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Saranac Red IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Red IPASaranac Red IPA

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Red IPA
12 oz. brown bottle, code "BB JUN 30, 2014 3503 1047"

Appearance: Wow, it has protein floating in it. It appears to be permanent chill haze. If I move the glass back and forth the proteins move with it, and if I spin the glass and then stop it, they'll keep going in the direction I've sent them in. I don't care, clarity isn't necessary in a hoppy beer in my opinion, it's just that I've never seen that from a Saranac beer. I doesn't even say it's dry-hopped. Maybe it's not. (Ahh, I checked another bottle and it's just the sediment stirred up and held in suspension by the malt). Moving forward, it's still moderately clear, and it's got a beautiful ruby-accented dark copper body. The head is a creamy yellowed beige, and it holds fairly well but should be better. The lacing is better just slightly better than average as well.

Smell: Hoppy. Bright and fresh. It's slightly citrusy, but not overly so, and a bit candyish... slightly grape-ish maybe. It must be the hops. I'm not familiar with Calypso or Palisade hops, but I do get a whiff of piney-ness from the Chinook. Oddly, those hops aren't even listed on the bottle I have. There's some apricot to it as well, and - a very nice bit of very lightly sweet dark caramel.

Taste: As is quite often the case, the flavor basically mirrors the aroma. The malt is fuller, and the hops are intertwined in it. I don't find anything candyish or grape-like upfront, but I do get it in the burp! Odd. It's an interesting addition to the other flavors of pear, apple, apricot, and gently resinous pine. It's really nicely balanced, and I don't really get the whole effect of the 63 IBU's of bitterness until the finish where it lingers. Either the alcohol of the hops add a bit of spiciness to it, and it's quite dry. Surprisingly, most of the malt and hop flavors fade pretty readily.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderately carbonated. Delicately crisp and then smooth... I think it could use a little more bite myself, although I guess that would change the balance by accentuating the bitterness a bit.

Overall: An interesting beer, and one that's surprisingly drinkable, but also with a bit of complexity to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 22:23:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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BrandonOakes

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-28-2014 03:39:09 | More by BrandonOakes
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-20-2014 13:46:48 | More by DrunkinYogi
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AMCimpi

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

04-17-2014 18:04:20 | More by AMCimpi
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Swaino

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

04-14-2014 00:36:37 | More by Swaino
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Mikexw

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-08-2014 19:33:38 | More by Mikexw
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks for the bottle, Jacob!

It pours a slightly hazy reddish gold with a very large head of foam that surprised me considering it came straight from the fridge.

I get light notes of citrus hops and grain.

Though hoppy, it's more of a bitter flavour going on than an actual citrus thingy; the malt tastes toasted and grainy. The 63 IBUs don't seem to working any magic. A pretty dull brew.

Medium bodied so mouthfeel.

The first Saranac that I didn't find a joy to drink. S*it happens.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 22:09:08 | More by Bitterbill
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squack

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

03-26-2014 23:30:55 | More by squack
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 03:18:38 | More by wvsabbath
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 04:23:59 | More by WVbeergeek
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.8%

03-12-2014 00:17:23 | More by Zetcha7x
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Evarigan

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

03-11-2014 22:09:39 | More by Evarigan
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

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).

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 04:36:53 | More by TeamMathis
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Diplomat11

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.8%

03-03-2014 00:44:03 | More by Diplomat11
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Cheld

Maine

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

02-27-2014 23:37:10 | More by Cheld
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

02-16-2014 03:34:14 | More by Falcone
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3/5  rDev -11.8%

02-09-2014 04:49:01 | More by Adkins1203
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

02-03-2014 15:25:22 | More by rolltide8425
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Diggitydustin

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

02-03-2014 02:07:24 | More by Diggitydustin
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dank203

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours reddish brown, off white head, very very hoppy. and bitter. still has a good clean taste and dry finish. its off balance, require more malt qualities, its mostly hops. I would still drink this, I like the medium body and clean feel, its drinkable if you don't mind the harsh hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:43:55 | More by dank203
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lic217

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

02-02-2014 04:13:14 | More by lic217
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 22:06:45 | More by ThisWangsChung
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rcatalano

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-25-2014 16:25:49 | More by rcatalano
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1BadblueSS

New York

4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

01-19-2014 18:50:47 | More by 1BadblueSS
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BeerClubNiagara

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

01-19-2014 18:30:28 | More by BeerClubNiagara
Saranac Red IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.