Saranac Cloud Splitter
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #365
Ranked #41,613
3.57 | pDev: 12.32%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 125
Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a nice golden straw haze color.

Overall: Aroma for this beer is all citrus hops. The taste contains mildly sweet lemon, coriander, wheat malt and moderately bitter herbal flavors. If you need a summer beer with hops, this is it!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly hazy golden orange body, a short head of white, lacing at the start and traces on the way down.

S - Strong floral note, a sour grain note, and a definite hint of honey.

T - The open is very much a hop front, grapefruit and lemon, zest, with a middle of wheat and limestone, moving to a bitter close that leaves a rather unpleasant metallic aftertaste, like sucking on a penny.

M - Drying in the close, but generally fades rather quickly.

O - The main flaw is the close, where the flavor turns both bitter, which is not a problem, and metallic, which is. It is not that there is nothing good to say here, but ultimately the close means I will not be returning to this one again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/30/16.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, citrus zest, grapefruit juice, earth, and coriander aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour dried orange peel, grapefruit juice, coriander, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an unexpected slight sourness that makes this one pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely color. Hazy golden apricot, with a slight honey blush. Just milky with a white crown. Nose is soft and citrusy with a bit of faint orange. Banana and spice. Phenols make up the background. The drink is just tart, dry and very breaddy. Another exceptional beer in a case from saranac. When they first came out with this it had a finish that was a tad sweeter but this year I daresay it's the best ever with a generous bitterness that does not undermine all the complex flavors this had to show.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Quite light, even for style. Minimal head. Some sediment present. Smell is quite hoppy, particularly for style. Not much wheat or malt sweetness on the nose. The same comes across in the taste. Frankly, this is a pale ale, and one that's even on the higher end of hoppiness for that style. Mouthfeel is probably the strongest feature Full and rich, and no slickness. Good level of carbonation, too.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is Roberto Clemente Night throughout Major League Baseball and so I am wearing my Clemente jersey.

From the bottle: "Wheat malts and oats give it a hazy appearance. Citra hops, orange peel, and coriander create a perfect storm of flavor. This ale is unfiltered, unapologetic and unbelievably good."

I Pop!ped the cap and began a heavy-handed pour that produced two fingers of fluffy, ecru head that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy Golden-Yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose had a definitive black pepper-like spiciness, so the coriander was accounted for. It was underlain by a sweet citrusiness, but I cannot say for sure that I would have guessed "Orange Peel". Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite spicy on the tongue, but I would be hard pressed to tell you its source. The wheat malt, combined with the spice and orange peel, conspired to create a really dry, semi-tart taste. It had a puckering dryness on the finish that I felt as though I could have done without. Phew! It was quite a beer and totally appropriate for summer, but it just was not my bag.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an ale glass: color is hazy straw gold, head is off white presenting thin then dissipating to a ring, light carbonation.

Smell is very enticing, nice yeast and phenol aromatics blending with the lighter spice profile.

Taste is a bit dry, bitter, more so than anticipated: flavors are still present, but the carbonation and dryness seems to overpower. Flavors noted are yeast off flavors, then lighter bread and toast, touch of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is dry, sharp on the tongue and a little biting from the carbonation level.

Overall, a solid looking and smelling beer, a little off for me in the flavor and mouth presence.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy, straw yellow with lots of yeast floaters with a small head that quickly dissipated into thin lacing
S: Lots o' hops, really slight citrus
T: Hop forward, but not as much as anticipated from the bouquet. Citrus is really muted but there
F: Pretty smooth, nothing noteworthy
O: My first Saranac. Really reminiscent of a white IPA

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Photo of breardon1776
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a cloudy pale orange color. Foamy head and moderate lacing. Smells of apricot and spice. Almost a Belgian white but also wheaty, Some sediment floating in glass,Good carbonation. Flavor is some citrus with hint of pine. Goes down smooth. Overall i really enjoy this beer. refreshing!

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Photo of tone77
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden/whitish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some wheat, oranges. Taste is surprisingly hoppy, citrus, hints of wheat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a decent warm weather beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best By September 30th 2015.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is coriander and allspice.

This is medium bodied with a sweet orange aftertaste. Very mild bitterness. This is actually better than I thought it would be. The orange flavor really works well, and there is enough bitterness to keep this from being cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of cavedave
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy white gold with a finger's worth topper of off white froth. The head kicks back to a nice skim and ring, decent lace slathers the glass.

