RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   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 IBUs and 8.5% alc/vol This is a beer that is truly meant to be savored.

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   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Bottle. As "Saranac Imperial IPA" - Reddish Orange in colour. Very Hoppy; piney and resinous hops, spicy peppery hops. Very fruity; zesty bitter orange, tangy marmalade. Malty backbone; toffee and caramel. Very bitter hoppy citrus fruity and dry throughout. OK, but nothing special. (2010-09)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (6510) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Bottle: Nearly clear amber with a thick, off-white head. Sweet baked bread and orange scent. Taste is sweet, sort of powdery grains.... Caramel malt, candied orange. Light orange-peel bitter. Creamy and soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfontana (932) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Cigarette City. Aroma is malty backbone with tropical fruity hops, light resin and slightly metallic smell. Appearance is light hazy orange-yellow with nice sparkle, 3 finger-width frothy head with good retention and soapy lacing. Taste is sweet malty base with tropical fruits and bitter ending. Palate is medium to full bodied with creamy texture, soft carbonation and dry, lightly bitter finish. Overall, all those malts and hops may just serve to cancel each other out as this is pretty nondescript in terms of aroma and taste. Appearance and palate are nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Drank from a pint glass, poured from a twelve ounce bottle. Pours a nice hazy orange color with a tiny bit of white head. Aromas are mostly hops and mostly citrus hops. Initial taste is nice and smooth but leaves an odd hop profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matty (404) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white film of carbonation. Aroma is caramel with a strong presence of pine hops. Medium-full body, there is a bit of thickness with it. Taste leans heavily to the hop side with the caramel as a backbone. Finish is bitter and slightly dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Panzuriel (2138) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4 pack on clearance from Jungle Jims eastgate. Saranac High Peaks Imperial IPA is a hazy honey golden beer with a thin persistent head of tiny white bubbles. Nose is a mild musty hop with a hint of sweet malts. Taste is initally a bit underwhelming. A little sharp hops, malty earthiness and a bit of subtle sweet malt. Body somewhat flat and fluid. Finish is just a bit bitter. a bit of a disappointing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (2263) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Pours amber orange with a small slightly off white head. Aroma is citrus, caramel and earthy. Taste is bitter with some acidic tartness. Medium bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation. Overall this decent imperial IPA but it is more malt heavy then expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (11266) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle. Lightly funky orange malt and grapefruit peel aroma. Golden yellow with large white head. Sweet over-ripe orange malt and moderately bitter herbal orange peel flavor. Good body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (3091) - 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 ibus 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 (1882) - 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.

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