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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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157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 556
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 60 | 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: 556
Photo of sdj5
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #113
Served On: 01/21/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV:
Date/ Code: 06/30/2012

From the 2012 'What Ales You' mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a very cloudy yellow with a 1 finger of head consisting random sized bubbles. Head reduced down to a patchy film and left nice uniform lacing.

Smell: Aroma was typical of a wheat beer except for a pungent hop citrus which certainly brought out the IPA component indicated on the label.

Taste: High carbonation up front with strong grapefruit and Belgian yeast. Then came the wheat beer character with a more crisp middle with citrus. The finish favored the IPA side of grapefruit and bitterness.

This was a very enjoyable beer. It reminded me of a New Belgium Ranger IPA with a bigger hop profile. It was very nice.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is actually pretty decent for a Belgian IPA. Carries a lot of the trademark characteristics. The one detractor is the almost soil flavor to it. I can't quite say it's too earthy, because it's more like dirt really. But overall, it's consistent and pretty well done. A good one from Saranac.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some light hints of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy white head that slowly reduces a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange hops with lighter aromas of pale malts, spices, and orange peel.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of pale malts and wheat with a moderate flavor of citrus/orange hops. There are light flavors of spices and orange peel in the background. Light amounts of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: This would be a really great refreshing beer for a hot summer day and it is going down pretty well on this warmer fall evening here in NC... Light hybrid style of beer with attributes of Belgian IPA and witbier. I enjoyed it and would get it again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pilsner style glass, color is gold to copper, opaque, head is very dense and thick, with a great amount of clinging and lacing.

Smell very well done, fresh, floral, hoppy, solid malt presence hints of wheat and biscuit.

Taste is very solid as well, slightly biting from the yeast hop combo, but expected from the style. Malt flavors are wheat and biscuit, yeast off flavors and some hints of spices noted.

Mouthfeel is on the crisper side, nice lingering flavors, well done.

Overall, a very well done white/belgian ipa from saranc, great flavors and mouthfeel with very nicely done smell.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden-orange with a two finger white head. Good retention, some lacing.
S- The aroma interestingly balances the wheat and hops with a bit of a bit of wheatlike spicyness balanced by some citrus hops.
T- First it tastes like a wheat beer with some light citrus and spice flavors. The finish brings through some good, but not overwhelming hop bitterness.
M- Good body, but the carbonation is a bit low for my preferences.
O- On the whole it's one of the best beers I've had from Saranac. Could use a little more carbonation and a little more wheat on the nose.

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Photo of mnrider
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle.

A: Pours a murky straw color. Foamy white head and pretty good lacing.

S: Complex aroma filled with citrus hops, orange, yeast and from what the label is telling me coriander.

T/M: Creamy and smooth. Citrus hops and yeast. Plenty of other spices come in strong. Finishes on the the dry side.

O: Don't think I've ever had anything like this before. A spicy IPA. The Matt Brew Co. has many good beers of all styles and this one is no different. A good hybrid if you like IPA or Witbier.


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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A hazy, golden body with a huge, billowy paper white cap. Good retention and moderate spider web lacing. Some stray bubbles find their way to the top. The nose is full of bright orange rind. Coriander, pine, perfume, doughy yeast, and banana seem to round things out. Solid aroma. My first venture into White IPA's and the nose on this is pretty enticing. The flavor profile follows the nose. Bright orange rind throughout with coriander, banana, doughy yeast, and some pine in the finish. There is a lingering citric bitterness that intermingles with the spice and yeast flavors. Medium body with on point carbonation. This has some real solid qualities and is a great introduction to the style. There is a nice hop imbalance with a sturdy wit underneath. This was a nice surprise.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-yellow orange cloudy color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus and spice notes with some bitter hops

T-citrus and spice with hints of sweetness and bread, moderately bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, some thick sticky feel

O-an interesting beer, my first tasting of this type. Is enjoyable as an alternative to usual IPAs.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no bottle date. I believe this is fairly fresh though seeing as it came from a distributor. Poured it into a DFH signature glass.

A: Cloudy yellow orange unfiltered color. Tons of bright white tight bubbled head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing trails.

S: Almost smells like a Hefe. I get the spice and the coriander and the orange, even thought the head. But there is also some of that hop character as well. Citrus hops primarily.

T: The taste is inherately IPA. I get a nice spicy hop bite on the tip of the tongue. In the middle of the mouth I get some citrus hop character. Some orange and lemon are there along with hop notes. Nice crisp close.

M: Medium.

O: B

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky gold and orange with decent foam and lacing and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, pine, citrus, wheat, and citrus.

Taste: Wheat, orange, spice, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with a bitter hop finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. This is a mild blonde brew with plenty of citra hops. Well balanced with a nice citrus flavor. Bonus: I picked it up from BevMo at a great price!

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Photo of AAG
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer cold, poured into a room temperature pint glass.

Appearance - Opaque, cloudy, and amber in color. Looks inviting. Nice, fluffy white head. Appearance reminds me of a Blue Moon.

Smell - Fruity, orange-peel, spicy, hop-like smell.

Taste - Tastes like a Belgian IPA but similar to a Blue Moon. Fruity, orange-peel taste. A refreshing hop flavor balanced with a wheat beer taste. Not too hoppy....mild hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth on the palate, thicker than an ale, slightly bitter hops after-taste.

