1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

525 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 525
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 525 | Reviews: 153 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jmfc8237:
Photo of jmfc8237
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jmfc8237, Feb 02, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

oberon, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

generallee, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of kbt5273
4/5  rDev +7.5%

kbt5273, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of catNoises
3.72/5  rDev 0%

catNoises, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Jason, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

KolbMarley, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of fdoce
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

fdoce, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of jburchett
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

jburchett, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of ChaseBacon
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ChaseBacon, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Bike2work
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of zapx
5/5  rDev +34.4%

zapx, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3/5  rDev -19.4%

PretzelsNBeer, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

williamjbauer, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

chinchill, May 15, 2012
Photo of schoon
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

schoon, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of BrianCuoz
3/5  rDev -19.4%

BrianCuoz, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

acurtis, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Brenden, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

CloudStrife, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

wander4, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of kgammell1
4/5  rDev +7.5%

kgammell1, Nov 24, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.