Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

552 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 15
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of SawDog505
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint glass. Pours a yellow brown, as foggy as it gets, with nice white lacing, a solid inch worth. Smell is orange, wheat, clove, and a hint of pine. Taste is much larger, with some assertive grapefruit to finish the flavors from the nose. Body is large for the ABV, nice carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable. It is a nice beer and unique even for this new style.

Photo of silentjay
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks like an American brewed witbier. very hazy golden straw with an almost pure white head that quickly settles to one finger yet laces the glass nicely.

lots of citrus in the aroma. juicy and bitter, coming from different sources. lemon zest, orange juice, grapefruit. also some wheat and hay aromas behind that as well as a bit of grass.

even more citrus-heavy in the flavor than in the aroma. grapefruit juice (sweetened) orange juice, lemon/lime. the wheat gives it a quick zip before the citrus goes bitter on the finish.

lighter bodied with not as much carbonation as a witbier, but ample level for an IPA. finishes a bit watery.

pretty interesting. the first sip was very good, but as the glass empties, my interest wanes a bit. Still one of the better Saranc beers I've had recently. would be a decent beer to get people more used to hop flavors, as its not quite as hoppy as an IPA, has little bitterness and has some approachable flavors on the forefront.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
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!

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the double intent of referring to the black IPA style while a beer fan might immediately jump to the notion of a hoppy witbier.
I'm liking how these flavors are playing together. The witbier spicing and the IPA hops make for a good combination. The orange peel flavor one typically finds in witbiers resonates with the bitter citrus hop character of the IPA. Coriander is a strong flavor component.
Refreshing and interesting all around. I look forward to seeing how other brewers will handle this style and I'm impressed that Matt Brewing handled this as well as they did.

Photo of AmitC
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent stuff from an unexpected source. This white IPA.

Pours with an excellent fluffy over one finger thick white colored head with good retention. Pale color with a lot of haze. Opaque. Excellent lacing on the sides. Pretty stable with no bubbles.

Aroma is a plus as well. A good amount of spicy flavor. A lot of coriander and some orange peel. Hos are present but are a lot suppressed as far as the nose is concerned. Hints of wheat malt and the accompanying sweetness. Some Belgian yeast - yes.

Taste is a just very well matched with the nose. Just a bit more bitter than was suggested by the wheat malts. Tongue touching with good presence of wheat malts and Belgian yeasts. Hops provide a nice bitterness towards the end that is well mixed with the spicy vigor of the brew. Coriander and orange peel shine.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice balance. Low to moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking and good spice mix.

Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention, and lots of lace. Aroma is of citrus, and grassy hops. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a great combination of a wheat and a IPA. Hoppy, but not overly so. Hints of lemony spice, and piney hops. Smooth finish. Excellent.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow and very opaque. Light gets through but with no definition. Poured with a 1" white head that got rocky before it settled to a even layer anticipating my sip. Light lacing along the sides of the glass as I drink.

Aroma: Great smell, has initial citrus hop characteristics followed by orange/lemon citrus with hints of musty wheat.

Taste: Light, crisp much more Wit beer than I had anticipated. Hops are present and provide a nice piney flavor. Clear orange notes after swallowing. Wheat balances out the aftertaste. Nice and refreshing but still has clear hop flavor.

Mouth: Refreshing carbonation and smooth body. Brief moment of hop bite.

Overall: Glad I picked up the six pack. A step in the right direction as a style. Would like to see more breweries give this a shot.

Photo of NODAK
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma here is heavily citric as one would expect from a beer advertising Citra hops. Quite lemony and hoppy. I don't get much else from this one.

Very cloudy...golden...looks just like any typical white beer would look like.

Definitely a good bitter kick up front with a mouthful of Citra hops...it lives up to the "IPA" in the title. This is the predominant taste of the beer, though some orange and lemon with just the smallest touch of coriander peeks through afterward. I do wish that the wit characteristics were more noticeable here. It's an IPA first, and definitely "white" second. The balance just isn't really there like some of the great ones of this style.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

Photo of dacrza1
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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....

Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac tasting better lately. This one edges out their decent Pale Ale. A great take and one of the first on WIT IPA.

