Saranac Legacy IPA
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA
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American IPA
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3.71 | pDev: 11.32%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA
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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 562
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft: Poured a blonde color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops notes with some light cereal notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of mild citrusy hops, light cereal notes with some light residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing earth shattering here but refreshing and well brewed beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Lookout Cafe in Lake George served in a clear plastic cup. A clear orange color with virtually no head. Nose is sweet malts, oranges, lemon, and a little hint of grapefruit. Taste follows the nose but the sweeter malts seem to be the dominant flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and it has an oily finish. Some hops and pine show up in the back, but not too much. Faint bitterness, as well. Not great, but not bad.

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Photo of jykleo
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the bottle print shows 1788. It may be 178th day of the 2018. If so It is June 27.
Tried on 8/5.
Not bad but seems to me Old School type.
Too much sweetness after taste and molt might be too strong.
Close to Lager taste.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into an IPA glass.

Amber tinged hue. Minimal sudsy head that dissipated. Bright full aroma of hops, grapefruit, sweet pineapple and fruit. Taste follows with a deep citrus rind-like bitterness that linkers. A good IPA.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml bottle) into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. One inch head initially resolves rapidly with quite a bit of lacing.
S: Floral bouquet with aromas of caramel malt, pine/juniper, and citrus.
T: Pine flavor overpowers malt and citrus. Bitterness increasingly evident with tingling in mouth at end.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Stood up well to Mexican cuisine.
O: Drinkable and enjoyable, if not terribly complex. That said, I was impressed with how it paired with spicy food and would not hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

See through orange with lots of bubbles and a solid ! slightly off white head. Light citrus and malt scent from this brew. Flavor is not horrible, sort of a generic citrus and malt mix. No depth. No sweetness and yet not much on the bitterness bill. Caramel malt flavors growing as the beer warms with some bitterness. Medium in mouthfeel with medium/low carbonation.

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Photo of pro45
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with no date. Pours an orange gold color with a white, soapy head. Smell is grapefruit, hops, orange and tangerine pith, caramel malts. Taste is grapefruit, hop resin, some pine, citrus, hop bitterness is there. Not too dank or harsh. Mouthfeel is oily at the front but finishes dry. Medium carb with a medium feel. Not too light or too heavy. I've had this in a 16 ounce can about two years go and it was much more boozy, harsh, and dank. A difficult beer to drink considering its ABV. The 2017 version is a lot better on all fronts. Not world class by any means, but a tasty IPA and one of this brewer's better offerings. At $15.99 a 12 pack you can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of deniro
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very thin head with a nice golden hazy color with a bit more carbonation than I expected. Smell is really lacking get some malt in there with very faint pine and citrus. Taste for an IPA is more booze and much less complex than you would like in a good IPA in this ABV range. Just doesn't do it for me. You get some slight bitterness with a faint grapefruit lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel overall is the best thing about this beer to me. It's a pretty basic run of the mill IPA, not bad but nothing special at all.

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Photo of teromous
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the neck of the bottle: "2436 15:36"

Appearance: The beer is mostly clear with only a bit of haze. It is a mix of medium gold and light amber. The head is short, white, and creamy textured. Although it is short it still retains nicely and it has very good lacing.

Aroma: I get a light bit of caramel, some faint pine, and a hint of alcohol. Overall the aroma is very faded.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of pine flavor and in the middle there is more of the same pine with a touch of alcohol. The aftertaste is a bit grassy with a bitter finish. The pine flavor really builds up in the aftertaste when drinking the beer.

Mouthfeel: It has good bitterness and moderate carbonation. The body is light and the finish is dry.

Overall: It's a pretty average tasting IPA with nothing that particularly stands out or is noteworthy. The flavor seems to be heavily focused on pine. The aroma is pretty muted. It's a beer that I wouldn't turn down but compared to what is on the market it is unlikely I will buy it again. I might give it a shot if I can find it on tap or even in a can, as depicted on BA.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - copper color and slightly hazy with a good white head
Smell - lots of pine and some citrus
Taste - pine bitterness and very slight citrus
Feel - medium body and fizzy carbonation
Overall - ok but not a fan

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Photo of SSS
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden straw yellow with a thin white head
S-A little dank and a little floral on the nose with subtle caramel sweetness
M-Carbonation is medium high, mouthfeel is peppery on the finish
T-Crisp, dry and a little sweet upfront. Sour acidic bitterness following up initial flavour which lingers on the tongue and gums
O-standard commercial type IPA, not a favourite

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours orange amber with a tiny white head. Smells of citrus and earthy hops. Tastes of notes of citrus and piney hops, with a decent sweet grain backbone. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, nice carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this from a mixed 6pck that I got from the local Meijer's. It poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of bitter citrus hop. The taste is bitter through the drink. There is some grapefruit flare. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, part of a mixed sixer of Saranac brews, which seems to be their introduction to the Alberta market.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some layered cirrus cloud pattern lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, white saltine crackers, resinous pine needles, a touch of generic citrus rind, and more leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is weak bready and crackery caramel malt, underripe orange peel, sour lemons, some minor estery yeastiness, and a muddled leafy, piney and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite sturdy in its taciturn frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, just a touch of plain hop bitterness putting a nick in the shiny new paint job here. It finishes trending dry, that generic bitterness from the mouthfeel completing the growing comparison to the experience of worn-out chewing gum.

