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Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

549 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 13
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden look, sudsy bright white head, oversized wine glass. Lots of hops on the nose, citrusy and floral, pungent, orange peel. Taste is well balanced with sweet and sour, yeastiness too. Grapefruit, orange, clementine, lemon/lime. Feel is bubbly, airy, light and wet

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There a low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, lemons, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with grapefruit and lemons. There is also some caramel notes and a bit of a dry yeast/spiciness. It ends with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I can't track down a freshness date on my bottle, but this one tastes a little stale. There is a fair amount of bitterness, but there isn't any vibrant flavours.

Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.