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

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Added by generallee on 10-13-2010

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Photo of philbe311
2.13/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Two fingers of tightly packed yet slightly fluffy off white colored head with a bit of a rocky top... Excellent retention... Loaded with exceedingly small bubbled moderated paced carbonation... A deep dark coppery amber color with a faint glow... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - An exceedingly mellow citrus hop presence... A bit of syrupy sweetness... Caramel... Loads of bready malts... A step above average, but rather muddled...

T - Holy bitterness... This isn't hoppy, just down right intolerable... Uber tart grapefruit... Witch hazel... Solvent... No balance... No complexity...

M - Medium bodied... Biting carbonation... Exceedingly bitter... Uber dry finish...

D - This one misses the mark by a mile for me... After a promising start in terms of appearance and aroma, this one falls of a cliff and ends as a drain pour... I'm a long time Saranac supporter, but found this one a terrible disappointment...

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Photo of skenyon1811
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Nice orange color but it has a cloudiness that I wouldn't expect for an IPA, only about a quarter inch of head but it head good retention.

S: A slight citus aroma with a hint of some spice. Not much here. Nothing outstanding.

T: This brew has quite a bite to it, but it does have a great taste to it. Very hoppy but it does blend right. It has a sort of tangy booze flavor. I like a very hoppy beer, but I prefer a good pairing of hops. I judge my IPAs at a very high standard.

M: It has a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Leaves a weird coating in my mouth.

D: This beer destroys your taste buds and doesn't give much back in return. I would hold off on this one until the end of the mix pack, enjoy the others first.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Ice tea brown. About 2 fingers of creamy head that forms nice peaks and hangs around for quite a while. Nice lacing.

S - Nice soft woody hop character. Touch of sweet brioche bread.

T - Strong hop flavor up front, but it's dry, almost dusty. Woody, cedary bitters. I was hoping for more malt, and while there are some malty flavors, they feel distant and disconnected.

M - Dry finish that leaves your tongue with a dusty bitter hop feel.

D - The hops wear down your palate and the mouthfeel makes you want to put it down.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

a - Pours a textbook copper color with a thin, off-white 1.5 finger head. Retention is average, and the head leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

S - Moderate strength generic hops aromas, lemongrass, a good bit of yeast and some weak pale and caramel malt. It's a bit boring and simple, but it's balanced well .

T - Better than I was expecting, but it still doesn't have a lot going for it. Pale malt and caramel foundation meddles with generic (and not too fresh) hops. There's a fair amount of biscuity yeast throughout. All of the flavors linger throughout the beer, with none being more distinguished than another. Balanced well, but they're only balancing two notes.

M - Light to medium bodied, smooth and wet, especially on the finish. It could stand more carbonation.

D - It's definitely drinkable and well balanced, but I'd never have it again. It's simple, uninspired and far from memorable.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark copper/amber, not a lot of head on it.

S - Bright smelling--citrusy hops smell comes through nicely.

T - More hops than I actually expected. Citrus develops in the bottom of the mouth and spreads. Even a little bit spicy on the finish.

M - Not a lot of carbonation coming through, goes down pretty smooth. Thick coating on the throat--aftertaste a bit smokey.

D - Pretty easy to drink. It 'feels' heavier than it probably is on the stomach.

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Photo of Sensaray
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a red hued copper color. Fluffy light tan head.

You smell the hops, a sense of malt in background

Not really liking the bitter here. Or much. More piney than citrus. Bitter dry finish. Some spice.

Fairly light for what it is, medium light. Didn't do much.

Compared to the saranac rye ipa I drank tonight, this falls short of that, so really not too great. Wouldn't get again.

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Photo of Kooz
2.93/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of Minkybut
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was copper colored as the name implies. The beer had a really thin head from the get go. The smell was hoppy but the taste was not so much and was balanced by the sweetness of the malt. The beer had great lacing not to have any head. I will try this beer to give it another chance. I think mine was a little flat even though date was good.

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Photo of argock
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased as part of a winter sampler 24-pack at Sam's Club (Charlottesville, VA) for $19.99.

