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

From the 12 Beers of Winter case. Had one last night but decided not to review it then.

A: The IPA is a brilliant amber color, more orange hues than brown running through it. The IPA is remarkably clear. A half a finger of lace didn't do much.

S: The aroma has two characteristics that stick out. First, it has the Saranac ale yeast aroma that is nearly identical to all pale, and india pale ales. Second, rye and a short dose of strong citrus hops add a pleasing aroma, however short-lived it may be.

T: Again, the ale is a combination of the house Saranac yeast and a fuller IPA body. The house flavor is mildly sweet, almost ringwood. The IPA side is more vibrant, more bitter. Rye and pale malts are bready. The hops are fuller, citrusy but not in an in-your-face way. The ale's aftertaste is mildly sweet, more of the house ale taste.

M: The mouthfeel has moments of clarity but generally the rye and hop flavors are few and far between.

D: The IPA's alcohol level is reasonably low; I'd have no issues working through a couple. The only problem would be that the ale tastes like most Saranac ales.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this chilled from the 12oz into a mug

A - A refulgent amber w/ great clarity, visible carbonation is apparent rising quickly upward. A frothy, sudsy ecru cream caps the ale w/ average sized bead. The retention is good and lace clings well

S - A fruity malt odor w/ a mildly yeasty ester is noted w/ a mildly floral hop influenced nose w/ subtle spice tones. The scent has mild stone fruit accents w/ slight woody hint in the background

M - The feel is very effervescent, slightly fruity w/ subtle bitterness and light soapiness w/ clean bitter finish and medium bodied w/ moderate sweetness

T - The taste has a crisp, and slightly lemony flavor w/ citrus peel and floral notes that come forward w/ subtle spiciness and light rye flavor w/ a cascade hop tinge and mild soapiness after the swallow. The taste is lightly sweet w/ mild fruit and hints of grassiness in the hops w/ slight bitterness lingering in the finish

D - A pretty tasty beer, not exeptional, but when I need a hop fix I could see this fitting the bill. The drinkability is pretty good considering it is sufficiently bitter in comparison to other Saranac products -worth a try

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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 PangaeaBeerFood
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
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 deruiz10
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - 1.5" white, soapy head reduced quickly to a finger. Surprisingly sticky, left great lacing. Pour is golden amber, quite effervescent and clear.

S - Fresh strawberries and malt with a hint of those rye hops.

T - Moderate hop strength, but flowery flavors more than spicy. Malts just hint of sweetness, but the dominating flavor is the rye hops, which slowly fades to a lingering aftertaste of marmalade. Not very complex, but focused in the right direction.

M - Good weight and carbonation, well done for maximum effect.

D - Though the bottle claims "aggressively hopped," the rye hops are actually quite mild as IPAs go and the overall effect is good. Crisp and pleasing to the palate, this would make a good IPA for when you want something pleasing but aren't feeling too hoity-toity.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac Rye IPA poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A light copper in color with a good amount of soapy foam and lace work.

Very light aroma of malt sweetness and grains.

Flavors of peppery rye and earthy hop compete for dominance. Both meld together well with a sharp spiciness. Suggestions of tart grapefruit. Sweet grains and malt lay in the background.

Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

A decent rye beer with an earthy hop presence. Solid sessionable beer that is a healthy addition to Saranac's arsenal.

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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 oberon
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear full golden with one finger white head atop,aroma is lacking in my mind,a bit of floral hop and toasted grain is about all I could detect.The hops are a bit more pronounced flavor-wise but it lacks any real rye bite in my opinion,there is a firm lightly sweet malt base as well.Its not bad, but it doesnt show off enough of the rye element in my mind.

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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 mnrider
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown Bottle. Pint Glass

A: Pours a clear golden color. Ample amount of carbonation as it creates a one finger creamy white head. After a few minutes the head disappears. A nice amount of lacing is left down the glass.

S: Malts and hops. A little citrusy. Very mild aroma.

T/M: Alot of hops, but still mild. Well balanced with the rye malts. Light bodied with a watery aftertaste.

D: Very easy to drink, almost to easy. Hops and malts are really to weak for this style. I like em with more hops. Still decent and not bad to drink.


