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Saranac Red IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Red IPASaranac Red IPA

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Red IPA is a twist on a traditional west coast IPA featuring a deep red color from European dark caramel malts. We brew with generous amounts of American hops including Calypso, Palisade and Chinook to give this IPA a distinctive hop aroma. You'll notice a strong hoppy flavor with caramel malt undertones and a unique color that gives this IPA a whole new personality!

63 IBU

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 10-29-2012)
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1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

JLapadura, Mar 24, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

SonictheBeerhog, Dec 02, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Dec 02, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

mitch3114, Mar 31, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

cbord459, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
2.43/5  rDev -28.5%

12 oz bottle from a verity pack. Pours amber with a long lasting white head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of orange, citrusy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is citusy, herbal hops and some caramel malt. Finish is long and unpleasant. It was 3rd bottle from the pack I had to pour out.

mikeg67, Nov 19, 2012
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2.45/5  rDev -27.9%

Impressive 63 IBU Red IPA from Saranace, deep ruby tinted copper hue with an off white biscuit malt head, their beers look delicious...they have some great technical brewing skills let's see how the other senses perceive this beer. The nose is pine needles, citrus, and alpha acids derived from the hop pellets, a bit of caramelized sugars accented in there as well. Where this and other hoppy IPAs from Saranac take a dive is lack of hop and malt balance. Hits with hints of caramel fades into a bitter sickeningly dry finish with citrus pith and highly acidic pine needle hop pellet induced hop flavor/bitterness. Mouthfeel is just lingering hop bitterness from the lack of balance of the malt and hop, it's an atrocious mess of an IPA. Overall Saranac needs to go get some lessons on the west coast for proper IPA brewing/fermentation lessons.

WVbeergeek, Mar 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

GRG1313, Jul 14, 2013
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2.55/5  rDev -25%

Poured a nice 1 finger midget thumb head that hung around and laced long..

Not a whole lot going on with the nose,....nothing pleasant.. I keep getting a faint wet sneaker smell.. Hoping it for some reason is the glass.

Not what I was expecting from an IPA.. Would never have guessed thats what it was.. A bit of malt finished with light hops, i guess. Long, unpleasant finish.

So unimpressed with this craft pack so far.. Hope it improves

401J, Dec 16, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -22.6%

Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"BB MAR 31 2013"

Appearance: Pours a deep, amber-tan body with a lofty, foaming, off-white head.

Smell: Pale malts rounded out by some toasty notes. Hops yield notes, albeit somewhat wimpy notes, of florals, resins, and citrus.

Taste: Pale malts, slight toast, even slighter brown sugar with a low sweetness. Floral, resinous, citrusy hop flavors follow, but they're muted, just depositing some aspirin-like bitterness and fleeing the scene. Drying, lightly bitter finish with most of the flavors long gone by this point.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: It's like your old man banged on the door and told you to "turn that IPA DOWN!" Parents just don't understand, man. You ain't the boss of me, Saranac!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 01, 2013
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2.68/5  rDev -21.2%

2nd beer I had out of the Saranac winter variety from Wegmans.

Poured into a tulip pint glass.

I had higher expectations for this but I'm not sure why.
I do like a good red beer and I'm a huge IPA guy.

Floral notes emanated from the pour right away with the caramel scent.

Drank this relatively slowly to try to savor it and give it a good chance.
The sad part is, the hops just aren't where they need to be for an IPA. Maybe a good 'beginner' IPA just to experience what you may have read about IPA's, a first step.
But it should be much hoppier and dryer than it is. No "bite" to speak of whatsoever.

An OK effort, balanced mouthfeel and it wasn't 'bad' just not where it should be.

GiantMidget, Jan 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

campfirebrew, Dec 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

CincyTK, Apr 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

AngusOg, Feb 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

lic217, Feb 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

timmy2b, Jul 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Rekrule, Feb 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

mattyrubes, Feb 10, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -14.7%

Bottle appears to be 12 fl oz volume. Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired as part of Saranac's variety box at Argonaut Liquor in Denver and served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head - quite thin - devoid of cream and of above average retention. No lacing. Body colour is a transparent translucent copper with red hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Certainly appears more red than most IPAs, so it seems right on point for their style designation of "red IPA."

