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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Red IPA is a twist on a traditional west coast IPA featuring a deep red color from European dark caramel malts. We brew with generous amounts of American hops including Calypso, Palisade and Chinook to give this IPA a distinctive hop aroma. You'll notice a strong hoppy flavor with caramel malt undertones and a unique color that gives this IPA a whole new personality!

63 IBU

Added by plaid75 on 10-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
200
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
13.49%
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 200
Photo of billfear
4.7/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love this beer. A nice crisp amber beer. They combined my two favorite
types of beer, Red & IPA. The "red" takes off the IPA edge. Very well done.
It classified as a Spring seasonal. I am hoping that they make it available year-round.

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Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper color with a thick head into my glass. For something that's supposed to be an IPA, it's not classified as such on here. That may be half-right and it is probably is a hoppy red ale?

Lots of pine tar from hops followed by a slice of buttered bread. Not so assertive. Reminds me of Roxy Rolles from Magic Hat. That too, was a nicely hopped red ale.

Definitely right as far as pine tar and buttered toast are concerned. Very chewy. The hops leave a decent coating on the mouth. Some would say it's average. I think it's quite alright.

Mouthfeel is excellent overall. Piney. Starts to dry up a bit.

Not bad! I'd love to see Saranac try a beer with NZ hops next.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.28/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with a red tinge. 1 finger of beige head fades to nothing. Little visible carbonation.

S: Fruity, peach and pineapple, heated hops and mellow malts. Fruit cocktail.

T: Not the sweetness I was expecting. I get a light and not overly hopped IPA taste with the pine and grapefruit with the addition of the fruit cocktail mentioned above, but not sweet and not overly hopped, quite mild and pleasant.

M: Light to medium body with low to medium carbonation.

O: Quite pleasant and good. Very versatile, and could be drunk with spicy foods, hot foods on a cold day, soups and stews.

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Photo of CaptMaelstrom
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark red color, poured a good head.

S: Big whiff of hoppy bitterness, but some slight caramel, bready notes, as well a tiny fruit aroma.

T: Malty complexity up front balanced by big hop aftertaste. Bready, grassy, bitter, fruity, floral.

M: Chewier than most IPA's, probably from the darker malts used. Still quite refreshing, slightly sticky.

O: This beer delivers what it advertises. It's not phenomenal, but it's well balanced, easy to drink, and a little different than your everyday IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/7/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a coppery red color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness and then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool beer, thanks saranac for continuing to do new stuff, i liked this effort. it pours clear, more red than amber, with a small white head that fades fast. the nose is really hoppy, bitter and citrusy, which stands against but also next to the richer malty profile, definitely dry and dusty like an irish red, not much sweetness at all, although there is a touch of caramel flavor. excellent hop bitterness all the way through, and the finish is crisp and clean, but pungent and dank. i liked the vibe of this beer, perfect in the winter season, and one fo the highlights in this years winter mix, what a pleasure this one. maybe a little too much carbonation, and a more gentle feel could help it, but i thought it was really nice as it is. will rush to consume whats left of these in my 12er.

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Photo of u2carew
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to just a subtle lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear mahogany body. Thin semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Caramel. Toffee. Subtle floral and evergreen notes.
T) Hop bite up front followed by a drowning of malts. Finishes with a spicy spruce kick that lingers in the aftertaste. Biscuits. Caramel. Spruce.
M) Crisp. Dry. Medium body.
O) A solid red ale with a nice hoppy twist. I'd drink more of this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Red IPA
12 oz. brown bottle, code "BB JUN 30, 2014 3503 1047"

Appearance: Wow, it has protein floating in it. It appears to be permanent chill haze. If I move the glass back and forth the proteins move with it, and if I spin the glass and then stop it, they'll keep going in the direction I've sent them in. I don't care, clarity isn't necessary in a hoppy beer in my opinion, it's just that I've never seen that from a Saranac beer. I doesn't even say it's dry-hopped. Maybe it's not. (Ahh, I checked another bottle and it's just the sediment stirred up and held in suspension by the malt). Moving forward, it's still moderately clear, and it's got a beautiful ruby-accented dark copper body. The head is a creamy yellowed beige, and it holds fairly well but should be better. The lacing is better just slightly better than average as well.

Smell: Hoppy. Bright and fresh. It's slightly citrusy, but not overly so, and a bit candyish... slightly grape-ish maybe. It must be the hops. I'm not familiar with Calypso or Palisade hops, but I do get a whiff of piney-ness from the Chinook. Oddly, those hops aren't even listed on the bottle I have. There's some apricot to it as well, and - a very nice bit of very lightly sweet dark caramel.

