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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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:17:14 | More by Darkmagus82
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riversider76

New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:26:45 | More by riversider76
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wafers

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:26:42 | More by wafers
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CloudStrife

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:46:20 | More by CloudStrife
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gabedivision

New York

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a super hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that films it way around the side of the glass. Orange peel strike the nose first, then a big stinky marijuana scent follows up. Some citrus tones found in the smell as well, grapefruits, lemons etc. Big weed funk, big citrus orange, and a fair amount of oat like wheat. The taste a tad bit grainy on the front, followed by all those delicious flavors from the smell. Grapefruit, pine and lemon from the big hops, banana, orange and coriander from the wheat and spice, super delicious. Medium bodied, easy on the tongue, high carbonation and very drinkable. Overall this is a homerun! This is by far the best Saranac beer i've had, so interesting and fun to drink, different styles flash before your tongue. This is a great hybrid of the two styles and a great beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:38:58 | More by gabedivision
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Hoagie1973

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 16:18:05 | More by Hoagie1973
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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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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours 'white' (super hazed off white). Nice head that retains masterfully and leaves pronounced lacing. Cannot see past the cloudy hue of the beer.

S-An enticing mixture of grassy hops and wheat. Some nice spices spliced in there as well. They hit the mark aroma-wise with this hybrid brew.

T-Quite like the nose. Grassy hops are introduced by a nice little burst of initial citrus hops. Wheat comes after and ticks around the rest of the way through. The grass-hops finish the flavor off well. In between, spices come through. Coriander is a tasty addition as well.

M-Light side of medium body. Ample amounts of carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter. Alcohol is a non factor.

O/D-A nice brew at a great price. I would definitely buy this again. Won't blow your socks off, but a six-pack will go down incredibly quick. Easily my favorite Saranac beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:14:53 | More by VelvetExtract
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 21:48:55 | More by ommegangpbr
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BeerPhan86

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit when I first saw this one I thought it was a little corny and a jab at the black IPA. I assumed they took a witbier and hopped it up like an IPA. I actually ended up really enjoying this one.

A - Pours a real hazy white gold with a one finger off white foamy head. Great retention on the head but not much lacing sticking to the glass. Very nice looking cloudy brew.

S - Tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) with a slightly funky yeast aspect. Fresh earthy hops and tons of wheat also evident.

T - Tropical fruit and spices followed by a dry earthy hop finish. Slightly bitter with a massive amount of wheat in the flavor. Not your typical Witbier spices and flavors like i had been expecting, it's more of a blend between an east coast IPA and a pale wheat ale.

M - Prickly and slightly overcarbonated, but medium bodied and not too sticky on the lips.

O - It's an interesting and unique tasting brew coming from a brewery that rarely wows me and I consider fairly mediocre. It's a solid attempt at something new and they succeeded. Whether or not this will catch on like the black IPA craze is yet to be seen, but definitely worth checking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 02:34:24 | More by BeerPhan86
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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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NASSPETE

New York

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

So I'm not a huge Saranac fan. Their beers are hit or miss for me but I must say they really hit the mark on this one. I had this beer from a growler and I have to say the unfiltered hue Was impressive. Looks a lot like apple cider. It has that clean crisp wheat taste with citrus notes and a great hop finish. Saranac has finally impressed me. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

01-22-2012 00:43:21 | More by NASSPETE
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

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

Ba Review #113
Served On: 01/21/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV:
Date/ Code: 06/30/2012

From the 2012 'What Ales You' mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a very cloudy yellow with a 1 finger of head consisting random sized bubbles. Head reduced down to a patchy film and left nice uniform lacing.

Smell: Aroma was typical of a wheat beer except for a pungent hop citrus which certainly brought out the IPA component indicated on the label.

Taste: High carbonation up front with strong grapefruit and Belgian yeast. Then came the wheat beer character with a more crisp middle with citrus. The finish favored the IPA side of grapefruit and bitterness.

This was a very enjoyable beer. It reminded me of a New Belgium Ranger IPA with a bigger hop profile. It was very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 21:42:55 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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iBeer16

New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a light golden blonde color with about 2.5 finger white head that is made up of small bubbles, leaves nice lacing all around glass, head retention good.

S: aroma is of citrusy hops along with a slight wheat scent, very earthy scents.

T: immediate blast of citrus flavor, followed by a reserved wheat taste, finally finishes dry and hoppy and with a slit remnants of the citrus and wheat flavor.

