Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

552 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of Ryan011235
2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of BeerTwigs
2.35/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Suds
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a cloudy, blonde-muddy brew. It has a thin, quickly disappearing head. The brew is average looking, at best. Light brown at the edges, with yellow fringes. The smell is spicy...with citrus peel. For an 'IPA'', the beer has a very subtle hop scent. The taste is equally unremarkable. Spritzy, balanced, and a bit hoppy, with a moderate bitterness. Medium in body.

Photo of ZekemusMaximus
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Super murky, this honestly looked like orange juice. I don't think i've ever seen an IPA this color and quite so murky. Love it just based on uniqueness.

S- Lot of zestry citrus smell coming from this one, a lot of grassy, hoppy smell following it up.

T- A lot of orange/grapefruit citrus right away that transitioned into a not too bitter grassy, veggie taste. Really had a nice zing to the citrus notes and was sweeter than i had thought it would be.

M- This was just TOO MUCH for me with how murky and heavy this was in my mouth. I don't mind when beer is on the thicker side but this was just way too much, it was like a meal and a half.

O- I didn't particularly love this, the mouthfeel was just too much to overcome for me. Too thick and the great flavor couldn't save it for me. I wish the citrus held on throughout and didn't drop out towards the end. Okay Saranac brew.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy orange color with a thick white head. There was a fair amount of lace.

Pleasant aroma: citrus/orange and spice.

Taste not so pleasant. Orange taste, but very bitter. It's like they used both the orange peel and the pith. Coriander taste, which exacerbated the bitterness.

Way too bitter and unpleasant for me.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dim, clouded, golden-orange body with a half-inch of white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Pithy lemon overneath scantly bready wheatiness, low resins, low spices. A bit of a modest aroma overall.

Taste: Soft white wheat, a slight graininess and a nibble of brioche. Lightly sweet. Resins, lemon and a pithy quality. Small pinch of spice. Medium bitterness. Drying, pith-rimmed finish with a hint of lemon juice moistened bread. Some bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's okay, like many Saranac beers (the better ones at least) it just falls a bit short.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Part of an assorted sixer called an Adirondack Trail Mix. Popping the top this brew has a citrusy and piney hop smell. Pours into a handy glass to a cloudy faded yellow with an off white head that disappears quickly. On the taste this brew has a bold sourness upfront, then gets a little spiced malt sweetness followed by a bitterness of the hopping that then fades into the finish. Kind of a unique flavor. Odd indeed.

Photo of kencarman
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oh, boy, I hate doing this. When a brewer tries innovation I like to reward their efforts, but someone boiled the damn orange peel too long. And I think that combined with early addition hops to provide an astringency: a harshness, in what looks, smells and even tastes like a decent attempt. It's foggy and has proteins a-floating, but hey... it's a wheat beer. The coriander gets lost.

The nose is citrus-y hops, perhaps a tad grapefruit like. Some wheat. Best part of the profile. Mouthfeel: wheat, hops, medium to mostly light body, but the harshness hits there.

Taste: wheat, some spice in background, maybe coriander, but that orange peel just blocks the rest.

Back off on the orange peel, or at least add later for less astringency. Mayber needs more of a dry hop approach w/peel?

Photo of JackieKu
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coriander spiced IPA? Interesting but not my style.

Photo of sweetwaterman
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle as part of the 125th Anniversary Pack.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow. Looks like a hefe without the head.

Smell: More hops that belgian on the nose.

Taste: Mild on the taste. Definite belgian notes and not nearly as hoppy as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Just fine. Reasonably crisp.

Overall: An decent beer, but nothing to write home about IMO.

Photo of NODAK
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma here is heavily citric as one would expect from a beer advertising Citra hops. Quite lemony and hoppy. I don't get much else from this one.

Very cloudy...golden...looks just like any typical white beer would look like.

Definitely a good bitter kick up front with a mouthful of Citra hops...it lives up to the "IPA" in the title. This is the predominant taste of the beer, though some orange and lemon with just the smallest touch of coriander peeks through afterward. I do wish that the wit characteristics were more noticeable here. It's an IPA first, and definitely "white" second. The balance just isn't really there like some of the great ones of this style.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at The Iron Frog in Simsbury, Conn.

A: Hazy, bright, golden yellow color with a cloudy center and a thin head of white carbonation that weakly clung to the walls of the glass.

S: Spicy, citrusy and sweet with a hint of lemongrass and a bunch of stinging hop bitterness to boot.

