Saranac Legacy IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Beeranator on 07-07-2013

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Ratings: 358 | Reviews: 86
Photo of Marc427
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very light in color than most ipa's on the market
Great taste and not over powering
This beer came out of nowhere and shocked me and many other people
Great beer for value price (got a six pack for 8.99 damn good !)....I need to tell my local pub to put this on draft
ASAP !!!!!!!

Photo of Dooga
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This IPA combines great hoppy qualities of an IPA with drink-ability. Light in color, crisp, smooth finish. Excellent balance, perfect for any occasion.

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a wine glass.

LOOK: Clear gold with a finger and a half of fluffy white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

SMELL: Orange peel, grapefruit, flowers, some distant malts, and a smidgen of pineapple.

TASTE: Orange and grapefruit peel, light biscuit malt, pineapple, and a lightly dry piney finish.

FEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation.

OVERALL: A decent if unexciting IPA. A good beer for easy drinking or if there are no better options, but not worth intentionally seeking out.

Photo of 1812rob
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a 32oz from bevmo here in socal for cheap ~$5. For the price it's a good value ipa. Poured into a pilsner glass, and the appearance was a honey gold with sediment present yet it still had good clarity and two finger head. The aroma was orange peel or citrus zest with a little booze. The taste was malt up front immediately followed by orange peel zest. I don't feel like it was balanced, too hoppy, too boozy, not enough malt backbone. I would guess there was a considerable amount of sucrose added to dry it out and add alcohol. Ok brew but needs more malt to balance it out.

Photo of birdsivew
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saranac Legacy IPA is My favorite IPA!

Photo of thatbeer_dude
4.93/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best american IPA's I've had in a while. The lightness of it gives me a new perspective bc it gives the hop aroma a nice way to come through. Picked a 12 pack up on Long Island for a great price. Lagunitas, Southern Tier are good too but this one I like a lot better.

Cheers Saranac, keep making these awesome beers!

Photo of FickleBeast
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear yellow-amber color with a finger and a half of fluffy foam. Aroma is mild citrus hops, with some husky/grainy notes.

Flavor is malt-dominated, with a strong crystal malt flavor. Moderate bitter finish, with some graininess and cooked cabbage notes. Where's the hops?

This is pretty disappointing... not hoppy even by APA standards. I really would prefer a lot more hoppy flavors and aromas. This falls short in a marked saturated with much better IPAs.

Photo of Kpasserell
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with generous white head when poured. Sweet citrus and light hop aroma. Drinkable for an IPA yet still finishes with that hoppy bitterness you'd expect. Once again Saranac nails that balance between flavor and drinkability.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, floral, and black tea aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, pepper, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of citrus and earthy hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of chessiejackson
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not quite up to par with the grapefruit sculpin but still really good.

Photo of Campodog
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious at a great price.

Photo of blastlung209
1.91/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I like this beer especially for the price

Photo of Coagulater
2.43/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12 bottles on sale. Thought I'd give it try. Sorry but balance is not good. Boozy and bitter. I love great IPAs. This ain't one of em.
* 11 IPAs for!

Photo of rokoch27
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass. This IPA pours a clear gold/amber that has me looking for a mosquito like in Jurassic Park. A slightly sweet citrus nose leads into a tropical citrus taste that is nicely balanced with malt. A sharp hop bit lingers on the sides of your tongue after swallowing the medium body with a thick white head. A great representation of an American IPA, this is good both out of the can and bottle.

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge fluffy creamy head, fades slowly with nice lacing, semi clear light hazy orange color.

Nose decent generic hops, mild citrus fruity, grassy, floral, little earthy and leafy, mild sweet malt.

Trade sweet malt note, toasted malt, nice hops, little floral and mild fruity citrus, nice grassy hops, nice bitterness, little chewy note. Nice crisp bitter finish, grassy hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, old style ipa, grassy with little fruity citrus note, nice malt mild balance, enjoyable, bit still light for these days.

Photo of NH_IPA_Guy
4.99/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've sampled this beer from the can when it first came out and most recently from the 12oz bottle in the Adirondack Sampler. You can smell the Cascade hops right off the bat. Multiple levels of hops are present. You can't taste the malts for long, as they go quick, but the hop flavor is clean all the way to the finish.

Photo of Calvert_Bobola
4.81/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1. A: Bright, Light Amber
2. S: Citrusy, Tropical Fruit
3. T: Citrus, Tropical with a balanced biscuity malt body
4. M: Medium-Light
5. O: sessionable hop-packed IPA with a clean finish

Photo of FamousCharlie
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Just did not like this beer wasn't as hoppy as I would have liked felt it lacked a lot of flavor it was just an ok beer

Photo of DavidGross
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this from a bottle. Was really good. Nice full nose of hops coming out of the glass without sticking my nose deep in. Great smooth balance of hops, not harsh or sharp.

Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good head and decent lacing. Nice yellow-gold color. Aroma of pineapple and some malt and other assorted citrus. Bitterness is balanced well. Taste is balanced well between hops and the malt. Pineapple, citrus and a little pine make this beer nice and even at 6.5 ABV, quite sessionable.

Photo of Joe_from_Planet_Kenmore
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Too pale...... Not spectacular in any way.

Photo of TheBeerWiz
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great ipa! Great for drinkers who are just starting to drink ipa's. So crips and refreshing!

Photo of nitro0292
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Semi-transparent gold with a tight white head, decent retention and lacing. Slight citrus aroma on pour followed by floral hops. Taste is a typical east coast IPA, balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Nice nutty taste from the malts, reminiscent of almonds and brazil nuts.

Mouthfeel is heavier than I would like, but not too heavy. Aftertaste is bitter nuts. Not bad, not sure if I'd seek it out as there better options.

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the commercial 32 oz. growler. Sampled on January 14, 2015.

Yellow pour under a huge, fluffy off-white head that leaves significant lacing clinging to the glass.

The aroma is of grass and forest with a muted malt sensation and the slightest hint of orange or tangerine.

Light to medium body.

The taste begins with a basic toasted biscuit malt note with the grassy hops taking over swiftly and leaving a slightly bitter finale. But it drinks easily.

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the winter sampler served in a tall glass. Very good, very drinkable with that distinct hop finish.

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Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.