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Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac High Peaks Lemon GingerSaranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012)
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Thunderchief

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

03-04-2013 21:20:42 | More by Thunderchief
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buffcityx

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

06-28-2012 04:53:10 | More by buffcityx
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

06-01-2012 12:07:56 | More by bobv
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kencarman

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unlike other reviewers here I was not all that bothered by it not being "session-able." High Peaks, pretty much by definition, tends to be Saranac/Matt's Imperial series, so the heavier body and somewhat high abv seemed appropriate for what they usually go for with HP.. Color right: a bit hazy medium pale. A bit clouded, again not all that problematic. The lemon-ginger mix does pop out quite well along with just a little yeast driven pepper phenolic. Nice head. Mouthfeel was more filling than actual gravity seemed to be: suspended proteins, I suspect. Very pleasant, though for my own palate I'd rather have the Imperial IPA HP, or the Russian Imp. Will be trying the Chocolate Orange soon... captured two of these for my summer tastings I do for locals and tourists in the Adirondacks.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 19:50:51 | More by kencarman
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

06-10-2012 01:54:08 | More by msarver16
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blckout20

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

07-13-2012 21:17:04 | More by blckout20
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark orangish yellow with a big, soft, white head that has good retention

S - belgian funk, lemon, spices

T - lemon, ginger, Belgian funk, apricot, peach, fruity esters, alcohol

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a surprisingly intricate, complex, enjoyable beer from Saranac. It had solid depth and some really nice intricacies. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:05:51 | More by tdm168
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had been looking for this beer for a while and finally found it. I've always liked Saranac's beers and the number of styles they try, and this one is no exception. A great take on a saison, the lemon/ginger flavors really shine through and add a nice touch of spiciness to the overall taste. A very enjoyable, smooth, and crisp beer.. would definitely try again, if only I could find the chocolate orange one!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 19:55:39 | More by oriolesfan4
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Billolick

New York

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info.

A- hazed darker apricot, puffy offf white head stays nicely, then a tiny bubble film, collar and some low larger buble sheeting and then loose bits and strands of lace.

S- Strong nose of ginger, black pepper and lemon. Astringent and biting, in a good way.

T- Nose carries through onto the palate. More lemon, heavy ginger and again black pepper.

O- Bright, summery and flavorful, I'd love to enjoy this one on a warm summer day, with some salads, bread and cheeses. Nice saison. Good value.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 04:32:24 | More by Billolick
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Mohican88

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My girlfriend and I split a bottle, poured into an Ommegang flute.

A-dark golden with a frothy white head that sticks around. Somewhat hazy and definitely darker than I was expecting.

S- I'm pleasantly surprised at how pungent the Belgian yest shows in the nose. The lemon and ginger seems to be hidden by the yeast but it does smell very appealing.

T- The citrus is light but noticeable in the front with typical Belgian yeast characteristics throughout but the ginger really comes through after a few sips in the finish. It is slightly warming and reminiscent of a well made ginger ale.

M- A bit more viscous than I was expecting, but the carbonation was much smoother than prickly which I really enjoyed.

O- I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, I wanted to try it because of the intriguing combination but wasn't anticipating enjoying it as much as I did. I would gladly go for another bottle. Saranac has certainly stepped up their game recently, let's hope there are more good beers in the works.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 19:16:45 | More by Mohican88
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Vineyardselite

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemons, lemons and than the ginger! What a great brew for the summer!

Got a case of this of the other day at the store, thanks Paul from FP to give me one of your allocations! Pretty sure will not last long!

Pours a little orange, almost clear. Hardly any head so no retention to write about! The rooms fills will spicy, lemon, ginger, lemons, and more lemons. The ginger is the driving force behind this one, a good thing. The brew is extremely clean, crisp and very refreshing. I am not a huge fan of herb/spiced beer but this one really hits the spot on a hot summer day!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 02:11:56 | More by Vineyardselite
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twillingthenoz

New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%

10-30-2012 00:07:14 | More by twillingthenoz
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Yoda22

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-11-2012 20:45:38 | More by Yoda22
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

08-08-2013 22:11:36 | More by wonothesane42
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derekdenim

New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-19-2013 22:28:15 | More by derekdenim
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lovindahops

New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-29-2013 19:54:35 | More by lovindahops
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-18-2012 04:43:26 | More by duceswild
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dropped $7.50 on this from Halftime beverage.com

A - Pour is somewhat thick with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Color is a hazy orange yellow like a pale ale.

S - Fresh ginger and fruity yeasts are what I mostly smell. A splash of tart lemon and maybe some grass also.

