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Saranac Dry Hop Lager - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Dry Hop LagerSaranac Dry Hop Lager

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 9.59%

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: plaid75 on 02-22-2013)
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Reviews by AmitC:
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3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Light amber color. One finger thick head that fades slowly. Excellent lacing. Clear and transparent.

Aroma is filled with grains and malts. Some typical Saranac used hops. Very blunt yet unlikable hop profile. Strength is moderate to good.

Taste is a lot like its Pale ale counterpart. Very hop forward. But hops are all very weird and different from typical citrus, flowery, resiny hops. Taste is more of what is imparted by Nobel hops. A good amount of malt presence. Only the slight graininess tell it is a lager else it is very difficult to differentiate from their pale ale. Slightly tilting bitterness. Overall finish is malt-bitter. and dry.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly light. Smooth and moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 00:03:10 | More by AmitC
More User Reviews:
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by June 30, 2014.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a one finger mostly white head. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. As the head dissipates over the course of a couple minutes some nice lacing sticks to the side.

S: Mild hop bitterness in the aroma followed up with a clean lager smell. Not much to write home about here but isnt offensive.

T: Comes across as a typical lager with an additional dose of hops. Isn't overly bitter as it only clocks in at 30IBU. Aftertaste gives a bit of malt sweetness. Bready like quality lingers for a bit.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall it is a slightly hopped up version of their american lager. Not as much bitterness comes through as one may expect from a beer with hop in the name.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 22:13:53 | More by CloudStrife
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-29-2014 20:19:26 | More by Mojoman8561
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-24-2014 00:49:12 | More by squack
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West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, 1/4 inch head with some decent sticky lacing.

Smell - Mild bready malts, lager malts, a little herbal , grainy hop aroma but that's about all.

Taste - Very mild lager malts mixed with a little bready note, some very very light hops. Small amount of added sugars provide some sweetness. A little herbal hop note shows up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bready lager malts coat the tongue. Palate gets some minor hops, some sugars and small amount of hops. Aftertaste is very mild, a little bready malt.

Overall - Pretty boring and weak. Nothing about the beer stands out, just something mild to slam down and forget about. Its dry hopped? You surely cant taste that. Forgettable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:31:50 | More by wvsabbath
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-22-2014 18:47:55 | More by swgwilt
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

03-21-2014 20:18:13 | More by mcouillard
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3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger white head. Settles leaving a big bubble lacing behind. Clear, golden-bronze colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral notes. Subtle grainy notes. Not very aromatic for a "dry hopped" beer.
T) Mellow nutty caramel. Grainy.
M) Light bodied. Chalky. Dry.
O) An okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:34:55 | More by u2carew
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3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking lager poured with a deep golden body crystal clear no haze, creamy textured white head holds strong for quite awhile. The band says it's about 30 IBUs and that it's a German style lager dry hopped for an added punch. Aroma has a nice cereal grain, citrus/grassy hop notes. The flavor is great for what it is, a great pizza and beer type of brew. Enough grains and malt sweetness to compliment bread dough/light biscuit malt flavors with a clean rolling, herbal citric bitterness hints of fruity character from the hop additions very mild hop bitterness finishes crisp and clean. Mouthfeel has a lingering bitterness a bit of pelletized hop harshness peaks through but nothing that ruins the experience carbonation pretty dead on for the style light to medium bodied lager, I can't complain about too much. Overall, more flavor than the average Saranac lager, I'm actually a fan of this one. The pack looks like it has a nice variety for this Spring 2014...Irish Stout, Red IPA, White Ale, Dry Hopped Lager, Pale Ale, Forbidden IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:47:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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New York

3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours true gold. Amber. Has a fat off white head that lasts and left lace. Clear but does not have too many lager bubbles floating upwards. Nose is really nice! Bright with floral and a touch of sweet grain. A hint of nutty flavor and light sweet grass. Taste is really good. Cracker malt that becomes a bit breaddier as it warms, lightly sweet. The dry hops add a bit of weight to the mouthfeel from the oils they left behind. The carbonation on mine was a bit flat and I did not hear a big "pfffft" when I opened the bottle. It could have had more carbonation to crisp it up a bit. Very clean and the hops did not impart any fruitiness or bitter. A touch of drying in the finish. I like it. Well done Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 13:46:58 | More by utopiajane
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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden hue with slight blonde highlights and a huge, frothy head into my glass. It appears to be an interpretation of the hopping of lagers, a current craft beer fad.

Deep and mellow with a grainy texture, followed by an extra dose of noble hops or whatever are used.

Carries over to the flavor. Sweet and delightfully nutty. I wasn't expecting either. Very tasty either way.

Clean finish with nothing but sweet, grainy malt. Not much left of the hops.

A clean, tasty lager that's worth trying at least once. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:31:02 | More by Brad007
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-02-2014 03:24:45 | More by jaemeno3
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-27-2014 23:36:31 | More by Cheld
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light caramel. Small frothy head almost completely disappears.
Smell: Some fruit and hop. Maybe honey.
Taste: Citrus, apricot, some sweetness, and a slightly bitter.

I like this one. It's basically the familiar lager taste with a bit of a bite. Not bad at all. The smell is rather faint, but combined with the taste, it's a very drinkable brew. The bit of bitterness is a nice addition. I'm not sure I'd buy this as a stand-alone, but it's a decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:58:17 | More by TeamMathis
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-16-2014 05:10:25 | More by Falcone
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-15-2014 14:10:21 | More by williahd
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

02-03-2014 15:24:26 | More by rolltide8425
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-03-2014 02:11:23 | More by Diggitydustin
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice golden pour, couple centimeters of white head. fruity ester on the nose, some hoppy notes. flavor is similar, bitter almost chalky finish, earthy notes, a bit of apple juice. a little nectary. its got a good bite to it, its different for a lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:35:19 | More by dank203
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

02-02-2014 04:23:32 | More by TonyY
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-02-2014 04:12:17 | More by lic217
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3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold color. The head is two fingers high and barely off-white in shade, and retention is pretty good. There's a lot of lacing left behind, and the end result is a damn good looking brew.

S: Mild and unpronounced. There are slight notes of ginger and grass from the hops, while the malts are faintly sweet. If I really concentrate, I can pick up some apricot. Allowing it to warm up, at least, will give it a decent tea-like vibe. At the end of the day, I like tea, so I can't hate on the nose too badly.

T: The initial flavors bring a little bit of apricot, before it finishes with faint touches of herb, citrus, and sugar cookie. At times, it's slightly redolent of green tea. Not very deep...then again, most lagers aren't. This quenches the thirst nicely.

M: Not the driest lager in the world, but dry enough - alongside its clean bite - to give it great drinkability. I think the fact that it isn't as watery as a lot of other Saranac brews helps it a great deal elsewhere. Carbonation stays in the background, which might be the reason it isn't so bone dry.

O: It isn't saying a whole lot, but this is probably my favorite of the Saranac 12-pack so far. It is a genuinely decent lager, though I can see how the mild hoppiness would be a letdown to someone expecting a full-blown IPL. Go into it expecting a slightly-hoppier-than-normal pilsner and you might just enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 22:42:43 | More by ThisWangsChung
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +16.3%

01-25-2014 16:25:01 | More by rcatalano
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-19-2014 20:41:30 | More by 1BadblueSS
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-13-2014 03:02:21 | More by kuhndog
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Saranac Dry Hop Lager from Matt Brewing Company
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