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Saratoga IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Saratoga IPASaratoga IPA

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BA SCORE
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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: williamherbert on 06-09-2009

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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 29
Photo of mrlafay
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: orange, clear, very little head
Smell: Not bad, citric notes
Taste: Caramel, Honey, very bitter hops
Feel: weak
Overall: Ok.

Photo of Tred420
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer enjoyed it to the end would drink it agian

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

so evidently mendocino now makes beer in saratoga. cool they made one for the locals, lousy that its only okay. a frothy looking ipa, brass radiant glowing and clean looking, with a tall white head on it. the nose is honey sweet malt and boring bitter hops, not much going on in the hops really, which lets me down. the malt flavors the beer as much as the hops do, its sweet and fuller bodied, and it lingers in the finish. i need more from the flowers though, its so simple and under gunned, give me something. this is like an english pale as much as it is an american ipa, which is about the worst critique i can throw at a beer. medocino always makes me wonder, often unimpressive, and this one is too. downright average at room temperature, so drink it fast. overall a pretty pedestrian offering.

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was a slightly below average craft IPA. Tasted kind of heavy, bready, grainy. Strong, straightfoward hop finish but thick and bland to begin with. Dark golden color, also grainy head. Not a lot of unique flavor going on. Still a decent beer but pales in comparison to some beers I've reviewed on this website.

Photo of VanStrokin
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice color and smell. A nice orange/brown color. Smells little piney/earthy. Wishing for a more hoppy flavor. Good feeling in mouth. has that good after taste. Drinking it from growler that was filled today. Going to go for 2nds just to be sure. Better safe than sorry.

Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another of my local, in-person traders, Sam Knocken, just laid this on me yesterday. I am watching the first Yankee Stadium outdoor hockey game on NBC and gearing up to head off to the movies. In the beer 2525 ...

From the bottle: "Fresh brewed in Saratoga Springs, New York."; "This is a handcrafted, traditional 'West Coast' IPA with a perfect balance of malt blended with Cascade and Fuggles hops. We hope you will enjoy this full bodied, nicely hopped India Pale Ale."

My time grows short today, so I went with a heavy-handed pour, creating a dense finger of rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose had an odd tang, not as hoppy as I had been hoping for. Instead, it had more of an earthiness, perhaps from the Fuggles hops. Mouthfeel was medium, but the hops were very earthy and I was fully put in mind of an English IPA. I do not want to say that I was disappointed, but it was not what I was expecting based on the label. Finish was semi-dry, but the Cascade hops seemed to have gotten lost in the mix. Onward!

Photo of Hoopster4hire
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Server in a chilled pint glass

Appearance: dark copper hue with slight haziness. Head sticks around and laces glass nicely

Smell: herbally, floral. Pick up rosemary, pine, and fresh cut grass. Slight smell of citrus, grapefruit and lemon.

Taste: while described as as a west coast IPA, this is definitely more of an English taste to it. The fuggle hops are present with the herbal, almost vegetable like taste. The cascade balance out with some citrus notes and a little bitterness. Nuttiness is present in the background.

Mouthfeel: good crispness. Sticky remnants and IPA taste lingers.

Overall: great IPA. While a misnomer to a west coast style, still a flavorful IPA. Just enough malt to slightly balance things, but keep the IPA flavor

Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours an orange gold, 1 finger sudsy white head, little lacing.
S - Very nice dank aroma, orange juice and pine, a little alcohol scent.
T - Taste is actually overly dank, near skunky, lot of pine and hop resin, some orange juice, a little grape.
M - Very assertive bitterness, and full, some alcohol burn.
O - If you like dank IPA's this is for you.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at My Place in Delmar, NY. English IPA hopped with Fuggles and Cascade, nice mix of styles here.

Pours a fairly dark amber color, clear, with a one inch head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine, some toasted bready malt. Slightly floral aroma as well.

This one goes down pretty easily. Medium bitterness, slightly fruity English type hops, some pine bitterness, and a good smattering of caramel malt. Very balanced, and pretty tasty. Not a knockout IPA by any means, but this is the best option on at this bar generally, and it works pretty well for me most of the time.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, very drinkable. Crisp mouthfeel.

