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Saranac High Peaks Imperial IPA

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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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The First in our series, Saranac Imperial IPA, is brewed with ten different malts and ten different hops to make a delectably flavored and complex Imperial IPA. AT 85 IBUís and 8.5% alc/vol This is a beer that is truly meant to be savored.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
generallee08 (714) - 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.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4105) - Beaver Valley, 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.
Earlier Rating: 7/26/2007 Total Score: 1.5
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7912) - 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.
Earlier Rating: 2/21/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle from Caponeís. Nice hazy ruby coppery color with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of bready caramel malt, big hops, some funky fruit notes. Tastes resiny and hoppy, with some funky and black peppery notes and a firm caramel malt base. Pretty thick and complex. Nice.

3.9
   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.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Erzengel (2708) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2013
Ratig from 2010: Der Antrunk ist sŁŖlich-malzig, leicht herb, leicht zitronig, was zum Hauptteil neben der penetranten SŁŖe kaum heraus kommt. Insgesamt enttauschend, zu sŁŖ. Es fehlt an an Hopfenaromen! Als Imperial IPA ein schlechtes Bier!
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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ads135 (3036) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Has the flavor of an okay IPA with some added malt character. The alcohol is impressive.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zita (4740) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2013
light bread aroma,,amber, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, bitter, long finish,

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hansen (6768) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2566) - 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.
Earlier Rating: 5/5/2007 Total Score: 2.9
One bottle from BOTW. Noticeable yeast aroma. Initial hops and yeast flavor with a bitter bite. Ending of citrus. Ok for the type, but not my style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5145) - 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.


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