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Saratoga IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Saratoga IPASaratoga IPA

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by williamherbert on 06-09-2009

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 169
Photo of jonwiseman
2.81/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Actually better overall than it rates broken down. Beautiful deep golden color. Skunky smell unfortunately with an average creamy mouth feel. Taste is malt and distinct copper aftertaste. But the sum is greater than its parts in that overall its a good beer after a long day at work. The 81 rating is right on.

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Photo of jhavs
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint tasting glass.

A= Deep golden hue with a tiny bit of haze. Foamy white head that bubbles out quickly into a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S= Citrus rind and earthy pine followed by sweet caramel malt.

T= Decent amount of sweet malts, caramel, and bitterness. A bit of citrus flavor from the hops.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Bitter, malty, old school IPA. Much different than currently in vogue hop aroma and flavor bombs.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed deep golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head had a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a citrus grapefruit smell, but has other nice hop smells of a pine and grassy nature as well. Along with these aromas comes some light smells of a sweeter tropical fruit as well as a hint of a caramel aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a bready taste mixed with a slightly drier cracker taste and a decent showing of a grapefruit hop taste right from the start. As the taste moves forward, the taste dries out even more with the little bit of tropical fruit and caramel that were present upfront, fading as the taste moves on. All the while, a grassy and herbal hop taste moves onto the tongue bringing more resinous hop flavors to the brew. Toward the very end, a nice earthy hop joins the flavor profile, leaving one with a rather nice blend of resinous hop and crisper, but deep malt flavors to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the somewhat crisper but still thick side, while the carbonation level is on the slightly lower side. For the west coast style the brews feel is rather nice as it both accentuates the rich dank and grapefruit hop blend, all while maintaining a decently easy drinking feel.

Overall – A fairly nice west coast IPA overall. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but a good one to try none the less.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

so evidently mendocino now makes beer in saratoga. cool they made one for the locals, lousy that its only okay. a frothy looking ipa, brass radiant glowing and clean looking, with a tall white head on it. the nose is honey sweet malt and boring bitter hops, not much going on in the hops really, which lets me down. the malt flavors the beer as much as the hops do, its sweet and fuller bodied, and it lingers in the finish. i need more from the flowers though, its so simple and under gunned, give me something. this is like an english pale as much as it is an american ipa, which is about the worst critique i can throw at a beer. medocino always makes me wonder, often unimpressive, and this one is too. downright average at room temperature, so drink it fast. overall a pretty pedestrian offering.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was a slightly below average craft IPA. Tasted kind of heavy, bready, grainy. Strong, straightfoward hop finish but thick and bland to begin with. Dark golden color, also grainy head. Not a lot of unique flavor going on. Still a decent beer but pales in comparison to some beers I've reviewed on this website.

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Photo of VanStrokin
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice color and smell. A nice orange/brown color. Smells little piney/earthy. Wishing for a more hoppy flavor. Good feeling in mouth. has that good after taste. Drinking it from growler that was filled today. Going to go for 2nds just to be sure. Better safe than sorry.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another of my local, in-person traders, Sam Knocken, just laid this on me yesterday. I am watching the first Yankee Stadium outdoor hockey game on NBC and gearing up to head off to the movies. In the beer 2525 ...

From the bottle: "Fresh brewed in Saratoga Springs, New York."; "This is a handcrafted, traditional 'West Coast' IPA with a perfect balance of malt blended with Cascade and Fuggles hops. We hope you will enjoy this full bodied, nicely hopped India Pale Ale."

My time grows short today, so I went with a heavy-handed pour, creating a dense finger of rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose had an odd tang, not as hoppy as I had been hoping for. Instead, it had more of an earthiness, perhaps from the Fuggles hops. Mouthfeel was medium, but the hops were very earthy and I was fully put in mind of an English IPA. I do not want to say that I was disappointed, but it was not what I was expecting based on the label. Finish was semi-dry, but the Cascade hops seemed to have gotten lost in the mix. Onward!

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Photo of Hoopster4hire
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Server in a chilled pint glass

Appearance: dark copper hue with slight haziness. Head sticks around and laces glass nicely

Smell: herbally, floral. Pick up rosemary, pine, and fresh cut grass. Slight smell of citrus, grapefruit and lemon.

