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Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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531 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011)
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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ItsBeer4Me, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of mattbk
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- OK, this is one of the cloudiest beers I've ever seen. I can barely make out bubbles rising from the glass, which indicate that it's carbonated, but not much of a head to speak of.
S- Mix of citrus hops and orange peel. The two are a bit muddled, hard to tell where one stops and the other begins. It seems like this will be fairly bitter.
T- Yes, it's bitter. Fairly grapefruity, the orange peel peeks through, no real malt base to speak of, it's possible the wheat is making this very crisp and only expressing the hops and spices. No real strong citra flavor to this, they appear to have used the hops for bitterness only. No characteristic Belgian yeast either, the yeast is fairly clean. The orange peel is really right at the end of the finish and lingers on the back of the throat. I'm not sure I'd call this refreshing because of the fair amount of bitterness. I'd say it falls a bit flat tastewise.
M- Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty good on this beer.
O- Not really a bad beer, but not one I'd necesarily seek out. I do appreciate Matt trying things like this though.

mattbk, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Rekrule, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

vfgccp, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of buffcityx
4/5  rDev +7.5%

buffcityx, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Mike327
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Mike327, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of drumenigma
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- the bottom two inches of the bottle was full of sediment. This was true through all six bottles that I tried. The first time around I didn't realize and when I poured the beer it looked like one of those Orbitz drinks from the 90's. I'm not sure if there is supposed to be that much sediment in the bottle but it was a little ridiculous.
s- quite pleasant. Very floral and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit and orange smells.
t- Get the citrus up front with the back end being definite wheat beer. Pretty good balance over all.
m- very crisp. this is a good summer beer.

Overall I liked the flavor but I can't get over how much sediment was in the bottles I got.

drumenigma, Jun 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

jenray, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

jpcool9, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

acurtis, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as a single bottle about four months ago in a Wegman's in Central NJ. I surprised to see that that there are only 97 reviews on BA right now.

The look is about right for a cross between a wit and IPA. You get a light yellow coloring with a significant amount of head in my fluted glass. The resigual cling to the glass leaves some good looking lacing.

I like the way that this beer smells. You get quite bit of flowering hops and some spicyness in the background. I also note some sour presence from the belgian aspects.

The balance isn't as good in the tasting. I get a bunch of sour and bitter which overwhelm the flavor. Beyond that I get more hoppiness and some orange. I think I get a touch of coriander.

This is an interesting beer, but a little disjointed. I bet it works better from the tap, than the bottle.

ummswimmin, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

JCFinn, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

enginero, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden-orange with a two finger white head. Good retention, some lacing.
S- The aroma interestingly balances the wheat and hops with a bit of a bit of wheatlike spicyness balanced by some citrus hops.
T- First it tastes like a wheat beer with some light citrus and spice flavors. The finish brings through some good, but not overwhelming hop bitterness.
M- Good body, but the carbonation is a bit low for my preferences.
O- On the whole it's one of the best beers I've had from Saranac. Could use a little more carbonation and a little more wheat on the nose.

jsprain1, Jun 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

TDRudy, May 29, 2012
Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick two finger head. Settles down to a thin blanket around the glass but the lacing looks great. Sticking all around the glass. Retains the head throughout the life of the beer.

The aroma is spiced with orange peel that enhanced with the addition of American hop citrus notes. Soft wheat with a bread aroma from the yeast.

The citrus is the first flavor to hit the palate. But, it is not in your face. Nice and light and well balanced from the malt and oats. There is bit of pine flavor lingering on the tongue.

Light bodied and very easy to drink.

Two styles blended together and I think the Matt brewing company has done a great job. Cheers

Luigi, May 24, 2012
Photo of jonB
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bright, golden almost orange body with a thick white head that slowly dissipates leaving a white lace around the top of the glass. The smell is full of citrus hops and sweet malt. The taste is a good hoppy IPA, but the wheat does not provide enough of a base for the hoppiness. It is a good beer but the hoppiness is not quite balanced. As it sits for a little while the hoppiness mellows out and more of the citrus/orange flavors become prevalent making it taste more like a wheat beer. A different style that was fun to try, but will not replace any of he favorite IPAs.

jonB, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

JeffTheJuice, May 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

prisdefer, May 19, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

cyclonece09, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

foureyedgeek, May 16, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

SawDog505, May 16, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into an Allagash flute on 4/24/12

BB June 30, 2012

This is a seriously cloudy beer; it's a murky golden yellow with floating sediment drifting about. Foam seemed reserved at first, but quickly got the best of me, cresting the top of the glass - well over the three finger mark. The head deflates, leaving a big, goopy dollop of suds and soapy lace scattered on the side.

The aroma is an odd one. Dank, tropical Citra notes are had while the head is high, but as it drops the orange peel takes a more prominent stance. The coriander is a faint addition, with a timid spice note on the periphery. The wheat and oats mentioned on the bottle come across as more of a mash-up of grains. It smells doughy, too. As it warms the wheat emerges with a toasty bent.

A thin, watery feel carries muddled Citra hop density across the palate with a lingering, dry bitterness. Along the way, moderate carbonation tries to muster the energy to make the meager spice pop more than it wants to. Notes of orange juice dip into the middle. The malts may be the most disappointing part; I was hoping for a sharp, toasty graininess, but it's more an infused culmination of the lot. Ah well. The finish has an unpleasant coating mustiness; like cotton, if cotton could be stale.

I'm not too impressed with this one, but it isn't an entire failure. Hey, at least they tried to do something interesting and thoughtful; it just didn't turn out so great. For the most part it doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste good. I'll probably finish the bottle.

Ryan011235, May 16, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

chinchill, May 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

jaganes, May 14, 2012
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.