Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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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

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Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011

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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 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 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 CHickman
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a massive 2 finger cloudy white head that lasted a long time, fading very slowly and leaving excellent foamy lacing clinging to the glass and leaving a foamy layer on top.

Smells of hops, herbs and grains up front, with herbs, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, pine cones, coriander, pepper, spices, grains, wheat, hay, grass and a lot of earthy notes; an earthy IPA that is just as grainy as it is hoppy.

Tastes like it smells, with herbs, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, pine cones, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, coriander, malt, pepper, spices, grains, wheat, hay, grass, bark, and other earthy tones; not as hoppy as it smells with the grains, spices and herbs making it complex and oddly balanced.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and creamy, with a light watery body, mild carbonation and an easy feel and drinkability.

Overall this was a nice spin on an IPA, but a little off base to be a true IPA and more like a Belgian style pale ale. Nice new beer by Saranac that's worth a try. Glad BA listed this under American Pale Wheat Ale, since to me that style or a Witbier is more in line with the flavor and less like the “IPA” title, so I'll rate this on the BA style and not the label title. I look forward to trying this again.

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Photo of drumenigma
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- the bottom two inches of the bottle was full of sediment. This was true through all six bottles that I tried. The first time around I didn't realize and when I poured the beer it looked like one of those Orbitz drinks from the 90's. I'm not sure if there is supposed to be that much sediment in the bottle but it was a little ridiculous.
s- quite pleasant. Very floral and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit and orange smells.
t- Get the citrus up front with the back end being definite wheat beer. Pretty good balance over all.
m- very crisp. this is a good summer beer.

Overall I liked the flavor but I can't get over how much sediment was in the bottles I got.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new concept from of all brewers...Saranac,kinda cool.Poured a hazed peach infused lemonade color with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Alot of coriander in the nose along with toasted wheat malt,a smattering citric hops comes thru as the beer sits more.A little more hop forward on the palate with citrus and tropical fruit-like flavors,a firm toasted wheat base with a little more subdued coriander in the finish.Not bad it's something I would drink alot of in the summer.

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Photo of Sharkophile
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Cloudy golden with a orange-ish haze and a big frothy white head that sticks and leaves lacing all over the glass. Very attractive.

S: Smells pretty nice, with citrus and pine from the hops resting atop the sweet smell of wheat.

T: Bready wheat and malt with a light sweetness kicks things off, with a sweet-ish citrus flavor which leads into the hoppiness, which is also citric, but also piney and a bit earthy. Very interesting finish, with the coriander tagging along with the residual hop flavors which linger for a very long time. Slightly bitter and dry.

M: Medium body, firm carbonation which suits the beer very well.

O: A very very solid offering from Saranac, hopefully this style catches on!

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is extremely hazy straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of rings running down the sides of the glass.
S: There moderately strong and refreshing aromas of citrus in the nose along with notes of orange peel and spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrusy flavors of oranges along with notes of wheat and some hints of coriander. There is a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops, which lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a unique style of beer that manages to combine the refreshing properties of a wheat beer with the strong citrusy hop aromas/flavors and bitterness of an IPA. It would be the perfect beer for IPA fans to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice orange straw with a nice white head. Smells of very sweet grain and flowery hops, very pleasant. Tastes of a Belgian in terms of grain, with floral hops, very nice combination and balanced. This light bodied beer is nicely carbonated and goes down real easy. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus. Not much else.

T - Very strong citrus flavor with some piney bitterness. Toasty caramel sweetness makes up the backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty good white IPA. I could see myself stocking up on this affordable brew.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint glass. Pours a yellow brown, as foggy as it gets, with nice white lacing, a solid inch worth. Smell is orange, wheat, clove, and a hint of pine. Taste is much larger, with some assertive grapefruit to finish the flavors from the nose. Body is large for the ABV, nice carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. It is a nice beer and unique even for this new style.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy straw color with a thick pillowy head and awesome lacing around the rim.

S- citrus hops and coriander, grapefruit juice, oats, sweet wheat, grass

T- citrus hops kick, grapefruit juice, notes of coriander. The wheat offers a great balance with an almost cracker like maltiness on the back end. Finishes tangy-yet-dry with a nice linger.

M- medium body, low carbonation, goes down slightly foamy.

O- I have enjoyed every beer that I've tried of this style and this one is no exception. Bold citrus flavors and balanced evenly by the wheat and the spiciness leaves a pleasant finish. One if the next I've had from Saranac.

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Photo of kell50
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on draft and from a bottle. This review is from a bottle version I had on 1/30/12.

A: This pours a bright golden color with a nice white fluffy head that lasts the entire way down. Looks like a traditional German hefeweizen- beautiful.

S: The aroma is of citrusy hops (citra) along with a wheat backbone, very pleasant scents.

T: First sip, immediate citrus hop/wheat explosion. I really like the blend of styles here! It finishes pretty dry and with a nice hoppy citrus bitterness.

M: This is fairly light bodied for an american IPA. Carbonation isn't overpowering, and leaves my mouth with a nice dry feeling and wanting another sip.

