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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 ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ommegangpbr, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BeerPhan86, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of NASSPETE
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I'm not a huge Saranac fan. Their beers are hit or miss for me but I must say they really hit the mark on this one. I had this beer from a growler and I have to say the unfiltered hue Was impressive. Looks a lot like apple cider. It has that clean crisp wheat taste with citrus notes and a great hop finish. Saranac has finally impressed me. Cheers!

NASSPETE, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #113
Served On: 01/21/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV:
Date/ Code: 06/30/2012

From the 2012 'What Ales You' mixed 12 pack.

Look: Poured a very cloudy yellow with a 1 finger of head consisting random sized bubbles. Head reduced down to a patchy film and left nice uniform lacing.

Smell: Aroma was typical of a wheat beer except for a pungent hop citrus which certainly brought out the IPA component indicated on the label.

Taste: High carbonation up front with strong grapefruit and Belgian yeast. Then came the wheat beer character with a more crisp middle with citrus. The finish favored the IPA side of grapefruit and bitterness.

This was a very enjoyable beer. It reminded me of a New Belgium Ranger IPA with a bigger hop profile. It was very nice.

CraftBeerTastic, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.4%

JAHMUR, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of iBeer16
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a light golden blonde color with about 2.5 finger white head that is made up of small bubbles, leaves nice lacing all around glass, head retention good.

S: aroma is of citrusy hops along with a slight wheat scent, very earthy scents.

T: immediate blast of citrus flavor, followed by a reserved wheat taste, finally finishes dry and hoppy and with a slit remnants of the citrus and wheat flavor.

M: very light bodied for an ipa, more resembles a white ale. Carbonation isn't too strong, leaves mouth with a nice dry feeling.

Overall, Interesting combination, never had a white ipa before, but I like the result. Not too extreme on any flavor or style a nice balance of wheat and hops.

iBeer16, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow gold color with a massive 2 finger cloudy white head that lasted a long time, fading very slowly and leaving excellent foamy lacing clinging to the glass and leaving a foamy layer on top.

Smells of hops, herbs and grains up front, with herbs, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, pine cones, coriander, pepper, spices, grains, wheat, hay, grass and a lot of earthy notes; an earthy IPA that is just as grainy as it is hoppy.

Tastes like it smells, with herbs, floral hops, flowers, piney hops, pine cones, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, coriander, malt, pepper, spices, grains, wheat, hay, grass, bark, and other earthy tones; not as hoppy as it smells with the grains, spices and herbs making it complex and oddly balanced.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and creamy, with a light watery body, mild carbonation and an easy feel and drinkability.

Overall this was a nice spin on an IPA, but a little off base to be a true IPA and more like a Belgian style pale ale. Nice new beer by Saranac that's worth a try. Glad BA listed this under American Pale Wheat Ale, since to me that style or a Witbier is more in line with the flavor and less like the “IPA” title, so I'll rate this on the BA style and not the label title. I look forward to trying this again.

CHickman, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of sharemybeer
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living within 5 miles of the Matt brewery makes me giddy since every Saranac beer before the White IPA has been forgettable. Now they have something to make me dance with excitement!
The color is cloudy straw. The flavor is full of citrus and hops. The finish is slightly sweet and clean. I have had the draft as well as the bottle and would naturally have to give the edge to the draft but the bottle is awesome too. Don't pass this one up!

sharemybeer, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ElCaholicRacer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first encounter with a "White IPA". I am a big Wit and IPA fan, so I was interested in this to say the least. Believe it or not, it was hard to find, and WalMart of all places had 6-packs, $7.99. Poured into a DFH pint glass, nice 3 finger head with good retention and excellent spider web-like lacing. The color resembled a textbook unfiltered wheat ale style with the golden hazy yellow hue. The aroma was just what I had anticipated, a mix of citra hops, corriander, and wheat. The taste is a direct mirror of the smell. The first few sips were almost strange with the two distinct styles clashing. As the pint became less full, the flavor was growing on me. Each one was better than the last. I enjoyed 4 bottles. The first sample pack of Sarnac was dissapointing, but each brew I have sampled since has increased my fondness for this brewery. Prost!

ElCaholicRacer, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Hessian257, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy deep yellow, two finger fluffyw hite head with some lacing.

S-Wheat, oranges and citrus hops

T-Wheat, spices, oranges ends with decent bitterness. My first encounter with Citra hops and these babies are good.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A solid beer. One of the better white IPAs I've had.

rlee1390, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a Saranac pint glass.

L - completely hazed yellow color with a fluffy white head of stcky foam that clung to the sides of the glass.

S - pineapple, mango, tropical fruits.

T - good balance as it starts off with wheat beer like spice turning towards a blast of hoppy bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel and easy drinkability.

