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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Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
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 +24.8%
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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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
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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Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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 +21%
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 +20.1%
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 +19%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Photo of yesyouam
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Photo of tlinner
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was golden pale urine. Light layer of frothy white lacing that lasted for about 75 percent of the pour. Decent amount of soaky, suddy film on the sides.

Smelled of sharp spicy bitter hops up front. Then got lemon, lime and pine hops. Kind of digging the smell, but I have a bad feeling this isn’t going to end well. It reminded me slightly of a Double Take IPA.

The taste surprisingly held up better than I thought it would. Got lemon, lime and pine hops, with a semi-healthy dose of rye hops as well. Reminded me of iced tea as all rye hops do to me. Much more smooth than the smell to start, which gives way to a slightly bitter, but balanced finish.

Medium body. Oily texture, but seemed to have be watery as well. Average carbonation. Clean, crisp finish with some slight bitterness.

A pretty good beer, really perfect for June or July. I was pleasantly surprised at its drinkability.

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Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Brew pours a light amber, with white fluffy head.

Brew has a sweet hop and rye smell. Has a bready scent as well. Nice head and lace retention.

Brew has a very smooth dense flavor and moothfeel. Has a good floral hop flavor, has a nice balance of the rye and the hops. Bready flavor.

This brew is very drinkable and very good. Nice.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a clear, orange/gold color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and floral notes. Good IPA aroma.

T - It tasted of bitter piney hops with some nice rye notes and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice rye IPA. I've really been impressed with some of the new releases from Saranac.

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Photo of kegger22
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac Rye IPA was clear amber in color with an off-white head that reduced to a collar.

The aroma was citrus hops and a little malty sweetness.

The taste definitely leaned toward the hops; the grapefruit skin bitter variety, just a bit of maltiness in a vain attempt at balance. As it warmed, the bitterness increased in the after taste.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and well carbonated.

Drinkability was good with good taste, good ABV and great value.

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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 DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid Golden yellow slightly dark with mild head that fourms to a good lace ring

S - From the bottle neck I can detect mild pine hops and spicy rye. Upon second whiff I can detect a calm malt base with a mild caramel sweetness.

T - Not bad. Hops are pretty subdude but there and the rye is not very dry. The malt base it pretty sold concieling a bit of the hop bitterness. Very good.

M - I thought it was pretty medium bodied.

D - I was actually impressed with this offering from Saranac. The hops were average but it drank pretty good for a rye beer. Excellent

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a light amber color. Kind of a nice hue, but rather transparent and simple. Pretty good lacing, however.

S - A pretty straightforward malty nose with some citrus hops and a bit of rye bread.

T - It tastes good, some nice hope character which is pretty well balanced by maltiness. A definite bitter citrus aftertaste.

M - Very light, a bit thin.

D - Really easy to drink, nothing offensive or overpowering about this beer.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like Saranac. They always live up to whatever style they make, at least meeting the standard of each style. So when I saw this, a unique take on IPA with some rye introduced, I wanted to try.

A=Pale yellow to light orange. IPAs should always be darker in appearance. Decent but minimal head, OK lacing.

T&S= Bitter hops do come through, balanced by some malt then the rye, which is surely noticeable. Prety good, unique twist to an other average IPA.

M=Medium to above carbonation, average body for IPA.

Lighter on alcohol than most IPAs, but quit good, at least meets the standard. Can enjoy having more than a few.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

closing out the 12 beers of winter variety pack.

A- a golden yellow uplifting brew with a major frothy head that slowly recides and leaves lacing. I like the looks of it

S- some good hop resin with lemony scents rising too. Not very overwhelming though

T- good spices with the piney hops staring alongside. There is a slight zip of some fruity yeast as well as dryness at the end. I like this

M- a creamy and crisp combination that is not too rough with the carbonation

D- Rye IPA is not as crafted as you would want for the style. Still, it has some zest and is drinkable. I would try again

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Photo of Kinsman
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden/bronze color with a moderate white head. Poor head retention

S: Spicy hop notes up front, a little fruity also

T: Rye malt makes this one a little bit different than most IPAs, however the hops really define the flavors in this beer. Earthy and spicy, which is pretty typical for the german hops used.

M: Solid medium body, however a little too much carbonation

D: A very drinkable IPA, doesn't make you "hopped" out after one.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light golden color with a finger of big bubble slightly off white head. Sticky amount of lace all around the glass. Aroma is malty sweet, spicy, earthy and citrusy with hops. Taste is a nice blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Slight lingering taste of bitter hops is left on the palate. You can really notice the different blends of hops as it isn't just an in your face amount of bitterness but a blend of different types of hop character that were onset by the aroma. Individual tastes of the hops are present just like in the nose: spice, earthiness and citrus. Medium feel with this beer and moderate carb. This is really quite drinkable and very enjoyable. I am not certain the rye aspect is what brings out all the complexity of the aroma and taste, but it certainly is a good mix.

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Photo of mklinger
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. This is a very pretty beer. Thick rich head, very clear pale amber color with nice bubbles. Leaves great lacing behind.

Aroma is also really good. Certainly exceeds my expectation -- citrus, rye, and spice all melded together.

Flavor is good. Lots of hop bitterness, slightly piney, less citrus and more spice in the taste. There is also a slight astringency that put me off a bit. I think it's a hop astringency, but I can't quite place it. A bit sour.

Mouthfeel is fine, a bit low on the malty, dextrinous mouthfeel but pretty good. Drinkability suffers because of the flavor problem I had with this beer.

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