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Saranac Legacy IPA - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA

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85
very good

311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 9
Gots: 70 | 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: 311 | Reviews: 70
Reviews by Beeranator:
Photo of Beeranator
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this an extra in the Saranac Brewer's Dozen variety pack, I opened the can and was quite surprised.

A: It was a nice amber color crystal clear.

S: it smelled delicious! Hops! pine, citrus.

T: it tasted of citrus and pine and malt in the back end.

M: It was thin with mild carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed it, i would definitely pick it as my summer, easy to get daily drinker. Worth a try!

More User Reviews:
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 oberon
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can

No freshness info

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

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 WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light goldish amber with an average white head. Not much visible carbonation. Lacing on the glass shows how many sips I've taken.

S: Nice dry hopped sort of aroma going on here. A bit fruity from the hops it is quite pleasant. Mildly sweet malts linger in the background. Earthiness becomes more present as it warms.

T: Very nicely blended flavor here, hops dominate as they should with an IPA but are not overly bitter or sticky. Instead its a fresh hop flavor with a citrus character. Malts are light and add a complimenting sweetness.

M: Light to medium body with a great feel on the tongue. Would be an easy one to knock back a few in a row with.

Overall this is an impressive beer, always try the new things Saranac has out and this one is leagues above their other beers. Hope this is a sign of things to come.

Photo of tastybeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber, clear, with a nice white, tightly foamy, modest head. Lace seems to want to stick but instead shifts around. Aroma is lightly sweet floral and citrus with a little bit of spice and fresh white grains. Soft soapy aromas, flowery and clean. Taste is citrus, peppery crackers, and rosey. Light bitterness stirs it up. Nice prickly carbonation elongated through the finish keeping things bright. This is a very easy to drink IPA with a happy set of aromas and flavors. Has its own character.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was the 13th beer, a full 16oz. pint in a mixed 12 pack, the "brewers dozen". Which usually has a very nice mix of styles. But, a free pint in a can!?! Great deal.

Poured this 125th ANN ale into a proper English pint glass. Golden colored goats, 3" rocky mountain high foamy cap...solid.

The aroma is unique, peppermint, fresh basil, mild citrus, herbal blends, musky, pine...I'm thinking cascade meets Saaz. Maybe i'm dreaming, or hallucinating.

Seriously, The flavor is as close to a fresh wet-hop ale you can get without actually being one. wonderful Hop complexity, dry, earthy, slightly bitter, zingy pineapple, tart kick...oh yeah, the malt is in perfect balance providing a light, sweet and crispy effect.

A Lively, but nearly full MF, Tangy, dry kick to start with a clean, crispy finish which is great for such a nice complex hop. All in all, easily one of the very best Saranac deliveries ever.

And thanx for the extra pint of pure gold.

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack at the Dewitt, NY Wegmans. Poured clear amber with a fluffy white head. The aroma is a juicy, resinous mix of tangelo, floral melon, and passion fruit with a bit of piney grapefruit. The flavor digs more into the citrus with orange rind and floral notes. The bitterness is appropriate, but milder than most IPAs. Not a complaint, this is a very drinkable and delicious pale ale. This is the best IPA Saranac has made and a definite step up from their usual fare. Give this a try.

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 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 tone77
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light and mild, a bit of hops. Taste is bitter, hops, some grapefruit, good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall an enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

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 Caveworm
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saranac Our Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company, my second canned craft brew. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew's got a 2.5, frothy head that quickly dissolves. All the while leaving very nice lacing that surrounds a clear, golden straw body.

Smells like subtle grapefruit. Not much else going on here.

Its a bitter taste ,certainly. But this just doesn't strike me as an "IPA type of bitter". To me, this taste is in the same ballpark, but still just slightly out of context. There is a bit of malt taste ,too. Not terrible, but not as pronounced as I'd like to it to be.

Mouthfeel here is pretty decent. Nice, clean and crisp. No lingering hop oils.

Overall a 3.25 for Saranac Our Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company. This was my first from the brewer in a sampler pack they've got. Maybe one day I'll grab this again.

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A pale amber, cloudy bright orange and brass colored, with some lemon yellow hues. Slightly hazy, but makes with a thick rocking three finger off white head. Lots of swiss cheese bubbles and retention, with some bacteria and scattered like lacing. Looking kind of West coast here, very nice.

A real solid simple hop front. Hints of tea herbs and pine notes, maybe some decent tropical juiced goodness as well, but big aromatics. Juicy hinting and leafy green. Faint caramel malt notes in the background, and some brown sugar.

Palate comes as a bit of a shocker. Very wet bodied, with a watery finish. Bit chalky hop bitterness and minimal sweetness that doesn't carry through. Hop aromatics come to match a bit but with not as much depth hinting from the nose. Leafy tea action seems to hit more towards English style, and the bitterness while chalky isn't as large or pungent. Very fleeting finish as well.

Overall this looked real promising but while drinkable and seems to hint at something really good coming, it only ends up being more disappointing in the end.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Table in Rochester, NY, before the Phish concert down the street.

