Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

157 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 553
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery 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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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 553
Photo of vicg12
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. One of my top five.

Very hoppy but has unique flavor to it. Best on tap or at least pour into a glass if you get the bottles. Hints or orange and coriander, with a refreshing zing. Leaves a decent lace, and basically smells like no other beer, almost piney. Saranac continues to impress me with their brewing ability.

Tired of people saying it's bitter, it's an IPA you're supposed to taste the hops. If you can't handle this one, then I probably don't trust your opinion about beer anyway. (508 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded golden shade of yellow, with two fingers of white head. Head lasts a fair time and a bit of scant lacing. Very citrusy aroma, and the taste follows the nose. Like a lemon/grapefruit hefeweissen, with a nice hoppy bite. A remarkable, go to again beer! (266 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking—bright orange and hazy, thick craggy white foam.

Smell is very inviting—orange, apricot, wheat, and yeast.

Really good mouthfeel on this—full, frothy, smooth, though not heavy by any means.

Taste is gooood! Superb balance between styles here. All the great attributes of each, working so harmoniously together. Starts off like a Belgian wheat, then the hops kick in and the IPA finishes it. Yet there’s a lingering spice on the tongue that’s coming from the witte end.

So happy I picked up a single of this because now I know to go back and buy a full six-pack. This is a fantastic wheat IPA. So full and rich on flavor. The only other beer that is similar to this and either rivals or bests it is Sam Adams’ Whitewater IPA. And I say that because they take the apricot flavor further which I like. (834 characters)

Photo of sharemybeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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! (442 characters)

Photo of PatriotsRule
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a great beer and a classic IPA style.
A: Nice off-white head, a bit cloudy
S: Hoppy, citrusy, spicy with a touch of malt
T: Really full-bodied, but not to a fault. The spice and hops are strong. Classic ipa bitterness
M: Beautiful smoothness. Well-rounded and crisp
O: Extremely satisfied with this beer. Looking forward to many more, as these are available in a limited release 12pak for only ten bucks down the street from me! Cheers! (441 characters)

Photo of beerme626
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold, soft, much like a wheat beer. Light head which leaves a pleasant white trace. Pleasant bubbles complement nicely.

S: Wheat, bready smell soon overtaken by powerful citrus aroma. Very attractive.

T: Easy, flavorful citrus with a tasty bit of hop sting. Delicious hoppy goodness on the back end

M: Tingly all over from the hops, with a tiny but noticeable bit of alcohol burn on the tongue.

O: Absolutely delicious combo for witbeer and IPA lovers. Saranac has always been "ok" for me, but this one really competes. You hear that, Matt? Keep it! (562 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a completely hazed honey color with two fingers of fine pure white head that lingers nicely, there is a ton of carbonation bubbles present, leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: wow, the scent here is simply divine, grapefruit and citrus hops, with a slight underlying scent of banana peels
T: so it begins with the nice hops that i was looking for from the scent, not as extreme on the grapefruit end but definitly citrusy and nice, then kicks in the wheat character, bready and funky middle to end, really smooths it out
M: slight on the carbonation, smooth in the middle, leaves an interesting feel on the palate, dry from the IPA breeding but silky from the wheat character, nice
O: IMO this is the best beer saranac has made to date, that is taking into account the fact that i have enjoyed 99% of their other beers, i really think that they just nailed it on this one, really awesome through and through (944 characters)

Photo of braedon_peluso
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

came in a Saranac Summer 12pk along with the new session and kolsh (they were good, but nothing special) this on the other hand was excellent and very fresh

A: i didnt expect much after tasking the session so i poured into a shaker pint, sexy and cloudy with an effervescent sticky head that wouldnt quit. i regretted not putting it in a tulip. lace that would make a grown man blush. looked like it came right of the bottling line

S: citrusy and piney, more aggressive than the whites i've had. perhaps the freshness coming through

T: wasnt expecting such a kick on the ass-end, but well rounded up front and highly floral and great bitterness, like biting into fresh arugula... i dont know if arugula has ever been used to describe the taste of beer before but im sticking with it. that post sip dryness speaks to the freshness of this particular bottle i think.

M: excellent carbonation with better coating than expected. feels like if Listerine made a mouthwash in collaboration with Thelonius Spere Monk.

