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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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 23:42:18 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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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h00kwurm


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 05:27:55 | More by h00kwurm
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 23:09:42 | More by bigfnjoe
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buschbeer

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 23:05:15 | More by buschbeer
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 22:31:17 | More by Arithmeticus
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musicforairports

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:36:57 | More by musicforairports
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ProudBeerSnob

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 03:11:18 | More by ProudBeerSnob
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 21:22:20 | More by jeremy13586
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 17:14:16 | More by muletrane
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 00:49:40 | More by metter98
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beerme626

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 04:18:17 | More by beerme626
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +16%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:29:59 | More by brentk56
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

3.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:34:09 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:58:47 | More by tone77
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 21:55:55 | More by puboflyons
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sdj5

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light, orange-golden color with a nice white head that slowly dissipates.

S - Lemongrass, hops

T - Grassy, grainy, grapefruit

M - Medium-bodied, nothing too special

O - A good, different take on an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:41:16 | More by sdj5
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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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magine

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy light orange/yellow with a massive white head. Head has great retention, and leaves great lacing sticks to the sides. Really a great looking brew here.

Brew smells of big coriander, orange and spice. Very nice hop presence as well; citrus, and oily resin as well. Malted wheat balances it out beautifully. Great nose.

Brew is very balanced. Spicy hops up front, citrus spices and creamy malted wheat in the middle. Subtle drying in the end, some oil resin is left behind. Great balance of flavors and mouthfeel here.

Wow, this is maybe Matt Brewing's/Saranac's best. A case worthy brew that looks, tastes, feels and drinks great. Great stuff here - for anytime of year, especially summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:47:25 | More by magine
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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

A-yellow orange cloudy color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus and spice notes with some bitter hops

T-citrus and spice with hints of sweetness and bread, moderately bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, some thick sticky feel

O-an interesting beer, my first tasting of this type. Is enjoyable as an alternative to usual IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 15:46:05 | More by MDDMD
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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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Thickfreakness

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy, murky and golden yellow. Fluffy bright white three finger head that leaves a ton of lacing. IPA meets cloudy Wit! I dig it!

S- Huge grapefruit punch right up front. Tangerine, lemon, wet grassiness from the hops and yeast. The grapefruit nose really fades away quickly leaving just the grassiness that reminds me of a Sam Adams Lattidue 48 IPA.

T- Nice upfront citrus , grassy with bright lemony notes. A really nice blend of citrusy IPA pop, mixed with the nice bready and grainy wheat malt. Wet hay, thyme, basil and some white pepper.

M- Crisp and clean tasting. Nice notes of lemon, citrus, fresh cut grass, basil, peppercorns, wheaty malts.

O- Not bad. Very well done for a Saranac brew. Nice blend of Wit and IPA. Wish the grapefruit citrus notes held on longer. I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:15:28 | More by Thickfreakness
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kell50

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on draft and from a bottle. This review is from a bottle version I had on 1/30/12.

A: This pours a bright golden color with a nice white fluffy head that lasts the entire way down. Looks like a traditional German hefeweizen- beautiful.

S: The aroma is of citrusy hops (citra) along with a wheat backbone, very pleasant scents.

T: First sip, immediate citrus hop/wheat explosion. I really like the blend of styles here! It finishes pretty dry and with a nice hoppy citrus bitterness.

M: This is fairly light bodied for an american IPA. Carbonation isn't overpowering, and leaves my mouth with a nice dry feeling and wanting another sip.

O: I'm really impressed with the wheat/ipa hybrid going onto here. This would be a perfect warm weather/ summertime beer (not sure it'll be around then, as this is a Limited Release). Congrats Saranac, this one rocks.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 19:03:31 | More by kell50
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Sharkophile

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Cloudy golden with a orange-ish haze and a big frothy white head that sticks and leaves lacing all over the glass. Very attractive.

S: Smells pretty nice, with citrus and pine from the hops resting atop the sweet smell of wheat.

T: Bready wheat and malt with a light sweetness kicks things off, with a sweet-ish citrus flavor which leads into the hoppiness, which is also citric, but also piney and a bit earthy. Very interesting finish, with the coriander tagging along with the residual hop flavors which linger for a very long time. Slightly bitter and dry.

M: Medium body, firm carbonation which suits the beer very well.

O: A very very solid offering from Saranac, hopefully this style catches on!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 07:22:16 | More by Sharkophile
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.