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 irishking1977
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear, golden hue with a small white head that leaves good lacing.

S: Faint hops and some floral notes. Rye is not detected at all.

T: Some grapefruit and mild hops bitterness along with some floral notes. Not your typical IPA, and not nearly as full of hops as most. Decent, if not watered down version of an IPA.

M: A bit more fuller and creamer than most of Saranac's offerings, this one is a bit oily - most likely from the hops - with a slight spicy finish.

D: This is a pretty decent IPA, if not a more tame version than some of the better ones I've had. Still, considering where Saranac was trying to go with this one, I think they did a pretty good job; it's a good IPA session brew for a good price.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac Rye IPA

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into a standard Pint Glass.

Appearance: This rye IPA pours clear amber with a 1 and a half finger head. The head dissipates at an average rate and leaves a fluffy soapy lacing that clings to the glass like a crown above the lacing.

Aroma: I picked up Rye malt, pale malt, a citrusy hopping, and faint aromas of dark fruit. A very faint aroma for an IPA.

Taste: For an IPA this is a very malty brew. There seems to be a duality between the rye and pale malt in this so it can be a bit difficult to distinguish the two. Beer finishes with a big note of rye. Combined with the malt is a slightly citrus hop taste, but overall the hops add very little taste. Malt pervades most of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is standard. Strangely sweet for the style. Hop bitterness isn't overwhelming but is assertive and leaves the mouth a bit dry upon finishing.

Drinkability: How many strong, agressive, overly hopped and flavorful IPAs do you have to drink until things get a bit tedious? The answer is when you get to beers like this. A great malty beer with hop bitterness but no real hop taste. For all the bitterness the hops should add some flavor. I know this is a rye IPA, but why focus on the malt so much? Why not bring everything together for an exquisite combo? Not a bad beer and I'm aware this came in a variety pack, but unless you like Saranac if you're looking for an IPA move onto the younger and better craft guys. Just a bit average when there are dozens of American craft breweries that have mastered the IPA.

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Photo of bltzburgh
1.88/5  rDev -45.2%
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 stakem
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light golden color with a finger of big bubble slightly off white head. Sticky amount of lace all around the glass. Aroma is malty sweet, spicy, earthy and citrusy with hops. Taste is a nice blend of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Slight lingering taste of bitter hops is left on the palate. You can really notice the different blends of hops as it isn't just an in your face amount of bitterness but a blend of different types of hop character that were onset by the aroma. Individual tastes of the hops are present just like in the nose: spice, earthiness and citrus. Medium feel with this beer and moderate carb. This is really quite drinkable and very enjoyable. I am not certain the rye aspect is what brings out all the complexity of the aroma and taste, but it certainly is a good mix.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
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 mtnbikerpa
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in 24 beers of winter variety pack. Poured from a 12 once bottle. This totally not what I expected but very drinkable IMO. Scents of mint and herbs. A darker golden hue to the color. Lots of carbonation with little head. Subtle notes of rye toasty bread along with a moderate hops flavor. More orange citrus than grapefruit. Alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of billybob
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark golden color, two finger head and nice sheets of lace as you drink. earthy rather than pine and citrus aromas in the nose. big biscuit malt taste, very dry, with a slight pine citrus taste. carbonation and mouthfeel ok. the dry taste of this beer was a turn off for me, i was loking for something a little more fruity and not so dry. its a pass at the liquor store.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Fairly clear pour. Very clear really. A little bit of white lacing. Not that impressive.

S: Little bit of a hop nose with a touch of spice from the malt. Not that bad really.

T: You get the hops. Reminds me of their imperial IPA in the hop profile. Really quite similar. You get a touch of the rye but not enough for my tastes.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D: Not a bad beer. Family offered this up on Christmas eve and it was a decent beer. Great for the price.

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Photo of eporter66
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
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 tlinner
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As Saranac's go, this one isn't half bad. It pours an amber yellow with a faint head and little lace. The smell is of hops and citrus, with some faint berries and wheat. The taste is initially of a standard IPA, albeit weak, but leaves with a crisp, pilsner-like breadiness. The "weakness" of this beer's hop taste actually serves it some good, as I could understand if a person preferred an IPA that wasn't quite as harsh as most offerings.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an American pint glass after a lengthy rest outside the fridge on the counter. A hard, two-part pour produced a nice fluffy head atop a perfectly clear gold colored liquid. Very minimal carbonation rising up. Aroma includes orange rind, pine cone, rye bread, and grass. Flavor starts off with some citrusy sweetness, followed by the spicy rye, and finishing with a lingering piney bitterness that sticks to the tonge for quite a while. Feel in the mouth is medium with a fluffy carbonation. This IPA is a good drinker for those who enjoy a bold, spicy ale with a bitter bite. I applaud this new release from Saranac. Keep the interesting brews coming!

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Photo of bob3701
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. A brillant gold color with a nice thick head that hung around for a while. Excellent lacing, marked every sip.
I am not an IPA guy and I liked this brew alot so I am guessing if you are into IPAs you might not like it. Bitter but very mellow in the bite (is this the rye?) great citrusy taste with it too.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
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 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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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 298 ratings.
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