Saranac Rye IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 300
Photo of Kooz
1.48/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle with no glass available. Looks okay from the outside. Brown bottle, some head.

Smells boozy, not pleasant. Hints of hops.

Tastes bad. Burnt, too bitter, no real flavor, no depth.

Mouthfeel is what I've come to expect from Saranac--disappointing. Too much bite, no depth, just unpleasant.

Overall, this is not a good beer. I've grown tired of Saranac products. they all seem to be flat and one dimensional, ranging from "eh" to "ugh"--I won't venture down the Saranac path again unless I get them free, and then I'll only drink them to review them, until I find a good one.

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Photo of brystmar
1.84/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Afksports deserves another high five for this tick. I think?

Another nice pour with head and lace earns this brew some arbitrary beer geek points. Too bad everything else is absolutely awful. Aroma is relatively non-existant, though not offensively bad. Taste is, however. Skunky hops and malt remind me of a macro brewery, and I wish I hadn't taken a sip. This is a special kind of bad; my very first batch of homebrew was considerably better. What the fuck...

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Photo of bltzburgh
1.88/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not one of saranac's best in my opinion. Poured out in a weak yellow color with little head and pour lacing.

Aroma was weak and bitter.

The rye was very evidnet and possibly the one good thing that stood out in the brew. Hops were not focussed on and there was too much carbonation.

Don't get me wrong there were four in the variety pack and they did not go to waste, I've had worse commercial beers, just not expecting this from Saranac.

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Photo of corby112
2.06/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma that's kind of lacking in hops for an ipa. Subtle grassy character with a subtle grainy adjunct quality and sweet malt notes. Caramel, toffee, toast and nut but I'm not picking up much rye spiciness.

Medium bodied with a very dry, earthy/soily quality that provides a lot of unpleasant bitterness that lingers over the sicy rye and sweet malts into an overwhelming bone dry finish. Hop profile is one dimensional and rye is spicy without providing any interesting flavor. Underneath there's some sweeter malt notes with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut but these are overpowered by dirty hops, grainy adjuncts and astringent alcohol.

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Photo of Fnerk
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My familiarity/experience with IPA's of any sort is limited, therefore this review will undeniably be obscured somewhat by ignorance.

Appearance - pours a rich dark gold with a long-lasting head and good lacing on the glass.

Smell - Yum. Hops. I don't get much of the sense of rye notes, but that is because I'm unfamiliar with them. The smell is quite pleasant and citrusy however.

Taste - like the maple porter--while possessing a fine taste--this beer is cloying and is not balanced. Backing off on the boil a tad and thinning the brew out just a hair would keep it from overwhelming the palate.

Mouthfeel - again, heavy/syrupy, rather than creamy. The carbonation is really quite good, there just needs to be a lot of it to cut through the syrup.

Drinkability - I could only get one down, and as with the maple porter,this is actually a good-tasting beer. And again it is a seeming paradox, the beer being an example of how less is more is a precept that can often work with beers like this.

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Photo of Dmoore07
2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep copper color. Aroma was dominated by citrus with just a hint of malt. I didn't get much of the rye flavor in the beer. The hops were not quite right. The malt and hops were not well balanced and seemed to work against each other instead of playing off of one another. The mouthfeel was ok, nothing terrific. Overall, this beer didn't do it for me. Something was just a little bit off.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/15/09.

A - Pours a clear copper with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface

S - sweet malt, medicinal rye aroma, slight hint of hops

T - metallic taste, alot of rye giving a very dry taste

M - good carbonation, but the metallic mouthfeel is too much for me to ignore

D - not a good example of this type of beer, taste and mouthfeel is lacking

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Photo of PangaeaBeerFood
2.62/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass. The appearance was easily the best part of the beer. Crystal clear, without looking too watery or yellow. Has a nice goldish color to it that I find really enticing.

The smell is, hands down, the least enticing aspect of the beer. Little to no aroma to be found. Considering how the beer advertises it's intense hopping, you couldn't tell from the smell. Makes me think there's probably more early addition hops than late addition.

