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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

498 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 11
Gots: 25 | 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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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-30-2012 14:52:45 | More by vfgccp
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Troublebar

China

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

02-10-2014 03:27:59 | More by Troublebar
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SarcasticAaron

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

01-19-2014 18:32:59 | More by SarcasticAaron
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rderedin

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-12-2013 18:44:17 | More by rderedin
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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-10-2013 16:02:29 | More by Horbar
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KajII

North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 00:17:54 | More by KajII
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 05:05:05 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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beer456

New York

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 20:23:11 | More by beer456
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Gmann

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 16:15:34 | More by Gmann
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dank203

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 00:05:55 | More by dank203
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jonB

New York

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:18:24 | More by jonB
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output01x

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:39:46 | More by output01x
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:17:14 | More by Darkmagus82
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:02:22 | More by Jimmys
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 18:37:59 | More by Roguer
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:33:56 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Brenden

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 18:44:01 | More by Brenden
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 23:32:26 | More by smakawhat
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 12:35:19 | More by DefenCorps
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 22:53:19 | More by GarthDanielson
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schoon

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-06-2013 16:14:06 | More by schoon
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-26-2014 15:06:44 | More by Griffith
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Betajeff

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-06-2013 03:50:04 | More by Betajeff
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

03-02-2012 18:36:45 | More by PaBeerLover
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JedediahK

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-19-2012 06:01:11 | More by JedediahK
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.