Saranac Gen IV Session IPA
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Gen IV Session IPASaranac Gen IV Session IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,851
Ranked #44,400
3.59 | pDev: 12.53%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Gen IV Session IPASaranac Gen IV Session IPA
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can datecode 1829 into pint

A: clingy lacing, rocky head settles into 3mm full profile. Slight haze. Particulates. Yellow in color.

S: gentle. Reminds me of Founders Pale Ale. Mild malt notes.

T: light floral and herbal hope breakaway into a faint grassy note. Very light crackery malt.

M: slightly slick. Breaks over into a very balanced lighter side of medium. Gentle. I keep saying it but it is damn gentle.

O: do not let my average rating discourage you. This is one of the only non bongwater session IPA I have run across. It really is good but it is not 100% to style. I like it.

Aug 08, 2019
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Precisiondigital from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I cant really rate it because I think it is stale. Tastes like watered down pisswater. But it is not bitter. Head is thick and lacing strong. Murky yellow hue.
Went back a second time. Not as bad as before. Floral mosaic hops.

Mar 13, 2019
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HardCider from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber color and somewhat cloudy. Large, two finger, white head that dissipated slowly. Very fresh hoppy and citrus aroma. I also detect a pineapple smell. The taste is mildly hoppy and somewhat bitter. Overall, a nice session IPA.

Feb 28, 2019
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

L - Pours a clear, golden straw color with a thick inch of white foamy head that leaves a generous lacing throughout.

S - Must have gotten a bad batch even though the drink-by date is 9/30/18. Once opened, an overpowering skunky smell on the nose more than anything. Slightly hoppy but mostly like a skunk or lit-up joint.

T - Hoppy, piney, spicy, grassy, citrus rind, slightly malty in the middle with an herbal, fruity finish.

F - Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation and softer mouth feel and slightly dry finish. Drinks like a sessionable IPA.

O - A decent offering from my hometown brewery. Not sure about the skunky smell, but at least it doesn't bring down the other qualities.

Sep 17, 2018
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flaskman from New York

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 16 ounce glass. Aggressive pour with 1/2 of head that went down quickly to 1/16 inch. Some lacing but nothing notable. Looks yellow golden orange. Slightly cloudy with no shortage of tiny floaties. The smell is barely perceptible. Carbonation is good. The first taste is unremarkable. We have a hoppy taste that is best described as monochromatic. It is lacking any notable sweetness up front with the same bitter flavor from start to finish. The bready malty base reminds me of other beers from Saranac. Not bad but unremarkable.

Aug 12, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. A bit muddy aromas. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice session IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. This was advertised as Citra/Amarillo; but it is mostly Amarillo, with underlying Citra. Very vibrant, dank, and earthy hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness. A very enjoyable and well made offering for the ABV/style.

Aug 04, 2018
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Samlover55 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
BB 9/30/18
L- dark opaque gold with thin white head great retention
S- sweet bready malt, floral hops
T- subtle malt presence, followed by an explosion of hop flavor, citrus, orange rind, grassy, herbal, that goes down in subtle tropical finish
F- light-bodied but not at all watery, perfect feel
Overall i really enjoyed this brew, perfectly balanced, which is always key

Jun 28, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy, herbal, leather;

T: follows the nose, but with an underlying citrus character that helps a lot; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: OK, and somewhat different, but not something I would buy again;

Mar 08, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are few bargains in craft and Saranac is not among them, you get what you pay for.
a) pours a slightly hazy, medium amber with a finger of loosely foamy white head, rings and laces a bit.
s) Seems all Saranac beers have a common smell, of a gritty pale malt, salt, and hard water.
t) The taste is more APA than session IPA. It's bready, crackery pale malt, with faint notes of fading, musty, fall forest floor hops. Like NY State mountains all right.
f) It's not a bad food beer, not that great as a stand alone or a first beer, feels slightly stale.

Sep 15, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint; no clear production information.
A: Pours a hazy, golden color with a one inch, slight off white head that dissipates slowly leaving ample lacing.
S: Floral and citrus bouquet with aromas of caramel malt and pine.
T: Lemony citrus predominates, but caramel and pine notes are present. Nicely balanced bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied. Light to moderate carbonation but persistent tingling throughout consumption.
O: A very nice, drinkable session IPA.