This one works for me. Would I ravenously seek it out? No. Am I happy when I drink it? Yes.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a decent hops bitterness. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of WankelEngine
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber. There is a light tan head which bubbles away to nothing over the course of a few minutes.

S: Maltier than I would expect from an IPA. Sweet toffee and caramel. Also some bitterness from the hops, grass cuttings and subdued floral notes.

T: Still malty, but not as sweet as the aroma; more of a bready flavor. Slight touch of citrus. Earthy bitterness from the hops gives grass, herbal flavors and to a lesser extent some pine. The finish is these bitter hops flavors with mild alcohol heat.

M: Medium bodied with little effervescence from the carbonation. A little bit oily.

O: A pretty decent English style IPA. The bottle advertised it as "West Coast" style so I was somewhat surprised that it was about the opposite end of the spectrum from that.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Silks Bistro (Albany Airport) in Albany, N.Y., on July 7, 2012. Draft into Pilsner glass. Two fingers of head. Caramel color. Caramel, milky foamy lacing with good retention.

Smelled citrus hops, mainly lemon and lime. Got some pine in there. Some toffee malts as well.

Tasted caramel and toffee malts, lemon and lime citrus hops and pine. Probably cascade hops more than citrus. Strong alcohol bite late. Bitter on the tongue after.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Not a bad beer overall, especially for an airport. Still disappointed that Saratoga is actually Mendocino’s, but I’d have it again.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Dutch. Amber copper color capped by a light off white head with little retention. Nose is light with pine and citrus, not overly aromatic. Taste is malt centric with slight cutting bitterness from flower and citrus hop. Mouth is light to medium bodied. Ok!

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Silks Bistro at Albany Airport this IPA is a classic amber color with a stately cream colored crown and lots of lacing. The aroma offers pleasant citrus over herbal hop tastiness. The flavor comes on with a highly favorable citrus kick which brings with it a fruit nougat sweetness and malt biscuit blend. Very impressive in a medium bodied brew with generous carbonation for a pretty luscious feel. There’s an intense graininess that mixes with the hops. A very nice surprise and a recommended IPA.

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dense, but moderate head. Long lasting and leaves plenty of ring lace. the broth is orange-amber with a mild haze.

Wonderful balance of slightly sweet caramel malts and spicy, floral hop. Superb combination--very fresh.

Neutral starting malt flavor with a strong bitter hop kicker. The aftertaste is chewy and long-lasting. Classic English flavors--I describe this as "round." The carbonation is very high for the English version, but the moderate body gives some balance.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a very nice deep amber color with two fingers of frothy white head that lingers beautifully, pours entirely clear and clean,
leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: clear scent of citrusy hops, the bottle indicates they are fuggles and cascade
T: taste doesnt quite meet up with the expectations i had after the first scent, initially citrus hops but then a more powerful taste sneaks its way in and tries to ruin it all, kind of funky, almost like soil or something reminiscent of decomposing trees (strange i know)
M: strong carbonation tingle, lingering funky taste
O: everything besides the funky taste its quite nice in this brew, i know it isnt just a bad batch or this particular bottle because I have had this brew before and have has similar experiences both oin tap and in the bottle

Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into shaker pint

A - pours an inviting orange-copper with moderate fine-beaded white head that has some persistence and a little lacing

S - malty and hoppy - good balance here; nice hop aroma - Cascade-y and a little earthy; malt is substantial on the nose, showing sweet grain, hints of caramel and light bread-dough

T - well balanced through the palate; malt and hop tug-of-war with the hops winning out at the end; hops are bright, fruity, and lightly bitter, then give a green bitter edge to the finish; the malt remains like the nose - restrained sweetness and just enough presence

M - this is all about balance - mid-weight, good CO2, refreshing without being sharp or light

O - quite a good and drinkable IPA; I get the "English" descriptor, but it is definitely in the West-Coast mold; good stuff

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Mendocino tasting room in Saratoga Springs, and it was free (minus tip). All beer at the tasting room is free, unbelievable sounding but true.

This poured mostly clear, just a little haze, kind of a golden orange color, with a few fingers of head. Lots of malt balance in the aroma, and after noticing that someone entered it as an English IPA on BA I guess this makes some sense. Light hops aromatics mixed in with the caramel malts.