Taste follows through with what I expected. Abrupt bitterness from the early hops, with no complexity due to the lack of late hops. A run of the mill IPA flavor at best. Some spiciness from the rye, but nothing overly intriguing.

Mouthfeel is pretty average. Feels like a standard 5% ABV pale ale. A touch on the watery side, but not overly so.

I had no desire to go back for a second Rye IPA. By the end of the brew, as it warms up, the early hops become very apparent. The finish of the beer is just bitterness with not much else to hold on to.

Overall a pretty average beer. I'm no brewmaster, but if I had to take a crack at the issue here, it is that they decided to use low bitterness noble hops in an IPA, and boiled them particularly long to get all the utilization they could, increasing bitterness but killing complexity. I think this beer would be much better if they balanced the hops throughout the process more. But, again this is purely based on what I'm tasting, so who the hell knows.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

One of the better of the six new Saranac beers copped as part of a seasonal sampler... Although to be quite honest, there was very little hop presence or flavor profile with this brew... Bland and watered down with taste struggling to be noticed... Slight hints of citrus are barely evident... nothing special...

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"An IPA with a wry twist, Saranac Rye IPA is an aggressively hopped brew, sure to take your taste buds on an adventure. We've stepped away from the mold of typical IPAs and selected premium rye malt and a unique mix of spicy hops. Look for a crisp, brazen finish. Enjoy!"

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges clear and golden with a slight leaning toward amber. Topped with a fluffy and foamy stark white head. Generous amount of lacing line the glass and the retention is quite nice on this one.

Aroma isnt very IPA like. Some minty hops hit the nose followed by a generous dose of malt. I guess the rye adds some spiciness to the aroma but overall the beer is nothing special in the aroma.

I didnt like the flavor of this one either. It was immediately sour on the tongue with some green apple flavors. Astringent but fruity. Again, slightly spicy and bitter.

Maybe Saranac should go back to the mold of "typical IPAs" because this one wasnt very good. The worst of the sampler pack, in my opinon. Bitter and pithy and sour. Unbalanced and memorable only in a bad way.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of head. This beverage is amber in color. The hops are very faint. I can smell the bready malt quite easily along with some faint rye. The taste is kind of weak. I get some hops bitterness upfront, and it is followed by the sweet malt. It is average at best.


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Photo of musicforairports
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from this year's winter pack.

Very clear golden in color, looks kind of carbonated. Minimal head, scant lacing.

Smells sweet and rye-like. I don't really get hops here, despite the IPA in the name.

Tastes, to me, like kind of a pilsner with a bittersweet flavor reminiscent of a cider. Definitely some rye. Again, I don't really taste any particular kinds of hops. Finishes a bit bitter though, I guess.

Mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium. Nothing offensive here.

It's easy enough to drink, but I'd call this a rye pilsner.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Glassware: Yuengling pint; Occasion: O's?Yanks four-game seriees opens...Appearance: nicely effervescent copper body holds a generous, cloudy two-finger white head that laces quite nicely...Aroma: bright, punchy fragrance--alluring boquet...Palate: thin for an IPA, and fizzy and oily enough to sully the experience....Taste: mildly present; the taste is fleeting and not the spicy, hoppy mix that the label--or the scent--promised!...Overall: lacing nicely at its end, this beer's promise of a complex, interesting IPA fizzes into a watered-down, albeit comfortable, brew...would not seek it out for an evening....

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Photo of TheGarvenator
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
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 ToddT
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear pale copper in color, with a fluffy off white head. Head fades quickly to a cap and leaves a little lace on the glass.

S- Not a strong aroma at all, some floral hops and a hint of rye.

T- Bitter hops but one dimensional. I do not taste the rye at all.

M- Medium in body and decent carbonation, little hint of oil in the finish but not unpleasant.

D- Nothing that interesting to keep me wanting to drink it, not bad just boring. The 5.95% ABV is apparent either.

Nothing too special here.

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Photo of mjrod2142
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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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Photo of KajII
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pour a light golden amber in color , good amount of head with a bit of lacing

S - Sweet malt smell, a bit citrusy. Rye comes through with a deeper smell

T - Rye certainly comes through in the taste, a bit zesty. Very malty on the finish

M - Quite thick actually, the beer lingers in the mouth even after the swallow, drys out the mouth a bit afterward.

