Saranac High Peaks Series Imperial IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-06-2012 00:18:00 | More by CloudStrife
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
06-13-2012 03:58:30 | More by CHickman
Saranac High Peaks Series Imperial IPA from Matt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.