Cascade hops come through in flavor, also malty sweetness that isn't rich enough to be called toffee but it's heading in that direction. It almost tasted like an aged IPA, which couldn't be true as it's on tap at the source. Plus other reviews have mentioned the same taste. Not really my style I guess.

Easy enough drinking, I slammed the glass quickly. Especially as I wasn't really enjoying the taste all that much, so savoring wasn't necessary.

Photo of edbeered
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this ale is a hazy orange-amber color, with a small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving scant lacing on the glass. The smell is faint and has hints of caramel. The taste has a resiny funky hop note that lingers through the middle and the finish, as well as the caramel flavor noted in the smell. This is not the most intensely hoppy beer around, but it has a nice hoppy flavor balanced by the caramel malt presence. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and rich. I've not had a beer hopped by both Fuggles and Cascade Hops before. The label on the bottle calls this a West Coast IPA but the smoothness and subtlety of flavors is more characteristic of an English IPA. Whatever style it is, I like it!

Photo of ngeunit1
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice cloudy amber-orange color with a bit of creamy off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly but left behind some decent lacing.

S - The aroma is very malty. But there are also some strong elements of hops Also some light citrusy notes.

T - Starts off with some nice building dry bitterness. This continues and is joined by some sweetness, even a bit like toffee. The finish is full of hops with some nice lingering bitterness.

M - Around medium bodied with enough tingly carbonation. A bit creamy, but the carbonation balances it well.

D - Overall, fairly drinkable. The flavors could use a bit more balance, but it is still an interesting taste, and enough flavor to make for an enjoyable beer.

Photo of eporter66
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A - hazy copper/orange with excellent head and lacing.

S - A malty caramel aroma with a hint of fruit in the background

T - A bitter afterbit hits the back of the mouth, but a buttery malt character is very present. This throws off the label stating that it is a traditional West Coast IPA - the character has too much malt upfront for that comparison

M - A slippery thin feel with decent carbonation

D - This is a drinkable beer, and living only a few miles from the tap room and local Saratoga brewery, the price is right. I just wish that the comparison were true and it had more of a West Coast character.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hate to review a beer by comparing it directly to another, but in this case it fits. Saratoga IPA reminds me very much of ST IPA. It has a thinner body, milder taste profile and has that weak grapefruit finish ST IPA is so known for. Not an expert an EIPAs, this may be a spot on example for the style, however I don't suspect it. This is probably meant as competition for the Dundee's, ST and other local upstate IPAs that are a bit thinner and less expressive that more notable American brewed IPAs.

Photo of edwardvalenta
2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is light brown, slightly hazy

Smell is earthy, slightly hoppy, might be a little old, slightly oxidized

Body, medium

Taste is out of balance, wet horse blanket, too malty, lacks bitterness

Finish is mild lacks bitterness, not dry enough

Photo of Stimack
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gave this brew a try on tap. Poured to a somewhat cloudy orange/copper color with a good sized slightly off white head. Retention and lace where pretty good. The aroma was nice, clear hops aroma sticks out. Cascade is what I think I am getting. Has a sweet malt aroma that plays as well, Caramel it seems. The flavor is more about the hop, it seems to stick out a little more here, as the malt seems to be a little difficult to find. Could be because I think this brew was served way to cold. Drinks easy and if the price is right it could be a good local brew. Will try it again when I see it.

Photo of Auspice
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cracked open this bottle of Saratoga IPA sent from a buddy in upstate NY and poured into my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. The artwork on the bottle displays a horse race of some kind and has other little drawings of races all around the border. The beer is a pale rust color and pours with a half finger of head into the glass. The beer seems to be very well carbonated with tiny bubbles constantly pouring up from the bottom of the laser etched glass through the crystal clear body to the top of the glass.

This beer has a very sweet grapefruit-like flowery aroma with a subtle malty sweetness behind it. The hop bitterness is not overpowering in the taste; the hops are a bit earthy and the malts have a bready/doughy sweetness to balance. The beer is medium bodied and the sharpness of the hops bites me tongue along with the crisp carbonation. Overall, a very easy drinking IPA with a surprising sweetness in the hops that is balanced by biscuity malts. Kudos to the chef!

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Saratoga IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.