Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

157 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 157
Hads: 552
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 5.51%
Wants: 15
Gots: 57 | 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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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 552
Photo of sdj5
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of ZekemusMaximus
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of kell50
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of Sharkophile
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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! (738 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This interesting IPA is a cloudy yellowish iced tea color with a modest white fringe of head and similarly weak lacing. The aroma captures swampy citrus and herbal hop qualities, with a mellow wheat grain blended in. As a hop lover this seems pretty promising. The flavor comes on with sharp citrus hop and a woodsy wheat. It’s got oak and orange, grassy bite. This is a bit too stark to me but I do enjoy the rye bread qualities that result here. Not that it’s too bitter but just a bit caustic. This is a fizzy brew with an aggressively effervescent feel with a touch of dryness in the finish and a medium-light body. It grows on me so I can certainly recommend it to hop lovers as worth a try. (700 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no bottle date. I believe this is fairly fresh though seeing as it came from a distributor. Poured it into a DFH signature glass.

A: Cloudy yellow orange unfiltered color. Tons of bright white tight bubbled head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing trails.

S: Almost smells like a Hefe. I get the spice and the coriander and the orange, even thought the head. But there is also some of that hop character as well. Citrus hops primarily.

T: The taste is inherately IPA. I get a nice spicy hop bite on the tip of the tongue. In the middle of the mouth I get some citrus hop character. Some orange and lemon are there along with hop notes. Nice crisp close.

M: Medium.

O: B (719 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded golden shade of yellow, with two fingers of white head. Head lasts a fair time and a bit of scant lacing. Very citrusy aroma, and the taste follows the nose. Like a lemon/grapefruit hefeweissen, with a nice hoppy bite. A remarkable, go to again beer! (266 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at J. Ryan's and was served in a pint glass.

Wow, I don't think I have ever seen a beer like this before. Looks like a mixture of orange juice with lots of pulp and a hint of chai mixed in it to get the color a shade darker than orange juice. Zero visibility through the beer that typifies the word 'unfiltered'. I must say, it did not look one bit appealing.

Aroma is typical of a wheat beer with all the usual elements; banana, fruity esters, some notes of clove along with a distinct citrus-hop aroma.

Taste upfront is fruity and sweet but from the middle, the hop bitterness takes over completely. Finish is nice and clean with just a slight lingering hop bitterness. The balance of hop bitterness in this beer was not what I expected. Pleasantly surprised and it was this surprise element that made me go back to the next sip to really believe it. Taste-wise I think this is a winner from Matt brewing/Saranac. After, Black Forest I think this is perhaps the best tasting Saranac beer.

Overall this is a good tasty beer. The appearance did catch me off-guard, but the taste makes up for the appearance.
Definitely worth a try. (1,156 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into shaped Dogfish pint glass.

A - Extremely hazy brownish yellow. Frothy foam, about two fingers. Can't see through to the other side of the glass at all. Noticable large specks of suspended yeast throughout. I usually enjoy unfiltered wheat beers, but this is just not very appetizing to look at.

S - Smells like a hoppy wit. Very lemony, with some hops, coriander, and wheat.

T - Citrus up front with a bit of spice. Hops hit very late and linger long after I swallow. The citra hops are a bit spicy and I like the combo of the wheat and hops. It almost works, but the flavors don't quite meld.

M - Very well carbonated and smooth.

O - Not bad, but not great. I like the spiciness, but I think the flavors are all a bit forced together. Still, I enjoy it more as I drink. I think I would like it better in the summer, when I drink many more wheat beers and many fewer stouts. I like the combo of the citra hops with the wheat flavors, but I think it could be done better. (1,003 characters)

Photo of BeerTwigs
2.35/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle

Appearance: Straw with a decent amount of foam

Aroma: Citric hop, orange peel, yeast, and coriander... all that you would expect from the description

Taste & Feel: This beer has a medium body with a smooth & creamy fell. It's tastes include: citrus, herbal, mint, coriander, bitter hop, yeast, and dry at the finish.

I haven't had the chance to taste anyone elses White IPA's, but this one just didn't sit right with me, not a big fan or either this beer or the style. I will need to come back and review this again once I have some others. Good attempt though. (583 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a very thick and hazy light orange color. The particulates keep light from penetrating. Has the look of a pulp laden orange juice, but only with a lighter orange-yellow color. When poured it had a billowy white head, which faded over time, to give a fair amount of lacing; leaves a fine film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The nose is heavy of lemon and orange up front. A nice citrus hop aroma blended in with a very light wheaty and yeasty like aroma. The smallest amount of pine hoppiness is persistent throughout, but very low in comparison to the others.

Taste – The taste is much of a Belgian wit although there is more bitter and sour citrus mixed in with some wheaty maltiness as the backbone. The hoppiness of the aroma is stronger than it is in the taste, leaving some disappointment in “IPA” portion o f the brew. Some pine hoppiness does come in toward the end along with some coriander.

Mouthfeel – Creamier then comparable IPA of similar strength, with slightly lower carbonation level. Overall it does have a gives comfortable and soothing feel on the tongue.

Overall – An interesting beer, although I think too much Belgian wit and not enough IPA. A bit more spicy and piney hoppiness and a little less lemon would be more for me. (1,321 characters)

Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of wafers
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass

A: Orange/red coloring, moderately cloudy, decent amount of frothy foam
S: Aroma of oranges, citrus, with some floral hints in the background
T: Kind of sweet tasting, definitely detect hoppy bitterness but on the light side, some lemony aftertaste
M: Some carbonation, very smooth
O: Pretty much as stated on the bottle, this brew tastes like a hybrid of a white and an IPA. Even though though the taste is a bit on the light side, it's still good for someone searching for a hoppy beer that is easy drinking and not too in-your-face. (568 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (846 characters)

Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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