Overall - I enjoyed this American IPA. Similar in taste/appearance to a Blue Moon but a refreshing IPA with a nice fruity/spicy taste. I would happily drink this IPA again. Good job by Matt Brewing Company.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang tulip. So review #100 isn't of some special, ultra-rare, barrel aged imperial stout, who cares, really. Then again, those kind of beers are almost impossible to find in my area, but that's another discussion for another day...

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color that lightens up near the edges of the class. The yeast also settles to the bottom of the glass quite well. It also features a one finger eggshell color head with decent retention and lacing.

S: The unmistakeable scent of tropical fruit from the Citra hops pervades the senses quite well. Beyond that, there are notes of coriander and banana. Quite good...then again, I expect a Citra-hopped IPA to smell impressive.

T: The bitterness from the hops is kept nicely in check - in fact, a lot of the bitterness here is derived from the coriander and other spices. As such, the finish is nicely spicy, and the oats used help smooth out the transitions from the slightly sweet opening to the bitter end. Exhales allow its sweeter characteristics from the wheat malt to come into fruition more easily. It isn't perfect, however, as the bitterness can become a tad mundane and generic tasting after a while, and the oats make the flavors mesh together a bit too well. Still, it has a nice bittersweet character with a crisp, refreshing finish.

M: Not too heavy on the tongue, helping its ability to refresh. The carbonation is spot on, though the bit of dryness on the aftertaste increases the bitter factor some.

O: Is this the best value in craft beer? $7 for a six-pack says it might just be. I've avoided Saranac in the past, but if this ends up being the rule from them (instead of the exception) in the near future, I'll gladly give them the time of day.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looking at this, you ask yourself: "This is an IPA?!" Unfiltered, opaque golden (almost orange) color with bit more head than usual. The stream of carbonation adds a nice touch. Fruity, floral, citrus notes. You can definitely discern the orange peel and coriander used. In tasting, you're hit with an intense orange citrus note and the bitterness from the hops. Consistent over the palate. Good beer.

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Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac tasting better lately. This one edges out their decent Pale Ale. A great take and one of the first on WIT IPA.

A: A hazy straw yellow with active visible carbonation offers a finger of creamy foamy white head that too quickly reduces to thin film covering the surface with a ring at the edges of the glass. Ample lacing. Lots of yeast left in bottle. the real deal.

S: Healthy dose of aromas of citrus/orange hops with lighter aromas of pale malts, spices, and orange peel. Welcoming, clean, not cloying. But that Saranac soapy ness in evidence.

T: Follows the smell with more pale malts and wheat upfront followed by citrus/orange hops. There are light flavors of spices and orange peel in the end game. Light amounts of bitterness which fades to a pleasant finish and feel. Good food beer. Flavor packed.

M:Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp. Long finish.

O: No nonsense, well made, would drink again.

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Photo of Flatlands
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this style start to take off as it is a great combination.
A a nice pour, good head
S clean, citrus, floral, nice!
T strong hops here, could use a bit more Belgian sweetness here but hop heads will like this
M I like the backbone here, stays with you
O I love the White IPA, there are not many examples of this style that are less then $10 for a 4 pack. Being a Midwesterner, this is a new brewer for me. New York seems to be a Belgian style hot spot.

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Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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

Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 3 finger thick head

I smell more of a neutral wheat-like brew kind of scent rather than IPA-like grapefruit or citrus.

Tastes like a dash of grapefruit, actually. The rest is reminds me of witbier. Good job fusing the two!

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Smooth all around.

Overall, a 3.75 for Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company. I think they did a pretty good job with this fusion style of brew. Its not outRAGEOUSLY awesome,but I like it all the same. I'll probably pick this up again.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into das boot! Yeah it's not proper glassware, but honestly, Saranac just doesn't deserve it. :-P

A: Very cloudy pale golden color with a big fluffy white head. Thick chunky lacing.

S: Spicy yeast and wheat malt with a definite citrus hop aroma. Smells a lot like canned pineapples and oranges.

T: Very spicy coriander flavor backed by orange zest. Hints of citrus hops and a stronger presence of wheat malt, and typical spice for wheat beers. Definitely over spiced for my taste though.

M: Crisp, light-medium body. Pretty refreshing.

O: Welp, it's probably the best or second best brew I've had from Saranac. Still not very impressed by this brewery though.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/17/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and a light malt character. Then a mild sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and spices. There’s a decent hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good variation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for a hoppy wheat beer.

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Photo of madmaxmedia
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

A orangey citrus IPA with spice aroma, which is very unusual. It doesn't work 100% but is not altogether objectionable either. So not a great IPA but not bad. Bevmo had a these for half off, at $8 for a 12-pack I filled my fridge with this very decent and drinkable (if a bit unconventional) IPA.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a cloudy golden straw with a small cap of creamy white head.

Sweet oranges in the aroma right off with hints of coriander and a yeasty background. Pretty nice hop bill on this one. Bitter on the start of the pallet with oranges and coriander in the middle. Seems to have a kiss of lemon in there with a bitter cracker finish.

The body is medium and a little sticky. Soft carbonation on this. Overall this one surprised me. I enjoy it quite a bit.

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Photo of searsclone
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle into a pint glass

opaque straw colored with a bright white head and good lacing. Looks like a hefe

smells like spice, bread and lemon

taste is hops and black pepper with some malt sweetness to help balance it. slightly bitter aftertaste

feels sharp and creamy, sort of chewy with little carbonation

overal, easy to drink and a good beer

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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