Saranac Legacy IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 396
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 24.33%
Wants: 11
Gots: 116 | FT: 0
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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: 84 | Hads: 396
Reviews by -MK-:
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This came as a free can included in a variety 12 pack. Figured that since it was an add-on there wouldn't be much to it, but I was quite surprised with the quality. I have tried a variety of Saranac Ipa's, and I must say that this is the best of them. I prefer this to the Sarnac Imperial IPA, as well as their White IPA. The color is very yellow, not the most appealing visually, but thats made up for with olfactory delight. Floral notes, and a hard whiff of hops round out the scent- with the taste following suit of expectations. This beer is smooth and hoppy on the front end, with a harsh "dirty" smack on the back end. Where some IPA's have the lingering delight of hops in aftertaste, this beer does not present that- which may be its strength. The the raw, dirty, "beer" flavor on the back side of the guzzle makes it distinct from any other IPA I have had, and I can't really see it as a mistake, rather as its character. Definitely an IPA worth having more than once! Hopefully I start seeing this in 6 packs.

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Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

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?

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good to see Saranac make a true quality craft IPA.Pours a burnt orange color with atight formed half finger white head that settles pretty slowly leaving a nice ring behind.Citrusy aromas with mild biscuit like sweetness detected as well,grapefruit stands out most.A good splach of citric fruitiness at the onset of the palate,grapefruit and a tropical quality with only light biterness in the finish,sweetish biscuit malts hold up well to the hops with just a hint of alcohol sweetness as well.A solid American IPA here with alot of hops,stick to stuff like this Saranac.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can

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A- hazed lighter amber, moderate off white head, quickly fades, leaves a nice looking film and respectable webs of higher lace.

S-Pleasantly fruity hopped up nose

T- Pleasant IPA on the fruity side, with moderate to lower bitterness. I get some light tropical fruit, and again moderate hopping. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation seems to on point for the style

O- Doesn't quite rise to the level of the heavy hitters of the style, but this is a worthy effort from Saranac.

Worth a try

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Nfiorini513
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I thought it would be a lot better.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7%

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!

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Photo of Jsonta
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

I like the use of pale malts in this IPA, most Saranac hopped up beers have a ton of caramel colored malts. Big slightly off white biscuit textured thicket of foam, fine even speckled lacing as it slowly dwindles appears on the sides of my glass.

Aroma has big hops upfront in addition to herbal/pine notes I’m getting some garlic/onion (a sure sign of Summit hops). Mild citrus barely a trace of tropical notes this is a much danker approach so far, biscuit malts provide a bit of bready perceived sweetness.

Flavor dry herbal pine and citrus notes no real malt base to complement, tastes just like pelletized hop water…a lingering garlic/onion note really summarizes the finish for me. This is rough, unbalanced a mess of an IPA really.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly thick with hop oils, goes down a bit harsh one sided hop profile lets the palate adjust about half way through the 12 ounce portion. Carbonation carries everything quite nicely.

Overall, if you are in a bind for some hops this would do especially in can format on a hot day or in the new fall sampler super fresh with some other decent beers…this IPA, Dark-toberfest, their awesome schwarzbier, pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, and a nice Autumn pils.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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