Saranac Legacy IPA | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Beeranator on 07-07-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
517
Reviews:
110
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
171
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 517 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of asuburbanman
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vetbidder
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +6.2%
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 mchegash
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deniro
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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 orcrist_cleaver
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of teromous
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -6.5%
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 -8.7%
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 LeftHanded666
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse NY.

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Photo of Roberto11232
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Paoloboston
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cyclonece09
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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 LeftoverCrizack
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 JRod1969
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RHF711
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CrimeDog
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
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 irasmith17
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly better than most Saranac beers, but still not great.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Average.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 517 ratings.
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