Saranac Red IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Red IPASaranac Red IPA

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

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.

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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 63
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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4.5/5  rDev +32%

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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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

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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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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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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Saranac Red IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 200 ratings