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Saranac High Peaks Series Imperial IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac High Peaks Series Imperial IPASaranac High Peaks Series Imperial IPA

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360 Ratings

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kendo on 12-23-2006)
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Photo of TeamMathis
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cloudy amber.
Smell: A bit like strawberry preserves, smoke, and wood.
Taste: Bitter and malty. Aftertaste of cheap vodka.
Mouthfeel: Some thickness and carbonation.

This is definitely an unusual double. The hops are jumbled together with the malt. It doesn't seem to have hints of anything except maltiness, some bitterness, and straight alcoholic aftertaste. Having said that, I really like it. The drink is hardy and full. I probably wouldn't get it again.

TeamMathis, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Qwest_35
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Qwest_35, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber color with white head in DFH IPA glass.

Smell is heavily malt with some citrus notes.

Taste is malt forward with some caramel and mild citrus. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was too malt forward and lacking any significant hoppiness.

TrappistJohnMD, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Rheaume17
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Rheaume17, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of gnolan
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm a huge fan of Saranac beers but was disappointed in this Imperial IPA. I like a strong hop smell and finish and this had neither. It is very malty and the alcohol is taste is present and leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Their Session IPA is much better.

gnolan, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of kell50
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

kell50, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of scantonio
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

scantonio, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of bribo
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

bribo, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of GarretD
4/5  rDev +12.4%

GarretD, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +12.4%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of OGBeach
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

OGBeach, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of chefduff2
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +12.4%

cliff1066, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into it's signature pilsner glass.

A: Pours an deep amber gold with a 1 finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation in the brew.

S: Get some hop notes but also a pretty substantial sweet malt backing.

T: Balanced malt forward approach to an imperial IPA. Would say this leans more toward an English Pale Ale with all of the sweet malts. The aftertaste lingers with sweetness instead of hops.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Real easy drinking for the ABV.

Overall one of the maltier double IPA's I have tasted. Has a flicker of hops but seems to get lost in the 10 different malts.

CloudStrife, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of twillingthenoz
3/5  rDev -15.7%

twillingthenoz, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

bluntedboywonder, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of thomasarose
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

thomasarose, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of cbord459
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

cbord459, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of jurbanik
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
3/5  rDev -15.7%

lvoutlawjlh, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Chugs13, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of BoOmerG
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

BoOmerG, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of mitch3114
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

mitch3114, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that faded slowly, leaving very good lacing clinging to the sides leaving rings as it goes down.

Smells of sweet floral and piney hops to start, with grapefruit, caramel, cracker, biscuit, citrus hops, grains, flowers or herbs, and some earthy or grassy notes; good balance, but this is like an English IPA more than an American DIPA as the hops are just not that strong smelling, but it’s decent smelling overall.

Tastes like it smells with floral hops, strong piney hops, grapefruit, mango, caramel, cracker, biscuit, toffee, toasted grains, herbs, spices like pepper and coriander, grass, faint brown sugar and some earthy notes like peat moss; this hid the alcohol well and the finish was slightly bitter with a grainy sweetness that seemed to leave a hop oil slick across the tongue.

The mouthfeel may be the best part of this beer as it was slick and oily with very light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that seemed to bring out more complexities in the flavor and show great balance.

The 8.5% is very well hidden and this brew went down smooth. What it lacks in DIPA hop flavor it makes up for in drinkability. Give this a try and be patient as it grew on me more after each sip.

CHickman, Jun 13, 2012
Saranac High Peaks Series Imperial IPA from Matt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.