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Saranac Legacy IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

81 Reviews
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Reviews: 81
Hads: 380
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 11
Gots: 102 | 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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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 380
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- clear copper color, thin head, nice lacing
Smell- piney, citrus hops
Taste- nice bitterness, pine, citrus
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- pretty good, I would drink it again. (193 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a thin white head that lasts and laces. Aroma is floral citrus hops and cat puss. Flavor is hop forward with just enough malt sugar to make it palatable. For what is is its pretty good. (194 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lighter in color than your average IPA. Nose is piney, but not complex. Taste is similar though pleasant, with a bit of caramel malt. Not a great beer, but an affordable, easy-drinking IPA. (And though I hadn't had anything from Saranac in 15 years, I'd say they've stepped up their act quite a bit with this.) (310 characters)

Photo of mirp1
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Legacy IPA is a good inexpensive go-to IPA because it does quell ones hop urge, and has enough body to say that you were not sorry to have had the beer. It is best served as an ice cold quaffer after cutting the grass or working the yard as again, it has some hop content that is significant, and is thirst quenching served in that manner. Together, you get a nice hoppy, refreshing end to a period of working under the sun. Think of it as a mini step above many of the session IPA's out there today. It really is a decent beer. (538 characters)

Photo of breardon1776
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden yellow color. Smell and taste are not very IPA to me. Light on hop smell and flavor. Some malt-ti-ness. Almost watery. I like Saranac but not my favorite. Somewhat metallic/ chalky. Good lacing. If going for an IPA there are many better to choose from. (267 characters)

Photo of tarkulich
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear bright golden amber color. The head disappeared quickly, leaving a thin, soapy, white ring. Nose was fleeting, but had pine and fresh baked bread aromas. The flavor was surprisingly short on malt considering the malty aromas I smelled. It was earthy, piney, and resinous hop flavors that lingered on the tongue, but it wasn't overpoweringly bitter. The malt was there in the background, but is definitely masked by the hops. Medium bodied with medium carbonation made it very easy to drink.

Personally, I like my IPAs to have a bit more malt to balance things out. This was almost like drinking carbonated hop water, and I guess some people like that. Not a bad beer - I've rarely had a bad beer put out by Saranac - but not their best. (759 characters)

Photo of Marc427
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
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 !!!!!!! (281 characters)

Photo of Dooga
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (152 characters)

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of 1812rob
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Kpasserell
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (244 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Coagulater
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
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 sale...cheap! (172 characters)

Photo of rokoch27
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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. (439 characters)

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. (556 characters)

Photo of NH_IPA_Guy
4.99/5  rDev +29.9%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Calvert_Bobola
4.81/5  rDev +25.3%
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 (187 characters)

Photo of DavidGross
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (176 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of nitro0292
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Beergod50
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (386 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of dat_bear
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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). (423 characters)

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Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.