Thursday, July 17, 2014

Saranac Every Day IPA


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1131) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into my Saranac-issued shaker glass. It came as part of the summer mix pack for $14.47 ($1.21 per bottle or $0.10 per ounce).

Appearance: Hazy shade of gold with slight orange hue. Pours to a two-finger white, foamy head which laces and retains fine.

Smell: Strong aroma of black and green tea.

Taste: Yet again, I believe Saranac has re-branded one of their brews. This beer was probably known as Saranac Session IPA, though it seems to have gained .2% ABV under its new moniker of “Every Day IPA” (which has apparently caused a copyright infringement of some sort according to ratebeer). Regardless, it’s a pretty standard entry into the highly-hopped pale ale/light-bodied IPA category. The label indicates a “trio” of West Coast-style hops, but the website lists four hop varietals – so which is it? Frankly, it tastes like an all-Centennial hop brew to me as I really don’t get the usual signatures of Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, or Galaxy hops.

What I do get is mild herbal character akin to black and green tea. The malt presence is, not surprisingly, downplayed. Nothing particularly specific about the two-row or “Red X Malt” here. A consistent bitterness throughout the first half of the palette, but genuine hop taste on the finish. A combination of tea and orange juice concentrate with a significant dry bitter bite right as it finishes. It’s reminiscent of many other brews of the style, so it’s not especially unique. Though it’s not in any way bad, either. I have no problem with this beer.

Drinkability: While the taste of Saranac Every Day IPA didn’t blow my mind, I have to say I was surprised by just how quickly I was able to gulp it down. The mouthfeel is not all that thin and the body is not super effervescent, either. It’s got the body and mouthfeel of something in a medium range, but with the actual weight of a lighter beer at 4.9% ABV. That might technically be a tad high to truly be a session beer, but considering you only get two bottles in a mix pack, no one’s going to have difficulty getting them both down consecutively if they so choose. 
Grade: 6/10