Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by output01x:
3.43/5 rDev -8%
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.
03-28-2012 00:39:46 | More by output01x
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3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
01-25-2012 14:28:38 | More by oberon
2.93/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
01-20-2013 14:54:31 | More by lordofthewiens
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-22-2012 02:31:42 | More by Jason
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-15-2012 06:45:36 | More by WVbeergeek
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
05-15-2012 22:16:26 | More by chinchill
3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
09-10-2013 18:44:01 | More by Brenden
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
01-28-2012 21:46:20 | More by CloudStrife
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
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....
06-24-2013 02:43:45 | More by dacrza1
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.