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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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,752
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,955
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
147
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Saranac Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPASaranac Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPA
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 147
Reviews by Imakoniver:
Photo of Imakoniver
4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange slight haze fluffy head that clings. Dank catty spice and grapefruit. A touch of sugar for malt. Sweet breath from floral. Green fresh herbs.taste is dank herbal. A light body and a neutral flavor from the malt. Light stone fruit like peach or mango. It feels lighter than medium. Hops in this are the ones people mean when they say catty. Tangy spice. Piney notes. Firm bitterness that does not linger too long. An unexpected juiciness takes the finish from all that cattiness and I am glad.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac Hoppy Hour Hero moe.saic ipa"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BB MAR 31 2017" and sampled on DEC 2 2016

Wow, I did not realize this was a double IPA until I saw it listed here. Of course that makes sense though as it's got a rich, sweet malt base. It's not that bitter though, or at least the listed 75 IBUs don't come across that way within the full bodied maltiness. But let's backtrack...

In the glass it's a slightly hazy deep gold beneath a creamy head of white that settles to a short cap, and then eventually a creamy, solid surface covering. Fairly thick spots and splashes of lace are left behind, although they eventually fade as well. Still, it's got a fairly nice appearance (I think we can forgive the haze as it's probably dry-hopped).

As I poured it I could smell the hops, and a closer inspection led me to find it piney, a little catty, and tropical/citrusy with notes of apricot, mango, papaya, grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. It's bright, but not bold.

That combination of hop notes continue into the flavor within a sweet doughy malt. It's more piney, catty, earthy and herbal upfront with the tropical fruits coming out towards the swallow and into the lingering finish. As stated, it's not that bitter, yet it somehow finishes dry rather than sweet. Perhaps the alcohol is helping with that. It doesn't show itself clearly, but there is a definite peppery character left behind after the first half of the glass.

In the mouth it's full bodied, I assure you that, despite the fact that the neck label reads "Medium"; and a fine bubbled, slightly below or just at standard level carbonation leaves it smooth and creamy.

Forgetting the price point, which I'm assuming you'll find a bit lower than most others, it would still a great deal even if you had to pay a bit more. I wish it had more of a mosaic hop character, but I'm still happy with what it's got... not sure I've ever had a beer with quite the same hopping. Nicely done.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluescooter
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagoish
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BillRoth
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shopsis
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wafers
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FickleBeast
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Demented snifter.

Pours a clear orange color with a half finger of foam. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy

First sip is full of Mosaic hop flavor. I detect a lot of blueberry notes out of this hop. Beer is nicely balanced with a firm bitterness that doesn't linger.

This may be one of my favorites to come out of Saranac. A great, well-balanced, flavorful IIPA. My only drawback is that it may not be "big" enough to stand against other IIPAs, but regardless this tastes great and is enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of GratefulNole
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kell50
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brauseboof
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9/2...pours a cloudy orange copper, fast rising and moving foam that mostly then settles out. Woody, sandy nose. Grasses, mints, oils. Strong bitter flavor, butted against a sweet malt. Has a syrupy mouthfeel. Oily resiny swirl. Hearty IPA and tasty.

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Saranac Hoppy Hour Hero Moe.saic IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 147 ratings