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 Brubaker
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- clear, yellow colored with a small off-white head.

S- Floral, sweet, ginger/spice

T- Sweet, ginger/spice, citrusy with a dark-candi background.

M- Effervescent, decent body

O- Definitely a Summer beer (of course). Sweet & slightly syrupy. Drinks better cold.

Would Drink
Might Buy
Won't Make

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Photo of Mohican88
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My girlfriend and I split a bottle, poured into an Ommegang flute.

A-dark golden with a frothy white head that sticks around. Somewhat hazy and definitely darker than I was expecting.

S- I'm pleasantly surprised at how pungent the Belgian yest shows in the nose. The lemon and ginger seems to be hidden by the yeast but it does smell very appealing.

T- The citrus is light but noticeable in the front with typical Belgian yeast characteristics throughout but the ginger really comes through after a few sips in the finish. It is slightly warming and reminiscent of a well made ginger ale.

M- A bit more viscous than I was expecting, but the carbonation was much smoother than prickly which I really enjoyed.

O- I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, I wanted to try it because of the intriguing combination but wasn't anticipating enjoying it as much as I did. I would gladly go for another bottle. Saranac has certainly stepped up their game recently, let's hope there are more good beers in the works.

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Photo of kencarman
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unlike other reviewers here I was not all that bothered by it not being "session-able." High Peaks, pretty much by definition, tends to be Saranac/Matt's Imperial series, so the heavier body and somewhat high abv seemed appropriate for what they usually go for with HP.. Color right: a bit hazy medium pale. A bit clouded, again not all that problematic. The lemon-ginger mix does pop out quite well along with just a little yeast driven pepper phenolic. Nice head. Mouthfeel was more filling than actual gravity seemed to be: suspended proteins, I suspect. Very pleasant, though for my own palate I'd rather have the Imperial IPA HP, or the Russian Imp. Will be trying the Chocolate Orange soon... captured two of these for my summer tastings I do for locals and tourists in the Adirondacks.

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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 Chugs13
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%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of blckout20
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Rook162
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Didier
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of BigPlay1824
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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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 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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Kendo
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Harpoon pint glass. Body is clear coppery-golden with a half-finger white head. Nice fine-bubbled carbonation rising.

S: Interesting - I get a lot of different things: lemon (zest and peel), fruity yeasty esthers and wheat malt.

T: All those different things come together fairly well in the nose, but there's too much in the taste. I get the wheat twanginess, citrusy lemon, some generic spiciness, fruity yeast and it all finishes with some peppery spice, perhaps a taste of ginger, and heat from the ABV.

M: The feel is also kind of all over the place - the fine-bubbled carbonation feels more prickly and sharp on the palate than you'd expect; however, there's also a bit of creaminess towards the back of the sip, which counteracts the slickness up front.

O: Torn between a 3.5 and a 4.0 here; I'll stick with the lower grade. I'm not liking this beer enough for a 4 in this category. .. .

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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