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
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