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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: 554
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | 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 MeanMotaScootah
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: cloudy orange with decent foam

Smell: wheat, and citrus not overally aromantic

Taste: apricot, wheat, malt, hop

Mouthfeel: Medium carb, appropriate for the style

Overall: a decent wheat/pale ale - defactor hef with a nice hop bite. At TJs it came in a 12 pack for $10.99 so I really only got this cuz it came at a great price. I really liked this as a hef because it wasn't overly malty but had all the qualities of a hef with a nice bitter finish (467 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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. (290 characters)

Photo of madmaxmedia
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A orangey citrus IPA with spice aroma, which is very unusual. It doesn't work 100% but is not altogether objectionable either. So not a great IPA but not bad. Bevmo had a these for half off, at $8 for a 12-pack I filled my fridge with this very decent and drinkable (if a bit unconventional) IPA. (296 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky gold and orange with decent foam and lacing and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, pine, citrus, wheat, and citrus.

Taste: Wheat, orange, spice, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with a bitter hop finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. This is a mild blonde brew with plenty of citra hops. Well balanced with a nice citrus flavor. Bonus: I picked it up from BevMo at a great price! (409 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a bright gold with just a slight hint of orange in there. A Bit hazy but with plenty of carbonation visible. Head is pure white, creamy, and sticks around for a really long time, just becoming slightly fizzier over time.

S: Overwhelmingly citrus. Orange peel especially, with hints of lemon and grapefruit in there as well. Some balancing bready malt in the back, but overall this is alike a big lemon tart or lemon cake. Actually pretty refreshing.

T: Starts off slightly sweet with a nice balance, but then takes a more hoppy turn. Finishes slightly bitter and drying with lots of citrus peel character.

Overal this beer is OK. Not something I'd actively seek out again but not something I'd be disappointed in seeing again either. (797 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac White IPA brewed by Matt Brewing Company with an ABV of 6.0% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The small is rich with wheat, sweetness, hops and other gains. There is nothing overpowering in smell of this brew. The taste is bitter but smooth. The bitterness is not overpowering in this brew, it is a nice touch. You pick up on some citrus brew but not much. The mouthfeel is an clean. Saranac White IPA has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. (592 characters)

Photo of cmq103
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (1,683 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 3 finger thick head

I smell more of a neutral wheat-like brew kind of scent rather than IPA-like grapefruit or citrus.

Tastes like a dash of grapefruit, actually. The rest is reminds me of witbier. Good job fusing the two!

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Smooth all around.

Overall, a 3.75 for Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company. I think they did a pretty good job with this fusion style of brew. Its not outRAGEOUSLY awesome,but I like it all the same. I'll probably pick this up again. (602 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac tasting better lately. This one edges out their decent Pale Ale. A great take and one of the first on WIT IPA.

A: A hazy straw yellow with active visible carbonation offers a finger of creamy foamy white head that too quickly reduces to thin film covering the surface with a ring at the edges of the glass. Ample lacing. Lots of yeast left in bottle. the real deal.

S: Healthy dose of aromas of citrus/orange hops with lighter aromas of pale malts, spices, and orange peel. Welcoming, clean, not cloying. But that Saranac soapy ness in evidence.

T: Follows the smell with more pale malts and wheat upfront followed by citrus/orange hops. There are light flavors of spices and orange peel in the end game. Light amounts of bitterness which fades to a pleasant finish and feel. Good food beer. Flavor packed.

M:Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp. Long finish.

O: No nonsense, well made, would drink again. (933 characters)

Photo of beer456
3.39/5  rDev -11%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +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. (295 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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 (300 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: My aunt Jenny
Price: N/A for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Jan. 17, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden stray hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of white head. Very good uneven lacing on the sides. Great retention on the top of the glass.

Smelled floral hops, caramel malts, Belgian spices, citrus hops, lime and slight pine.

Tasted floral hops, citrus hops, lime, pine, caramel, tropical notes, Belgian spices and Mountain Dew.

Light body. Oily texture. Above average carbonation. Long, citrus finish.

A very nice IPA. I really liked this one. (600 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of sweetwaterman
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (350 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 KajII
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
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 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 Suds
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (370 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 mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pilsner style glass, color is gold to copper, opaque, head is very dense and thick, with a great amount of clinging and lacing.

Smell very well done, fresh, floral, hoppy, solid malt presence hints of wheat and biscuit.

Taste is very solid as well, slightly biting from the yeast hop combo, but expected from the style. Malt flavors are wheat and biscuit, yeast off flavors and some hints of spices noted.

Mouthfeel is on the crisper side, nice lingering flavors, well done.

Overall, a very well done white/belgian ipa from saranc, great flavors and mouthfeel with very nicely done smell. (611 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 NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Unfiltered golden color. Big 2-finger white cloud of a head, from a gentle pour no less, that lasted leaving abundant lacing. Good looks.

S- Citrus hops and yeast blend. Bready and some spice. Not bashful.

T- More citrus hops and Belgian style yeast, of course. Additionally, there's an earthiness of spice, herb, and fresh greens.

M- Medium body with good carbonation, crisp. There's a kick of citrus hop 'pucker'.

O A very pleasant surprise. I've had Saranac offerings that were run of the mill, this stands out. It holds its own as is and compares well or better to others in this hybrid style. (634 characters)

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