Saranac High Peaks Series Wet Hop IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by FickleBeast:
3.34/5 rDev -7.5%
22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of fizzy foam that dissipates quickly without lacing. Aroma has a grassy hoppiness to it with a substantial crystal malt sweetness in the nose also.
First sip is a rush of grassy/bitter flavor with a sharp bite that fades quickly. A bit of lingering harsh bitter flavor. You can really taste the green hop / vegetal qualities of this beer, but the beer doesn't come together well as a whole. The bitter finish is too harsh and the hop flavors are too biting, all while the sweetness never really asserts itself to meld things together.
I'll pass on this in the future.
04-12-2014 02:46:40 | More by FickleBeast
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3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
I got this on the cheap so got a few bottles yesterday.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear burnt orange and brass fusion with a 1/2 finger white head atop that left a broken ring as it settled.Alot of biscuit malt in the nose along with mainly leafy hops,the hops are not big but they have a presence.The malty notes are big as well as the sweetness on the palate,caramel and sweet dough with some sugary sweetness over top of a leafy mild fruity hoppiness.Well like alot of the style it's a little to sweet and malt driven but is a pretty good beer,I just want more hops!
01-10-2013 14:21:36 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev -3%
In a pint glass this beer was orange colored with a minimal head. There was no lace. A more aggressive pour resulted in a bit of head, but still no lace.
Citrus aroma mostly. Some herbal hops. Sweet malt.
Lots of grapefruit in the taste. Some herbal notes. Caramel malt.
A refreshing beer, good on a summer day.
Not as good as other beers of the same ilk.
07-14-2013 02:07:59 | More by lordofthewiens
3.9/5 rDev +8%
Bomber bottle without any freshness/bottling date info.
Pours hazed medium golden amber. Off white head, and leaving decent looking fine fileds of lacing.
Fairly tame lemony, citric hop nose.
More lemon, more generic citric notes, resiny hopped up brew.
Flavorful and satisfying. Hops continue to bite long into the finish. Sweet malt on the tip of the tongue.
Well done and for the price its a bargian. Good everyday, fresh tasting IPA
12-16-2012 22:30:32 | More by Billolick
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
Easily one of, if not the best ale produced by Saranac. Not overly powerful because of the use of fresh hops, but the smell and taste are really nice. Fresh, fresh, fresh. Nice pine notes and subtle citrus. Although it's hard to mess up a beer using fresh, whole wet hops, I think Saranac went a little too far by making this brew a Double IPA. The aggressive sweetness and mouth-feel of the malt overrides some of the bright characters the hops have to offer. In the future I'd love to see this as just a standard IPA, so that the hops may shine through as they should.
Overall, good beer. I would order it again!
10-17-2011 14:34:34 | More by Samtoberfest
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
22oz bottle poured into a Saranac Imperial IPA Pilsner Glass. Bottled Sept. 13, 2012.
A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 2 finger rocky white head. Large bubbles form in the head and break it down fairly quickly, leaving just a spotting of lace. Tons of visible carbonation.
S: More of a bready malty aroma than I would have thought. Some hops are in there but they dont seem to take center stage. Getting a pretty decent spiciness as it warms
T: As with the smell it is much more malty than I had anticipated. The hops are pleasant and do seem fresh but again not really the focus. On the plus side it is very well balanced. Spice seems to be coming from the yeast
M: Light to medium palate, fairly clean and refreshing feeling. Isn't too sticky as some IPA's can feel. Pretty easy drinking.
Overall not an overpowering hoppy ale like many others that are Wet Hopped. Would be a great transition for someone
11-05-2012 23:11:47 | More by CloudStrife
2.95/5 rDev -18.3%
On tap at the Blue Tusk.Very fresh but I didn't enjoy it or finish even half my pint. The bitterness is in your face, its not so drinkable. Very vegetable taste. Above average mouthfeel of this salad. lacey and one eighth of an inch head.Balance would be an improvement.
10-27-2011 21:20:04 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -3%
A-Clear amber, not much head and what is there doesn't last long at all.
S-Bland for an DIPA, some citrus and earthy tones.
T-Earthy, resinous, pine, solid bitterness and some citrus.
M-Light, smooth but not much carbonation.
O-Saranac completely missed the mark here. If this was a regular IPA it would be decent but as a DIPA this is just off target. So far the only wet hop IPA I haven't cared for too much. Honestly wont seek it out again.
EDIT-Forgot to say serving type was growler.
10-17-2011 01:00:57 | More by rlee1390
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.
Poured a pale copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell featured clean herbal hops and a light doughy malt.
The taste consisted of soft biscuity pale malts below an active grassy and herbal hop spice. A bit flat and a one dimensional use of hops.
The mouthfeel was light considering the ABV.
