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:
98
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
14.85%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

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2.33/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Boulder pint glass.

A - Translucent gold color. A quick burst of white head leaves behind some light lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus and pine. Honestly, smells a bit like a cleaning product.

T - Citrus and pine flavors return from the smell. Pretty lemony with some light hoppiness. Pretty bitter. Really can't get behind this one.

M - Very light, but heavily carbonated. A bit too much on the carbonation.

This is the last of a fairly disappointing variety pack I picked up. This is drinkable, but with so many similar, better IPAs out there, there isn't much reason to come back to this one.

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2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a bright gold with a thin white head. Head leaves some wispy lace as it goes. Smells...soapy...with faint floral hops. Tastes kinda soapy too, marris otter is pretty prominent as well, hops definitely take a back seat. A previous reviewer described it as a "hoppy pilsner" more than an IPA which is right on the money, which I guess makes sense since they were shooting for a super light IPA. Overall pretty mediocre, that bizarre soapy flavor throws me off, kinda stripped away too much to make it a sessionable IPA.

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2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Glassware: Yuengling pint...Occasion: still in the afterglow of the Christmas holiday...Appearance: thick, meteor-laden chunks in the pale white head; burnt orange body; head laces thickly as well-promising...Aroma: bright, punchy citrus-orange peel and lemon zest--a bit of soap dish affects the scent...Palate: begins medium-bodied; slightly obtrusive at the throat; foamy and soft at the teeth...Taste: oddly a combination of puckerish hops and troublesome aftertaste--not a beer to enjoy slowl--or often--due to this quirk...Overall: Not a session IPA after all, unless I ended up with a bad batch...not among Saranac's better offerings...

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, resinous hop aroma with an earthy, grassy quality that's countered by citrus fruit and pale malt. Some nice earthy pine needle followed by hints of grapefruit, pineapple and lemon peel. Faint biscuit and graham cracker malt. Decent balance of earthy and citrus hop notes.

Medium bodied with a floral hop presence up front that provides some dry bitterness that lingers over the citrus fruit and pale malts into a dry, astringent finish. Some nice grassy and piney flavor that is quickly countered by subtle citrus rind and an odd metallic spice/yeast character. I'm not sure if it's the yeast that they use but all of Saranac's beers have an odd, off-putting taste that lingers in the finish. All of the citrus notes from the nose are completely muted and it results in a beer that has some decent hop flavor that is killed off mid-palate.

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2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottled poured into a tulip.

A: Bubbly dark gold with a finger and a half of white head. The lacing is pretty sticky (which is what bumped this up from a 3.0 to a 3.5).

S: Really lacking in aroma here. To be honest, I'm not sure I can smell anything. The only thing I smell is a little hay or something. I'll give it a 2.0 only because my allergies might be affecting my perception.

T: Even though this is an IPA, malts definitely hit the tongue first. After that a spicy/lemony flavor hits the palette. The spiciness is actually more noticeable than the hop presence. Not bad, but not great.

M: Medium carbonation with a nice spicy finish that lingers a little bit. Nicest part of the beer.

O: This is an easy drinking IPA, pretty refreshing for a hot summer day, but not full of flavor. Wouldn't really look for this one again.

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2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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Saranac Session IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.3 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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