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Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

552 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011

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Ratings: 552 | Reviews: 159
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dim, clouded, golden-orange body with a half-inch of white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Pithy lemon overneath scantly bready wheatiness, low resins, low spices. A bit of a modest aroma overall.

Taste: Soft white wheat, a slight graininess and a nibble of brioche. Lightly sweet. Resins, lemon and a pithy quality. Small pinch of spice. Medium bitterness. Drying, pith-rimmed finish with a hint of lemon juice moistened bread. Some bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's okay, like many Saranac beers (the better ones at least) it just falls a bit short.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new concept from of all brewers...Saranac,kinda cool.Poured a hazed peach infused lemonade color with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Alot of coriander in the nose along with toasted wheat malt,a smattering citric hops comes thru as the beer sits more.A little more hop forward on the palate with citrus and tropical fruit-like flavors,a firm toasted wheat base with a little more subdued coriander in the finish.Not bad it's something I would drink alot of in the summer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy orange color with a thick white head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Pleasant aroma: citrus/orange and spice.

Taste not so pleasant. Orange taste, but very bitter. It's like they used both the orange peel and the pith. Coriander taste, which exacerbated the bitterness.

Way too bitter and unpleasant for me.

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Opaque straw, lots of sticky foam

SMELL: Citric hop, orange peel, yeast, coriander, bready, mint, hay

TASTE: Medium body, smooth, creamy, citrus, herbal, mint, coriander, yeast, faint esters, bitter hop, yeast, biscuity, leafy, drying finish

Crazy new style, Saranac seems to have jumped on this one before the scores of brewers fired up the bandwagon. Its basically a hoppy witbier or a spiced IPA ... you figure it out. LOL! Good drinking, perhaps one of the more flavorful and enjoyable beers that Matt Brewing Co. has put out in a while.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.49 a six need I say more than that in the review, well I guess I can describe my experience. Jumping on the White IPA bandwagon even Saranac is throwing down with their own version, holy shit A-B is really missing the bus. Nevermind the next shock top beer due out is supposed to be a White IPA. This one pours like a clouded banana smoothie orange cloudy glowing slurry of yeast suspensions and spice and protein. Lacing is a brilliant egg shell white with a nice thicke tof billowing head. Aroma again very perky with the citrus hoppy green notes, this one even seems a bit like perfume. Harsh bitterness between spices and hop pellets this is over the top with the citrus bang and green hop pellet finish making you wish you could brush your teeth and clean that flavor off the palate. Crazy thing about it despite harsh qualities I still take big sips and continue to drink, almost like a zombie in cruise control eating brains. I just can't help myself, and believe it or not your palate gets adjusted with each sip, I can see the white ale spice a touch of clove coriander with big green hops bringing the citrus clove bitterness this one seems to wear it's orange peel on it sleeves (and the label). Mouthfeel despite the harsh feel and medicinal spices left on the palate there's still a good amount of hops in this NY state Matt Brewing offering, the most bearable hoppy beer I've had from them yet.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange-gold with about a finger of short-lived, off-white head. A slim ring and plenty of visible carbonation remain and leave some sparse lacing. A coat of sediment remained on the bottom of the bottle despite emptying the bottle.

S: surprised by the hop presence in this East Coast/Belgian IPA. There's plenty of citrusy hops with a solid light malt base. Slightly spicy and sour.

T: a clear hop presence (Citra) with orange overtones ... enough orange that I'm thinking there's some orange peel in here too. Does seem to be some coriander. Little sign of any Belgian yeast except, perhaps, in the earthy sourness.

M - Very good carbonation level; medium+ body; quite soft for an IPA.

O: light spicing but strong orange component in this very drinkable IPA.

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This white IPA is pale, yes, though the depth of the body holds a certain thick darkness, and it is a little darker than the typical. An impressively big, fluffy and dense white head never drops beyond a heavy foam and leaves chunky lacing sticking everywhere.
There's an unusual note in the aroma, something odd, maybe something like toasted grains that toasted just a little too long. Hops are bright and forward, though, some citrus with a bit of pith and something slightly spicy. Caramel malts balance well. The odd note is a little tough to get over.
Thankfully, the burnt note is minimal in the flavor. There's an interesting spiciness almost like coriander, like a hoppy wit using something other than Belgian yeast. There's citrus, pith, zest, caramel, maybe some biscuit, leaf, and just a touch of some mintiness.
It's crisp, and initially it's not quite smooth. The medium body titlts to the lighter side, and it's definitely refreshing. Smoothness kicks in toward the middle and finishes it out.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow and very opaque. Light gets through but with no definition. Poured with a 1" white head that got rocky before it settled to a even layer anticipating my sip. Light lacing along the sides of the glass as I drink.

Aroma: Great smell, has initial citrus hop characteristics followed by orange/lemon citrus with hints of musty wheat.

Taste: Light, crisp much more Wit beer than I had anticipated. Hops are present and provide a nice piney flavor. Clear orange notes after swallowing. Wheat balances out the aftertaste. Nice and refreshing but still has clear hop flavor.

