Saranac India Pale Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac India Pale AleSaranac India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of treehugger02010
4.69/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Before I begin, I must say I have a sweet spot in my heart for IPAs. This is a wonderfully crafted brew. It had a beautiful amberish color. The cascade hops reminded me of a simcoe ipa. Again with what I have had from Saranac everything was well blended and nothing was overpowering. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.62/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Overall, an excellent beer. The first smell of the beer is very hoppy. This taste is also hoppy, but not overly done. Very good taste. Better than more expensive IPA's (pyramid, redhook,...). This IPA also did not have the fruity taste some do (fruity taste is bad). 5.99 for a six-pack in ohio. I tried other beers in sampler pack that saranac makes, and this is deifinitely the best.

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Photo of mempath
4.52/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pour a golden orange with a wonderful, off-white head that settles very slowly leaving thick lacing.

nice bitter hop and malt nose right off the bat. nothing extreme as much expected these days, but this is nice. yep, a sweet hoppy sniff for sure. nice balance of citrus and cereal...and it's neither weak nor overpowering. actually, getting a sort of thai curry lime spice sense. very nice indeed.

ah, now that's what i was expecting and more. and love. no, it's still not extreme, but this is well crafted. nice to have those malts roll under the hop surf. something different here though after going through a case of Torpedo last week and having a couple of SN Pales last night. this isn't expansive and creamy, but rather crisp, thin (in a good refreshing way). there's another element at play here i can't quite figure out. yep, better than the basic Saranac Pale Ale. this will be a good one in the deepest summer in the late afternoon.

very drinkable, refreshing, challenging. hadn't had one of these in about a year. now that i've taken the hophead crash course and my senses are ever attuned, this one (at least this very bottle in front of me, from the adirondack variety six-pack) delivers on all counts! one of those beers that isn't tepid, average due to the fact that it might be one of those rare beers that would not scare off those wanting the usual swill...nor disappointing those who are self-styled snobs...well, maybe. a great beer to have at a party. no one should be offended.

quite recommended.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice IPA, I enjoyed it, wish I had more.
The colour was a dark golden and very clear. Carbonation was light and the crown was short leaving to a minor lace and cling. The body almost full but shortly lacking.
The nose was mildly floral.
A heavy dose of cascade hops is the first to greet you and it sticks around for an impressive after taste.
IMHO, this brew could use just a little more balance...but not much.

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger pillowy head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell was dominated by a citrusy and peppery Cascade hop aroma.

The taste was also dominated by the citrusy and spicy hop presence. There was a subtle biscuity backbone, but certainly secondary to the hop. There was slight flavor of apple peel as well.

The mouthfeel was full and a bit chewy. Good carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall, a nice rendition of an AIPA. I enjoyed the spicy hop profile and modetrate ABV. In my opinion, an excellent session beer.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm an IPA fan who enjoys both the high-powered IPA's and the more session type IPA's. This one definitely fits the latter category and reminds me of another of my favorite session IPA's, Harpoon. I was introduced to this product via the 12 Beers of Christmas but recently found it available in 6-packs. I thought it was the best of the 12 Beers and drinking a few 6-packs convinces me it's probably the best of the Saranac products. Looks good, smells good, tastes good and has no poor aftertaste. Probably lacks some balance between malt and hops but I prefer the favoritism it shows to hops. It will never replace a Stone's but it's not competing in that market. Well done, in my opinion.

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Photo of Celt44
4.29/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop-filled aroma is impressive. Golden to yellow appearance is its only negative quality. Keeps a head and lacing throughout. Very tasty. Lives up to its billing as "generously hopped". Great for the price - $4.99/6pk. here in Upstate NY.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.28/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First a disclaimer; I'm not a big fan of IPAs generally, so you hop heads should take this review with a "grain of salt". This one pours a nice orangey hue with a nice head, with very good lacing that lasted throughout. Nice citrusy/pine aroma with some malt in the background. The taste is fantastic IMO--very balanced with the needed hop assertiveness in the finish. This lends itself to a soft mouthfeel, very unusual for an IPA. Most of the IPAs I have tried (Dogfish Head in particular) overwhelms the drinker with hops. IMO this is not what beer should be. Beer should be balanced at all times. This will definitely be on my buy list. I had this one from the Winter 12-pack, but luckily Saranac sells this one in sixes. Yum!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright gold with a nice ivory head and decent lace. Perfumy (citrus?) hop aroma from the use of Cascade hops. Nice hoppy taste with a decent balance (not overly bitter) but more hoppy than malty. Medium bodied (leans light) with a nice bitter finish.

