Saga is an India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing who says this beer is “Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. With a divine tropical fruit hop aroma and clean, assertive bitterness.”
India Pale Ales are known to be hoppy or bitter. There is a measurement scale for beer called International Bittering Units (IBUs). Saga comes in at 80 IBU’s. Just for reference, light American lagers rate 8-12 IBUs, and some of the highest ratings are over 100. I did not like IPAs for a year or so. A good friend of mine drank a lot of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and I typically don’t refuse any beer that is offered. I got used to the taste and now IPAs are one of my favorite styles of beer.
Smell: Malt, earth, citrus.
Taste: Pine, medium hop kick holds throughout. Citrus. Not incredible, but a very good IPA.
Mouthfeel: Alcohol warmness (6.4%) dry and fairly carbonated.
Appearance: Light copper. Not much foam retention (only poured 1/4″ of head so maybe bad on me)
Overall: Very good beer for the price. One of my stand bys along with Sierra Nevada. I really like IPA’s and those two are both solid beers in my opinion. It helps that they are both often on sale at my local shop.