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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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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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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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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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oberon

North Carolina

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

A new concept from of all brewers...Saranac,kinda cool.Poured a hazed peach infused lemonade color with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Alot of coriander in the nose along with toasted wheat malt,a smattering citric hops comes thru as the beer sits more.A little more hop forward on the palate with citrus and tropical fruit-like flavors,a firm toasted wheat base with a little more subdued coriander in the finish.Not bad it's something I would drink alot of in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 14:28:38 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Saranac's put out a pretty interesting beer in their White IPA. Now, that's not exactly a new idea, but they've done it pretty well. And I think to a certain extent it's because of the way they did it. A lot of the beers I've seen like this have started by bumping the white ale up into a beefier IPA style - but you get a lot of wheat malt that way (more body/more filling/more malt flavor). Saranac started the other way around, adding the coriander and orange peel to an already decent IPA. In fact, the Citra hops are so bright in the nose I'd be more than happy to drink it straight. Fortunately, they've kept the hops a bit more restrained in the flavor, and the the orange peel and coriander are noticeable as well. They appear after the hops, there's no doubt about that, but then they lend it another interesting component that helps to keep it pretty drinkable. Well worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 20:52:18 | More by NeroFiddled
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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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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a hazy, golden color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus. Not much else.

T - Very strong citrus flavor with some piney bitterness. Toasty caramel sweetness makes up the backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty good white IPA. I could see myself stocking up on this affordable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 19:52:40 | More by zeff80
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.49 a six need I say more than that in the review, well I guess I can describe my experience. Jumping on the White IPA bandwagon even Saranac is throwing down with their own version, holy shit A-B is really missing the bus. Nevermind the next shock top beer due out is supposed to be a White IPA. This one pours like a clouded banana smoothie orange cloudy glowing slurry of yeast suspensions and spice and protein. Lacing is a brilliant egg shell white with a nice thicke tof billowing head. Aroma again very perky with the citrus hoppy green notes, this one even seems a bit like perfume. Harsh bitterness between spices and hop pellets this is over the top with the citrus bang and green hop pellet finish making you wish you could brush your teeth and clean that flavor off the palate. Crazy thing about it despite harsh qualities I still take big sips and continue to drink, almost like a zombie in cruise control eating brains. I just can't help myself, and believe it or not your palate gets adjusted with each sip, I can see the white ale spice a touch of clove coriander with big green hops bringing the citrus clove bitterness this one seems to wear it's orange peel on it sleeves (and the label). Mouthfeel despite the harsh feel and medicinal spices left on the palate there's still a good amount of hops in this NY state Matt Brewing offering, the most bearable hoppy beer I've had from them yet.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:45:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured with a fluffy white head and a hazy amber body. It's not the richest hoppy Belgian ale, but it's an admirable stab at the style. I'd call it a Belgian-American pale ale. The aroma has a mix of bready, creamy malts, mixed with sharp fruity and citrus rind hops. The flavor picks up more on the hops, but they roll subtly through to the finish. The aftertaste leaves a good mix of berry fruit and grapefruit, with light spice. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:42:55 | More by tempest
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Opaque straw, lots of sticky foam

SMELL: Citric hop, orange peel, yeast, coriander, bready, mint, hay

TASTE: Medium body, smooth, creamy, citrus, herbal, mint, coriander, yeast, faint esters, bitter hop, yeast, biscuity, leafy, drying finish

Crazy new style, Saranac seems to have jumped on this one before the scores of brewers fired up the bandwagon. Its basically a hoppy witbier or a spiced IPA ... you figure it out. LOL! Good drinking, perhaps one of the more flavorful and enjoyable beers that Matt Brewing Co. has put out in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:31:42 | More by Jason
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first for New Beer Sunday (Week 385)!

From the bottle: " Saranac White IPA is a tasty innovative twist on a traditional IPA. We've taken a delicious American IPA bursting with Citra hops and given it a whole new direction by adding the refreshing fruitiness of orange peel and coriander & the softening characteristics of wheat malt and oats. You'll notice the complex hop flavor you've come to expect in an IPA, balanced with the extraordinary bright flavor of a wheat beer. Cheers to twisting tradition!"

I am a twisted person, so this should be right up my alley! I CAN't help but think of FerMentor Lew's rant about everything being an IPA of some stripe these days, however. Onward!

I sensed that clarity may not be their object on this one, so I went with a highly aggressive pour resulting in a finger of French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a downright cloudy orangish-amber, like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had a wild melange of spiciness and hoppiness going for it. The coriander was big, followed closely behind by the minty hops. The Utica boys are becoming mighty innovative in their third century of brewing. Mouthfeel was medium and exactly unlike the nose, I caught the hops initially, followed by the orange peel, then the coriander on the tongue. Very nice and quite refreshing on a hot day. Finish was bone-dry, just the way I like my IPAs. I ight have thought that there was going to be too much trying to happen here, but this was mighty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 15:25:00 | More by woodychandler
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plaid75

New York

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

Poured a hazy bright copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a bright citrus hop, coriander and yeast esters.

The taste was equally bright, bursting with orange, lemon and grapefruit, followed by a clean grainy malt and mild esters.

