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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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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 89
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- brownish amber, about a finger of head, recedes a little bit, decent lacing.

S- hops, pine, honey.

T- Hops definitely come out, not overly hoppy a little bit piney. Slightly sweet/creamy honey finish.

M- Medium bodied. Not hard to drink at all. Pretty well balanced throughout.

O- Not a bad IPA. Hops well balanced. Nice sweet aftertaste. An above average IPA, but not as good as some I've had.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.53/5  rDev +2%
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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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
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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3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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3.15/5  rDev -9%
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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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/shiny penny in appearance with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt, caramel. No obvious hop presence.
Taste-Muddled toasted malt and caramel, rather weak-kneed hops for an IPA. Unbalanced flavors just swirl around in my glass, never quite melding together. Decent for the price, but average in everything else.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Twelve Beers of Winter Collection 2011:

Pours a lighty coppery brown (of course), with thin non-lasting head.Spotty lace. Scent is grassy and sweet. Taste is decent, very well hopped, slightly acrid. Not as "full" as I expect from an I.P.A.. Nice aftertaste lingers on the palate.

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3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Saranac India Copper Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 161 ratings
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