nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Clear copper with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is earthy orange, menthol, wood, toffee. Flavors of orange toffee, toasted nut, caramel apple, earthy resin, menthol and woody pith. Light-medium body is well balanced and dryish, with light, smooth carbonation. This would be really good without the menthol.
Drake (7843) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle, winter sampler, Harris Teeter Barracks Charlottesville. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, citrus and herbal hops. The taste is bitter citrus hops and faint male malts. Medium bodied, not very well balanced.
PhatB420 (589) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz into a glass. Pours a caramel, ruby red. Aroma is sour, grapefriut, coned hops, amber waves. Taste is hoppy up front, soapy, sour, and intersting for this hybrid. Smooth going down and no real bite after makes this one thrive on a continous flow. No head retention, the ipa feeling comes and goes rather quick, more like a hoppy amber here, but nice bottle art and the hops are pleasurable. I like to try different beers.
nuplastikk (4090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Filtered brown-amber, thin soapy head. Relatively clean and straightforward west coast amber, in a good way. If calling a beer a Red IPA is what it takes to make a good hoppy amber, I can accept that. Has some nice hop character, but not much fanciness there, just straightforward bittering for the most part. Overall itís pretty clean, well balanced, and enjoyable. Some amber vanilla notes, balanced by the soapy citrus hops. Ambers lose my interest fast, this is not really an IPA.
DocLock (7428) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours clear deep coppery with ruby edged and 2-finger off-white head. Nose is piney resiny hops, mild vinous fruit, caramel malt. Tastes very resiny, sprucey, with caramel malt, some peppery notes, and an overall astringent dryness. Not bad.
jb (2019) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber/reddish. Nose is heavily malt dominated. Palate is the same, with some hop backbone. More of an Amber or IPA, but I liked it.
drjay44 (2446) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, off white head, with heavy lacing, over a clear, reddish amber (SRM 15)......nose is cereal, with caramel malt tones,.....taste is cereal, light toffee/caramel, finishing with a mild bitterness.....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, carbonation low. The hop backbone is understated, so the malts dominate. It comes closer to being an Amber than an IPA. The best thing about this beer is its appearance. It reminds me of some of the Shiner creations. BJCP 6/3/11/4/5
rocbyter (1854) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet malt and hop aroma. Clear orange color with a medium tan head. Mild sweet beginning with a light bitter finish.
Chad9976 (1066) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
India Pale Ales are supposed to be bitter, but theyíre also supposed to taste good. Saranac Red IPA definitely has the bitterness factor going for it, but itís lacking in the good taste department. Hops without taste to back them up are rather boring.
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint.
Appearance: Dark copper/burgundy hue. Forms an average size, off-white, foamy head which leaves plenty of lacing on the glass and never completely dissipates.
Smell: Similar to hop pellets: earthy, grassy scent with a hint of sweetness.
Taste: The bottleís label indicates this beer is a "twist on a traditional West Coast IPA," but aside from the raw bitterness Iím not sure I would compare this to a beer of that style at all. There are some unusual hops used in Saranac Red IPA - Calypso, Palisade, Chinook and Delta (according to the website). These arenít known for imparting citrusy aromas and flavors. Itís just sheer bitterness, and dry, astringent bitterness at that.
The label also mentions "caramel malt undertones," but I fail to find them. There isnít much malt distinctiveness here at all other than a crackery, biscuity taste. Thatís not to say this is a bad beer, far from it. Iím actually more indifferent to this palate than anything else. This is probably the most bitter Saranac brew Iíve ever had, and in that vein itís impressive. Still, itís lacking balance and memorable flavors, so itís also forgettable.
Drinkability: Though noticeably dry and bitter, Saranac Red IPA isnít a challenge to drink. The body is medium with a perfect level of carbonation to give it some energy, but calm enough to enable smooth swigging. The aftertaste is dry, though, but tolerable. The 6% ABV is a bit bigger than I wouldíve guessed, but itís not overbearing.
Wiszard (19) - Derry, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beautiful Red Color. Not as hoppy as other IPAs. Good aftertaste. Small head. Overall an average beer.