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Saranac High Peaks Series Wet Hop IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac High Peaks Series Wet Hop IPASaranac High Peaks Series Wet Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by PicoPapa on 09-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 21
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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Brad007
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright gold with a huge, white head into my glass. A little bland color-wise but the large head could debunk it.

Fresh dose of hops in the nose with a lot of pine tar. A bit of malt background to boot. Nothing spectacular.

Surprisingly light and crisp with a balanced dose of piney hops and buttery malt to boot. You don't get pounded over the head with hops, which I appreciate.

Mouthfeel consists of buttery malt and piney hops in a diminished state. Finishes surprisingly clean.

A decent, balanced IPA from Saranac. They've really stepped up their game as far as bombers are concerned.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mtdewa1
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Samtoberfest
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Saranac High Peaks Series Wet Hop IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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