Review: Saranac Prism White Ale

Review of Saranac Prism White Ale from Saranac Brewery in Utica, NY

Beer Type: White Ale  ABV: 5.2%  IBUs: 40  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “This complex beer will keep you guessing. At first taste, you might think our Prism Ale is a normal white ale, but you won’t be fooled for long. The smooth, unfiltered body transitions quickly to a citrusy and fruity flavor in the finish.”

The Reality: They got one thing right, this beer kept me guessing. As for thinking it is a normal white ale when you first taste it, no one would do that (unless this is the first white ale you ever tasted). Let’s start from the beginning, this beer is light-bodied and hazy with a scent of mild citrus and strong peach. The taste is all peach up front and hoppy bitterness in the back, with only mild tones of citrus and wheat. It drinks light and crisp with a hoppy finish and a lingering peach aftertaste. I guess if you wanted to give them partial credit for saying it had “fruity flavor in the finish”, you could. If by “fruity” they meant peach, and by “in the finish” they meant throughout the beer.

Final Verdict: The biggest problem with this beer is the marketing. If this beer was called “Prism Hoppy Peach Ale” I would’ve said it was dead on. Maybe this is some type of peach session IPA that is in the witness protection program for testifying against Bud Light in the “Up For Whatever” label controversy. The tough part of this review is that this is actually a decent beer, it’s just that if you’re in the mood for a traditional white ale with the flavors of orange peel and coriander, you probably won’t like it. For the sake of truth in advertising, maybe a name change is order, or maybe this used to be Tyler Perry’s beer of choice (and we all know how that ended).