Saranac White IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
561 Ratings
Saranac White IPASaranac White IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by StonedTrippin on 12-16-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
561
Reviews:
158
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.56%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
65
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This white IPA is pale, yes, though the depth of the body holds a certain thick darkness, and it is a little darker than the typical. An impressively big, fluffy and dense white head never drops beyond a heavy foam and leaves chunky lacing sticking everywhere.
There's an unusual note in the aroma, something odd, maybe something like toasted grains that toasted just a little too long. Hops are bright and forward, though, some citrus with a bit of pith and something slightly spicy. Caramel malts balance well. The odd note is a little tough to get over.
Thankfully, the burnt note is minimal in the flavor. There's an interesting spiciness almost like coriander, like a hoppy wit using something other than Belgian yeast. There's citrus, pith, zest, caramel, maybe some biscuit, leaf, and just a touch of some mintiness.
It's crisp, and initially it's not quite smooth. The medium body titlts to the lighter side, and it's definitely refreshing. Smoothness kicks in toward the middle and finishes it out.

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Photo of Durge
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of hilgart1
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MDDMD
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from the twelve beers of summer pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Thick hazy dirty gold, looks solid. White foam sits on top. Stiff pine opening nose. Murky. Citrus in nose as well. Taste is a blend of malt, citrus. yeast, and a light hop. Some bitter sticks out at the finish. Really smooth with enough kick to leave a mark. Quite good actually.

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Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint

A - It pours a cloudy yellow color. It's almost amber in the center. It is topped with three inches of off white head.

S - The aroma is loaded with citrus. I get the grapefruit typical of an IPA and the orange associated with a witbier.

T - The taste starts out like a typical IPA but the orange and corriander come in to mellow out the bitterness.

M - Medium

O - This is a very interesting beer. I like the combination of styles, witbier and IPA. It works well. I almost get a citrus overload from it . I recommend trying it.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy straw color with a thick pillowy head and awesome lacing around the rim.

S- citrus hops and coriander, grapefruit juice, oats, sweet wheat, grass

T- citrus hops kick, grapefruit juice, notes of coriander. The wheat offers a great balance with an almost cracker like maltiness on the back end. Finishes tangy-yet-dry with a nice linger.

M- medium body, low carbonation, goes down slightly foamy.

O- I have enjoyed every beer that I've tried of this style and this one is no exception. Bold citrus flavors and balanced evenly by the wheat and the spiciness leaves a pleasant finish. One if the next I've had from Saranac.

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Photo of Gmann
3.31/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of ROGUE16
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of woosterbill
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of CHickman
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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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