Saga - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by GoldHorde:
4.23/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Summit offerings are readily available here and economical values for non-celebratory weekly imbibes when I don't want to dip into my dark 50F cellar of premium reserve of beers. I usually buy single pick'em 6-packs of premiums for taste test reviews and special conversations with close premium-loving friends. I usually pick 6 IPA's and 6 dark bodies from the local craft beer stores.
Summit's Pale Ale is readily available at local restaurants and festivals (including the State & County Fairs) around town but I usually bought their IPA for economy consumption - being that their beers are a solid level up over US domestics.
Summit's SAGA IPA surprised me, REALLY surprised me - I wasn't expecting a top-shelf IPA at such a drinkable price.
COLOR: Gold haze.
HEAD: Thin but stubborn - definitely within style.
AROMA: Invitingly evergreen - without the slap.
FLAVOR: WOW - THIS is the tame SUMMIT?! NICE JOB! Very nicely right down the middle of the style sheet - so perfectly a hitters pitch that you can easily knock it right out of the park with ease (oh yes, did I mention that baseball season just opened here). Bitter-sweet edge, evergreen echo in aftertaste
I can announce here that I have just found my fall-back domestic. Summit's regular IPA & Pale Ale, while both enjoyable, have that commercially produced "musty" edge taste that US domestics have in aftertaste.
Very nice beer, Summit - here's to YOU!
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2013 03:25:50 | More by GoldHorde
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4.46/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
It has just occurred to me that I have never rated Summit Sága. This is notable because in the last two years, this is hands-down the one beer I have consumed the most of.
12 oz. can with an "EB" date of September 19, 2014, about two and a half months away. Poured into an old Summit shaker pint. Mostly clear dark gold body with a finger of bubbly barely off-white head. After about a minute, the head drops to a thin crown. Thick layers of bubbly lacing cling on to the glass as the head fades.
Most American IPAs have an emphasis on juicier, fruitier aromas or pinier, more resiny aromas. Sága's got both. Lemon rind, grapefruit, and apricot are backed up by a healthy dose of floral and piney aromas. Light caramel malts in the background give a little complexity, but overall this is a very hop-forward IPA.
Pine resin and fruit juice punch you in the mouth. Huge grapefruit aroma combined with fresh orchard flavors from the Rakau and a nice bitter resiny finish along with the dry toasted malts. The finish pushes on astringent, but doesn't quite get there.
Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Soft on the palate, balanced perfectly with a nice sharp, bitter finish.
At the beginning I already mentioned my bias towards this beer. However, that bias exists for a reason: this is a damned good IPA, and IMO one of the best bottled/canned IPAs in the Midwest. Drink this beer... drink lots of it. Just make sure it's fresh... I've had more than a handful of old and bad Ságas.
Serving type: can
07-06-2014 20:17:52 | More by Phocion
Saga from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.