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Saranac Red IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Red IPASaranac Red IPA

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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rxthree

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -11.8%

07-13-2013 05:29:47 | More by rxthree
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mattknueven

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

07-09-2013 00:52:53 | More by mattknueven
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crisis44

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

07-07-2013 16:38:31 | More by crisis44
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Mike099

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

07-05-2013 07:03:26 | More by Mike099
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flyingmick

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

06-28-2013 03:24:49 | More by flyingmick
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mzeld

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

06-24-2013 02:03:35 | More by mzeld
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digitalflood

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:02:28 | More by digitalflood
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PaulD

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-16-2013 02:12:37 | More by PaulD
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DCH

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

06-13-2013 02:36:41 | More by DCH
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Kendo

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 01:05:14 | More by Kendo
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 05:36:29 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 21:10:26 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

05-31-2013 12:10:54 | More by Mattyb79
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Johnnyv310

New York

4/5  rDev +17.6%

05-30-2013 05:34:51 | More by Johnnyv310
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abrodsky

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

05-29-2013 02:11:47 | More by abrodsky
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CHickman

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 03:44:48 | More by CHickman
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nmatros

New York

4.25/5  rDev +25%

05-23-2013 23:58:18 | More by nmatros
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

05-22-2013 23:09:10 | More by erialbill
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

05-21-2013 16:39:24 | More by ZEB89
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Elana

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

05-21-2013 08:08:22 | More by Elana
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yaksurf

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%

05-20-2013 20:31:36 | More by yaksurf
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SadMachine

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

05-20-2013 05:20:37 | More by SadMachine
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

05-19-2013 03:18:46 | More by Phillyz
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jburd19

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

05-17-2013 16:30:36 | More by jburd19
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CoreyClark

New York

4/5  rDev +17.6%

05-15-2013 17:28:21 | More by CoreyClark
Saranac Red IPA from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.