M: very light bodied for an ipa, more resembles a white ale. Carbonation isn't too strong, leaves mouth with a nice dry feeling.

Overall, Interesting combination, never had a white ipa before, but I like the result. Not too extreme on any flavor or style a nice balance of wheat and hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:24:40 | More by iBeer16
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CHickman

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a massive 2 finger cloudy white head that lasted a long time, fading very slowly and leaving excellent foamy lacing clinging to the glass and leaving a foamy layer on top.

Smells of hops, herbs and grains up front, with herbs, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, pine cones, coriander, pepper, spices, grains, wheat, hay, grass and a lot of earthy notes; an earthy IPA that is just as grainy as it is hoppy.

Tastes like it smells, with herbs, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, pine cones, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, coriander, malt, pepper, spices, grains, wheat, hay, grass, bark, and other earthy tones; not as hoppy as it smells with the grains, spices and herbs making it complex and oddly balanced.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and creamy, with a light watery body, mild carbonation and an easy feel and drinkability.

Overall this was a nice spin on an IPA, but a little off base to be a true IPA and more like a Belgian style pale ale. Nice new beer by Saranac that's worth a try. Glad BA listed this under American Pale Wheat Ale, since to me that style or a Witbier is more in line with the flavor and less like the “IPA” title, so I'll rate this on the BA style and not the label title. I look forward to trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 03:51:17 | More by CHickman
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sharemybeer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living within 5 miles of the Matt brewery makes me giddy since every Saranac beer before the White IPA has been forgettable. Now they have something to make me dance with excitement!
The color is cloudy straw. The flavor is full of citrus and hops. The finish is slightly sweet and clean. I have had the draft as well as the bottle and would naturally have to give the edge to the draft but the bottle is awesome too. Don't pass this one up!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 01:12:57 | More by sharemybeer
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ElCaholicRacer

North Carolina

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

This is my first encounter with a "White IPA". I am a big Wit and IPA fan, so I was interested in this to say the least. Believe it or not, it was hard to find, and WalMart of all places had 6-packs, $7.99. Poured into a DFH pint glass, nice 3 finger head with good retention and excellent spider web-like lacing. The color resembled a textbook unfiltered wheat ale style with the golden hazy yellow hue. The aroma was just what I had anticipated, a mix of citra hops, corriander, and wheat. The taste is a direct mirror of the smell. The first few sips were almost strange with the two distinct styles clashing. As the pint became less full, the flavor was growing on me. Each one was better than the last. I enjoyed 4 bottles. The first sample pack of Sarnac was dissapointing, but each brew I have sampled since has increased my fondness for this brewery. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 18:49:11 | More by ElCaholicRacer
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep yellow, two finger fluffyw hite head with some lacing.

S-Wheat, oranges and citrus hops

T-Wheat, spices, oranges ends with decent bitterness. My first encounter with Citra hops and these babies are good.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A solid beer. One of the better white IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:37:09 | More by rlee1390
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Saranac pint glass.

L - completely hazed yellow color with a fluffy white head of stcky foam that clung to the sides of the glass.

S - pineapple, mango, tropical fruits.

T - good balance as it starts off with wheat beer like spice turning towards a blast of hoppy bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel and easy drinkability.

O - I got this beer in a mix pack but I will go out and get it on it's own before it goes away.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 20:05:44 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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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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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:22:34 | More by silentjay
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

!2oz bottle. Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of citrus hops, grains and orange peel. Smells pretty hoppy, especially for Saranac. Taste is of citrus hops and wheat up front. Orange peel near the end. Nice hop bitterness. A bit of a floral finish to go with the orange peel. This is a solid beer from Saranac and is right up there with Wet Hop IPA as being one of their hoppiest offerings. Overall, this is an interesting style that is well crafted. I will be buying it again given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 16:12:13 | More by PicoPapa
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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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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Wheaty hop aroma with a grapefruit or passionfruit aroma.
No head, little lacing.
Nice refreshing take on an IPA. Wheaty, but bitter and hoppy with a bit of citrusy fruity hops. Its a very refreshing IPA and a really good brew from Saranac. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:23:47 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Amalak

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is completely opaque, a very light (but thick) straw yellow. Some foamy white head and a little bit of lacing. A metallic wheat scent to it.

Nice citrusy taste to it. Sweet, but not overbearing. Not much of an IPA at all, but there's a wonderful wheatyness to it. Very crisp. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:19:14 | More by Amalak
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