Saranac Rye IPA
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #6,769
Ranked #45,347
3.43 | pDev: 13.41%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA
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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 300
Reviews by acurtis:
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Photo of mjrod2142
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

This beer has a surprisingly light color and was almost apple juice looking. There was almost no head. The aroma was underwhelming. It smelled like a Budweiser to me.

The taste much better than I expected. It had a nice bitterness bite, but nothing about it really jumped out at me. It did have a nice mouthfeel and a decent aftertaste that lingered.

But really, I can't see myself wanting this beer again. If you're interested in Rye IPAs, go with Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Ale.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden-amber color with a two finger white head and tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a good level of retention slowly fading over time to leave a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is a mix of rye bread and some aromas of sweet caramel. Mixed with these aromas are some moderately strong aromas of grapefruit and floral hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and lighter rye taste upfront. There is a very small amount of caramel upfront but this fades very fasting leaving a rather dry and bready taste overall. With the drying out of the brew, so too comes the hop. Initially there is a little bit of a grassy hop taste which grows stronger as the flavor advances to the end. Along with the grassy hop so to comes some grapefruit and a little bit of a floral hop flavor. The grapefruit hop grows the strongest at the end leaving a light rye bread and moderately hopped dry taste on the tongue

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. Both were appropriate for the style and matched the flavor profile rather well.

Overall – An OK rye, although a little light on the rye and a bit too on the drier side for me.

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Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark gold; a lot of carbonation rising to the top; a quarter of an inch of loose, soap-like, foamy head; decent retention

S - a bit grainy, herbal, grassy

T - grainy; very faint, peppery rye; herbal; piny; mildly spicy hops; smooth, bitter finish

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

The label advertises an "aggressively hopped brew" but the hop character is pretty average for an IPA. The rye is noticeable, but it's very faint. With a more forward, fuller flavor this would be a much better beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with abundant thick and creamy white head. Smells of spicy hops and slight citrus.

Taste- The rye malt suprisingly compliments the hops very well. The bready malty taste enters on the front with bitterness of the hops lingering on the back end. This is very well paired, nothing overpowers. Mouthfell is solid as well.

I'm usually not an IPA fan but the rye malts gives this a smooth balance, even for those who aren't big fans of lots of hops! I would drink this one again!

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Photo of TheHopMonster
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time ever trying a rye IPA. Let me just say it should be in a class of its own.

Poured a very clean light orange with plenty of bubbles and a very sturdy foamy white head. Retention is probably the best I have every seen.

Smells very mellow, not too over powering, with a minimal use of aroma hops, It smells of bread and a subtle background of citrus.

The taste of this IPA is what really threw me through a loop. It was bitter up front but with an extremely clean finish. Like most IPA's the bitterness sticks with you long after you have been done drinking but this was the complete opposite. Instead of bitterness you got a very clean malty finish. Very unique in an IPA.

Overall a very different form of an IPA, I can say it is definitely an experience.

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Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of 1BadblueSS
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TheGarvenator
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a light golden color with a head only around the brim of glass

S - smells like malt and hops

T - very bitter taste...leaves an aftertaste just as bitter....this is mostly dominated by hops creating that crisp bitter taste

M - medium bodied, its still carbonated and not really impressive...

This is probably the lightest tasting IPA I've ever had and its not really impressing me as much as i thought it would...the hops seem to overtake the malt in taste and stings the mouth...its not terrible but its not fantastic

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Photo of Rschis16
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow or straw in color with a decent little white head. Lacing on the glass. The smell is of some hops and an odd malt smell that I can't put my finger on. The rye malt possibly?

Spicy hop profile that is bitter on the back end of it. An impressive and unique malt backbone that adds to the spice. Very crisp and clean in the feel, very dry in the finish, making the overall feel of this beer refreshing and easy to drink despite a somewhat odd aftertaste. The rye malt is robust enough to stand out nicely among spicy hops that kind of back off to let the malts through. But make no mistake, this is an IPA. Unique beer, definitely wouldn't say no to this one.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a DFH Shaped Pint Glass

A: Pours a light golden color with about 2 inches of thick creamy white head. leaves a very nice amount of lacing

S: Slightly sweet scent a bit more gentle than most ipas, slight rye smell

T: light and refreshing yet still has some very nice depth to it, finishes with the "dryness" of an ipa

M: Strong carbonation tingle with a lingering bitterness on the edges and back of the tongue

D: Pretty easy drinking brew

Overall, didnt knock my socks off but was a good well rounded quality brew, just what ive come to expect from Saranac

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Photo of vfgccp
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden honey color. Pure white head that pours about four fingers high and peaks and laces well.

