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Saranac Red IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Red IPASaranac Red IPA

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78
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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
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 billfear
4.75/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love this beer. A nice crisp amber beer. They combined my two favorite
types of beer, Red & IPA. The "red" takes off the IPA edge. Very well done.
It classified as a Spring seasonal. I am hoping that they make it available year-round.

billfear, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Cooker_stp
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Cooker_stp, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Lambocalrisien
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Lambocalrisien, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of BRYeleJR
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

BRYeleJR, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

FreshButterbeer, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of chrishensley
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

chrishensley, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard pint glass, color is deep amber, nicely translucent, very large head, light tan in color with some great lacing. Great looking amber ale.

Smell is mild malt flavors, hints of crystal, toast, very clean and light; hop scent is present, stronger than expected, fresh, floral, mix of fruity and piney.

Taste is similar to the scent, subdued, but with the right flavors, clean malts some crystal and toast, great hop bitterness, more on the piney side in the taste.

Mouthfeel is typical for a saranc brew, clean, crisp, slightly overcarbonated for an ipa/red/amber ale.

Overall, great tasting brew from saranac, a little much carbonation, but all the flavors are there, very clean and pretty fresh even being from the spring mix pack.

mvanaskie13, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

GRG1313, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of rxthree
3/5  rDev -11.8%

rxthree, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of mattknueven
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

mattknueven, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of crisis44
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

crisis44, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Mike099
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Mike099, Jul 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

flyingmick, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

mzeld, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of digitalflood
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Red IPA (2013) - When I first started drinking beer a little over a decade ago Saranac was the first beers I liked. It was my introduction to the micro-brew world and the mass production brews would no longer do. Every now & then around this time of year whether it be for nostalgia or maybe to just visit an old friend I see what Matt's Brewing is up to. This year the White IPA and the Red IPA were the latest brews. The Red is the one I was really waiting for. Average head with excellent lace retention. Deep red body courtesy of Euro Dark Caramel Malts. Good carbonation. Supple IPA smell-- hops and malt. Sharp bite first taste. IPA sting if you will. Calypso, Palisade, & Chinook US hops combine to create that effect. It fades fast to a mid-palate malts fest. Caramel and cream. A little sour note highlighting the end notes. Back mouth it goes all chocolate cupcake-- stout coffee like with red English ale malt. Little to no IPA hop note. Very different than the flowery white. Incredible in its unpredictable taste that ends up being easily drinkable. Light end. Little to no after taste. Again more subtle malt and hops. A little bitter. Not much. Just enough. If you are a fan of Guinness and Killian's this is about as close as you can come in a bottle. Brillant. Simply brillant. 3.75 out of 5. Very good.

digitalflood, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of PaulD
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

PaulD, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of DCH
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

DCH, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Kendo
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is reddish amber with a small ivory head. A little bit of lacing after each sip.

S: Toffee and caramel malt; not really strong in the nose at all, and I get no hopes that would justify the "IPA" moniker.

T: It has that "Saranac taste" that I believe comes from the yeast they use. Not sure how to describe that other than to say it's a basic fruitiness that seems to inhabit nearly all their beers, no matter the style. . . . Anyway, it's got a solid toffee and caramel malt foundation, but then no real hop presence, other than a modestly minerally bitterness at the finish. Finishes with sweet malt again.

M: Good creaminess to the feel; carbonation is fine. Call it medium in heft.

O: OK. More of an Amber/Red Ale as it's labeled here than an "IPA" as it's labeled on the bottle. Like most Saranac beers, it's inoffensive, but not at all special.

Kendo, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
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
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean looking red/copper color, decent sized light tan head fades at a moderate clip, leaves some patchy lacing on the glass though.

Smell is more caramel malt than hoppy, even if they're advertising it as such, only the slightest bit of pine hop.

Taste definitely leans more towards the caramel backbone than the hops, a faint bitter aftertaste peaks its head before being subdued by the sticky malt sweetness, carbonation level is excellent with a nice creamy mouthfeel, does finish slightly stickier than it should.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Mattyb79, May 31, 2013
Photo of Johnnyv310
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Johnnyv310, May 30, 2013
Photo of abrodsky
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

abrodsky, May 29, 2013
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 nmatros
4.25/5  rDev +25%

nmatros, May 24, 2013
Saranac Red IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.