Saranac Imperial IPA

Saranac Imperial IPA

Rated 3.295 by BeerPals
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Brewed by F. X. Matt Brewing Company

Utica, NY, United States

Style:  Imperial IPA

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

85 International Bittering Units

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Saranac Imperial IPA is part of the high peaks series of beers. It is brewed with ten different hops and ten different malts. A very limited release.

ID: 24950 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank10687
Overall Percentile77.4
Style Rank725 of 1786
Style Percentile59.4
Lowest Score1.8
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.347
Weighted Score3.295
Standard Deviation0.595

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  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 2.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    bottle from liquor store in TN, thanks M.A .. . pours a dirty mop brown .. . light foam .. good lacing .. . light syrup, sap, and bitter mop .. . a bit faded, but the abv is well masked .. . . I did it! And it's all thanks to the books at my local library.

  • CYBERCAT 10068 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Comes out of the tap a hazy, opaque dark amber with a thick and fine-bubbled pale tan head. Strong aroma is completely like fresh-cut evergreen wood. Seriously hoppy gives the impression of drinking a pine tree - but lacks any real complexity. Full-bodied texture is rough and quite fizzy, leaving behind an evergreen and tingly finish.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottled (from bierzwerg.de). Amber colour with a mediumsized fluffy white head. Aroma is fruity and floral hops along with some sweet malts. Also some slight stinging alcoholic notes. Flavour is alcohol, some fruity and floral hops along with some mild bready and sweetish malts. Flavour ends quite much directly after you swallow the beer, so no real aftertaste.

  • JKBPILL 201 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 7

    This beer has a good amber color and the smell makes me want to open one up and use it for a room fresher, but it has a way powerful taste and finishes like I just ate the most bitter grapefruit, but it is a true Imperial IPA so take it as it is.

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: It has a medium orange amber colored body with good clarity and a big white head. The head has good retention and makes some good sticky white lace rings on the glass. Smell: The aroma has a grainy alcohol smell that mixes into a very powerful hop bouquet. The hop scent is assertive and brings loads of pine resin, citrus, and some old musty/spicy hop notes to the nose. Taste/Mouth feel: It has a big, sweet grainy and dark bready malt flavor up front with a touch of caramel and smoke. Also there is a very noticeable syrupy and medical alcohol presence throughout. A big hop presence quickly takes over and offers a muddled and overly complex flavor that also brings heavy bitterness. In the end the finish is a slow fading fight between bitter hops and sweet grainy alcohol. On the tongue it has a big full body with a thick, somewhat slick texture that overpowers the seemingly light carbonation. Notes: The bottle notes that there are 10 different malts and 10 different hop varieties used to brew its Imperial IPA. I thick that they may have gone a little overboard here.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A coppery-red colored ale. A moderate frothy white head with some hang time. Settlers into a soapy lacing. There’s some body and creaminess to this one. The aroma is hops of floral, pines and citrus. The taste is a drinkable intensity of bittering hops. Good representation of the Imperial IPA.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 7

    I've tried a lot of Saranac beers when I was living up north but never this one so I figured I'd pick a bottle up when I was back up there visiting. Deep amber colored, some nice sticky lacing with an aroma that is sugary, malty with some floral hops. Not an in your face hops kind of Imperial IPA. Syrupy malts, caramel, brown sugars with sweet fruity hops. A bit spicy as well. Pretty well rounded beer from Saranac here. However, these are not really the flavors I look for in an IIPA. The syrupy caramel takes too much away from the hops of the beer. I'd have it again but probably won't seek it out.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This Imperial IPA pours a medium copper gold color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts and piney hops. A medium to lighter bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are piney and citrusy. Medium bitterness IPA, which last a while and builds on the palate a bit. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Another beer brought back from America for me. This is a very nice beer. Once you open it, you feel the hop onslaught right away, you almost want to run for cover. It's a orangy-brown beer with a fluffy head. The aroma is all hops. The taste is all bitter. It's all good.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This is definitely drinkable, but alas, it's not a top shelf DIPA. The pour is a very nice dark amber with a burst of carbonation and a lingering, quarter inch head. The aroma is piney hops and sweet caramal malts. The taste is mostly hops with a lingering alcohol aftertaste that will turn many away. It's half decent, worth a chance if you like IPA's, but it's not on par with other DIPA offerings from Dogfish, Bell's, or Stone.

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