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Saratoga IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Saratoga IPASaratoga IPA

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BA SCORE
78
okay

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: williamherbert on 06-09-2009)
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Reviews by WankelEngine:
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WankelEngine

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

08-24-2012 00:30:32 | More by WankelEngine
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csmartin6

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-27-2013 04:09:04 | More by csmartin6
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JC333

New York

3/5  rDev -12%

06-01-2014 00:32:38 | More by JC333
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dantsbeats

New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%

05-01-2014 03:15:12 | More by dantsbeats
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uspmdmc

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -70.7%

01-04-2014 02:38:24 | More by uspmdmc
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

12-22-2013 00:42:56 | More by dexterk1
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no lot code or expiration date. Sampled on October 9, 2009. The pour is a cloudy orange-amber with a very thin, albeit longer lasting beige head. For an IPA the aroma on this brew is extremely malty and sugary sweet. The sweetness is overwhelming. The mouthfeel is nice and durable. The taste is just as sweet as the aroma with elements of sweet malts and honey. The hops are definitely in the picture but they are about equal in quantity with the malts. It is not like the IPA's I have tried.

10-10-2009 02:37:09 | More by puboflyons
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Edgewater

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-19-2012 19:49:23 | More by Edgewater
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g_jenkins

California

3/5  rDev -12%

01-14-2014 06:06:57 | More by g_jenkins
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

09-22-2013 21:58:11 | More by GreesyFizeek
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edbeered

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

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!

01-10-2011 03:11:41 | More by edbeered
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-18-2011 00:25:26 | More by tclapper
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12-25-2013 20:47:29 | More by IdrinkGas
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metter98

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

07-04-2013 22:49:43 | More by metter98
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MikeDre

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-24-2014 02:57:46 | More by MikeDre
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -41.3%

03-20-2013 20:49:59 | More by BGsWo22
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VanStrokin

New York

3.44/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

04-08-2014 04:45:02 | More by VanStrokin
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Giggy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

02-01-2014 23:49:30 | More by Giggy
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Bustersuess

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-23-2013 21:24:06 | More by Bustersuess
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bsm80x

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10%

10-24-2013 18:29:21 | More by bsm80x
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10%

01-30-2014 02:08:21 | More by mpalestino
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shand

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

06-30-2012 00:11:07 | More by shand
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BeerMeister8

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +10%

12-03-2013 23:02:07 | More by BeerMeister8
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sachie23

New York

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

10-22-2013 20:31:38 | More by sachie23
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eporter66

New York

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

09-25-2010 21:31:52 | More by eporter66
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Saratoga IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.