I would definitely buy this in 6-packs.

Available in the 2001 and 2002 Saranac Holiday Pack.

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Photo of Naes
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very clear golden color and a pearl white head, that laces wonderfully.

The aroma is hopy with hints of citrus.

As for taste, hops are dominant. Though citrus is vaguely present.

A highly carbonated beer; the bubbles dance on the tongue as if to prepare you for the hops that are quick to follow.

One of the more drinkable IPA’s, if you are not prepared for an onslought of hops.

Overall, not a bad brew if you like the hops.

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Photo of barryhurley
4.19/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd beer i tried in the trail mix 6 pack. i liked the pale ale but this was even better seeing as how i am a fan of the hoppy beers. a little darker brown in color then the ale. almost no head when poured into a cold glass. nice fruity smell and even better taste. actually couldve been more hoppy to suit my taste but still good. definitely gonna get again.

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Photo of Meshuggah135
4.19/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a frosted mug, and had a two finger head on it. The color was amber and had an earthy, typical IPA smell to it. The mouthfeel was smooth, although it'll leave a musky bitter taste in the back of your throat. The taste was traditional IPA, strong hops with a slight bitterness. Overall this was a very good beer, pretty mild IPA, easy to drink and enjoy. This beer is definitely better a little warm as opposed to chilled

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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice little brewery, slowly making its way around the Tri-State area. Pours an orange haze with a slight head and slight lace. Very hoppy scent, very powerful. First taste was nice, very hoppy. Sweet citrus notes, very nice after taste. Delightful beer.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.17/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber in the glass with a tightly-packed, just off-white head. Thick lacing on the glass as the head constricts. Classic grapefruit aroma dominates the nose along with a bit of fruity esters, and a touch of toast. Fruity yeast character and floral hop to begin followed by a grapefruit flavor and light toast. Finish is a puckering and sticking, pithy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a very smooth, non-stinging carbonation. Ease of drink is good if you don't mind a fairly intense, lingering bitter aftertaste.

This is a nice, modest IPA from Saranac compared to all of the other hop bombs out there on the market today. It is a bit more modest than most, but still displays some very nice hop character when fresh. If found past its prime, it is a completely different beer.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.17/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a somewhat hazy orange/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is lightly hoppy with some floral aroma that tickles the nose just a bit. There is a sweetness that is just off center and hard to put into words. Some light fruit flavor, hoping to have more in the taste.

The taste is a bit drawn out by the big head. The bitterness hits but is softened by some sweetness that is coming from the malts in this beer. Some citrus flavor comes out to slap your tongue and then is on the run down the throat at the end. Some aftertaste is fruity but hard to place. Maybe tropical like mango.

The feel of this beer is smooth through out. It goes down easy with a smooth feel and can't be missed as it slips by with little effort.

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Photo of billybob
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear medium golden color with a beige half inch head that held for a while then to just covering the beer to the finish. fruity and pine aromas with a touch of fresh peach flavor up front followed by some grapefruit and pine hops. light to medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. one of the better beers i have tasted from saranac. i would buy it again, good session beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a bright orange-copper coloring with a thin, chunky, white, foamy head that slowly disperses while it settles. Aroma is slight grapefruit sweetness, with an abundance of rich, green, resinous hops blended throughout. The beer has hop forward flavors that hid the outside of the mid-tongue. The back of the tongue picks up the peppery notes from the hops, and the light citrus and malt sweetness blends over everything else. Very well balanced flavors. The aftertaste is heavily spiced, with a good citrus balance. The finish is quick and crisp, with a very light bitter drying effect that begs for another swig. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note about this beer: IPAs are my favorite style. I saved this bottle for the last from my sampler pack.
Pours a medium gold color with a thick white head. There seems to be particles suspended in the liquid, which is kind of cool looking being held up to light. Smells good. Very bitter and floral with the hops, and there is a tone of alcohol in the background. Taste is overloaded with hops bitterness (I'm not saying that's a bad thing). After I have tried all 12 Saranac's, I will say this is the best one, even though it isn't the best IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/orange hue; fairly clear. A one and a half finger head retains well and produces some sticky lacing. Spicy hops and pale malt in the nose. Big bitter taste upfront, followed by a dry and sweet ester sweetness. Medium bodied with low carbonation and a clean finish. Smooth and well balanced for an American IPA, and very refreshing.