Sep 12, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a nice tasting beer, but its a littler maltier and heavier than i like in my session beers, and its kind of samey among the hoppy saranac stuff, almost like a lighter and dry hopped version of their now iconic pale. it has a very old school sort of hop profile, cascade and centennial come to mind, and then something a lighter and more citrusy in the finish, but there is enough crystal type malt in this for the beer to not be all that sessionable really, despite the low alcohol, it has some sweetness, some grain heft, and its even enough to seemingly mute the hops a little bit, this is decidedly been evolved beyond by the industry and the current trends, but that doesnt mean its not a nice beer. for those who need a little bitterness instead of a juice bomb, those who like a little more body to their all day beers, or even those who arent sure about bigger more bitter india pales, this one is a nice launching point. tastes fresh, is carbonated well, and has a lot of character, far more than a lot of sessions, even if it doesnt really hit the mark for me personally. the hoppy stuff has never been what i love from saranac, but its a fine addition to the trail mix box for the summer time.

Sep 12, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice whitish head and slightly hazy golden look from this beer. Looks pretty nice for a session IPA. My first impression of the nose is unripe grapefruit and malt, maybe something sweet in the back. Still doing pretty good in my book. Here is where the problem arises, it's got generally weak flavor, and the flavor, which itself isn't too bad, is a mix of slight hops bitter/citrus and slight malt(sort of no depth) Also, I think it would benefit this beer to have more carbonation but that's just my opinion.

Aug 19, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE: July 26, 2017... OCCASION: watching Return of the King with the boys...hopefully, some things never will get old... GLASSWARE: Abita pint... pours a tawny yellow, hazy body that sports suspended flecks of gold... the off-white head fizzles to a reasonable halo of bubbles... mango and grapefruit elicit the first sense of smell, fulfilling its tropical promise.... some passion fruit and cracker also are detectable... otherwise, a light aroma that welcomes a first sip nonetheless... for a hop-forward attempt, the impact is felt at the throat, with a sudsy effect fizzing through the mouth... little to note at the teeth, suggesting hops are not effective, and watery the rest of the way... the body’s off-putting presence is magnified by its dish-soap lemon, which sneaks in the back door of the profile... some tropical mango insinuations, with dough, tobacco, earthy spices adding to the back-end malts...not working as a refreshing all-day kind of IPA, and there are plenty of them now out there better than this, but I still do not mind its sips... just not one I will reach for again, which is unfortunate--cheering for these guys and their never-ending stable of mix pack offerings...

Jul 27, 2017
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow color with plenty of bright white head the dissipates slowly. Carbonation is slight and smell is overwhelmingly piney. Initial taste is only slightly bitter, way less than I exspected. Aftertaste creaps up on you with that piney flavor as well. Lacing is good as well. The feel is definately thicker that a lager to. Overall, it is as solid brew but just does not stand out from the pack

Jul 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy blaze yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a half a minute. Ringy foamy lacing sticks nicely to the glass. The smell starts off with sweet onion rolling into a sweet subtle grassiness to blend. The taste was moderately sweet and "danky" underscored with a little bit of bitter pine. Despite no aftertaste, there’s a sly little bit of sweet danky onion in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs appropriate for a "session IPA" as there’s just enough bitterness to show some oomph in the bitterness but not overdoing it. Overall, as a session IPA, it works, I’d have again as is and won’t expect less.

Jul 02, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Look - Golden color clear with slight head and skimming
Smell - very grainy slight bitter hop
taste - water with some slight bitterness and grain
feel - medium light body and lots of carbonation
Overall - not that good

Jun 19, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the neck of the bottle, it appears to be a bit rubbed off but, I can make out what looks like: "2096 09:43"

Appearance: The body of the beer is incredibly saturated with floating sediment and it is cloudy to the point where it is almost opaque. It is a medium-light shade of orange and gold. The head is short, white and creamy textured. There isn't much of a head to retain but it does have some decent lacing.

