Saranac India Copper Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac India Copper AleSaranac India Copper Ale
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Saranac India Copper AleSaranac India Copper Ale

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by generallee on 10-13-2010

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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 89
Reviews by Kooz:
Photo of Kooz
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Nice foamy head, thick lacing on the glass; head sticks around. Nice color--copper-orange.

Smells strongly of hops, with a hint of sweetness.

Tastes too hoppy and bitter. Expected from an India ale, but there's something missing from this beer.

Good mouthfeel--nice thick foam, cut by an acidic, almost gritty. It's pleasant.

This is a possibly drinkable beer. There's a lot I like about this, but the taste isn't great to me. I am on the fence here, so I'm giving it a 3.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of Beers of Winter 12 pack.
In a Sam Adams pint glass the beer was copper colored with a thick tan head that retained well. Very sticky head.
Mostly a caramel malt aroma. Some citrus, and a tiny bit of floral hops.
Caramel taste, a little grapefruit and a little piney hops.
Pretty thin in the mouth.
OK, not that exciting.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is part of this years winter mixed pack. The label has a nice description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: It has a coppery amber color with an average two finger head off an aggressive pour. The head hangs on for a bit but fades to a wispy thin layer. Lacing is good and slick.

Smell: The aroma has some sweet maltiness pooping through some very nice American hop notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects on the aroma with a sturdy sweet base malt and solid citrus/pine like hop bitterness. Hops carry on into the finish but don't linger for long. Its medium body and carbonation keeps things moving along and drinking well.

Notes: This is classic easy drinking Saranac.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle no freshness date though it was part of their winter 12-pack 10'-11'.

Very large head to start, seems not to want to go anywhere either. Mildly hazed copper color, what other color would it have beer? Slightly fruity, buttery, caramel and hoppy as well in the nose. Smooth and slick. Caramel sweetness meets and overripe fruitiness, buttery tones push against the oily resin hop flavor and bitterness. Hoppy, mildly estery and toffee finish.

A pretty good take on the IPA "hop" style ... they could have easily called it a Copper Ale that is hoppy but what is the fun in that right? Choice pick out of the mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Website says American Amber, label says India style Copper Ale. Interesting regional brewer jargon or just rock solid good beer. Appears a beautiful bright copper hue when held up toward the light slightly off white head comes of light cream colored. Aroma hits with spruce tips/citrus rinds/ and floral notes all C notes going on here with Columbus, Centennial, and Cascades. Sugary coated hops a touch of caramel malt, nice mix of olfactory sensations going on in my glass. Flavor offers up a nice bitterness coated with enough malts to balance out the party still lands on the abrasive bitter side of things but there's still some poetic justice going on within the malt/hop mixture in the glass. Citric hops/floral notes make it through with a nice semi dry malt crispness making it through. Mouthfeel is a bit oily actually brings the hops, carbonation is sturdy maybe too much so. Finishes pretty dry espcecially with the hop burps coming back up between sips. Drinkability overall is solid hoppy offerings from a small rebuilding regional brewer who's hearts are in the game totally. Don't believe check a couple of the Matt guys giving verbal reviews of these beers on their youtube site.

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper it absolutely is, ruddy and thick and impossible to see through. The tan head grows to over a finger and a half in height and displays some density. It's been a while since I've seen the rocky cragginess in a head this one's got. Lacing is left in good quantity and pretty thickly.
The aroma's a little nondescript, though there's an evident malts backing that still permits the hoppiness to come out, caramel being evident foremost before some fruits, citrus and otherwise, and perhaps floral notes come out. The roasting is what is drawn out very evidently as I continue; roasted grains all the way underneath.
More citrus comes out in the flavor but, again, it goes a little nondescript and then roasted grains become the foremost flavor. It's evidently well balanced, but could be cleaner as well as hoppier.
Fairly smooth but whith a crispness that's just a little too faint, it ends up feeling a little "fuzzy," so to speak, though not bad. A bit of heft wouldn't hurt, but it's on the edge of medium in the body.

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Photo of gregb13
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a typical copper ale. It looks nice in the glass, has a good head with superb lacing. Smells typical; a little malt and a little floral hop. Taste follows the nose. Nothing at all off-putting, but nothing stands out either. I could session this all night or just leave it alone.

Average brew.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Occasion: beer rating, plain and simple...
Glassware: K's Tavern pint...
Appearance: thick, pillowy head that sits atop an orange-brown body--the head is resilient...
Aroma: bright, punchy citrus--an IPA no doubt..
Palate: medium-bodied; quite drinkable--this doesn't seem to be an IPA once the glass tilts...
Taste: sprucy ending with some cinnamon or nutmeeg--mellow otherwise with a malty undergirding...
Overall: not sure what this beer is, which often bothers me when writing a review--and causes a deduction in the rubric, as this sits somewhere between its boast and the truth...

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Not surprisingly copper-colored, nice bubbles, and good lacing and retention. The look of these Saranac brews lately has been pretty good.

Smell: The fruit esters mixed with the sour and citrus qualities are what's present the most here.

Taste: More bitterness than I was expecting overall, with a nice earthiness and grapefruit component, along with some sweeter fruit esters and mild roasted malts and bread notes lingering.

Mouthfeel: A little more medium-bodied, or so it seems, with a creamier yet more dense carbonation.

Drinkability: Another one in the 12 beers of winter I'm a fan of. They're not blowing minds, but there are some solid ones in there this year in my opinion, and this is one of them.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a half inch of thick, foamy, off white head that has great retention. I pick up notes of bready malt and faint pineapple in the nose. The taste is malty with some caramel and bready notes up front. It finishes with a clean, mildly bitter, floral, piny hop character. The hop character is rather subdued, and doesn't present with any one clear, distinct flavor. It's a medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth beer.

This is a decent IPA from Saranac. I enjoy this better than I do their regular IPA or their Imperial. The malt backbone here adds a solid base, flavor, and body. The hops are laid back and, for a hop head like me, weak, but overall this IPA was enjoyable.

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Photo of Damian74
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of spatula212
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale light brown color, slightly hazy, with a small dense khaki colored head that disipated into a sparse cap that left some lacing on the glass. Lacking on the rich colors of an amber ale.

The aroma is of caramel malt, a touch bready, a hint of brown sugar and a very light grassy stale hop. Not much going on.

The taste is of a sweet caramel malt, some lemon and tea like flavors, then a fairly good shot of some grassy bitter hops. Not much hop flavor but definitely the hop bitterness. I am not wild of the flavor but the hops give the brew some character.

The feel is light, almost watery, with fizzy carbonation, drinks quite crisp. Finishes bitter.

Drinks very easy as the body is light and fizzy. Not the best amber ale out there but its got some flavor to it.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep reddish copper with 1/2 inch white foam. Heavy around the rim. Malty smell. Caramel/toffee notes. Buried pine. Mostly hop bitter taste with light malt wrap around. Lingering aftertaste. Blends well.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy copper color with a light tan head that lingers with pretty good lacing.

Smell- fruity hops with a buttery sweetness, a bit of caramel also.

Taste- the buttery sweet malts meets a bitter kick from the hops on the back end. Tastes of caramel and citrus fill the palate but it's oddly a great combination. I'm not a big fan if India Pales but the extra boost from the malts makes the taste much more pleasant for me.

Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety and creamy.

Overall this is one of the better Saranac brews that I have had. Its well balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Ablackbrew
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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Saranac India Copper Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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