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Saranac White IPA - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

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466 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%

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:
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(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011)
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Photo of jsprain1


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2012 22:44:42 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 03:16:19 | More by Luigi
Photo of jonB

New York

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:18:24 | More by jonB
Photo of cyclonece09


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 00:31:12 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 16:52:28 | More by SawDog505
Photo of Ryan011235


2.23/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:41:51 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 22:16:26 | More by chinchill
Photo of kencarman


3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oh, boy, I hate doing this. When a brewer tries innovation I like to reward their efforts, but someone boiled the damn orange peel too long. And I think that combined with early addition hops to provide an astringency: a harshness, in what looks, smells and even tastes like a decent attempt. It's foggy and has proteins a-floating, but hey... it's a wheat beer. The coriander gets lost.

The nose is citrus-y hops, perhaps a tad grapefruit like. Some wheat. Best part of the profile. Mouthfeel: wheat, hops, medium to mostly light body, but the harshness hits there.

Taste: wheat, some spice in background, maybe coriander, but that orange peel just blocks the rest.

Back off on the orange peel, or at least add later for less astringency. Mayber needs more of a dry hop approach w/peel?

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:55:01 | More by kencarman
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - cloudy straw colour with fluffy white head

smell - hops, citus, lemon, coriander

taste - lemon peel, orange peel, hops

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, decent sweetness upfront, bitterness on the back, but not too heavy

overall - good beverage that I'm glad I tried, I hope Saranac brings this back as a summer offering, I could see drinking this on a hot day

Price Point - $7.99/6pk

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 20:54:15 | More by keithmurray
Photo of Bendurgin


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a cloudy golden straw with a small cap of creamy white head.

Sweet oranges in the aroma right off with hints of coriander and a yeasty background. Pretty nice hop bill on this one. Bitter on the start of the pallet with oranges and coriander in the middle. Seems to have a kiss of lemon in there with a bitter cracker finish.

The body is medium and a little sticky. Soft carbonation on this. Overall this one surprised me. I enjoy it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:50:47 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of bolus14

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying I am not a hop-head but do appreciate that others enjoy these styles.

A - Very cloudy orange with about a finger's worth of head that stuck for about 30 seconds.

S - Definitely in the IPA family, which I wasn't hoping for. The citrus notes of orange and lemon are very apparent, but you can smell the bitterness :)

T - The citra hops come through very evidently, in my opinion. While I do like the citrus notes in this, I wish the bitter hoppiness was a little more mellow. I don't pick up any Belgian yest, I was really hoping this would be there.

M - Very prickly on the tongue. Somewhat soft probably from the oats, but for me I wish it didn't carry so much bite.

O - For the style it may be right on, I don't it's my first. I'm ranking it around a 4 because it's definitely not bad, just not my style.

If you're looking for an Ommegang or Duval like Belgian, with a little more IPA characteristics I don't think this is what you're looking for. It's too much like a regular IPA in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 19:45:52 | More by bolus14
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dirt straw color with a small pure white head that left a short wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a strong celery presence from the coriander. There is some orange peel, clove and white pepper to give the beer that witbier smell. The hops don't really standout perhaps they are masked by the orange peel. The aroma is way too vegetal for my liking, too much coriander.

The taste has a nice bright wheat flavor, which allows the hops to pop through. The hops are a bit grassy and provide some citrus notes. Good floral hop burps. The coriander isn't as strong as it was in the aroma. Along with the orange peel, it adds a nice amount of spice to this IPA. Tastes more like an IPA than wit.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Drinks crisp and fairly clean, some lingering hop bitterness in the finish. An easy drinker.

A decent example of an increasingly popular style. I am glad they made this one more IPA than witbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 16:15:34 | More by Gmann
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac's put out a pretty interesting beer in their White IPA. Now, that's not exactly a new idea, but they've done it pretty well. And I think to a certain extent it's because of the way they did it. A lot of the beers I've seen like this have started by bumping the white ale up into a beefier IPA style - but you get a lot of wheat malt that way (more body/more filling/more malt flavor). Saranac started the other way around, adding the coriander and orange peel to an already decent IPA. In fact, the Citra hops are so bright in the nose I'd be more than happy to drink it straight. Fortunately, they've kept the hops a bit more restrained in the flavor, and the the orange peel and coriander are noticeable as well. They appear after the hops, there's no doubt about that, but then they lend it another interesting component that helps to keep it pretty drinkable. Well worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 20:52:18 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of mnrider


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle.

