Monday, July 13, 2015

Saranac Imperial IPA

I drink and review a lot of India Pale Ales. While the style is my current favorite among beers there is some method to my madness. By drinking almost exclusively IPAs, for the time being, and seeking to explore the style and its variations thoroughly, I feel i'm better equipped to compare and contrast the differences between one IPA and the next. Furthermore, when I do crack open a superior brew (or at least a brew significantly different from the others), it tends to really differentiate itself from the rest of the pack.

Saranac's Imperial IPA, from their "High Peaks Collection" stands out. Where most IPA's I drink have  vague aromas and flavors of citrus, pine, fruit, grass, spice etc, Saranac's Imperial IPA offers a huge nose-full of peach and papaya. Taste is (relatively) malty sweet for an Imperial, but it works well with the fruity hop notes. 8.5%ABV, but you wouldn't know it, as the "boozyness" is masked well.

Reviews elsewhere do not seem to be as kind toward Saranac's Imperial IPA as I am being here, and I guess strictly speaking the brew has characteristics unbecoming an Imperial IPA (pronounced malts, subdued bitterness), but that is part of what I like about it. Its a little different, but a great drink in its own right, if perhaps more befitting an amber ale fan than a hop head.

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