Saranac West End Winter IPA (India Pale Ale)
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac West End Winter IPA (India Pale Ale)Saranac West End Winter IPA (India Pale Ale)
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American IPA
Ranked #5,669
Ranked #32,689
3.72 | pDev: 9.14%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac West End Winter IPA (India Pale Ale)Saranac West End Winter IPA (India Pale Ale)
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 109
Photo of cyclonece09
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours reddish orange with a small white head. Smells of citrus hops with just a hint of pineyness. Tastes of citrus and piney hops with a very decent grain backbone. Beer is light bodied with a nice hop aftertaste, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of fx20736
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got a single bottle, possibly from Wegmans? Poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Dark copper, offwhite head, nice lacing


Taste: Moderate bitterness and plenty of malt

Feel:slightly thin

Overall: meh

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2-27-16 - On tap at West End Bar and Grill in NYC just before seeing "The Book of Mormon". First beer of the day during lunch with my bride. Somewhat hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. Tasty beer, that I'd get again the next time I stop in, but I moved on to Flower Power.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown color and malty/piney smell. Taste mirrors the smell. Body is a little thin. Very old-school IPA from the 90's. Nice nostalgic trip back to a craft beer IPA from decades past.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear copper color with a generous head. Has a great fruity and hoppy scent to it. Scent and taste is on the dank side slightly as if it were wet hopped. Thin body with a nice light level of carbonation. Just under 7% and not overly bitter makes it a smooth drinking IPA.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear dark chestnut in color with a finger of very light khaki head that sticks around for a good while. Aroma is caramel, lightly piney, mere hints of citrus; overall very subdued and definitely skews towards the malts. Taste is similar to the aroma, lots is caramel and light toffee malts with light pine and citrus hops. Only a faint bitterness a moderately sweet finish. Light+ body and moderate carbonation. I didn't get a lot of the typical IPA character here. I found the beer very malt forward with a sweet rather then bitter edge to it. I'm the end I would certainly not say this is a bad beer but if your looking for an IPA this won't meet expectations.

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Photo of Kendo
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Praat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is chestnut/coppery brown that seems more ruby/mahogany-hued when backlit. Off-white small head on top.

S: Not a strong nose: juicy hops over bready malt.

T: Caramel malt, toasted malt, generic fruit and citrusy (grapefruit) hops. Plus that slightly off Saranac taste, whatever that is. The yeast? Bad lines? Whatever it is, it's noticeable here, particularly in the aftertaste.

M: Call it medium in heft, with a slightly creamy and juicy impression.

O: Better than most Saranac beers, but it still tastes like most Saranac beers - which is to say, it's decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice IPA pours a deep reddish amber with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of pine, light caramel malts, and mild citrus notes. Flavors exceed the nose with pine and citrus tinged hops from the front to the middle of the taste lightly touched by toasted malt. Back of the taste fades to bittering hops and pine on the aftertaste with subtle sweetness involved, and a light dry bitter aftertaste. Good mouth feel, medium carbonation. Overall, very nice.


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Photo of Gmann
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a creamy dense head that left a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is hoppy. I get some pine and peppery spice. Nice and zesty.

The taste is quite hoppy as well. Big pine in the flavor. Some resin and pepper. The malt is sweet with some caramel notes.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Slight sweetness on the palate which is quickly overcome by the bitter hops. The bitterness lingers a bit and makes for a slightly dry finish.

A well made IPA. A poor man's SN Celebration. One of the best I have had from FX Matt.

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Photo of Joe_from_Planet_Kenmore
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little peppery on the finish with hints of copper penny and pine. My smell gauge detects a little yeasty bread with crosses of pretzel. Copper color coated with a nice head. A fine decision for having one before the party.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac West End Winter IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB MAR 31 2016"

A rough pour brings up a two-finger thick head of frothy khaki over a mainly clear body of deep copper. The head holds well, and it leaves sheets of broken lace as it goes.

The aroma expresses a combination of piney, floral, and spicy hops and darkly caramelish malts. It's clean, lively, and welcoming.

The flavor follows the aroma with a pleasant, deeply caramelish maltiness, piney & grassy hops, and a bit of nondescript spice. It's solidly bitter, and the spiciness gives it an extra boost in the dry finish.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body and crisp with a fine-bubbled, standard carbonation.

While more English than American in character overall, its hops are certainly more at an American than English IPA level. It's sturdy, solidly bitter, and nicely balanced at that! Worth trying.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this tastes like a Saranac beer, they all have a commonality, water or yeast or something, there is an indelible mark in all of them, mostly in the finish, especially in the hoppy stuff they make, and its here again. a cool idea for an ipa though, more malty and dark, but not English. I think there has been a space for a beer like this for a long time, nice to see it stabbed at here so valiantly. short of brown, but past copper in color, it holds over two inches of off white head too, looks great in my glass. smells a little thin and metallic for what it is, but the hops are great in the aroma. grassy and piney, a perfect complexion built here for winter. I smell less of the grain, especially the fuller dark elements, I miss them here. I miss them in the taste too, just a little nutty sweetness to go with the hops, but the hops are great again. more pine in the taste, bitterness coming through the grain in the finish, and that Saranac yeast flavor that I like in some beers and not in others. carbonation is there, and the hops have a residual oily property that keeps them rocking after the swallow. overall a tasty beer and a nice kick at the can for a newish type of ipa, neither pale or black, but I think they could have gotten a little more out of the grain...