O: wont say suprisingly good, cause i've had the white ipa in winter and it was great, but the freshness of this summer bottling made my pubes stand up.

if you can get this fresh, buy it and drink it in the parking lot.

pops like the first miller highlife you had with your best girl in her brother's car. if only all things in life could be as perennial as fresh IPAs... (1,392 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a wheat beer, with a cloudy honey color and a massive, beaten egg white head that leaves gobs of lace behind

Smell: Bready, with tangerine esters and hints of cardamom

Taste: Opens like a Wit, with wheat bread, cardamom and orange peel, but by mid-palate, the tangerine flavors take over and dominate through the finish, though there is a touch of shortbread sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Easily the best beer I have ever had from Matt; wasn't expecting this but let's be fair - this beer is a keeper (605 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy pale orange; thin head; very good carb.
S: strong piney aroma
T: sweet, delicious IPA; nice complex profile, with quite a bit in the treble notes; slight touches of pepper in the finish

One of Saranac's better beers; enjoy! (263 characters)

Photo of Wamesit
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very hazy orange. White head that gives way to clumpy rings.

S - Citrus hops, hay, grass, pepper.

T - Citrus hops, spices, coriander, orange peel, peppery hops. Really crisp and dry finish. Very well controlled hops presence.

M - Medium-light.

O - What a great example of what this now popular style can be. Amazingly drinkable. (344 characters)

Photo of AmitC
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent stuff from an unexpected source. This white IPA.

Pours with an excellent fluffy over one finger thick white colored head with good retention. Pale color with a lot of haze. Opaque. Excellent lacing on the sides. Pretty stable with no bubbles.

Aroma is a plus as well. A good amount of spicy flavor. A lot of coriander and some orange peel. Hos are present but are a lot suppressed as far as the nose is concerned. Hints of wheat malt and the accompanying sweetness. Some Belgian yeast - yes.

Taste is a just very well matched with the nose. Just a bit more bitter than was suggested by the wheat malts. Tongue touching with good presence of wheat malts and Belgian yeasts. Hops provide a nice bitterness towards the end that is well mixed with the spicy vigor of the brew. Coriander and orange peel shine.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice balance. Low to moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking and good spice mix. (938 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep yellow, two finger fluffyw hite head with some lacing.

S-Wheat, oranges and citrus hops

T-Wheat, spices, oranges ends with decent bitterness. My first encounter with Citra hops and these babies are good.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A solid beer. One of the better white IPAs I've had. (310 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass, served cold.

Turbid honeycomb yellow with a thinnish white head that leaves tatters of lacing.

A lovely aroma of oranges, nutmeg, coriander.

Mouthfeel is full

medium malt body with grapefruit and lovely spiciness. Grapefruit reasserts itself on the finish.

Wow! Hands down the best Saranac beer I have ever had. Will buy again. (368 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. First impression is just how cloudy this is - body is straw yellow that looks more tangerine-orange when backlit. Small white head leaves behind good lacing.

S: Strong nose befitting this hybrid style - wheat twang, citrus - from both the orange peel, I think, as well as the lemony Citra hops, and spice (coriander). Touch of bread dough too. Smells more like a Pale Wheat or Wit than an IPA.

T: Taste is also more like a Wheat/Wit than an IPA, so I think whoever first entered this beer on the site got the style right. All the American Pale Wheat Ale flavors are here - wheat twanginess, coriander spice, yeasty cloves and a real good lemony citrus taste.

M: Light in heft, perhaps a tad bit too much carbonation, but it's fairly mild so I won't quibble with it too much.

O: Wow. I've been drinking Saranac for close to 20 years now, I'd suspect, and this one might be my highest-rated beer from a brewery that generally comes across as average, nothing more (though I have a soft spot in my heart for their Pale Ale). Not sure why they chose winter to release this, though, as I think this would make an excellent summer beer. (1,183 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at The Daily Refresher in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very hazy golden yellow, 2 inch head, with very good lacing down the glass.

Aromas include lemon, orange, wit spicing, and grassy hops.

The taste is the same. Very prominent and tasty lemon and orange flavors- with a nice lingering hop bitterness that's floral and grassy. What I believe is coriander is also a big component here. Very clean tasting and fresh IPA here.

Light to medium bodied, dry, crisp mouthfeel, well carbonated, very drinkable.

A revelation from this brewery- this is one of the best of the style I've ever had. (613 characters)

Photo of iBeer16
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a light golden blonde color with about 2.5 finger white head that is made up of small bubbles, leaves nice lacing all around glass, head retention good.

S: aroma is of citrusy hops along with a slight wheat scent, very earthy scents.

T: immediate blast of citrus flavor, followed by a reserved wheat taste, finally finishes dry and hoppy and with a slit remnants of the citrus and wheat flavor.

M: very light bodied for an ipa, more resembles a white ale. Carbonation isn't too strong, leaves mouth with a nice dry feeling.

Overall, Interesting combination, never had a white ipa before, but I like the result. Not too extreme on any flavor or style a nice balance of wheat and hops. (726 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A white IPA? Say what? I've heard good things about this beer so naturally, I had to try it.

