All About Beer Magazine - Volume 34, Issue 3July 1, 2013
Saint Paul, MN
Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. Norse epic poems depict the two drinking from golden cups to the sound of waves resounding nearby.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1056
AVAILABLE: FL, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, NJ, ND, OH, PA, SD, TX, WI
A beer with a pale bronze color and a powerful and inviting aroma of ripe tropical fruits, perfumy hops, fresh tobacco and cookie-like malt. Perfumy hops, rich bittersweet fruits and biscuit malt dominate the palate. The hops turn bitter in the finish with mellow fruit and rich biscuit malt. This is very much a modern American interpretation of IPA.
- Roger Protz
The beer’s color is deep gold leaning toward amber, but that’s not the first thing you notice. The hop aroma somersaults out of the glass, a weedy mélange of garlic, cut grass and citrus peel with a tinge of cheddar. The hop attack is modest and finely tuned, and there’s not much malt flavor to speak of—this beer is extra dry. But it is well structured in a steely sort of way, and the mineral finish gives it good drinkability. It’ll do very nicely with spicy shrimp pad Thai.
- Garrett Oliver
Author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.
Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and a veteran host of more than 800 beer dinners in 15 countries.