Saranac Tropical Storm IPA
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Tropical Storm IPASaranac Tropical Storm IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #3,750
Ranked #22,046
3.85 | pDev: 9.09%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Very Good
Saranac Tropical Storm IPASaranac Tropical Storm IPA
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 46
Photo of charlesw
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know. I know. I don’t care what you say - this beer is awesome.

Look: it’s in a can. Consumed from the can. Warmish on a hot summer day. And it’s awesome. I don’t have a clue what it looks like - I drink it from the can. I do know that it is light and refreshing, low enough in alcohol to drink more than one, got a nice bitterness to it to help balance out some of that sweet fruitiness. I’ll take this any day over their summer haze which has more alcohol, less bitterness and less body and flavors and stuff going on.

Yes, I’m a beer snob, too. But come on - I get the feeling they’re not asking you to drink this from a chalice. It’s an awesome summer beer. Inexpensive to boot. I’m keeping stocked up!

Hell, this is inspiring me to go and visit Fx Matt next week! I love this beer!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into small chalice: color is straw gold, not hazy at all (though marketed on the website description as such), head is bright white with fine to small bubbles. Some lacing on the glass.

Smell is quite fruity, guava/mango/passion fruit like, reminds of magic hat #9 in some ways.

Taste is definitely more ipa like with a more extract like fruitiness along side tropical notes from the hops.

Mouthfeel starts more bitter and sharp, then softens with warmth.

Overall - a fruited ipa with bit heavy hand on the 'natural flavor' additions.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by date of September 30, 2018.
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a glossy burnt yellow to almost bronzed orange. Quickly dissipating finger's worth of white foamy head left some lace - mostly messy.
The aroma had a crisp sweet orange pulpy to zesty punch rolling into some dried bitter to sweet ruby red grapefruit pulpy sweet tones. Noticeable bitter rind.
The flavor had a crisp bittersweet blend of orange and ruby red grapefruit pulp and rind mixing finely together. Mild aftertaste of sweet orange and ruby red grapefruit.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Mild bitter harshness slaps dryly on my tongue. Decent carbonation and a sturdy ABV lead to a crisp, dry and bitter citrusy rind-like finish.
Overall, it's not a bad offering by Saranac. Definitely an American IPA with the longer bitterness in this.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow. Aroma's of mango, peach, lemon, and cracker. The flavors has tropical and citrus notes: pineapple and mango primarily. There is a low bread note in the background, earthy spice, and some lemon. Medium bodied. This is a good brew, definitely not an IPA.

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Photo of EMV
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 1.5 fingers of fizzy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Tropical fruits... sweets and bubblegum. Light citrus and pineapple. Best part of the beer.

T/F: Light crackery grains and pale malts. Solid bitterness. Tropical hop flavors... more bubblegum and guava. Pineapple and a bit of orange rind. Decent flavor... thought there'd be more from the aroma. Light bodied... with more tropical fruit at the finish.

O: A decent tropical themed IPA. Light enough to be sessionable... good bitterness. Nothing special, but easy drinking.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i enjoyed this a lot, one of my favorites from the box this year, and even though it has an almost fruited sort of artificiality to it, i like it. its definitely summer, and its cool to see saranac taking their ipa types up a notch, not usually their strong suit in my experience. i could swear this actually has fruit in it, passion fruit and mango and papaya and guava, definitely fruit salad-esque and decidedly tropical, but almost like an extract or something, hard to believe this is all from hops, can it possibly be? it makes the beer kind of cheap seeming to me, but i have no idea whats actually in here, so its hard to be too tough of a judge. the flavors are nice, its hard to argue that, a little sweet, but there is a solid hop bitterness to balance that element out a little, and the fruitiness in the hops is awesome, i wish i knew which varietals were in this. i get sweet orange and lemon too, and a nice rush of carbonation and finishing dryness that help it stay light to drink. its cool that there are some other grains in here, it has a soft body and some nice structure for the hops from them, oats and wheat i think, nice addition! overall not at all a bad ipa, especially for those who like them fruity. very new school for saranac, best when ice cold, does anyone know if they actually put fruit in here or not? there is no mention of it, but this taste...

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Photo of tiltedglass
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one hit it right—a smooth mouthfeel that surprised me for an IPA, and a full blast of hops without acidity. The pour is slightly turbid, and head good and complex though not long lasting. Great taste! (That's what matters, eh?) The hoppy aroma is actually tropical—I'm smelling hints of passionfruit and mango, though I'm not sure nothing has been added, and it's all subtle and complimentary. Great stuff. Oh, I drink it nearly room temperature and that helps a lot. Cold left it hard and more flavorless. Try it before it disappears.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: August 26, 2017... OCCASION: MST3K night... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... pours a hazy storm of sediment-laden orange-yellow body... a thick, creamy white body laces evenly... the aroma's storm swirls with mango, peach, lemon, and cracker make for a strong, alluring fruit basket... rings are left with some symmetry... the mouth puckers at first sip, with a viscous, oily, vibrant body... provides a reasonable finish, one that leaves a hoppy, tropical tang... besides mango, citrus, and lemon zest, wheat, cracker and earthy spice play a role in the profile... this is a Saranac I can actually get behind--the best of their summer sampler, and enough hops to qualify as an IPA...nothing really off-putting in this offering, and substantial enough at 6%...

