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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Ratings: 940 |  Reviews: 548
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really bitter ipa. smells and tastes the same, very citrus hop beer. i taste slight hints of lemon lime in here. its a bitter hop takeover to a point far beyond refreshment. i didnt like this one at all when i first had it years ago, but as i enjoy one right now i find my palate has evolved to appreciate it for what it is. mouthfeel is a little thin for all this flavor, but thats a good thing here i think. a good beer for bold foods as it can stand up to anything without filling you up. they put this one in most of their mix packs so its widely available. not bad, not amazing.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.94/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this as part of the Adirondack Trail mix pack ($11.99/12 pack)

A little disappointed by this one. Seems like it's lacking of hops taste which is evident by the low ABV for an IPA. Saranac makes some decent brews but I felt this one was subpart. Great aroma but the taste doesn't follow up.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger sized white head that has good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of citrusy and piney hops in the nose along with some notes of pale malts.
T: A light amount of bitterness from piney hops is present in the initial taste and finish, the overall taste has notes of pale malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable given the low alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this Saranac better than most from the variety pack. Though you won't brag about this one to your friends, it's a basic, nice brew. A moderate malt profile withdraws underneath the bittering and flavor of spicy American hops. The hop flavor shows light esters with a light boquet to the nose and taste. Lightly grassy and piney, yet remaining sweetly spicy. Moderate and bitter to the mouth with a hint of grain-husk astringency. Finishes bitter and dry with a light sweetness. Good, but I probably won't remember it in a week.

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a golden/amber color with a white, 3-finger head. It left lacing.

S - Smells mainly of hops and grass.

T - The malt flavor is nicely complimented by a spicy/bitter hoppiness.

M - It is crisp and light-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good American IPA. Not as hoppy as some but still pretty good.

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Photo of brentk56
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head a some splashes of lacing

Smell: Sorry, but this smells soapy and grainy

Taste: Unfortunately, the soapy flavor shows up at the outset; after the swallow, the beer provides a grainy bitterness along with a perfumy quality that mixes with a resinous character but overwhelms the malt

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: There are so many great IPAs out there it hardly makes sense to waste one's time with this one; the flavors are not well-balanced at all

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a nice copper/amber color ale with a medium head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is clearly identifiable. Taste is comprised of well balance floral malt and bitter hops. Body is above average without being too full. I guess this is a middle of the road IPA that can be quite enjoyable with BBQ on summer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden body that's topped by a creamy white head which holds fairly well before dropping to a creamy collar and thin surface covering. It leaves some nice "spider web" lace that's thin but still attractive. The aroma expresses bold Cascade hops and some underlying sweet and fruity (apple, pear) malt that cuts down its citrus side. It's almost sweet, and even quite floral as opposed to the tangy citrus that can sometimes be present when over-done. It's quite nice; soft and inviting. The body is medium light and combines with a fine/median carbonation to give a gentle crispness on the tongue. The flavor displays a nice combination of straight-forward sweetish malt and mildly citric hop flavor. Again, it's clearly not over-done. It's a touch soapy across the palate, as many of the Matt beers can be, and that lingers in the dry finish with some firm bitterness and citrusy/floral hop flavor.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in standard pint glass. Good carbonation.

A - typical IPA appearance. clear. 1+ finger head is short-lived but nice lacing left on glass as beer level drops.

S - hoppy, but less so than the average IPA

T - good citrusy hops flavor (Cascade). Perhaps a bit unflavorful for a current American IPA, but other otherwise flawless. Does lack much character or complexity.

O: very drinkable [3.75]. Very good IPA for price point.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden with a fluffy head that takes its time settling leaving a nice sheet of lace,mainly grapefruit/citrus in the aroma with a light tasted grain hint but its subdued.A pretty well balanced IPA some citruis and resin up front but a toasted malt flavor really comes thru in the finish to make this pretty well balanced.A pretty drinkable ale not complex and or big and bold but quaffable and I think a good session type brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, copper colored body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - A nice aroma of citrus and pine hops, balanced out by caramel malt and some toasted notes.

T - Moderate pine hops up front as well as a strong dose of thick, bready malt. Some notes of light caramel in the middle with more pine character. Finishes with darker toast and toffee notes as well as moderate, balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - A well made and drinkable, if somewhat middle of the road, IPA. There is enough aroma and flavor character from the hops to clearly place this in the India spectrum of pale ales, while the malt is more than sufficient to balance. The hop character is a bit one dimensional, mostly pine with a hint of citrus, and the aroma could be a bit more pronounced. Overall, it is drinkable and a pretty decent beer for the price.

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2.47/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is weak and contains a decent amount of hops, but not a lot for the style. What makes the hops smell seem strong is the fact that there really isn’t much else to go along with it, just some caramelized malt and a faint touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a tangy bitterness, but not the normal floral hops bitterness of most IPA’s. There’s a little bit of caramel and citrus sweetness that provide some balance, particularly as the beer warms. However, I found both the hops and malt characters to be kind of thin. After-taste is pale and grainy.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: I didn’t find it very tasty, which was the most contributing factor to it not being very easy to drink. It was exactly what I was expecting, which was a slightly hoppier version of their Pale Ale. I didn’t like that and I don’t like this either. It’s among the very worst that I’ve had in the style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a handsome head. Creamy carbonation, on the sprightly side.

Malt is a bit wan, rather grainy. Aromas are resiny, taste has a touch of sweetness but tends toward the woody and ends with grapefruit peel.

Nice to taste a lower-alcohol and less obsessive IPA. It has a nice blast of hops that melts down to a pleasant fruity bitterness. More drinkable than some enthusiastically-hopped Pale Ales. I like the refreshing watery feel this has, as opposed to the often sticky bolder IPAs.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color--golden. Nice two finger head that leaves a pleasant lace on the the glass. Slight chill haze.

Beautiful hop bouquet in the smell with just enough malt to keep it complex.

Taste: First to mind--lemony. Lots of flavoring hops, lots of aroma hops, almost like the time I took a hop pellet and sucked on it. Even though I'm a hop head I miss the malt balance. The malt is subtle that one needs to seek out. I like the body--just about perfect. The hop stays with me long, long after the swallow.

Perhaps I'll have a Scotch ale to clear my palate.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a nice, thick, bone-white head with decent retention. Nose was more malty than hoppy. Color was a very clear (NE-quality) coppery-amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a good hop presence on the tongue. The finish had a decent hoppiness. They might have used more hops, but overall, it was a decent IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bronze with a 2 fingers off white foamy head & effervesnce. Great lacing & okay head retention

S: Floral hops, but not much

T: Foral hops & fruittyness followed by a sligt grainyness. Finishes fruitty with floral & citrus hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, with good carbonation & okay balance

Drinks pretty easy, but just an okay IPA

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Photo of BEER88
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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