guzzleacoldone


2/5  rDev -38.5%

09-02-2012 01:48:07 | More by guzzleacoldone
Photo of KB24

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
Photo of generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-29-2012 11:26:09 | More by generallee
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

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
Photo of TimoP


3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-25-2012 16:18:24 | More by TimoP
Photo of 59rockabilly


3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-19-2012 15:50:36 | More by 59rockabilly
Photo of Jeckel


2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

08-17-2012 19:14:31 | More by Jeckel
Saranac Session IPA from Matt Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.