Mouth: Refreshing carbonation and smooth body. Brief moment of hop bite.

Overall: Glad I picked up the six pack. A step in the right direction as a style. Would like to see more breweries give this a shot.

Photo of dacrza1
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date tasted: June 14, 2013... Glassware: Chimay chalice... Occasion: Celebrating Will's second violin recital, a successful "Come Little Children"... Appearance: fuzzy peach body allows a splotchy off-white head-unfiltered... Aroma: crisp, peachy citrus--coriander, grapefruit prevail--a nice overall sentiment.. Palate: light and refreshing with a tingle of substance--so light for an IPA--and little aftertaste... Taste: a mixture of flowers--soft hops really allow for a smooth, pilsner-like crispness... Overall: this beer presents an odd problem--it tastes so little like any other Saranac I've had, and that is saying something. The difference is not only noticeable but welcome! A refreshing and palpable spring/summer sipper--more of what I wish the Sam Adams summer/white ale offered....

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a thin layer of soft white head that quickly fades. The nose has a citrusy, lightly piny, big hop aroma with some underlying orange and spice. The flavor is fruity at first with some orange peel and citrus notes followed by a faint spice character, pepper and coriander, followed by an earthy, piny, spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

This is a nice twist on an IPA. It takes many of the traditional characteristics of a Witbier and combines them with an intense hop character. The flavors come together quite nicely to make this easy to drink, smooth, enjoyable beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac's put out a pretty interesting beer in their White IPA. Now, that's not exactly a new idea, but they've done it pretty well. And I think to a certain extent it's because of the way they did it. A lot of the beers I've seen like this have started by bumping the white ale up into a beefier IPA style - but you get a lot of wheat malt that way (more body/more filling/more malt flavor). Saranac started the other way around, adding the coriander and orange peel to an already decent IPA. In fact, the Citra hops are so bright in the nose I'd be more than happy to drink it straight. Fortunately, they've kept the hops a bit more restrained in the flavor, and the the orange peel and coriander are noticeable as well. They appear after the hops, there's no doubt about that, but then they lend it another interesting component that helps to keep it pretty drinkable. Well worth trying!

Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick, completely opaque, golden orange brew. Small floaties inside, but nothing bad. Almost two finger, creamy head. Nice lacing, good retention.

S - Pleasant citrus smell, with wheat, some booziness, and spices, like a blend of a Hefe and an American IPA. Sugar, orange, yeast.

T - Light, crisp ale. Sweet wheat flavor up front, grapefruit finish. Boozy overtones, which is disappointing in a 6% ABV.

M - Medium body, slight carbonation sting.

O - I like the idea, but I'm not sure it works. The citrus comes in too late, too light, and too flat (peel vice pulp). The spices don't seem to complement the overall flavor of the beer. Definitely not a bad beer, and refreshing for a warm day, but I won't be revisiting this one.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden look, sudsy bright white head, oversized wine glass. Lots of hops on the nose, citrusy and floral, pungent, orange peel. Taste is well balanced with sweet and sour, yeastiness too. Grapefruit, orange, clementine, lemon/lime. Feel is bubbly, airy, light and wet

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: cloudy orange with decent foam

Smell: wheat, and citrus not overally aromantic

Taste: apricot, wheat, malt, hop

Mouthfeel: Medium carb, appropriate for the style

Overall: a decent wheat/pale ale - defactor hef with a nice hop bite. At TJs it came in a 12 pack for $10.99 so I really only got this cuz it came at a great price. I really liked this as a hef because it wasn't overly malty but had all the qualities of a hef with a nice bitter finish

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a fluffy white head and a hazy amber body. It's not the richest hoppy Belgian ale, but it's an admirable stab at the style. I'd call it a Belgian-American pale ale. The aroma has a mix of bready, creamy malts, mixed with sharp fruity and citrus rind hops. The flavor picks up more on the hops, but they roll subtly through to the finish. The aftertaste leaves a good mix of berry fruit and grapefruit, with light spice. Nice beer.

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac White IPA brewed by Matt Brewing Company with an ABV of 6.0% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The small is rich with wheat, sweetness, hops and other gains. There is nothing overpowering in smell of this brew. The taste is bitter but smooth. The bitterness is not overpowering in this brew, it is a nice touch. You pick up on some citrus brew but not much. The mouthfeel is an clean. Saranac White IPA has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of output01x
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that fades after a few minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam collar. The body is a cloudy golden straw that thins out to a pale straw at the edges. Some large, dark floaties can be easily seen suspended throughout the body. Very few carbonation bubbles can be seen through the murkiness. Thin but decent lacing can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption but little manages to actually stick for any period of time.

The aromas are practically spot on with the description on the neck of the bottle. Citrus aromas are immediately detected along with some grassy and catty aromas. Wheat and coriander aromas build a soft but strong backbone for the hops aromas. Notes of orange peel, bananas, and lemon add a good bit of complexity to the nose.

