RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 178   ABV: 5.95%
An IPA with a wry twist, Saranac Rye IPA is an aggressively hopped brew, sure to take your taste buds on an adventure. We’ve stepped away from the mold of typical IPAs and selected premium rye malt and a unique mix of spicy hops. Look for a crisp, brazen finish.

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bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Pours clear medium gold with a small white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is simultaneously hoppy and sweet, mostly grassy and citrus. There’s some earthy funk going on, as well, that detracts from it. The flavor is actually fairly nice, with a good balance between malt and hops, the citrus hops winning slightly. It has a nice, bitter hop finish. The palate is pretty carbonated, even slightly harsh. There is a bit of a watered-down feeling to the whole beer, though, and it comes off as seeming like it’s less than it could have been.

MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2010
12oz - Aroma of rye, pale malts and some resin hops. Flavor matches with a stronger hop finish. Palate is tart and chewy. Not bad.

LilBeerDoctor (4129) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruits, residual sugars. Flavor of toasted malts, light floral hops, sweet malt. For an IPA, this was hardly at all hoppy or citrusy and I certainly didn’t get any rye out of it. Also it was slightly on the sweeter side of things. It was still very drinkable and enjoyable; it just didn’t live up to the advertisement. 7/4/7/3/14 [3.5/5]

fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of toasted and toffee malt, citrus, floral hops. Flavor again toasty and semi-sweet with a light but juicy hop presence. Really no hint of the rye here with its typical spiciness, but still a fine drinker.

Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Pours a lacing, off-white head with a golden-amber body. Aromas of grassy, zesty hops, bubblegum, malt. Flavor is a little spicy hot, some cardboard, and grassy hops. Finish has a spicy bite, dry, and a little bitter.

redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2010
A rye in name only. Lacks some of the traditional traits of rye, notably in color and a spice in the wheat backbone. It is not bad but certainly not much of a rye example. Another example of marketing by the company.

Tanker12 (173) - USA - FEB 3, 2010
Some grass and hops in the aroma. color is of wet straw with a quickly disappearing head. Grass, Hops on the taste and a dry hoppy finish. Not overly complexs or Hoppy but a decent beer.

obguthr (6588) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Weak yet spicy bay leaf and rye aroma. Clear amber, very thin head. There’s some kind of flavor there, but it is really nondescript, perhaps a bit of rye, and maybe some parsley. Hardly hoppy enough to be an IPA. Tastes more like a lager, amber ale at best. Nothing off, just not very well conceived.. Poor gestalt.

Frothmeister (826) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear light brown / orange. Thin off-white head. Aroma is thin, with citrus, toasty malt, Taste is heavy with bitter, metallic hops, a little sweet malt comes through, black pepper? Dark bread, metallic hops, and slight citrus in the finish.

oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Golden pour straw with a vivacious white head which towers two fingers above the beer itself. Unfortunately, it dissipates quite rapidly. The aroma is primarily sweet rye and caramel malt with hints of light fruit and dough. The hop character is barely noticeable, but is fruity and floral. The flavor is much more hop forward- citrus and grass prevail with some sweet caramel malt in the back. The palate is low to medium in body with average effervescence and a clean, crisp, semi-astringent finish. Not all that impressed, but it’ll suffice I suppose.

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