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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

525 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 38 | 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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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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of NODAK
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.

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%

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
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

Darkmagus82, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Whimpers, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

BoringBunny, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of riversider76
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.

riversider76, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Aewachiw, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

halo913, Jan 29, 2012
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.