T: Light and grainy up front with a touch of lemon zest, orange peel and grapefruit. There's a bit of tart apple and cereal grains that meld together before rushing into a slightly funky, spicy and floral hop finish that descends into a slightly sharp, boozy, over-complicated mess of an imperial pale wheat.

M: Sharp, medium bodied ale with plenty of acidity and some stinging hop resins to boot.

O: Not a terrible representation of this relatively new style, its still a Saranac product. When Saranac tries a "trending style," I shy away. This is likely the best they could do with a product that hasn't proved its full worth yet.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a 1/2 inch head that stays for a little bit. Moderate amount of lacing along the glass -- aroma is hoppy with citrus/grapefruit being the most overwhelming characteristic. Very pleasant. Slightly sour finish, but overall very solid and enjoyable.

Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky straw yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a thin puddled film and medium collar with excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, resin and citrus hops and a sweaty Belgian yeast with a note of citrus (grapefruit and orange peel) and a bit of coriander.

The taste was lightly sweet and fruity with just a touch of spice early on, progressing with a nice citrusy hoppy taste, along with a strong grainy yeast presence and a citrus peel bite towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good long time following the swallow with the bitter citrus peel taste fading ever so slowly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a couple steps beyond light in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a tasty and well balanced brew with a pleasing spicy citrus favor and a nice creamy drinkability...

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Photo of Coopaloop2112
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. I like it. Don't love it.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How long before White IPA gets its own category. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Cloudy yellow in color with nice head that dissipates slightly and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma has a lot going on: tart lemony and spicy aromatics. The taste is busy rather than complex. There's just too much going on.

I'd like to see more of this style, but it definitely needs some work.

Photo of Gmann
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirt straw color with a small pure white head that left a short wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a strong celery presence from the coriander. There is some orange peel, clove and white pepper to give the beer that witbier smell. The hops don't really standout perhaps they are masked by the orange peel. The aroma is way too vegetal for my liking, too much coriander.

The taste has a nice bright wheat flavor, which allows the hops to pop through. The hops are a bit grassy and provide some citrus notes. Good floral hop burps. The coriander isn't as strong as it was in the aroma. Along with the orange peel, it adds a nice amount of spice to this IPA. Tastes more like an IPA than wit.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Drinks crisp and fairly clean, some lingering hop bitterness in the finish. An easy drinker.

A decent example of an increasingly popular style. I am glad they made this one more IPA than witbier.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange-yellow, pale in color with a thick head din the beginning rising to just over two thirds of an inch(white). Don't know if it's my batch but sediments are pretty apparent over the body.

Smell: Light sour lemon scent with compliments of yeast...smells good but super light like I said before.

Taste: A sour bitterness to it. You feel hops with a burst of lemon and light grapefruit giving a sweet feel. Has some yeast properties to it not bad but nothing really good either somewhere in the middle.

Mouth: Medium, citrus finish at the end feels like lemon peel.

Overall: Picked up in a sampler, but don't think I would actually buy a pack of it itself. Good to have but wouldn't say it I would keep having it. Still satisfies....Salud!

Photo of beer456
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy/smokey off-white copper. Smells fruity. Taste is not overpowering. Overall I am gonna have to say its nothing special. Perhaps, its needs a little more bite for my taste. Its not an unpleasant beer but its nothing so memorable that it deserves any special praise either.

Photo of jonB
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bright, golden almost orange body with a thick white head that slowly dissipates leaving a white lace around the top of the glass. The smell is full of citrus hops and sweet malt. The taste is a good hoppy IPA, but the wheat does not provide enough of a base for the hoppiness. It is a good beer but the hoppiness is not quite balanced. As it sits for a little while the hoppiness mellows out and more of the citrus/orange flavors become prevalent making it taste more like a wheat beer. A different style that was fun to try, but will not replace any of he favorite IPAs.

Photo of dank203
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

used to like this better. still pretty clean tasting but too dry. the hops aren't there like I remember, its too perfumey. still, a clean drink and I can go through a sixer and not mind getting it again. in fact, all Saranac beers have agreed well with me, just not always blowing my mind with flavor

Photo of cmq103
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshly tapped 1/6th keg my basement bar right next to my DFH 60 Minute IPA. I poured this White IPA into my Duvel Belgian Tulip glass, which is my favorite glass to sample new beers from.

Appearance: My initial thought was Wow!!, this is one cloudy looking beer. So cloudy that you can't see through the glass. Nice creamy-looking, off-white 3/4" head with clingy lacing as I tilt my glass.

