On Tap: Saranac White IPA

Brewery: Saranac; Utica, N.Y.
Beer: White IPA
Bottle, Can, or Draft: Draft
Body: A mildly heavy beer lightened by bright, fruity notes
Flavor Profile: This hybrid IPA and Belgian White maintains the crisp, lightness of a pale ale, but with a more mellow hop, softened by the addition of wheat.
User Profile: A beer with wonderful complex flavors that stand up well to food. Good choice for those who want a substantial, but enjoyable beer. You’ll know you’re drinking a quality brew.
Occasion: Game-time at your favorite pub, with munchies, of course.

This is the perfect beer to sip casually while watching a sports game at the bar with some friends. Typical food at a good pub tends to circle around burgers and artisan sandwiches…both great pairings for this brew. The bitter linger of hops compliments any sandwich made with thick artisan bread, like ciabatta or foccacia, and piled with hearty chicken breast or pork (like a Roasted Herb Chicken Foccacia Sandwich or BBQ Pulled Pork).

Aside from the fact that it’s delicious, there’s a certain feeling of sophistication that comes from nonchalantly drinking a nice beer alongside your meal. You’ve stepped away from your usual red Solo cup of Natty Lite and opted for an adult alternative, so give yourself a pat on the back.

As someone who usually stays away from super-hoppy IPAs, I can say that this beer is much more drinkable than I expected. What made me give the White IPA a try in the first place was the wheat aspect, (I love me a good Hefeweizen) and I’m so glad that I did. The subtle wheat flavor takes away the harsh blow of hops and the citrusy notes of orange peel and coriander refresh your palate as you drink.

Hannah Doolin is a contributing writer at Small Kitchen College who feels like a beer connoisseur thanks to her Beer and Wine Appreciation class at Syracuse University.

Originally posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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