Saturday, March 8, 2014

Saranac Legacy IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1065) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014
I poured a 16oz can into an official Saranac shaker glass. It was canned on 12/5/13 and cost $1.83 ($0.15 per ounce).

Appearance: Hazy shade of amber/copper. Slow carbonation visible. Pours to an average-sized, white, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Pine needles, some resin and minor citrus.

Taste: The Matt Brewing Company claims Saranac Legacy IPA is based on an old recipe by the brewery’s founder a long, long time ago. I find that claim a little difficult to believe since this beer drinks exactly like a current-day "East Coast Style" India Pale Ale. Brewed with two-row and Munich malts, the hop bills is apparently classified according to the website. All that marketing hyperbole aside, they still managed to churn out a more-than-solid, to-spec American IPA. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness, but nothing unusual or extreme.

Light malt character is present right away. The two-row and Munich malts are a familiar flavor, and work well here. They give some light sweetness, but nothing too intense (or specific for that matter). Through the middle the bitterness is revealed. Only 60 IBUs, but plenty of authentic hop flavor to satisfy your need for humulus lupulus. A distinct pine flavor, with a touch of resin, though not what I would consider dank. The palette gets a little rustic on the finish, maybe even a touch nutty or toasty, and leaves some lingering spicy or herbal flavor. I’m not sure what took Saranac so long to hop on the American-style IPA bandwagon, but better late than never.

Drinkability: At 6.5% ABV, this is one of Saranac’s bigger beers. Though it’s actually quite standard for a single IPA. This beer drinks exactly like an IPA should: the mouthfeel is rather full, but well-carbonated and crisp. It goes down smooth without any residual carbonation distraction. Saranac Legacy IPA is well-balanced and versatile enough to work on its own or with a savory meal. 
Grade: 8/10

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