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

purchased as part of sampler pack. Poured a clear golden color with medium puffy white head. Smell is dominated by hops but a citrus background texture is noted. Taste is strong with hop bitterness at first sip, but a sweet fruitiness starts to come through. Finishes with a dry bitterness, Decent drinking beer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a surprisingly light colored copper. Small white head with decent lace patterns.

The cascade hops are what you first smell. They are backed by a bit of wheat cracker type aroma.

Taste is pleasant but not really biter enough to be a true IPA. Still there is some briskness and a bit of puckering citrus. The malts add a nice bit of balance. This one is a little under gunned to considered more than just above average. Don’t know, but I’m guessing the IBUs are in the 40 to 45 range.

The mouth is a wee bit husky which is fine. Easy enough drinker and this one could be a good intro to the IPA family of beers.

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Photo of jakester
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from a sampler case. No date evident!

Pours a beautiful clear light copper/gold with a 2 finger off-white head of foam. Drops to a nice coating and lacing all the way down.

Aroma is strong lemons and grapefruit. Obviously Cascade hops are present. Also some faint bready/yeasty malts, but not much.

The first flavor is malt, but that is quickly overtaken by pretty darn strong hop bittering. Lemons and grapefruit flavors come next, with some light caramel malts also present. There is a final, pleasant, dry astringency. This is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is sweet malts, bitter hops, and soft carbonation which finishes the beer as clean and crisp.

This would be a pounder. Damn good session IPA, though a little strong, and definitely recommended. For the price, this is a real winner.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cyrytal clear medium amber with a 1 finger head and good lace. Average IPA aromas. A spicy citrusy hop aroma with some caramel malt smells also present. Slighty fruity smells as well. A nice hoppy IPA as they should be. Not overly heavy and fruity on the malt side. Crisp and refreshing. A pretty good IPA for the price.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.62/5  rDev +39.6%
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 LarryV
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I do consider the price when I review a beer, and for the money, this is a pretty decent IPA. It's not a hop monster, so true hopheads will be dissapointed with this beer. Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy beige head that lingers for a while. The nose is piney hops. The hops come to the forefront in the flavor, but the malt is racing to keep up in the background. Taste is crisp and clean, though the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. For a relatively inexpensive IPA, I think this is a pretty good beer. Enjoyable with some BBQ or tacos and it won't kill your wallet.

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Photo of Naes
4.2/5  rDev +26.9%
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 kbnooshay
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

MMmmmm. Crack this one open and your nose will experience a nice shot of floral and citric hops. It pours a nice light orange amber color with a light beige head and some interesing lacing. Wow this is hoppy and nto really malty. Not much else going on for it but i like it. Mouthfeel is moderate and It is moderately drinkable.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poours a light orange with a thin cap of head. Smell is rather faint, but is of citrus hops and grapefruit. Taste is quite bitter and citrusy, with almost enough malt presense to balance. Medium bodied and just a little overcarbonated and bubbly. Overall a pretty solid, if unspectacular, beer.

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Photo of buckiflyer
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

light amber color, pours a decent 2-3 fingure head, very carbonated, no lacing. Disappointing smell, expected a more powerful hopness. Light taste for an ipa, weak hop finish. Overall an average IPA. In this drinkers opionion there are better American IPA's available.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear pale amber in color with a bone white head that retains surprisingly well and leaves minimal lace.

Aroma is quite hoppy, and dominated by notes of citrus and pine. A little malt character comes through, but this one is all about the hops.

Flavor is crisp with abundant hop flavors and just barely enough golden malt flavor to balance it. Not too complex, but tastey and easy to drink.

Medium light body with a bubbly, full mouthfeel. One of the more solid brews from Saranac, not bad for $5 a 6er.

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

Appearance-vast carbonation in a clear golden color, the head is huge and leaves lace, ok clarity on the color.

Smell-big whiffs of Cascade hops, not much malt but it is there along with alcohol simmers

Taste-hoppy which is good, not much malt to balance making the taste rather bitter, the Cascades pull through nicely a decent hop beer.

Mouthfeel-quite bitter, somewhat rough on the palette, balance could have been better but overall not bad.

Drinkability-not that alcoholic for an American I.P.A. sessionable for a bunch of hop lovers.

Overall-decent American I.P.A. I love Cascade hops so this hit the spot for me, from a critic's standpoint it could have been more balanced with malt though, but overall another solid beer in Saranac's fantastically solid lineup.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw orange in color. Nose is strong in the hops, with malts slightly in the background. The taste is very kosher. Flavor is malts and hops, but with some peppery and citrus tones. Very ordinary beer, but another beer that is always good to have on hand for plebe beer geeks. Mouthfeel is just a bit watery, but has enough flavor to power through that. Another smooth drinking beer from Saranac.

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Photo of TongoRad
2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale amber color with a long lasting two finger finely bubbled head.