O: I'm really impressed with the wheat/ipa hybrid going onto here. This would be a perfect warm weather/ summertime beer (not sure it'll be around then, as this is a Limited Release). Congrats Saranac, this one rocks.

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Photo of leansean88
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One of the cloudiest beers I've ever seen. Not much head, but it sticks. A pale, amber color with fine specks of black kicking around.

S - Does not smell as dirty as it may look. Fresh hops, spices, citrus and wheat.

T - Pleasant, bitter body. Hops are straightforward, and blend well with spice. Finishes on a note of wheat. Surprisingly, it's a nice touch.

M - A bit of carbonation, but not bad. The spice works well, just not terrifically so.

O - I'm happy to say that for a wheat beer, this wasn't half bad. Saranac is a trusted hometown brewery, and this is another fine ale. I think the good people of upstate New York will enjoy it this holiday season.

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Photo of silentjay
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks like an American brewed witbier. very hazy golden straw with an almost pure white head that quickly settles to one finger yet laces the glass nicely.

lots of citrus in the aroma. juicy and bitter, coming from different sources. lemon zest, orange juice, grapefruit. also some wheat and hay aromas behind that as well as a bit of grass.

even more citrus-heavy in the flavor than in the aroma. grapefruit juice (sweetened) orange juice, lemon/lime. the wheat gives it a quick zip before the citrus goes bitter on the finish.

lighter bodied with not as much carbonation as a witbier, but ample level for an IPA. finishes a bit watery.

pretty interesting. the first sip was very good, but as the glass empties, my interest wanes a bit. Still one of the better Saranc beers I've had recently. would be a decent beer to get people more used to hop flavors, as its not quite as hoppy as an IPA, has little bitterness and has some approachable flavors on the forefront.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from the twelve beers of summer pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Thick hazy dirty gold, looks solid. White foam sits on top. Stiff pine opening nose. Murky. Citrus in nose as well. Taste is a blend of malt, citrus. yeast, and a light hop. Some bitter sticks out at the finish. Really smooth with enough kick to leave a mark. Quite good actually.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks a murky cream yellow-amber in the Guinness Porter nonic. Medium bleachy head that's sticking around. Nice lace effect. An IPA that looks like half hefeweizen, half dishwater. I like it. 4.0

Almost has a dishwater smell. Some lemon detergent-y hop aromas, biscuity malts, and some yeast esters. More lemon than orange or grapefruit. And more leafy than grassy. Kind of better than I was expecting. 3.5

Bitter lemon hop bite with some white grape juice pucker. Interestingly tart. Not a heavy yeast component, but it's there. Very sessionable alcohol levels. Somewhat astringent in the finish. I severely underestimated this beer. 4.0

Creamy smooth. Feels like a nitro pour. No wretched citrus sweetness, no out-of-place clove, banana, or phenolics, no lackluster performance in effervescence or body. Spot on. 4.5

Great variation of the style. Easily, the first Saranac beer I've been impressed by. 4.0

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Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is completely opaque, a very light (but thick) straw yellow. Some foamy white head and a little bit of lacing. A metallic wheat scent to it.

Nice citrusy taste to it. Sweet, but not overbearing. Not much of an IPA at all, but there's a wonderful wheatyness to it. Very crisp. Refreshing.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Wheaty hop aroma with a grapefruit or passionfruit aroma.
No head, little lacing.
Nice refreshing take on an IPA. Wheaty, but bitter and hoppy with a bit of citrusy fruity hops. Its a very refreshing IPA and a really good brew from Saranac. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date tasted: June 14, 2013... Glassware: Chimay chalice... Occasion: Celebrating Will's second violin recital, a successful "Come Little Children"... Appearance: fuzzy peach body allows a splotchy off-white head-unfiltered... Aroma: crisp, peachy citrus--coriander, grapefruit prevail--a nice overall sentiment.. Palate: light and refreshing with a tingle of substance--so light for an IPA--and little aftertaste... Taste: a mixture of flowers--soft hops really allow for a smooth, pilsner-like crispness... Overall: this beer presents an odd problem--it tastes so little like any other Saranac I've had, and that is saying something. The difference is not only noticeable but welcome! A refreshing and palpable spring/summer sipper--more of what I wish the Sam Adams summer/white ale offered....

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Photo of h00kwurm
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac - White IPA

Bottled: Unknown (bought a single bottle)
Opened: 03-06-2012

Poured into a regular old pint glass.

A: hazy golden light-apricot coloration. Thin head that dissolves rather quickly.

S: wonderfully fruity hops, with a twist. The smell of alternative
spices is present but whistfully hidden by the fruity hops.

T: Crisp, hoppy, fruity essence, and truly great. The flavor is mid-tongue bitter characteristic that decays well. Every breath out reflects the elegant
flavor of the brew.

M: Carbonation is perfect to accomodate the overall flavor of the beer. Pours well, flows well.

O: This is a good->great beer. Definitely the best I've had from
Saranac. The floral notes, the complexity of the spice in the aroma and taste, the well-formed carbonation, all mean that this is truly well done.

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