Saranac Legacy IPA - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 89 | 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 by digitalflood:
Photo of digitalflood
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear. Yellow sunshine color with abundant small bubbles. Good thick head recedes to strong lacing. Almost swear I can see the yeast "pocks" in the lacing like a micro-brew or bottle conditioned beer. Impressive. Smells of pine, citrus peels, and coriander. Good mouth feel. Slightly dry on the back side with soft front palate wetness. On the nose, it is pine trees, coriander, oranges, and lemons. Quick mid-palate hop bite with strong hoppiness, a slight breaded maltiness, and good wheat overtones. Back palate I can taste more citrus notes, a bit of pine, and a crisp hop/malt balance with a nice dry barley finish. Aftertaste is all citrus and some wheat/barley/grain. Very clean over all and extremely well balanced. Not over hopped, but definitely enough kick to let you know it is an IPA. Compared to their standard Pale Ale, this is a bit stronger on alcohol notes throughout the palate (as it should be considering the ABV difference) and more hop notes than the standard Pale Ale (again-- as it should be considering the extra IPA hopping). Overall it stands up well to spicy foods and strong flavors. A good standard bearer IPA. Not the best IPA, but one for others to be judged by. Very good. 3.9 out of 5.

More User Reviews:
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?

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +13.6%

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.

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!

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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 -2.4%
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 +17.1%
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 +7.5%
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 Kpasserell
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of FamousCharlie
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
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%
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 HorseheadsHopHead
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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 chessiejackson
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not quite up to par with the grapefruit sculpin but still really good.

Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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 -7.2%
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 -1.9%
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 -13.1%
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 NH_IPA_Guy
4.99/5  rDev +33.4%
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 smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Beeranator
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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