Saranac India Pale Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac India Pale AleSaranac India Pale Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #6,846
Ranked #46,619
3.33 | pDev: 14.41%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac India Pale AleSaranac India Pale Ale
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Reviews by sprackops:
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2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Golden coloration with an adequate head and some lacing.

Smell: Light citric hops aroma with a hint of honey.

Taste: Biscuity, slightly sweet malt character. While there is some evidence of a cascade presence, there's actually very little here in the hops department given the style. It has a slightly bitter, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

Drinkability/comments: Not a very good IPA as I know the style. Disappointing.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12oz. bottle.

A - Golden honey and decent cabonation. Skimpy head with no retention. Sporadic lacing inside the glass.

S - Hmmm ... a watered down IPA. No strong hop nose here. Non-descript maly and hop character.

T - Just as suspected. The hops just aren't assertive enough here. This beer does taste watered down. As if it could have been a good IPA if it didn't have a bucket or two of water dumped in the fermenter before bottling!

M - Pretty thin. Not at all well balanced on the tongue.

D - Can't say I'd drink it again. Not the worst IPA I've had .. .that dubious distinction might belong to Sierra Nevada ... but not a good one either. Not recommended.

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Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of rabsten
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Orange-amber. One inch head, disipates quickly. Marginal lacing.

Smells bitter, with a lingering sweeetness.

Taste is bitter hops. Not any malt to speak of. Strong aftertase.

Tangy mouthfeel, fizzy. Refreshing. More drinkable than I expected.

I found this for $4.19 a six. At that price it's a great choice. However, if I'm really looking for something that represents the style, I pay the extra $2 and get a six of Harpoon IPA.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another from the Saranac mixed 6 pack. So far this has been a pretty good value.

A- It sustains a small cap of pure white head for a nice long time. Lots of lacing is the result. The beer is a super clear, pale copper. Lots and lots of rising bubbles.

S- Really almost no nose at all. Its very weak where a good IPA should be strong and pungent. Its basically the normal piney hops and bready malts.

T- Slightly better than the smell. It gets the bitterness right. This is actually a formidably bitter ale. Lots of pine and a touch of citrus rind.

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Photo of MKrauss
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden amber with a thick pillowy white head and plenty of lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt and mild citrus hop.

Taste is similar to the nose. Caramel malt, lemon grass, and mild citrus hop.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

More malty than hoppy. Overall unimpressive.

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Photo of wvbrewcrew
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of HugoGrim
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint. Purchased as part of the 12 Beers of Winter sampler case.

Golden and clear with nice carbonation. Sports a one finger head, which quickly dissipated, however it did leave nice rings down the glass.

The scent was quite strong with the aroma of fresh hops as you would expect from an IPA.

The flavor was predominately a crisp and clean fresh hop flavor. Very bold flavor which stood it's ground with the flavorful pizza I enjoyed this brew with. It had a slightly fruity almost floral finish.

A good IPA. Certainly nothing special to write home about, but good overall.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.21/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Auburn, yellow, gold colors, white head, not bad appearance, looks the part. Aroma was clearly lacking the hop character you want in an ipa. Smelled like a bland beer.

Taste, more blandness from Saranac, which is actually a step up for them, since its usually horrible. This one is drinkable, but its also a far cry from what an ipa should be these days. Bitterness sure, hop mouthfeel, no. Dry hopping, no. Minimal sweet malt aspect. This might as well be a high end mass produced lager, because that's the closest thing I could compare it to. Easy drinking, some bitterness, and that's about it. Not horrible, but not adventurous, and not even an average ipa. Not even an average east coast or uk ipa.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Finch
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Brown bottle 12oz , green label, no freshness date. It says on the bottle "a hop lover's dream ..." as a description. I'd have to agree, because this guy is very hoppy.

A: Gorgeous golden amber color with a great thick head with great retention and lacing to go along with it. 3/4 of the way down you begin to see bubbles that look very much like oil separating from water.

S: Very hoppy as expected, and leaves a sort of burning sensation in my sinuses that reminds me of peeling a less than ripe orange.

T: This beer is very heavy on the hop side of the spectrum, very bitter and very strong. There's also a citrusy sort of bitterness, like orange peel, sitting in the mix, but still very overpowered by the hops. Mellows out a little bit towards the end. Not really my sort of brew since there isn't enough malt to balance out the hops.

M: It was a pretty comfortable medium thickness, anybody would be able to drink it with ease. Felt a tad sticky and chewy to me, not too much though, it's just enough to let you know there's something good there.

D: Drinkability is a toughie for me as I like much darker beers. If I was trying to get a buddy to go from cheap 30-rack beer to try some quality beer, I'd feel confident giving them one of these. Once I got halfway through the glass I began having to force it down. It's only real saving grace was a pleasant mouthfeel. To really get by with this, I would probably have to drink it extra cold to get by the bitterness.

