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Saranac High Peaks Imperial IPA

Saranac High Peaks Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Saranac Imperial IPA is brewed with 10 different malts and 10 different hops to make a delectably flavorful and complex Imperial IPA - at 85 IBUs and 8.5 % alc/vol.

MALTS: Two-Row, Munich, Wheat, Aromatic Victory, Carapils, Maris Otter, Vienna Caramel, Raw
HOPS: Bravo, Cascade, English Golding, Delta, Willamette, Vanguard, German Hallertau, English Fuggle, Amarillo, Centennial

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
generallee08 (530) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
It has a medium orange amber colored body with good clarity and a big white head. The head has good retention and makes some good sticky white lace rings on the glass. The aroma has a grainy alcohol smell that mixes into a very powerful hop bouquet. The hop scent is assertive and brings loads of pine resin, citrus, and some old musty/spicy hop notes to the nose. It has a big, sweet grainy and dark bready malt flavor up front with a touch of caramel and smoke. Also there is a very noticeable syrupy and medical alcohol presence throughout. A big hop presence quickly takes over and offers a muddled and overly complex flavor that also brings heavy bitterness. In the end the finish is a slow fading fight between bitter hops and sweet grainy alcohol. On the tongue it has a big full body with a thick, somewhat slick texture that overpowers the seemingly light carbonation. The bottle notes that there are 10 different malts and 10 different hop varieties used to brew its Imperial IPA. I thick that they may have gone a little overboard here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (3942) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2014
This is the same beer as Saranac imperial IPA> So this is one of the better Saranac beers according to the straight ratings. Darker than average clear american pale beer color, reminds me of yuengling original lager. Tea froth top. Sweet floral hop flower aroma. Bitter biting hop taste impact. Syrupy coating hop bitter bite that is really quite irritating. Saranac IPA is on par with this. As a wheat lover I would rate the Saranac witbier way above this. This stuff, is way too difficult too enjoy. Yes, a lingering bitter finish that just will not go away, too medicine for me. Would rate high on this website in a blind test if the king tasters didnít look at the label. Long finish is simply too bitter and offensive, a good IIPA!!! I donít feel or taste that typical Saranac quality here. Will not buy again, as with any DIPA. Almost as offensive as a Bellsís Exp and Lion Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Pours dark straw with off-white head. Nose was resiny hops, tangerine, pale malt. Tasted pale malty, somewhat hot, with a heftier malt and ABV bill that most other Matt brews. I liked the hops and ABV in this, but the malt bill was not quite balanced. Still, not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kencarman (2) - - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
This is an interesting variation on the style. Almost Barleywine-ish in sweetness the hops have more of an earthy sense that the tangerine-ish sense further in the background. Almost candy-like with a strong caramelized malt nose and, in the taste, there too though far more in the background. I rated it a tad higher than I might have because if youíre looking for a variation on the style. this is it. The mouthfeel is medium, but filled with enough complexity to keep it interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zita (4521) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2013
light bread aroma,,amber, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, bitter, long finish,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (6437) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2013
Light brown coloured and hazy. Has a white head. Aroma is a bit odd, sweet, syrupy and old hops. Flavor starts sweet, warming alcohol, heavy bitter finish. Dry, syrupy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2441) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Nice dark orange pour with a white head. Good aroma of hops. Flavor is citrus hops and a nice malty body hiding some of the alcohol. I have really gotten to like this style over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (4869) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Orange pour with light foamy white head. Aroma is orange zest, sweet malt, and breadiness. Flavor is sweet malt, perfumy hops, abv warmth, and a decent floral/citrus bitter. Medium body with good carbonation. A tad more sweet than hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2146) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bob had a couple interesting selections in his fridge last night, and this was one of them. Caramel plus floral nose. Pour is very dark orange and a bit unfiltered. Palate well balanced, though the finish was boozy. Syrupy. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2013
12oz bottle from Premier Gourmet. Clear bubbly amber pour, large foamy off-white/beige lasting head. Floral, sweet fruity aroma, alcohol and a bit of spice. Taste follows, just a tad soapy and harsh - average body, light carbonation, a hint of onion in the finish. ehhh.....

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