Saranac Dry Hop Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Dry Hop LagerSaranac Dry Hop Lager

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by plaid75 on 02-22-2013

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3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Super transparent brown tinted gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body creating a slightly off-white head rising thick to just about a full finger's length. Drops to maybe quarter of an inch before first sip.

Smell: Light hops, real light almost floral but a bit short.

Taste: Bitter and lightly sour. But of citrus with heavy hops, at first it comes rough and gets a little smoother as the temperature drops.

Mouth: Medium to heavy bubbles, lightly sticky with a grapefruit meets lemon feel at the end.

Overall: Descent brew, more of an intro beer to new advocates trying to come into the game.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.52/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.52/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saranac Dry Hop Lager
12 oz. brown bottle, code "1411298131722"

You can hardly argue against this beer. I was so surprised when I saw the low score on BA. So here's my list of pros and cons...

1- Clear deep-golden/brass body with a frothy head of bright white. Very good retention and surprisingly good lacing.
2- Bright, fresh floral hop aroma over clean bready/straw-like malt.
3- Malty, without adjunct, and backed by a solid 30 IBU's (it actually seems a bit higher). Decent sized beer, not just a hoppy standard American lager. 6.0% abv.
4- The floral, grassy and delicately spicy hops return in the flavor as well.
5- Hops rally again in the pleasant, long-lingering finish. Nice bready/grassy malts.
6- Clean and well-made, with solid ingredients and a great balance.

1- ??? Maybe that it's too affordable ???

This is how I imagine beer used to taste in the U.S. before prohibition. In fact, this is probably even better. It might not have had the dry-hopping back then, but we've got better hops now, and the quality and consistency of all beers are definitely better today. I imagine I'm going to enjoy quite a few of these this summer.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by June 30, 2014.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a one finger mostly white head. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. As the head dissipates over the course of a couple minutes some nice lacing sticks to the side.

S: Mild hop bitterness in the aroma followed up with a clean lager smell. Not much to write home about here but isnt offensive.

T: Comes across as a typical lager with an additional dose of hops. Isn't overly bitter as it only clocks in at 30IBU. Aftertaste gives a bit of malt sweetness. Bready like quality lingers for a bit.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall it is a slightly hopped up version of their american lager. Not as much bitterness comes through as one may expect from a beer with hop in the name.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, 1/4 inch head with some decent sticky lacing.

Smell - Mild bready malts, lager malts, a little herbal , grainy hop aroma but that's about all.

Taste - Very mild lager malts mixed with a little bready note, some very very light hops. Small amount of added sugars provide some sweetness. A little herbal hop note shows up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bready lager malts coat the tongue. Palate gets some minor hops, some sugars and small amount of hops. Aftertaste is very mild, a little bready malt.

Overall - Pretty boring and weak. Nothing about the beer stands out, just something mild to slam down and forget about. Its dry hopped? You surely cant taste that. Forgettable beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger white head. Settles leaving a big bubble lacing behind. Clear, golden-bronze colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral notes. Subtle grainy notes. Not very aromatic for a "dry hopped" beer.
T) Mellow nutty caramel. Grainy.
M) Light bodied. Chalky. Dry.
O) An okay beer.

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3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking lager poured with a deep golden body crystal clear no haze, creamy textured white head holds strong for quite awhile. The band says it's about 30 IBUs and that it's a German style lager dry hopped for an added punch. Aroma has a nice cereal grain, citrus/grassy hop notes. The flavor is great for what it is, a great pizza and beer type of brew. Enough grains and malt sweetness to compliment bread dough/light biscuit malt flavors with a clean rolling, herbal citric bitterness hints of fruity character from the hop additions very mild hop bitterness finishes crisp and clean. Mouthfeel has a lingering bitterness a bit of pelletized hop harshness peaks through but nothing that ruins the experience carbonation pretty dead on for the style light to medium bodied lager, I can't complain about too much. Overall, more flavor than the average Saranac lager, I'm actually a fan of this one. The pack looks like it has a nice variety for this Spring 2014...Irish Stout, Red IPA, White Ale, Dry Hopped Lager, Pale Ale, Forbidden IPA.

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3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours true gold. Amber. Has a fat off white head that lasts and left lace. Clear but does not have too many lager bubbles floating upwards. Nose is really nice! Bright with floral and a touch of sweet grain. A hint of nutty flavor and light sweet grass. Taste is really good. Cracker malt that becomes a bit breaddier as it warms, lightly sweet. The dry hops add a bit of weight to the mouthfeel from the oils they left behind. The carbonation on mine was a bit flat and I did not hear a big "pfffft" when I opened the bottle. It could have had more carbonation to crisp it up a bit. Very clean and the hops did not impart any fruitiness or bitter. A touch of drying in the finish. I like it. Well done Saranac.

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Saranac Dry Hop Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 74 ratings