Neutral sweet and ripe citrus and stone fruit front the very light aroma, hints of crackery grain, yeasty tart, and even lighter notes of spice and floral round it out.

Much more going on in the sip. The fruit comes forward as sweet orange, grapefruit, and bitter pith,the spice comes on as it warms a bit, myriad undernotes are light and hard to name in this complex taste, and the hops blend well. Sip ends with herbal bitter hop coming in to join the spice and fruit.

Too highly viscous for style, over carb., with a finish that could be cleaner for sure. This style should be more refreshing than this one is. The linger leaves spicy resin buildup on palate that isn't so great.

Decent beer in a style that has many interpretations today. Worth a shot since the other 3 beers in the reasonably priced variety pack all rock.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow, decent retention on the pillowy white head, but there's something a bit off-balance here. The spices notes seem to be at odds with the hops and wheat, and don't blend nearly as well as one of Saranac's other hoppy wheats, Clouded Dream. This could use some clean up, as it has the potential to be really good.

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Photo of Gmann
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with that witbier white hue. The pure white head is puffy and airy and quickly settles into a light cap. Lots of big bubble lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of the orange peel and the citra hops. Nice citrus notes from the hops and a bit of grass. The aroma is light on the coriander which is good in my book.

Well, the coriander can be found in the flavor. It has that celery flavor which I am not big on. The orange peel is light. The hops are noticeable and provide a nice citrus flavor. There is some piney bitterness as well. The hops and coriander seem to clash, its a bit harsh.

The feel is light to moderate with airy carbonation. Sweet and zesty on the palate and finishes with a light hoppy bitterness.

The beer seems to be a hoppy witbier. Not sure the style works.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Wheat malts and oats give it a hazy appearance. Citra hops, orange peel, and coriander create a perfect storm of flavor. This ale is unfiltered, unapologetic and unbelievably good." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Available within the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer variety pack. Available in limited run 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a pearl white color over a densely hazy golden straw yellow body with significant chunks of pulpy sediment in suspension. Retention is very good, lacing is medium and droopy. 3.75

(Smell) Wheat malt, grassy and mild citrus hops with a moderate bitterness, and a pinch of spicy coriander and bitter orange rind for balance and complexity. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Lightly spiced thin wheat and pale malt body with a very mild hop bitterness and little hop flavor. The orange peel character comes through fairly well but there isn't much malt substance for it to pair with. Although certainly drinkable, the malt, hop and spice profiles are all much lighter in the flavor to the point where the beer comes off as nearly watery. It's in general flatly flavored, fairly simple and thin in presentation. 3

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly fluffy, clean and moderately dry. Carbonation generates a modest stream of bubbles for a softly crisp mouthfeel. The body is light/medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is very slightly sweet over bitter and spicy. Alcohol presence is low to none, and there are no notable off characters, although the unusual thinness may be undesirable for some. 3.75

(Overall) A fairly promising aroma and appearance transformed into a reserved beer with too little flavor to make any considerable impact. I felt that this beer was clean drinking and certainly at least as drinkable as water. It's not bad but the thinness leaves something to be desired, even with the style itself taken into consideration, the wheat and hop profiles should be more prevalent for the sake of body, flavor and texture. Ultimately it scores a rung or two above average, but against other beers of its type and beyond, that doesn't hardly bring The Cloud Splitter close to being impressive or even memorable. 3.5

Matt Brewing Company's
Saranac The Cloud Splitter

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%

12 oz bottle pours cloudy (of course) pale golden. Weak head. The aroma feature citrus with spices and a subtle bready base. The flavor also has a strong citrus component, but is near moderate in bitterness and lightrly tart too.

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Photo of ordybill
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a grain and citrus aroma Appearance- Pours a murky light orange color with a small white head Taste- Has a wheat flavor with some hop and citrus to boot. Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation. Has a bitter finish Overall- An average American Pale Wheat Ale, not horrible but not very memorable

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%

Part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer Variety Pack - $12.98 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, light orange-gold body with a very thin, very short-lived, white head.

Smell: Citrusy, with lemon and oily, pith orange rind. A little coriander sporting a bit of earthiness. Musky, husky grains. Not all that appealing, aromawise.

