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Saranac Red IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Red IPASaranac Red IPA

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BA SCORE
78
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194 Ratings
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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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3.28/5  rDev -3.5%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of CHickman
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy reddish copper color with a 2 finer foamy beige head that faded slowly, leaving excellent wide foamy rings clinging to the sides. A fine looking beer.

Smells of caramel, grains, piney hops, wheat, herbs, light citrus and some spices; nothing really stands out in the nose and it’s mostly the caramel, grains and piney hops which are present throughout. Lame for an American IPA, but nice and malty for a Red/Amber Ale – subject to opinion since BA lists this as an Amber/Red Ale and Saranac states Red IPA on the label.

Tastes like it smells, with caramel, toasted grains, roasted malts, piney hops, wheat, herbs, light citrus like lemon zest or dry citrus hop leaf, some spices like cinnamon or allspice, dry grass, biscuit and burnt bread crust; the malts really dominate the flavor with the hops acting like herbal accents. It was OK, but much better cold versus the flavor after it warmed up; as it warmed it was more like toffee and burnt pizza crust that trailed off bitter. There was a quick sweetness, but that fades and gets replaces by roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is slick, with light fizzy carbonation, a medium almost chewy body and a bitter aftertaste that comes with a wave of roasted grains, not a sweet hop blast. It almost seems balanced, but the malts always seem to win out and drive this away from IPA territory.

Overall it was alright; good as part of a mixed 12 pack, and best drank very cold, but I’m not sold on this one. Saranac makes a whole bunch of better beers, but I’m glad they keep cranking out new creations and stick with experimenting and promoting the craft movement.

CHickman, May 25, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oddly enough, this is one of the best-looking beers I've ever seen. Say what you will about the overall flavor or the substance, apparently there's plenty of malt in here and enough hop oils to contribute to a rich head. Speaking of, it rises to about two fingers atop a thick red-orange brew. The true beauty is that it barely settles and never fades, insisting on remaining until the beer is gone; not just a wispy foam, either, almost a full finger after it's diminished. A thick, consistent sheet of lacing curtains the glass all the way to the bottom. How? I don't know, but this is what my eyes are seeing.
So it makes little sense that this IPA isn't particularly strong. In fact, it's a bit strange. The fact is, only American varietals of malts and hops are used here. The combination of them, however, seems to work out to make for a beer that seems more British than American. There's a show of pine, though light, and possibly just a ghost of citrus, but most of what I get is a bit musty, downright herbal, and leafy, with a much earthier note than American hops employ. There's also a metallic note throughout.
The feel is good, mingling a brisk crispness that doesn't fade with a good smoothness underneath, ample but not overstated carbonation making for good drinking of an adequately medium-bodied brew.

Brenden, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brownish-red with a two finger off-white head. Really pretty impressive head retention and lacing that surprised me quite a bit.

The aroma is a nice mixture of piny hops and caramel/toasted malt. Hops are quite strong but not so much to overpower the malt. The one mark against it is a slight metallic note.

The flavor, unfortunately, doesn't quite stack up to the appearance and aroma. Pine is very subdued with a distracting metal flavor coming through. Lots of caramel with a slight hint of dark bread and light toast. Bitterness is quite high making this beer a little unbalanced. A little tartness on the tip of the tongue and an acrid bitterness on the back of the throat don't go together very well. Mouthfeel is quite sticky, more than I feel it should be.

Overall, this beer is really unbalanced and not too good. The bitterness is too high and doesn't balance well at all. Nice try but doesn't quite make the cut.

rangerred, Dec 24, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Deep rose-hued orange body. Solid finger of dense, whipped light beige head. Good retention and lacing. Nose is a balanced mix of cookie, caramel malts and resinous, citrusy hops. Not overly fresh hop nose.

Toasted malts up front. Mineral water and herbal hop bitterness take over. Some pine and citrus add in. Fruity malt fills in underneath. Some caramel toward the finish. Hops become spicier and a little peppery. Dryish finish with lingering fruit. Moderate body with a lively feel. Not bad, but pretty forgettable.

alexgash, Jan 03, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber, light brown color with a small wispy beige head that settled into a sparse cap. Expected the beer to be a tad more red in color.

