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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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 200
Photo of MadScientist
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium-light copper with good clarity. Produces a good head stand with persistent, off-white bubbles.

S: This is a middle of road aroma for an American IPA, not great but not bad. A moderate piney hops aroma with a bit of citrus and a somewhat grassy note. The malt has a light sweetness with a slight caramel note. There is the a bit of the ale yeast fruitiness.

T: The malt sweetness is kind of up with the moderate hops bitterness coming along the back. There is a moderate citrus hops flavor. The balance is somewhat bitter. There is a light alcohol sweetness and a touch of fruitiness. The finish is off-dry and the aftertaste is of a somewhat lingering bitterness.

M: A medium bodied with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: I'll scored this as an American Red, but I wouldn't have scored the flavor too high is it was listed as an IPA. I want a more aggressive hops bitterness in an IPA.

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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 rangerred
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brownish-red with a two finger off-white head. Really pretty impressive head retention and lacing that surprised me quite a bit.

The aroma is a nice mixture of piny hops and caramel/toasted malt. Hops are quite strong but not so much to overpower the malt. The one mark against it is a slight metallic note.

The flavor, unfortunately, doesn't quite stack up to the appearance and aroma. Pine is very subdued with a distracting metal flavor coming through. Lots of caramel with a slight hint of dark bread and light toast. Bitterness is quite high making this beer a little unbalanced. A little tartness on the tip of the tongue and an acrid bitterness on the back of the throat don't go together very well. Mouthfeel is quite sticky, more than I feel it should be.

Overall, this beer is really unbalanced and not too good. The bitterness is too high and doesn't balance well at all. Nice try but doesn't quite make the cut.

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Photo of 401J
2.54/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice 1 finger midget thumb head that hung around and laced long..

Not a whole lot going on with the nose,....nothing pleasant.. I keep getting a faint wet sneaker smell.. Hoping it for some reason is the glass.

Not what I was expecting from an IPA.. Would never have guessed thats what it was.. A bit of malt finished with light hops, i guess. Long, unpleasant finish.

So unimpressed with this craft pack so far.. Hope it improves

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Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy reddish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that hardly died down and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and a mix of citrusy, grassy and herbal hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the hops are a little more prominent and herbal hops linger through the finish. Ther is a very light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The lingering herbal hops in the finish of this beer do not make this one that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #242
Served On: 12/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: Mar 31 - 2012

This was from the current '12 Beers of Winter' mixed pack.

Look: Poured a tall fluffy beige head. Lacing was very sticky. The color was a very clear redish copper. Carbonation was fairly aggressive.

Smell: Heavy English malts with some oniony hops.

Taste: Up front was the malty component that moved into the onion character. The remainder of the palate was very similar to the Saranac Big Moose.

This was basically Big Moose with a slightly different hop profile.

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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 mikeg67
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from a verity pack. Pours amber with a long lasting white head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of orange, citrusy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is citusy, herbal hops and some caramel malt. Finish is long and unpleasant. It was 3rd bottle from the pack I had to pour out.

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Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber, light brown color with a small wispy beige head that settled into a sparse cap. Expected the beer to be a tad more red in color.

The aroma is of steely caramel malts, tin, and some light grassy hops. Not very aromatic for an IPA. Perhaps a touch of citrus or tropical fruit if you try hard enough.

The taste is light but does have a nice hoppy flavor. A touch of orange and grapefruit and a hint of pine and grass. The malt doesn't do too much. It provides a metallic flavor and light caramel. Some tea flavors.

The feel is light and crisp. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Finishes just slightly bitter and dry on the palate. Refreshing.

An ok hoppy amber. The amber malt is fairly tame and the hops provide decent flavor. Drinks very easy.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear deep amber color with a thick white head that lasted the entire glass leaving some nice lacing.

S - piney hops and caramel malt.

T - decent balance of sweet caramel malt and bitter piney hops.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation, goes down smooth and easy.

O - another decent beer from Saranac.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not many reviews on this one. Picked up mixed and matched

A - Head sticks around for a while yet just a 1/4 inch. Lacing is sticky and the hue is a deep brown amber.

S - Smells rather hoppy, raw and aggressive, with a touch of sweet and grain.

T - Not bad it's rather balanced. Hops are pine like but clings to palate a bit. Mostly like a red ale with caramel malt and grains. Not great like Nugget Nectar but not terrible.

M - Seems to be around 6% so it is bitter, yet medium bodied.

Overall not as enjoyable as the white IPA but fairly better than the regular IPA. Being limited and no longer made it reduces a second offering but doesn't really merit a second one.

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Photo of plaid75
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 2012 12 Beers of Winter.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured dry caramel malts and an herbal hop aroma.

The taste consisted grainy malts, a slightly green sweetness, an astringent herbal hop and a touch of sourness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side if the style with a dry finish.

Overall a raw, green tasting ale. Nice choice style wise, but a bit underachieving.

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Saranac Red IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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