Saranac Session IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We've created an easy to drink crisp, hoppy ale that is truly pale in color without sacrificing the hop character you expect in an IPA. To make a delicious "sessionable" beer, we selected citrusy centennial hops and an experimental variety from the Northwest U.S.. Look for this unique hop character balanced by the background nuttiness of Maris Otter malt. Not too filling, not overbearing-just laid back and drinkable!

Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 04-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
14.94%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 30
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i thought this was really good, one of the better saranac hoppy beers ive had. the pour is clear and golden, standard looking, with an inch of white head on top that slowly dies down. the nose is really citrusy hops, grapefruit mostly, bitter and crisp. the flavor is a little more balanced, with some very light toasted american barley malt and just a hint of sweetness to calm the bitter hops down. the hops are quite fruity, centennial or citra or something must be. great hoppy finish. the body is really light, indeed a session beer, but i thought the carbonation was also a little light, which made it a little less drinkable than it otherwise might be. overall though, this is a tasty beer, one of saranacs best displays of hops to date in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A session IPA? The ABV is where it should be so this could go either way.

Pours a dark gold/almost copper with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Clean glass by the way. Lots of lacing.

Aromas smells of freshly-cut grass with a touch of sweetness from the malt.

Crisp and sweet with just the right touch of hops. "Grassy". Closer to a Pale Ale though. The only thing separating the two is a (slightly) higher hop bite.

Lingering sweet malt and grass make up the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit flat.

Easy to drink but to be honest, you might be better off sticking with a regular pale ale. Most IPAs are higher in ABV too.

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3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam adams pint glass.

A- pours a clear, golden yellow. Medium head that quickly disappears but leaves some lacing.

S- floral, piney hops. Slightly citrusy

T- good balance of hops and malt, but there could be more flavor in this brew. Vanilla aftertaste?

M- medium carbonation, pretty drinkable ipa.

Overall, a good brew. Not awesome, but good. Not the most flavorful ipa but worth it for the price.

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3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought as part of Saranac's Summer Variety pack from Southtown Beverages on 4/26/13 for $ 7.99.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler, served at fridge temp.

appearance: amber with just a hint of tangerine. thick 3 finger meringue of creme brulee head. adequate lacing.

aroma: candied ginger, honeydew

mouthfeel: a little thin.

taste: thick and bready with a melange of earthy hops and a hint of fruitiness.

notes: well done. Saranac is an inconsistent brewery IMO and this is one of their good examples.

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3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by September 2012:

Into my nonic:

A: light golden yellow colored body with a light one finger white head that dies within fifteen seconds. Soft white spider web lacing spots the sides of my glass and for as light as the body is, there is no carbonation seen rising.

S: some lightly spiced earthy hops with a slight bite.

T: all about the hops but still very light, just nothing else going on - almost as if they took an AAL and decided to hop it up.

M: very light, wow, the name defines it, which in turn, yes, is pretty watery, but not gonna knock the brewer because, its just livin' up to its name.

O: I do like this. This is a very worthy summer IPA, best taken during the summer months.

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3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Although not really much by IPA standards, this is a good, enjoyable session beer with nice light but firm character.

Dark gold, it has a big off-white head steadily shrinking to thin ring, a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma is grassy and herbal hops, hint of lemon pith, apple and grain, like a hoppier, fuller cream ale type.

Taste is grassy-herbal hop, dryish with light peppery-grassy bitterness and light sweetness, some mineral with dryer, lightly bitter grassy finish. It is simple but nice, light and crisp, still tasty like a hoppier golden ale or cream ale type. Feel is firm, light but not watery.

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3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light peppery hop together with the characteristic Saranac house yeast.

The taste consisted of a a light earthy hop atop a grainy pale malt.

The mouthfeel was certainly toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a super quaffable ale that showcased enough flavor to keep it interesting.

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3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light gold; half of an inch of soft, white, dense, foamy head; great retention

S - citrusy, orange, herbal, spicy

T - orange, citrus, mild bitter hoppy finish, herbal, slightly piny, lightly nutty, a bit grainy

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This isn't a bad beer, but it's not my favorite IPA from Saranac. The hops are a bit at odds with each other. The citrusy character is one-dimensional and immensely orangey. This could use a bit of balance and maybe a bit of a heavier malt character.

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3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 18, 2012. It pours golden yellow with regular carbonation but practically no head or at least any head that lingers. On the nose there are floral hop notes and some citrus along with grainy malts. The body is about medium and slightly creamy. There is a harsh kind of hop bitterness to the taste so it does taste like an IPA should. There is also a white grape kind of flavor along with grains and a clean finish. If you are looking for a hint of character on a nice, hot day this should do the trick.

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3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another of my local, in-person trader, tone77's latest drop-off.

From the bottle: The "Notes" have everything already. Good job!

Mmmm. The aroma of grapefruit was strong in my kitchen as I poured this into a glass. My pour produced two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I put my nose into the glass just to make sure and it was like being gassed with hops! The lacing that began to form as the head fell was very pretty. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops seemed to be saturating the beer, giving it a grainy texture. I did not mind it since I am a self-professed hophead, but it did not seem to conform to what they told me on the neck label. Finish remained hoppy and it was a decent beer, but I would prefer something with more Ooomph. I suppose that is the tradeoff for a session beer, but I would grow tired of this quickly, I think.

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3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear lightly carbonated gold with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Large bubbles. Head sticks around for a few minutes.

S: Lightly spiced earthy hop with some bite. Sort of a pure hop smell to it, no malt really gets through.

T: An almost medicine like hop that feels a little naked without much malt backing.

M: Light, real easy drinking. Maybe a little watery but I think thats part of the idea.

Overall another drinkable beer that fits well in the summer mix pack.

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Saranac Session IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.28 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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