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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Photo of Dizzy242
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Ba Review #122
Served On: 02/07/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: March 31, 2012

This was in the 2011 '12 Beers of Winter' mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a murky copper with an orange hue. The head was an eggshell colored white that lasted for a few moments and then dissolved into a thin film.

Smell: Some hints of grapefruit with a distinct maltiness – typical of other Saranac offerings. Also some clean hops that seem present in the Saranac Pale Ale.

Taste: First was a robust hop fruitiness that quickly became overtaken by that signature Saranac malty sweetness. The finish was rather clean with faded notes of grapefruit and that malt sweetness. Aftertaste was slightly dry and bitter,

This beer drinks very similar to the Saranac Big Moose Ale. I think the grapefruit may be the only real quality that sets the two apart.

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3/5  rDev -14%

Saranac India Copper Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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