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Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

532 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 532
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 Pjev11
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Pjev11, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Thickfreakness, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of anoctopus
4.5/5  rDev +21%

anoctopus, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +7.5%

justinm4bama, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of kell50
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

kell50, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Sharkophile
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Sharkophile, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mscott1975
4/5  rDev +7.5%

mscott1975, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of cssosprey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

cssosprey, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev +7.5%

greg4579, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +21%

atone315, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

DrDemento456, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of blackened1339
4/5  rDev +7.5%

blackened1339, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Durge, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Brad007, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of ahbaggins
3/5  rDev -19.4%

ahbaggins, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev +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

inlimbo77, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Chugs13, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.83/5  rDev +29.8%
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!

CaptJackHarkness, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

CaptDavyJones, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of BeerTwigs
2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

BeerTwigs, Feb 03, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

DefenCorps, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of NODAK
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

NODAK, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

jmfc8237, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Stinkypuss, Feb 02, 2012
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.