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Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

471 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 471
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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scootny

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has a huge sticky head that stays and leaves a clumpy covering and chunks on the sides. Super cloudy withs a dusky golden straw color. Wow is there a lot going in the nose of this one. Citrus is big but there is a ton of other aromatic excitement. Belgian spice melange of coriander, funky yeast, and bread notes. Pine hop bed show a light caramel. Taste is hoppy with grapefruit and sweet pine. Spicy notes of pepper and a lemony tartness. Feel is crisp with good active carbonation. Great overall. A hybrid of a wit and an IPA with a unique flavor.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2013 02:54:05 | More by scootny
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NASSPETE

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I'm not a huge Saranac fan. Their beers are hit or miss for me but I must say they really hit the mark on this one. I had this beer from a growler and I have to say the unfiltered hue Was impressive. Looks a lot like apple cider. It has that clean crisp wheat taste with citrus notes and a great hop finish. Saranac has finally impressed me. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

01-22-2012 00:43:21 | More by NASSPETE
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kkosmoski

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to get a growler of this new brew from Saranac when Marcy Beverage listed it on their tap lineup. The beer pours a murky golden hue in the glass - some sediment has settled to the bottom of the growler after a day. The appearance could definately pass for a Belgian White in the glass. Aroma has a piney pop to it along with some perfumey spices. Flavor is dominated by the IPA side of this brew. Apparent bitterness and piney/citrus hops come to the forefront. Belgian yeast and spicing is not very noticible here. Mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation.

This is an exciting new brew from Saranac. A hybrid ale that blends the Belgian White and American IPA styles beautifully. I might have to try to brew a clone at home! Easily worth a try.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2011 20:34:37 | More by kkosmoski
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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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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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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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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 18:32:26 | More by NiceTaps
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braedon_peluso

New York

4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

came in a Saranac Summer 12pk along with the new session and kolsh (they were good, but nothing special) this on the other hand was excellent and very fresh

A: i didnt expect much after tasking the session so i poured into a shaker pint, sexy and cloudy with an effervescent sticky head that wouldnt quit. i regretted not putting it in a tulip. lace that would make a grown man blush. looked like it came right of the bottling line

S: citrusy and piney, more aggressive than the whites i've had. perhaps the freshness coming through

T: wasnt expecting such a kick on the ass-end, but well rounded up front and highly floral and great bitterness, like biting into fresh arugula... i dont know if arugula has ever been used to describe the taste of beer before but im sticking with it. that post sip dryness speaks to the freshness of this particular bottle i think.

M: excellent carbonation with better coating than expected. feels like if Listerine made a mouthwash in collaboration with Thelonius Spere Monk.

O: wont say suprisingly good, cause i've had the white ipa in winter and it was great, but the freshness of this summer bottling made my pubes stand up.

if you can get this fresh, buy it and drink it in the parking lot.

pops like the first miller highlife you had with your best girl in her brother's car. if only all things in life could be as perennial as fresh IPAs...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 04:17:51 | More by braedon_peluso
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, white, soapy head that laces fairly well. Nice, citrus hop aroma. Hazy, straw color. Starts with a nice citrusy hoppiness, but has a burst of complex spiciness. Builds into a medium bitterness and becomes poignantly bitter (almost like citrus rind). The finish mellows a bit, leaving a lighter orange flavor lingering.

Not too bad, but nothing stunning. Drinks mostly like an IPA, with a shot of spices near the front. Not much of a malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:08:50 | More by TheSSG
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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....

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 02:43:45 | More by dacrza1
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at The Daily Refresher in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very hazy golden yellow, 2 inch head, with very good lacing down the glass.

Aromas include lemon, orange, wit spicing, and grassy hops.

The taste is the same. Very prominent and tasty lemon and orange flavors- with a nice lingering hop bitterness that's floral and grassy. What I believe is coriander is also a big component here. Very clean tasting and fresh IPA here.

Light to medium bodied, dry, crisp mouthfeel, well carbonated, very drinkable.

A revelation from this brewery- this is one of the best of the style I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:45:21 | More by GreesyFizeek
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digitalflood

New York

3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Saranac White IPA - Creamy head. Good lacing. Deep misty yellow color. Heffenweizen like in appearance. Pine and citrus odors. Lemon and coriander. Clean nose. Crisp notes of spice and citrus. Mid-taste breaks into hard notes of pine and bitters. Fades into final roll of creamy malt undertones highlighted by lemons and oranges. Sour and spice lingers. Creamsicle after taste. Wafting more piney hops and minor alcohol tinge. Smooth mouth feel. Fairly drinkable. Flower notes may be an issue with aggressive session. Sipped slowly and respectfully, this is not an issue. Meant for a "slow drive through the country on a hot day" not for a drag race. Very good. If you're a hops head you'll like this fusion of Heffenweizen, Blonde Ale, and IPA. Each quality is there and well balanced. Good experiment. 3.56 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 02:53:52 | More by digitalflood
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 14:41:56 | More by KTCamm
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Wamesit

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a very hazy orange. White head that gives way to clumpy rings.

S - Citrus hops, hay, grass, pepper.

T - Citrus hops, spices, coriander, orange peel, peppery hops. Really crisp and dry finish. Very well controlled hops presence.

M - Medium-light.

O - What a great example of what this now popular style can be. Amazingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 23:18:00 | More by Wamesit
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.3/5  rDev -12%
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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Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.