Pours a clear, slightly hazy gold, with a 2 inch head, and really good lacing.

Smells include tropical fruits, grassy hops, and sweet malt.

The taste is similar, and suprisingly good for this brewery. Nice fresh hop flavor- a bit herbal up front, with some nice citrus sweetness on the back end. Sweet toasty malts round out the great flavor here.

Medium bodied, crisp well carbonated and very drinkable.

The best beer Matt Brewing has put out under the Saranac line- really nicely surprised by this one.

Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold with some very fine sediment and a good head of white foam. Bright citrus (lemon peel) and floral hop aroma - kind of soapy with a grassy edge and some toast underneath. Flavor is grapefruit mostly, some bitter resin, and general hoppy greenness. Sweet in a fruity sort of way, but nothing really from the malt really. A simple IPA, but perfectly tasty in an old-school way - no tropical fruit juice cocktail, sorry. Medium bodied and pretty crisp. This one was surprising. Out of the three beers in the randomly purchased Saranac mix pack, this is the clear winner and the only one I would purchase an entire six pack of.

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 schamber1719
4.81/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

came as a freebie on a sale priced 12 pack... i wish the whole 12 pack was legacy.
drank from the can so i can't tell you about appearance
smelled like the second half of a can of heady topper (after some aroma has escaped)
first sip i had to look at the can, because i have been out of heady for about a month now, but wow this was eerily similar, aftertaste still reminds me of heady topper, but with more of a grape flavor.
i didn't think of mouth feel until after the third sip, but when i did, i realized it was significantly less creamy/ thick feeling than heady... i got really excited i was going to be able to cut down my trips to vermont.
overall i'd say this is a top beer for the hop head, my opinion, i know some may disagree with it, but try it... only dissapointment you'll feel is that it isn't one of the top 5

Photo of fx20736
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bought as part of a mixed 12 pack from Beers of the World, May 2014. Poured into a pint, served cold.

appearance: hazy lemon yellow with a thick meringue-like head. Gorgeous lacing.

smell: muted spearmint and citrus

taste: eucalyptus, orange marmalade.

mouthfeel: average

overall: a tasty beer from a brewery that has as many misses as hits.

Photo of plaid75
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a piney hop aroma with a grainy malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront piney hop that gave way to an earthy sweetness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and well made IPA.

Photo of fmccormi
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a DFH IPA glass—this is just a single can that was included in this year’s new “Brewer’s Dozen” package of Saranac Pale Ale bottles; canning date of June 12, 2013 printed in black ink on the underside of the can in a Julian variant (“1633 1211”), making this about three and a half weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (3.75): This pours a generous three or four fingers of bone-white foam, capping a crystal-clear, 24ct gold colored body, almost straw-yellow but with some amber tones. Pretty good retention, taking its sweet time to die down, leaving a collar of fat, wide lace all the way around the glass at the top and subsequent patches and splotches of thin foam here and there as the beer recedes.

Smell (4.0): Very nice, interesting mix of grassy and tropical fruity aromas in the nose (trending toward grapefruit peels), showing some of the kinda-sorta-weedy vegetal tones I associate with Centennial hops (perhaps incorrectly). Some dry, pale, grainy malt character (dry white toast, common crackers, fresh biscuits, etc.). It’s generally a very nice aroma but could be a bit more pungent.

Taste (4.25): Veeery nice mix of grapefruit zest, some kind of skunky, weedy herbal-vegetal character (but not like a full-on, resin-crusted pipe kind of vibe), and some kind of citrusy, fruity tone that I really can’t pin down (unripe mango and guava, maybe?) lead the charge, coming at you from the get-go. After that, the beer shows some of its malt, which feels dry, grainy, moderately toasted and nutty (more of the common crackers / dry toast from the nose, but slightly nutty), and full enough to restore some balance to the Force but not nearly enough to drown any hop character. Meanwhile, the flavor shifts into a strongly-flavored finish with a very solid hop bitterness and skunky, grapefruit peel sort of flavor that blurs the line between flavor and bitterness. And it sticks around for a good long while, too. The finish might be the best part, honestly.

Mouthfeel (4.25): This is a very easy drinker that has a pleasant dryness from the bitterness and hop oils, a lighter-than-medium weight body, and a soft carbonation that distributes evenly and foams easily, on command. Very, very easy to drink.

Overall (4.0): As noted in the palate/flavor notes, the finish of this beer might be the best part. The grapefruit peel, slightly vegetal bitterness, and subtly toasty, nutty malt combine to throw some strong, tangy flavors at your palate that stick around for longer than you at first expect them to. And it’s incredibly drinkable. Honestly, this is a very good IPA—just a shame that (at least as of right now) it’s only available as an extra, essentially, in a 12-pack of very standard Saranac Pale Ale. Because I would definitely 4- or 6-packs of this beer, at least from time to time. Good work, Saranac—let’s see you move forward with limited-run, dry, hoppy beers. This makes me wonder what you might be capable of.

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Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.