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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

jde123's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle deep pink/orange body, defiantly looks like a great beer and a great Imperial IPA. No head, very sweet aroma, lotís of malts in the nose. Nice, thick palate, silky even. Flavor is robust and complex, a great Imperial IPA, not what I was expecting at all!! Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2560) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Clear golden copper pour with an off white soapy head and decent lacing .... Aroma of rich caramel malts, floral, dank hops and light citrusy pine ..... Taste is of rich caramel malts, bitter dank and floral hops, light citrusy pine with the ibuís biting on the backend .... Finish is dry and bitter with a bit of warming .... Body is medium to full ... Mouthfeel is a little slick .... Feels like there should be way more abv to this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (1177) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Aroma of malt, dried fruit, caramel and hops. Pours a caramel color with a short lasting white well laced head. Dry feel medium body. Taste of malt, hops and caramel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4763) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2015
From a 12 oz bottle at home. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Grassy nose. Flavors of Malt and some citrus. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
actionman7 (2) - - JUL 4, 2015 does not count
This is a well balanced imperial ipa. It has a sweet finish that helps t o round out the hops. I recommend that you try this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Abner (219) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Undated bottle. Pours golden with a fluffy white head that leaves behind some lacing. Smell is sweet and malty; caramel malt, grassy/herbal hops, maybe a hint of tropical fruit. Taste is sweet and malty up front followed by an assertive bitterness. Medium bodied, average carbonation, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshmcg000 (374) - Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2015
Pours gold with a white head. Aroma is citrus hops and caramel malt. Taste is much the same, some citrus hops and caramel malt. Pretty Well done straightforward IPA. Hides the ABV well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Nice orange pour, medium head. Aroma is citrus, pine, malts and hops. Taste is bready, pine, citrus, malts and hops. Nice texture and body. Overall decent. Not top level and not bottom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1320) - Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Pours a fairly clear gold dark orange. Creamy rich head. Fruit juicy aroma with orange pineapple, marmalade, some sweet candy caramel bready malt. Has that fruit pie pastry kinda aroma- real nice. Rich chewy malt with some dry toast malts, fruit hop, candy caramel, could be some fruity esters, almost bubblegummy like I get from some of like stone ipa? I believe. Little bit of alcohol, somewhat dry finish but pretty smooth and soft. Pretty nice for a double. this bottle appears to be really fresh. Im not a double fan but this isnít far from a reg ipa that said I probably like it better than a 9-10% they would attempt. Gets a little thin as it warms. nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4784) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Aroma is pine, mild spices and malts. The flavor is citrus, cereal/malts, mild sweetness and a slightly spicy/heat in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2212) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Dark gold to copper pour with a soapy to rocky eggshell head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is ripe, sweet citrus, caramel, over ripe strawberry, brown sugar, a hint of pine shoots and candy-like fruity and floral notes. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, toast, cereal, somewhat woody pine, light bready malt, a little booziness, and a finish of pine, citrus, caramel, and light piney wood. Medium body, chewy entry, medium, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation, syrupy, dry finish with a light boozy warmth and moderate hop acid twang. Good stuff overall, mild as far as IIPAs go, but decently balanced and light on flaws.

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