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Saranac Prism - Matt Brewing Company

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Edward19 on 01-06-2014

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Reviews by CloudStrife:
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3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by June 30th 2014.

A: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow with a white head sitting on top. A bit too hazy to see any visible carbonation. Once the head dissipates there is some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Big aroma on this that I was not expecting. Hits you with a full on mango and tropical fruit right off the bat.

T: First thought was that I am glad this is not classified as a wit bier. Certainly fills the shoes of an American Pale Ale much better. A dose of hoppiness is the first thing I get on the flavor profile. That is followed up by the natural fruit flavors added to the beer. A good amount of mango or passion fruit collaborates with what I assume are citra hops.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. A dry and crisp finish from the hops. Also ends relatively clean keeping it easy drinking.

Overall this is a pretty solid offering from Saranac as long as you do not mind the added flavors.

More User Reviews:
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3.76/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of williamtlow
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong unique grapefruit like smell and taste. A lot of carbonation. Not smooth. Otherwise great flavor and aroma. No real great head. Thin layer of foam that doesn't retain on the glass. If the mouthfeel was smoother and slightly more round, it'd be a 4 to 5

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep hazed sunshine golden with an eggshell white capped head, fine chunky lacing sporadic on the sides of the glass. Aroma has bright citrus peel flowing, hints of spices like coriander, very bright lemony/orange citrus component absorbs all the attention from my nares. Flavors orange pith bitterness provides balance to the wheat ale breadiness, however all aspects are overshadowed by a bitter lacquer of bitter spices it tastes like you just swallowed perfume when you walked by the tester displays at your favorite department store. Mouthfeel, dry bitterness in the finish, lingering cloying aspect provided by those layers of harsh spice additions lacks balance in both flavors and how it effects the palate, carbonation soft slightly creamy texture is all for nothing light to medium bodied with a lingering harsh character left behind each sip. Overall, it's a rough one more in line with their White IPA, considering this one is representing with 42 IBUs much higher than your average witbier out there.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Prism White Ale
12 oz. brown bottle, code "1424306131502"

Notes: Cloudy yellow-gold body. Bright white head. Very good head retention. Initial lacing is impressive. Floral, very fruity/citrusy nose... pineapple, melon, papaya, lemon, orange, strawberry. Slightly yeasty/chalky and peppery. Flavor is vastly different, yet retains citrus. Nice, light note of orange. More pine than pineapple. Some grapefruit. Mostly Pith. Resinous. Raspy. I don't find the spices that the label suggests other than a bit of dull coriander seed, and perhaps some black pepper. Some very nice wheaty malt. Solid bitterness. It definitely lingers on the palate. L-O-N-G finish... bitterness fades to residual tangy citrus. An interesting beer that's kind of like a Belgian wit but lacking the yeast, and somewhat like an American wheat but with more bitterness. The neck label reads "LIKE THIS? TRY THIS: WHITE IPA", and that seems to be where this is headed. The bitterness could be dropped a bit. I love the aroma but the flavor seems out of balance. Halfway through I can't decide if I'd have another, yet I've still got half a glass left, which says something.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

It has a milky pale yellow pour leading up to a modest white fizzy head that fades. Nice bits of sediment floating about.

The aroma does not make me think of a witbier. It is more like a fruit beer considering the main notes I get are watermelon and mango. Any toasted biscuit notes are in the distance.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste is also on the fruity side but a modest bitterness kicks in to help make this feel more like a beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of u2carew
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Longneck
A) Pours with a two finger white head that settles quickly leaving a big bubble lacing around the glass. Hazy straw colored body.
S) Notes of pineapple. Wheaty.
T) Wheaty. Subtle orange and apple.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Chalky and dry in the finish.
O) A tasty white ale with a pleasant aroma.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and isn't translucent enough to see if any carbonation is present. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—tangerines really stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has bright flavors of tangerines
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and slightly tangy on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer really stood out compared to Saranac's other offerings in that it has bright of pleasant citrusy aromas and flavors and showcases tangerines, which is a fruit you don't normally see in IPAs nonetheless a pale wheat ale. The wheat base also makes this very easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Saranac Prism from Matt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.