T - The refreshing ginger seems to cut some of the edge off of pure lemon tart flavor of this Saison after which mild touches of hard candy and fruity yeasts finish out the drink. Finish is kind of dry but hides the ABV well.

M - Again I am baffled by the 8.5% ABV. It drinks like a 7% at max even though the body is somewhat oily.

Overall its not going to make me run out and buy another but will make me consider getting other later (equally affordable) offerings from Saranac. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:10:50 | More by DrDemento456
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babbules

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz bottle into a pilner glass. I have to say that I really enjoyed this one. I've always been a closet Saranac fan, and this is one of the best I've had from them. It had a good clean pour, with a golden color, minimal white head, and nice lacing. Excellent lemony smell and taste, good maltiness, and a delicate ginger finish. It reminds me of a French dessert! Definitely will have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 16:49:16 | More by babbules
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

way to go saranac! this is ambitious for you, and you pulled it off nicely, props! the pour here is a hazy light copper new penny color, maybe a little more orange than that, with a small and fading minimal white head. good nose too, lots of ginger there, fresh and raw, with a bright farmhouse yeast with plenty of tart funk, almost like the hennepin in that way, but a tad more fruity. flavor is pretty malty on the front end acutally, especially as it warms, buttery and sweet, but in the middle it dries right out and the lemon zest sourness comes in, very summery. i enjoyed this beer with from scratch moroccan meatballs, mint harissa, saffron cous cous with lemon, ginger, pommegranate, dried cherries, and fried shallots, as well as home made pita. an epic meal, and this beer stood up well to and complimented these bold flavors. in this context it was an A, in no contect at all its still a B+. good carbonation and medium body, funky finish. good effort from saranac!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:25:10 | More by StonedTrippin
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fmccormi

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 750ml flip-top growler to a tall, straight-lipped cervoise-style Ommegang flute. Filled earlier the same day.

Appearance (4.0): Very broad, fat-bubbly head turns into a slow-receding, tight cap of ivory-colored foam that bubbles away slowly. The body is a slightly hazy, deep gold color. Leaves some spotty suds on the way down, as the head recedes. Very pretty, overall.

Smell (4.0): Up front, this comes off as a very well-built saison with a spice character pushed forward by the (surprisingly subtle) ginger inclusion. Some white pepper, a nice, round coriander character emphasized and made somewhat fruity by a somewhat hefty caramel scent, and a bright lemon scent cutting through from underneath. Overall, quite nice.

Taste (4.0): Here, the ginger really punches through, but doesn’t overwhelm anything here. It’s bright and tingles without burning at all, and is tempered by a strong, biscuity malt body. There’s an acidic, lemony finish that complements a mild, grassy hop character in the end. The ginger has a life of its own though, from start to finish. The typical clove and coriander spiciness is here too, but they hang back next to the lemon and ginger.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Much more subdued than I was expecting, but I suspect this keg was on the old side. The carbonation is mild but tingly, and the body is on the light side of medium but finishes rather dry, thanks to a mix of ABV vapor, an acidic lemon character, and some grassy hop finish. Not a bad feel, doesn’t have the carbonated character you’d expect from a standout saison but pleasing nonetheless.

Overall (3.5): This saison isn’t spot-on in any way, but it’s an interesting take and unique it’s own ways. I’d like to see this hopped with Cascade or something punchy like that, and with good bottle conditioning to give it a better body and feel. But overall, this is a good beer and I’m glad to see Saranac doing some more interesting things these days.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2012 02:07:55 | More by fmccormi
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Gmann

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Listed as a saison by the brewer. Pours a lightly toasted straw color with a big fizzy white head that quickly rises and settles. A light cap remained with some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bright and floral. Clovey yeast notes mix with a floral honey and lemon scent. The ginger provides some additional sweetness and an additional spice note.

The aroma is of a lightly bready malt with some caramel notes. A bit soft and thick for the saison style. Noticable ginger flavor which provides sweetness and spice. Noticable lemon flavor as well, similar to the lemon that was used in the SA coastal wheat. Some clove, pepper, and hay round out the flavor profile. A tad on the sweet-side overall.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but has enough spice and farmhouse flavor to offset. The alcohol is a bit noticable and not really wanted in a saison. I'd prefer it to be a little more dry as well.

A good attempt at a saison by saranac. A bit too big for the style and a tad too sweet but it is flavorful.

Serving type: growler

06-29-2012 22:25:50 | More by Gmann
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-25-2013 00:23:41 | More by Janeinma
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-25-2012 05:38:54 | More by Chugs13
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Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.