What they say (Saranac Brewery Site, 21+ please):
?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!????
My take on it:
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. This is the first time I’ve cracked open a Saranac. It was suggested by a friend though, so I knew it couldn’t be bad. It’s a little hazy, but I’ve come to expect that of most of the beers I enjoy. It has a pleasant copper coloring.
The label is a real attention-getter, too. ?The white and green label with a country creek scene is a nice touch. I’ve become a big fan of label art – there are so many good ones out there. But this one in particular really tells me something about where the beer is from. As a photographer, graphic designer and beer fan, I like that.
Onto the beer itself!
The aroma is pleasant and gives you a pretty good idea of what you’ll be tasting. The first sip was a little bitter, but that quickly gives way to a nice, citrus flavor. I have to agree with their description. This is quite the hybrid. It comes in at 6%, which seems to be in the typical range for your average seasonal craft beer. It’s right in the middle, too. It’s a good, medium-bodied brew. I didn’t expect that, with the color being as bright as it is. That was definitely a pleasant surprise!
All in all, I enjoyed White IPA. ?I can definitely see myself keeping some on hand throughout the winter months.
I paid $6.99 for a six pack at my local liquor store, so it’s definitely in a good price range for a quality seasonal.?
6.5 out of 10 from me.