Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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Ratings: 514 | Reviews: 153 | Display Reviews Only:
2.23/5 rDev -40.1%
Poured into an Allagash flute on 4/24/12
BB June 30, 2012
This is a seriously cloudy beer; it's a murky golden yellow with floating sediment drifting about. Foam seemed reserved at first, but quickly got the best of me, cresting the top of the glass - well over the three finger mark. The head deflates, leaving a big, goopy dollop of suds and soapy lace scattered on the side.
The aroma is an odd one. Dank, tropical Citra notes are had while the head is high, but as it drops the orange peel takes a more prominent stance. The coriander is a faint addition, with a timid spice note on the periphery. The wheat and oats mentioned on the bottle come across as more of a mash-up of grains. It smells doughy, too. As it warms the wheat emerges with a toasty bent.
A thin, watery feel carries muddled Citra hop density across the palate with a lingering, dry bitterness. Along the way, moderate carbonation tries to muster the energy to make the meager spice pop more than it wants to. Notes of orange juice dip into the middle. The malts may be the most disappointing part; I was hoping for a sharp, toasty graininess, but it's more an infused culmination of the lot. Ah well. The finish has an unpleasant coating mustiness; like cotton, if cotton could be stale.
I'm not too impressed with this one, but it isn't an entire failure. Hey, at least they tried to do something interesting and thoughtful; it just didn't turn out so great. For the most part it doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste good. I'll probably finish the bottle.
05-16-2012 01:41:51 | More by Ryan011235
2.3/5 rDev -38.2%
12oz brown bottle
Appearance: Straw with a decent amount of foam
Aroma: Citric hop, orange peel, yeast, and coriander... all that you would expect from the description
Taste & Feel: This beer has a medium body with a smooth & creamy fell. It's tastes include: citrus, herbal, mint, coriander, bitter hop, yeast, and dry at the finish.
I haven't had the chance to taste anyone elses White IPA's, but this one just didn't sit right with me, not a big fan or either this beer or the style. I will need to come back and review this again once I have some others. Good attempt though.
02-03-2012 13:54:05 | More by BeerTwigs
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.