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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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157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 556
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011

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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 556
Photo of breakofdawn
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.


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Photo of output01x
3.47/5  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.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac White IPA is a very cloudy, dull golden ale with a frothy, bubbly white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a very citrusy aroma, like grapefruit and orange peel. It has a very smooth medium light body; fluffy in the mouth with a dry finish. It tastes citrusy throughout. There's lots of wheat in the middle of the taste and then resiny hop flavor takes over. Orange peel seems to be ever present and brings everything together. It finishes like an IPA but the aftertaste has a little wheat and something doughy in it. This is a very clever beer. An IPA and a Wit work together very well.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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 tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm a white ale IPA? Interesting mix let's give it a whirl. Pours a cloudy faint yellow color, nice head to it. Medium body to it, nice mouthfeel. Bit of an interesting taste, upfront is the white ale-ish part, get some lemon notes. Finishes with a nice hop bite, and smooth and clean. Somehow blends together quite well and makes for a tasty brew. Wasn't sure what to expect but it's definitely an above average beer worth checking out.

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Photo of nrs207
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang tulip. So review #100 isn't of some special, ultra-rare, barrel aged imperial stout, who cares, really. Then again, those kind of beers are almost impossible to find in my area, but that's another discussion for another day...

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color that lightens up near the edges of the class. The yeast also settles to the bottom of the glass quite well. It also features a one finger eggshell color head with decent retention and lacing.

S: The unmistakeable scent of tropical fruit from the Citra hops pervades the senses quite well. Beyond that, there are notes of coriander and banana. Quite good...then again, I expect a Citra-hopped IPA to smell impressive.

T: The bitterness from the hops is kept nicely in check - in fact, a lot of the bitterness here is derived from the coriander and other spices. As such, the finish is nicely spicy, and the oats used help smooth out the transitions from the slightly sweet opening to the bitter end. Exhales allow its sweeter characteristics from the wheat malt to come into fruition more easily. It isn't perfect, however, as the bitterness can become a tad mundane and generic tasting after a while, and the oats make the flavors mesh together a bit too well. Still, it has a nice bittersweet character with a crisp, refreshing finish.

M: Not too heavy on the tongue, helping its ability to refresh. The carbonation is spot on, though the bit of dryness on the aftertaste increases the bitter factor some.

O: Is this the best value in craft beer? $7 for a six-pack says it might just be. I've avoided Saranac in the past, but if this ends up being the rule from them (instead of the exception) in the near future, I'll gladly give them the time of day.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.47/5  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.

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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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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a cloudy shade of yellow with a robust white head that fades very quickly

S- lots of lemony type aromas, almost comes off as astringent

T- bitter lemon taste, along with some coriander and orange peel....pretty much, a bitter witbier

M- medium bodied, thick for a witbier

O- very interesting beer, probably the best I've had from Saranac overall

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint

A - It pours a cloudy yellow color. It's almost amber in the center. It is topped with three inches of off white head.

S - The aroma is loaded with citrus. I get the grapefruit typical of an IPA and the orange associated with a witbier.

T - The taste starts out like a typical IPA but the orange and corriander come in to mellow out the bitterness.

M - Medium

O - This is a very interesting beer. I like the combination of styles, witbier and IPA. It works well. I almost get a citrus overload from it . I recommend trying it.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy pale orange; thin head; very good carb.
S: strong piney aroma
T: sweet, delicious IPA; nice complex profile, with quite a bit in the treble notes; slight touches of pepper in the finish

One of Saranac's better beers; enjoy!

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Photo of musicforairports
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How long before White IPA gets its own category. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Cloudy yellow in color with nice head that dissipates slightly and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma has a lot going on: tart lemony and spicy aromatics. The taste is busy rather than complex. There's just too much going on.

I'd like to see more of this style, but it definitely needs some work.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very appealing. A thick, milky orange is what was poured out of the bottle. Settled in to a semi-cloudy orange in my pint glass. A fluffy white head formed, but disappeared quite quickly.

Incredibly citrus in the nose. Strong grapefruit with some grassiness. A little bit of sweet malted grain comes out near the end.

Orange, lemon, grapefruit are up front in the taste. Nice bitter hoppiness throughout.

Medium bodied and chewy. Pretty heavy carbonation. Crisp and resiny finish.

Lots of hops, hearty, and not too heavy. One of the better Saranac brews that I've had. Very interesting and would totally have it again.

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Photo of muletrane
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No Freshness date that I noticed.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a very pale hazy orange. Big 2.5 finger frothy white head with good retention and lace.

S: Very nice balance between the piney American hops and the coriander and orange peel. Quite nice.

T: Much like the nose. The Coriander and citrus notes come through first. Piney bitter hops on the back end. Finish is pretty dry with mild bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Crisp feel overall. Finish is a little lacking.

Overall I was quite surprised how well balanced this beer is. Nothing mind blowing but very solid offering from Saranac. My favorite Saranac to date!

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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 beerme626
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold, soft, much like a wheat beer. Light head which leaves a pleasant white trace. Pleasant bubbles complement nicely.

S: Wheat, bready smell soon overtaken by powerful citrus aroma. Very attractive.

T: Easy, flavorful citrus with a tasty bit of hop sting. Delicious hoppy goodness on the back end

M: Tingly all over from the hops, with a tiny but noticeable bit of alcohol burn on the tongue.

O: Absolutely delicious combo for witbeer and IPA lovers. Saranac has always been "ok" for me, but this one really competes. You hear that, Matt? Keep it!

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a wheat beer, with a cloudy honey color and a massive, beaten egg white head that leaves gobs of lace behind

Smell: Bready, with tangerine esters and hints of cardamom

Taste: Opens like a Wit, with wheat bread, cardamom and orange peel, but by mid-palate, the tangerine flavors take over and dominate through the finish, though there is a touch of shortbread sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Easily the best beer I have ever had from Matt; wasn't expecting this but let's be fair - this beer is a keeper

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

Poured into das boot! Yeah it's not proper glassware, but honestly, Saranac just doesn't deserve it. :-P

A: Very cloudy pale golden color with a big fluffy white head. Thick chunky lacing.

S: Spicy yeast and wheat malt with a definite citrus hop aroma. Smells a lot like canned pineapples and oranges.

T: Very spicy coriander flavor backed by orange zest. Hints of citrus hops and a stronger presence of wheat malt, and typical spice for wheat beers. Definitely over spiced for my taste though.

M: Crisp, light-medium body. Pretty refreshing.

O: Welp, it's probably the best or second best brew I've had from Saranac. Still not very impressed by this brewery though.

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Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with hops and citrus. Taste is good, hops, spice, citrus, a touch of wheat, well done. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall sometimes these merging of styles fail, but Saranac got it right with this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled on February 25, 2012 from the "What Ales You" mixed 12-pack. The pour is a hazy, milky lemon-pale yellow with a quick burst of fizzy head that diminishes almost as quick as it erupts. There are aromas galore in this including coriander, pineapple, other spices, and floral-rich hops.The body is thin to medium but that is appropriate to the style. The taste is as vibrant as the aroma with hops and citrus. If you are looking for malts they are de-emphasized. Still, a pleasant beer.

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