Taste: Slightly husky, grainy wheat malt, though very little sweetness to be had. Instead, there's a sharp, harsh citrus quality aided by the Citra hops and its imparted bitterness. Minor earthy coriander hint. Drying, citrusy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Kinda clunky, but with a hybrid witbier with little Belgian character and a dose of Citra, it was expected.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a cloudy peach color with white head and some lacing. A bit of floating yeast bits, looks like an unfiltered, Belgian style ale.

SMELL: Lemony, yeasty, wheat and grapefruit with small tropical notes from the citra.

TASTE: Grapefruit and citrus, some wheat elements and a bit of earthy Belgian yeast character a la Witbier. Orange peel, wheat and a fair amount of bitterness.

Overall, this is a pretty good wit style beer with hop character and some spice.

Though firmly wheat based and fits aptly into the American Pale Wheat Ale style, or hoppy witbier, you may as well call this one a Belgian IPA, or perhaps White IPA. Enough categorizing, its pretty good beer.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce bottle in the 2014 Summer Series pack.

Heavy citrus aroma! Pours hazy orange-yellow with large foamy white head. Head retention is moderate , goes down to a foamy film that leaves a spotty lacing on the glass. Taste is citrusy with coriander predominating. Decently bitter aftertaste. Good on a hot summer day.

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Photo of scotorum
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB (best by or bottled? 1/31/14 Bought in a closed twelvepack last week. Odd date since it was only added to BA at the end of March.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Hazy gold with a half finger thick white head which receded to thin patches of surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild light fruit.

t: Hop bitterness forward (50 IBUs) over a medium malt base. Not much impact at first other than the hop (and spice?) bitterness. Bitter to dry finish. Later some light fruit comes through the hop bite.

m: Moderate. Good body.

o: Decent hoppy wheat brew which fortunately (for me) does not seem to have a strong "brewed with spices" aspect. Good summer or "wish it was summer" beer. Will revisit this with a fresher(?) bottle if I get the chance.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a cloudy and murky golden orange color with a small white foamy head, decent retention

S- a hint of grassy and citrus hops, crisp wheat, sugary malt

T- light orange juice mixed with toasted wheat with an off artificial sugar , hint of grass on a dry finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- about as middle of the road as a wheat beer can be, very bland

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Beautiful hazed apricot body with a bright white head billowing head over the sides of my glass, very nice looking brew this could be a beer commercial.

Aroma citrus peel, witbier character with the coriander additions galore muddled hop components noted in the backend with a wheat biscuit combo coming in the grains/oat additions.

Tastes like a more citrus peel forward witbier with bitter muddled spices, citrus peel bitterness knocking me out with bitterness, and hop pellets not much in the way of expressive tropical notes that I was expecting with the use of Citra a definite letdown in so many ways.

Mouthfeel is rough, each sip challenges your palate more and more it's a perfect storm of harsh, muddled, spice heavy, and generic hop pellet mash up medium bodied cloying all day carbonation carries on whether or not you want it to or not.

Overall, it's Saranac and who is wasting Citra hops on this witbier hybrid? That's the worse beer sin I've heard about in quite some time.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Warm honey-orange color with lots of yeast cloud turbidity. Laces down the glass in a spotty coat.

Nice Citra presence that elevates the aromatic orange peel. Hops that are very citrusy and hint, just a bit, at tropical fruit. The wheat malts are on the sweet side, but whiffs of coriander and white pepper dry that up. Still, there's a papery caramel element that is hard to get past.

Again, I like that I can taste the flavor of the hops, but the wheat malts are all wrong. There's no way this summer seasonal could be anything but super fresh, so I think there must be caramel barley malt in here, or something else has gone awry. Citra is lighter, but offers some tangerine, raw hop leaf, pith, and papaya. The orange peel is a great additive, still. But, this beer is too damn malty. It almost has that oxidation note pushing out at you. Again, it's hard to side-step. Try again with that.

Grainy and gritty with suspended yeast and choppy carbonation. A little wild, that way.

Not so good, Saranac. I really thought that this beer would have more potential.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Yellow unfiltered color with mild to no carbonation and great head. Fruity, citrus, aroma. Smells good. Lots of citrus, fruity, hop flavor, similar to the aroma. Slightly bitter from the hops. According to Saranac, this beer don't apologize. Finishes the same, no real change.

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Saranac Cloud Splitter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 125 ratings