Saranac India Copper Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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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:
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Added by generallee on 10-13-2010

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
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 Dodt
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
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 +17.5%
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 +16%
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 +15.5%
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 +14.6%
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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +14.6%
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 Justin23060
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +14.6%
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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Photo of FickleBeast
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice copper color with two full fingers of thick foam that fades away slowly and coats the glass. Aroma is a nice mix of American hops - but pretty mellow. Malt is present in the nose as well.

First sip is... nice and full bodied. Decent hop presence, rounded out nicely by a biscuity malt flavor. Finishes a bit on the harsh side with the hop bitterness, but that is a minor complaint. One of the better Saranac beers that I've tried

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice coppery color that is slightly hazy, pours with a finger of frothy off white head that lingers nicely and leaves spotty lacing
S: nice citrus hop noyes with a definite depth to back it up which I would compare to caramel
T: begins with a definite depth then moves into the nice citus hops I had hoped for, finishes with a distinct sweetness which lingers on the palate
M: medium carbonation tingle, dry in the middle but surprisingly juicy in the end, nice
O: oh saranac, I wish you were this consistently good, real solid brew

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Photo of gmw
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Copper is an apt descriptive for this beer. A clear color that reminds me of slightly tarnished copper. The head dissipates to a very thin layer that remains around for quite a while, with a surprising amount of fine lacing.

s - smells like your basic IPA. Some citrus like hops.

t - tastes like a good basic IPA with the addition of some malty sweetness. Some lingering hops. Saranac calls this a strong brown ale. I'd say it's basically IPA meets brown ale.

m - Smooth, with just the right carbonation.

d - High. With an ABV of 6% it's not too high to have a few in an afternoon. Unfortunately it seems to come only in the winter mixed pack. Considering that I can get a 24 bottle case of the winter mix for under a buck a bottle, I'll be drinking plenty of this throughout the fall.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a standard white head. Good retention, spotty lace.

S: Sweet bready malt, floral hops.

T: Fairly big malt component, more of a Red really. Crystal malt, toffee with a nice piney hop backing. Some grapefruit as well.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and smooth. Resiny finish with a good aftertaste.

O: The winter pack has clearly had better beers collectively than the summer pack. Well made, balanced, I like this one.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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 riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper brown with a fluffy head. Excellent retention and laceing. Aroma is of piney hops and bready caramel malts. Body is medium with carbonation. Taste is well balanced. Bready, but with hints of hop through out. Slightly bitter finish. Tasted more like a APA than a Brown. Very Good.

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Photo of Wamesit
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber/copper color. Nice rocky just-off-white head that gives way to spectacular lacing.

S - Caramel malts, some bready grains and citrusy hops.

T - Crisp. Good balance although the hops jumps out at you more than one might expect from the aroma. The caramel sweetness lingers in the finish, giving it a smooth closeout.

M - Medium. Almost chewy. Good carbonation.

D - One of the best of the Saranac line. Highly drinkable for fans of American Browns.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark copper color that borders on brown with a decent sized fluffy white head that slowly recedes to a cap with moderate lace. Smells of hops and malt. No really. Citrus in the form of grapefruit and lemon with bits of pine, and bready caramel malt backing it up. Taste is more caramel than hops, but still remains tasty. Medium body and carbonation level with a slick mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one, its probably the best I've pulled from the mixed 12 pack so far. There are better IPA's out there, but this one is still tasty.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 12, 2010. It pours a nice looking amber-copper with a long lasting half-inch beige head that leaves thick lacing. Floral hops take command of the aroma with a backdrop of sweet malts. The body is in the medium range. The taste has a pleasing merger of caramel malts and bitter hops that makes it feel like a moderate IPA. Likeable beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice golden copper color with at least an inch or so of sold fluffy white head.

S - Smells of mild caramel with a nice bit of bitter hops and a sweet malt base.

T - Pretty much expected from the smell only not so much that everyone is noting. Came off really as a sweet IPA with some strong pine notes. Finish was rather clean.

M - Light to medium. Drank rather well.

D - Well I have 3 more and would not be offended to have another. It's weird to have so many people complain about the bitterness of the hops when I find it rather balanced with the malts. Deserves its good rating.

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Description on the bottle reads: "Taking an India Pale Ale to the next level, this copper ale has the malt backbone to carry the hoppiness you expect in an "India Pale Ale." Carefully selected mals from North America and Europe are decoction mashed to highlight their character and the brew is complimented with generous amounts of Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops. Cheers!"

A - pours a clear, crisp dark amber with a half inch pillow head (literally like a pillow)...excellent

S - malts and hops, malts and hops, malts and hops...very balanced

T & M - the smell was slightly deceiving as the IPA dominated...hops were strong...pretty bitter, full of flavor...

D - left my stomach a little upset...i'm not sure i would have gone with this mix of first i really liked this beer but over time really got old...see what you think...

Song pairings: Van Halen - "Jump," Steve Miller Band - "The Joker," Matisyahu - "King Without a Crown"

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Photo of daliandragon
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of the Saranac winter pack still in the fridge. Attractive lacing after the head expires, all atop a handsome orange rust color. Nose is citrus and pine hops.

Heavy carbonation masks the initial flavor base of brown malts and the hops hit on the aftertaste. A little watery in the finish. Likable but not spectacular.

Interesting trend, these "Indian: browns. I wonder when they get their own category.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Amber with a small but nice and sticky head. Looks like the best of em.

S - Pine and floral hops up front followed by a touch of malt and a bit of the Saranac house scent to round it out.

T - Bitter piney (and sticky) hops right up front and they leave a tingling sensation on the tongue. Followed quickly by a blast of amber malt and some of that Saranac house flavor.

M - Fairly light and not all that carbonated; really could use a bit of extra body.

D - I'd throw back as many as were around. Not a go to brew by any means, but solid and very nice for a brewery who doesn't seem to go for the weird experimental brews as this one.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing to plug along with seasonal release from saranac. Another new brew

A- pours a copper look with massive frothy head of foam. Massive lacing all over the glass.

S- big hop fest with bitter whiff coming on as well. The malt backbone is stellar on this. The caramel and bitter hops are very unique

T- malt is in full effect and the bitterness shines in the end. Syrupy and full of flavor.

M- medium body with flavor

D- this is a good spin on amber ale and ipa. I would recommend this

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