The aroma is of steely caramel malts, tin, and some light grassy hops. Not very aromatic for an IPA. Perhaps a touch of citrus or tropical fruit if you try hard enough.

The taste is light but does have a nice hoppy flavor. A touch of orange and grapefruit and a hint of pine and grass. The malt doesn't do too much. It provides a metallic flavor and light caramel. Some tea flavors.

The feel is light and crisp. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Finishes just slightly bitter and dry on the palate. Refreshing.

An ok hoppy amber. The amber malt is fairly tame and the hops provide decent flavor. Drinks very easy.

Gmann, Nov 19, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a thick, dense foam with good staying power that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Light citrus, floral and pine hop aromas with sweet bready malt beneath. On the thinner side of medium bodied with rich aggressive carbonation up front leaving a slightly watery feel on the back end with a crisp yet sticky feel at the finish. Caramel and toasted malt flavors struggle to coexist with the hop bitterness up front. Its a bit messy. Hop flavors are not discernable and come across simply as bitter. Bitterness tapers through the middle to the end. Finishes crisply with a bitter pine aftertaste.

IronLover, Jan 04, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick, foamy head sits atop a dark amber body; nice rings down the glass. Excellent floral and citrus hop notes in the aroma with bits of sweet malt hints. Subtle malt flavors and a medium-strength hop bitterness make up the bulk of the flavors. Smooth bodied, clean and dry.

A very nice looking red IPA and very good aroma. The taste didn't quite live up to the looks or smell, but it's still quite enjoyable overall.

beergoot, Apr 14, 2013
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3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep red with brown properties to it. The body is pretty heavy with bubbles. Head is slightly off-white rising to maybe 1/4".

Smell: The scent comes off like wet hops, that's really about it. You sniff and keep sniffing you aren;t really going to find much else.

Taste: A stronmg bitterness to it to hose who are not used to drinking IPAs, an easy beer to introduce to people. Strong pineyness to it, I don't feel the caramel though usually linked to "red" ipas. You do feel heavy bitter citrus, grapefruit please.

Mouth: Definitelty has a medium to full body, with a roast hop feel at the end not too bad at all.

Overall: It's good beer but wouldn't drive myself crazy looking for it but feels more like your warm weather IPA. Just hoppy enough....not bad after a long day of work. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jun 09, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Phigg1102, Aug 23, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by 3/31/13.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with nail polish remover and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has a promising smell but the flavor comes across as somewhat harsh.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 24, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark copper in colour. Head was present while pouring and then collapse. No lacing. There is a considerable amount material in suspension. I don't think it's yeast so I assume hops.

S: Bread, caramel and a nice floral bouquet

T: Some caramel with grassy hops present. Hint of bread but the hops overshadow that.

M: Low-med body, good carbonation. Bitterness is well balanced with the malt. Finish is hoppy and dry.

O: Not a bad IPA at all. I would prefer a bit more malt to balance the hops but other then that ti's a good basic go to IPA.

Kremlock, Jan 15, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not many reviews on this one. Picked up mixed and matched

A - Head sticks around for a while yet just a 1/4 inch. Lacing is sticky and the hue is a deep brown amber.

S - Smells rather hoppy, raw and aggressive, with a touch of sweet and grain.

T - Not bad it's rather balanced. Hops are pine like but clings to palate a bit. Mostly like a red ale with caramel malt and grains. Not great like Nugget Nectar but not terrible.

M - Seems to be around 6% so it is bitter, yet medium bodied.

Overall not as enjoyable as the white IPA but fairly better than the regular IPA. Being limited and no longer made it reduces a second offering but doesn't really merit a second one.

DrDemento456, Oct 31, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle of Adirondack Tour pack.

It has a reddish-amber hue to it with good clarity and nice white head lingering off.

It's a medium body.

The taste is much like the aroma with a lot of grains and a slightly lingering hop finish.

I think for the price $9.99 for a 6 pack this is a great beer choice! You can drink it all night.

It definitely has drinkability and for the low cost I give it high marks. I live in NYC so I know the water is the best in the country and this beer proves that to me.

The fruity character I got on the nose is not as noticeable in the flavor. Good bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

OVERALL SOLID CHOICE for a night out.

hoppytaps, Feb 05, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish amber. Decent lace.
Smell: Pine, some citrus.
Taste: Pine. Bitter.

