Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac High Peaks Lemon GingerSaranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 04-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pale orange with a strong sense of macro-carbonation. Antique white frothy head is one inch and sits rather well. Soapy lace. Minium appeal.

S: Nose of light tart lemon, ginger spice, with flashes of sweet cinnamon and a light dry muskiness of grains.

T: Flavor was semi-dry lemon, ginger with a dash of cinnamon and musky grains that closely followed the nose. A bit stingent at first, lemon grass, fennel sweet, woodsy citrus and oranges, sour malt and candied fruit. Lightly dry, harsh, unpolished finish.

M: Syrupy, medium bodied, touch of sour caramel, acidic, lacks a defined crispness.

O: Overall average offering at best, im a pretty hard evaluater of saisons/farmhouses, love the style, and a hard one to replicate though there are a few good ones made here in the states. Look for a musky belgian yeast, crisp carbonation and spicy nature, this one was meh all around. Some alcohol glow. Grain base was rough, scratchy as well flavor, not particularly smooth or sharply defined.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a translucent light orange color with almost no head. Aroma is spicy with some yeast and lemon peel. Flavors of lemon and ginger up front. Some yeast as well but the spicy and ginger flavors dominate. Lemon again towards the end. The alcohol is well hidden. Light mouthfeel but a pretty crisp and refreshing beer. The spicy ginger flavor is almost too much and not all that balanced with the lemon. Its not a style I drink often but this is an alright offering. Overall, one and done is enough for this one.

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3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first thing I noticed was the ABV, which seems unusually high for the style.

Pours a nice golden color with a frothy white head into my glass. Mid-range color. Active carbonation.

Lemon, citrus and just a hint of ginger round out the aromas on the tip of the nose.

It's too tart upfront, which detracts from the main flavors. Syrupy. Ginger adds a bit of heat but nothing much more.

Mouthfeel isn't much different. Lingering syrupiness kills the mouthfeel.

Alcohol is too high and it's too syrupy. Two points that do not work in favor of this ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in an oversized wing glass

A: pours a nicely clear very warm golden color with a ton of active carbonation bubbles, pours with a two finger head that is very fine and creamy with miniscule bubbles, lingers quite nicely before dissipating and leaving spotty lacing around the glass
S: very fresh grassy notes and solid lemon juice like notes a slight black pepper note hits at the end
T: begins with a nice and light lemon note, very subtle, then it moves into what i would call a typical saison like character with some solid barnyard like flavors, does finish with a bit of an odd note which at first i was going to call vinegar but now i notice more as a very slight ginger note, finishes dry. i find it interesting that the 'spiciness' i would associate with the style really disappears as it warms
M: smooth and thick, minimal carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth clean and with a slight cloying note in the throat
O: im becoming more and more impressed with saranac these days, theyre really beginning to come out of their comfort zone and do some innovative things, happy with this one and very refreshing on this 90+ degree night

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3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was suspicious of this beer when I saw it. I'm not a fan of gimmick ingredients in beer, and that's what I expected. However, the beer's smell really won me over. It's a completely clear, golden brew, relatively low in carbonation. The head is essentially nonexistent, but the beer itself is average in appearance. The aroma is what I liked best here. Its ginger quality really stands out, and melds well with a touch of malt and grain, backed by the lemon. I could smell the beer for long time and wouldn't grow old. The taste is a little thin...the smell's qualities carry through, but it could use a more malt based flavor to give it some depth. I was also lukewarm on the mouthfeel, which is somewhat affected by the flavor of the ginger. It's a spicy sensation. The finish is ginger, and although the beer could be better, I did enjoy it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront ginger aroma followed by a mild yeast ester.

The flavor was likewise highlighted by the ginger with a smattering of esters and caramel.

The mouthfeel was chewy with a very dry finish.

Overall an interesting a tasty saison. A bit heavier than I'm used to for the style, but good nonetheless.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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