Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

157 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 553
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 57 | 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

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Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011

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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 553
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (2,093 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got to love bandwagons and imaginary styles.

Pouring an incredibly cloudy light yellow with a dense, white head with reasonable retention and lacing. Moderate chunks of yeast are also present, making this rather ugly. The nose is that of an over-spiced, over-hopped wit. Moderately yeasty with plenty of coriander, no real orange peel, citrus hops (surprisingly light, for an IPA), very wheaty. The palate has plenty of coriander with some citrus peel, citrus hops, bread and yeast. This really is a witbier IMO. Drying on the finsih with plenty of coriander. A wheaty, moderately bready palate, highly carbonated, this beer is pretty decent. (643 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very thick and hazy light orange color. The particulates keep light from penetrating. Has the look of a pulp laden orange juice, but only with a lighter orange-yellow color. When poured it had a billowy white head, which faded over time, to give a fair amount of lacing; leaves a fine film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The nose is heavy of lemon and orange up front. A nice citrus hop aroma blended in with a very light wheaty and yeasty like aroma. The smallest amount of pine hoppiness is persistent throughout, but very low in comparison to the others.

Taste – The taste is much of a Belgian wit although there is more bitter and sour citrus mixed in with some wheaty maltiness as the backbone. The hoppiness of the aroma is stronger than it is in the taste, leaving some disappointment in “IPA” portion o f the brew. Some pine hoppiness does come in toward the end along with some coriander.

Mouthfeel – Creamier then comparable IPA of similar strength, with slightly lower carbonation level. Overall it does have a gives comfortable and soothing feel on the tongue.

Overall – An interesting beer, although I think too much Belgian wit and not enough IPA. A bit more spicy and piney hoppiness and a little less lemon would be more for me. (1,321 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: very hazy, very hazy pale orange. head starts dominate but dies to a rim. some lacing.

S: aroma is very citra. floral and oranges. a little eggy. the hop presence is pleasant and inviting.

T: bitter orange peel. chewy wheat. a little bit of banana. finish is bitter. almost bittersweet. lingers for a while. this body is mostly bitter with a touch of wheat and oat. i wish the touch of grain was a little greater.

M: very vivid carbonation. medium body.

D: interesting brew. a malted up, hopped up belgian wit. like i said above, i wish the grain made a little bit more of a showing. (619 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint. It looks like dating has rubbed off.

An opaque but orb glowing peach yellow. Slow decant makes nice, but lots of yeast chunks on a heavy dump. Head makes a good soapy large bubbles at three fingers, but manages to clump very large also.

Nose hits with orange peel, and zest. Is this witbier? It's nice and refreshing, but sort of in Blue Moon territory, it does not particularly smell hoppy though either.

Palate gets into a good malt and chewy depth, hints at oat creamy character. Large orange juice finish, but a decent amount of citrus hop going also. Mellow, with some thick character, but the palate coats nicely. A light lingering mix of pine and tea, with orange zest feel.

Overall I think this is past its prime but it's still drinkable. It's very much though reminding me of blue moon just with more bitterness and an obvious hop presence. It's alright, I would like to try one I know is fresh. (951 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick, completely opaque, golden orange brew. Small floaties inside, but nothing bad. Almost two finger, creamy head. Nice lacing, good retention.

S - Pleasant citrus smell, with wheat, some booziness, and spices, like a blend of a Hefe and an American IPA. Sugar, orange, yeast.

T - Light, crisp ale. Sweet wheat flavor up front, grapefruit finish. Boozy overtones, which is disappointing in a 6% ABV.

M - Medium body, slight carbonation sting.

O - I like the idea, but I'm not sure it works. The citrus comes in too late, too light, and too flat (peel vice pulp). The spices don't seem to complement the overall flavor of the beer. Definitely not a bad beer, and refreshing for a warm day, but I won't be revisiting this one. (735 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb. 7. Reviewed 3 March. Poured into a tulip.

Completely opaque and golden. So cloudy there's an off-white hue to it. Small head, some lacing.

Smells of orange peel, lemon and grapefruit. Not terribly pungent.

Flavor is citrus and some wheat. The zesty lemon, grapefruit and orange flavors blend together in a way that makes it tough to tell what's hops and what's spice. Slightly bitter, but refreshing. An easy one to drink.

Relatively light body and low-medium carbonation.

This is the first beer I've had of this style (unless you count Little Sumpin Sumpin, which hides its wheat roots). Not sure it's quite my thing, but I'd try another. (658 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a cloudy, unfiltered, goldenrod coloring with a steady flow of carbonation, some sediment throughout, and a sparse, filmy, white surface coating. Aromas of subtle banana and clove, with a solid resiny and green overtone. Cut grass is in the nose, too. Flavors of resiny hops and lemon on a sharp, crisp body first, with more of the clove and cardammon spicing at the end. A bit sharp from the carbonation and light body, but tasty. Lemon zest and resiny hops in the aftertaste, with a sharp, crisp, slightly drying finish. (575 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, white, soapy head that laces fairly well. Nice, citrus hop aroma. Hazy, straw color. Starts with a nice citrusy hoppiness, but has a burst of complex spiciness. Builds into a medium bitterness and becomes poignantly bitter (almost like citrus rind). The finish mellows a bit, leaving a lighter orange flavor lingering.

