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 vfgccp
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden honey color. Pure white head that pours about four fingers high and peaks and laces well.

S - Sweet malt, slight touch of floral honey. Surprisingly little hop.

T - Hop bitters up front, but mildly so. Soft bready malt. Slightly waxy. Some toast and citrus round out the finish with a light bitterness.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a light body.

D - Very drinkable with a nice flavor balance.

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Photo of ToddT
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
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 daliandragon
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours pretty with a bubbled white head atop a golden amber body. Nose is sour rye malt pitted against floral hops.

Some citrus and cleansing bitterness make this one worthwhile. It's not a west coast uber IPA but is a decent option with a rye twist. Mouthfeel is thick but slightly overcarbonated. The Saranac mixed pack seems slightly better than a few years ago. I'm glad they got that "stale water" problem figured out.

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Photo of claspada
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
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 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 emmasdad
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of rye, earthiness, spicy hops and pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of rye, earthiness, spicy hops and light pine with a crisp dry lingering bitter rye finish.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a nice foam head that leaves rings of lace down the glass.

S- There is plenty of rye malt in the nose and it leaves a slightly sour smell. Not much in terms of hop fragrance.

T- Some bitterness upfront with some pine flavors that eventually round out to a bready caramel sweetness in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden but I was expecting more from the rye and the hops.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

D- This was a decent beer but I really thought that the rye malt and hops would shine more in the flavor profile.

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

First time ever trying a rye IPA. Let me just say it should be in a class of its own.

Poured a very clean light orange with plenty of bubbles and a very sturdy foamy white head. Retention is probably the best I have every seen.

Smells very mellow, not too over powering, with a minimal use of aroma hops, It smells of bread and a subtle background of citrus.

The taste of this IPA is what really threw me through a loop. It was bitter up front but with an extremely clean finish. Like most IPA's the bitterness sticks with you long after you have been done drinking but this was the complete opposite. Instead of bitterness you got a very clean malty finish. Very unique in an IPA.

Overall a very different form of an IPA, I can say it is definitely an experience.

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Photo of Dodt
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

from the mix six i picked up 2 weeks ago
poured from the bottle into a mug
appearance thick white head with a light amber color
smell a nice blend of rye malt and hops
taste a bit of toasted malts
mouthfeel a bit of a bitter after taste
i was a bit surprised that this beer didn't have a strong taste of hops that i expected .

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter golden with a thin white head. Good retention and lots of laceing.Lots of bubbles!Aroma is of earthy hops and citrus. Nice, but on the weak side. Taste is of grapefruit, and grassy hops. Bitter finish. Worth a try but not in the elite class of this style.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 2/17/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruits, residual sugars. Flavor of toasted malts, light floral hops, sweet malt. For an IPA, this was hardly at all hoppy or citrusy and I certainly didn't get any rye out of it. Also it was slightly on the sweeter side of things. It was still very drinkable and enjoyable; it just didn't live up to the advertisement.

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Photo of asabreed
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Lighter golden color, few bubbles to the top of the glass, some scant clumps of lacing to the bulbed top of the glass.

Smell: Spicy fruit esters, mild earthiness, brown sugar, caramel, and a twang of lemon and grapefruit.

Taste: Initially there's some good bitterness and citrus, mixed with nice fruit esters and good spiciness from the rye. Lingering mild caramel, fruit esters, dough notes.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied, though more in the latter range, with good and semi-creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: All around above average, and though this doesn't reach levels of transcendence, I like the rye twist on the IPA, and it's nice that they're not trying to set monumental standards for the style, which makes me appreciate it even more.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-amber with two fingers of think white head. The head has okay retention and leaves behind some lacing.

S - Aroma has a mix of sweet malt, some light hops, and some citrus aromas. There is also a bit of bread smell that comes through.

T - Starts off with a sweet malt combined with a touch of hops and some rye flavor. Eventually the hops build up and are joined by the citrus flavors from the aroma. The finish is full of the sweet malt flavor, and the citrus and bitterness linger for a bit. Maybe a touch weak overall though.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The carbonation gives it a crispness, but overall it might be a bit too much, since it gives the beer a little bit of a watery feel.

