Saranac Rye IPA
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA
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American IPA
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3.43 | pDev: 13.41%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA
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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 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 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 WesWes
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It really doesn't have much of an aroma at all. It has a basic pale malt scent with little else. I think the rye and hops have cancelled each other out. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with a strange rye/hops flavor. It's a filtered beer and I think the flavors are muted because of it. Either that, or they decided on only a light rye addition. Usually, the malt bill is more complex as well. This is quite pale and light in mouthfeel. It's a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average rye IPA. I'm not really impressed with this beer.

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

From a $12 12pk, 6 styles. 12oz into pint glass.

A- A clear, golden color with an inch of pretty decent, thick foam.

S- Maybe my sinuses are shot, but I'm not getting much out of this. Grassy hops, but very mild.

T- Better. A solid, if not earth-shattering IPA. Actually, it's pretty hoppy considering. No rye to be found... well, maybe a little pepper here or there. Still, hop profile is more complex than I would have expected. Citrus, pine, and a bit of peppery hops. Must be the rye. Pale malt is juuust enough to be well-balanced.

M- Decent, good carbonation, no complaints.

D- Fairly high, I'd drink a couple of these easy. Impressive, Saranac! Way better than the DIPA of theirs I had, I'll buy this one again. These new Saranac styles are leaps and bounds above what I remember Saranac being... both this and the Maple Porter were very good beers.

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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 animal69
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a fairly clear med. gold color w/ a thin white cap which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lace in my snifter

S- smell is predominately "herbal" hops with notes of bready cereal grains and spicy rye

T- the initial bitterness is a bit overdone, crisp and spicy malts don't quite balance the hops, some grassy hop flavor and a touch of rye, a bit metallic and soapy in the finish, not sure noble hops belong in an IPA tho

M- a slightly dry, light-med bodied brew w/ a fair amount of co2

D- not impressed at first, but it grows on you quickly, a very drinkable one here

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden color with a one finger fluffy white head that lingers.

S - Many pilsener qualities in the nose. Rye, grass, and grainy qualities mostly. Some citrusy hops and spice.

T - Pretty bitter for an IPA but balanced nicely with a biscuity backbone. Has a spicy kick to it that isn't typical for an IPA, as the label prepared me for. Citrus hops and lots of grain/rye taste. Crisp and refreshing, this reminds me alot of a Bohemian pilsener more than an IPA.

M - Crisp and pretty light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - I could definitely session this but I think the bitterness and spicy grain aspect would wear on me after a couple.

Overall, definitely a step up over other IPAs they have made (not counting their Imperial IPA which is a standard in my fridge). So far there isn't a single brew in the winter pack that I haven't dug!

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

A. Poured a clear dark straw, with an one finger white fluffy head. Decent lacing on the glass

S. Rye, grass, cereal

T. Bitter hops, rye, grain, cereal, not very sweet. Crisp and refreshing, with some esters peeking through.

M. Medium bodied, grainy. Good carbonation, slightly dry.

D. A good brew by Saranac. I will have some more of this brew this year as the 12 beers of winter pack is definatley a hit with me.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-yellow, with a finger and a half of white head. A little paler than I expected. Fairly slowly subsiding head. Good lacing.

Smell: Biscuity and honey malt scents, with some citrusy, spicy hops. The malt seems to dominate the aroma, however. Mild, though.

Taste: A nice bitterness throughout, with some bready malt in the background. Very balanced. A nice, slightly spicy kick in the finish. The aftertaste is fairly strong. Some mild citrus interspersed throughout. Not very full-flavored, overall.

Mouthfeel: Crisp on the tongue, good carbonation.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this. The rye adds a little variety to the style. This isn't a typical IPA, in that its much more balanced than most, but its an enjoyable, easy drinking beer.

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