Taste: As is quite often the case, the flavor basically mirrors the aroma. The malt is fuller, and the hops are intertwined in it. I don't find anything candyish or grape-like upfront, but I do get it in the burp! Odd. It's an interesting addition to the other flavors of pear, apple, apricot, and gently resinous pine. It's really nicely balanced, and I don't really get the whole effect of the 63 IBU's of bitterness until the finish where it lingers. Either the alcohol of the hops add a bit of spiciness to it, and it's quite dry. Surprisingly, most of the malt and hop flavors fade pretty readily.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderately carbonated. Delicately crisp and then smooth... I think it could use a little more bite myself, although I guess that would change the balance by accentuating the bitterness a bit.

Overall: An interesting beer, and one that's surprisingly drinkable, but also with a bit of complexity to it.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep reddish amber with light white foam. Deep caramel nose, hint of cherry. Taste is a malty sweet caramel with a firm bitter hop. Really well blended. Balances the hop and amber sweetness really well. Reviews on this were down, but I really liked it.

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Photo of generallee
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour produced a tall light tan head over an amber colored body with great clarity and some nice visible carbonation.

Smell: There are nice juicy citrus hops and some lighter sweet malty notes jumping right out of the glass.

Taste / Palate: Mild hop notes and sweet bready maltiness mix up front with hop flavor and bitterness building up on the back end. It’s middle has just a touch of caramel and toffee sweetness. The palate is classic Saranac medium body and average easy drinking feel with balances carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real simple off white head just over a finger is produced on the pour. Body is a real nice Amber red, a little bit opaque, with some faint carbonation to be seen. Head settles nicely with a little bit of creamy character, but pretty small. Still a solid looking brew.

Nose is floral a bit, soft hop bodied. Hints of caramel sense kick in just a little bit. That herbal sense with some sweetness kicks in nicely also. Pretty inviting but without a lot of classic IPA bitterness.

Palate leaves a little bit left behind. First sip is pretty uninteresting. Swallow brings a little bit of sweetness with the caramel malts slowly coming behind. The flavor though is more apparent in the aftertaste. The bitterness slowly creeps up with floral hints, and potpuri. It really lingers, and is a nice mix with the caramel like action. The mouthfeel though is just a bit watery though and doesn't hold the beers character for very long.

Overall on first sip this seems ordinary but after the first gulp it's actually quite enjoyable. Not a bad alternative, but it's also quite fleeting flavor wise.

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Photo of fx20736
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bought as part of Saranac's Spring Variety pack from Beers of the World on 4/6/13 for $ 8.77.

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

appearance: sunset red medium amber with a chunky sandstone head. Nice lacing.

aroma: ruby red grapefruit, bready malt.

mouthfeel: just short of full.

taste: bready malt with some grapefruit, some lightly scorched caramel.

notes: as much as their standard IPA is a fail this is one is good. While not a world beater this is pretty good beer.

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Photo of AmitC
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very average and run of the mill stuff. Doesn't even deserve to be called an IPA.

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Almost copper red color. About one finger thick off white colored head with decent retention. Excellent lacing. Few bubbles seen rising up. Clear appearance.

Aroma doesn't have enough going on there. Some weird herb and slight flowery nose. Strength is mild to moderate. A good amount of caramel malt backbone but nothing that comes off great.

Taste has a lot of malt character and body. Very slight bitterness towards the end. Bitterness hops are earthy, piney and very mild. Finish is just about bitter.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly light. Somewhat water like. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard pint glass, color is deep amber, nicely translucent, very large head, light tan in color with some great lacing. Great looking amber ale.

Smell is mild malt flavors, hints of crystal, toast, very clean and light; hop scent is present, stronger than expected, fresh, floral, mix of fruity and piney.

Taste is similar to the scent, subdued, but with the right flavors, clean malts some crystal and toast, great hop bitterness, more on the piney side in the taste.

Mouthfeel is typical for a saranc brew, clean, crisp, slightly overcarbonated for an ipa/red/amber ale.

Overall, great tasting brew from saranac, a little much carbonation, but all the flavors are there, very clean and pretty fresh even being from the spring mix pack.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean looking red/copper color, decent sized light tan head fades at a moderate clip, leaves some patchy lacing on the glass though.

Smell is more caramel malt than hoppy, even if they're advertising it as such, only the slightest bit of pine hop.

Taste definitely leans more towards the caramel backbone than the hops, a faint bitter aftertaste peaks its head before being subdued by the sticky malt sweetness, carbonation level is excellent with a nice creamy mouthfeel, does finish slightly stickier than it should.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Red IPA (2013) - When I first started drinking beer a little over a decade ago Saranac was the first beers I liked. It was my introduction to the micro-brew world and the mass production brews would no longer do. Every now & then around this time of year whether it be for nostalgia or maybe to just visit an old friend I see what Matt's Brewing is up to. This year the White IPA and the Red IPA were the latest brews. The Red is the one I was really waiting for. Average head with excellent lace retention. Deep red body courtesy of Euro Dark Caramel Malts. Good carbonation. Supple IPA smell-- hops and malt. Sharp bite first taste. IPA sting if you will. Calypso, Palisade, & Chinook US hops combine to create that effect. It fades fast to a mid-palate malts fest. Caramel and cream. A little sour note highlighting the end notes. Back mouth it goes all chocolate cupcake-- stout coffee like with red English ale malt. Little to no IPA hop note. Very different than the flowery white. Incredible in its unpredictable taste that ends up being easily drinkable. Light end. Little to no after taste. Again more subtle malt and hops. A little bitter. Not much. Just enough. If you are a fan of Guinness and Killian's this is about as close as you can come in a bottle. Brillant. Simply brillant. 3.75 out of 5. Very good.

