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Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

518 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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)
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Kendo

New York

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

01-07-2012 01:56:32 | More by Kendo
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Brad007

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

02-08-2012 01:03:27 | More by Brad007
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

03-06-2013 02:29:12 | More by GiantMidget
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DanPalmer


4.15/5  rDev +11.6%

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!

02-11-2013 22:50:48 | More by DanPalmer
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +11%

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.

01-13-2012 00:46:51 | More by bluejacket74
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11%

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.

07-08-2012 15:25:00 | More by woodychandler
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suspect

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11%

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.

01-05-2012 01:58:33 | More by suspect
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riversider76

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11%

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.

01-29-2012 20:26:45 | More by riversider76
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11%

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.

03-01-2012 21:22:20 | More by jeremy13586
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

04-09-2012 20:52:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

02-25-2012 23:58:47 | More by tone77
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gabedivision

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

01-27-2012 02:38:58 | More by gabedivision
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kuhndog

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

01-02-2012 17:00:14 | More by kuhndog
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kkosmoski

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

12-18-2011 20:34:37 | More by kkosmoski
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

01-23-2012 21:48:55 | More by ommegangpbr
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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!

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

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

12-29-2011 00:42:44 | More by ThePorterSorter
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

01-23-2012 23:14:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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plaid75

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

02-01-2012 02:48:51 | More by plaid75
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

02-02-2012 14:35:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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Hoagie1973

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

01-26-2012 16:18:05 | More by Hoagie1973
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

Had this on tap at J. Ryan's and was served in a pint glass.

Wow, I don't think I have ever seen a beer like this before. Looks like a mixture of orange juice with lots of pulp and a hint of chai mixed in it to get the color a shade darker than orange juice. Zero visibility through the beer that typifies the word 'unfiltered'. I must say, it did not look one bit appealing.

Aroma is typical of a wheat beer with all the usual elements; banana, fruity esters, some notes of clove along with a distinct citrus-hop aroma.

Taste upfront is fruity and sweet but from the middle, the hop bitterness takes over completely. Finish is nice and clean with just a slight lingering hop bitterness. The balance of hop bitterness in this beer was not what I expected. Pleasantly surprised and it was this surprise element that made me go back to the next sip to really believe it. Taste-wise I think this is a winner from Matt brewing/Saranac. After, Black Forest I think this is perhaps the best tasting Saranac beer.

Overall this is a good tasty beer. The appearance did catch me off-guard, but the taste makes up for the appearance.
Definitely worth a try.

02-05-2012 01:44:08 | More by CaptDavyJones
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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!

03-01-2012 17:14:16 | More by muletrane
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yesyouam

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

03-27-2012 15:19:53 | More by yesyouam
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cavedave

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

12-27-2011 22:15:26 | More by cavedave
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

01-15-2012 20:05:44 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
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