FX Matt Brewing Co “Saranac Imperial IPA” Review (#124)

FX Matt Brewing Co "Saranac Imperial IPA"

FX Matt Brewing Co "Saranac Imperial IPA"


FX Matt Brewing Co
“Saranac Imperial IPA”
Utica, NY

From The Brewery

Saranac Imperial IPA is part of our new High Peak Series, a line of beers that are bigger, more complex and flavorful; beers that are meant to be sipped and savored. Saranac Imperial IPA is brewed with 10 different malts and 10 different hops to make a delectably flavorful and complex Imperial IPA – at 85 IBU’s and 8.5 % alc/vol.

Beer Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
Malt Selections: 2 row, vienna, carapils
Hop Selections: Cascade, Columbus, Centennial
Color: Amber
Mouthfeel / Body: Medium
Food Companions: Spicy Food
ABV: 8.5%
Original Gravity: 20
IBUs: 85


Appearance: I poured this nice red amber orange ale into a tulip glass. The initial pour didn’t release much head, but a nice swirl brought about a thick, very finely carbonated tan head. It left a little bit lacing on the way down.

Smell: Nice toasty sweet malt up front with a nice floral citrus hop backdrop.

Taste: Very balanced; sweet malt is counter point to the big hop flavor – floral lemon zest citrus with a nice drying sweet grapefruit finish. Not as hoppy as one would expect from an IIPA, but good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth and drying – awesome!

Drinkability: High – no cloying tastes nor astringency. Greatly balanced beer.

Notes: A very solid IIPA – very New York, very delicious; readily available.


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