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

Saranac High Peaks Series Wet Hop IPASaranac High Peaks Series Wet Hop IPA
51 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of GameChicken
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Gehrig13
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of twillingthenoz
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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 SammyJaxxxx
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Kendo
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of MVotter
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of GTaint
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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 beerborn
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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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Photo of cgise22
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of HuaiDan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
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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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 rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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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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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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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