Matt Brewing Co.
Saranac Rye IPA
The pour is lively with a nice sudsy white head that clings well as it crackles and subsides. The color is that of golden honey – a lot of orange and deep marigold. The carbonation is well dispersed and steady, but not torrential.
The nose is that of a malted lager, not an IPA. There are faint plum notes disguising what seems like it would be a nice ABV bite. Some citrus rises up, but it’s more acidic and not set as you might expect from an IPA. The malt aroma is nice, biscuity but not quite like sourdough, nor so strong as to be termed phenolic. There is no real rye aroma at all as there is in, say, Blue Point’s RastafaRYE or Sixpoint’s Righteous.
The mouthfeel is decent but – wow, not what I was expecting. The beer tastes a bit sour at first. There is a real bitternes – I hope it’s hops – that leaves a taste that is a bit unpleasant at first, like lemon concentrate, on the sides of the tongue. The finish of the swallow is metallic and sere. There’s a certain amount of that snap of biscuit, but there is a real problem with the citric back of this beer.
To be perfectly honest, I hope this bottle is skunked. I really like MBC/Saranac and this is not impressing me., but after a few more sips, the beer is coming around a bit, but that may be me getting used to it. A slightly calmer citric/floral twang hits the top of the palate, as though this beer were aggressively dry-hopped, and perhaps rye was added in the fermenter, but this is not doing it for me. I’ll try again at a later date, but for now I can’t say I’m wild about this one.
That said, the lacing is very pretty and dense, and the overall aftertaste is one of very dry hops, so not all is lost.