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Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a big, frothy, off white white head that has decent retention

S - faint birthday cake sweetness, some caramel, faint citrusy aromas

T - caramel, very faint birthday cake sweetness, mild bitterness, some pine, light citrusy notes

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp

If this were full flavored it would be a great attempt at a west coast IPA as the bottle suggests. It is a nice attempt, but the flavor is watered down. All the right notes are there, but it doesn't impress. It's worth a try, but ultimately there are better.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Pours a reddish copper with a white foam that leaves some webbed lacing on the pint glass.

SMELL: Perfumy, fruity hop bouquet kind of like fruit roll ups, and just a touch of sweet malted grain.

TASTE: Bitter, earthy hops lead the way, pretty heavy presence. The malt body has a faint caramel note, but this is all about hops. Hops flavor of earthy pine, grapfruit and a bit of lemongrass like flavor.

FEEL: Medium bodied, a bit thin, ample carbonation.

OVERALL: Pretty decent little beer here with aggressive hops. A bit harsh, but still drinkable and worth the try.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know what the goal was here, as I didn't read the description here before taking notes. An amber and an IPA hybrid? Regardless, it's decent. Some spice to it from hops. Fairly smooth feel. Easily drinkable. Wouldn't mind things kicked up a notch, but it works. Consistent also.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice mix of caramel malts and piney hops. It's bone dry with a mild bitterness. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth, malty flavor that boasts of pale, roasted, and crystal malts as well as piney hops. It's well balanced with a good amount of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid offering, but there are more IPA's I'd rather have.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "Our Red IPA is a twist on a traditional west coast IPA featuring a deep red color from European dark caramel malts. We brew with generous amounts of American hops including Calypso, Palisade and Chinook to give this IPA a distinctive hop aroma. You'll notice a strong hoppy flavor with caramel malt undertones and a unique color that gives this IPA a whole new personality!"

I will readily cop to being a big fan of F. X. Matt B.C. and their Saranac series of beers. The price point is friendly and the beers are always at least serviceable.

I popped the cap and got the aggro pour going right away. The pseudo-cascade started right up and netted me two rocky, tawny fingers of head with good retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. I once had a girlfriend whose coarse red hair was this shade. I miss you, Lou! Hell, between a new, short hairdo for her and another bottle of this and I would be down at the local recyclers to see how much copper is currently paying out. Nose was much more caramel malt than hops. It also had the brand's characteristic yeast-driven tang. Mouthfeel was soft and creamy and completely unexpected. The taste seemed skewed in favor of the malts on the tongue, at least initially. Letting it roll around, though, produced a light citrus bitterness. I kept thinking back to an earlier EIPA, however. Finish was semi-dry, still more malty than hoppy. I disagree with calling it a Red Ale as it was more than that, but I would not call it an AIPA, either.

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Photo of dank203
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours reddish brown, off white head, very very hoppy. and bitter. still has a good clean taste and dry finish. its off balance, require more malt qualities, its mostly hops. I would still drink this, I like the medium body and clean feel, its drinkable if you don't mind the harsh hops.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great dark red amber color with a bit of head. The carbonation looks great through the glass. Hoppy aroma characteristic of IPA, with floral and citrus notes. Taste follows the aroma with a bit more depth. Notes of caramel, flowers, and accentuated with bitter hops. Definitely more depth and character than a standard IPA. Drinkability is also great. Finishes with more depth and floral notes. Main criticism is that we feel it might be just slightly too bitter.

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Photo of Kendo
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is reddish amber with a small ivory head. A little bit of lacing after each sip.

S: Toffee and caramel malt; not really strong in the nose at all, and I get no hopes that would justify the "IPA" moniker.

T: It has that "Saranac taste" that I believe comes from the yeast they use. Not sure how to describe that other than to say it's a basic fruitiness that seems to inhabit nearly all their beers, no matter the style. . . . Anyway, it's got a solid toffee and caramel malt foundation, but then no real hop presence, other than a modestly minerally bitterness at the finish. Finishes with sweet malt again.

M: Good creaminess to the feel; carbonation is fine. Call it medium in heft.

O: OK. More of an Amber/Red Ale as it's labeled here than an "IPA" as it's labeled on the bottle. Like most Saranac beers, it's inoffensive, but not at all special.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some hops, a bit of sweetness to it. Taste is hoppy up front, malts kicking in at the finish. Well balanced and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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