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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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Photo of CloudStrife
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
Photo of cmuir24
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

cmuir24, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/7/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery red color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness and then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of mattyrubes
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

mattyrubes, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of sketchyhoodie
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

sketchyhoodie, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark amber color with ruby hues, creamy and frothy off-white head with great retention long after the pour

S- grassy hops with some citrus rind, some spicy notes, toasted bread with a bit of caramel malt

T- grassy and citrus hops are followed by an odd lemon-like tartness, reminiscent of a shandy. Mid-palate provides a bit if sweet caramel malt, but not much if a presence. The finish is dry, bitter and tart. The tartness just seems to throw off the balance.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, mouthfeel is just a bit creamy with a smooth finish

O-I had high hopes after the pour and smell, but the taste was just all over the place. For the style, it was lacking a malty backbone. Not one I would seek out again.

Treyliff, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know what the goal was here, as I didn't read the description here before taking notes. An amber and an IPA hybrid? Regardless, it's decent. Some spice to it from hops. Fairly smooth feel. Easily drinkable. Wouldn't mind things kicked up a notch, but it works. Consistent also.

RblWthACoz, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of hoppytaps
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
Photo of AngusOg
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

AngusOg, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 1, 2013.

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

The aroma has a notable grainy start, a kind of vague fruit note, and a solid hop character to it.

Medium body.

The taste is much like the aroma with a lot of grains and a slightly lingering hop finish. The fruity character I got on the nose is not as noticeable in the flavor. Good bitterness.

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

Rekrule, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of sachie23
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

sachie23, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
4.25/5  rDev +25%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of agreenman19
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

agreenman19, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

cliff1066, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Kremlock
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
Photo of HarryPotHead
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

HarryPotHead, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hoppy amber ales and red IPAs share a link in common, and it seems that whatever the brewery decides the call the beer- it ends up tasting like the other. This is what happens here...

With certainly a crimson red hue, the brilliantly clear beer showcases well its mohogany shaddows and nearly golden highlights. It's an impressive looking beer, all topped with its moussy eggshell head and lacing by design. It's really hard to fault any aspect of the beer's appearance.

Aromas, on the other hand, invite a balance between citrusy hops and caramel malts. Where the aromas of grapefruit, pine needles, and grass are in abundance so are the rich caramel, toast, and nuttiness from malt.

Acting in reverse, its the flavor of toffee and nuts layer on a heavy coat of malt that seeps deep into the soft tissues of the mouth. It's cola-like sweetness makes it hard for the hops to balance at first, or to then command the beer to finish. It's taste of white grapefruit, citrus peel, pine, and grass is sharp, pungent, and pleasantly bitter but can't become the showcase that those hops deserve in an IPA. The malt and hops battle it out, leaving in its wake residual tastes of butterscotch, shaved wood, and pecan.

Medium bodied throughout, but the residual sweetness keeps the beer fuller longer than is desired in any IPA. Lacking the drying power from fleeting malts, the beer instead relies on its moderate alcohol and resinous hops for dryness, drinkability, and refreshment with only marginal success.

The beer's balance definately favors an amber ale although their proportions are higher. While the hops push upwards of IPA status, the malts do not- they become way too much a part of the profile.

BEERchitect, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of apf
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

apf, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of habaceeba
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

habaceeba, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of gregu2
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

gregu2, Jan 07, 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 micromaniac129
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
Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +17.6%

billybob, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

PGVG, Jan 04, 2013
Saranac Red IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.