Sm: Floral hops, biscuit malt, soapy notes (too long in primary?), and clean underlying generic malts. A strangely hopped IPA (is it the calypso?), but a generally appealing aroma. The soapy notes have me worried, though. An average strength aroma. No yeast character comes through, nor does any alcohol.

T: Sweet up front, with a strange caramel and candy sugar/sugarcane body. Hopping is also strange, with obligatory floral hops but also a strange herbal/medicinal character as well which evokes some sort of spice that doesn't belong in the flavour profile; it's not ginger but it certainly seems a cousin thereof. I wish I could put my finger on it but it's illusive. Hints of biscuit malt. Sweetens on the climax, highlighting one of the primary issues with the build: the flavour emphasis is on the malts rather than the hops. As a result, the balance is off. It doesn't lack flavour and I wouldn't call it bland, but it does leave a lot to be desired - especially in terms of complexity and subtlety. It's pleasant to drink, but it's not a great example of the style. I don't get any yeast character or alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream on the open. Slightly overcarbonated. A touch too thick for what would be a refreshing flavour profile. Complements the flavours decently, but it's certainly not custom-tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but a poor example of the style (whether we're talking "red IPA" or simply IPA). The malt emphasis and overdone sweetness coupled with the lack of balance and complexity makes this one beer that I'll easily finish but which I wouldn't seek out again. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, and while I'll happily have another from the variety box, it's far from exemplary. Perhaps worth a try for Saranac fans. I doubt it'll draw outright hostility from anyone; it's certainly a drinkable brew in spite of its flaws. Lacks sufficient hop character to satisfy most American-style IPA fans.


kojevergas, Dec 30, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a dark copper color with a decent size foamy white head that recedes to leave some above average lacing.

Aromas begin with some light citrus, herbal, grassy hoppiness. As it warms you get some of the light caramel and toasted bready maltiness.

The tastes follow the nose with some initial grainy pale and sweet caramel maltiness. Then you get some astringent herbal and resiny hop bitterness that is slightly unpleasant and unenjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium boided with medium carbonation. Finish is farily balanced but a but on the dry, bitter side.

Overall this was really just meh and I really did not want to finish it. It offered really no redeeming qualities, the flavor profile left me wanting more and falls into the "not worth my sobriety" category.

claspada, Jan 03, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -13.2%

Pours a nice looking reddish orange color with moderate head. Looks great! OK smell - earthy, grassy, and a little oak too. The taste of this was a little unsure of itself. I can detect the hops but they feel held back & mucked up a bit by a something? Im not getting any maltiness either to balance it out. I realize its got IPA in the name but the description hints at a more neutral overall taste. Has good mouthfeel and the right amount of carbonation. I was hoping this was better since it looked so promising. Not terrible, but I wouldnt get it again.

RoadLizard, Mar 10, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -12.4%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper red, brown tint. Unfiltered floaters, 1/8 inch head, minor lacing.

Smell - Faint hops, Some malts, added sugars, very minor amounts of orange and grapefruit. A little bread and caramel malt shows up after it warms up some.

Taste - First sip is very standard to a amber ale. Buttery/toffee notes mixed with some faint orange and grapefruit hops. Malts are present and add the toffee/buttery notes that really make it taste like im drinking a amber ale.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets the malts where the palate gets some artificial fruits. Aftertaste is a little malty, with some bitter fruits.

Overall - This is a basically a amber ale with some added hops. The taste is weak and generic. As usual with Saranac, there beers are very entry level, and most experienced craft drinkers wont want to waste there time. This isn't terrible, but something that's not worth my time.

wvsabbath, Mar 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Adkins1203, Feb 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

RyFikes, Mar 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Ba Review #242
Served On: 12/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: Mar 31 - 2012

This was from the current '12 Beers of Winter' mixed pack.

Look: Poured a tall fluffy beige head. Lacing was very sticky. The color was a very clear redish copper. Carbonation was fairly aggressive.

Smell: Heavy English malts with some oniony hops.

Taste: Up front was the malty component that moved into the onion character. The remainder of the palate was very similar to the Saranac Big Moose.

This was basically Big Moose with a slightly different hop profile.

CraftBeerTastic, Dec 07, 2012
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Saranac Red IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.