Saranac Rye IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Rye IPASaranac Rye IPA
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Suds
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This beer is a crystal clear, golden brew...fleetingly amber in hue with a white cap. Enticing..the aroma is clean and subtle. After a bit of coaxing (agitation and coaxing), the smell of grain, and herbal hops spring forth. Rye isn't immediately present, but it is detectable, if you look. The Tate is balanced. Firm and pleasant bitterness. Tongue-tingling carbonation, especially when mixed with the rye and hops. Still, the beer feels a bit thin and less than substantial. The beer is okay, just okay. Not great, and not bad.

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3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ba Review #280
Served On: 07/21/2013
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 10/31/13

This was from the 2013 release of 12 beers of summer mixed pack. I got from Evergreen Liquors ($13.99)

Look: Poured a light copper, borderline golden color. Head was a 1-finger of white foam. Carbonation bubbles were steady. Lacing was impressively consistent throughout.

Smell: Rye grain and some light floral hops. Aroma also had that typical malt twang that most Saranac offerings seem to have.

Taste: First up was the nice smooth earthy rye grain. Then a grassy hop note kicked in. The middle had some nice honey sweetness and then some unexpected booze. The finish was more honey sweetness that seemed to linger long into the aftertaste.

This was a solid brew that would rank slightly below others I’ve had (i.e. SN Ruthless Rye). Still a slid brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of stella77artois
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Part of Saranac's 12 Beers of Summer pack.

A - Pours a dark golden yellow. Approximately 2 inch head, which dissipated very slowly.

S - Malted rye is a main ingredient, and it's very noticeable. Next to nothing for hops.

T - Malted rye with a bit of a sour aftertaste. Though this is an IPA, I didn't notice a whole lot of strong hop flavor. It was there, just not much of it. Not a whole lot going on. Not offensive, just not a lot of flavor.

F - Not bad, easy on the throat and tongue. Leaves just a touch of dryness. Good feeling summer beer / thirst quencher.

O - Not a bad beer, but it's nothing I'll ever buy on it's own. I admit, I'm slightly biased, as I'm not the biggest fan of rye beers. However, I won't mind drinking the other bottle of this from the sampler. Decent rye beer, decent for summer.

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a sampler pack poured into a pint glass.

A-Deep golden color, vivid carbonation, big fluffy white head. Solid white film remains, leaving web lacing. Good looking.

S- dry spicy hop aroma. Some floral and light malts.

T- spicy and mild citrus. Some maltiness but not too complicated or hoppy.

M- Light and thin but it has some hop bite. Sharp. Adequate carbonation.

O- for what it lacks in star power, it's drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of TheSSG
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, frothy, white head with minimal lacing. Hop aroma is subdued, citric in nature. Bright, golden hue (I was hoping for a darker amber hue on account of the Rye). Starts off fairly bitter with a grapefruit-like flavor, peaks in bitterness as the rye malt begins to show through, bringing a spicy characteristic into the mix. The finish is lingering bitterness that is reminiscent of citrus rind.

Not bad, but nothing great; a touch below average (for a Rye IPA). The hops are pretty much one dimensional here, and I'm not sure if such a bitter citrus highlights/compliments the rye so well.

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Saranac Rye IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 299 ratings