This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac's Forbidden IPA.
The Saranac Forbidden IPA is one of the inserts in this spring's mix box which also includes the new Prism IPA (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/03/sunday-night-suds-saranac-prism-white.html), Red IPA (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/12/sunday-night-suds-saranac-red-ipa.html), Dry Hop Lager and old standards Irish Stout (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2010/01/sunday-night-suds-saranac-irish-stout.html) and Pale Ale (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/03/sunday-night-suds-saranac-pale-ale.html).
The Forbidden IPA can be best described as the younger cousin of the excellent Saranac Pale Ale. The beer has citrus front and center and there are some mild pine notes as well. While the hops in the Forbidden IPA, they are not as prominent as the Pale Ale. The beet bottle claims that the beer was brewed with "natural flavors", but neither the web site nor the label identify them. (My palate could not pick them either).
The Forbidden IPA is a nice refreshing beer which would go well on a warm spring day after multiple little league games (or should I say, was a nice treat after said games in the sun). I would recommend this beer with spicy dishes such as chili or wings as the IPA would be a nice complement to the heat.
Saranac Forbidden IPA is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac brews some of its High Peaks series off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the Forbidden IPA, please follow this link www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/109911.
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