Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 1,180
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 213 | FT: 5
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JackieTH on 05-08-2012

Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. With a divine tropical fruit hop aroma and clean, assertive bitterness.
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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw-orange color with a one finger white head. A little carbonation that collects at the top sides of glass. Sweet carmel-malty smell with citrus back. Piney resin right up front. Bitterness sticks around and goes up the nose. A little grapefruit comes through, decent balance. A nice APA. (310 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you garymuchow for this
12 oz can, best before 9/25/15, poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden amber with a four finger white head

S- Floral, piney, some citrus, some wet grass, caramel malts.

T- Piney finish, floral notes, faint wet grass, light citrus upfront, all balanced by nice sweeter malt backbone.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice middle of the road IPA, tasty, worth trying. I could see myself picking this up fairly often if it was local to me. (472 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle enjoy by 10/2:
Pours light golden with the considerable bit of haze. Head is white, fluffy, grows large, sticks around, and provides lacing.
Nose initially is a bit tropical, but becomes more grapefruit rind and grass, the more pine as I get into the glass.

Tate starts right away with piney resin taste. There's a spicy bite to the beer early as well, pepper to even mint (maybe it's the pine influence). Even though the dry pine lingers (with grapefruit pith), between the opening and ending there is a light tropical note that serves to lessen the bitterness just a bit and makes for a more complex beer. This beer is still bitter overall, however, but more balanced with some warmth.

The overall beer is enjoyable, but the profile is a little muddled. I got some really bitter sips and some somewhat sweet sips. None of the flavor profiles I got were bad, I'm just not sure which is the true makeup of this beer. (930 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a golden honey color with a thick white head. Head lingers for a bit and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, pine, caramelized malts, and some notes of floral hops.

T: Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pepper, resiny pine hops, and caramelized malts.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and clean easy drinker.

O: This is an example of my idea of a session IPA. It's a crisp refreshing easy drinker that didn't sacrifice any flavor. At 6.4% you can down a 12 pack and still want more. It's a solid choice for an all day drinker kind of beer. (619 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color is right inbetween yellow and gold with slight carbonation. Sweet hoppy smell. Hoppy taste without too much of the terrible bitter aftertaste a lot of IPAs have. Above average beer. (189 characters)

Photo of SenorElRaz
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite IPA. Pours a gorgeous golden hue, and smells wonderful. The taste is very hoppy up front, with a noticeable citrus "background" taste. Definitely not for someone who doesn't like bitterness. My favorite Summit beer after the Great Northern Porter. (267 characters)

Photo of eauclairedan
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an amazing golden hazy beer. smells of tropical fruit and citrus, tastes like it smells with a balanced malt profile. This is a SOLID IPA, the Rakau hops really shine. the only thing better than this beer is the price at 6.99/6-pack. Summit really nailed this beer. (271 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saga is a well made IPA that drinks very nice.
Looks good with a tall beige head loaded with tight bubbles. The color is golden amber, similar to most IPA's out there.
The aroma is citrusy and bright. I notice grapefruit the most.
Taste is more malty with hop flavor being almost absent. Has a mild bitter finish.
Drinks smooth with just some lingering bitterness in the finish.
I like this beer it was very good and highly drinkable. (434 characters)

Photo of BrewRaider
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good, West Coast-style IPA from Minnesota. Lots of citrus, and the grapefruit comes through. While Summit is kinda overshadowed by Surly, this established brewery puts out a damn fine IPA in its own right. (214 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey....this is a good one....definitely worth a try. The beer has great hop character (pine citrus) both on the nose and taste. It poured a slightly hazy copper with white head that is leaving a lace. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall.....very nice! (281 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my! The citrus. The myriad of fruits! The perfect malt backbone! I hope I'm not being too hasty, but this is the tastiest IPA I've ever had. Will try again later just to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Cheers! (209 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I should preface this by saying I poured from a 6 pack that had an expired enjoy by date. This has the citrus flavor I like in an IPA but was missing the sharp "pow" taste I also like. Presumably because it's expired. My least favorite part of the beer is the sticky/foamy mouth feel. I plan on revisiting this beer when I find a fresh sample. (343 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger Jones into a shaker pint

A: Hazy golden amber with minimal head
S: mmmm! bready malts, dank earthy and orange citrus notes
T: Like the nose, though also some caramel malt, and some piney and spicy hops to go with what comes through in the nose...great combination! Very nice, all things considered.
M: medium carbonation, medium body, wet and sticky while finishing somewhat dry.

overall: Still remember when this first came out a few years back...never really cared for Summit's old IPA, but I was intrigued by the name and was up for something new...what a pleasant and delicious surprise. Now its an old reliable. (639 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazed golden. A thick head thin and lasts throughout. Lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of robust citrus with a hint of pine. Some caramelized malt/grain in the back to complement it.

