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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.


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewIPA (83) - 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.


1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Erzengel (2327) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2013
Ratig from 2010: Der Antrunk ist süßlich-malzig, leicht herb, leicht zitronig, was zum Hauptteil neben der penetranten Süße kaum heraus kommt. Insgesamt enttauschend, zu süß. Es fehlt an an Hopfenaromen! Als Imperial IPA ein schlechtes Bier!
--> 6/5/7/6

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Has the flavor of an okay IPA with some added malt character. The alcohol is impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansjelaah (1229) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2013
2011, oranje/bruine kleur, witte/beige schuimkraag, ruikt en smaakt fruitig, hoppig, bitter, beetje alcholsmaak, goed mondgevoel

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GSH1976 (206) - Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy amber/color with about an inch of head. Aroma is caramel malt and bread. Taste follows the nose and is sweet with just a hint of bitterness. Body is medium and somewhat chewy. This is not what I expected from the style and is definitely more slanted towards the east coast/English style. If I didn’t know any better I would think this was a barleywine. This is a below average DIPA.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
adamhorror (78) - USA - MAR 6, 2013
Aroma is caramel and medium malt scent and mild hops. Color is dark amber. Head dissipated too quickly to my taste as the head hold scent flavors longer. I feel like I lost aroma due to this. Taste I got a balanced mix of bitter and sweetness. The beer tastes similar to Sam Adams Boston Lager, but the difference is the Imperial IPA flavor is stronger, it’s the after taste that reminds me of Sam Adams. I’m not getting any specific tastes such as fruit or toffee. The carbonation is higher than I like, the feeling tended to linger on my tongue. I liked this IPA but wouldn’t buy it again. There are other big IPAs I enjoy more. I do recommend it if you just want to give it a try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
Bottled, 355ml from Burg Bieren, Ermelo, Netherlands. Amber with white head. There is a certain harshness to this, quite metallic, hard, dry hop flavour, earthy and bitter. The malts are pretty full on, grainy and a touch stewed. Didn’t quite come together for me, but still ok to drink.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Niko100 (1923) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Rich amber/copper color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of citrus hops, pine, & caramel malt; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, pine hops, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is bitter; Overall, flavor was off - did not care for this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hivemind (697) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Tap @ Pony w James, Andy, Feng. Medium to dark amber, smooth bubble-less large white head, nice look. Aroma and palate are full of earthy wet hops, loose structure, kind of sloppy and sticky but I like the hop profile and the middling consistency.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2566) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a slightly hazy orange amber (SRM 15) body.....nose is pine, citrus, pineapple, toffee/caramel.....taste is heavy cereal, leading to pine, citrus peel, pineapple, vinous tones, with hints of apricot, finishing with a moderate bitterness....mouth feel medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is an interesting take on the I/DIPA style. It is well balanced, with the malt and hop complexities matching each other quite well. It is more nuanced than some and is much more "East Coast" or "English" than many. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (4028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle at GBF 2012-09-07 Göteborg AR: roasted malt , coffee AP: hazy golden/Brown, wee stothy y head F: sugary, caramel, sprity, dry, salty


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