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.