Not too bad, but nothing stunning. Drinks mostly like an IPA, with a shot of spices near the front. Not much of a malt presence. (462 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- OK, this is one of the cloudiest beers I've ever seen. I can barely make out bubbles rising from the glass, which indicate that it's carbonated, but not much of a head to speak of.
S- Mix of citrus hops and orange peel. The two are a bit muddled, hard to tell where one stops and the other begins. It seems like this will be fairly bitter.
T- Yes, it's bitter. Fairly grapefruity, the orange peel peeks through, no real malt base to speak of, it's possible the wheat is making this very crisp and only expressing the hops and spices. No real strong citra flavor to this, they appear to have used the hops for bitterness only. No characteristic Belgian yeast either, the yeast is fairly clean. The orange peel is really right at the end of the finish and lingers on the back of the throat. I'm not sure I'd call this refreshing because of the fair amount of bitterness. I'd say it falls a bit flat tastewise.
M- Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty good on this beer.
O- Not really a bad beer, but not one I'd necesarily seek out. I do appreciate Matt trying things like this though. (1,126 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a thin layer of soft white head that quickly fades. The nose has a citrusy, lightly piny, big hop aroma with some underlying orange and spice. The flavor is fruity at first with some orange peel and citrus notes followed by a faint spice character, pepper and coriander, followed by an earthy, piny, spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

This is a nice twist on an IPA. It takes many of the traditional characteristics of a Witbier and combines them with an intense hop character. The flavors come together quite nicely to make this easy to drink, smooth, enjoyable beer. (668 characters)

Photo of breakofdawn
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite an interesting choice here; props to Saranac for jumping on this new style.

This very much is a Belgian White-IPA hybrid.

Pours a cloudy, orange and yellow. Smells of citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Tastes the same, with a bit of a hop kick at the end. Mouthfeel is not to dry, which is nice given the IPA influence.

To be honest, labeling this an IPA seems to be a tad generous. But it certainly is worth checking out and I would not mind if this became a year-round beer from Saranac. (493 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, lemons, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit and lemons. There is also some caramel notes and a bit of a dry yeast/spiciness. It ends with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I can't track down a freshness date on my bottle, but this one tastes a little stale. There is a fair amount of bitterness, but there isn't any vibrant flavours. (681 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Weyerbacher tulip. Pours a golden orange with a hazy clarity. Head is 2.5 inches, bright white and tight. Thin, textured rings of lacing are revealed as the head recedes. Nose expresses citrus rind, grapefruit, phenols and belgian yeast. Taste follows nose; however, flavor profile is a bit duller than suggested by the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a decent, albeit lackluster Belgian IPA. Definitely one of the better brews I've had from Saranac. (532 characters)

Photo of digitalflood
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Saranac White IPA - Creamy head. Good lacing. Deep misty yellow color. Heffenweizen like in appearance. Pine and citrus odors. Lemon and coriander. Clean nose. Crisp notes of spice and citrus. Mid-taste breaks into hard notes of pine and bitters. Fades into final roll of creamy malt undertones highlighted by lemons and oranges. Sour and spice lingers. Creamsicle after taste. Wafting more piney hops and minor alcohol tinge. Smooth mouth feel. Fairly drinkable. Flower notes may be an issue with aggressive session. Sipped slowly and respectfully, this is not an issue. Meant for a "slow drive through the country on a hot day" not for a drag race. Very good. If you're a hops head you'll like this fusion of Heffenweizen, Blonde Ale, and IPA. Each quality is there and well balanced. Good experiment. 3.56 out of 5. (818 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy, murky and golden yellow. Fluffy bright white three finger head that leaves a ton of lacing. IPA meets cloudy Wit! I dig it!

S- Huge grapefruit punch right up front. Tangerine, lemon, wet grassiness from the hops and yeast. The grapefruit nose really fades away quickly leaving just the grassiness that reminds me of a Sam Adams Lattidue 48 IPA.

T- Nice upfront citrus , grassy with bright lemony notes. A really nice blend of citrusy IPA pop, mixed with the nice bready and grainy wheat malt. Wet hay, thyme, basil and some white pepper.

M- Crisp and clean tasting. Nice notes of lemon, citrus, fresh cut grass, basil, peppercorns, wheaty malts.

O- Not bad. Very well done for a Saranac brew. Nice blend of Wit and IPA. Wish the grapefruit citrus notes held on longer. I'd buy this again. (806 characters)

Photo of nrs207
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very hazy yellow with a nice white head.

