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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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

way to go saranac! this is ambitious for you, and you pulled it off nicely, props! the pour here is a hazy light copper new penny color, maybe a little more orange than that, with a small and fading minimal white head. good nose too, lots of ginger there, fresh and raw, with a bright farmhouse yeast with plenty of tart funk, almost like the hennepin in that way, but a tad more fruity. flavor is pretty malty on the front end acutally, especially as it warms, buttery and sweet, but in the middle it dries right out and the lemon zest sourness comes in, very summery. i enjoyed this beer with from scratch moroccan meatballs, mint harissa, saffron cous cous with lemon, ginger, pommegranate, dried cherries, and fried shallots, as well as home made pita. an epic meal, and this beer stood up well to and complimented these bold flavors. in this context it was an A, in no contect at all its still a B+. good carbonation and medium body, funky finish. good effort from saranac!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had been looking for this beer for a while and finally found it. I've always liked Saranac's beers and the number of styles they try, and this one is no exception. A great take on a saison, the lemon/ginger flavors really shine through and add a nice touch of spiciness to the overall taste. A very enjoyable, smooth, and crisp beer.. would definitely try again, if only I could find the chocolate orange one!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very lightly hazy dark golden yellow to golden orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat malts, lemon citrus, yeast spiciness, and ginger. Lighter amounts of honey sweetness and floral notes.

T: Similar to the smell, this beer has a wheat malt body with some moderate amounts of honey sweetness. Additionally, there are fairly strong flavors of lemon citrus and spiciness - both from the yeast and the ginger. A little sweeter than I expected for a saison.

M: Very interesting mouthfeel on this beer, slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly upfront while creamy and dry in the finish. Light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Good attempt by Saranac to do a saison (their first as far as I know) but not quite on point for the style. This beer is a little too sweet and a little too heavy in the body. I actually enjoyed this beer but would not consider it sessionable.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark orangish yellow with a big, soft, white head that has good retention

S - belgian funk, lemon, spices

T - lemon, ginger, Belgian funk, apricot, peach, fruity esters, alcohol

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a surprisingly intricate, complex, enjoyable beer from Saranac. It had solid depth and some really nice intricacies. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info.

A- hazed darker apricot, puffy offf white head stays nicely, then a tiny bubble film, collar and some low larger buble sheeting and then loose bits and strands of lace.

S- Strong nose of ginger, black pepper and lemon. Astringent and biting, in a good way.

T- Nose carries through onto the palate. More lemon, heavy ginger and again black pepper.

O- Bright, summery and flavorful, I'd love to enjoy this one on a warm summer day, with some salads, bread and cheeses. Nice saison. Good value.

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Photo of plaid75
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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Photo of beerthulhu
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dropped $7.50 on this from Halftime beverage.com

A - Pour is somewhat thick with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Color is a hazy orange yellow like a pale ale.

S - Fresh ginger and fruity yeasts are what I mostly smell. A splash of tart lemon and maybe some grass also.

T - The refreshing ginger seems to cut some of the edge off of pure lemon tart flavor of this Saison after which mild touches of hard candy and fruity yeasts finish out the drink. Finish is kind of dry but hides the ABV well.

M - Again I am baffled by the 8.5% ABV. It drinks like a 7% at max even though the body is somewhat oily.

Overall its not going to make me run out and buy another but will make me consider getting other later (equally affordable) offerings from Saranac. Great beer!

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Photo of BGsWo22
1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

Photo of Brad007
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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Photo of Suds
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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Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Listed as a saison by the brewer. Pours a lightly toasted straw color with a big fizzy white head that quickly rises and settles. A light cap remained with some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bright and floral. Clovey yeast notes mix with a floral honey and lemon scent. The ginger provides some additional sweetness and an additional spice note.

The aroma is of a lightly bready malt with some caramel notes. A bit soft and thick for the saison style. Noticable ginger flavor which provides sweetness and spice. Noticable lemon flavor as well, similar to the lemon that was used in the SA coastal wheat. Some clove, pepper, and hay round out the flavor profile. A tad on the sweet-side overall.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but has enough spice and farmhouse flavor to offset. The alcohol is a bit noticable and not really wanted in a saison. I'd prefer it to be a little more dry as well.

A good attempt at a saison by saranac. A bit too big for the style and a tad too sweet but it is flavorful.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of kell50
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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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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