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

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Saranac High Peaks Lemon GingerSaranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 04-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 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

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 smithj4
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 brewandbbq
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, $7.99 at Market Basket.

Pours hazy copper with a thin head of white. A partial skim coat remained for the duration of the glass along with some smeary lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a strong ginger presence with lemon zest, apples, cloves, and bubblegum right behind. Very spicy and pungent.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Refreshing.

A blast of ginger starts the palate with candied lemon drops and clove. Spicy, peppery undertones step forward along with honey and sweet apples.

Finishes with a sugar-laced ginger smack.

This beer is very ginger-forward and the Saison charcter is lost. Candied ginger with lemon drops.

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Photo of Yoda22
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of vande
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Creamy white head, imperial pilsner straw yellow , visible bubbles floating to the top

S: Aroma of a slightly musty lemon and ginger saison, some biscuit and cracker

T: Refreshing sweet lemon, a bit of candied ginger and some spicy yeast strain that is refreshing and lightly on the saison side. This is a little more 'wet' than most Saisons , but it really is refreshing and I am sure will be many people's first taste on the Saison side. Slight lemon lime bite of sweetness.

M: Medium to thick body for a saison, mild carbonation

O: Overall a very tasty brew. For the style, it is not quite true to a saison- it is a little heavier than most and not as Farmhouse flavored as some of the more true / originals; however I think most people will be willing to forgive those issues as it is pretty tasty and definitely worth drinking.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Straight pour from 750ml flip-top growler to a tall, straight-lipped cervoise-style Ommegang flute. Filled earlier the same day.

Appearance (4.0): Very broad, fat-bubbly head turns into a slow-receding, tight cap of ivory-colored foam that bubbles away slowly. The body is a slightly hazy, deep gold color. Leaves some spotty suds on the way down, as the head recedes. Very pretty, overall.

Smell (4.0): Up front, this comes off as a very well-built saison with a spice character pushed forward by the (surprisingly subtle) ginger inclusion. Some white pepper, a nice, round coriander character emphasized and made somewhat fruity by a somewhat hefty caramel scent, and a bright lemon scent cutting through from underneath. Overall, quite nice.

Taste (4.0): Here, the ginger really punches through, but doesn’t overwhelm anything here. It’s bright and tingles without burning at all, and is tempered by a strong, biscuity malt body. There’s an acidic, lemony finish that complements a mild, grassy hop character in the end. The ginger has a life of its own though, from start to finish. The typical clove and coriander spiciness is here too, but they hang back next to the lemon and ginger.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Much more subdued than I was expecting, but I suspect this keg was on the old side. The carbonation is mild but tingly, and the body is on the light side of medium but finishes rather dry, thanks to a mix of ABV vapor, an acidic lemon character, and some grassy hop finish. Not a bad feel, doesn’t have the carbonated character you’d expect from a standout saison but pleasing nonetheless.

Overall (3.5): This saison isn’t spot-on in any way, but it’s an interesting take and unique it’s own ways. I’d like to see this hopped with Cascade or something punchy like that, and with good bottle conditioning to give it a better body and feel. But overall, this is a good beer and I’m glad to see Saranac doing some more interesting things these days.

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Photo of Keene
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, golden orange in color with an abundant fluff of foam resting on top, Saranac's limited edition saison fits the bill for a light-bodied summery ale. Although it lacks some of the cloudiness and the phenolics in the nose that one might expect with the style, High Peaks Lemon Ginger does have a fragrant aroma full of lemon zest and fresh ginger and is well carbonated. Aroma hops also show up in the nose as the beer warms to room temperature.

More tart than bitter, this saison has some yeasty character in its taste along with a citrus quality that emerges mid-quaff. Malty flavor, especially white bread crust (from the wheat malt perhaps) stands out more than hops, and a sweetness plays around the edges in the finish. An enjoyable beer, especially with food such as fish or salad, if not necessarily the best example of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of babbules
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz bottle into a pilner glass. I have to say that I really enjoyed this one. I've always been a closet Saranac fan, and this is one of the best I've had from them. It had a good clean pour, with a golden color, minimal white head, and nice lacing. Excellent lemony smell and taste, good maltiness, and a delicate ginger finish. It reminds me of a French dessert! Definitely will have this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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