Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
02-05-2012 01:44:08 | More by CaptDavyJones
3.45/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
02-04-2012 03:33:56 | More by NoLeafClover44
2.3/5 rDev -38.2%
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.
02-03-2012 13:54:05 | More by BeerTwigs
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
02-03-2012 12:35:19 | More by DefenCorps
3.25/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
02-03-2012 02:42:30 | More by NODAK
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
02-02-2012 14:35:16 | More by Stinkypuss
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
02-01-2012 02:48:51 | More by plaid75
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
02-01-2012 01:17:14 | More by Darkmagus82
4.13/5 rDev +11%
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.
01-29-2012 20:26:45 | More by riversider76
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
01-29-2012 03:26:42 | More by wafers
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
01-28-2012 21:46:20 | More by CloudStrife
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-27-2012 02:38:58 | More by gabedivision
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
01-26-2012 16:18:05 | More by Hoagie1973
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
01-25-2012 14:28:38 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
01-23-2012 23:14:53 | More by VelvetExtract
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-23-2012 21:48:55 | More by ommegangpbr
3.98/5 rDev +7%
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.
01-22-2012 02:34:24 | More by BeerPhan86
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-22-2012 02:31:42 | More by Jason
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.