Saturday, April 4, 2009

Saranac IPA (2009)


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (742) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
I admit I’m pretty new to this beer-reviewing game, but one thing I do know is that I love India Pale Ale. Recently, I tried an IPA that was absolutely delicious and smooth and today I’ll be reviewing a beer that’s almost equally as good. That beer would be Saranac India Pale Ale. Being an appreciator of craft beers and especially of IPAs I can honestly say I really like this brew. It is extremely tasty and smooth, but I can’t help but think something’s missing.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

Saranac IPA pours perfectly with absolutely no air gulps straight from the bottle. Its color is a clear shade of lcopper and forms a nice size head. The head does linger throughout the drink and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass which I always find impressive.

The aroma, upon close inspection, is a distinct hop and floral scent, but not quite as strong as most IPAs.

TASTE

For a beer, Saranac IPA is well above other brews in the taste department. It’s very hoppy and has a well-balanced tart and bitter flavor. The only bummer is the flavor is not quite as potent as I was hoping for. It’s as if they followed the same recipe for other IPAs and added a tad too much water.

FINISH

At least the brew is silky smooth and finishes clean. It does have something of a tingle on your palate if you let it linger, but this is by no means a detriment. I wouldn’t consider this a flat beer.

BODY

It’s not surprising that an IPA would be a bit heavier in body than your typical ale because it’s made with extra hops. Saranac India Pale Ale is somewhere in the middle of medium and full-bodied beers at 5.8%. It’s certainly not a lightweight, quick-chugging beer, but it’s also far from being quickly filling. It’s a good beer to accompany a meal, or to drink on its own.

FINAL THOUGHTS

That a mid-level brewery from upstate New York could make an India Pale Ale this good is nothing short of amazing. As an inclusion to the Saranac “Adirondack Trail Mix” it’s a wise choice and the first beer in the case you’ll want to try. And who wouldn’t want to drink a tasty beer that’s also smooth?

Grade: 7/10