Saturday, February 6, 2010
Saranac Rye IPA
The Matt Brewing company has been around for over 120 years, putting it in rare company in the US. The brewery itself is located in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack mountains, and remains a historical landmark in Utica. The brewers at Saranac are constantly putting out new beers - but not necessarily wild and crazy concoctions like many other craft brewers. These guys are known for releasing old fashioned, but tried-and-true rarities that are starting to make a comeback into the brewing scene's mainstream.
This Rye IPA is a prime example. Saranac's regular IPA is as good as any I have had, but they have mixed it up a little using an ancient recipe that included Rye malt and a mix of spicy hops. The result is a less bitter, but very appetizing take on the India Pale Ale.
This one was released as part of a winter mix pack and surprisingly fits well with the cold weather. I am most pleased with the very clean, crisp finish. I will stay on the lookout for anything coming down the road from Saranac!