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Saranac White IPA is a tasty innovative twist on a traditional IPA. We’ve taken a delicious American IPA bursting with Citra hops, and given it a whole new direction by adding the refreshing fruitiness of orange peel & coriander and the softening characters of wheat malt and oats. You’ll notice the complex hop flavor you’ve come to expect in an IPA, balanced with the extraordinary bright flavor of a wheat beer. Cheers to twisting tradition!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JawVer (39) - - MAY 19, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy gold with thin white head. I would describe it as a summer ipa, mixing the hoppiness of an ipa with nice citrus notes.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Somewhat decent. Just something seems off here. Am I really drinking an ipa?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1126) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Hybrid beer styles are all the rage these days, but you wouldn’t expect to see a very traditional brewery like Saranac delve into them. That is, until now with their "White IPA" - a combination of a traditional American IPA and a witbier (but, I assume, without the Belgian yeast). Not quite as mind-blowing as it sounds, but nothing wrong with the beer, either.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: Pale orange hue with noticeable sediment of seed-like white gobs suspended in the body. Forms a small, bright white, foamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Mild orange juice notes plus mild spice notes.

Taste: Strong bitterness right from the get-go, which is surprising for a Saranac brew. Sharp, dry bitterness is present throughout the whole palate, although genuine hop tastes doesn’t really appear until the second half. Orange flavors are quite noticeable, although they are more tart and acidic than you normally expect from an American IPA. This is likely due to the addition of orange peel and coriander - hence the name "White IPA."

This is an interesting and original palate to be sure, although it’s not the most delectable brew ever concocted. The Citra hops impart some light lemon and orange citrus tartness, but nothing in the sweeter, more juicy and refreshing flavors you might find in a west coast IPA. The spiciness helps with the hop bite on the second half - it’s a beer that will wake your mouth up for sure.

Drinkability: I was quite surprised by the mouthfeel to Saranac White IPA. It’s got a light to medium body, but with plenty of energy throughout. Very fine carbonation makes it lively, but smooth. There’s a dry, pasty, almost starchy aftertaste, but it is short lived. Not that I would consider this a refreshing beer, though. At 6% ABV it’s right where it should be - stronger than most beers offered by this brewery, but nothing even approaching imperial territory. An ideal choice for spring and summer picnics and BBQs.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3719) - - MAY 9, 2012
bottle. thick, cloudy UT infection gold with a large, fluffy, white head. nose of peach and apricot. the beer tastes of peaches with a spicy, coriander finishing kick. the mixture of styles is a great idea. this makes much more sense than black ipa’s... it gives the flavors a chance to compliment each other.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
michcam8 (274) - Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Enjoyable spring beer. Cloudy orange in color with lots of flecks floating around. Small white head with some lacing. Citrus, spice, doughy aroma which carries over to taste. Flavor is limited on the palate that finishes fairly quick. Overall a descent brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy light gold/yellow with a decent head. Aromas are nondescript hops... kind of an orange and lemon peel citrus with a little bit of a white pepper spicy edge. Flavor is boringly bitter and light. I was hoping for a noticeable Citra edge from this one, but alas... things don’t always turn out like I expect.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1226) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle, golden orange color, huge frothy head. Big citrus hop aroma with orange peel. Med light bitter taste. Light bodied, ave carbonation. Light bitter finish. Wasnt expecting much this was refreshingly good. Good mouthfeel, nice hop flavor, spicy finish with coriander and orange peel. Nice one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (1640) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Pours hazy gold with a pillowy white head. Aroma is wheat and citrus. Taste is sweet with faint bitters. Light and very refreshing, this would make a great beer on a hot day.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2012
Pours a wheat color golden straw with a substantial foamy head. Smell is heavenly sweet wheat malt character and taste is similar. Plenty of citrus hops packed with a wheat beer body. Some of my favorite types of ipas. A great saranac

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2012
Bottle. A foggy old gold pour with a skim of a beige head. The incredibly pungent aroma features plenty of coriander, celery seed, pepper, orange rinds, juicy oranges, grassiness, lemon juice, and citrus rinds. Thin to medium-bodied on the way down with a relatively high level of carbonation. There is a light wheatiness upfront taste-wise that is followed by a bit of caramel and some subtle breadiness. Grapefruit soda in the mix. LOADS of citrus rinds. Grassy, dry, slightly herbal. Lemongrass and bitter citrus rinds are present at the end. Touches of lemon in the finish. Peppery. Different.


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