DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wegmans. Pours hazy gold with off-white head. Nose was hopcitrus, Citra hops, and the flavor was crisp, medium compexity, with that nice up front citra hop flavor, ample malts, and a smooth finish. Some minor chalkiness late, but overall I could session this any day of the week.
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light orange with a great lacing head. Aroma is fresh hops and sweet fruit. Flavor is a great blend of fresh hops and sweet fruity malt. This was a pleasant surprise during my stay in Vermont. A very nice beer.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Swift in NYC. This is a joke. There was hardly any IPA character at all. It was all Belgian white with a trace of hops in the flavor. Overwhelming wheat and orange aroma, super effervescent body with, again, all wheat flavor. Fairly easy to drink, I’d give this to a girl on a first date.
pepsican (1496) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange pour with a small white head. Zesty orange peel aroma, coriander coriander coriander coriander . I just can’t get past it. Tastes too much like plastic to me. Oh well. Still, this isn’t bad.
Capa (2235) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hazy orange with a white, rocky head. Nice fruity, citrus, floral aroma with some light coriander. Flavor has a bit of lemon, sweet malts, orange, and move citrus notes with a light amount of spice. Surprisingly nice.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle: Pours a cloudy pale golden with stringy-lacing froth of white head. Has a tart citrus fruity nose with a hint of coriander and mild wheat. Starts with a slightly creamy mouthfeel with fine carbonation and mild sweetness with plenty of orange and lemon zest with some earthy bitterness and coriander spice before a drier bittersweet finish. Hard to put my finger on it, but the flavors here seem muddled and not as fresh as I was hoping.
pineypower (2682) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wegman’s Cherry Hill. Pours out a cloudy white ale color with a small white head. Aroma is of straight up coriander, some light citrus and some bitterness. Taste is up front of coriander, some light orange, and a nice touch of bitterness in there on the finish. Really interesting concept, but there is way to much coriander in here.
JawVer (39) - - MAY 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Somewhat decent. Just something seems off here. Am I really drinking an ipa?
Chad9976 (1353) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.