Smell: Fruity, citrusy hoppy pine and grapefruit aromas. The citrus overtone is a bit more prevalent though. I'm excited to taste this one, as I enjoy the Belgian Witbier and IPA style right about the same.

Taste: Citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit and perhaps a hint of lemon) grab your attention first, followed by the mild hoppy bitterness you get from an IPA. A very good blend of both in my opinion. Equal amounts of the Belgian and IPA flair with the just the right amount of spices to remind you that you're drinking a Belgian Witbier hybrid beer.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy texture on the tongue from start to finish. Surprising for a beer of this style.

Overall: I could see myself drinking this all Spring and Summer. Very enjoyable beer from Saranac, who kind of drifted away from me in the craft beer market over the years. This beer will make me want to come back again, as this is one of their better beers I've had in many years. Like I said, a very cloudy beer, which at first I attributed to the initial pour from the keg. The second and third pour gave me the same cloudy results. Not in a bad way, but a little unexpected since this beer is a mixture of two equally distinct styles. If you like the Belgian Witbier & IPA style, this beer is definitely worthy of a try.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into shaped Dogfish pint glass.

A - Extremely hazy brownish yellow. Frothy foam, about two fingers. Can't see through to the other side of the glass at all. Noticable large specks of suspended yeast throughout. I usually enjoy unfiltered wheat beers, but this is just not very appetizing to look at.

S - Smells like a hoppy wit. Very lemony, with some hops, coriander, and wheat.

T - Citrus up front with a bit of spice. Hops hit very late and linger long after I swallow. The citra hops are a bit spicy and I like the combo of the wheat and hops. It almost works, but the flavors don't quite meld.

M - Very well carbonated and smooth.

O - Not bad, but not great. I like the spiciness, but I think the flavors are all a bit forced together. Still, I enjoy it more as I drink. I think I would like it better in the summer, when I drink many more wheat beers and many fewer stouts. I like the combo of the citra hops with the wheat flavors, but I think it could be done better.

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This white IPA is pale, yes, though the depth of the body holds a certain thick darkness, and it is a little darker than the typical. An impressively big, fluffy and dense white head never drops beyond a heavy foam and leaves chunky lacing sticking everywhere.
There's an unusual note in the aroma, something odd, maybe something like toasted grains that toasted just a little too long. Hops are bright and forward, though, some citrus with a bit of pith and something slightly spicy. Caramel malts balance well. The odd note is a little tough to get over.
Thankfully, the burnt note is minimal in the flavor. There's an interesting spiciness almost like coriander, like a hoppy wit using something other than Belgian yeast. There's citrus, pith, zest, caramel, maybe some biscuit, leaf, and just a touch of some mintiness.
It's crisp, and initially it's not quite smooth. The medium body titlts to the lighter side, and it's definitely refreshing. Smoothness kicks in toward the middle and finishes it out.

Photo of output01x
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that fades after a few minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam collar. The body is a cloudy golden straw that thins out to a pale straw at the edges. Some large, dark floaties can be easily seen suspended throughout the body. Very few carbonation bubbles can be seen through the murkiness. Thin but decent lacing can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption but little manages to actually stick for any period of time.

The aromas are practically spot on with the description on the neck of the bottle. Citrus aromas are immediately detected along with some grassy and catty aromas. Wheat and coriander aromas build a soft but strong backbone for the hops aromas. Notes of orange peel, bananas, and lemon add a good bit of complexity to the nose.

The beginning of each sip starts out like a Belgian witbier with flavors of wheat, coriander, lemongrass, and orange peel. As the beer is swirled in the mouth, grassy hops come out adding a bit of bitterness to the back of the tongue. Swallowing the beer releases more of the soft and grainy wheat flavors with an emphasis on bananas and cloves. As this fades, a slight grassy bitterness finds a home in the back of the mouth. Oddly, there is not as much of the Citra hops flavors as would be expected.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a great summer beer. The body is easy drinking and does not allow too much flavor to build on the tongue. The carbonation is just barely fizzy, creating a nice, slightly foamy swallow.

The floaties are not the most appetizing part of this beer and unfortunately knock the appearance down a couple pegs. The aromas are spot on for the style with a good emphasis on the malts. The flavor is decent but lacks the strong hops flavors one would expect to find in an IPA. If anything, this beer is more like a Belgian Pale or hoppy Witbier. On the plus side, the body and carbonation are spot on, making this a great warm weather beer.

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