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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

542 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 13
Gots: 48 | 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 MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-yellow orange cloudy color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus and spice notes with some bitter hops

T-citrus and spice with hints of sweetness and bread, moderately bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, some thick sticky feel

O-an interesting beer, my first tasting of this type. Is enjoyable as an alternative to usual IPAs.

MDDMD, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ZekemusMaximus
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Super murky, this honestly looked like orange juice. I don't think i've ever seen an IPA this color and quite so murky. Love it just based on uniqueness.

S- Lot of zestry citrus smell coming from this one, a lot of grassy, hoppy smell following it up.

T- A lot of orange/grapefruit citrus right away that transitioned into a not too bitter grassy, veggie taste. Really had a nice zing to the citrus notes and was sweeter than i had thought it would be.

M- This was just TOO MUCH for me with how murky and heavy this was in my mouth. I don't mind when beer is on the thicker side but this was just way too much, it was like a meal and a half.

O- I didn't particularly love this, the mouthfeel was just too much to overcome for me. Too thick and the great flavor couldn't save it for me. I wish the citrus held on throughout and didn't drop out towards the end. Okay Saranac brew.

ZekemusMaximus, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of JedediahK
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JedediahK, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of coachdonovan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

coachdonovan, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +7.5%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at The Iron Frog in Simsbury, Conn.

A: Hazy, bright, golden yellow color with a cloudy center and a thin head of white carbonation that weakly clung to the walls of the glass.

S: Spicy, citrusy and sweet with a hint of lemongrass and a bunch of stinging hop bitterness to boot.

T: Light and grainy up front with a touch of lemon zest, orange peel and grapefruit. There's a bit of tart apple and cereal grains that meld together before rushing into a slightly funky, spicy and floral hop finish that descends into a slightly sharp, boozy, over-complicated mess of an imperial pale wheat.

M: Sharp, medium bodied ale with plenty of acidity and some stinging hop resins to boot.

O: Not a terrible representation of this relatively new style, its still a Saranac product. When Saranac tries a "trending style," I shy away. This is likely the best they could do with a product that hasn't proved its full worth yet.

Gambrinus1184, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +21%

bluntedboywonder, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Mauidan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Mauidan, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of bcal16
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bcal16, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of josefnewsong
4/5  rDev +7.5%

josefnewsong, Feb 16, 2012
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
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.