1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Saranac Legacy IPA - Matt Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

315 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 315
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beeranator on 07-07-2013

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 315 | Reviews: 70
Photo of Calvert_Bobola
4.81/5  rDev +28.3%
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 -33.3%
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 +10.7%
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 -6.9%
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 -29.3%
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 +17.9%
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 -12%
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 -2.1%
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 -6.7%
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.

Photo of Beergod50
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An odd IPA. To my taste, the batches aren't consistent. I have thoroughly enjoyed this as a draft. As a canned product, I swirl it around in my mouth and debate what's missing. Because of that, I've learned to pass by it on the shelf. I live near the Matt's brewery and so want to support the Saranac line... this leaves me wanting something more. Keep trying guys. I'm rooting for you!

Photo of Coopaloop2112
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good IPA. Seems like its missing something. But its good.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear crisp gold, white lacing retains indefinitely.

Smells of light grassy malt and a hint of citrus.

Flavor is of grassy and bready malts, light, with some grassy hop bitterness that is very subdued.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An average pale ale, not very hoppy by today's IPA standards, but as a throw-back to a century old recipe, I'll accept it as such. That aside, kind of forgettable. Nothing really wrong with it, just not interesting.

Photo of dat_bear
4/5  rDev +6.7%

The pour held a beautiful golden color and a spicy, citrusy aroma. Very nice medium head that didn't seem to diminish quickly. The carbonation wasn't overwhelming but still noticeable - very nice mouthfeel.

The taste was slightly bitter and clean with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Definitely a nice, refreshing beer. One of my favorites from Saranac's '14 winter sampler (even though I wouldn't classify it as a wintery beer).

Photo of mhuber
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Pours clear, medium golden color. Small head dissipates quickly. Some lacing. Leafy aroma, notes of orang peel in the flavor. Moderate bitterness for an IPA. Hops are prominent and linger in the aftertaste. A very good brew!

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. No freshness label readily visible. Purchased for under $2 USD.

Appearance -clear, bright golden color, with considerable amount of visible bubbles. Half finger of head rests and lingers on top. Orange hued.

Smell - fruity citrusy with some peach smell. Aroma is of a moderate potency.

Taste- medium bitterness, mixed fruit flavor with some citrusy pineapple like flavor crossed with the sweetness of a nectarine.

Mouthfeel - lively mouthfeel, high level of carbonation and leaves a tingling on the tongue. Moderately dry finish.

Overall - a good IPA, that certainly tasty and enjoyable but to my tastes was missing a bit of the pop that separates a good IPA from a great IPA. Still worth a try especially if fresh.

Photo of tbeckett
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Lake Placid.

A - Pours a nice light-ish golden colour with a bit of haze and a good amount of carbonation. Two fingers of thick, soapy white head on top. Quite nice lacing and a finger of retention.

S - Citrus, weed, grass.

T - Nice fruit character, some metallic notes, dusty, stone fruit, peach, some maltiness.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a decent bitterness.

O/D - This is OK. Sorta mild and doesn't really jump at you with hop flavour. Decent but not worth a revisit.

Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Slightly cloudy light amber pour with a white head that dissapates quickly. Malty sweet with a medium hop finish that does not assault the palate. A very enjoyable beer. Considering I prefer malty low IBV dark beers, this IPA was very enjoyable.

Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Fruity, citrus, grassy, caramel, and toasted malts.

Taste: You get citrus and herbal flavors with the caramel and toasted malts in the rear. Nice mild bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to light bodied, mild bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent IPA at best. Got better as it warmed, but was still in search of hops.

Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

this is a pretty solid ipa, lot of floral and spice notes, definitely a grapefruit note on the palate, a little sour grape, bitter clean finish

Photo of Ainman11
5/5  rDev +33.3%

For not being an IPA person I ended up loving this brew. With 60 IBU's this is not so bitter. I prefer this brew more chilled then other beers from Saranac.

Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

In contrast to others, I think this gets better as it warms and as it goes. By the end of my first glass, I wanted another.

A: 4.25 - because it has a very tight, cotton candy, lacey head over a very light colored, hazed straw golden body.
S: 3.5 - Too faint. Light aromas of biscuit malts underneath grapefruit/pineapple hops.
T: 3.5 - Starts with light, bright biscuit malts with a bit of caramel sweetness. Followed by predominantly tropical, pineapple hops, a bit of sun warmed hay, and a long, slightly watery, but otherwise pleasing finish.
MF: 3.7 Enough weight and pleasing feel to invite another.

Saranac's best?

Photo of argock
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Consumed directly from the bottle at Camp Treetops Friends' Weekend 2014 in Lake Placid, NY.

A: A small pour into a clear plastic punch glass shows an amber beer with a short cap of off-white head. (3.5)

S: Aroma is heavier than it should be with caramel malts, medium crystal in character, with pine and citrus hops that don't quite dominate in the aroma like hops should in this style. (3.25)

T: Flavor is fine but still fairly light-to-medium crystal malt heavy with a lot of toffee and light caramel with the nice bready maltiness. The hoppiness is not as assertive as it should be and falls in the light-to-moderate bitterness with some pine and orange and grapefruit citrus along with floral notes. Less caramel malts and heavier late and dry hopping would elevate this beer. No yeast or alcohol notes. (3.25)

M: Not as dry as it should be with medium body and moderate carbonation. (3.25)

O: Not a great but a middle of the road at most American IPA that treads toward English styling. (3.25)

Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle to tulip glass

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a bit of sediment floating around, small fizzy white head disappears completely, leaving nothing behind 3.5

S- citrusy orange hop aroma with notes of fresh grass and cracked pepper, clean malt bill allows the hops to shine 3.75

T- citrusy hop flavor follows the aroma with an emphasis on orange zest, grassy and minty mid-palate, slightly bready malt leads to a clean finish 3.75

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish 3.5

O- nice citrusy notes with a clean finish 3.75

Photo of microbrewlover
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

This brew pours a golden/copper color with a 1.5 finger white head with good carbonation and light lacing on the glass.

The smell is pine and grapefruit wit a little melon. There is also the light smell of roasted malts lurking in the back ground.

The taste follows the nose with the grapefruit dominating then the melon with a little malt and pine in the background. Some hop oil is left on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this brew has potential but it does not impress me like other IPA's I have had. It is just kind of bland and so-so; it might make a good session IPA.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: My brother’s friend
Price: N/A
Purchased: July 26, 2014
Consumed: July 28, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, golden, semi-clear color with three fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Great foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down. Just a good-looking beer.

Smelled wet Cascade hops, pine, soap, citrus hops, floral hops and caramel malts.

Tasted wet pine hops, wet Cascade hops, slight resin hops, floral hops, citrus hops and caramel malts.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, slightly bitter finish.

Really liked this IPA. Would have it again for sure.

to view more.
Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.