Saranac Red IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Red IPASaranac Red IPA
BA SCORE
28%
Liked This Beer
3.41 w/ 200 ratings
Saranac Red IPASaranac Red IPA
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
200
Liked:
56
Avg:
3.41/5
pDev:
13.49%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 63
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 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 vicg12
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice head, decent aroma of hops, but is mulled a little by the malts. Has a good flavor but could use a little more refinement. Pretty much everything about this beer is decent but nothing really outstanding about it. Kind of an ugly color, less red and more rusty dull brown. Way less biter/hoppy than most other IPAs, think a lot of this is because the stronger flavor malts cover up the hops a bit, or that they used less hops so you could taste the malts, idk but the balance between the two is not spot on. Can't hold a candle to the White IPA, but still good and worth a try. People who don't like IPAs might actually like this beer, gateway drug to more hops.

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Photo of GennyCreamAle
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of imbibehour
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 CloudStrife
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Rigorous pour for the hell of it yields a great 3 finger off white head. This sits overtop a clear ruby red body. A decent amount of carbonation. Leaves some good lacing.

S: A blend of piney hops and a spicy hops with a solid malt backbone. A bit of soapiness to it and a hint of metal. Malts provide some carmel tones.

T: I can see the whole cone hop approach to emulate some of the better west coast IPAs but it falls just a little short. The hops provide a good bitterness but lack a bit in flavor. The sweetness of the malt does come through as they had planned and it does compliment.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Mostly clean finish, pretty easy drinking.

Overall not a bad brew but nothing noteworthy either. Saranac tends to have a somewhat carmely taste to me and they incorporate that into this style nicely.

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Photo of cmuir24
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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 mattyrubes
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of sketchyhoodie
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Treyliff
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark amber color with ruby hues, creamy and frothy off-white head with great retention long after the pour

S- grassy hops with some citrus rind, some spicy notes, toasted bread with a bit of caramel malt

T- grassy and citrus hops are followed by an odd lemon-like tartness, reminiscent of a shandy. Mid-palate provides a bit if sweet caramel malt, but not much if a presence. The finish is dry, bitter and tart. The tartness just seems to throw off the balance.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, mouthfeel is just a bit creamy with a smooth finish

O-I had high hopes after the pour and smell, but the taste was just all over the place. For the style, it was lacking a malty backbone. Not one I would seek out again.

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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 hoppytaps
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle of Adirondack Tour pack.

It has a reddish-amber hue to it with good clarity and nice white head lingering off.

It's a medium body.

The taste is much like the aroma with a lot of grains and a slightly lingering hop finish.

I think for the price $9.99 for a 6 pack this is a great beer choice! You can drink it all night.

It definitely has drinkability and for the low cost I give it high marks. I live in NYC so I know the water is the best in the country and this beer proves that to me.

The fruity character I got on the nose is not as noticeable in the flavor. Good bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

OVERALL SOLID CHOICE for a night out.

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Photo of AngusOg
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of puboflyons
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 1, 2013.

It has a reddish-amber hue to it with good clarity and a lingering off-white head.

The aroma has a notable grainy start, a kind of vague fruit note, and a solid hop character to it.

Medium body.

The taste is much like the aroma with a lot of grains and a slightly lingering hop finish. The fruity character I got on the nose is not as noticeable in the flavor. Good bitterness.

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Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of sachie23
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of phishbone23
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of agreenman19
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Kremlock
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark copper in colour. Head was present while pouring and then collapse. No lacing. There is a considerable amount material in suspension. I don't think it's yeast so I assume hops.

S: Bread, caramel and a nice floral bouquet

T: Some caramel with grassy hops present. Hint of bread but the hops overshadow that.

M: Low-med body, good carbonation. Bitterness is well balanced with the malt. Finish is hoppy and dry.

O: Not a bad IPA at all. I would prefer a bit more malt to balance the hops but other then that ti's a good basic go to IPA.

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Photo of HarryPotHead
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hoppy amber ales and red IPAs share a link in common, and it seems that whatever the brewery decides the call the beer- it ends up tasting like the other. This is what happens here...

With certainly a crimson red hue, the brilliantly clear beer showcases well its mohogany shaddows and nearly golden highlights. It's an impressive looking beer, all topped with its moussy eggshell head and lacing by design. It's really hard to fault any aspect of the beer's appearance.

Aromas, on the other hand, invite a balance between citrusy hops and caramel malts. Where the aromas of grapefruit, pine needles, and grass are in abundance so are the rich caramel, toast, and nuttiness from malt.

Acting in reverse, its the flavor of toffee and nuts layer on a heavy coat of malt that seeps deep into the soft tissues of the mouth. It's cola-like sweetness makes it hard for the hops to balance at first, or to then command the beer to finish. It's taste of white grapefruit, citrus peel, pine, and grass is sharp, pungent, and pleasantly bitter but can't become the showcase that those hops deserve in an IPA. The malt and hops battle it out, leaving in its wake residual tastes of butterscotch, shaved wood, and pecan.

Medium bodied throughout, but the residual sweetness keeps the beer fuller longer than is desired in any IPA. Lacking the drying power from fleeting malts, the beer instead relies on its moderate alcohol and resinous hops for dryness, drinkability, and refreshment with only marginal success.

The beer's balance definately favors an amber ale although their proportions are higher. While the hops push upwards of IPA status, the malts do not- they become way too much a part of the profile.

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Photo of apf
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Saranac Red IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 28% out of 100 with 200 ratings
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