A: Appealing copper-brown with healthy 1-2 finger off-white head with decent retention and a few lace formations.

S: Aromas are of cardboard maltiness with herbal, leafy hops

T: The hops are most prominent and are very herbal and tea-like in nature, but the hops component unfortunately meets an inadequate maltload to fade off the palate very fleetingly and the brew finishes with a papery, cardboardy bitterness.

M: The feel is too thin and watery, and I wish (like many others) that Saranac would put about twice as much malt in most of their beers as it would probably double the enjoyment drinkers get when they have their brews.

D: This brew kind of sums up the Saranac main line of beers: average and muddled with too few ingredients. I think this brewery has the know-how to make better beers (see Black Forest and Bohemian Pilsner) but they have hit the mediocre bar a few too many times.

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Photo of gregb13
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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 DirtyPenny
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One in a pint glass, one in a pilsner glass. Glassware is awesome!

A: 1.5 fingers of foamy off-white head atop a dark amber base. Lacing really sticks to the sides of the glass, and the head takes its time fading.

S: Not much. Faint hops and pale malt once it gets warm enough.

T: Frontloaded with piney, bitter hops, this brew eventually settles into a faint mixture of pale and caramel malts. Bitterness lasts on the tongue though, and is what you'll notice a few seconds after finishing a sip.

M: Smooth, viscous and foamy. Slightly dry after-texture, if that makes any sense.

O: Eh, not bad. Hoppy beers are not my thing though, so take this with a grain of salt.

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Photo of errantnight
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A fine, albeit unnecessary, stab at an IPA by way of an Amber Ale.

Pours a nice, copper color with thin head, nice lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is citrus hops and caramel malts, but the malt (which leans bread) is almost in front.

On the palate this is well rounded with a crisp finish and just a touch of sweetness lingering. Bitterness is nice, but it's really more of an east coast pale ale.

I kinda like it, although nothing is standing out, terribly. A fine beer to swig while playing poker with the guys, not strong enough to stand on its lonesome.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a dull, clear, copper brown with a good sized off-white head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S - Light, slightly citrusy hop scent in the nose with a good dose of caramel malt.

T&M - Bitterness at a higher level then I would expect for a brown providing a crispness, but it doesn't seem out of place per se when combined with the malt sweetness. Nice caramel and toffee type notes with the malts. Finish is slightly dry with a bit of a spicy quality. Medium body.

D - An interesting take on a brown. Decent flavors but nothing that really knocks this one out of the park for me. Happy to drink it but not likely to grab it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ight amber color and nice clarity to it. A small head of maybe a half an inch rose up from the bottom and settled down to nothing rather quickly with little in the way of any fan fare.

The aroma was rather light. Lots of malts in this one at first, not really getting the strong hop nose of an IPA. As it warmed though some nice touch of pine came through, but again nothing very heavy. Same can be said for the taste which was nothing to write home about. Light citrus hops, touches of grain and a bready malt base. Not bad really, just nothing really pushing it any direction at all.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, a nice hop presence of pine mostly, with a small hint of citrus. In the taste, a small roast all the way through, with starts of orange citrus to a end of pine hops. A nice hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hoppy aftertaste. Nice mellow hop for a copper ale, kind of mellow for an IPA, but it is a brown ale? Its OK, except I don't know what style it is supposed to be.

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Photo of Bobbysdigital
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured like a copper penny, with a moderate head size egg shell colored foamyness.

Smell - malty, caramel, honey sweetness, don't really smell the cascades at all, kinda surprising for an IPA.

Taste - Malty, and sweet with a nice finish of bitterness, just not as much as an IPA would. But the after taste of bitterness does linger.

Good beer for sure, but if you're a hardcore IPA guy It might not be what you're expecting.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as part of my Beer of the Month club.

a - Pours a copper reddish color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. The head lasts for a few minutes and leaves some nice lacing.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, hops, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, fruit, and hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

d - An ok amber ale. Nothing really stood out in the smell or taste; it wasn't bad, just average. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A=Light cloudy orange/amber with faint head and lacing.

