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RATINGS: 395   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.


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0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2009
definite citrus, pine and resin in the nose. pours amber with medium head and okay retention. flavor is piney with some resin and grapefruit in the finish. Caramel malt pokes its head in for a little balance. viscous oily hop palate. Overall a good IPA, not imperial by some standards, but hoppy and enjoyable.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (1118) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4612) - 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.

4.6
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Abner (193) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.7
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1281) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4683) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2206) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
generallee08 (756) - 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.


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