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Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold in color, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear

Smell: rye, bread, citrus hops--the scent is not as strong as I would have hoped for

Taste: Follows the scent, but the flavors are more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: super smooth, medium carbonation, very light/borderline watery, slightly bitter end

Drinkability: This one is pleasant and tasty. The rye and hops are there, but they are not overpowering. A solid B beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden copper hue with a bright two fingered thick white head leaves thick chunky lacing with each sip. Aromatics are a bit tame here sweet spicy rye with nice upfront bready malt tones and in the back ground comes some floral earthy hops. Flavor is nice with the kick of rye amongst the malts, not real hoppy but nice. It's got a complex spice rye character with the bitterness coming late and sticking around between sips. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils and it is medium bodied with very moderate carbonation levels. Drinkability overall is solid a complex holiday drinking experience with this sampler. I wouldn't mind a six of this offering to appear eventually there needs more Rye IPA out there.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is my first Rye IPA.. pretty good beer. Great lacing and nice golden color to it, a bit more subdued hop wise than the typical IPA but has a bit different of a taste to it. Nice spiciness to this one too.. just not the usual bitterness, which is good for a change of pace but I do love it. Nice solid, drinkable beer.. can't go wrong with this one.

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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 magnj
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light Amber, clear as can be, generous off-white head.

S - Somewhat spicy, very low hop aroma out of the fridge.

T - Really clean and mild for an APA let alone an IPA. Rye is present but restrained, somewhat vegetal in the finish with no bite.

M/D - Very thin body, hardly any residual sugar. Easy to drink, wouldn't guess 6% ABV. Overall drinkable and cheap but nothing IPA, and very little Rye about it.

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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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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 puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 2649-1444. Sampled on November 14, 2009. It pours bronze-amber with decent clarity but little to no head. A bready, weakly spiced, and thinly hopped aroma greets the nose. For an IPA the hoppy aroma is noticeably absent. The mouthfeel is smooth but of medium texture. The taste includes a little bit of malts but overall it is tart. The hop finish is there but weak. Not like most IPA's I have tried.

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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 ujsplace
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: Nice meringue pie fluff that has descent staying power, leaves pretty nice lacing. Pale caramel copper in color.

S: Hearty herbal bitter hops, hint of rye.

T: Smooth up front with a nice, bitter hop finish.

M: Medium/light, crisp and nice carbonation.

D: I really like this and could easily see myself getting a case of this. For non-hop lovers, they may be better served with something a bit more balanced.

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Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jdmek9 for this extra.

Poured into Rare Vos glass.

Pours 1 finger of fizzy beige head that lasts a few minutes before fading down. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a clear pale orange copper. I would have expected this to be darker.

Aroma: Very faint rye, with additions of notes of an ipa. Grassy hops, citrus, and caramel. Bready malts as well.

Taste: A lot of sharp citrus up front. The rye kicks in well here, a lot more than in the nose. Nice amount of grassy/floral hops here. A lot of caramel and bready malts as well. At the end, I get a soapy taste.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth and creamy for an ipa, hardly any bite to it. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, very fizzy over the tongue. Ends with a very sticky rye and hop flavored aftertaste.

Overall, I was a little let down by this one because I have had other Rye IPAs and I expected this one to compare a little bit, but the ingrediants didn't seem to flow. It wasn't bad, just not what I expected. Glad I got to try it. Thanks Jason.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: yellow/orange color, very clear, 2 finger white head, good lacing down the glass.

S: some piney hops and also malt graininess. it has a balanced smell. hop aroma is more subdued.

T: it has an initial bitterness. the flavor is more of the piney hops that blends well with the malt flavors, and with a slight spiciness as well.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: decent beer. much better than what i was anticipating based on my past experience with Saranac. the winter 12 pack has been really good. i'd drink it again.

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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 Zraly
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw hue with a pocky off-white head. Nice head retention and lacing. Decent hoppy smell.

Flavor is a bit spicy and with a hint of rind, backed by a solid malt base. The malt backbone is a bit on the grainy side, and momentarily reminds me of eating a slice of whole wheat bread. Hops tastes of spice and orange rind, with a dry and clean finish. Body is a bit thin for the style, but if you are looking for something a bit lighter (IPA light?), this might fit the bill.

Another decent piece of the winter seasonal pack. I'd like this with some whole wheat pizza.

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Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey straw color with a tight white head that settles into a light cap. The aroma is of a grainy pale malt with a touch of rye spice and grassy hops. I was expecting more of a hop aroma from an AIPA. The taste of a grainy malt, a bit fruity, some lemon and rye spice, and a grassy hop which finishes with an asprin bite. The brew has a light to moderate body with plenty of fizzy carbonation; finishes a tad dry and bitter. A decent AIPA, better than their traditional offering. I was expecting a bit more rye flavor perhaps more body. Noticable hop presence though not a big fan of the hop profile. Overall, not bad.

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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 298 ratings.
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