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Saranac Legacy IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beeranator on 07-07-2013

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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 470
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Great looking beer. Orange body, clear but a hint of haze, white head is big and pillowy. The lacing is fluffy and extensive.

S - Slight hint of honey and floral elements, a bit of sourness, and a pine undertow.

T - Clean and refreshing open, with pine and lemon notes, a middle of toasty malt, and a sharp bitter hit of near medicinal quality in the close, flirting with but not quite overpowering the other flavors.

M - A brisk feel turns to a definite drying in the close.

O - A half step back on the bittering in the close and this would be a rock solid offering, but I think it tips just a bit too far over the edge. The close does not eclipse the rest, but it does detract from it.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light orange color with a minimal white head. Looks to have plenty of carbonation as well. The smell is mostly piney with a little citrus note. The initial taste is actually nicely mild with a crisp clean aftertaste. Lacing is there but not plentiful. I think this could be called a pale ale because of the mild bitterness and aftertaste. I look forward to bringing more of these this summer

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

quart jug to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Oxidized orange, small haze with a strong show of effervesce. Soapy foam off white head leaves about half coverage of soapy dabs of lace on the vessel.

S: Sweet caramel, sweet citrus juice, of moderate strength at first, but quickly diminishes to a weak, almost non-existent matter. Some dried bread and grains.

T: Sour citrus and lemon. Dry barley, hops seem old and musky, something is definitely not right here, or just poorly brewed. Hay, raw lemon skin, very sour and off putting hop finish.

M: Some crispness light bodied rather dull and unexciting.

O: Overall not often i feel the need to go sub 3 but feel its rightfully so here. Never really impressed by matt brewing, but this just seems bad or really old, a couple sips is all i could muster before giving it a burial at sea. pass.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking for a Saranac. Light honey, with lots of little, active bubbles. A good volume of white head arrives and then fades, without dissipating entirely. The smell is of piney hops, with little else to detect. Taste is similar. As suggested, this is indeed a beer that uses very light malt; the hop is the dominant factor here, though it is not an overwhelmingly bitter hop combination. Interestingly, the strongest bitterness is on the finish, and you detect the alcohol there, too. Mouthfeel is nice; full, but smooth and very drinkable. This beer also rounds out and gets more balanced as it warms a little. Nothing to write home about, but this is a good IPA for those who aren't so hop-obsessed.

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Photo of Hudsonvalleyman
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Look: golden in color with a nice 1/2" head and nominal lacing. Smell: subtle, but a clear pine aroma. Taste: well balanced IPA with appropriate bitterness up front (60 IBUs), and malt balance in the finish. Overall: a very nice session IPA. In today's over the top, IPA-crazed market, this beer may seem unremarkable, but it hits the style accurately. An enjoyable session IPA (and a nice entry point for those without an affinity for today's over-the-top bitter IPAs.

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Photo of dantanavige
4.71/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA for a long session. Really has a nice hop bite while still being crisp and balanced. Not for the weak of heart for certain! A great beer to celebrate 125 years of amazing brewing tradition in my home town of Utica, NY.

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Photo of TigerSoul
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac beers don't get much respect, but they hold a certain 'rustic appeal' for me. I love the area where the Matt family brewery is, the Adirondack region of NY state. The beers don't take on airs, they are pretty much straight forward. And, on their own, they hold up rather well; just don't go comparing, especially in a head-to-head matchup. I had just enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and decided to open a Saranac Legacy for my next bottle. Big mistake, as the vastly superior SNPA outgunned the Saranac in every way. The nose alone had a vague "soapy" element to it, and things didn't get much better from there: taste was off-sour, and lacked any of the fresh, piney hoppiness of the SNPA. Yes, different region, different style, so of course its a different profile, but it was nonetheless a disappointment if put up against other, superior beers. Drink this one, as most other Saranacs, without switching over and you'll be just fine.

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Photo of Slsalta
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a steakhouse(Italian of course) in Utica home of the local legacy brewer that created such classics a Schultz and Dooley, Maximus Super, Matts Premium and of course the unforgettable Utica Club.

Pour was thin with limited head. Color approaching a Pulsner. Not the same body and caramel color of the West End IPA that this Legacy IPA replaced unfortunately.

Nose was very subtle i.e. Not much there.

However upon sipping the flavor was nice and tart, not too bitter and a very drinkable beer.

Will appreciate the beer again when I return to Utica.

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Photo of chuckm
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

beautiful color and a cloudy body with a light head that disappears quickly, scent is pine and hops, not very strong. Taste is very crisp, a little dry and very drinkable. Feel is nice, not a thin beer and has some body, overall a slightly above average example of an IPA

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice IPA pours a pale yellow tinged amber with a nice head of white foam that dissipates to a thin ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of pine, tropical citrus fruits of pineapple and lemon, and a touch of sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with sweet pineapple laden hops on the front and sides given wings by honey sweet malts and a touch of light grain notes. Middle fades with fruit notes to a sticky resinous pine note that lingers long in the aftertaste. Great mouth feel with ample carbonation to keep this one lively and drinkable finishing lightly dry. An excellent example of an American IPA from a very good brewery that has improved by leaps and bounds as of late.