Overall, this one showed a bit of promise at the outset, with a few decent aromas, but things went only south after that. Not a bad brew, of course, but very tepid and uninteresting in its flavour profile - and hardly worth trying to classify as West, East, NE, Third, or whatever coast of Yankee IPA it thinks it might be.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a Clear light copper color.

Overall: Aroma is strong hop and slight peach. Legacy is light bodied and tastes bright and fresh. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness, but nothing unusual or extreme. Also has a little bit of a bitter orange finish. Saranac Legacy IPA is well-balanced and versatile IPA. Very good!

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Photo of buzzscag
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I drink about anything. This was tough to drink. IPA? Not really. Tastes like a very malty ale with a bitter finish. Strange flavor. Tastes musty, almost skunky, sort like a RR with a darker piney punch. Leaves an unpleasant after taste. Disappointing.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Great looking beer. Orange body, clear but a hint of haze, white head is big and pillowy. The lacing is fluffy and extensive.

S - Slight hint of honey and floral elements, a bit of sourness, and a pine undertow.

T - Clean and refreshing open, with pine and lemon notes, a middle of toasty malt, and a sharp bitter hit of near medicinal quality in the close, flirting with but not quite overpowering the other flavors.

M - A brisk feel turns to a definite drying in the close.

O - A half step back on the bittering in the close and this would be a rock solid offering, but I think it tips just a bit too far over the edge. The close does not eclipse the rest, but it does detract from it.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light orange color with a minimal white head. Looks to have plenty of carbonation as well. The smell is mostly piney with a little citrus note. The initial taste is actually nicely mild with a crisp clean aftertaste. Lacing is there but not plentiful. I think this could be called a pale ale because of the mild bitterness and aftertaste. I look forward to bringing more of these this summer

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

quart jug to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Oxidized orange, small haze with a strong show of effervesce. Soapy foam off white head leaves about half coverage of soapy dabs of lace on the vessel.

S: Sweet caramel, sweet citrus juice, of moderate strength at first, but quickly diminishes to a weak, almost non-existent matter. Some dried bread and grains.

T: Sour citrus and lemon. Dry barley, hops seem old and musky, something is definitely not right here, or just poorly brewed. Hay, raw lemon skin, very sour and off putting hop finish.

M: Some crispness light bodied rather dull and unexciting.

O: Overall not often i feel the need to go sub 3 but feel its rightfully so here. Never really impressed by matt brewing, but this just seems bad or really old, a couple sips is all i could muster before giving it a burial at sea. pass.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking for a Saranac. Light honey, with lots of little, active bubbles. A good volume of white head arrives and then fades, without dissipating entirely. The smell is of piney hops, with little else to detect. Taste is similar. As suggested, this is indeed a beer that uses very light malt; the hop is the dominant factor here, though it is not an overwhelmingly bitter hop combination. Interestingly, the strongest bitterness is on the finish, and you detect the alcohol there, too. Mouthfeel is nice; full, but smooth and very drinkable. This beer also rounds out and gets more balanced as it warms a little. Nothing to write home about, but this is a good IPA for those who aren't so hop-obsessed.

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Photo of Hudsonvalleyman
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Look: golden in color with a nice 1/2" head and nominal lacing. Smell: subtle, but a clear pine aroma. Taste: well balanced IPA with appropriate bitterness up front (60 IBUs), and malt balance in the finish. Overall: a very nice session IPA. In today's over the top, IPA-crazed market, this beer may seem unremarkable, but it hits the style accurately. An enjoyable session IPA (and a nice entry point for those without an affinity for today's over-the-top bitter IPAs.

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Photo of dantanavige
4.71/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA for a long session. Really has a nice hop bite while still being crisp and balanced. Not for the weak of heart for certain! A great beer to celebrate 125 years of amazing brewing tradition in my home town of Utica, NY.

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Photo of TigerSoul
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac beers don't get much respect, but they hold a certain 'rustic appeal' for me. I love the area where the Matt family brewery is, the Adirondack region of NY state. The beers don't take on airs, they are pretty much straight forward. And, on their own, they hold up rather well; just don't go comparing, especially in a head-to-head matchup. I had just enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and decided to open a Saranac Legacy for my next bottle. Big mistake, as the vastly superior SNPA outgunned the Saranac in every way. The nose alone had a vague "soapy" element to it, and things didn't get much better from there: taste was off-sour, and lacked any of the fresh, piney hoppiness of the SNPA. Yes, different region, different style, so of course its a different profile, but it was nonetheless a disappointment if put up against other, superior beers. Drink this one, as most other Saranacs, without switching over and you'll be just fine.

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Photo of Slsalta
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a steakhouse(Italian of course) in Utica home of the local legacy brewer that created such classics a Schultz and Dooley, Maximus Super, Matts Premium and of course the unforgettable Utica Club.

Pour was thin with limited head. Color approaching a Pulsner. Not the same body and caramel color of the West End IPA that this Legacy IPA replaced unfortunately.

Nose was very subtle i.e. Not much there.

However upon sipping the flavor was nice and tart, not too bitter and a very drinkable beer.

Will appreciate the beer again when I return to Utica.

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Photo of chuckm
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

beautiful color and a cloudy body with a light head that disappears quickly, scent is pine and hops, not very strong. Taste is very crisp, a little dry and very drinkable. Feel is nice, not a thin beer and has some body, overall a slightly above average example of an IPA

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Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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