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Saranac Legacy IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company 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: 337 | Reviews: 75
Photo of blastlung209
1.91/5  rDev -48.8%
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 -34.9%
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!

Photo of rokoch27
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +1.6%
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 +33.8%
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 +29%
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%
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 +11.3%
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 -6.4%
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%
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 +18.5%
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 -11.5%
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 -1.6%
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 -6.2%
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 +15.5%
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 -4.8%
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 -8.3%
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 +7.2%

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).

Photo of mhuber
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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 -2.7%
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 -10.7%
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 +13.9%

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 +4.6%
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 -6.2%

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 +34%

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.

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Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.