D - Very drinkable. Especially with the carbonation, it stays really crisp and smooth. The mouthfeel could use a little more body and a bit more flavor overall, but it is still very refreshing as is.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

This Rye IPA looks beautiful in a glass. A perfectly clear beer with no murkiness or hazy and a pretty orange brown tone with nice head. It has a pleasant very light hoppy smell of an IPA. Taste is somewhat lacking in powerful flavor but it does have good IPA qualities to it. Not overly bitter and very little aftertaste. A respectable IPA in my book. Far from world class, but definitely not a bad beer either. And another plus, Saranac's usually seeme to be marked slightly cheaper than other comparable IPA's on the market.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last of the Saranac Winter Mix for 2010

A-Clear Orange Yellow. 1/2 a finger foam head that is gone almost instantly

S-Citrus hops and sweet bread smells

T-Citrus, Rye or bread taste. Some bitterness, I personally would like there to be more for an IPA in winter.

M-Medium with some carbonation

D-Drinkable but could be a little more heartier for a winter IPA.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 17 December 2010
Glass: Sam Adams Summer Ale glass
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured aggressively for a frothy 3-finger head, reducing to just under a 1-finger head, lacing is fairly impressive and sticky for typical Saranac beer. Color is a typical apple juice gold. Aroma of bread and slightly bitter hops. Taste is bready, like sourdough(!), and bitter, but I enjoy bitter brews in the wintertime! Pretty good Saranac beer from the winter variety pack!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.95/5  rDev -14%
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 StJamesGate
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours palest amber with a steady film of white that leaves a bit of trailing. Spicy grain and citrus hops on the nose. Light cranberry-ginger malts with grapefruit hops. Prickly, light to medium, some stick.

For me, where rye usually comes on too strong, this is perfectly understated. However, still too fizzy and simple to be great.

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

Pours clear gold in color with a 1 finger thick cloudy off white head that lasted a while and left a layer around the top of the brew; great lacing that left rings of foam as it went down.

Smells of rye, hay, grass, herbs, piney hops and sweet malt; the rye and malt provide a rye bread like aroma which is nice.

Tastes of rye, roasted malt, grains, citrus hops like grapefruit, lemon zest, piney hops and/or pine cone, a hint of spices like cinnamon or pepper; not sure if the rye makes it dry or some yeast, but this has a chalky dry finish.

Very light carbonation, crisp and watery mouthfeel, this goes down easy with the dry finish of rye and hops fading to end it.

Good beer that puts a nice twist on an IPA. Above average drinkability, but this would not be a session beer for me as the rye lingers a tad bit too long and I prefer the hops sticking around.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden body with a fluffy white head.

Earthy, spicy rye and floral, fruity hops on the nose.

Bold rye earthy flavors on the front end. Things get really spicy on the back end as the hops kick in. Moderate bitterness with plenty of malt for balance. Rye is surprisingly prominant, a true rye showcase.

Full flavor, full body.

A bigger beer than I was expecting from Saranac. Big rye, big hops, pretty interesting beer.

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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 tone77
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mainly of hops. Taste is good, well balanced hops and malts, a touch of citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the 12 Beers of Winter mix pack. Pours a golden color with a medium-sized thick head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of pine, orange, hops and a bit of grain. Taste has more grain that the aroma would indicate. Also flavors of orange and slight piney hops. Pretty decent contribution to the mix pack. Nicely drinkable with a good amount of flavor.

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

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Massive 3 finger, creamy off-white head from an aggressive pour. Nice light copper color. Average carbonation activity. Great lacing. Looks great.

S - Hops are weak but present. Mostly grainy with a bit of the rye.

T - Simple but pleasant. A bit of rye mixed with some bread and pale malts. Bitter in the finish.

M - Light body with little action from the carbonation. Goes down easy but there's a slight lingering presence in the back of the mouth. A bit dry on the finish, but not overly so.

D - Very easy to drink. Not very hoppy, so it's very easy to handle, for anyone. Fairly bitter

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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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