Beer Profile: Saranac Legacy IPA

Profiled by Ken Carman for PGA

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85% on Beer Advocate, 77 Rate Beer.

Bordering on being a Pale, but still an IPA, Legacy is splendor in a glass. The clarity is superb with jewel like light yellow highlights. SRM about 3. Fine bubble head mixed with pillow it seems to linger forever.

Aroma: pale malt way in background with hops dominate… light pepper spicy. These are not pepper-like phenols: hop driven, and not strong in any sense. Hint of malt sweetness.

This presentation is Utica Club-like, but the taste is that of a fine ale yeast, pale malt: light, and solid hop bitter. A hop focused light ale, yet the malt supports that as the perfect platform. A fine quaff for sure. Smooth, easy to down as one admires a remote Adirondack lake.

Impressive in its perfection.

4.5

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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IMG_20141004_160514791_HDRKen Carman, on the right, is an obnoxious man who smells like over roasted Fruit Loops and who just happens to own PGA. Don’t like it? Tough bananas baby.

The Uncritical Embrace of Craft Beer?

Written by Fraz Hofer for Tempest in a Tankard

IMG_1176We see a similar narrative trajectory in the craft beer world. We know the broad outlines of the story. Insipid lager washes over North America like a tsunami in the post-war period, itself answering a desire for lighter beers. But then along comes a new generation of beer drinkers not content to drink marketing form over brewing substance. Hops carried the day, the more bitter and aromatic, the better.

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Beer Profile: Boon Oude Gueze Marriage Parfait

Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA

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Pours the color of a ripe apricot with the blush on it. Hazy and almost opaque except for it does let enough light in for you to observe it’s lovely color and the bubbles that are starting their way up from the bottom. 2 fingers of white foam top the beer and last until they become a light layer of film on top.

Nose is funky with barnyard and earth. Wet damp earth. Some fruit tartness and a sour you can smell. A drop of vinegar and some overall lemon fruitiness. There is some vanilla on the nose that is like a fragrant flower that has grown in this earth and is sweetly in bloom.

Taste is outstanding. Funky, sour, citric, the embodiment of the lemon. The essence of the icy bright peel. The vinegar is not too strong. The earth and the wood come together as like is to like. The headiness of the fruit sweetness meets the light sweetness of the crisp wheat and lay a soft foundation for this dynamic beer. Sour, acidic, earthy, and with a touch of some kind of green but woody herb to round out the flavor. Dry crisp and bubbly mouthfeel.

This beer is intense. The coming together of powerful earth and a bright bit of uplifted sweetness. The shyness of the musty earth after it rains and the greeness that lies in wait for when the sun comes to shine again. The fruit is the culmination of this beer and is taken whole in it’s every aspect from sweet peel to the tartness of it’s flesh , right through to it’s final incarnation – sour and like vinegar in decay. This beer is truly a perfect wedding of elements.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.