We went out for drinks yesterday evening and I’m always game for trying new beers. And I love India Pale Ales, so I had to try Saranac’s White IPA. It’s apparently a Hybrid IPA/Belgian White;
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!
Now, it does taste…interesting. The mouthfeel is very odd, like drinking peach nectar, and it’s milky white. It’s an IPA, alright, but it’s very fruity, almost like a mix of banana & pineapple with a sour aftertaste. Now, I’ve heard that the sourness is typical of Belgian beers and I’m not a big fan of those. (Aside from Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA, which is a killer!)
So I doubt this will become a favorite, but if you see it on the menu, give it a try.