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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy toasted straw color with a short frothy head that settles into a skimpy cap with a wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nice citrusy hop scent. Grapefruit with a hint of grass. Bright and refreshing.

The taste is of a pale malt, fairly dry. The hops bring some grapefruit with its rind. Some grass and black pepper notes.

Light feel with fizzy carbonation. Lightly bitter on the palate with a slightly dry finish.

A simple IPA. Nice basic hop flavors with a pale malt to help the hops shine.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac Legacy IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB MAR 31 2016"

A steady pour brings up a two-finger thick head of frothy white foam over a clear deep-gold body. The head holds well before dropping, leaving a tall ring of thick lace about the glass. It eventually erodes into tiny spots and streaks, but each subsequent sip leaves a new layer of thick lacing that takes its own time to break down.

The aroma is bright with notes of citrus, pine resin, grass, some tropical fruit, and even a touch of cat-piss. Not much malt makes its way past, but there's a little bit there, gently sweet and grainy.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and crisp with a fine-bubbled, standard carbonation.

The hops return in the flavor, but rather than dominating they take a back seat allowing the malt to shine. It's grainy, just lightly sweet, and it appears as if it might be pilsner malt, or at least a high quality American 2-row. It's solidly bitter, but not overdone, and the balance between sweet grainy malt and citrusy and grassy hops is exquisite. It finishes dry with some lingering grassy and lightly citrusy hops.

With the exception of the cat-piss in the nose (which is really not that bad anyway, and obviously a trade-off for bringing in other aromas), it's a really well-done and superbly balanced IPA that delivers both hops and malt - all without being too brash or overbearing that it loses drinkability.

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by December 31, 2015 per bottle stamping...

Pale, golden colored body; thick, fluffy, white head; sticky clumps of foam left on the glass. Mild sweet and fruity aroma; a little pine-like. Citrus hop flavors with a solid bitterness; gentle malt grain sweetness; clove-like herbal quality. Medium body; coarse on the palate, combination sweet/dry finish.

A solid, decently balanced and complex IPA. For a supposedly 125 year-old recipe base, this is pretty damn tasty. The aroma goes nowhere but the flavors are delightful enough. Nice and easy drinking IPA...

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a flute glass from a 32oz bottle.

Appearance: Looks really good off the bat. White head rising to about half a finger's length on top of a golden Amber body. Medium to heavy bubbles not bad at all.

Smell: Citrus and hops but super light.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit me heavy hops. Has a slight sour feel to it makes you reminisce of lemon and hard floral.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, sticky

Overall: Very good brew. Not bad and not at all expensive. Great to split with family and friends especially during the holidays. Happy thanksgiving to everyone. Salud!

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Photo of gopens44
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice foamy white head atop an otherwise ordinary looking clear yellow beer, nestled beneath a slightly cocky lacing. We'll see if it stands up as effectively for very long.

Nose is screaming Pilsner with an undeniable noble hop aroma. Only other fragrance is almost of adjunct-ish corn

Taste immediately cuts to that corny thing before an olive flavored bitter pushes through. Further "swigging" allows a hint of something slightly fruity.

Tongue is battered about pretty well with bitterness despite an otherwise watery beer.

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Photo of hardysf
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a lot of hop presence. Good clean malt flavor with some bittering hops makes it a good clean easy drinker. Give me my everyday Michigan drinkers though.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Legacy IPA has a thin-to-medium, white head, a hazy, orange-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and bits of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sugary, white bread and mild hop oil. The taste is of those elements, with substantial, but in no way harsh, hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness and carry along the sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and Legacy IPA finishes dry and drinkable. No booziness, whatsoever.


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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice style glass: color is gold, transparent, off white to light tan head, that presents at least 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a nice solid top with some lingering spotty lacing. Nice looking brew.

Smell is fresh, nice clean hops, balanced aromas between grass and lighter lemon and citrus. Malts are present and clean, nice toast or light bread/crackery notes

Taste is is very similar to the aroma: exceptionally well balanced with clean hop flavors and lighter malt flavors, but distinguishable -- toast/bready/biscuit, with hops as light grass and citrus.

Mouthfeel is very good for the style with a great balance between bitter and malt flavor. Nice malt presence at first followed by a cleaner malt presence that lingers and blends with drying bitterness.

Overall, a really good and drinkable IPA. I never see Saranac on draft but would look for this one and try to get a comparison.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.)

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Photo of mirp1
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of breardon1776
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of tarkulich
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Marc427
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
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 !!!!!!!

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Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.