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Saranac White IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011

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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 561
Photo of dacrza1
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date tasted: June 14, 2013... Glassware: Chimay chalice... Occasion: Celebrating Will's second violin recital, a successful "Come Little Children"... Appearance: fuzzy peach body allows a splotchy off-white head-unfiltered... Aroma: crisp, peachy citrus--coriander, grapefruit prevail--a nice overall sentiment.. Palate: light and refreshing with a tingle of substance--so light for an IPA--and little aftertaste... Taste: a mixture of flowers--soft hops really allow for a smooth, pilsner-like crispness... Overall: this beer presents an odd problem--it tastes so little like any other Saranac I've had, and that is saying something. The difference is not only noticeable but welcome! A refreshing and palpable spring/summer sipper--more of what I wish the Sam Adams summer/white ale offered....

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Photo of scootny
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has a huge sticky head that stays and leaves a clumpy covering and chunks on the sides. Super cloudy withs a dusky golden straw color. Wow is there a lot going in the nose of this one. Citrus is big but there is a ton of other aromatic excitement. Belgian spice melange of coriander, funky yeast, and bread notes. Pine hop bed show a light caramel. Taste is hoppy with grapefruit and sweet pine. Spicy notes of pepper and a lemony tartness. Feel is crisp with good active carbonation. Great overall. A hybrid of a wit and an IPA with a unique flavor.

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Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky straw yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a thin puddled film and medium collar with excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, resin and citrus hops and a sweaty Belgian yeast with a note of citrus (grapefruit and orange peel) and a bit of coriander.

The taste was lightly sweet and fruity with just a touch of spice early on, progressing with a nice citrusy hoppy taste, along with a strong grainy yeast presence and a citrus peel bite towards the finish. The flavor hung around for a good long time following the swallow with the bitter citrus peel taste fading ever so slowly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a couple steps beyond light in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a tasty and well balanced brew with a pleasing spicy citrus favor and a nice creamy drinkability...


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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of silentjay
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of AmitC
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An excellent stuff from an unexpected source. This white IPA.

Pours with an excellent fluffy over one finger thick white colored head with good retention. Pale color with a lot of haze. Opaque. Excellent lacing on the sides. Pretty stable with no bubbles.

Aroma is a plus as well. A good amount of spicy flavor. A lot of coriander and some orange peel. Hos are present but are a lot suppressed as far as the nose is concerned. Hints of wheat malt and the accompanying sweetness. Some Belgian yeast - yes.

Taste is a just very well matched with the nose. Just a bit more bitter than was suggested by the wheat malts. Tongue touching with good presence of wheat malts and Belgian yeasts. Hops provide a nice bitterness towards the end that is well mixed with the spicy vigor of the brew. Coriander and orange peel shine.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice balance. Low to moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking and good spice mix.

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Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful super-cloudy dark straw color, a solid two fingers of gorgeous white head, and crazy lace, just the look to make an IPA lover go gaga.

Light/med. aroma, but a delicious blend of neutral sweet, clean grain, citrus, and floral. Even a hint of tart yeast in there, wonderful.

This baby doesn't disappoint. Very blended taste of wheat, neutral sweet, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and hints of tart yeast and floral, and a bit of spiciness that really adds to it. Balanced, well crafted, and delicious, I keep checking the label to make sure it says Saranac.

A bit thin, and a bit too much carb., otherwise full of resin, clean cling, excellent finish.

I have never said these words about a Saranac beer- go out and get some of this you'll love it.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow and very opaque. Light gets through but with no definition. Poured with a 1" white head that got rocky before it settled to a even layer anticipating my sip. Light lacing along the sides of the glass as I drink.

Aroma: Great smell, has initial citrus hop characteristics followed by orange/lemon citrus with hints of musty wheat.

Taste: Light, crisp much more Wit beer than I had anticipated. Hops are present and provide a nice piney flavor. Clear orange notes after swallowing. Wheat balances out the aftertaste. Nice and refreshing but still has clear hop flavor.

Mouth: Refreshing carbonation and smooth body. Brief moment of hop bite.

Overall: Glad I picked up the six pack. A step in the right direction as a style. Would like to see more breweries give this a shot.

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Photo of NODAK
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz bottle (pry-off) to Luettich balloon-style glass (Bruery tulip); bottling date of December 7, 2011—at 7:58AM, to be precise (“3411 07:58”). Very fresh evidently, just 11 days old.

Appearance (4.5): I can see immediately the “white” aspect of this. The body is so opaque, it almost looks like juice. Glowing, pale orange body with a very tight, bone-white head on top starting at around two fingers and fading to a hazy film on the surface of the beer. Very, very fine bubbles in this head. Lacing is moderate and sudsy, but even. This is a very attractive beer.

Smell (4.0): Holy cow, this is actually really good. Slightly dank, with a very bright fruity character—some passion fruit, mango, and a modest dose of that resin we all love.

Taste (4.0): Spicy Belgian wit character comes out first, like some coriander was brewed in here . . . but it mixes with a bright, grapefruit-like citrus bitterness very quickly. What really comes out of nowhere is the extremely long, bitter finish—mix of grass and grapefruit pith. What do you know, the label actually says it was brewed with coriander. Good work, tongue. Yeast is back there, kind of a chalky character, but it’s crowded out by the long finish. This is tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Decent but pretty run of the mill mouthfeel: fine carbonation coats everything but doesn’t stick, body is light side of medium and finish is dry. Not a bad mouthfeel, certainly a quencher, but is pretty normal in the scheme of things.

