Saga - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.74/5 rDev -5.6%
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
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
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