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Saga - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

786 Ratings
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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 24
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JackieTH on 05-08-2012)
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dptaylor

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

OLD REVIEW:

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
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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.

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Saga from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.