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Saranac Session IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Session IPASaranac Session IPA

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76
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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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Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Photo of corby112
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.

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a golden hay color with thick foamy head. Nice mild hop aroma, but mostly malts. Taste is very malty with a forward bitter hop. Its a mild drinkable IPA...its almost like a Light IPA. Its ok, just dont go in thinking its a typical IPA.

Photo of Bike2work
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light peppery hop together with the characteristic Saranac house yeast.

The taste consisted of a a light earthy hop atop a grainy pale malt.

The mouthfeel was certainly toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a super quaffable ale that showcased enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About two fingers of head. Color was honey caramel golden, a bit like apple juice or dehydrated urine. Bubbly gray-white lacing that pleasantly lasted for a bit. Foamy gray lacing on the sides that lasted throughout.

Smelled spicy piny hops. Kind of a lemon-lime whiff with a spice in there (maybe pepper?) Bitter on the nose. Good smell overall.

Still that piny taste in the hops, but more watery than I thought it would be. Also some honey in there. Lime citrus hops as well. Very bitter finish.

Medium body. Thin, watery texture. Below average carbonation. Long lasting bitter finish.

Started out well but the taste and feel were the weak points. The Rye IPA that I had in the 12-pack of summers was much better.

Photo of ntorch
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the new additions to the Beers of Summer mixed pack. Kind of confused by this one, I've always liked my IPA's as they are.. no need to make a 'session' variety in my opinion. This tastes like either an unbalanced pale ale, or a too light IPA. Besides the beer style identity crisis, it's still pretty damn drinkable beer with a nice hop kick to it. Easily drinkable, and great for the summer, just not sure the style makes too much sense.

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.

Photo of ale207
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of PGVG
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A session IPA? The ABV is where it should be so this could go either way.

Pours a dark gold/almost copper with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Clean glass by the way. Lots of lacing.

Aromas smells of freshly-cut grass with a touch of sweetness from the malt.

Crisp and sweet with just the right touch of hops. "Grassy". Closer to a Pale Ale though. The only thing separating the two is a (slightly) higher hop bite.

Lingering sweet malt and grass make up the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit flat.

Easy to drink but to be honest, you might be better off sticking with a regular pale ale. Most IPAs are higher in ABV too.

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Ablackbrew
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the 2012 12 Beers of Summer variety pack served in a Saranac pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned to a ring leaving some trails of lacing behind.

S - earthy background with some citrus and floral hop aromas.

T - solid nutty flavor with a tease of citrus bitterness turning nutty sweet on the lips.

F - light/medium bodied with a refreshing feel.

O - this beer was ok but I prefer others in this style.

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Saranac Session IPA from Matt Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.