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Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

468 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%


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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2013 03:35:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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vicg12

New York

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. One of my top five.

Very hoppy but has unique flavor to it. Best on tap or at least pour into a glass if you get the bottles. Hints or orange and coriander, with a refreshing zing. Leaves a decent lace, and basically smells like no other beer, almost piney. Saranac continues to impress me with their brewing ability.

Tired of people saying it's bitter, it's an IPA you're supposed to taste the hops. If you can't handle this one, then I probably don't trust your opinion about beer anyway.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 22:37:30 | More by vicg12
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at DeCicco`s.

Appearance is a hazy orange tone with 1 finger of an off-white head. Its` nose contains hops, citrus, spice and caramel. The taste is pine, coriander, grapefruit, hops, some bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is moderate. An easy drinking white ipa, that is one of the better beers that I have tried from Saranac.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 01:13:39 | More by mltobin
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden-orange with a two finger white head. Good retention, some lacing.
S- The aroma interestingly balances the wheat and hops with a bit of a bit of wheatlike spicyness balanced by some citrus hops.
T- First it tastes like a wheat beer with some light citrus and spice flavors. The finish brings through some good, but not overwhelming hop bitterness.
M- Good body, but the carbonation is a bit low for my preferences.
O- On the whole it's one of the best beers I've had from Saranac. Could use a little more carbonation and a little more wheat on the nose.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 22:44:42 | More by jsprain1
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 16:52:28 | More by SawDog505
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Black Bear pub in the Hartford airport; served in a pint glass.

A: Appropriately cloudy orange-gold body with only a thin layer of reasonably sticky white foam. Ok.

S: Not too much going on. Some orange (peel, fruit, and pith), but that's about it. Not bad, but pretty weak and one-note.

T: Much more going on here. Tons of juicy orange right up front, with some herbal, citrus, and oniony hopp notes close behind. As it warms, the wheat character comes through nicely, and the orange flavor just explodes. It's not 100% on target, but I'm really enjoying it.

M: Prickly, lively medium body. Nice enough.

O: Reminds me of NEBCO Gold Stock, if Gold Stock were only mediocre instead of absolutely awesome - similar orange intensity as the '12 version of that breathtaking beer, but without its balance, depth, and complexity. I'm giving this one points just for making me consider the resemblance, though.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 14:06:44 | More by woosterbill
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 01:39:14 | More by thecheapies
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/17/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and a light malt character. Then a mild sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and spices. There’s a decent hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good variation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for a hoppy wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 04:54:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ZekemusMaximus

New York

2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 06:23:35 | More by ZekemusMaximus
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 03:03:04 | More by Gambrinus1184
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at J. Ryan's and was served in a pint glass.

Wow, I don't think I have ever seen a beer like this before. Looks like a mixture of orange juice with lots of pulp and a hint of chai mixed in it to get the color a shade darker than orange juice. Zero visibility through the beer that typifies the word 'unfiltered'. I must say, it did not look one bit appealing.

Aroma is typical of a wheat beer with all the usual elements; banana, fruity esters, some notes of clove along with a distinct citrus-hop aroma.

Taste upfront is fruity and sweet but from the middle, the hop bitterness takes over completely. Finish is nice and clean with just a slight lingering hop bitterness. The balance of hop bitterness in this beer was not what I expected. Pleasantly surprised and it was this surprise element that made me go back to the next sip to really believe it. Taste-wise I think this is a winner from Matt brewing/Saranac. After, Black Forest I think this is perhaps the best tasting Saranac beer.

Overall this is a good tasty beer. The appearance did catch me off-guard, but the taste makes up for the appearance.
Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 01:44:08 | More by CaptDavyJones
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sharemybeer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living within 5 miles of the Matt brewery makes me giddy since every Saranac beer before the White IPA has been forgettable. Now they have something to make me dance with excitement!
The color is cloudy straw. The flavor is full of citrus and hops. The finish is slightly sweet and clean. I have had the draft as well as the bottle and would naturally have to give the edge to the draft but the bottle is awesome too. Don't pass this one up!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 01:12:57 | More by sharemybeer
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a new winter seasonal from saranac. pours super cloudy barely letting any light through. heavily unfiltered, like the bottom of the blue moon keg, great white head. smells yeasty and pine hoppy. flavor is akin to our familys christmas tree with fresh aromatic pine hops, sappy and vibrant. yeast flavor isnt as pronounced as the smell or look, and adds a richness and nice bitter aftertaste. a bold new beer from saranac, will look for this in the bottle. on tap at the blue tusk syracuse, ny.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 05:07:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 01:06:51 | More by mooseisloose
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dank203

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
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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BucannonXC5

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:04:57 | More by BucannonXC5
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:49:20 | More by dbrauneis
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sweetwaterman

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 23:29:27 | More by sweetwaterman
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dcmchew

Romania

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 11:15:21 | More by dcmchew
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KajII

North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:51:04 | More by Suds
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 08:33:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:21:30 | More by mvanaskie13
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.