Taste: while described as as a west coast IPA, this is definitely more of an English taste to it. The fuggle hops are present with the herbal, almost vegetable like taste. The cascade balance out with some citrus notes and a little bitterness. Nuttiness is present in the background.

Mouthfeel: good crispness. Sticky remnants and IPA taste lingers.

Overall: great IPA. While a misnomer to a west coast style, still a flavorful IPA. Just enough malt to slightly balance things, but keep the IPA flavor

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Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours an orange gold, 1 finger sudsy white head, little lacing.
S - Very nice dank aroma, orange juice and pine, a little alcohol scent.
T - Taste is actually overly dank, near skunky, lot of pine and hop resin, some orange juice, a little grape.
M - Very assertive bitterness, and full, some alcohol burn.
O - If you like dank IPA's this is for you.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at My Place in Delmar, NY. English IPA hopped with Fuggles and Cascade, nice mix of styles here.

Pours a fairly dark amber color, clear, with a one inch head, and lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine, some toasted bready malt. Slightly floral aroma as well.

This one goes down pretty easily. Medium bitterness, slightly fruity English type hops, some pine bitterness, and a good smattering of caramel malt. Very balanced, and pretty tasty. Not a knockout IPA by any means, but this is the best option on at this bar generally, and it works pretty well for me most of the time.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, very drinkable. Crisp mouthfeel.

This one works for me. Would I ravenously seek it out? No. Am I happy when I drink it? Yes.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a decent hops bitterness. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar around the edge of the glass, and lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of herbal and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has some hints of caramel malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This definitely has a lot more hop aromas and flavors compared to other English IPAs, but doesn't have much in the way of bitterness, so in that aspect it's true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber. There is a light tan head which bubbles away to nothing over the course of a few minutes.

S: Maltier than I would expect from an IPA. Sweet toffee and caramel. Also some bitterness from the hops, grass cuttings and subdued floral notes.

T: Still malty, but not as sweet as the aroma; more of a bready flavor. Slight touch of citrus. Earthy bitterness from the hops gives grass, herbal flavors and to a lesser extent some pine. The finish is these bitter hops flavors with mild alcohol heat.

M: Medium bodied with little effervescence from the carbonation. A little bit oily.

O: A pretty decent English style IPA. The bottle advertised it as "West Coast" style so I was somewhat surprised that it was about the opposite end of the spectrum from that.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Silks Bistro (Albany Airport) in Albany, N.Y., on July 7, 2012. Draft into Pilsner glass. Two fingers of head. Caramel color. Caramel, milky foamy lacing with good retention.

Smelled citrus hops, mainly lemon and lime. Got some pine in there. Some toffee malts as well.

Tasted caramel and toffee malts, lemon and lime citrus hops and pine. Probably cascade hops more than citrus. Strong alcohol bite late. Bitter on the tongue after.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Not a bad beer overall, especially for an airport. Still disappointed that Saratoga is actually Mendocino’s, but I’d have it again.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Dutch. Amber copper color capped by a light off white head with little retention. Nose is light with pine and citrus, not overly aromatic. Taste is malt centric with slight cutting bitterness from flower and citrus hop. Mouth is light to medium bodied. Ok!

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Silks Bistro at Albany Airport this IPA is a classic amber color with a stately cream colored crown and lots of lacing. The aroma offers pleasant citrus over herbal hop tastiness. The flavor comes on with a highly favorable citrus kick which brings with it a fruit nougat sweetness and malt biscuit blend. Very impressive in a medium bodied brew with generous carbonation for a pretty luscious feel. There’s an intense graininess that mixes with the hops. A very nice surprise and a recommended IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dense, but moderate head. Long lasting and leaves plenty of ring lace. the broth is orange-amber with a mild haze.

Wonderful balance of slightly sweet caramel malts and spicy, floral hop. Superb combination--very fresh.

