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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a DFH Shaped Pint Glass

A: Pours a light golden color with about 2 inches of thick creamy white head. leaves a very nice amount of lacing

S: Slightly sweet scent a bit more gentle than most ipas, slight rye smell

T: light and refreshing yet still has some very nice depth to it, finishes with the "dryness" of an ipa

M: Strong carbonation tingle with a lingering bitterness on the edges and back of the tongue

D: Pretty easy drinking brew

Overall, didnt knock my socks off but was a good well rounded quality brew, just what ive come to expect from Saranac

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a cool pint glass.

A. Light golden body with white foamy head with not much staying power.

S. Light smell mostly of grains and some hoppy floral characteristics.

T. Strange spiciness bites you in the back of the throat and leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. I taste some spicy malt with hops and hop oils with salt and earthiness.

M. Gentle bite with an aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. Not overly hoppy flavor but very hoppy body.

D. Not sure after the first one. I'm sure I would try this again if I had a chance.

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Photo of musicforairports
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
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 caddybuyer
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter...Luck to get this 2009 vintage 12 pack here in the summer of 2010.

A-Filtered copper with a tame eggshell head that settles rapidly.

A-Not sure I'm picking up the IPA hints from this, but some rye definately present.

D-This is a very good example of a bitersweet rye beer that takes a stab at being an IPA. The rye holds forth well in the palate, with some slighly sour malts heading into the end, with drying hops throughout. I will review this out of style and say it is worthy beer. If you are looking for a rye IPA, go buy some Hop Rod.

M-Medium mouth and carbonation balance

D-This one is a kind of "why not, or why bother". Decent beer, but there are many better. One reviewer talked of Saranac as "comfort beer". I cannot agree more. They nail their styles in their own way, and do a decent job of it, especially for the price.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes from a while ago...

A - Thin coppery yellowish orange with a generous bublly white foamy head. Light carbonation and sticky lacing.

S - Hops jump out, but not overwhelmingly so. Almost a soapy smell. Very subtle.

T - Hops...taste follows the nose. Nothing wild jumps out at me, tastes like your average hoppy beer with a clear crisp flavor that reminds me of bottled spring water.

M - Light carbonation. Hoppy bitterness and a tangy bite.

D - Another nice offering from saranac, priced right and readily available in most supermarkets (by me at least)

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

As related before, this came to me during the post-DLD death march through Indiana. Good times. It pours a clear golden amber with a finger-and-a-half of white foam on top. As this head quickly dies away, it leaves behind a snail's trail of pretty good lacing. The nose is orange peel, flowers, and caramel; simple, straightforward, not bad. The taste is similar, comprising notes of subdued citrus, a slight peppery spice (let's call it the rye influence), a vague bitterness, and some light toffee. The body is as heavy it can be while still being classified as light, with an active carbonation and a dry finish. Not bad at all, I'd say.

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Photo of far333
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangey straw colored with a low white head of wispy foam. Low aroma of doughey malt and spice.

Flavors initially of honied malt and hops of citrus and floral, some orange rind and lemon zest. Moderate bitterness, some peppery spice lingers.

Even mouthfeel, full, finishes tingly. Decent beer, moderate drinkability.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear orange color with lots of visible rising carbonation. The head was one finger of slightly yellow foam that retained well and left good lacing. The aroma was pleasant, a blend of hops, caramel malt and light rye notes. The flavors however, were a little odd. Maybe I just don't have an affinity for Rye but when that grain coupled with the hops it produced a bitterness that I didn't care for. That same grainy bitterness lingered on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty good but slightly oily, the body medium and the carbonation good too.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light gold-toned body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Simple nose of basic bread with a spicy touch of rye grain and light, passing notes of floral, spicy hops and citrus peel.

Taste: Opens with only a modest taste of lightly sweet pale malts. Small hint of breadiness. Slight spiciness from the malted rye and the noble hops. Additional florals and a tiny dash of lemon zest from the latter. Medium-light bitterness is more than sufficient enough to balance the light malt character. Drying, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Goes down just fine, but still, it's merely average, at best. This one's fairly subdued in all aspects. It's really about what you'd expect from Saranac. But having said all that, I always do enjoy grabbing up the latest Saranac 12-pack as they do at least mix things up each time.

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Photo of Fnerk
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
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 biggred1
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brass with a smooth eggshell head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Mildly minty hop notes with a touch of pale malt. Spicy,bittering hops and a touch of rye and biscuit maltiness. A bit more hop and/or rye flavor would help out here. Light bodied and crisp with seltzery carbonation. An easy drinking lower end of the spectrum rye IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a magnificent head that leaves copious amounts of lace

Smell: Underwhelmed by the aroma - some biscuity malt and spicy hops - but not enough to make much of an impression

Taste: Biscuity malt, up front, followed by a spicy, noble hop flavor that reaches a peak after the swallow, and lingers into the finish; plenty of rye spice bit too much aspirin at the end, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rather nice example of the style; one of Saranac's better offerings

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours from a bottle into a pokal with 3 fingers of white billowy head. Body is a honey brown with faint visible carbonation. Good lacing too.

