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:
18
Gots:
65
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of Polasiuss
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jeremy13586
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very appealing. A thick, milky orange is what was poured out of the bottle. Settled in to a semi-cloudy orange in my pint glass. A fluffy white head formed, but disappeared quite quickly.

Incredibly citrus in the nose. Strong grapefruit with some grassiness. A little bit of sweet malted grain comes out near the end.

Orange, lemon, grapefruit are up front in the taste. Nice bitter hoppiness throughout.

Medium bodied and chewy. Pretty heavy carbonation. Crisp and resiny finish.

Lots of hops, hearty, and not too heavy. One of the better Saranac brews that I've had. Very interesting and would totally have it again.

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Photo of muletrane
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No Freshness date that I noticed.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a very pale hazy orange. Big 2.5 finger frothy white head with good retention and lace.

S: Very nice balance between the piney American hops and the coriander and orange peel. Quite nice.

T: Much like the nose. The Coriander and citrus notes come through first. Piney bitter hops on the back end. Finish is pretty dry with mild bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Crisp feel overall. Finish is a little lacking.

Overall I was quite surprised how well balanced this beer is. Nothing mind blowing but very solid offering from Saranac. My favorite Saranac to date!

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is extremely hazy straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of rings running down the sides of the glass.
S: There moderately strong and refreshing aromas of citrus in the nose along with notes of orange peel and spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste has citrusy flavors of oranges along with notes of wheat and some hints of coriander. There is a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops, which lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a unique style of beer that manages to combine the refreshing properties of a wheat beer with the strong citrusy hop aromas/flavors and bitterness of an IPA. It would be the perfect beer for IPA fans to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Jimbrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a wheat beer, with a cloudy honey color and a massive, beaten egg white head that leaves gobs of lace behind

Smell: Bready, with tangerine esters and hints of cardamom

Taste: Opens like a Wit, with wheat bread, cardamom and orange peel, but by mid-palate, the tangerine flavors take over and dominate through the finish, though there is a touch of shortbread sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Easily the best beer I have ever had from Matt; wasn't expecting this but let's be fair - this beer is a keeper

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into das boot! Yeah it's not proper glassware, but honestly, Saranac just doesn't deserve it. :-P

A: Very cloudy pale golden color with a big fluffy white head. Thick chunky lacing.

S: Spicy yeast and wheat malt with a definite citrus hop aroma. Smells a lot like canned pineapples and oranges.

T: Very spicy coriander flavor backed by orange zest. Hints of citrus hops and a stronger presence of wheat malt, and typical spice for wheat beers. Definitely over spiced for my taste though.

M: Crisp, light-medium body. Pretty refreshing.

O: Welp, it's probably the best or second best brew I've had from Saranac. Still not very impressed by this brewery though.

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Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy whiteish/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with hops and citrus. Taste is good, hops, spice, citrus, a touch of wheat, well done. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall sometimes these merging of styles fail, but Saranac got it right with this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled on February 25, 2012 from the "What Ales You" mixed 12-pack. The pour is a hazy, milky lemon-pale yellow with a quick burst of fizzy head that diminishes almost as quick as it erupts. There are aromas galore in this including coriander, pineapple, other spices, and floral-rich hops.The body is thin to medium but that is appropriate to the style. The taste is as vibrant as the aroma with hops and citrus. If you are looking for malts they are de-emphasized. Still, a pleasant beer.

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Photo of lsfrontman
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MattyMcGovern
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of sdj5
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light, orange-golden color with a nice white head that slowly dissipates.

S - Lemongrass, hops

T - Grassy, grainy, grapefruit

M - Medium-bodied, nothing too special

O - A good, different take on an IPA.

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Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/17/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and a light malt character. Then a mild sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus and spices. There’s a decent hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good variation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for a hoppy wheat beer.

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Photo of electtodefer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 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 ZekemusMaximus
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Super murky, this honestly looked like orange juice. I don't think i've ever seen an IPA this color and quite so murky. Love it just based on uniqueness.

S- Lot of zestry citrus smell coming from this one, a lot of grassy, hoppy smell following it up.

T- A lot of orange/grapefruit citrus right away that transitioned into a not too bitter grassy, veggie taste. Really had a nice zing to the citrus notes and was sweeter than i had thought it would be.

M- This was just TOO MUCH for me with how murky and heavy this was in my mouth. I don't mind when beer is on the thicker side but this was just way too much, it was like a meal and a half.

O- I didn't particularly love this, the mouthfeel was just too much to overcome for me. Too thick and the great flavor couldn't save it for me. I wish the citrus held on throughout and didn't drop out towards the end. Okay Saranac brew.

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Photo of JedediahK
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of coachdonovan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plain pint glass at The Iron Frog in Simsbury, Conn.

A: Hazy, bright, golden yellow color with a cloudy center and a thin head of white carbonation that weakly clung to the walls of the glass.

S: Spicy, citrusy and sweet with a hint of lemongrass and a bunch of stinging hop bitterness to boot.

T: Light and grainy up front with a touch of lemon zest, orange peel and grapefruit. There's a bit of tart apple and cereal grains that meld together before rushing into a slightly funky, spicy and floral hop finish that descends into a slightly sharp, boozy, over-complicated mess of an imperial pale wheat.

M: Sharp, medium bodied ale with plenty of acidity and some stinging hop resins to boot.

O: Not a terrible representation of this relatively new style, its still a Saranac product. When Saranac tries a "trending style," I shy away. This is likely the best they could do with a product that hasn't proved its full worth yet.

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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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