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Photo of ghostmech007
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a wide mouth pint. From the sample pack again. I love the fact that they have "American IPA" on the bottle.

Very nice off white head that leaves lacing everywhere. The head never leaves either!

Very hoppy aroma. Nice Cascades hop note. Very oily as well. Some malts are there but completely overpowered by the hops. Some fruit notes as well.

Not much malts here! The Cascade hops just dominate the show. Citrus notes are everywhere and the bitterness is very harsh. Not much else it just finishes like it starts... very bitter. And I like it.

I love this one. One of the best IPA's I've had in a while. Still no DFH 90Min, but very good none the less. It probably wouldn't make a good session beer because of the extreme bitterness but I still like it.

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Photo of Amalak
4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this IPA. It had a brown color to it, slightly bubbly. Thick, three finger head. Slow dissipation and great lace. Good IPA scent to it with a hint of citrus.

Very bitter taste to it. Extremely smooth and has a good after bite. Very good IPA.

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Photo of clickpush
4.04/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Comes out an amber, lager-ish color with a half inch of white head which goes down quick but leaves a hefty ring around the glass and slight lacings. Calm, visible carbonation bubbles within.

Nose: Smells of hoppy bitterness and apricots - very inviting! I can smell the alcohol in the depth of the aroma and get a bit of a grassy pilsner smell.

Mouth: Excellent full balance of flavors - dominated by the IPA bitterness. Lightly sweet, like hay, on the intake, sour notes of apricot tartness as it moves back, and finishes with a wonderful lasting hoppy bitterness and a hint of alcohol on the exhale. It enters with strong carbonation and this lasts all the way to the back of the mouth without creaming out. This effect carries a sweet banana flavor down the throat with it while swallowing. This beer really is refreshing and tasty!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row american pale malt and hopped with Cascade.
5.8% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear bronze, forming a large white, sticky head with very good retention and superior lacing. Carbonation is spot-on for the style...kinda moderate yet piquant. Aroma is fresh with classic Cascade hops, a touch of pale malt husk, some nice residual sugars peeking through, and a touch of cannabis akin to Amarillo. Smacks of honey and vanilla, and as it warms, brief isopropyl alcohol. I like! Mouthfeel is bright and moderately sharp with a medium-dense body. Slightly sticky. Taste begins with abundant floral and citric flavor hops, yet is not too bilious, followed by a moderate-strong bitterness, some light residual sugars, and drying astringency from the hops, grain husk, and slight alcohol. Finish is long with notes of vanilla and honey. Cleanly fermented.

True to the style, this is a very good IPA which would seem to be under-rated here. More West-Coast than Midwest in character. I'd like a bit more malt to balance it out. Give it a try!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a clear yellow ale that had a 3 inch head when I poured it into my pilsner glass. LOTS of lacing.

The aroma was of aromatic hops... mostly pine notes.

The taste was VERY bitter... tart, with pine notes and a slight amount of grapefruit-like citrus. The finish was long and bitter.

Mouthfeel was tart, astringent, and well bodied, perfect for a good IPA with a hop wallop.

The bitterness matched the mouthfeel... overall I was very pleased with this, the last of the three Saranacs I tried this night.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.01/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Poured from a 12oz bottle I got in a brewery mixed six pack into a pint.

Appearance: clear golden yellow with a orange hue. A finger and half worth of head in the pour and fades to a film leaving loads of lacing.

Smells: a floral hop nose with a hay like note.

Tastes: a pretty bitter IPA that is flavorful from the floral and pine hop characteristics. I enjoy the tastes a little more as it warms in my mouth giving off more of a pine note.

Mouthfeel: the 5.8% is very well hidden. The high carbonation might play a part in that, but regardless it is a great ale.

Overall: I enjoyed this one quite a bit out of a variety sixer and I have to say this is one of my favorites from Saranac besides their High Peaks series IPA and the flagship P.A..

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