This beer uses the same type of malt used in many Irish whiskeys. The beer pours a light copper and amber in color, or, as the name implies, saffron, which is an orange/yellow color. There is a relatively short off-white head. The aroma is malted barley, you can tell it is the same stuff used to make Irish whiskey, with light fruit behind it. The taste is pleasantly malty, toasted, a bit nutty, again whiskey precursor evident, with a congruent lemon tang, and a moderate floral bitterness. I love Mankato Brewery, their beers are tasty, highly quaffable, yet exquisitely finely crafted in a subtle way.