T&S=Slight traces of malt backbone, with some hops coming in the background.

M=Medium bodied, maybe a little light.

Pretty good, too mild to be an IPA, but for an average regular ale, it meets the standard. Decent. Price is good

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Photo of CHickman
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper in color with a foamy 2 finger beige head that faded slowly and left very good lacing rings and a creamy layer on top; bubbles race up this beer, and overall it's a fine looking brew.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, wet bread, toasted grains, faint hops and light syrup; seems to be a mild spice aroma as well.

Tastes like sweet malt, light citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, toasted grains, toffee, light syrup, grass, cinnamon, grass, wheat bread and a metallic penny like finish like a Belgian ale would have; almost tastes like a pine tree or spruce and lacks any real hop punch.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and on the creamy side, with medium carbonation, a medium body and a semi-dry finish on the bitter side.

Decent beer that I was glad to try, but not one that I'd seek out; glad only 2 came in the Saranac 12 pack as this was just an average beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of droomyster
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper body with a light tan head with decent retention and clinginess. Aromas are not as hoppy as most IPAs, but still have an orange zestiness and caramel malt character. Flavors are consistent with the nose with an additional toastiness that I didn't expect but quite enjoy. Lacks the assertive hoppiness of the better IPAs, but the interesting malts make it pleasant to drink.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the Saranac Winter Mix

A-Cloudy Amber, one finger foam head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing all the way down

S-Some hops, not much and floral notes

T-Floral Hops with some bitterness, interesting for an Amber Ale as the bitterness is usually not there.

M-Medium body, not getting any carbonation here.

D-It's drinkable, the hops, although not much, make it a good inclusion for the winer pack.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 20 November 2010. Lunchtime beer!

Poured gently into a Sam Adams Summer Ale glass to give a nice 2-finger head that transforms into a seemingly permanent film on the top of the beer. Lacing is extremely sticky -- this has not been the case with lots of other Saranac beers that I've been trying. Color is clear amber-red. Aroma is nowhere near as nice as the taste. Aroma is a little soapy in nature with only SOME bitter hops, sweet malts and almonds. Taste is not so nice in the first few sips, but eventually coats your mouth with standard pale malts. Some wet leather is also present on the tongue, as well as some nutty characteristics. Besides the sweet malt left on the palate, this beer is quite bitter from sip to sip. If you can handle the bitterness, this is a nice winter session beer, but I'll pass. I would recommend this beer to be paired with food rather than to drink on its own.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
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 letsgopens
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well here I am, continuing my trek through the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack. Haven't had this one yet. Quite an attractive looking beer. True to the namesake, it shows a tarnished copper colored body with some lighter amber/orange highlights. The creamy full head displays a faded beige that holds its shape well and leaves some sticky pillows of lace behind. Slightly cloudy with some sparse rising bubbles.

Lots of sweet, moderately toasted malts. Caramel, toffee, and lots of nutty/toasty sweetness. Mild citrus notes: orange peel and kumquat. Notes of honey and vanilla. The hops are floral and struggle to surface over the dominant malt sweetness. Appetizing and definitely has that familiar, sweet/malty quality one gets used to with Saranac brews.

The initial flavors that come through in the first part of the flavor are very much similar to the nose. That path quickly changes direction and smacks you with a substantial amount of bright, crisp hop bitterness. Very herbal and floral hops fade to more soil-like earth tones. Pine and a hint of lemon zest linger behind. Definitely biscuity, and slightly burnt caramel notes mingle with the sharp, bitter citrus pith and herbal/floral hops. The sharpness fades in to noticeable booze warmth. Some continual metallic notes are definitely present. An assertive brew to be sure, and tasty, but a bit muttled in the flavor department.

Crisp and bright with a matted, dry/boozy bitterness that warms the throat and makes for a good cold weather, yet hoppy, beer in my opinion. Not sure of the ABV, I would guess moderate to high relative to other Saranac brews. An enjoyable addition to the winter pack.

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