Saranac Legacy IPA
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Legacy IPASaranac Legacy IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,358
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,538
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 11.32%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
567
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
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84
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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.
Look: A noticeably lighter, almost AAL-esque golden color with an muddled but not complete haze. Pillowy soft white foam head originally an inch tall, fades to the rim of the glass after drinking a little. Head leaves suds on the glass. Not aggressively carbonated.
Smell: Almost no distinguishable smell, maybe a bit of pine and some citrusy fruit if you really smell hard.
Taste: Immediate malt-heavy sweetness with decent bitterness but nothing super offensive, especially at 60 IBU. Some citrusy and tropical fruit hoppage, maybe with some grapefruit and dried mango notes. Really not a lot of depth.
Feel: Medium body with a lasting soft bitterness that isn't unpleasant. Hops and malt flavor don't stick around. Pretty easy to drink but not flavorful enough to have more than a few.
Overall: A solid, affordable beer, but pretty pedestrian. Good for someone who just popped their IPA cherry and is exploring what they may like. But to the connoisseur, is nothing to write home about.

Feb 17, 2020
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a golden, honey-yellow with a huge cap of fluffy, bright white head and thick lacing. The nose is malt-forward with notes of lemon peel, grapefruit rind, an floral hops. For 60 IBU, it opens more bitter and less malty than I anticipated. There is abundant tart, bitter grapefruit and lemon, along with resinous pine. The malt is evident but it remains in the background. It's crisp and tangy. The mouthfeel is lite with fairly lively carbonation, and at 6.5% ABV it's very easy to drink. In reading the background on the website, this is an old recipe, which makes sense because it's such a basic, hard-working IPA. It's sessionable and would be great for a picnic, baseball game or any other outdoor activity. In such a setting, Saranac Legacy IPA is as American as apple pie!

Dec 15, 2019
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KomodoDragon from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blonde hazy ale, one inch of mostly smooth white head. Good lacing

Slight grass and apple the smell.

Taste is a bit butterscotch, sweet malt a bit of tannins. Light backbone and sugary sweet on finish. Lacks punch of hops normally found in IPA’s

Satisfactory yet unexciting IPA

Sep 15, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Aug 02, 2019
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Beertsipper from New York

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.

Jun 29, 2019
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jykleo from New York

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.

Aug 05, 2018
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88caprice from Virginia

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.

Nov 23, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Sep 12, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 06, 2017
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pro45 from New York

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.

Jul 22, 2017
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deniro from New York

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.

Jul 12, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

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.

Jun 19, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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

Jun 12, 2017
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SSS from Canada (QC)

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

May 28, 2017
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

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.

Jan 30, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Jan 22, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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.

Jan 03, 2017
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Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania

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!

Jul 27, 2016
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buzzscag from Hawaii

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.

Jun 20, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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.

Apr 09, 2016
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

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

Apr 04, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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.

Mar 04, 2016
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

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.

Mar 01, 2016
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Hudsonvalleyman from New York

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.

Feb 21, 2016
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dantanavige from New York

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.

Feb 17, 2016
Saranac Legacy IPA from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 567 ratings