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Photo of tobelerone
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This doesn't come across as an IPA to me at all, save a bit of lingering bitterness in the finish, but I like the beer. Very professionally done! Perfect feel and appearance, great crispness and dry finish coming on the heels of a flavor both moderately sweet and tart. Has the tropical fruit notes as indicated by the name and an aroma to boot. Yes it's a saranac beer contract brewed at F.X. Matt. This beer is tasty and refreshing and if it came from a small batch hyped can Brewery it would have higher ratings, although the current tally (just under 4) is probably pretty accurate.

Again doesn't present as an IPA, more of a fruit beer, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac Tropical Storm"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BB SEP 30, 2017" and sampled on AUG 13, 2017
$2 @ Giant, State College, PA

Look: Hazy golden body beneath a fluffy bright white head of foam that holds remarkably well and leaves impressive lacing about the glass.
Smell: Clearly "tropical" with notes of mango, guava, passionfruit, orange, and grapefruit.
Taste: With the addition of some sweetish golden malt the flavor remains as the aroma suggests with some additional papaya and melon. It's sweetish and fruity and utterly "tropical". This is of course at least partially due to the "natural flavor" that's been added. A firm to very firm bitterness balances it (the label lists 50 IBUs) and it finishes semi-dry as the sweetish malt erodes and the tropical fruits linger.
Feel: Medium-bodied, perhaps medium-light but with a dextrinous edge, and gently crisp.
Overall: Not a "hop bomb" because there's additional flavoring added, but extremely "tropical", and interesting and refreshing if overall a touch sweetish.

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Photo of hman43
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours yellow with a white head that has moderate head retention.

Smell: It has strong up front tropical aromas highlighted by pineapple and mango. There is a low scent of bread in the background.

Taste: The flavors has tropical and citrus notes that feature pineapple, mango, and citrus. There is a low bread note in the background and some lemon.

Feel: It has a moderate feel on the light side. The finish is moderately bitter with a slight sweetness to it.

Overall, it is a refreshing beer featuring the hop flavors with just enough maltiness to create a decent balance.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Nonic pint
rubbed out BB Date
L- a hazy blonde, with orange tints, inch thick head, with great retention, and nice lacing as well
S- mango, bubble gum
T- sweet bready malt, with some tropical notes, that lead into subtly spicy and slightly bitter finish
F- smooth creamy medium bodied
Overall a great interpretation if the NE style IPA and the best part was i didn't have to wait on line for it

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Hazy golden orange, topped by a tight white head. Not opaque or murky, but not transparent, either. A medium-plus haze that is translucent, but still quite hazy. Retention is moderate; the head dies down into a thin film, but the film remains permanently and there are wisps of lacing left down the glass.

S: Super juicy mango, some peach and papaya and apricot. A bit of zippy orange and lemon zest, lemon-lime soda, orange "drink"/watered down orange juice. There's an unobtrusive foundation of lightly bready malt, a cracker/white bread sense with a touch of toastiness; i.e. white bread crust; with perhaps the slightest twinge of honey sweetness. There's a nice honeydew melon and lemon cough drop note, and slight hop dankness of earth, leaning towards soft pine needles/pine-scented air freshener.

T: Upfront, you get some of that mango and peach, but it's a bit more subdued than the aroma. It's more like under ripe or watered down mango, peach, and orange juice. The honeydew melon note and even green grape are more prominent, and that altogether comes across as lemon-lime soda/orange drink. There's a very light crackery malt base, and near the finish it bitters out with grapefruit and orange pith. Finishes crisp and clean and slightly dry, with a very subtle watermelon note, before leaving the mouth tasting of grapefruit peel.

F: Feels medium and slightly creamy upfront, but lightens up as it passes across the palate and finishes almost watery. The carbonation is medium-light. You might just barely be able to tell oats or wheat were used in this, but just barely.

O: As Saranac's first attempt at a New England style IPA, I do have to give them props for this. It's a solid fruitiness-forward IPA with an excellent aroma. If the taste played out a bit better and the mouthfeel was a touch more substantial, this would be a world-class beer.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy pineapple-orange color with moderate white head and nice lacing.
I smell mango and citrus, maybe a hint of pineapple. Very pleasing aroma.
The taste follows suit with a slightly bitter hop finish. Overall, a very smooth easy-drinking tropical IPA.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy vibrant golden color with a one finger, creamy, bright white head. Retention is below average and there is very few thin hanging chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is excellent and the best part of this beer. Super dank mango is the star of the show with tangerine and citrus pith providing a formidable supporting cast. It honestly reminds me of a Trillium beer.

Taste is not nearly as good. It starts off very fruity and juicy that is cut off by a very bitter pithy finish. The mango comes off very artificial and overpowering, even more so as the beer warms.

Feel is light and slightly watery, but the finish is bitter and prickly from the carbonation making it seem a bit more full.

Overall this is a solid beer. I wish the taste matched the smell, but you can't win them all. At least I don't get that typical "Saranac taste" that I get from almost all of their other hoppy offerings.

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Saranac Tropical Storm IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 46 ratings