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Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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very good

158 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 557
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 25.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | 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: 158 | Hads: 557
Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of suspect
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of GiantMidget
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a super hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that films it way around the side of the glass. Orange peel strike the nose first, then a big stinky marijuana scent follows up. Some citrus tones found in the smell as well, grapefruits, lemons etc. Big weed funk, big citrus orange, and a fair amount of oat like wheat. The taste a tad bit grainy on the front, followed by all those delicious flavors from the smell. Grapefruit, pine and lemon from the big hops, banana, orange and coriander from the wheat and spice, super delicious. Medium bodied, easy on the tongue, high carbonation and very drinkable. Overall this is a homerun! This is by far the best Saranac beer i've had, so interesting and fun to drink, different styles flash before your tongue. This is a great hybrid of the two styles and a great beer in general.

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Photo of kuhndog
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great new seasonal from Saranac. Says it's a hybrid of a Belgian White and an American IPA. I think it leans more to the IPA side. Has a great citrusy/floral smell. You can taste the hops as well as some spices.

Overall this is one of Saranac's better beers. I would definitely buy it again!

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to get a growler of this new brew from Saranac when Marcy Beverage listed it on their tap lineup. The beer pours a murky golden hue in the glass - some sediment has settled to the bottom of the growler after a day. The appearance could definately pass for a Belgian White in the glass. Aroma has a piney pop to it along with some perfumey spices. Flavor is dominated by the IPA side of this brew. Apparent bitterness and piney/citrus hops come to the forefront. Belgian yeast and spicing is not very noticible here. Mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation.

This is an exciting new brew from Saranac. A hybrid ale that blends the Belgian White and American IPA styles beautifully. I might have to try to brew a clone at home! Easily worth a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the double intent of referring to the black IPA style while a beer fan might immediately jump to the notion of a hoppy witbier.
I'm liking how these flavors are playing together. The witbier spicing and the IPA hops make for a good combination. The orange peel flavor one typically finds in witbiers resonates with the bitter citrus hop character of the IPA. Coriander is a strong flavor component.
Refreshing and interesting all around. I look forward to seeing how other brewers will handle this style and I'm impressed that Matt Brewing handled this as well as they did.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.39/12oz... Had to try it.

Very hazy light golden yellow with a solid inch of a white fluffy head. There's even some good sticky lacing.
This is not what I'm used to with generally watery looking saranac beers.

Yummy citrusy hops and some equally potent Belgian yeast! There is a touch of alcohol, but mainly spices and hops. I'm definitely impressed with this beer's nose!

This is a fairly smooth, drinkable beer that starts light and citrusy and finishes with a yeasty/fruity aftertaste. Definitely medium hops with a bold Belgian presence! I typically don't like these hybrid beers, but this one wears it nicely.

Light-medium body with loads of yeast and citrus. I really like how smooth and refreshing this beer from start to finish! There are no weird aftertastes (ie gumball) and it's even decent while it warms... But I'd drink it cold.

Awesome price and a really good beer! Saranac, you've finally made something I'll drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first for New Beer Sunday (Week 385)!

From the bottle: " Saranac White IPA is a tasty innovative twist on a traditional IPA. We've taken a delicious American IPA bursting with Citra hops and given it a whole new direction by adding the refreshing fruitiness of orange peel and coriander & the softening characteristics of wheat malt and oats. You'll notice the complex hop flavor you've come to expect in an IPA, balanced with the extraordinary bright flavor of a wheat beer. Cheers to twisting tradition!"

I am a twisted person, so this should be right up my alley! I CAN't help but think of FerMentor Lew's rant about everything being an IPA of some stripe these days, however. Onward!

I sensed that clarity may not be their object on this one, so I went with a highly aggressive pour resulting in a finger of French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a downright cloudy orangish-amber, like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had a wild melange of spiciness and hoppiness going for it. The coriander was big, followed closely behind by the minty hops. The Utica boys are becoming mighty innovative in their third century of brewing. Mouthfeel was medium and exactly unlike the nose, I caught the hops initially, followed by the orange peel, then the coriander on the tongue. Very nice and quite refreshing on a hot day. Finish was bone-dry, just the way I like my IPAs. I ight have thought that there was going to be too much trying to happen here, but this was mighty tasty.

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Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and lots of lace. Aroma is of citrus, and grassy hops. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a great combination of a wheat and a IPA. Hoppy, but not overly so. Hints of lemony spice, and piney hops. Smooth finish. Excellent.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours 'white' (super hazed off white). Nice head that retains masterfully and leaves pronounced lacing. Cannot see past the cloudy hue of the beer.

S-An enticing mixture of grassy hops and wheat. Some nice spices spliced in there as well. They hit the mark aroma-wise with this hybrid brew.

T-Quite like the nose. Grassy hops are introduced by a nice little burst of initial citrus hops. Wheat comes after and ticks around the rest of the way through. The grass-hops finish the flavor off well. In between, spices come through. Coriander is a tasty addition as well.

M-Light side of medium body. Ample amounts of carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter. Alcohol is a non factor.

O/D-A nice brew at a great price. I would definitely buy this again. Won't blow your socks off, but a six-pack will go down incredibly quick. Easily my favorite Saranac beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac White IPA

Pours like a standard wit, a cloudy very pale yellow. Bone white head forms and leaves plenty of lacing down the pint. Looks pretty appealing.

