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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   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 IBU’s and 8.5% alc/vol This is a beer that is truly meant to be savored.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2011
Bottle from Voldby. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are nice bitter hops, malt, caramel and flowers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2011
Hazy orange colored brew. Nice floral hops, some exotic fruits. Flavor is full of hops, bit harsh hopjuice, grapefruit, good bitter, with a lasting grassy bitterness in the end. Bit unbalanced.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhatB420 (601) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Too murky, too tin water tasting and no where near enough hop presense for a upper IPA. Its a bit sweet and tangy too with dried rasins and old chocolate mixing in. Thought I would like this one much more, but at leat the dude at the counter only charged me 5.99 for a six pack.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours copper with a nice beige head and a floral toffee aroma. There is a slightly sour caramel malt flavor, very nutty, with a massively bitter finish. This is a complex and interesting brew, not in the mold of most other DIPAs.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10345) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle from Half Time. Pours copper with a 4 finger foamy/creamy beige head. Aroma is hard to pin down. There’s a lot of stuff. Med+ body. Flavor is floral/perfume over a mild caramel. It’s not harsh and burning, but there’s a lot of hop in here. I think there’s enough to kill bacteria. There’s really a lot of hop in here. I think this is way underrated. My whole view of Matt Brewing just turned 180.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vaiz (3146) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle. Hazy deep orange pour, thick creamy off-white head. Aroma is artificial fruits and quite chemical. Flavor is bitter grassy hops, some pine, chemicals and strangely sweet. Quite bad IPA.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3161) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Pours slightly orange from bottle with an inch of white foam. Not a lot of aroma on the nose which is disappointing. Medium body with a lot of effervescence. A bit of hop flavor on the tongue. Some bitterness to the finish. Meh!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (3469) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2011
Deep orange colour with some very small yeast particles. Smells hoppy and a bit soapy, not enough grapefruit-like smell for me, but nice. Tastes accordingly. Good mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Abio (1519) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2011
Orange, amber coloured beer with some red shine. Almost no head. Earthy-hoppy, light spiced-fruity smell. Taste starts a bit fruity-sweet, to change to a more bitter-light earthy taste. Hops are less at the front then expected. Caramel gets trough also with malts. Biterness is ok.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (6409) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2011
Small but vast creamy white to beige head on top of a clear dark orange, light reddish colored beer. Smell hops and grapefruit, but a bit faint. Taste hops and fruits, very good. Alcohol well hidden, very ’round’ taste. Nice carbo.


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