S - Can smell some citrus and coriander. To me it smells sort of like a Blue Moon with some hops. It's not bad for sure.

T - Typical wheat beer taste. Some coriander and citrus, with a nice small amount of bitterness on the finish. It's not bad, just not enough IPA characteristic for my liking.

M - Smooth taste. No alcohol. Above average mouthfeel.

O - It's not a bad beer. I won't be searching this out again, however. I'd like to see a wheat IPA with some more hops. If you're looking for a witbier with touch of hops, this is a good choice. (602 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a pale golden colour, pretty dark for a wit-anything. Indeed, I've had non-white IPAs that are paler than this—but perhaps the white is from the botanicals: it does say "brewed with spices" on the label after all. Head froths up initially, and then settles to a mild, reasonably pleasant inconsistent film of white. Very fine carbonation, reasonable body. Looks very decent despite the colour.

Nose is spicy and slightly acidic, with a slightly sweet organic tone to it. It's a little earthy, but a bit more like rotting wood. Hops are muted at best, perhaps just a faint resiny hint of cedar coming through. In fact, the longer it goes, the more woody it seems. It's interesting.

Taste is a little flat, and certainly missing some potency in terms of hops or in terms of spice. Mild clean wood-veiled, but otherwise neutral malt forms the bulk, with a wheat character that lends it its acidity. Some spice and a little lemon pepper through to the back. Finish is clean and a little empty.

Feel is light but smooth: it's missing some roundedness—perhaps it's using a more neutral yeast than you'd otherwise find in a spiced brew like this.

Overall, this is reasonably tasty stuff—it's certainly something I could see myself drinking regularly. I don't feel it really does all that could be done with the style, but it's interesting enough in its way. I'm pretty happy with it. (1,435 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical witbier, not as cloudy as others. The same for the smell, with bigger citrus notes.
The Citra hops really work on the fruitiness, enhancing the citric notes from the witbier (sweet orange, tangerine, lime, pomelo and straight to grapefruit); acidic fruit mild; light bready malts, a touch of grain also; spicy, somewhat earthy yeasts;
Nicely spiced (typical coriander, some pepper, orange rind); there are floral notes, but the herbal notes are bigger, reminding of sage and mint;
Though it's zesty and refreshing in the beginning, the bitterness gets really strong in the finish, with a rough green leafy aftertaste, lingering;
First time trying a White IPA, and i'm not dissapointed (706 characters)

Photo of wafers
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass

A: Orange/red coloring, moderately cloudy, decent amount of frothy foam
S: Aroma of oranges, citrus, with some floral hints in the background
T: Kind of sweet tasting, definitely detect hoppy bitterness but on the light side, some lemony aftertaste
M: Some carbonation, very smooth
O: Pretty much as stated on the bottle, this brew tastes like a hybrid of a white and an IPA. Even though though the taste is a bit on the light side, it's still good for someone searching for a hoppy beer that is easy drinking and not too in-your-face. (568 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a single bottle about four months ago in a Wegman's in Central NJ. I surprised to see that that there are only 97 reviews on BA right now.

The look is about right for a cross between a wit and IPA. You get a light yellow coloring with a significant amount of head in my fluted glass. The resigual cling to the glass leaves some good looking lacing.

I like the way that this beer smells. You get quite bit of flowering hops and some spicyness in the background. I also note some sour presence from the belgian aspects.

The balance isn't as good in the tasting. I get a bunch of sour and bitter which overwhelm the flavor. Beyond that I get more hoppiness and some orange. I think I get a touch of coriander.

This is an interesting beer, but a little disjointed. I bet it works better from the tap, than the bottle. (832 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This interesting IPA is a cloudy yellowish iced tea color with a modest white fringe of head and similarly weak lacing. The aroma captures swampy citrus and herbal hop qualities, with a mellow wheat grain blended in. As a hop lover this seems pretty promising. The flavor comes on with sharp citrus hop and a woodsy wheat. It’s got oak and orange, grassy bite. This is a bit too stark to me but I do enjoy the rye bread qualities that result here. Not that it’s too bitter but just a bit caustic. This is a fizzy brew with an aggressively effervescent feel with a touch of dryness in the finish and a medium-light body. It grows on me so I can certainly recommend it to hop lovers as worth a try. (700 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange-gold with about a finger of short-lived, off-white head. A slim ring and plenty of visible carbonation remain and leave some sparse lacing. A coat of sediment remained on the bottom of the bottle despite emptying the bottle.

S: surprised by the hop presence in this East Coast/Belgian IPA. There's plenty of citrusy hops with a solid light malt base. Slightly spicy and sour.

T: a clear hop presence (Citra) with orange overtones ... enough orange that I'm thinking there's some orange peel in here too. Does seem to be some coriander. Little sign of any Belgian yeast except, perhaps, in the earthy sourness.

M - Very good carbonation level; medium+ body; quite soft for an IPA.

O: light spicing but strong orange component in this very drinkable IPA. (776 characters)

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