The beginning of each sip starts out like a Belgian witbier with flavors of wheat, coriander, lemongrass, and orange peel. As the beer is swirled in the mouth, grassy hops come out adding a bit of bitterness to the back of the tongue. Swallowing the beer releases more of the soft and grainy wheat flavors with an emphasis on bananas and cloves. As this fades, a slight grassy bitterness finds a home in the back of the mouth. Oddly, there is not as much of the Citra hops flavors as would be expected.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a great summer beer. The body is easy drinking and does not allow too much flavor to build on the tongue. The carbonation is just barely fizzy, creating a nice, slightly foamy swallow.

The floaties are not the most appetizing part of this beer and unfortunately knock the appearance down a couple pegs. The aromas are spot on for the style with a good emphasis on the malts. The flavor is decent but lacks the strong hops flavors one would expect to find in an IPA. If anything, this beer is more like a Belgian Pale or hoppy Witbier. On the plus side, the body and carbonation are spot on, making this a great warm weather beer.

Photo of drumenigma
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- the bottom two inches of the bottle was full of sediment. This was true through all six bottles that I tried. The first time around I didn't realize and when I poured the beer it looked like one of those Orbitz drinks from the 90's. I'm not sure if there is supposed to be that much sediment in the bottle but it was a little ridiculous.
s- quite pleasant. Very floral and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit and orange smells.
t- Get the citrus up front with the back end being definite wheat beer. Pretty good balance over all.
m- very crisp. this is a good summer beer.

Overall I liked the flavor but I can't get over how much sediment was in the bottles I got.

Photo of sharemybeer
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living within 5 miles of the Matt brewery makes me giddy since every Saranac beer before the White IPA has been forgettable. Now they have something to make me dance with excitement!
The color is cloudy straw. The flavor is full of citrus and hops. The finish is slightly sweet and clean. I have had the draft as well as the bottle and would naturally have to give the edge to the draft but the bottle is awesome too. Don't pass this one up!

Photo of Gmann
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirt straw color with a small pure white head that left a short wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a strong celery presence from the coriander. There is some orange peel, clove and white pepper to give the beer that witbier smell. The hops don't really standout perhaps they are masked by the orange peel. The aroma is way too vegetal for my liking, too much coriander.

The taste has a nice bright wheat flavor, which allows the hops to pop through. The hops are a bit grassy and provide some citrus notes. Good floral hop burps. The coriander isn't as strong as it was in the aroma. Along with the orange peel, it adds a nice amount of spice to this IPA. Tastes more like an IPA than wit.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Drinks crisp and fairly clean, some lingering hop bitterness in the finish. An easy drinker.

A decent example of an increasingly popular style. I am glad they made this one more IPA than witbier.

Photo of scootny
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has a huge sticky head that stays and leaves a clumpy covering and chunks on the sides. Super cloudy withs a dusky golden straw color. Wow is there a lot going in the nose of this one. Citrus is big but there is a ton of other aromatic excitement. Belgian spice melange of coriander, funky yeast, and bread notes. Pine hop bed show a light caramel. Taste is hoppy with grapefruit and sweet pine. Spicy notes of pepper and a lemony tartness. Feel is crisp with good active carbonation. Great overall. A hybrid of a wit and an IPA with a unique flavor.

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from the twelve beers of summer pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Thick hazy dirty gold, looks solid. White foam sits on top. Stiff pine opening nose. Murky. Citrus in nose as well. Taste is a blend of malt, citrus. yeast, and a light hop. Some bitter sticks out at the finish. Really smooth with enough kick to leave a mark. Quite good actually.

Photo of sdj5
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light, orange-golden color with a nice white head that slowly dissipates.

S - Lemongrass, hops

T - Grassy, grainy, grapefruit

M - Medium-bodied, nothing too special

O - A good, different take on an IPA.

Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy straw color with a thick pillowy head and awesome lacing around the rim.

S- citrus hops and coriander, grapefruit juice, oats, sweet wheat, grass

T- citrus hops kick, grapefruit juice, notes of coriander. The wheat offers a great balance with an almost cracker like maltiness on the back end. Finishes tangy-yet-dry with a nice linger.

M- medium body, low carbonation, goes down slightly foamy.

O- I have enjoyed every beer that I've tried of this style and this one is no exception. Bold citrus flavors and balanced evenly by the wheat and the spiciness leaves a pleasant finish. One if the next I've had from Saranac.

Photo of Sharkophile
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Cloudy golden with a orange-ish haze and a big frothy white head that sticks and leaves lacing all over the glass. Very attractive.

S: Smells pretty nice, with citrus and pine from the hops resting atop the sweet smell of wheat.

T: Bready wheat and malt with a light sweetness kicks things off, with a sweet-ish citrus flavor which leads into the hoppiness, which is also citric, but also piney and a bit earthy. Very interesting finish, with the coriander tagging along with the residual hop flavors which linger for a very long time. Slightly bitter and dry.

M: Medium body, firm carbonation which suits the beer very well.

O: A very very solid offering from Saranac, hopefully this style catches on!

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Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.