This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac West End Winter IPA.
I picked this up at the Beverage Barn on Jericho Turnpike where they encourage patrons to mix their own six packs or just buy singles. I had been in search of a variety which I was hoping they would carry and even though it was not on their shelves, I found quite a few beers which I had never seen or tried before, including the West End Winter IPA.
Once I got home I checked the Saranac website and learned that this is a brand new winter variety for winter 2015-2016. After giving it a sufficient chill, I cracked it open tonight and enjoyed it with my daf yomi.
The beer poured a rich copper with Saranac's trademark perfect carbonation. There was fantastic lacing on the side of the glass which stayed for some time. The first sip was hop forward with some nice pine and a little citrus. Additional sips gave some hints of malt, but this beer is all about the hops and was quite enjoyable. I could see drinking this with char grilled chicken or other smoky poultry dishes.
Saranac West End Winter 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 has begun to brew 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 brew, please follow this link www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/195378.
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