Saranac Session IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Session IPASaranac Session IPA
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%
 
 
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1
Gots:
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of fx20736
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

Photo of woodychandler
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of dacrza1
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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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is also kind of light, some hops, not nearly as much bitterness as I would expect. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of RoninTK3
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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Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kendo
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear dark golden with a small whitish head. Small bits of lace cling to the glass after each sip.

S: Hops - slightly citrusy, though more green (piney/grassy) or even earthy. Also that Saranac house yeast smell, which is hard to explain but if you drink Saranac beers enough, you understand - as they all start to smell (and even taste) alike.

T: Light crackery malt followed by a touch of bitter (lemony) hops and a metallic/minerally taste. Some grassiness lingering on the aftertaste, but then that fruity yeasty taste counteracts the bitterness with sweetness. Overall impression is that it tastes more like a slightly bitter APA rather than an IPA, but given the "session IPA" moniker, I guess the line between those two styles is bound to get blurry.

M: Carbonation is a bit over-active, but at least it's fine-bubbled and gentle, not harsh on the palate.

O: Like so many Saranac beers, this one tastes mainly like Saranac. Buy a mixed 12-pack of their beers and drink them all back-to-back and you'll see what I mean.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bdn8183
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of gcamparone
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of prisdefer
1.75/5  rDev -47%

Photo of cbord459
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of M_Burkey
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Happyhopper
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of alli4051
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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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of KB24
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange, one finger white head. Some lacing.
S - Light, some caramel and floral notes.
T - The hop presence is light, and not very bitter. There is a crispness to it, but it falls short in flavor. A very simple flavor, which might have been the goal.
M - Light with lots of carbonation.
O - As easy to drink as a light beer with flavors to remind you of the thicker, bitter IPAs. This would be great on the beach, or my deck on a hot summer day.

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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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