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
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PicoPapa on 09-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 21
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Blue Tusk.Very fresh but I didn't enjoy it or finish even half my pint. The bitterness is in your face, its not so drinkable. Very vegetable taste. Above average mouthfeel of this salad. lacey and one eighth of an inch head.Balance would be an improvement.

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3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hmm. For a regular pale ale, it would be solid. For a wet hop, it falls short. Reference local favorite PBC Harvest from the hood. Or SN torpedo. Both seem to have much more life to it.

Nice pale ale tastes. Balanced. But I wouldn't know it was a wet hop unless the label said so. Meh.

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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a mug

A: Pours a nice and clear deep golden color with a finger of off white head that is frothy and lingers nicely, leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: Nice citrus hip notes with a bit of funk that i cant really place but is slightly deep
T: citrus hops, slight pine and a bit of apple possibly is present mid sip to finish, nice overall
M: Medium carbonation but still smooth, leaves a bit of dryness on the palate
O: nice brew but is a bit bland on the hops, drinkable but leaves the palate very dry

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had the highest of hopes for this. it pours a clear and fizzy light golden color with a short and fading white head. it smells like the same yeast in most saranac ales, a little fruity, a lot bready, and it crowds out most of the hops, which are oily and citrusy, but dont seem to be as abundant as i had hoped. the taste confirms the noses worst fears, doughy yeast is more prominent than fresh hops. in fact, outside of a bitter note on the finish, i dont get very much hops at all in this seemingly pilsner styled brew. entirely absent is that juicy bitter hop essence i am used to in wet hop beers. its december now, so maybe mine sat on the shelf a little too long, ill chalk it up to that (i hope). good feel though, lots of tiny bubbles, a light body for what it is, and a well hidden alcohol potency. i admire saranac for finally stepping up and making a few experimental craft brews, but this one fell short of the mark for me. as an everyday pale ale it isnt bad, but it didnt feel like a wet hop ipa to me at all im sad to say.

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3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of fizzy foam that dissipates quickly without lacing. Aroma has a grassy hoppiness to it with a substantial crystal malt sweetness in the nose also.

First sip is a rush of grassy/bitter flavor with a sharp bite that fades quickly. A bit of lingering harsh bitter flavor. You can really taste the green hop / vegetal qualities of this beer, but the beer doesn't come together well as a whole. The bitter finish is too harsh and the hop flavors are too biting, all while the sweetness never really asserts itself to meld things together.

I'll pass on this in the future.

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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear amber, not much head and what is there doesn't last long at all.

S-Bland for an DIPA, some citrus and earthy tones.

T-Earthy, resinous, pine, solid bitterness and some citrus.

M-Light, smooth but not much carbonation.

O-Saranac completely missed the mark here. If this was a regular IPA it would be decent but as a DIPA this is just off target. So far the only wet hop IPA I haven't cared for too much. Honestly wont seek it out again.

EDIT-Forgot to say serving type was growler.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was orange colored with a minimal head. There was no lace. A more aggressive pour resulted in a bit of head, but still no lace.

Citrus aroma mostly. Some herbal hops. Sweet malt.

Lots of grapefruit in the taste. Some herbal notes. Caramel malt.

A refreshing beer, good on a summer day.

Not as good as other beers of the same ilk.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a chalice golden body with an off-white 1/2 inch head.

S - Some fresh earthy grains, citrus, honey?

T - Sweetish hops up-front, backed with more bitter hops. Bitter hops lingers until the next sip...and, the cycle starts over.

M - Light to medium texture, plenty of effervescence.

O - This brew retains its hoppiness throughout the experience. Flavorful and extremely drinkable. Refreshing and "fresh" taste. There is also a decent balance between the "sweet" and "bitter" hops flavors referred to above. I think I'd like to try this beer with some spicy chicken wings or some hot nachos.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Saranac Imperial IPA Pilsner Glass. Bottled Sept. 13, 2012.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 2 finger rocky white head. Large bubbles form in the head and break it down fairly quickly, leaving just a spotting of lace. Tons of visible carbonation.

S: More of a bready malty aroma than I would have thought. Some hops are in there but they dont seem to take center stage. Getting a pretty decent spiciness as it warms

T: As with the smell it is much more malty than I had anticipated. The hops are pleasant and do seem fresh but again not really the focus. On the plus side it is very well balanced. Spice seems to be coming from the yeast

M: Light to medium palate, fairly clean and refreshing feeling. Isn't too sticky as some IPA's can feel. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall not an overpowering hoppy ale like many others that are Wet Hopped. Would be a great transition for someone

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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Harpoon pint glass. Body is clear dark golden with a small whitish head. Good amount of rising bubbles fortify that head. Decent amount of splotchy lace left behind.

S: Not much going on in the nose at all, which is surprising (in my experience) for a fresh hop IPA. I get some cereal grains and a touch of florally hops.

T: Sweet, fruity malt foundation with some cereal grains and bread dough, followed by a touch of soapiness and decent grassy & florally hops. Finishes with a bit of lingering hop bitterness - think a touch of lemon or lemongrass.

M: Call it a tad lighter than medium in heft. Carbonation is nice and creamy, justifying a bump up here to a 4. Slightly oily impression in the aftertaste, however - but not enough to be off-putting or detract from the overall feel.

O: Better than I remembered from the growler last year. Still, a little too fruity (that's gotta be the house ale yeast, amirite?) and not quite hop-juicy or hop-bitter enough for me. Drinks easy for a 7% ABV beer though.

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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a pale copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean herbal hops and a light doughy malt.

The taste consisted of soft biscuity pale malts below an active grassy and herbal hop spice. A bit flat and a one dimensional use of hops.

The mouthfeel was light considering the ABV.

Overall a pedestrian IPA. I sincerely expected more.

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Saranac High Peaks Series Wet Hop IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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