O - I got this beer in a mix pack but I will go out and get it on it's own before it goes away.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.49 a six need I say more than that in the review, well I guess I can describe my experience. Jumping on the White IPA bandwagon even Saranac is throwing down with their own version, holy shit A-B is really missing the bus. Nevermind the next shock top beer due out is supposed to be a White IPA. This one pours like a clouded banana smoothie orange cloudy glowing slurry of yeast suspensions and spice and protein. Lacing is a brilliant egg shell white with a nice thicke tof billowing head. Aroma again very perky with the citrus hoppy green notes, this one even seems a bit like perfume. Harsh bitterness between spices and hop pellets this is over the top with the citrus bang and green hop pellet finish making you wish you could brush your teeth and clean that flavor off the palate. Crazy thing about it despite harsh qualities I still take big sips and continue to drink, almost like a zombie in cruise control eating brains. I just can't help myself, and believe it or not your palate gets adjusted with each sip, I can see the white ale spice a touch of clove coriander with big green hops bringing the citrus clove bitterness this one seems to wear it's orange peel on it sleeves (and the label). Mouthfeel despite the harsh feel and medicinal spices left on the palate there's still a good amount of hops in this NY state Matt Brewing offering, the most bearable hoppy beer I've had from them yet.

WVbeergeek, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of SMason
4/5  rDev +7.5%

SMason, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of silentjay
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

looks like an American brewed witbier. very hazy golden straw with an almost pure white head that quickly settles to one finger yet laces the glass nicely.

lots of citrus in the aroma. juicy and bitter, coming from different sources. lemon zest, orange juice, grapefruit. also some wheat and hay aromas behind that as well as a bit of grass.

even more citrus-heavy in the flavor than in the aroma. grapefruit juice (sweetened) orange juice, lemon/lime. the wheat gives it a quick zip before the citrus goes bitter on the finish.

lighter bodied with not as much carbonation as a witbier, but ample level for an IPA. finishes a bit watery.

pretty interesting. the first sip was very good, but as the glass empties, my interest wanes a bit. Still one of the better Saranc beers I've had recently. would be a decent beer to get people more used to hop flavors, as its not quite as hoppy as an IPA, has little bitterness and has some approachable flavors on the forefront.

silentjay, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev +7.5%

rcatalano, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mendonjoebeer, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

!2oz bottle. Pours a cloudy dark straw color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of citrus hops, grains and orange peel. Smells pretty hoppy, especially for Saranac. Taste is of citrus hops and wheat up front. Orange peel near the end. Nice hop bitterness. A bit of a floral finish to go with the orange peel. This is a solid beer from Saranac and is right up there with Wet Hop IPA as being one of their hoppiest offerings. Overall, this is an interesting style that is well crafted. I will be buying it again given the chance.

PicoPapa, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on December 7th, 2011 (julian date stamped on label). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with about an inch frothy white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is mostly hoppy, it smells mainly like citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon and orange peel), along with some coriander and bready/wheat malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the hoppy and malty flavors are pretty even and none of them are much stronger than the others. It's a nice mix between a witbier and an IPA. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and a bit creamy with good carbonation. At just $7.99 a 6-pack, I'd buy this again for sure. It's a great deal for the price, I can't think of many beers this good for that low of a price.

bluejacket74, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Wheaty hop aroma with a grapefruit or passionfruit aroma.
No head, little lacing.
Nice refreshing take on an IPA. Wheaty, but bitter and hoppy with a bit of citrusy fruity hops. Its a very refreshing IPA and a really good brew from Saranac. Worth a try for sure.

DrinkSlurm, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is completely opaque, a very light (but thick) straw yellow. Some foamy white head and a little bit of lacing. A metallic wheat scent to it.

Nice citrusy taste to it. Sweet, but not overbearing. Not much of an IPA at all, but there's a wonderful wheatyness to it. Very crisp. Refreshing.

Amalak, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. First impression is just how cloudy this is - body is straw yellow that looks more tangerine-orange when backlit. Small white head leaves behind good lacing.

S: Strong nose befitting this hybrid style - wheat twang, citrus - from both the orange peel, I think, as well as the lemony Citra hops, and spice (coriander). Touch of bread dough too. Smells more like a Pale Wheat or Wit than an IPA.

T: Taste is also more like a Wheat/Wit than an IPA, so I think whoever first entered this beer on the site got the style right. All the American Pale Wheat Ale flavors are here - wheat twanginess, coriander spice, yeasty cloves and a real good lemony citrus taste.

M: Light in heft, perhaps a tad bit too much carbonation, but it's fairly mild so I won't quibble with it too much.

O: Wow. I've been drinking Saranac for close to 20 years now, I'd suspect, and this one might be my highest-rated beer from a brewery that generally comes across as average, nothing more (though I have a soft spot in my heart for their Pale Ale). Not sure why they chose winter to release this, though, as I think this would make an excellent summer beer.

Kendo, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

unknownlamer, Jan 06, 2012
Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.