Saga - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by dptaylor:
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Rereviewing this (scores updated) to say, if you can find this on tap DRINK IT! It is SO much better!
Green Mills all over Mpls and St Paul, most NE Mpls bars, and the Groveland Tap in St Paul, all carry this on tap.
Its almost a tad unpalatable for me in the bottle now, now that I've tried it on tap.
Living in Minnesota, the local breweries are majorly hyped for those of us around college age -- and it's pretty much just Schell's (which includes Grain Belt) and Summit leading the charge.
I've tried Summit's previous IPA, their aptly named "Summit IPA"... it didn't impress me so much. Disappointing mouthfeel, and a skunky aftertaste that reminded me of cheap malt liquor.
Summit's new IPA offering, Saga, is much better, however. Anyone who has tried Granite City's home brewed IPA will love this, as the two taste nearly identical to me.
Appearance - Golden bronze. Clear. Pours with a large, foamy white head that glazes the glass in lacing.
Smell - Bittersweet, no offensive odors whatsoever.
Taste - Sweet pale malts and bitter hops clash with a bit of caramel influence, with citrus and grapefruit standing out. Very yummy.
Mouthfeel - Just a touch bigger than medium. Moderate amount of carbonation. Makes you crave another sip.
A solid IPA, easily my favorite new offering from Summit. The sweet pale malts are reminiscent of Summit's Pale Ale, which is also a very balanced, delicious brew. Verdict on Saga: Highly recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
03-07-2013 18:11:53 | More by dptaylor
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Rich golden to tangerine in color. Honestly, this is the clearest beer I have ever sampled-you could read a book through it. Very nice 2 finger creamy white head and some dreamy lacing.
S: Tropical mango dominates off the bat, orange, pineapple, and papaya follow. Clean woodsy pine, juicy and sweet florals.
M: Smooth and very soft on plate, medium body. Maybe some more carbonation to give the flavors some more intensity. Finishes a bit dry on the finish.
T/O: Really matches the nose. Big sweet and juicy fruits at the beginning. Apricot, mango, and pineapple. Bitterness comes in half through, and remains thereafter through the finish. Tastes of pine on the end with residual notes of orange and grapefruit. This beer is citrusy, juicy, piney, and sweet. Really attractive presentation. It's balanced well and the notes are blended as well. Not as bitter considering the 80 IBUs, which is attributable to how the extent of the flavors melding so well.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 01:03:32 | More by orcrist_cleaver
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Dedicating a taste to all the hop-heads out there, Summit comes alive with a strikingly citrus IPA with the bitter finish that the style deserves. Clean, crisp and to the point!
Saga's bright amber, almost orange color pushes forth a cottony head to release plumes of citrus aromas. The fresh peels of oranges, pink grapefruit and lemons carry over to a juicy and dry taste that's balanced with the supple sweetness of thin caramel and angel food cake.
Middle sweetness loosens its grip and allows the hops to pull forth even more, blooming with herbal grass, spruce and leaf. A lightly toasted malt taste lingers despite its sweetness and medium body dissolving into thin air. A glimpse of apricot ester gives a light tropical not heading into finish.
Sharp dryness is realized as the ale continues to lighten and the citrus turns bitter- giving its gripping finish a stemmy, leafy and piquant resinous taste to close. Extended bitterness easily outlasts other flavor components and, with the aid of a minerally plaster character, reinforces the ale's refreshment and crispness.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 17:17:05 | More by BEERchitect
Saga from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.