A nice looking drink. Surprisingly bitter. I have a cold, so there's that, but I pick out mainly bitter pine and citrus. I've had it before out of seasonal samplers, but I wouldn't get it again (or by itself).

TeamMathis, Mar 11, 2014
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3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color: I'd reckon closer to amber than red. The head is a little over one finger high, with a pale orange shade. Despite its slight rockiness, it features both good creaminess and retention. A goodly amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I really get a defined toastedness from the malts. They also seem to be lacking some of the sweeter elements (like caramel). I'm not picking up too much of the hops - some piny notes are there, but on the plus side, they're very well integrated within the malt backbone. After a while, it becomes faintly fruity. I'm sort of impressed, this is a very solid aroma, especially for Saranac.

T: At first, it's front loaded with a lot of herbaceous, piny bitterness. Right after the bitterness hits, I get a light (but VERY welcome) twinge of melon. Malts build up ever-so-slightly on the finish, but I still the back end is a little gutted in terms of flavor.

M: I like my red IPAs to be crisp and clean...and guess what? This is crisp and clean. It's almost bone-dry, but not quite. A touch of malt sweetness gives it a bit of body, so it's not a straight-up chugger. Still, this is easy to down thanks in part to zesty carbonation.

O: Not amazing, but definitely solid enough. I'd even go so far as to say this is the best of the bunch. When it comes down to it, getting six different beers in this 12 pack - all hanging around the average area, with only a small deviation (good or bad) between them - for a cheap price is a pretty good deal, especially considering that all of them were pretty damn drinkable.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 28, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a ruby amber color. It has a small head dense and decent retention. Has good carbonation and is somewhat hazy in clarity.
In the aroma I got most a sour smell sutle but sour like a sour ale might smell. Some sweet caramel malts and fleeting hops at the begining.
Taste was strongly bitter with caramel malt and barley husks. I did notice low levels of diaceyl in the taste. It felt corse and artingent on my palette with a bitter aftertaste.
This beer wasn't really that bad it just had small little issues that adds up after a while.

micromaniac129, Jan 05, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice head, decent aroma of hops, but is mulled a little by the malts. Has a good flavor but could use a little more refinement. Pretty much everything about this beer is decent but nothing really outstanding about it. Kind of an ugly color, less red and more rusty dull brown. Way less biter/hoppy than most other IPAs, think a lot of this is because the stronger flavor malts cover up the hops a bit, or that they used less hops so you could taste the malts, idk but the balance between the two is not spot on. Can't hold a candle to the White IPA, but still good and worth a try. People who don't like IPAs might actually like this beer, gateway drug to more hops.

vicg12, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium-light copper with good clarity. Produces a good head stand with persistent, off-white bubbles.

S: This is a middle of road aroma for an American IPA, not great but not bad. A moderate piney hops aroma with a bit of citrus and a somewhat grassy note. The malt has a light sweetness with a slight caramel note. There is the a bit of the ale yeast fruitiness.

T: The malt sweetness is kind of up with the moderate hops bitterness coming along the back. There is a moderate citrus hops flavor. The balance is somewhat bitter. There is a light alcohol sweetness and a touch of fruitiness. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of a somewhat lingering bitterness.

M: A medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: I'll scored this as an American Red, but I wouldn't have scored the flavor too high is it was listed as an IPA. I want a more aggressive hops bitterness in an IPA.

MadScientist, Dec 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Rigorous pour for the hell of it yields a great 3 finger off white head. This sits overtop a clear ruby red body. A decent amount of carbonation. Leaves some good lacing.

S: A blend of piney hops and a spicy hops with a solid malt backbone. A bit of soapiness to it and a hint of metal. Malts provide some carmel tones.

T: I can see the whole cone hop approach to emulate some of the better west coast IPAs but it falls just a little short. The hops provide a good bitterness but lack a bit in flavor. The sweetness of the malt does come through as they had planned and it does compliment.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Mostly clean finish, pretty easy drinking.

Overall not a bad brew but nothing noteworthy either. Saranac tends to have a somewhat carmely taste to me and they incorporate that into this style nicely.

CloudStrife, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

avisong, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

chrishiker1409, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

erialbill, May 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

dgeebs07, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Cheld, Feb 27, 2014
Saranac Red IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.