Saranac “India Pale Ale” Review (#081)

FX Matt Brewery
“India Pale Ale”
Utica, NY

From The Brewery:

A hop lover’s delight. In the India Pale Ale tradition this brew is very hoppy in both aroma and flavor from the generous amounts of cascade hops used in brewing. Look for a medium to full body and golden straw color.

Beer Style: American I.P.A.
Malt Selections: North American two-row
Hop Selections: Cascade
Color: Golden straw color
Mouthfeel / Body: Medium
Food Companions: Seafood, pizza, mexican
ABV: 5.8%
Original Gravity: 14.50


Appearance: A nice, golden yellow ale, enjoyed in a pint glass. It was topped off by a white lacing head.

Smell:Not too strong smelling. It gives us hops up front; cascade citrus and floral notes.  There is a bit of malt in the background.

Taste: Mild tasting; it has a balance between the hops and malts, but there isn’t a ton of either. The hops come out in a citrus lemon fashion, that is backed by lightly toasted sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium; feels good on the palate and it is nicely refreshing

Drinkability: Medium – not too strong and nothing rough.

Notes: I normally enjoy IPAs more than Pale Ales, but Saranac’s Pale Ale is more enjoyable for me. The Imperial Pale Ale has the hops I am looking for from an IPA. A good transition beer for someone new to hoppy brews.


One comment on “Saranac “India Pale Ale” Review (#081)

  1. Sam Cavero says:

    I received a batch of those from beer of the month club, very good stuff, solid IPA although I have to agree with you it was a mild IPA, a good entry level yet refreshing brew. Good review.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s