Saranac Cloud Splitter - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BA SCORE
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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: djrn2 on 03-29-2014

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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by Utica_Brew_Review:
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Yellow unfiltered color with mild to no carbonation and great head. Fruity, citrus, aroma. Smells good. Lots of citrus, fruity, hop flavor, similar to the aroma. Slightly bitter from the hops. According to Saranac, this beer don't apologize. Finishes the same, no real change.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Beautiful hazed apricot body with a bright white head billowing head over the sides of my glass, very nice looking brew this could be a beer commercial.

Aroma citrus peel, witbier character with the coriander additions galore muddled hop components noted in the backend with a wheat biscuit combo coming in the grains/oat additions.

Tastes like a more citrus peel forward witbier with bitter muddled spices, citrus peel bitterness knocking me out with bitterness, and hop pellets not much in the way of expressive tropical notes that I was expecting with the use of Citra a definite letdown in so many ways.

Mouthfeel is rough, each sip challenges your palate more and more it's a perfect storm of harsh, muddled, spice heavy, and generic hop pellet mash up medium bodied cloying all day carbonation carries on whether or not you want it to or not.

Overall, it's Saranac and who is wasting Citra hops on this witbier hybrid? That's the worse beer sin I've heard about in quite some time.

Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%

12 oz bottle pours cloudy (of course) pale golden. Weak head. The aroma feature citrus with spices and a subtle bready base. The flavor also has a strong citrus component, but is near moderate in bitterness and lightrly tart too.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 10/31/2014.

A: Pours a very cloudy peachish yellow with an ample dense white head on top. Too opaque to see any visible carbonation. Leaves some spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: First thing I get is a faint hop aroma that slightly overpowers the wheat base. Orange comes through more as it warms up complimenting the hops.

T: Initially this beer goes down well with a orange like hop flavor. Then a second or two after there is an odd wheat or malty spice that comes through and gives an off taste. Good amount of orange peel and coriander.

M: Full body with low carbonation. A bit sticky on the backend from the hops but remains drinkable.

Overall this one just isnt for me. Perhaps I need the BBQ grill going to really let this one set in.

Photo of Gmann
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with that witbier white hue. The pure white head is puffy and airy and quickly settles into a light cap. Lots of big bubble lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of the orange peel and the citra hops. Nice citrus notes from the hops and a bit of grass. The aroma is light on the coriander which is good in my book.

Well, the coriander can be found in the flavor. It has that celery flavor which I am not big on. The orange peel is light. The hops are noticeable and provide a nice citrus flavor. There is some piney bitterness as well. The hops and coriander seem to clash, its a bit harsh.

The feel is light to moderate with airy carbonation. Sweet and zesty on the palate and finishes with a light hoppy bitterness.

The beer seems to be a hoppy witbier. Not sure the style works.

Photo of Treyliff
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a cloudy and murky golden orange color with a small white foamy head, decent retention

S- a hint of grassy and citrus hops, crisp wheat, sugary malt

T- light orange juice mixed with toasted wheat with an off artificial sugar , hint of grass on a dry finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- about as middle of the road as a wheat beer can be, very bland

Photo of Beacon30
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

N/A n/A n/a

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a cloudy peach color with white head and some lacing. A bit of floating yeast bits, looks like an unfiltered, Belgian style ale.

SMELL: Lemony, yeasty, wheat and grapefruit with small tropical notes from the citra.

TASTE: Grapefruit and citrus, some wheat elements and a bit of earthy Belgian yeast character a la Witbier. Orange peel, wheat and a fair amount of bitterness.

Overall, this is a pretty good wit style beer with hop character and some spice.

Though firmly wheat based and fits aptly into the American Pale Wheat Ale style, or hoppy witbier, you may as well call this one a Belgian IPA, or perhaps White IPA. Enough categorizing, its pretty good beer.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow, decent retention on the pillowy white head, but there's something a bit off-balance here. The spices notes seem to be at odds with the hops and wheat, and don't blend nearly as well as one of Saranac's other hoppy wheats, Clouded Dream. This could use some clean up, as it has the potential to be really good.

Photo of MZ1205
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal . Tastes like an IPA

Photo of FickleBeast
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best By September 30th 2015.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is coriander and allspice.

This is medium bodied with a sweet orange aftertaste. Very mild bitterness. This is actually better than I thought it would be. The orange flavor really works well, and there is enough bitterness to keep this from being cloyingly sweet.

Photo of cavedave
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy white gold with a finger's worth topper of off white froth. The head kicks back to a nice skim and ring, decent lace slathers the glass.

Neutral sweet and ripe citrus and stone fruit front the very light aroma, hints of crackery grain, yeasty tart, and even lighter notes of spice and floral round it out.