S - Strong bready hop smell. A lot of yeast and hops but not a strong malt smell. Very much an AIPA by the smell. A little citrusy too.

T - A little weaker than I expected. What's there is the bready hop smell and a little caramel sweetness. Very well balanced and drinkable, but about as strong as a pilsner and not as flavorful as I expected.

MF - Very clean MF. Goes down smooth and doesn't have much obtrusive combination.

D - Drinkable from the weak, yet balanced taste. However, not very intriguing so I wouldn't necessarily want to go back for more.

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Photo of wilbrew
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It has a clear amber color with a thick two finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a bit and leaves a lot of lacing. The smell and taste are consistent with a mild malt flavor and a balanced hop profile that is more on the bitter side. The mouthfeel is good, which I have found to be consistent for the Saranac beers. The flavor does not impress me much so I would probably only have a few of these.

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Photo of morimech
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poura a clear, pale golden color with a large head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Interesting aroma that combines the rye, hops, and malt in a pleasant smell. Spiciness from the rye, dry cracker like malt, and floral hops meld nicely. The flavor is not as nice. A bit of a bland pale ale. Starts with a bready malt flavor and only gets interesting in the finish with a splash of citrus in the finish. What happened to the rye? The different malts seemed to have let the body down as well. Feels thin and a little flat despite the carbonation. For a beer that started off well, it went downhill quickly. Very average in a few areas.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another new one from the winter box, I just love being able to plow my way through these. This one served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 02/21/2010.

The pour was more then decent, really just a nice solid looking IPA, with a dark, but clear amber base and a nice tight ring of white foam that really sat on top quite well. Rich and well formed the lacing coated the entire side of the glass after just a few moments and the overall look was just what I wanted. Nice piney hops welcome me in on the first go wrong, a touch of a light spice comes through as it warms, but not really picking up much in the way of the rye here. Light flavor, clean, a bit under carbonated and it leads to not enough pop on the tongue. Hops give way far too quickly to the biscuit like, malty middle palate and the easy, smooth transition into the finish kind of left me hanging. Still though nice and drinkable and smooth, though not as inspiring as I would have hoped.

Overall not the best of the afternoon, but it still worked. A decent edition to the box.

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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 Jason
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bright golden color, nice drop of lacing on the glass. Mandarin orange, faint mint and wild flower hop aroma. Deep crispness with a bit of body to flaunt. Very mild spice from the rye, dried grass and earthy. Bitterness is there but never sharp or even give a bite. Lots of earthy and herbal flavor though. Dry malt, bready with more of a crust flavor. Clean, very clean with only a very faint note of alcohol. Finishes a little spicy and hoppy with a hard dry pull.

Tame for the sub-style, drinkable and quite flavorful though.

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

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear golden with a thick white head that thins to a film and leaves considerable amount of lacing.

Aroma is nice with some good hop aroma and just a hint of the rye. The rye comes through much better in the flavor, and the hops complement it nicely. Malts come through in the end to balance it a bit, bitterness is definitely the focus though. The carbonation is lively, but the bitterness lingers in the mouth a little long. Overall a well executed, not over the top IPA. Just different enough to be interesting.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
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 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 jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From winter '09-'10 variety pack:

Pours golden with a thin white/creamy head. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is floral, with minty and bready notes.

The taste is herbal, floral and minty. For this line, it is a hoppy beer - has grassy notes and a minty rye touch. Finishes dry.

Light-to-medium bodied with a lasting bitter dryness.

The aftertaste is a bit too aspirin-y, but overall, it's an interesting mix of spicy/herbal hops and minty rye. One of this brewery's better offerings!

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle a friend gave to me. poured a clear somewhat dark golden color. nice fluffy kinda soapy looking head. decent retention. some good lacing.

not too impressive aroma. definately more on the malty side. english style malts, biscuity. maybe a touch of rye. perhaps a tad skunky.

the taste is more enjoyable than the aroma, but still no really noticable rye effects. first you get some biscuity, caramel,buttery malts, finishes with a nice hop bitterness, definatly nothing over the top. piney like hops.

medium to light body. fairly average mouthfeel. leaves some resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. decent carbonation.

a pretty nice session beer if you looking for a mildly hopped ale. nothing really stands out for me, but ive never really had anything from saranac that really does, they just have a crap load of styles that are all average and below. i dont think you can get this in anything but the 12 beers of winter pack. prolly wouldnt mind another one of these, but im prolly not going to buy it again.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of Tilley4
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this brew looks and smells pretty good but doesn't quite follow up in the other areas... The aromas aren't bad, perhaps a little muted and the hops seem floral more than citrusy or piney.. I don't get any rye at all in the aromas or the taste for that matter... The hops are present somewhat in the taste but they definitely aren't the main character.. That's the biscuity malt...

Overall, nothing I'd go for again.. Not one of the best out of the Winter Sampler...

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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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