Saranac India Copper Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by generallee on 10-13-2010

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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 89
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5/5  rDev +44.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of jsdunlop
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Darker amber color with a nice head that remains on top of the brew, and an abundance of carb bubbles dancing up to the top of the glass. Very malty in the nose, definite hop presence with piney and citrusy notes throughout. A strong malt taste mingles with a touch of sweetness, while a nice balance of strong hoppiness brings flavors of pine, orange, and lemon notes together nicely. A bit of cherry and alcohol round out the brew after each sip, while a nice spicey, dry and biscuity aftertaste make their way in as well. The body of this beer represents the perfectly balanced malt profile with a nice carbonation presence. Drinkability is high, as this beer blends the characteristics of an IPA with the basic profile of an amber ale.

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Photo of Bapplebaum
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of Dodt
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the final beer from my last mixed six pack
poured from the bottle into the mug
appearance copper orange color
the head slowly goes away and leaves some nice lacing.
smell a nice blend of citrus hops and malts
taste nice hoppy flavor
the good balance of both hops and malts make this a drinkable beer.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You get a not too strong but nice grapefruit, citrus almost resinous herbal smell from the hops mixed with the sweet amber malts and some yeasty doughy smells as well. I first get the sweet smooth toffee malt taste in the beginning and then evolving into a bright citrus hop bitter also almost piney and herbal bitterness.

The hopping tastes kind of similar to their Big Moose Ale except that one is even more citrusy which I ended up liking just as I like this one. Actually these 2 are probably my favorite in their Winter mix 12 pack. The other ones are still worth trying though as well. As you drink it, it leaves a nice candy malt taste in your mouth mixing with that bitter piney citrusy hop finish that you would find in IPA's.

Upon the first couple sips its not too strong the hops but they definitely evolve on the back of your tongue as you drink this beer. Definitely worth a try and would buy again.

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Photo of rodney45
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark walnut headed by a foamy sea shell tan head that lingers through the duration of the beer.

S: Dark malty character, barley... Hop aroma seems mostly set with belgian style or noble hops.

T: Good first impression, slightly sweet with a bitter AIPA kick. Malt flavor is that of caramel and roasted barley. I like the flavor profile here, it tastes a lot like a porter right until you get kicked by the hops. I detect several distinct notes, lime, and other citrus, more associated with the noble hop family.

M: Adequately carbonated for the style, a bit harsh for a true copper, but it is a take on the IPA style.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, perhaps im a bit biased because I just personally brewed a beer just like this one.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

This Saranac had a wonderful foam head (about 2 fingers) and great lacing on my glass. I had plent of flavor and relatively smooth with just a hint of hop bitterness. All in all its right on par with other American Ales and IPAs and its very drinkable. Another decent creation by Saranac.

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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 mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Ablackbrew
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of random846
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of VaterRoss
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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

The beer pours a deep amber/copper color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, balanced scent that boasts of caramel malts, bitter hops, and a dry fruity yeast aroma. It's mildly bitter with just a hint of fruitiness. The taste is good as well. It's dry and bitter up front with a smooth, caramel malt flavor that compliments the palate. It goes down easy with an excellent hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's nothing spectacular, but I'd buy a sixer of this to share with my friends.

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

A- Somewhat hazy bright copper color topped with a large off white head. Head falls slowly and remains as a cap, it is pretty sticky as well. This one leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Nice grapefruit and grass hops, a little bit of caramel malt in there too.

T- Taste follows the nose, more malt upfront then a nice transition to a bitter hop finish. Nice balance, the hops are not overwhelmingly bitter nor is it overly sweet. Finish is nice and clean not oily hop residue on the palate.

M- Medium in body and decent carbonation. It has a nice feel in the mouth not viscous or oily at all.

D- Easy drinking not too extreme or bitter, the 6.0% ABV is well hidden too.

Nothing too special, but solid and well done.

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Photo of OneWildRover
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Justin23060
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of Saranac's 12 beers of winter. $13.99/12

A - Poured a nice stiff ivory 1 1/2 finger head that lasted and clung. Color is copper just as expected.

S - Aroma - Borderline biscuity with some nice floral hop.

T - Based on aroma it didn't disappoint. Doesn't exactly mirror aroma. I actually prefer this hop choice over their staple IPA. Suprised by what I think was a little tofee in the middle? Nice balance between hop and malt leaning toward the usual hop bitterness for the style. Some fruit near the end.

M - Mouth feel - Nice medium carbonation and medium body

D - Pretty drinkable, though you only get two in the pack

Overall - Saranac didn't hit one out of the ball park with this but did score a couple of runs. Hope they bring it back for next year's 12... if not sooner.

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

Saranac India Style Copper Ale is a pretty clear copper ale with a khaki head that fades to a bubbly film and leaves a nice sheet of foam on the glass. It has a hoppy aroma of pine, citrus and leaves. It smells fresh and straightforward. It has a lively medium body with a clean, dry finish. There's a nice, piny hop flavor with a hint of caramel and a bitter resiny finish. It's dry, simple and very sessionable. I suppose I'd call this a Red Ale. Nothing really stands out with this one, but it's unflawed.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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