D - It's good to drink, but it's one I prefer to take my time with.

Overall - It's okay. Nothing spectacular, but pretty drinkable beer

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Photo of Suds
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This beer is a crystal clear, golden brew...fleetingly amber in hue with a white cap. Enticing..the aroma is clean and subtle. After a bit of coaxing (agitation and coaxing), the smell of grain, and herbal hops spring forth. Rye isn't immediately present, but it is detectable, if you look. The Tate is balanced. Firm and pleasant bitterness. Tongue-tingling carbonation, especially when mixed with the rye and hops. Still, the beer feels a bit thin and less than substantial. The beer is okay, just okay. Not great, and not bad.

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Photo of claspada
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas are slightly sweet malt; a bit more gentle than most IPAs, slight rye smell.

The taste is light and refreshing yet still has some very nice depth to it, finishes with the "dryness" of an IPA. It has a fairly strong carbonation tingle with a lingering bitterness on the edges and back of the tongue.

Nothing special; decent. Not a noteworthy Rye offering. No need to revisit.

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Photo of philbe311
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Two fingers worth of perfectly uniform mildly rich off-white froth... Decent retention... A vibrant orangish amber color... Light to moderate medium paced carbonation rise throughout... Not a bad looking brew...

S - Rather subdued... Some toasted malts... Caramel... A modicum of sweet orange... Cooked pizza dough... The rye component is limited to hint here and there...

T - Malty to start with notes of toasted malts and crust... Some graininess... Some floral notes... Perhaps just a tinge of hop presence... The potent spiciness of the rye which begins to assert itself midway through sits on the tongue and lingers well after the finish...

M - Starts a bit on the lush side and turns decidedly dry in an instant... Medium bodied... Dense... Prickly carbonation...

D - An average at best offering from Saranac... Not terrible, but not too many redeeming qualities either... Not one I would recommend or seek out again in the futuer...

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Photo of TheSSG
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, frothy, white head with minimal lacing. Hop aroma is subdued, citric in nature. Bright, golden hue (I was hoping for a darker amber hue on account of the Rye). Starts off fairly bitter with a grapefruit-like flavor, peaks in bitterness as the rye malt begins to show through, bringing a spicy characteristic into the mix. The finish is lingering bitterness that is reminiscent of citrus rind.

Not bad, but nothing great; a touch below average (for a Rye IPA). The hops are pretty much one dimensional here, and I'm not sure if such a bitter citrus highlights/compliments the rye so well.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear gold, thick white head that rose to just over a finger's length.

Smell: Light hops, little like cheap lager.

Taste: It is a little bitter, crisp toasted hop taste but also light. Has light floral feel but there's room for improvement.

Mouth: Like a mentioned before toasty, its has a lightly toasted bread finish that compliments it's bitterness.

Overall: Not a bad beer but there is more out there to enjoy. I am definitely not knocking it; no way in hell I will say no to this if offered. You be the judge

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Photo of eporter66
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Bright gold color, with a 1 finger head that receeded quickly. Little lacing left on the glass

S - Struggled with this one, yeasty bread smell, not much in the way of citrus or spice.

T - Kind of bland taste, seems like it might hit you and as you wait for it, it flattens out. I was waiting for more bite, but it's just not there.

M - Light mouthfeel, with nice tingly carbonation

D - These go down rather easy, and there is nothing bad about this beer at all, good session drinking. Unfortunatly, there is nothing really memorable either

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from 12 beers of winter 12 pack.

Pours a slightly off hue yellow red which is interesting, about 1 finger of off white head and nice lacing around the glass.

Smells kinda funky to me maybe its the Rye i don't know. Hops are here as well but kind of hidden by the rye.

Taste almost exactly like it smells really bitter(in a rye bread way not hops) and the hops are more or less hidden behind the array of ingedients used in this brew.

Mouthfeel is of an average IPA nothing to write home about.

I have one more of these in my fridge its not my favorate beer but its not my most hated either. Basically an IPA with a seriously rye bread twist.

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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 300 ratings