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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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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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1.25/5  rDev -65.4%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

tommyguz, May 10, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pale orange with a strong sense of macro-carbonation. Antique white frothy head is one inch and sits rather well. Soapy lace. Minium appeal.

S: Nose of light tart lemon, ginger spice, with flashes of sweet cinnamon and a light dry muskiness of grains.

T: Flavor was semi-dry lemon, ginger with a dash of cinnamon and musky grains that closely followed the nose. A bit stingent at first, lemon grass, fennel sweet, woodsy citrus and oranges, sour malt and candied fruit. Lightly dry, harsh, unpolished finish.

M: Syrupy, medium bodied, touch of sour caramel, acidic, lacks a defined crispness.

O: Overall average offering at best, im a pretty hard evaluater of saisons/farmhouses, love the style, and a hard one to replicate though there are a few good ones made here in the states. Look for a musky belgian yeast, crisp carbonation and spicy nature, this one was meh all around. Some alcohol glow. Grain base was rough, scratchy as well flavor, not particularly smooth or sharply defined.

beerthulhu, Sep 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Didier, Jul 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jul 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

bluerabbit, Jun 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

JAHMUR, Jun 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Satchboogie, Jul 28, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent light orange color with almost no head. Aroma is spicy with some yeast and lemon peel. Flavors of lemon and ginger up front. Some yeast as well but the spicy and ginger flavors dominate. Lemon again towards the end. The alcohol is well hidden. Light mouthfeel but a pretty crisp and refreshing beer. The spicy ginger flavor is almost too much and not all that balanced with the lemon. Its not a style I drink often but this is an alright offering. Overall, one and done is enough for this one.

PicoPapa, May 29, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first thing I noticed was the ABV, which seems unusually high for the style.

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head into my glass. Mid-range color. Active carbonation.

Lemon, citrus and just a hint of ginger round out the aromas on the tip of the nose.

It's too tart upfront, which detracts from the main flavors. Syrupy. Ginger adds a bit of heat but nothing much more.

Mouthfeel isn't much different. Lingering syrupiness kills the mouthfeel.

Alcohol is too high and it's too syrupy. Two points that do not work in favor of this ale.

Brad007, Aug 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Evarigan, Mar 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Gehrig13, Aug 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Rook162, Jul 10, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in an oversized wing glass

A: pours a nicely clear very warm golden color with a ton of active carbonation bubbles, pours with a two finger head that is very fine and creamy with miniscule bubbles, lingers quite nicely before dissipating and leaving spotty lacing around the glass
S: very fresh grassy notes and solid lemon juice like notes a slight black pepper note hits at the end
T: begins with a nice and light lemon note, very subtle, then it moves into what i would call a typical saison like character with some solid barnyard like flavors, does finish with a bit of an odd note which at first i was going to call vinegar but now i notice more as a very slight ginger note, finishes dry. i find it interesting that the 'spiciness' i would associate with the style really disappears as it warms
M: smooth and thick, minimal carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth clean and with a slight cloying note in the throat
O: im becoming more and more impressed with saranac these days, theyre really beginning to come out of their comfort zone and do some innovative things, happy with this one and very refreshing on this 90+ degree night

BigPlay1824, Jul 02, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was suspicious of this beer when I saw it. I'm not a fan of gimmick ingredients in beer, and that's what I expected. However, the beer's smell really won me over. It's a completely clear, golden brew, relatively low in carbonation. The head is essentially nonexistent, but the beer itself is average in appearance. The aroma is what I liked best here. Its ginger quality really stands out, and melds well with a touch of malt and grain, backed by the lemon. I could smell the beer for long time and wouldn't grow old. The taste is a little thin...the smell's qualities carry through, but it could use a more malt based flavor to give it some depth. I was also lukewarm on the mouthfeel, which is somewhat affected by the flavor of the ginger. It's a spicy sensation. The finish is ginger, and although the beer could be better, I did enjoy it.

Suds, Sep 08, 2012
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3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle with no freshness date, consumed on 9-16-13.

A- Almost transparent light copper hue. Lots of tiny bubbles vigorously rising to the top. Really big, rocky, off-white head that mellows down to a respectable layer of froth that kept me company until the glass was drained. Unusual appearance for a saison, but let's get to smellin'.

S- Smells like a saison. It is very yeasty, fruity, and estery. I'm getting more overripe stone fruit aromas than anything lemon, ginger or hops.

T- There is a subtle and fruity initial sweetness, and it definitely nails the dryness that I look for in a saison. However, something about the flavor seems off, but not off enough to completely ruin the experience. Ok, now I'm getting the ginger! There is a prevalent boozy flavor that isn't horrible, but it isn't well hidden or what I would expect from a saison. Furthermore, the wheat malt isn't pronounced enough, and isn't pulling its weight. It is too dominated by the boozy flavor, and a not appealing bitter ginger. There is some lemon there too, but the malt and the hops are too hidden. There are also notes of raisins, grappa, and brandy.

M- Again the wheat isn't pulling its weight, which is evidenced by the body being too thin and lacking smoothness. The carbonation is under-whelming as well. The dryness is there in the finish, and along with the ginger, bitter lemon peel, and modest hop presence, leaves a pleasant tingly, warming sensation, which evolves into a welcome cool and almost minty sensation.

O- I'd like to say this would pair well with sushi, but I think the heavy-handed booziness would overwhelm and hide some of the subtleties of the more delicate types of fish. It doesn't have the ultra refreshing character that I love about saisons, and it tastes weighed down by the alcohol. I have a feeling this is likely a symptom of the brew not being as fresh as it should be. I will look for and will appreciate a bottled on date in the future. This is the first Saranac High Peaks series that I've had, and, while I appreciate the effort, I think there is still room for more care in their craft. I am going to enjoy finishing this bomber, but I won't be purchasing it again. However, I would certainly give the other High Peaks a try, and I'll continue to drink Saranac regularly as a local, budget option.

ElijahRivera, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

civicm87, Jun 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront ginger aroma followed by a mild yeast ester.

The flavor was likewise highlighted by the ginger with a smattering of esters and caramel.

The mouthfeel was chewy with a very dry finish.

Overall an interesting a tasty saison. A bit heavier than I'm used to for the style, but good nonetheless.

plaid75, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Danimal1101, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Yjt2, Sep 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

kaelingirl, Nov 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

polishkaz, Aug 25, 2012
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Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger from Matt Brewing Company
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