Overall (4.0): You know what? This is a good beer. Saranac takes a lot of shit on this site, but they brewed a nice beer here. What’s more, Citra hops supposedly have a short life in terms of bitterness but personally I think their byproduct flavors are enjoyable in their own right, so this beer will satisfy those looking for hops, but also those who aren’t—drink it fresh for hops, or a few months old for a nice wit. Very glad to have tried this!

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Part of an assorted sixer called an Adirondack Trail Mix. Popping the top this brew has a citrusy and piney hop smell. Pours into a handy glass to a cloudy faded yellow with an off white head that disappears quickly. On the taste this brew has a bold sourness upfront, then gets a little spiced malt sweetness followed by a bitterness of the hopping that then fades into the finish. Kind of a unique flavor. Odd indeed.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy pale orange; thin head; very good carb.
S: strong piney aroma
T: sweet, delicious IPA; nice complex profile, with quite a bit in the treble notes; slight touches of pepper in the finish

One of Saranac's better beers; enjoy!

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky gold and orange with decent foam and lacing and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, pine, citrus, wheat, and citrus.

Taste: Wheat, orange, spice, citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with a bitter hop finish.

The Verdict: Good beer. This is a mild blonde brew with plenty of citra hops. Well balanced with a nice citrus flavor. Bonus: I picked it up from BevMo at a great price!

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Photo of beerme626
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold, soft, much like a wheat beer. Light head which leaves a pleasant white trace. Pleasant bubbles complement nicely.

S: Wheat, bready smell soon overtaken by powerful citrus aroma. Very attractive.

T: Easy, flavorful citrus with a tasty bit of hop sting. Delicious hoppy goodness on the back end

M: Tingly all over from the hops, with a tiny but noticeable bit of alcohol burn on the tongue.

O: Absolutely delicious combo for witbeer and IPA lovers. Saranac has always been "ok" for me, but this one really competes. You hear that, Matt? Keep it!

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Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a bright gold with just a slight hint of orange in there. A Bit hazy but with plenty of carbonation visible. Head is pure white, creamy, and sticks around for a really long time, just becoming slightly fizzier over time.

S: Overwhelmingly citrus. Orange peel especially, with hints of lemon and grapefruit in there as well. Some balancing bready malt in the back, but overall this is alike a big lemon tart or lemon cake. Actually pretty refreshing.

T: Starts off slightly sweet with a nice balance, but then takes a more hoppy turn. Finishes slightly bitter and drying with lots of citrus peel character.

Overal this beer is OK. Not something I'd actively seek out again but not something I'd be disappointed in seeing again either.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Saranac White IPA - Creamy head. Good lacing. Deep misty yellow color. Heffenweizen like in appearance. Pine and citrus odors. Lemon and coriander. Clean nose. Crisp notes of spice and citrus. Mid-taste breaks into hard notes of pine and bitters. Fades into final roll of creamy malt undertones highlighted by lemons and oranges. Sour and spice lingers. Creamsicle after taste. Wafting more piney hops and minor alcohol tinge. Smooth mouth feel. Fairly drinkable. Flower notes may be an issue with aggressive session. Sipped slowly and respectfully, this is not an issue. Meant for a "slow drive through the country on a hot day" not for a drag race. Very good. If you're a hops head you'll like this fusion of Heffenweizen, Blonde Ale, and IPA. Each quality is there and well balanced. Good experiment. 3.56 out of 5.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Unfiltered golden color. Big 2-finger white cloud of a head, from a gentle pour no less, that lasted leaving abundant lacing. Good looks.

S- Citrus hops and yeast blend. Bready and some spice. Not bashful.

T- More citrus hops and Belgian style yeast, of course. Additionally, there's an earthiness of spice, herb, and fresh greens.

M- Medium body with good carbonation, crisp. There's a kick of citrus hop 'pucker'.

O A very pleasant surprise. I've had Saranac offerings that were run of the mill, this stands out. It holds its own as is and compares well or better to others in this hybrid style.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of wafers
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass

A: Orange/red coloring, moderately cloudy, decent amount of frothy foam
S: Aroma of oranges, citrus, with some floral hints in the background
T: Kind of sweet tasting, definitely detect hoppy bitterness but on the light side, some lemony aftertaste
M: Some carbonation, very smooth
O: Pretty much as stated on the bottle, this brew tastes like a hybrid of a white and an IPA. Even though though the taste is a bit on the light side, it's still good for someone searching for a hoppy beer that is easy drinking and not too in-your-face.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

**FROM OLD NOTES, 01/31/13:
Grapefruit nose; Citrus Fruit and Pine are strong. Cloudy Yellow; fizzy.Taste has a strong bite; but flavor is less than expected from the aroma. Not bad. Last of the Amy and Brian, beer of the month gift. **

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Photo of keithmurray
3.67/5  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

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Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy light orange/yellow with a massive white head. Head has great retention, and leaves great lacing sticks to the sides. Really a great looking brew here.

Brew smells of big coriander, orange and spice. Very nice hop presence as well; citrus, and oily resin as well. Malted wheat balances it out beautifully. Great nose.

Brew is very balanced. Spicy hops up front, citrus spices and creamy malted wheat in the middle. Subtle drying in the end, some oil resin is left behind. Great balance of flavors and mouthfeel here.

Wow, this is maybe Matt Brewing's/Saranac's best. A case worthy brew that looks, tastes, feels and drinks great. Great stuff here - for anytime of year, especially summer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass, served cold.

Turbid honeycomb yellow with a thinnish white head that leaves tatters of lacing.

A lovely aroma of oranges, nutmeg, coriander.

Mouthfeel is full

medium malt body with grapefruit and lovely spiciness. Grapefruit reasserts itself on the finish.

Wow! Hands down the best Saranac beer I have ever had. Will buy again.

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Saranac White IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 561 ratings.
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