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 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 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 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 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 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 GreenJetta912
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smell is on the fruity side of the hop spectrum. There's a hint of scent that reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard but it's subtle. The color is awsome. Slight reddish hue. A pretty vigoruos pour didn't produce a lot of head. Head diminishes sort of quickly.

The beer has a strong malt backbone in the middle. The hops are not as strong as in the nose. The malts used are a tad roasty which sort of overtakes the hops a bit. Still a pretty good balance and a damn good beer overall. The hops are most noticible in the nose and finish. Not as hoppy as an average IPA but some other tastes thrown in there make this a terrific ale.

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Photo of JayQue
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer...A better Pale Ale than AIPA though. Pours a clear copper color with a big, frothy off white head. Excellent head retention and thick patches of lacing.

Smell is mild caramel malts and grassy hops. Taste is mild as well and fairly true to the aroma...sweet malts and grassy hops. Pleasant but not anywhere near a good IPA.

Mouthfeel is rich enough, somewhat crisp but without the usual AIPA "bite".

Drinkability is good... Goes down easy, pleasant taste. Just not a top shelf AIPA.

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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 jsprain1
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Well the copper definition is sound. Long lasting slightly creamed head leaves a good amount of lace rings.
S- Smells of toffee, a bit fruity (like peach and maybe apricot?). Not quite right though. Doesn't mesh.
T- toffee, a bit buttery (this is a bit out of place in the beer), and a good fruity hop flavor. Well balanced, but that butteryness is off.
M- Moderate-low carb. Just a hint below appropriate body. there is a slickness to it as well.
D- Not a terrible IPA, and reasonably drinkable, but it's somewhat unmemorable.

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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 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 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 sleazo
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A_Pours a medium brown hue with a thick two inch rocky head. Nice looking brew.

S_Metallic hop smell with a minor bit of grain. Not good or bad.

T_First sip reveals a toasted grain taste, fairly dry. This is followed by a nice biterness highlighted by grapefruit and grassy hoppiness. That combination is fairly interesting and makes for a tasty brew.

M_Light bodied with a tight aggressive carbonation. Would do better with a little less fizz.

D_I am actually pretty impressed by this. The hop profile is fairly complex though it does not give the malt promissed by the label. Still this is an impressive offering by the generally mediocre Saranac line.

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Photo of mjrod2142
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

This beer poured a dark amber color with a thin head that looked to get creamier as it settled. The aroma is first like a typical brown ale, but then a citrusy hop note speaks up at the end.

The flavor is unique...kind of like someone mixed a brown ale with an IPA. There's an earthy-malt finish on my lips and the tip of my tongue. I don't particularly like the aftertaste.

Not impressed.

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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 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 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 SaCkErZ9
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges hazy and copper gold in color with a frothy and stiff white head. Lacing is abundant and quite heady.

Aroma is citrus hoppiness and seems to be dry-hopped well. There is also a large dose of caramel malts. Lemon rind and fresh lime round out the aromas.

I dug the flavor of this one as well. Not sure why this is considered and american brown ale, seems like an american amber, but whatever. Slightly sweet up front with some nice caramel and toffe notes. Middle is furuity and finishes with a decent hop bite.

Medium bodied and comforting. Not too much carbonation and the finish is slightly sweet and not overly dry, although the hops creat a bit of tingle on the tongue. A decent beer, as have all of the beers in this mix 12'er have been.

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Photo of ism
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a 2-finger, dense, eggshell-white head leaving tight, sudsy lacing. Nose of sweet malt, bread, faint citrus. Medium body and somewhat chewy with a dry bread feel, surprising piney hops emerge (compared to the nose), subsiding in the finish, with sweet malts lingering.

Good character, the balance morphing in your mouth, but a little too wild to session.

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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 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 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 beerphan
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
2010 Winter Sampler Pack

Pours an appropriate copper color with a creamy off white head. Patchy wall of lace. Carbonation appears mild.

Nose: Herbal citric hops, caramel malts

Slightly cream mouthfeel that only feels a bit too thin. Caramel and toffee from the malts. Average citrus hops with mild bitterness. Mostly balanced but on the malty side of things. Finishes with a metallic tinged bitterness chalky malts that linger.

A decent offering and a welcome edition to the 12 beers of Winter pack.

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