O: After finishing it, I have an amazing craving for steak, so I have a feeling this will be a good brew for the grilling season. Would I buy it again? Probably not unless I was at the brewery and got a fresh batch to try out. I would drink it again though, just not as my first beer of the night. I would be more eager to try another IPA, or possibly a double, before trying this again.

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Photo of mick303
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong coppery gold in the glass, good head retention with streams of carbonation up the glass, very clear. 3.75
S – crisp grapefruit upfront, floral notes in abundance, caramel biscuit malt, light and fruity, very summer-y. 3.25
T – a nice punch of cascade hops, lots of ruby grapefruit and pithy bitterness, dry florals and a dry body that lingers with robust citrus notes drying out on the finish. Some grassiness, the hops are good and the bitterness balanced by the maltiness, but I feel they fall a bit flat, fairly one dimensional in terms of the cascade/grapefruit profile. 3.5
M – moderate body, high carbonation, quite a sessionable fruity IPA. Good bitter pithy feel to it, with enough of a biscuit malt base to work. 3.5
A tasty, easy to enjoy American IPA, not too many bells and whistles, clean and dry which I like, but the hop profile doesn’t overly impress. Would be good for summer, malts are there but surpressed a bit and hops dont really shine. Clean but not very exciting.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into pilsner style glass, color is gold, head is bright white and 1/4" thick, then laces lightly.

Smell is muted, muddled, very minimal hop scents, some grassiness noted but no power, and malt seems to not be present.

taste is clean, but muted, no bright hoppy flavors and feint malt presence. It tastes like a mild pale ale, clean but lacking distinct flavors.

Mouthfeel is okay, clean not off or overpowering but no strong bitterness noted.

Overall, this is a mild pale ale in an ipa bottle.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Allways nice to review an overseas brewed beer.
IPA, 35.5 cl. bottle.

Looks orange, slightly hazy colour, modest head, but good carbonation.

Smell and taste of citric and floral hops. Clean sweetness, with a nice spicy bite.
Smooth and easy. Bitterness like every IPA.

Easy drinkable: this brew isn't too extreme for the style. It has plenty of bitterness, but it's not very complex.

Easy introductional beer to ipa style..
Ok experience.

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Photo of SkinniePost
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of wingman14
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a oragish dark straw with a frothy white head that faded, but leaves some lacing. The smell is underwhelming mostly fruit, malt, and some hops. The taste is very similar, the sweet fruit taste up front with the malt followed by the hops with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is good, a decent balance in flavor and carbonation. This one is easy to drink and a good way to introduce someone into different styles without too much flavor that might push them away. Another good beer from Saranac, which is a great beer for the price. Worth checking out, I have enjoyed their other beers more though. Cheers.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a copper hue with a 2 to 2 and a half finger fluffy white head. Head was reduced to a 1/4 finger head after about 2 minutes but stayed that way until I was finished. Left some decent lacing on the glass, although I was expecting a bit more after the fantastic pour.

Smells hoppy, as any ipa should, although it could have a bit more to it. Grapefruit hops are noticeable. Maybe some citrus.

Tastes like a solid ipa. Fairly hoppy, although still leaves a bit to be desired. Has some nice pine notes accompanying the hops. Again, a hint of citrus.

Fairly carbonated, although not overly so. Has a medium body, very good for a lot of different occasions. I could have a number of these before i got sick of it.

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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of dmamiano
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber pour with a big, off white head after a hard pour.
Smells of sweet malts mixed with citrusy hops.
Taste seems to be sour at first..quickly giving way to a citrusy bitterness of hops.
Taste a good mix of malt as well.
Medium in body and mouthfeel.
Enjoying more as I am finishing the beer.Pretty well balanced brew with a lingering bitterness.
Good go to beer.

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Photo of wenkalman
2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured a golden color with a lot of bubbles coming up the glass. Had about 2 fingers width of white head that didn't last long. Good lacing, very sticky.

Smell - Strong malt tones for an IPA. First thing I catch is the smell of dates. Upon first scent, I would think this would be a sweet IPA.

Taste - Much like the smell, the taste is very fruity, but not of the citrus kind. Date and plum is what I first catch. Little to know bitterness is found. Hard to believe this is an IPA. More of a American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, and sweet. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Not what I expected carrying the name of India Pale Ale, but it was ok. Too sweet for my taste, so I can't see myself drinking more then one.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a goblet. no bottling date.

Pours a bronze color with a half inch white head. Nothing unusual. On the nose is a mild hoppy, citrusy aroma. It's not bad. Taste is very unusual for an IPA. Extremely subdued hops and some malt on the back as well. The flavors are there they just dont do it for me. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Overall this is an alright beer overall but not a remarkable IPA. Its not "bold." More targeted for non craft beer drinkers IMO.

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Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 942 ratings