Aroma is cascade hops all the way (some grapefruit, some lemon peel) as well as light caramel. A bit faint and one dimensional, though not unpleasant.

Flavor is almost abrasively bitter with very little in the way of malt to offer balance. Otherwise there are again hints of caramel and citrus.

The beer finishes with a lingering lemon peel quality. This one could certainly have been better, but also worse. I just can't get too enthusiastic either way.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light amber clear hues with scant bubbles topped by a thin ivory froth.

Hop nose of cascade is clear with some malt background scents.

First swigs: Slight apple and mostly grapefruit hops lightly pepper the flavor palate. A linger of leafy mineral dry lemon peel aftertaste. Unbalanced towards the hops, but a malty base holds up the citrous sizzle.

Medium bodied crisply carbonated. Lacks a true originality. Just nips at the heals of SNPA.

Last swigs: Grapefruit and apple IPA with a crispness. A pretty good IPA. Nothing that you are missing if you never have it. A solid overall hoppy grapefruit IPA. No freshness info.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of ski271
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden straw color (just like the bottle says, go figure) with a white, thin feeling, small head that quickly diminishes to a stubborn film that leaves some spotty lacing on the way down.

Smell: Mostly citrusy hops. Hints of caramel make the malt presence known, though it’s quite overpowered by the hops.

Taste: Pretty typical for a hop-dominated beer. Grapefruit bitterness from start to finish with a weak maltiness detectable early. The finish is bitter and medium long in duration with a slight metallic tinge that’s not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, watery to oily texture, light carbonation, and slightly acidic.

Drinkability: So so. I’m a sucker for and IPA, especially when I’m going through a hophead phase, like now, but this one was only ok, not as good as I expected from Saranac. Many better IPAs out there.

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

Saranac, a good decision. When you can't find any other beers around, I'd recommend a Saranac over any 'macro'.

This IPA pours golden amber with a moderate bubbly head, decent retention, some lacing as well. Smells of hops, a little citrus notes as well, a hint of skunk. Taste is moderately bitter and a little citrusy wheaty at the end of each sip. Crisp, dry, consistent. I'd try this again.

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Photo of sprackops
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
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 99bottles
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: This pours a nice clear body of orange-gold with active carbonation and a fleeting head of fine white lace. Looks nice, the somewhat light color makes me think this is going to be rather light.

Smell: A full and hoppy nose forms with light piney flavors and some bitter citrus also. I think of dried orange and lemon rinds. The floral hop quality is very understated as these bolder scents pull through.

Taste: This is a nice, simple IPA. Nothing fancy, nothing to win any awards. The malts are slightly sweet and finish dryly. The hops impart more of the citrus flavor, with moderate bitterness and little in the way of aromatic or floral qualities. West coast pine and orange seem to dominate. Finishes with a great dryness and just the right bitter smack.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation keeps this lively beer from settling down and burning the flavors on the tongue. Just the right amount of malt to keep this light.

Drinkability: This would be a great beer to have with food. It's not flashy or subtle or floral or intense. It's a nice IPA that does most things right and keeps itself on the lighter end of the spectrum, so you could easily have more than one.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours copper with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: The smell is obviously hop focused, but the hops smell bland and boring.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first it's instantly hoppy, and the hops are alright, but the aftertaste is almost sickening. It lingers on forever with an almost nast fizzyness that clings to the inside of your mouth. The good hops but bad aftertaste make the flavor average.

Drinkability and Overall: Ok, this is just another completely average IPA churned out with massive amounts of hops just because it sells. The true essence of beer is in the balance and the ultimate enjoyment, not jumping on the bandwagon with over-hopped IPA's that wind up being just like everything else on the market. This was a beer with alot of potential that just fell short.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a very clear golden color with a small off white head. Weak, unimpressive grainy smell. The flavor is a touch of malt with cascade hops. The hops dominates the taste, but I would not call this beer very hoppy. As soon as you swallow, the flavor is almost completely gone. I am often a fan of moderately hopped India Pale Ales, but this one is too weak. I prefer the Saranac pale ale.

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Photo of Celt44
4.29/5  rDev +29.6%
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 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 Hibernator
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip imperial pint glass.

Golden yellow-orange in color with a fluffy head on top. Nice sticky lacings are clingning on the glass.

Whiffs of pine and citrus. Floral aroma with sweet hop oils. This brew clearly screams Cascade hops. I love the smell of Cascade hops.

Strong, sweet flavor of Cascade hops dominate this beer. Orange and lime zest and working together with a minimal malt presence. Light to medium bodied. Could use more backbone, but pretty good nevertheless.

I was pleasantly surprised with this IPA from Saranac.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer better than the Saranac Pale Ale. It has more of a balanced taste. Sure it is hoppier, but it has also got a good bit of malt in the finish which is short and not too dry. The malt is in the middle and it is just enough not to put me off from liking this beer.

Good looking brew, nice head, and lots of thick lace. I will definitely look for this again.

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Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 940 ratings