Sometimes there is just no replacement for a simple, well-made beer. Saranac White IPA is exactly that. In fact, it might be one of the better offerings to ever come out of the F.X. Matt brewery. The white IPA has become an increasingly popular hybrid style amongst many craft brewers but few have been able to pull off the level of drinkability that Saranac has achieved here. This beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick and sticky white head. Notes of orange peel, yeast and coriander dominate the nose. Simply put, this is a hoppy witbier, so taste is pretty much what you would expect. A bit of fruity esters combined with orange, yeast and a nice hoppy finish make White IPA one incredibly balanced brew. A medium body with a vigorous effervescence is enjoyable and a dry finish leaves your tastebuds wanting another sip. Overall, White IPA is a great interpretation of this emerging hybrid brew. And at only 6 percent ABV, it’s easy to consume more than a few of these in a single sitting. The clean label design fits perfectly with an incredibly clean beer. We expect to see more brewers latching on to this style in 2012.