Saga - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.74/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed after a long night of drinking lambic and gueuze... time to change pace with an IPA. Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. Looks like burnt gold bars as it pours out into the glass, cloggy and obscure with barely any head at all, kind of surprising for an IPA. The weak, thin white skin that blankets the beer only lasts for a minute or so before it's gone for good.
Nice aroma of honey, dank and earthy hops, a mild incision of citrus peels, and an undercut of some toasty and bready malt sweetness. There isn't quite so much going on here, but the execution is very nice... Simple, yet refined in such a way that grabs your attention with the first whiff and keeps it throughout the entirety of the brew. Not explosive, but definitely solid.
The taste follows right along, with a good bit of bitterness up front that grazes the tongue softly with hoppy leaves and grapefruit peels coming hand in hand. A few more sips reveal a more juicy and less pithy citrus character that bodes well with the leafy and borderline piney character of the hops. Very crisp malt in the finish with a good amount of balancing sweetness; toasted crackers and bread.
Medium bodied, surprisingly high carbonation for such awful head formation. It snaps on the tongue with each gulp and leaves your palate pretty dry and not as resin-y as you may think. Nothing here that's gonna blow your mind or make you run out and buy a couple cases, but the balance in this brew is really nice, and you can put it down like Aquafina as a result.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2013 11:37:38 | More by tectactoe
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3.56/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From the great progressive city of St. Paul, Minnesota comes the Saga IPA from Summit Brewing. After slaving away for a few hours studying for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, a nice, hoppy IPA was just what my pallet desired.
From the get go, this brew poured deep golden color and boasted about a half inch head. The brew itself might have been a tad cloudy (or maybe that was my Denver Rocket's glass I purchased at the local Goodwill). The head settled out fairly quickly, revealing a solid lacing.
I like to pride myself on my acute sense of smell, and something as high as 80 IBU should have definitely set off my sensors; however, the Saga settled in my nose quite easily. Don't get me wrong, it smelled great (as all hoppy beers do), but I want to say I expected more of a kick.
This beer packed a punch...for the first three seconds of each sip. If this beer drove a sports car, it would accelerate to the speed limit as fast as it could and then throw on the cruise control for the rest of the ride. It's boldness only lasts so long before it settles out to a nice medium.
I paired this brew with a bowl of chips and salsa. On the whole, I'll be drinking this beer again and I will be enjoying it. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 23:42:20 | More by Aaron_Eicher
3.99/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a nice amber/light gold cross, with a bit more head than expected but settled down quickly. Left a nice lacing.
Smells is good, something not perfect about the smell for me but maybe it's the water (I have similar but worse experience with Leines). Hits the mouth great, taste and mouthfeel is very nice, crisp with grapefruit overtones. Pretty hoppy. Don't notice the decent ABV right away, but by the end definitely was contributing to the enjoyment.
Overall I'll definitely be buying again, not a standout in a crowded field but on the other hand somewhat local and very affordable.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 00:48:11 | More by arthuro11
Saga from Summit Brewing Company
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