Aroma: There is a very faded scent of flowery hops and what smells like chili powder and bay leaves. It isn't a very traditional smelling beer but it is pretty interesting. It is the kind of beer that makes you actually sit up and take notice.

Taste: Up front there is this light bit of lemon flavor and a bit of an herbal tea character. It is pretty average tasting.

Mouthfeel: It has a good mild bitterness and a slightly off-dry finish. The body is light and refreshing. Good carbonation. It is very drinkable.

Overall: The unique aroma, light body, and off-dry finish really elevate the almost "lemon tea" flavor of the beer. I would drink it again and I would recommend that even those who might be dissuaded by the appearance of sediment in the beer give it a shot. Although there is a lot of particulate matter the beer has a finish that is nearly dry and is quite refreshing.

Jun 19, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy gold with visible floating sediment. The head is big, creamy, and bright white. Retention is quite good, and there's strings of lacing.

S: Big juicy grapefruit, orange, pine, a bit of dankness and biscuit malt. Green tea, honey, and pineapple as well.

T: Big juicy grapefruit flavor, and a bit of orange peel, but attacks pretty heavily with pine. There's a nice green tea flavor with residual grassy bitterness. A touch of light biscuit malt in the background, leading towards a grapefruity finish; lightly dry and only a bit of lingering bitterness.

F: Medium-light, but not too thin or watery for a session IPA. Well-rounded, well-carbonated, only slightly watery near the finish.

O: A solid session IPA. Not great, but better than many. The grapefruit juice aroma is the best part.

May 30, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this from a mixed 6pck that I bought from Meijer's. It poured a cloudy orangish with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent is bitter hops. The taste is nicely balanced for an ipa. There is hints of ruby grapefruit. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's good and worth a try.

Jan 21, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, part of a mixed sixer of Saranac brews, which seems to be their introduction to the Alberta market.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some streaky and dispersing cloud form lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, white saltine crackers, some hard water flintiness, generic citrus rind, and further leafy, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, a hint of grainy caramel, musty tropical fruit esters, more wet stone paths after a rainstorm, and some fading leafy, weedy, and dead floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising pretty much from the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity malt doing well to linger amongst the waning (and surprisingly complex) hops.

Overall, this particular IPA is a mite sight better than its Legacy sibling that I had yesterday, and this one's a session version! Who knows, but I surely enjoyed Gen 4 - even if it was more APA in its disposition, which was much more than I was expecting. Good stuff, all things considered.

Jan 04, 2017
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed Saranac's version of a 'drinkable' IPA (as if a standard IPA is not drinkable?). They seem to have found the balance between character/taste and low ABV. It could almost be called a "Light IPA" but that would of course be using a four-letter word to beer snobs. Many other session IPA's (including the supremely disappointing Founders) seem to have way too much floral or hop element to try to compensate for the lower alcohol level, so it's almost as if you're drinking India Pale Soft Drink! Saranac's version is delightful, like most of their offerings, it's well-made, honest, lower priced than most other premium beers and it hits the spot.

Dec 21, 2016
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jpro from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a shaker pint... Looks like you'd expect - a hint darker than straw gold, with some thin webs of lace. Smell is toast and muted citrus. Taste is nice and simple - nothing crazy - just a nice, easy to drink IPA. Kind of reminds me of a light version (if there was such a thing) of Smutty IPA. A great yard beer.

Oct 24, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Market Basket
Brilliantly clear light golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists. Grassy earthy resinous hop aromas with some faint bready malt underneath. Light caramel flavor adds to the resinous pine minty hop flavor. Decent beer.

Sep 05, 2016
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DrMullet from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow.
Smell is hoppy citrus with some faint pepper.
Taste is mild grapefruit with slight sweetness.
Mild bitterness and certainly sessionable.

Sep 04, 2016
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Mardukk from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow with a white head and lacing. Floating particulates throughout. The low point of this brew.

The smell is tropical hop with some spice.

The taste is juicy and tropical with mango and citrus. The finish is pretty dry with no lingering bitterness. Slightly spicy.

The body is medium to light and good for a session ipa.

Overall a very good session ipa. Most session ipas are too watery and too bitter, not this one.

Aug 16, 2016
Saranac Gen IV Session IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 174 ratings