pineypower (2485) - 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 (1137) - 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.
SSSteve (3738) - - MAY 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
michcam8 (284) - Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
bth122 (1227) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Leafs93 (1649) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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