A: A hazy straw yellow with active visible carbonation offers a finger of creamy foamy white head that too quickly reduces to thin film covering the surface with a ring at the edges of the glass. Ample lacing. Lots of yeast left in bottle. the real deal.

S: Healthy dose of aromas of citrus/orange hops with lighter aromas of pale malts, spices, and orange peel. Welcoming, clean, not cloying. But that Saranac soapy ness in evidence.

T: Follows the smell with more pale malts and wheat upfront followed by citrus/orange hops. There are light flavors of spices and orange peel in the end game. Light amounts of bitterness which fades to a pleasant finish and feel. Good food beer. Flavor packed.

M:Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp. Long finish.

O: No nonsense, well made, would drink again.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky gold and orange with decent foam and lacing and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, pine, citrus, wheat, and citrus.

Taste: Wheat, orange, spice, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with a bitter hop finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. This is a mild blonde brew with plenty of citra hops. Well balanced with a nice citrus flavor. Bonus: I picked it up from BevMo at a great price!

Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz bottle (pry-off) to Luettich balloon-style glass (Bruery tulip); bottling date of December 7, 2011—at 7:58AM, to be precise (“3411 07:58”). Very fresh evidently, just 11 days old.

Appearance (4.5): I can see immediately the “white” aspect of this. The body is so opaque, it almost looks like juice. Glowing, pale orange body with a very tight, bone-white head on top starting at around two fingers and fading to a hazy film on the surface of the beer. Very, very fine bubbles in this head. Lacing is moderate and sudsy, but even. This is a very attractive beer.

Smell (4.0): Holy cow, this is actually really good. Slightly dank, with a very bright fruity character—some passion fruit, mango, and a modest dose of that resin we all love.

Taste (4.0): Spicy Belgian wit character comes out first, like some coriander was brewed in here . . . but it mixes with a bright, grapefruit-like citrus bitterness very quickly. What really comes out of nowhere is the extremely long, bitter finish—mix of grass and grapefruit pith. What do you know, the label actually says it was brewed with coriander. Good work, tongue. Yeast is back there, kind of a chalky character, but it’s crowded out by the long finish. This is tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Decent but pretty run of the mill mouthfeel: fine carbonation coats everything but doesn’t stick, body is light side of medium and finish is dry. Not a bad mouthfeel, certainly a quencher, but is pretty normal in the scheme of things.

Overall (4.0): You know what? This is a good beer. Saranac takes a lot of shit on this site, but they brewed a nice beer here. What’s more, Citra hops supposedly have a short life in terms of bitterness but personally I think their byproduct flavors are enjoyable in their own right, so this beer will satisfy those looking for hops, but also those who aren’t—drink it fresh for hops, or a few months old for a nice wit. Very glad to have tried this!

Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a bright gold with just a slight hint of orange in there. A Bit hazy but with plenty of carbonation visible. Head is pure white, creamy, and sticks around for a really long time, just becoming slightly fizzier over time.

S: Overwhelmingly citrus. Orange peel especially, with hints of lemon and grapefruit in there as well. Some balancing bready malt in the back, but overall this is alike a big lemon tart or lemon cake. Actually pretty refreshing.

T: Starts off slightly sweet with a nice balance, but then takes a more hoppy turn. Finishes slightly bitter and drying with lots of citrus peel character.

Overal this beer is OK. Not something I'd actively seek out again but not something I'd be disappointed in seeing again either.

Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful super-cloudy dark straw color, a solid two fingers of gorgeous white head, and crazy lace, just the look to make an IPA lover go gaga.

Light/med. aroma, but a delicious blend of neutral sweet, clean grain, citrus, and floral. Even a hint of tart yeast in there, wonderful.

This baby doesn't disappoint. Very blended taste of wheat, neutral sweet, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and hints of tart yeast and floral, and a bit of spiciness that really adds to it. Balanced, well crafted, and delicious, I keep checking the label to make sure it says Saranac.

A bit thin, and a bit too much carb., otherwise full of resin, clean cling, excellent finish.

I have never said these words about a Saranac beer- go out and get some of this you'll love it.

Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of beerme626
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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!

Photo of mooseisloose
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a completely hazed honey color with two fingers of fine pure white head that lingers nicely, there is a ton of carbonation bubbles present, leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: wow, the scent here is simply divine, grapefruit and citrus hops, with a slight underlying scent of banana peels
T: so it begins with the nice hops that i was looking for from the scent, not as extreme on the grapefruit end but definitly citrusy and nice, then kicks in the wheat character, bready and funky middle to end, really smooths it out
M: slight on the carbonation, smooth in the middle, leaves an interesting feel on the palate, dry from the IPA breeding but silky from the wheat character, nice
O: IMO this is the best beer saranac has made to date, that is taking into account the fact that i have enjoyed 99% of their other beers, i really think that they just nailed it on this one, really awesome through and through

Photo of JEdmund
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking—bright orange and hazy, thick craggy white foam.

Smell is very inviting—orange, apricot, wheat, and yeast.

Really good mouthfeel on this—full, frothy, smooth, though not heavy by any means.

Taste is gooood! Superb balance between styles here. All the great attributes of each, working so harmoniously together. Starts off like a Belgian wheat, then the hops kick in and the IPA finishes it. Yet there’s a lingering spice on the tongue that’s coming from the witte end.

So happy I picked up a single of this because now I know to go back and buy a full six-pack. This is a fantastic wheat IPA. So full and rich on flavor. The only other beer that is similar to this and either rivals or bests it is Sam Adams’ Whitewater IPA. And I say that because they take the apricot flavor further which I like.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a big foamy white head that retains great and leaves clumpy lacing.
Smells citric and hoppy.
Tastes like an actual Witbier (unlike SA Imperial White) but with an obvious twist. Orange and coriander are there along with the wheatiness you'd expect. Hops are prominent and very citric/grapefruity. They have a much better flavor than other Saranac beers such as their APA or regular IPA which are average at best. I guess because they use Citra in this one.
Overall I think this brewery is improving it's product slowly but surely. I've really liked the last few new offerings I've tried.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nice orange straw with a nice white head. Smells of very sweet grain and flowery hops, very pleasant. Tastes of a Belgian in terms of grain, with floral hops, very nice combination and balanced. This light bodied beer is nicely carbonated and goes down real easy. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of cmq103
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshly tapped 1/6th keg my basement bar right next to my DFH 60 Minute IPA. I poured this White IPA into my Duvel Belgian Tulip glass, which is my favorite glass to sample new beers from.

Appearance: My initial thought was Wow!!, this is one cloudy looking beer. So cloudy that you can't see through the glass. Nice creamy-looking, off-white 3/4" head with clingy lacing as I tilt my glass.

Smell: Fruity, citrusy hoppy pine and grapefruit aromas. The citrus overtone is a bit more prevalent though. I'm excited to taste this one, as I enjoy the Belgian Witbier and IPA style right about the same.

Taste: Citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit and perhaps a hint of lemon) grab your attention first, followed by the mild hoppy bitterness you get from an IPA. A very good blend of both in my opinion. Equal amounts of the Belgian and IPA flair with the just the right amount of spices to remind you that you're drinking a Belgian Witbier hybrid beer.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy texture on the tongue from start to finish. Surprising for a beer of this style.

Overall: I could see myself drinking this all Spring and Summer. Very enjoyable beer from Saranac, who kind of drifted away from me in the craft beer market over the years. This beer will make me want to come back again, as this is one of their better beers I've had in many years. Like I said, a very cloudy beer, which at first I attributed to the initial pour from the keg. The second and third pour gave me the same cloudy results. Not in a bad way, but a little unexpected since this beer is a mixture of two equally distinct styles. If you like the Belgian Witbier & IPA style, this beer is definitely worthy of a try.

Photo of keithmurray
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - cloudy straw colour with fluffy white head

smell - hops, citus, lemon, coriander

taste - lemon peel, orange peel, hops

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, decent sweetness upfront, bitterness on the back, but not too heavy

overall - good beverage that I'm glad I tried, I hope Saranac brings this back as a summer offering, I could see drinking this on a hot day

Price Point - $7.99/6pk

Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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