Pours a cloudy whitish-orange color with a huge head into my glass. Wow. Great head! The color is a cross between that of a witbier and IPA.

The aroma is similar too. A healthy dash of wheat, citrus, buttery malt and grassy hops. Again, best of both worlds here. You might like it or you might not.

Citrus and wheat get first dibs upfront followed by grassy hops and lightly buttered malt in the middle/back. It all combines to create an mellow footprint.

Lingering wheat and buttery malt compete for space at the back. Again, it's mellowww. Balanced. Drinkable.

Wow. One of the better ales available from Saranac. The rave reviews are much justified. (749 characters)

Photo of trive
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.

appearance - hazy cloudy color, like a white ale

smell - floral and citrus notes like a west coast ipa, some sweeter notes like fruit. totally right in the middle of white ale and ipa.

taste - a mild sweet fruitiness that's full of hoppy flavors. right when the beer should be cloyingly sweet the hops take over and transform the entire taste.

mouthfeel - chewy and crisp followed up by a fantastic dry finish with a hint of orange.

overall- really cool new beer coming from fx matt, can't wait to try it on draft. (548 characters)

Photo of DanPalmer
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

It is a tasty, citrusy IPA that one could drink and drink and drink. BUT...there's A LOT of old stuff out there.
Learn your beer dates (https://sites.google.com/site/freshbeeronly/) and stay vigilant.
Much of the White IPA - especially the sixers - have a date of 1512, or the 151st day of 2012. Well, today is the 42nd day of 2013!
OLD BEER TASTES OLD!

Newer ones are found in the 12 packs (flap of handle has date) and will be found in their upcoming spring variety 12.
I saw it at the brewery in Utica a couple of weeks ago and have been kicking myself ever since for not buying one or two. All six varieties are versions of IPA's including a dry hopped new one! (671 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on December 7th, 2011 (julian date stamped on label). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with about an inch frothy white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is mostly hoppy, it smells mainly like citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon and orange peel), along with some coriander and bready/wheat malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the hoppy and malty flavors are pretty even and none of them are much stronger than the others. It's a nice mix between a witbier and an IPA. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and a bit creamy with good carbonation. At just $7.99 a 6-pack, I'd buy this again for sure. It's a great deal for the price, I can't think of many beers this good for that low of a price. (815 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with some orange hues to it. Normal pour leads to a fluffy pure white 1.5 finger had that sticks around forever leaving a thick coating down the entire glass. Beautiful looking beer, really.

S: Lots going on here with wheat malts, orange peel, coriander, lots of grapefruity hops and bready yeast. It smells exactly what I would think of if someone wanted to mash together an IPA and a Witbier. Complex, wonderful aroma.

T: Man, I can't get over how much this beer dances between Wit and IPA back and forth, back and forth. Just when you think it's going to take over with the banana, bready yeast it hits you with the bitter. Really nice flavors. Wheat malts are definitely present, when the hops show up they hit you pretty good, followed by the spices of orange and coriander. This could be a mess...but it's not. It's good.

M: Creamy mouth, amply carbonated, lingering aftertaste leaves me reaching for my glass for another swig.

O: A surprisingly delicious beer that I will definitely go back to. If someone handed me this brew with an option to guess the brewery, Saranac wouldn't have entered the picture but they did a really nice job on this and the price point is great at ~$7 per 6-pack. (1,307 characters)

Photo of GiantMidget
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In the Spring sampler pack, bought at Total Wine in Claymont DE.

Poured into a nonic.
I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect, thinking that there would be a good chance it would be too fruity as a belgian IPA.
Reality was that the hops balanced it so well that this was a highly enjoyable beer.
About 1 finger head upon pouring. Smell of citrus and coriander as described.

It almost had characteristics of a Blue Moon ale with the hops of a session IPA.
Good beer, would drink it again. (494 characters)

Photo of jeremy13586
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very appealing. A thick, milky orange is what was poured out of the bottle. Settled in to a semi-cloudy orange in my pint glass. A fluffy white head formed, but disappeared quite quickly.

Incredibly citrus in the nose. Strong grapefruit with some grassiness. A little bit of sweet malted grain comes out near the end.

Orange, lemon, grapefruit are up front in the taste. Nice bitter hoppiness throughout.

Medium bodied and chewy. Pretty heavy carbonation. Crisp and resiny finish.

Lots of hops, hearty, and not too heavy. One of the better Saranac brews that I've had. Very interesting and would totally have it again. (629 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with hops and citrus. Taste is good, hops, spice, citrus, a touch of wheat, well done. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall sometimes these merging of styles fail, but Saranac got it right with this one. (316 characters)

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Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.