Saranac Rye IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.95%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle but it did come in the new 2009 winter pack so I have a good idea of how fresh it is.

Appearance: It has a light amber body with very good clarity. The head is just off white in color, tall and foamy. It has a good two finger thickness which hangs on well and makes lots of nice lace patters on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a mellow hint of dark rye bread and very mild hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a light bready malt base with mild clover honey like sweetness that lets the flavor of the rye come through. Spicy and dry leafy hop flavor comes in close to and into the finish which also has a balanced hop bitterness lingering for a while. Its body has a good medium feel with just enough soft carbonation.

Notes: The Saranac Rye IPA has very good balance of flavors but I think hop heads will be looking for a little more hop flavor. Still, I feel that this is a wonderful beer and a very drinkable Rye IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as parts a winter mixed 12 pack

Pours an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Floral hops, plus peppery rye & a touch of lemon as this warms

T: Spicy peppery rye up front, plus biscuitty malt & floral hops up front. Slight honey malt flavor, plus some pear riding along with all that peppery rye & a bit of lemon as this warms. Finishes crisp, slightly peppery & slightly sweet & juicy/fruitty

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Great drinkability could stay on this a while, maybe the best beer I've had from these guys!

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saranac- Rye IPA

A- Bight clear orange with a nice thick heavy lacing head. Light carbonation.
S- Heavy carroway seed rye with a touch of caramel malt and pine hops.
T- Big crisp strong spicy carroway seed rye and black pepper with a caramel malt and a sweet sugary pine hop body. Finishes hoppy with a fresh rye.
M- Thick rye with sweet thick malt. Good crisp sweet pine/ citrus hops in the ned.

Overall- Nice Rye presence! I'm slightly prejudice here cause of my love of Rye, but this was delicious! The Rye was fresh, bold, and present throughout! Possibly my favorite Saranac beer! (and my 36th different offering to boot)

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4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- It has a good foamy, white head and some lacing. Goldish/red in color. Fairly bubbly.
S- Appleish scent to it.
T- It has an extremely unique taste. The rye definitely comes through. There's also a sweet, almost apricot hoppy taste to it. Not like many beers I've had. Very unique in it's style.

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4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a seasonal 12-pack at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a crystal-clear yellow-amber body with a good inch of off-white head. Smells piney herbal hoppy with some rye to balance. Herbal minty citrus hops play equal parts with a fair bit of rye and nuttiness. Light to medium bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Fairly drinkable. I thought this beer would be less drinkable and more astringent, but this actually turns out to be a super IPA with just enough rye flavor to make it interesting. Well-done!

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Photo of Electros
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Rye IPA's this one I loved. I have been the FX Matt Brewery, and every time I am NYS I pick up there seasonal sampler and this was including, unfortunately no 'Willie-Wonka-Golden-Bottle', but still a solid offer.

Great colour, amber brown, nice head retention on pour, smell ust right, no over power, but gave the intent, subtle initial flavour but instantly the hops were there but didn't over power the malt, crisp finish.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass after a lengthy rest outside the fridge on the counter. A hard, two-part pour produced a nice fluffy head atop a perfectly clear gold colored liquid. Very minimal carbonation rising up. Aroma includes orange rind, pine cone, rye bread, and grass. Flavor starts off with some citrusy sweetness, followed by the spicy rye, and finishing with a lingering piney bitterness that sticks to the tonge for quite a while. Feel in the mouth is medium with a fluffy carbonation. This IPA is a good drinker for those who enjoy a bold, spicy ale with a bitter bite. I applaud this new release from Saranac. Keep the interesting brews coming!

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Photo of MVotter
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The Saranac Rye Pale Ale pours into a chalice a light gold color with a cream colored, thin head.

S - Alcohol, sweet malts, yeast.

T - Sweetish malts and hops at first, then a hint of green apple, and a finally a more bitter biting back. Very interesting profile ... maybe even a mild tobacco flavor in the finish. Whoa.

M - Plenty of carbonation in this brew ... medium feel, excellent dry finish (sipping frequency acceleration warning ... hehe).

D - Very drinkable. At 5.95% abv, this brew is a great pick for sessioning this winter season. Another new addition to the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter Pak; may have just taken first place amongst my favorites in the 12-pak.


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4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, I'm reviewing a BT! Leave me alone, CAN you?

My pour created a fluffy two-fingers' worth of bone white head with good retention. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was brilliant - slightly hoppy with a decent rye bite. Mouthfeel was medium with a pronounced hoppy bitterness up front and a spicy rye bite on the finish. Damn! Could they make this more often? I am a big fan of their sampler packs, but I could really drink this beer as a regular thing.

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4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saranac Rye IPA is a dense, clear, solid golden ale with a soft, chunky off white head that has oily bubbles; outstanding retention and lacing. It has a spicy, grassy, floral aroma that has a little note of black pepper. It's medium bodied and quite smooth with a clean finish. It's reasonably bitter, dry, spicy and peppery with notes of orange peel and coriander. It has a long, but gentle, bitter aftertaste. It's quite drinkable; not a real sock knocker, but tasty.

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4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale copper color with about two fingers of light beige head. Keeps a very full, thick lace and leaves a ton of stick on the sides, with some nice rings as the beer is consumed.

Smell is floral and grassy, with a nice spicy rye character and some citrus hops. Some sweet caramel too.

Flavor doesn't have as much hop quality as I'd like in an IPA, but what is there is nice and the rye is well done in this beer. Adds some spicy character to go along with a biscuit and lightly sweet caramel malt base. Hops are grassy and citrusy and there is a good amount of bitterness. Lots of spicy rye character mingling with the hop bitterness in the finish. I'd like just a bit more hop flavor, but this is quite good as is.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied and smooth. It's dry in the finish with some lingering herbal and rye bitterness.

I think this beer is well brewed but could also use more hops. It is quite good as is, but would be very good if the hop bill were amped up a bit, especially to give it more citrus flavor. I think Saranac has the makings of a real winner here; this is already better than their standard IPA, but could be really special with just a bit of tweaking. Another nice beer out of this Winter 12 pack.

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4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As Saranac's go, this one isn't half bad. It pours an amber yellow with a faint head and little lace. The smell is of hops and citrus, with some faint berries and wheat. The taste is initially of a standard IPA, albeit weak, but leaves with a crisp, pilsner-like breadiness. The "weakness" of this beer's hop taste actually serves it some good, as I could understand if a person preferred an IPA that wasn't quite as harsh as most offerings.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear medium copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retenion and lacing.

The smell featured a light herbal hop spice and a zesty grainy malt.

The taste was likewise grainy with a multilayered spice attributable to the rye and herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was thinner side of the style but well carbonated.

Overall a tasty hop forward IPA. Spicy rather than citrusy.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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