Much more going on in the sip. The fruit comes forward as sweet orange, grapefruit, and bitter pith,the spice comes on as it warms a bit, myriad undernotes are light and hard to name in this complex taste, and the hops blend well. Sip ends with herbal bitter hop coming in to join the spice and fruit.

Too highly viscous for style, over carb., with a finish that could be cleaner for sure. This style should be more refreshing than this one is. The linger leaves spicy resin buildup on palate that isn't so great.

Decent beer in a style that has many interpretations today. Worth a shot since the other 3 beers in the reasonably priced variety pack all rock.

Photo of scotorum
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB (best by or bottled? 1/31/14 Bought in a closed twelvepack last week. Odd date since it was only added to BA at the end of March.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Hazy gold with a half finger thick white head which receded to thin patches of surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild light fruit.

t: Hop bitterness forward (50 IBUs) over a medium malt base. Not much impact at first other than the hop (and spice?) bitterness. Bitter to dry finish. Later some light fruit comes through the hop bite.

m: Moderate. Good body.

o: Decent hoppy wheat brew which fortunately (for me) does not seem to have a strong "brewed with spices" aspect. Good summer or "wish it was summer" beer. Will revisit this with a fresher(?) bottle if I get the chance.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Wheat malts and oats give it a hazy appearance. Citra hops, orange peel, and coriander create a perfect storm of flavor. This ale is unfiltered, unapologetic and unbelievably good." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Available within the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer variety pack. Available in limited run 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a pearl white color over a densely hazy golden straw yellow body with significant chunks of pulpy sediment in suspension. Retention is very good, lacing is medium and droopy. 3.75

(Smell) Wheat malt, grassy and mild citrus hops with a moderate bitterness, and a pinch of spicy coriander and bitter orange rind for balance and complexity. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Lightly spiced thin wheat and pale malt body with a very mild hop bitterness and little hop flavor. The orange peel character comes through fairly well but there isn't much malt substance for it to pair with. Although certainly drinkable, the malt, hop and spice profiles are all much lighter in the flavor to the point where the beer comes off as nearly watery. It's in general flatly flavored, fairly simple and thin in presentation. 3

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly fluffy, clean and moderately dry. Carbonation generates a modest stream of bubbles for a softly crisp mouthfeel. The body is light/medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is very slightly sweet over bitter and spicy. Alcohol presence is low to none, and there are no notable off characters, although the unusual thinness may be undesirable for some. 3.75

(Overall) A fairly promising aroma and appearance transformed into a reserved beer with too little flavor to make any considerable impact. I felt that this beer was clean drinking and certainly at least as drinkable as water. It's not bad but the thinness leaves something to be desired, even with the style itself taken into consideration, the wheat and hop profiles should be more prevalent for the sake of body, flavor and texture. Ultimately it scores a rung or two above average, but against other beers of its type and beyond, that doesn't hardly bring The Cloud Splitter close to being impressive or even memorable. 3.5

Matt Brewing Company's
Saranac The Cloud Splitter
3.31/5.00

Photo of thecheapies
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Warm honey-orange color with lots of yeast cloud turbidity. Laces down the glass in a spotty coat.

Nice Citra presence that elevates the aromatic orange peel. Hops that are very citrusy and hint, just a bit, at tropical fruit. The wheat malts are on the sweet side, but whiffs of coriander and white pepper dry that up. Still, there's a papery caramel element that is hard to get past.

Again, I like that I can taste the flavor of the hops, but the wheat malts are all wrong. There's no way this summer seasonal could be anything but super fresh, so I think there must be caramel barley malt in here, or something else has gone awry. Citra is lighter, but offers some tangerine, raw hop leaf, pith, and papaya. The orange peel is a great additive, still. But, this beer is too damn malty. It almost has that oxidation note pushing out at you. Again, it's hard to side-step. Try again with that.

Grainy and gritty with suspended yeast and choppy carbonation. A little wild, that way.

Not so good, Saranac. I really thought that this beer would have more potential.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce bottle in the 2014 Summer Series pack.

Heavy citrus aroma! Pours hazy orange-yellow with large foamy white head. Head retention is moderate , goes down to a foamy film that leaves a spotty lacing on the glass. Taste is citrusy with coriander predominating. Decently bitter aftertaste. Good on a hot summer day.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%

Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer Variety Pack - $12.98 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, light orange-gold body with a very thin, very short-lived, white head.

Smell: Citrusy, with lemon and oily, pith orange rind. A little coriander sporting a bit of earthiness. Musky, husky grains. Not all that appealing, aromawise.

Taste: Slightly husky, grainy wheat malt, though very little sweetness to be had. Instead, there's a sharp, harsh citrus quality aided by the Citra hops and its imparted bitterness. Minor earthy coriander hint. Drying, citrusy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Kinda clunky, but with a hybrid witbier with little Belgian character and a dose of Citra, it was expected.

Saranac Cloud Splitter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.