RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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!

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rondphoto (4516) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Cloudy golden color with a good white head, streaks and stripes of lace. Taste is hard to pin down - wheaty malt with very mild spices, moves easily through the palate to a tart and bitter spice finish. The bitter isn’t a typical hop contribution, but is more an extension of the spices. Not particularly satisfying, not particularly an IPA, not particularly recommended.

ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle, 200th rating for this beer. Nose orange and lemon zest and coriander explosion. Pours hazy golden, leaning toward brown even, with a soapy white head. Taste scratching spicy, abrasive lemon cleanser with coriander soup and mild-medium hop bitterness. Cleansing soapy feel, definite wheat. Medium-full body with plenty of carbonation and bitterness that outlasts all other flavors. Manages to find a nice middle ground between the two styles, but I don’t think I’d buy either of the pure strains and the mixture isn’t so convincing to wipe away the spice overload.

justabeergeek (269) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Julian Bottle Date 2253 (8/13) – Beer is 7 days old

I don’t drink a lot of beers made by the Matt Brewing Company. Well, aside from the $2 pints of Uncle Charlie when I’m at the Washington Tavern, but that’s another story. It isn’t that I have anything against Saranac’s beers, but their most popular beer (Saranac Pale) just doesn’t resonate with me. I was at the grocery store and had a chance to buy a sampler six-pack put out by Saranac, so I threw caution to the wind and picked it up.

Appearance (3/5) In my glass, Saranac’s white IPA looks very witbier. It is a hazy light gold with a shock of foamy white head on top. If I didn’t know better, I’d assume that I was about to drink a Belgian White.

Aroma (5/10) The aroma is mild. Honestly, I’d say too mild. There are touches of hop presence, with floral and citrus notes incorporated without a doubt, and there is a hint of coriander and spice. That said, the whole nose is muted and uninspiring.

Taste (11/20) I knew that the taste of the beer would make or break this beer, and I know that I got a fresh bottle; the bottling date was listed as 225 and today is Julian date 232 by my count. The initial wave is bitter through and through, but it isn’t a quenching bitter or a lip-smacking bitter. Instead, it is more of a slightly generic, almost medicinal bitterness. The aftertaste is mostly citrus with a hint of spice, and the wit character does not shine through much. It isn’t really offensive, but it doesn’t wow me either.

Drinkability (4/5) Saranac White IPA is definitely light in body, and I was shocked when I read that it is 6%. I imagine that this beer, if cold and on a hot day, would be thirst quenching if absolutely nothing else.

Intangibles (3/10) I give the good folks at Matt all the credit in the world here; witbier and IPA seems to me to be a totally reasonable match. Unfortunately, the execution here doesn’t knock it out of the park for me, but I can see that there certainly could be an audience for this beer. I look forwarding to checking out the rest of the beers in the sampler six because I haven’t had their offerings in a long time.

Overall (25/50)

mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Cloudy pour, medium head. Bursting with citrus notes. Complex taste. Smooth hoppiness that finishs bitter. Very drinkable.

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
12oz bottle. Yellow pour, loads of floaties. Nice dry hop. Citra hops nose. Medicine flavor. Not pleasant. I’d pass on this one. (3793)

crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Cloudy golden body with a white head that had nice retention and some mild lace. Aroma had a citrus hops upfront a nice mix of floral notes and some coriander. Not much orange peel which I found to be good. Floral notes had a slight talcum note to it. It did not take away from the beer. Flavor was nice and mildly bitter a moderate citrus hop note, a nice floral presence and a balance spice quality to it. Each flavor profile seemed to blend in together nicely and no of them seemed a bit over powering. A slight sense of carbonation in the finish added to the body.

nittanyjim (119) - - AUG 10, 2013
Cloudy golden color with a good white head. Nice citrus nose. Citrus and bitter notes combine throughout. Plenty of carbonation, yet smooth and slightly creamy. Easy drinking.

probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2013
12 fl oz bottle shared by Clinton, cold. Milky golden with a small white head. Tropical fruits, lemons, toasted wheat, kinda pungent, vaguely spicy, alright. Medium body and effervescence. Cardboard, vague spiciness, a bit resinous, lacks the top notes of the nose; dry with moderate bitterness and a pleasant tropical fruits and lightly resinous finish. Meh.

niftyplace (23) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Interesting lighter IPA. Not as spicy or fruity as I was afraid it would be. Nice head slow to dissipate, with a slightly opaque but not worrisome appearance. Best served very cold. A bit "wheat like" but a good summer beer.

novice101 (323) - - JUL 31, 2013
Pours a light orange color with a small white head. Citrus smells are fairly apparent but not overpowering, in addition there is some spice smell. It taste fairly light for an IPA, low bitterness but very crisp and refreshing.

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