Overall a pedestrian IPA. I sincerely expected more.
11-03-2012 23:23:30 | More by plaid75
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of September 13, 2012 printed in yellow ink on the neck of the bottle, under the collar label (“2572”—a Julian code variant). So, nine days after bottling. Fresh. NOTE: I am reviewing this as an American IPA, not a I/DIPA, because even though the brewery calls it a double, the 7% ABV and build of this beer suggest otherwise.
Appearance (3.5): Solid two finger white head that dissipates slowly, kind of loose and rocky with a lot of fat bubbles in the middle of the head. The body is a crystal clear orange gold, and the head finally dies to a thin haze on the surface of the beer. Almost no lacing ☹
Smell (4.0): The nose is good but relatively tame—not horribly aromatic, but the hops come across as a bit grassy. They’re floral, somewhat peachy and citrusy (pineapple), and have a fruity character I can’t quite place . . . definitely opens up quite a bit more as it warms, and the floral tones become much more prominent. This is neat, I like it.
Taste (4.0): The hops come along first with a quick, piny punch, but move into a pronounced noble hop type of spiciness. Kind of dank in the transition. Towards the end, it moves into a very pithy, herbal bitterness, that finishes minty and nicely bitter—takes a while to drop off. Really digging this minty finish, actually. The malt body is a nice, bready, biscuity character, with a light toast that complements the pithy, herbal, minty bitterness well.
Mouthfeel (4.5): Excellent mouthfeel, really great. On the light side of medium. The hop oils feel nice in the body, the carbonation starts tingly and evenly distributed and then foams nicely on the way down, and it finishes very dry.
Overall (4.0): This is surprisingly well-done and very balanced. The mouthfeel is the only part of it that’s really excellent, and the appearance is kind of a letdown (some lacing, but frankly a really good American IPA should have gobs and gobs), but the aroma and taste are both quite good, especially as it warms, and it is distinct from other IPAs in its own way (nice toasty / minty combination in the finish). Not mind-blowing, but it’s really pretty good and definitely a worthwhile beer if you see it.
09-23-2012 01:43:02 | More by fmccormi
4/5 rDev +10.8%
A - A nice looking IPA clear amber brown light with a very nice 1/2 inch of sticky white head that follows throughout the glass. Lovely
S - Pretty hop forward herbal but smooth with citrus tones and gram cracker malts.
T - I enjoyed this wet hop IPA it does have a bit of danker hops but it taste relatively clean. Very smooth yet clings to the palate nicely.
M - Smooth with a light to medium drink ability.
Overall a very nice wet hop IPA pretty much in line with the 7.0% margin. I polished the bomber off easily.
12-25-2012 04:40:11 | More by DrDemento456
3.14/5 rDev -13%
Hmm. For a regular pale ale, it would be solid. For a wet hop, it falls short. Reference local favorite PBC Harvest from the hood. Or SN torpedo. Both seem to have much more life to it.
Nice pale ale tastes. Balanced. But I wouldn't know it was a wet hop unless the label said so. Meh.
02-04-2013 02:53:57 | More by noel2977
4/5 rDev +10.8%
On-tap 1/24/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in providing a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent IPA to drink for a long time.
01-28-2012 21:00:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
Growler from Marcy Beverage. Pours a translucent amber color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is grassy and citrusy. Biscuity with a good amount of hops. A bit spicy. Taste is floral hops. Some bitterness. Fair amount of malt flavor with a flowery finish. Good amount of carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink Imperial Ipa. This is one of Saranac's hoppiest offerings for sure. Pretty decent floral hop flavor with a decent amount of bitterness. Wouldn't mind having it again although it is a one shot deal. Overall, worth a try.
09-26-2011 02:30:59 | More by PicoPapa
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance: pours a crystal clear yellowish orange color with a 2" head that lasts a bit. Some moderate lace develops.
Smell: light caramel and faint hop aroma comes through to the nose.
Taste: caramel, pears, some orange citrus, and mild grassy and slightly oily bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some light dryness arriving late. Aftertaste is short lived and this beer has a nice refreshing quality to it.
Overall: this beer was easy to drink and enjoyable. Flavors are a bit muted but they work.
12-09-2012 18:03:09 | More by Gavage
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from growler into saranac pint glass
Hops where picked during hurricane irene then brewed next day. Extremely limited with only 60 kegs being produced
A light amber color pour, with 2 fingers of head. overall nice complexion
S very hoppy for saranac with a floral burst at the end
T starts out hoppy, turns more floral then finished smooth
O Good beer, easy drinking and leaves a goodtaste in your mouth at the end.An overall semi hoppy beer but good on a nice fall day.would get again and recommend to others if you can find it
10-08-2011 15:23:53 | More by mtdewa1
Saranac High Peaks Series Wet Hop IPA from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.