S - Sweet malt, slight touch of floral honey. Surprisingly little hop.

T - Hop bitters up front, but mildly so. Soft bready malt. Slightly waxy. Some toast and citrus round out the finish with a light bitterness.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a light body.

D - Very drinkable with a nice flavor balance.

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Photo of deonreds
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of bubseymour
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

This Rye IPA looks beautiful in a glass. A perfectly clear beer with no murkiness or hazy and a pretty orange brown tone with nice head. It has a pleasant very light hoppy smell of an IPA. Taste is somewhat lacking in powerful flavor but it does have good IPA qualities to it. Not overly bitter and very little aftertaste. A respectable IPA in my book. Far from world class, but definitely not a bad beer either. And another plus, Saranac's usually seeme to be marked slightly cheaper than other comparable IPA's on the market.

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Photo of Wamesit
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright gold/near amber with a thick white nearly rocky head that gives way to moderate lacing.

S - Bready nose, I didn't pick up anything from the rye malts. Some grassy and citrus hops.

T - Subdued but balanced. I expected more hops bitterness as well as, and in turn, more spice from the rye malts. The rye is present after the smooth sweet pale maltiness, it combats with the hops in the finish but I am left wanting from this sub-style.

M - Medium. Proper carbonation.

D - Refreshing, no doubt, and hopheads like myself may be left wanting more but I could see more gentle palates finding this a nice change of pace from the regular American IPA.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of stella77artois
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Part of Saranac's 12 Beers of Summer pack.

A - Pours a dark golden yellow. Approximately 2 inch head, which dissipated very slowly.

S - Malted rye is a main ingredient, and it's very noticeable. Next to nothing for hops.

T - Malted rye with a bit of a sour aftertaste. Though this is an IPA, I didn't notice a whole lot of strong hop flavor. It was there, just not much of it. Not a whole lot going on. Not offensive, just not a lot of flavor.

F - Not bad, easy on the throat and tongue. Leaves just a touch of dryness. Good feeling summer beer / thirst quencher.

O - Not a bad beer, but it's nothing I'll ever buy on it's own. I admit, I'm slightly biased, as I'm not the biggest fan of rye beers. However, I won't mind drinking the other bottle of this from the sampler. Decent rye beer, decent for summer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a semi-bright, crystal clear, straw-gold coloring with a frothy, sparse, bright white surface coat of head. Brighter coloring than most Rye IPAs I've seen. The nose has a pretty significant grain character, both roasty and toasty, with a peppery and slightly resiny ribbon throughout. Flavors are bitter and resiny on the forward tongue, with a peppery spiced character at the end of the palate. Heavy grain/rye backbone, with a frothy, light feel in mouth. The aftertaste has a tangy, slightly bitter tone to it, with a frothy, light finish. Subtle dryness at the end of the palate. Not bad, but a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a one finger head that quickly went away but clung nicely.

S - Citrus hop, really mild malt.

T - Citrus again. Light malt, then medium as it warms. Rye adds a nice after taste that doesn't last too long (but enough)... hence the crispness mentioned on the bottle description.

M - Sharp carbonation

D - Very drinkable

Take your time with this one. It's true assests come out upon warming.

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Photo of BryanK
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of bluehende
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of KajII
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear golden amber with an average (1-2 finger) white frothy head that reduced to a large puddle and small collar with good streaky lacing.

The aroma was kind of mild with a light grain and bread malts, grassy hops and an earthy yeast along with a note of caramel and a slight rye spiciness.

The taste was lightly malty with a hint of a caramel sweetness in the beginning, maturing slightly with a mild hoppiness and a light rye presence right at the end. The flavor was average in duration with a light spicy bitterness lingering for only a short while.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery and mildly dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall this brew had very little rye flavor and just a light bitterness which pretty much made it an OK brew, but really nothing special...

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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 300 ratings