Neutral starting malt flavor with a strong bitter hop kicker. The aftertaste is chewy and long-lasting. Classic English flavors--I describe this as "round." The carbonation is very high for the English version, but the moderate body gives some balance.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a very nice deep amber color with two fingers of frothy white head that lingers beautifully, pours entirely clear and clean,
leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: clear scent of citrusy hops, the bottle indicates they are fuggles and cascade
T: taste doesnt quite meet up with the expectations i had after the first scent, initially citrus hops but then a more powerful taste sneaks its way in and tries to ruin it all, kind of funky, almost like soil or something reminiscent of decomposing trees (strange i know)
M: strong carbonation tingle, lingering funky taste
O: everything besides the funky taste its quite nice in this brew, i know it isnt just a bad batch or this particular bottle because I have had this brew before and have has similar experiences both oin tap and in the bottle

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Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into shaker pint

A - pours an inviting orange-copper with moderate fine-beaded white head that has some persistence and a little lacing

S - malty and hoppy - good balance here; nice hop aroma - Cascade-y and a little earthy; malt is substantial on the nose, showing sweet grain, hints of caramel and light bread-dough

T - well balanced through the palate; malt and hop tug-of-war with the hops winning out at the end; hops are bright, fruity, and lightly bitter, then give a green bitter edge to the finish; the malt remains like the nose - restrained sweetness and just enough presence

M - this is all about balance - mid-weight, good CO2, refreshing without being sharp or light

O - quite a good and drinkable IPA; I get the "English" descriptor, but it is definitely in the West-Coast mold; good stuff

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Mendocino tasting room in Saratoga Springs, and it was free (minus tip). All beer at the tasting room is free, unbelievable sounding but true.

This poured mostly clear, just a little haze, kind of a golden orange color, with a few fingers of head. Lots of malt balance in the aroma, and after noticing that someone entered it as an English IPA on BA I guess this makes some sense. Light hops aromatics mixed in with the caramel malts.

Cascade hops come through in flavor, also malty sweetness that isn't rich enough to be called toffee but it's heading in that direction. It almost tasted like an aged IPA, which couldn't be true as it's on tap at the source. Plus other reviews have mentioned the same taste. Not really my style I guess.

Easy enough drinking, I slammed the glass quickly. Especially as I wasn't really enjoying the taste all that much, so savoring wasn't necessary.

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Photo of edbeered
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this ale is a hazy orange-amber color, with a small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving scant lacing on the glass. The smell is faint and has hints of caramel. The taste has a resiny funky hop note that lingers through the middle and the finish, as well as the caramel flavor noted in the smell. This is not the most intensely hoppy beer around, but it has a nice hoppy flavor balanced by the caramel malt presence. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and rich. I've not had a beer hopped by both Fuggles and Cascade Hops before. The label on the bottle calls this a West Coast IPA but the smoothness and subtlety of flavors is more characteristic of an English IPA. Whatever style it is, I like it!

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice cloudy amber-orange color with a bit of creamy off-white head. The head faded fairly quickly but left behind some decent lacing.

S - The aroma is very malty. But there are also some strong elements of hops Also some light citrusy notes.

T - Starts off with some nice building dry bitterness. This continues and is joined by some sweetness, even a bit like toffee. The finish is full of hops with some nice lingering bitterness.

M - Around medium bodied with enough tingly carbonation. A bit creamy, but the carbonation balances it well.

D - Overall, fairly drinkable. The flavors could use a bit more balance, but it is still an interesting taste, and enough flavor to make for an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of eporter66
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A - hazy copper/orange with excellent head and lacing.

S - A malty caramel aroma with a hint of fruit in the background

T - A bitter afterbit hits the back of the mouth, but a buttery malt character is very present. This throws off the label stating that it is a traditional West Coast IPA - the character has too much malt upfront for that comparison

M - A slippery thin feel with decent carbonation

D - This is a drinkable beer, and living only a few miles from the tap room and local Saratoga brewery, the price is right. I just wish that the comparison were true and it had more of a West Coast character.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hate to review a beer by comparing it directly to another, but in this case it fits. Saratoga IPA reminds me very much of ST IPA. It has a thinner body, milder taste profile and has that weak grapefruit finish ST IPA is so known for. Not an expert an EIPAs, this may be a spot on example for the style, however I don't suspect it. This is probably meant as competition for the Dundee's, ST and other local upstate IPAs that are a bit thinner and less expressive that more notable American brewed IPAs.

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Photo of edwardvalenta
2.46/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is light brown, slightly hazy

Smell is earthy, slightly hoppy, might be a little old, slightly oxidized

Body, medium

Taste is out of balance, wet horse blanket, too malty, lacks bitterness

Finish is mild lacks bitterness, not dry enough

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