The aroma of this beer is pretty complex. Wheat malt, hay, lemon, spices, floral hops, more citrus, smells pretty good.

In the taste, wheat malts and mild citrus upfront. Good helping of piney, grapefruit-tinged, herbal, earthy hops and all due bitterness. Mild sweetness comes through, along with dry orange peel, white pepper, and coriander.

Light to medium bodied feel on the palette, with a rather clean finish. Carbonation is good.

Overall, the white IPA definitely has a place in today's beer world. Interesting flavored brew, but everything is in harmony here. This style could be all the new rage.

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Photo of muletrane
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No Freshness date that I noticed.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a very pale hazy orange. Big 2.5 finger frothy white head with good retention and lace.

S: Very nice balance between the piney American hops and the coriander and orange peel. Quite nice.

T: Much like the nose. The Coriander and citrus notes come through first. Piney bitter hops on the back end. Finish is pretty dry with mild bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Crisp feel overall. Finish is a little lacking.

Overall I was quite surprised how well balanced this beer is. Nothing mind blowing but very solid offering from Saranac. My favorite Saranac to date!

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a big foamy white head that retains great and leaves clumpy lacing.
Smells citric and hoppy.
Tastes like an actual Witbier (unlike SA Imperial White) but with an obvious twist. Orange and coriander are there along with the wheatiness you'd expect. Hops are prominent and very citric/grapefruity. They have a much better flavor than other Saranac beers such as their APA or regular IPA which are average at best. I guess because they use Citra in this one.
Overall I think this brewery is improving it's product slowly but surely. I've really liked the last few new offerings I've tried.

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Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bright copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a bright citrus hop, coriander and yeast esters.

The taste was equally bright, bursting with orange, lemon and grapefruit, followed by a clean grainy malt and mild esters.

The mouthfeel was clean with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty fresh faced ale. Clean and vibrant.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac White IPA is a very cloudy, dull golden ale with a frothy, bubbly white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a very citrusy aroma, like grapefruit and orange peel. It has a very smooth medium light body; fluffy in the mouth with a dry finish. It tastes citrusy throughout. There's lots of wheat in the middle of the taste and then resiny hop flavor takes over. Orange peel seems to be ever present and brings everything together. It finishes like an IPA but the aftertaste has a little wheat and something doughy in it. This is a very clever beer. An IPA and a Wit work together very well.

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Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful super-cloudy dark straw color, a solid two fingers of gorgeous white head, and crazy lace, just the look to make an IPA lover go gaga.

Light/med. aroma, but a delicious blend of neutral sweet, clean grain, citrus, and floral. Even a hint of tart yeast in there, wonderful.

This baby doesn't disappoint. Very blended taste of wheat, neutral sweet, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and hints of tart yeast and floral, and a bit of spiciness that really adds to it. Balanced, well crafted, and delicious, I keep checking the label to make sure it says Saranac.

A bit thin, and a bit too much carb., otherwise full of resin, clean cling, excellent finish.

I have never said these words about a Saranac beer- go out and get some of this you'll love it.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Saranac pint glass.

L - completely hazed yellow color with a fluffy white head of stcky foam that clung to the sides of the glass.

S - pineapple, mango, tropical fruits.

T - good balance as it starts off with wheat beer like spice turning towards a blast of hoppy bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel and easy drinkability.

O - I got this beer in a mix pack but I will go out and get it on it's own before it goes away.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Unfiltered golden color. Big 2-finger white cloud of a head, from a gentle pour no less, that lasted leaving abundant lacing. Good looks.

S- Citrus hops and yeast blend. Bready and some spice. Not bashful.

T- More citrus hops and Belgian style yeast, of course. Additionally, there's an earthiness of spice, herb, and fresh greens.

M- Medium body with good carbonation, crisp. There's a kick of citrus hop 'pucker'.

O A very pleasant surprise. I've had Saranac offerings that were run of the mill, this stands out. It holds its own as is and compares well or better to others in this hybrid style.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

!2oz bottle. Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of citrus hops, grains and orange peel. Smells pretty hoppy, especially for Saranac. Taste is of citrus hops and wheat up front. Orange peel near the end. Nice hop bitterness. A bit of a floral finish to go with the orange peel. This is a solid beer from Saranac and is right up there with Wet Hop IPA as being one of their hoppiest offerings. Overall, this is an interesting style that is well crafted. I will be buying it again given the chance.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of ElCaholicRacer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first encounter with a "White IPA". I am a big Wit and IPA fan, so I was interested in this to say the least. Believe it or not, it was hard to find, and WalMart of all places had 6-packs, $7.99. Poured into a DFH pint glass, nice 3 finger head with good retention and excellent spider web-like lacing. The color resembled a textbook unfiltered wheat ale style with the golden hazy yellow hue. The aroma was just what I had anticipated, a mix of citra hops, corriander, and wheat. The taste is a direct mirror of the smell. The first few sips were almost strange with the two distinct styles clashing. As the pint became less full, the flavor was growing on me. Each one was better than the last. I enjoyed 4 bottles. The first sample pack of Sarnac was dissapointing, but each brew I have sampled since has increased my fondness for this brewery. Prost!

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Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.