Saranac High Peaks Series Imperial IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
2.7/5 rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Pours a rusty looking orange color that immediately stands out for its translucence. This beer is perfectly clear; there is no haze whatsoever. Frankly, it is sort of off-putting in an IIPA. I've never seen a beer this large in both malt profile and hop profile be so crystalline. Maybe one finger in total size for the eggshell head. It dissipates very quickly, leaving behind some good, notchy lacing.
This smells exactly like I thought it would: an East coast malt-bomb. Sweet, sugary honey biscuits and cotton candy make for a very sweet malt profile. The hops are certainly noticeable, but they amplify the sweetness. Aromas of old tree sap, lots of resins, spruce. A metallic twinge of pennies when the beer warms. Below average for the style because of the relative lack of citrus fruit; the label proclaims the use of 10 different hops but all I can glean are Northern Brewer, Liberty and Columbus.
Malt-forward on the tongue; deep caramel malt, crystal malt overload. Lots of oily hop resins, but they taste old. Nothing fresh about the hop flavors here. Old pine. Stale orange. Nothing to write home about. This is what I imagine the typical East coast small brewpub IIPA to taste like: average.
This is thicker than I like my IIPAs. I like mine thinner than medium-bodied. This is, as you could guess from the malt descriptions, thicker than medium-bodied. Syrupy. Drinkability is suspect: an 8.5 ABV% combined with boring, stale flavors doesn't make for a very drinkable beer.
Avoid this. I should have, but I'd never had a Saranac beer before and this bottle was pretty fresh.
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2010 01:50:09 | More by Reaper16
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3.91/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières d'ailleurs (St Herblain, Nantes), and tasted in 2014.
Appearance : dark amber color with white foamy head (w nice lacing).
Smell : malty and caramel aroamas.
Taste & mouth feel : hoppy flavors and dry bitter with a long duration.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Style Imperial IPA.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 19:58:30 | More by thierrynantes
Saranac High Peaks Series Imperial IPA from Matt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.