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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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

usually a winter offering, this some times shows up in other places. a hopped up amber ale that retains some malt sweetness while still dropping a heavy dose of hops in the finish. good on hearty winter days, but also works on chilly summer nights when its around. the pour is medium amber, like maple syrup, with good carbonation and a just off white head an inch tall. it smells like an English ipa, with a lot more malt to balance than most American versions. yeast is a little generic on the taste, and that's my main critique. something a little more interesting or sturdy would pay off I reckon. still, a good bitter hop profile to offset the sweetness of the red malts, and a clean sort of finish for the style. a little more body than I need though, and as such, one or two of these is usually enough for me. good bubbles, but maybe even overcarbonated a tad. not saranacs best beer overall, but something I am happy to pick up a few times a year because I like the style.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with a nice deep copper color with a light tan head on top. The smell of the beer gives off a nice amount of hops. The taste of the beer has a nice citrusy hop kick in the beginning that is kinda sweet, the finish is dry and bitter. The mouthfeel of the beer is decent, nothing too over the top. Overall it's a pretty good brew I think.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

part of Saranac's never ending run of new beers they put out for each season. Pours a nice golden color, tons of head and lacing in this one, lots of bubbling going on.. pretty good lookin beer. Not too much aroma wise, taste is medium bodied. Reminds me of Otter Creek's Copper Ale with a hop kick to it, kind of a 'metallic' flavor but I think it goes really well. A good twist on an IPA and I respect Saranac trying something new. Only two in the pack but enjoyed them both.. recommended.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bready malt. Some subtle piney aromas.

T - It tasted spicy with a good dose of burnt toast maltiness. Some sweet caramel flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good brew. One of the better ones from Saranac.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coopery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a decent hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, nothing outstanding about this beer, just another run-of-the-mill Saranac product.

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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 Jason
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
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 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 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 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 WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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 stakem
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this Saranac variety with me. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with no freshness indication into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears a hazed copper color with 2 fingers of yellowish stained fluffy head head which retains very well and leaves a sticky coating of lace all about the glassware.

The aroma of this brew includes a sweet scent of caramel malt coupled with fruity hops that is quite pleasing. A light amount of sulfur and a familiar Saranac metallic scent reside underneath and into the backend of the nose that takes this brew off in another direction that is not as enjoyable as the initial scents of this brew.

The taste of this brew has a fruity taste upfront that blends into a caramel malt sweetness. A light amount of alcohol is evident along with a minor amount of citrus hop bitterness that is lightly herbal and somewhat sulfuric and metallic in character into the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to amount of carbonation. It is a decent offering but not quite something I would return to again if there were other options. As the brew warms up, it picks up a spicy hop character that is accented by the alcohols presence. Overall not bad.

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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 tone77
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops are present. Taste is hops up front, followed by a good malt balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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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 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 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 RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

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 ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Saranac winter mixed 12-pack at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a nonic, formed a 1" orangey beige head over the slightly cloudy burnished copper brew. Head falls bubble by burst bubble, with lasting lace. Aroma is malty with a touch of tart.

Taste fronts with grain husks, citrus in the middle, and a lightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. Middle of the road brew for me.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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 claspada
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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