The mouthfeel was clean with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty fresh faced ale. Clean and vibrant.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:48:51 | More by plaid75
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Saranac White IPA

Pours like a standard wit, a cloudy very pale yellow. Bone white head forms and leaves plenty of lacing down the pint. Looks pretty appealing.

The aroma of this beer is pretty complex. Wheat malt, hay, lemon, spices, floral hops, more citrus, smells pretty good.

In the taste, wheat malts and mild citrus upfront. Good helping of piney, grapefruit-tinged, herbal, earthy hops and all due bitterness. Mild sweetness comes through, along with dry orange peel, white pepper, and coriander.

Light to medium bodied feel on the palette, with a rather clean finish. Carbonation is good.

Overall, the white IPA definitely has a place in today's beer world. Interesting flavored brew, but everything is in harmony here. This style could be all the new rage.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 14:35:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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Brad007

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A white IPA? Say what? I've heard good things about this beer so naturally, I had to try it.

Pours a cloudy whitish-orange color with a huge head into my glass. Wow. Great head! The color is a cross between that of a witbier and IPA.

The aroma is similar too. A healthy dash of wheat, citrus, buttery malt and grassy hops. Again, best of both worlds here. You might like it or you might not.

Citrus and wheat get first dibs upfront followed by grassy hops and lightly buttered malt in the middle/back. It all combines to create an mellow footprint.

Lingering wheat and buttery malt compete for space at the back. Again, it's mellowww. Balanced. Drinkable.

Wow. One of the better ales available from Saranac. The rave reviews are much justified.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:03:27 | More by Brad007
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint. It looks like dating has rubbed off.

An opaque but orb glowing peach yellow. Slow decant makes nice, but lots of yeast chunks on a heavy dump. Head makes a good soapy large bubbles at three fingers, but manages to clump very large also.

Nose hits with orange peel, and zest. Is this witbier? It's nice and refreshing, but sort of in Blue Moon territory, it does not particularly smell hoppy though either.

Palate gets into a good malt and chewy depth, hints at oat creamy character. Large orange juice finish, but a decent amount of citrus hop going also. Mellow, with some thick character, but the palate coats nicely. A light lingering mix of pine and tea, with orange zest feel.

Overall I think this is past its prime but it's still drinkable. It's very much though reminding me of blue moon just with more bitterness and an obvious hop presence. It's alright, I would like to try one I know is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 23:32:26 | More by smakawhat
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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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a cloudy, unfiltered, goldenrod coloring with a steady flow of carbonation, some sediment throughout, and a sparse, filmy, white surface coating. Aromas of subtle banana and clove, with a solid resiny and green overtone. Cut grass is in the nose, too. Flavors of resiny hops and lemon on a sharp, crisp body first, with more of the clove and cardammon spicing at the end. A bit sharp from the carbonation and light body, but tasty. Lemon zest and resiny hops in the aftertaste, with a sharp, crisp, slightly drying finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 22:53:19 | More by GarthDanielson
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on December 7th, 2011 (julian date stamped on label). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with about an inch frothy white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is mostly hoppy, it smells mainly like citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon and orange peel), along with some coriander and bready/wheat malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the hoppy and malty flavors are pretty even and none of them are much stronger than the others. It's a nice mix between a witbier and an IPA. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and a bit creamy with good carbonation. At just $7.99 a 6-pack, I'd buy this again for sure. It's a great deal for the price, I can't think of many beers this good for that low of a price.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 00:46:51 | More by bluejacket74
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

A - Looks like peach nectar and is as hazy as such. Head is a 1/2 inch and lacing is very nice.

S - Smells of citrus and pine hops mixed with levels of wheat, coriander, and in fact orange peel.

T - Earthy citrus hops start and finish this brew. In the middle it's a mix of wheat and coriander. Very good.

M - Light to medium and balanced.

Overall I had no idea this was limited it's really so good it should be brewed year round. Solid IPA with hefeweizen flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:30:08 | More by DrDemento456
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got to love bandwagons and imaginary styles.

Pouring an incredibly cloudy light yellow with a dense, white head with reasonable retention and lacing. Moderate chunks of yeast are also present, making this rather ugly. The nose is that of an over-spiced, over-hopped wit. Moderately yeasty with plenty of coriander, no real orange peel, citrus hops (surprisingly light, for an IPA), very wheaty. The palate has plenty of coriander with some citrus peel, citrus hops, bread and yeast. This really is a witbier IMO. Drying on the finsih with plenty of coriander. A wheaty, moderately bready palate, highly carbonated, this beer is pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 12:35:19 | More by DefenCorps
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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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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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chinchill

South Carolina

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

A: Cloudy orange-gold with about a finger of short-lived, off-white head. A slim ring and plenty of visible carbonation remain and leave some sparse lacing. A coat of sediment remained on the bottom of the bottle despite emptying the bottle.

S: surprised by the hop presence in this East Coast/Belgian IPA. There's plenty of citrusy hops with a solid light malt base. Slightly spicy and sour.

T: a clear hop presence (Citra) with orange overtones ... enough orange that I'm thinking there's some orange peel in here too. Does seem to be some coriander. Little sign of any Belgian yeast except, perhaps, in the earthy sourness.

M - Very good carbonation level; medium+ body; quite soft for an IPA.

O: light spicing but strong orange component in this very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 22:16:26 | More by chinchill
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Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
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