A: Pours a murky straw color. Foamy white head and pretty good lacing.

S: Complex aroma filled with citrus hops, orange, yeast and from what the label is telling me coriander.

T/M: Creamy and smooth. Citrus hops and yeast. Plenty of other spices come in strong. Finishes on the the dry side.

O: Don't think I've ever had anything like this before. A spicy IPA. The Matt Brew Co. has many good beers of all styles and this one is no different. A good hybrid if you like IPA or Witbier.


Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 18:01:52 | More by mnrider
Photo of breakofdawn


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite an interesting choice here; props to Saranac for jumping on this new style.

This very much is a Belgian White-IPA hybrid.

Pours a cloudy, orange and yellow. Smells of citrus, lemon and grapefruit. Tastes the same, with a bit of a hop kick at the end. Mouthfeel is not to dry, which is nice given the IPA influence.

To be honest, labeling this an IPA seems to be a tad generous. But it certainly is worth checking out and I would not mind if this became a year-round beer from Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:14:30 | More by breakofdawn
Photo of woosterbill


3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Black Bear pub in the Hartford airport; served in a pint glass.

A: Appropriately cloudy orange-gold body with only a thin layer of reasonably sticky white foam. Ok.

S: Not too much going on. Some orange (peel, fruit, and pith), but that's about it. Not bad, but pretty weak and one-note.

T: Much more going on here. Tons of juicy orange right up front, with some herbal, citrus, and oniony hopp notes close behind. As it warms, the wheat character comes through nicely, and the orange flavor just explodes. It's not 100% on target, but I'm really enjoying it.

M: Prickly, lively medium body. Nice enough.

O: Reminds me of NEBCO Gold Stock, if Gold Stock were only mediocre instead of absolutely awesome - similar orange intensity as the '12 version of that breathtaking beer, but without its balance, depth, and complexity. I'm giving this one points just for making me consider the resemblance, though.


Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 14:06:44 | More by woosterbill
Photo of output01x


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that fades after a few minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam collar. The body is a cloudy golden straw that thins out to a pale straw at the edges. Some large, dark floaties can be easily seen suspended throughout the body. Very few carbonation bubbles can be seen through the murkiness. Thin but decent lacing can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption but little manages to actually stick for any period of time.

The aromas are practically spot on with the description on the neck of the bottle. Citrus aromas are immediately detected along with some grassy and catty aromas. Wheat and coriander aromas build a soft but strong backbone for the hops aromas. Notes of orange peel, bananas, and lemon add a good bit of complexity to the nose.

The beginning of each sip starts out like a Belgian witbier with flavors of wheat, coriander, lemongrass, and orange peel. As the beer is swirled in the mouth, grassy hops come out adding a bit of bitterness to the back of the tongue. Swallowing the beer releases more of the soft and grainy wheat flavors with an emphasis on bananas and cloves. As this fades, a slight grassy bitterness finds a home in the back of the mouth. Oddly, there is not as much of the Citra hops flavors as would be expected.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a great summer beer. The body is easy drinking and does not allow too much flavor to build on the tongue. The carbonation is just barely fizzy, creating a nice, slightly foamy swallow.

The floaties are not the most appetizing part of this beer and unfortunately knock the appearance down a couple pegs. The aromas are spot on for the style with a good emphasis on the malts. The flavor is decent but lacks the strong hops flavors one would expect to find in an IPA. If anything, this beer is more like a Belgian Pale or hoppy Witbier. On the plus side, the body and carbonation are spot on, making this a great warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 00:39:46 | More by output01x
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac White IPA is a very cloudy, dull golden ale with a frothy, bubbly white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a very citrusy aroma, like grapefruit and orange peel. It has a very smooth medium light body; fluffy in the mouth with a dry finish. It tastes citrusy throughout. There's lots of wheat in the middle of the taste and then resiny hop flavor takes over. Orange peel seems to be ever present and brings everything together. It finishes like an IPA but the aftertaste has a little wheat and something doughy in it. This is a very clever beer. An IPA and a Wit work together very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 15:19:53 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Weyerbacher tulip. Pours a golden orange with a hazy clarity. Head is 2.5 inches, bright white and tight. Thin, textured rings of lacing are revealed as the head recedes. Nose expresses citrus rind, grapefruit, phenols and belgian yeast. Taste follows nose; however, flavor profile is a bit duller than suggested by the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a decent, albeit lackluster Belgian IPA. Definitely one of the better brews I've had from Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:00:43 | More by Jwale73
Photo of thecheapies