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was out to Subs & Six Packs on Tuesday, which is where & when I spied this on the singles shelf. I know that I am supposed to be winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but I have always found the Saranac beers to be a) worthwhile and b) reasonable at their price point. In other news, I grew up in Lancaster's "Historic West End", but now I live in NoJaEBa (North of James (Street), East of the Ballpark).

From the bottle: "Fourth Generation Family Brewery"; "Hop forward with citrusy, resinous hop flavor balanced with enough toasty and caramel malt backbone to warm even the coldest winter night."; "In 1888, our (great) grand-father founded the West End Brewery, which is now known as the F.X. Matt Brewing Company. We delivered our IPAs in those days with horses, wagons and barrels. He gave life to our family's legacy of craft brewing, and we honor him with our West End Winter IPA. [undersigned] Nick, Fred & Abraham (?) 3rd and 4th Generation".

Here at Chez Woody, nothing with regard to bottles happens until the cap is Pop!ped. Once this was accomplished, I honored granddad with a heavy-handed pour that raised three fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan/tawny head with excellent retention that left loads of sticky lacing when it fell. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pungent with grapefruit and pine tar. It was as though they were catering to all Northerners - pine for those of us up here and citrus for the snowbirds. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, and it caught me off-guard. I was not ready for the intensity of the hops or the fullness in my mouth and I was literally rendered breathless for a moment until I took a hit from my asthma inhaler. Boy, was that good! Finish was dry and equally breath-taking and stands as an example of why I became a self-avowed hophead. Let's do this more often!

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Photo of 57md
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with close to a full finger of head. The nose is hoppy but I also get the essence of caramel malt. The flavor follows the nose. The body is hearty for the style.

I suppose that it is the malt-hop balance that makes this offering a "winter" IPA.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark copper with a 2 finger tan white head. Lots of lacing straight down the glass.

S: I mostly get roasty malts. Not much hop presence on the nose. A little pine.

T: Very malty with some citrus and pine.

F: Lightly carbonated, light to medium bodied.

O: I actually really liked this one. I'll pick up another seasonal 12 for xmas.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy deep amber with a nice fluffy head. Smells like pine, citrus, oranges, lemony, caramel malts. Initial light bitterness lends a a very dry piney beer. The citrus is muted but the malty backbone stands out. This is a nice beer and seems like an average West Coast Style IPA.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2015 batch and sampled on December 12, 2015.

The pour has an unfiltered slightly cloudy medium amber color with an off-white head that lingers and laces.

The aroma screams IPA. Yup, there are roasted malts under everything with a robust earthy and resiny hop character. Typical.

A medium body.

Like so many IPA's like this I get a brief encounter with caramel sweet malts and then a more boisterous earthy, pine, and resin hop finish. It is true to the style but there is nothing that holds this one out above any others in its class.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper orange with a slight haze that clears. Has golden sunshine hues in it as well as coppery fire. Decadent creamy head of tan foam that falls leisurely as you drink. Nose is big citrus with lots of grapefruit and sweet lemon. Spice. Malty sugary scent. Floral and a little herbal grass. Light brown sugar. Biscuity . The mouthfeel is superb. Active moderate carbonation A touch of weight form the malt to show you enormous flavor but remains on the lighter side of the mouthfeel. Wonderfully complex with fruitiness and a superb bitterness. It appears gentle at first, then flourishes a bit and never dominates the finish. The biscuity flavor really accents the hop spice which becomes pine as it goes toward the finish. This beer actually presents all the ingredients I listed precisely as they appear in their descriptions. I have never had another beer that I can say has done that.

Outstanding and I think they have captured the spirit of the Winter IPA with the touch of wintry color and flavor from the choice of malts they used while skillfully presenting the definitive hop bomb.

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Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a little darker than most IPAs. Aroma and taste are both a little sweeter than I would have expected. Balance is decent, but sweet malt dominates too much in this "IPA"

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/31/16.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, pine needle, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of malt, citrus, and earthy hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very dark amber color with a small khaki head that has very little retention and leaves excellent lacing. The smell is citrus, floral, some dankness and sweet caramel malts. The taste similar with the hops up front and a nice sweetness on the back end. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer, but pales in comparison to Celebration.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found today in the 2015 12 Beers of Winter pack.
Look: darker reddish Amber than most IPAs. Nice 1 inch head fades fairly quickly to just a ring around the glass and a small amount on top of the beer. Moderate lacing.
Smell: citrusy hops.
Taste: good fresh citrus flavors and a nice darker maltiness that you don't normally find in an IPA.
Feel: medium bodied, easy drinking.
Overall, a perfect hoppy beer for winter....after all, it already snowed here in Rome, NY and probably did 20 miles away at the FX Matt Brewery.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown out of the bottle. Two fingers of pillowy white head recede along the interior of the glass. Some citrus and pine on the nose. Tastes like a traditional East Coast IPA. Noticeable malt presence balances with the hops. Very similar to their Heart of the Hop Red IPA from last winter.

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Saranac West End Winter IPA (India Pale Ale) from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 109 ratings