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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chrisxx25 (82) - - MAR 6, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 Aging this beer for only 2 months has actually really affected the taste. At first the aroma was all piney hops and alcohol. Now hops are still very detectable but cocoa and caramel stands out much more. Originally the taste was straight up hops. Pine, citrus, nice and bitter with alcohol on the backend. Now im hit with a lot of chocolate and caramel upfront. Very sweet, maybe some dark fruit, still a little to complex to disern. Hops present at end. Pine and slightly metallic, not an offensive metallic. Not nearly as hoppy and alcohol is barely detectable. I figured this would be an interesting beer to age as it is brewed with 10 hops and 10 malts. Yes aging decreases hops but I figured malts would age well which they did. So suprised such a short time really changed this beer. From a strong bitter hoppy boozy ipa to a smooth sweet beer. Got another sitting in the closet to sit another few months. Really intrigued to see what happens.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Hello. Do you like hops? Ok, then this might be for you. Bright, citrus, some grapefruit and pine hit you in the mouth. One thing of note is that the alcohol is readily apparent and was somewhat distracting when I had this. If you donít mind that sort of thing (and you probably donít if double IPAs are your thing), then go for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2012
aroma, old malty hoppiness, color, medium lught amber, froth white head some lacing, taste, blanced fairly well, the hops is more on the backend, after the malt cereal sweetness, overall, not awesome but ok, would buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobaidan (521) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours murkey dark amber with a small head. Aroma is lacking for an imperial IPA with very little int eh way of floral hops. Medium in body with a bit of stickiness. Flavor is a bit sweet for the style, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Pour is amber with smallish head. Good lacing. Quite noticeable malts and hops. Pine and citrus. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2407) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle to start poker night. Pours orange with white head. Tastes of bitter pine, tropical fruits, caramel, syrup, and honey. alcohol burn at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10546) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of carmel, grapefruit, orange zest, pine and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit, pine, orange zest and light earthiness with a smooth dry bitter lingering citrus finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (6458) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2012
bottle from liquor store in TN, thanks M.A .. . pours a dirty mop brown .. . light foam .. good lacing .. . light syrup, sap, and bitter mop .. . a bit faded, but the abv is well masked .. . . I did it! And itís all thanks to the books at my local library.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewIPA (88) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2012
12oz bottle, pours red/orange with thick fine-bubbled head. Strong aroma, what I want in an IPA. Very hoppy, in a good way. A very nice IPA that I will buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours orangey amber with a medium-sized off-white head and some good lacing. Aroma is very muted -- some toffee and piney hops. Flavor is bigger, but itís still very mild for a IIPA. Oddly, the sweet, fruity malt (cherry, raisins) dominates the hops. Didnít find the flavor very complex. Came out a bit more as it warmed, but still not there for me. Mouthfeel was thick and sticky.

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