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks a murky cream yellow-amber in the Guinness Porter nonic. Medium bleachy head that's sticking around. Nice lace effect. An IPA that looks like half hefeweizen, half dishwater. I like it. 4.0

Almost has a dishwater smell. Some lemon detergent-y hop aromas, biscuity malts, and some yeast esters. More lemon than orange or grapefruit. And more leafy than grassy. Kind of better than I was expecting. 3.5

Bitter lemon hop bite with some white grape juice pucker. Interestingly tart. Not a heavy yeast component, but it's there. Very sessionable alcohol levels. Somewhat astringent in the finish. I severely underestimated this beer. 4.0

Creamy smooth. Feels like a nitro pour. No wretched citrus sweetness, no out-of-place clove, banana, or phenolics, no lackluster performance in effervescence or body. Spot on. 4.5

Great variation of the style. Easily, the first Saranac beer I've been impressed by. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 01:39:14 | More by thecheapies
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a thin layer of soft white head that quickly fades. The nose has a citrusy, lightly piny, big hop aroma with some underlying orange and spice. The flavor is fruity at first with some orange peel and citrus notes followed by a faint spice character, pepper and coriander, followed by an earthy, piny, spicy hop finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

This is a nice twist on an IPA. It takes many of the traditional characteristics of a Witbier and combines them with an intense hop character. The flavors come together quite nicely to make this easy to drink, smooth, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 23:51:05 | More by tdm168
Photo of marlinsfan4


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm a white ale IPA? Interesting mix let's give it a whirl. Pours a cloudy faint yellow color, nice head to it. Medium body to it, nice mouthfeel. Bit of an interesting taste, upfront is the white ale-ish part, get some lemon notes. Finishes with a nice hop bite, and smooth and clean. Somehow blends together quite well and makes for a tasty brew. Wasn't sure what to expect but it's definitely an above average beer worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:42:15 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of nrs207


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very hazy yellow with a nice white head.

S - Can smell some citrus and coriander. To me it smells sort of like a Blue Moon with some hops. It's not bad for sure.

T - Typical wheat beer taste. Some coriander and citrus, with a nice small amount of bitterness on the finish. It's not bad, just not enough IPA characteristic for my liking.

M - Smooth taste. No alcohol. Above average mouthfeel.

O - It's not a bad beer. I won't be searching this out again, however. I'd like to see a wheat IPA with some more hops. If you're looking for a witbier with touch of hops, this is a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 05:49:49 | More by nrs207
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang tulip. So review #100 isn't of some special, ultra-rare, barrel aged imperial stout, who cares, really. Then again, those kind of beers are almost impossible to find in my area, but that's another discussion for another day...

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color that lightens up near the edges of the class. The yeast also settles to the bottom of the glass quite well. It also features a one finger eggshell color head with decent retention and lacing.

S: The unmistakeable scent of tropical fruit from the Citra hops pervades the senses quite well. Beyond that, there are notes of coriander and banana. Quite good...then again, I expect a Citra-hopped IPA to smell impressive.

T: The bitterness from the hops is kept nicely in check - in fact, a lot of the bitterness here is derived from the coriander and other spices. As such, the finish is nicely spicy, and the oats used help smooth out the transitions from the slightly sweet opening to the bitter end. Exhales allow its sweeter characteristics from the wheat malt to come into fruition more easily. It isn't perfect, however, as the bitterness can become a tad mundane and generic tasting after a while, and the oats make the flavors mesh together a bit too well. Still, it has a nice bittersweet character with a crisp, refreshing finish.

M: Not too heavy on the tongue, helping its ability to refresh. The carbonation is spot on, though the bit of dryness on the aftertaste increases the bitter factor some.

O: Is this the best value in craft beer? $7 for a six-pack says it might just be. I've avoided Saranac in the past, but if this ends up being the rule from them (instead of the exception) in the near future, I'll gladly give them the time of day.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 23:42:18 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Jimmys


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: very hazy, very hazy pale orange. head starts dominate but dies to a rim. some lacing.

S: aroma is very citra. floral and oranges. a little eggy. the hop presence is pleasant and inviting.

T: bitter orange peel. chewy wheat. a little bit of banana. finish is bitter. almost bittersweet. lingers for a while. this body is mostly bitter with a touch of wheat and oat. i wish the touch of grain was a little greater.

M: very vivid carbonation. medium body.

D: interesting brew. a malted up, hopped up belgian wit. like i said above, i wish the grain made a little bit more of a showing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:02:22 | More by Jimmys
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.