Saranac Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPA
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPASaranac Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPA
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From:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,021
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,695
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.58%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
116
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 01, 2022
Added:
Jun 19, 2015
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  52
SCORE
89
Very Good
Saranac Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPASaranac Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPA
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Rated: 3.53 by LEIGHJ888 from New York

Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Was up at my family's place on the St Lawrence River and grabbed some goodies on the drive up, including this. We have always loved Saranac products, so I was expecting a lot out of this. Boy, oh boy it did not disappoint. I grabbed a can and a kayak to get the hell away from my family and enjoyed this fantastically crafted mosaic IPA in total peace. The pine pleasure notes dazel the tongue, while the 7.8% ABV made the calming kayak trip all the more enjoyable. A very dynamic beer that I wish was available back in Boston, but I will be looking forward to grabbing a pack next summer.
Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.36 by cozmo from New York

May 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.99 by NastyNorseman from New York

Aug 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.67 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Apr 14, 2019
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Rated by Imakoniver from New York

4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I have only found this at our local Hannaford supermarket. It is an excellent IPA. I like it far better than Saranac’s Legacy IPA.
Mar 21, 2019
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Rated by PhunkyMeatstick from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
One more bottle for this Happy Hour Hero!
Feb 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.17 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Feb 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by h4ger from Connecticut

Jan 18, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
i am blessed to have friends all over the country who save me beers to try when we get together if they find something they like, its always a treat to share something new and exciting when catching up with the boys, but the flip side of that is sometimes things get saved a little long, this one was bottled over the summer, and im not sure its held up great, no surprise given the style, but still a worthwhile beer and a cool one to try. the best parts of the mosaic seem faded off in the nose to me, the dry hop profile probably less robust than it was brand new, but it sort of devolves here into something pretty familiar from saranac, which is a relatively malty, and fairly bitter ipa, that really is what i know them for in these styles, and this one follows that trajectory, at least at this point of its life. its still quite obviously mosaic forward which is cool. more oily and bitter than i am used to from these hops, and the texture is a little aggressive, especially when it comes up to temperature a little bit. the balance of the malt is just fine, it doesnt crowd out the hops at all, and the bit of sweetness thats here i think extends this and beefs it up in a good way, i am not being critical of that here, even if its kind of what these guys always do. its not anything super interesting to me, but it checks the boxes for the style well enough. i will make a point to try this one fresher next time i get the chance, i have a feeling i missed the best of it.

edit: and another seven months in the fridge didnt do it any favors. i hate when beer gets forgotten about and then not consumed in its prime, but thats what has happened here unfortunately...
Jan 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Crujones from New York

Sep 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by Knickfan3 from New York

Aug 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by shopsis from New York

Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Mwhitey12 from New York

Nov 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by oberon from North Carolina

Oct 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
"Hints of a faded hop profile" I read in another review. My experience exactly. Mosaic is my favourite hop & I'm in love with Skadoosh IX made with Mosaic. You can just catch a hint of it in the aroma of this beer and then a little more in the taste, but not near enough. The bready & sourish malt flavours overpower the hop instead, which should not be the case based on the name of this beer & it's billing as a double IPA. I thought to myself: This is almost a good beer ... I enjoyed it ok with its tall puffy head & decent lacing, but I don't plan to have it again.
Sep 04, 2017
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Candied orange peel, with hints of a faded hop profile. Some malt and bitterness round it out. There's a month to go on the best by bottling date but I think the beer has moved on.
Aug 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by kkenagy from Oregon

Aug 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.89 by Evilsj from New York

Jul 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.73 by fx20736 from New York

Jun 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by AmitC from New York

Apr 10, 2017
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse NY.
Mar 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.6 by metter98 from New York

Mar 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.94 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Mar 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.78 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Mar 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Feb 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by SonictheBeerhog from New York

Feb 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Feb 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.61 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Feb 19, 2017
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a variety 2016 New Beer 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2017
Consumed: Feb. 8, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 25, 2016; Best by March 31, 2017 at 1:28 p.m. ET

Was happy when my wife sent me a photo of this 12-pack at a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. Saranac was my gateway to craft beer and was surprised to see this variety 12-pack with all four beers ones that I had not tried yet. Throw in the $8.99 purchase price and I was in. Did not realize until I opened that the box that these were quite old. This Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPA was bottled on Oct. 25 with a best by March 31. Would have liked this at least six weeks earlier. On another note I love that .moe was some part of this brew. Was into them for a brief moment.

Poured a deep gold yellow-to-light amber murky color with two fingers of frothy white head. Some light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a healthy dose of Mosaic up front. Also got Citra and hints of dry Simcoe for hops. Also some pine needles, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, guava, papaya, peach skin and floral. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste followed the nose nicely. Wow, this initially reminded me of one of those sugary Vermont IPAs (not the hazy, but Sip of Sunshine, Focal Banger, etc.). Got Mosaic up front, spicy Simcoe, Citra, passion fruit, tropical fruit punch, mango, guava, pineapple, papaya, peach, nectarine and pine needles. Would love to have this fresh out of the tap. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long dry finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this one. Like I said, would have loved to had this fresh. Really think I underrated this a tad. (Overall - 4.00)

3.99 | 89 | B+
Feb 16, 2017
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Reviewed by AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle, drank straight from it at a New Year's Party. Decent, I love Mosaic hops, so was hoping for a bit more of the tropical fruit, "joosy" elements often found in Mosaic IPAs.
Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.12 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Feb 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a vibrant and clear golden to amber color with a white head that recedes to just a memory. Smell bursts into a huge array of citrus and tropical juices. Flavor does not match the high expectations that the aroma implies. Has a much more chalky, almost artificial sweetener kind of flavor. Fell is a little thin, hides the alcohol, smooth, and finishes extremely dry. Overall, this beer had a lot of good things going for it, but came up short due to its flavor, and flavor is key of course. Cheers!
Feb 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by RBorsato from Virginia

Feb 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by plowe70 from New York

Feb 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut

Jan 31, 2017
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Reviewed by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a 12oz bottle with a best by date of 3/31/2017. Pours a copper/amber color with a slight haze. Hoppy citrus on the nose but with malty/caramel/bread undertone. Quite bitter on the palate, some of which might be from the 7.8% abv. Nice effort.
Jan 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.11 by BigTrent from New York

Jan 29, 2017
Saranac Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 150 ratings