The taste is citric - orange/tangerine with grapefruit mixed with floral notes. Complex, rich hop character tied together by a firm malt backbone.

Very smooth.

A wonderful example of an American IPA! Hop-forward but enough malt to keep bitterness balanced and to make it smooth. Very well-done! (497 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no date on the bottle that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy golden orange color with one finger off-white head that dissipated slowly until a thin broken layer of small bubbles remained, there was significant lacing on the glass, higher than average carbonation for the style.

SMELL: flowers, pepper and pine resin.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet malt then a piney hop blast, the hops really linger in a pleasant way, there was a citrus grapefruit note as well.

PALATE: medium body and higher carbonation.

OVERALL: This is one of the better IPA's I've ever had, this beer is wonderfully balanced and even smells fantastic, I will definitely buy this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the IPA style. (816 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Is Summit CANning everything that they make? As the founder of The CANQuest (TM), a CANcerted effort to drink and review EVERY CANned beers in existence, I certainly hope so!

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed in St. Paul, Minnesota"; "Epic Hop Character Worthy of the Gods"; "Mother Nature doesn't want your empties. Please recycle."

I Crack!ed it open and began an inverted Glug until the foaming action forced me to back off. It formed a dense, three-finger cap of tawny head that resembled the frothy top of a milkshake and then sat in defiance of me, refusing to fall. Nose was full of citrusy grapefruit scents from the hops and once more, my mouth was drooling in anticipation. In the interim, the head finally began to fall, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had more of an orange or tangerine citrusiness than grapefruit, which was nice. It was not as bitter as many of its CANterparts. Finish was semi-dry and more drinkable than many other hop-laden AIPAs. It could be that I am getting old or am tired or maybe I am satiated with big, hoppy beers, but this was appealing in its way. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was looking forward to trying this one for a while, poured chilled in an IPA glass from the 12oz.

The color is golden with amber accent and 3 + fingers of off white foamy head with fine bead and lots of sticky lace. The smell has plenty of herbal aromas with gentle spice quality and pepper-green woody aroma with slight dank simcoe-like essence which is kind of odd and earthy. The feel is very nice with mildly sweet texture with tangy juicy hop and resinous body with medium carbonation and light toasted grain texture with medium bitterness into a semi-dry finish.

The taste is lightly lemon with a grapefruit-like flavor with herbal and dank bitter hop aspects with slight malt sweetness in the taste augmented by a spice quality in the background and mild alcohol in the mostly dry finish. I consider this a pretty good IPA, plenty of simcoe taste which is moderately bitter but drinkable in general...just not exceptional (935 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4/5  rDev 0%

Sampled at a craft fest. Excuse my limited notes from my mobile phone here.
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Color was a golden wheat hue...

Aroma was of hops, wheat, and grapefruit.

Taste was out of this world for an ipa. Grapefruit, grapefruit rind, hops, wheat and musky barley.

Good beer. (265 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of bubbly white head. The color is golden light orange. Active carbonation is on the lower side for the style.

Smell: Biscuity malts and some toffee starts off the nose. Some caramel malt notes are present on the body with medium bodied fruity hop aromas picking up. Pine cones and some syrup on the back of the body transition well off the front. Slightly herbal hop aromas carry through into the finish.

Taste: Biscuit and bread really pulls the drinker in. The hops easily transition after the front yet pack a decent punch and leave a lingering bitter finish. Caramel, light nuts, molasses, and rounded brown sugar leave an easy, clean finish on the palate which keeps you pulling on this brew.

Mouthfeel: Extremely drinkable, hop bitterness is low overall. Carbonation is middle of the road but plays well here.

Overall: A really tasty brew from Summit. Love the new 6pk canned format which is just perfect for IPAs, especially at under $9. Would be a great beer to crush a few in one night or bring to a party with non-craft drinkers. Well done. (1,102 characters)

Photo of trekbiker3000
4/5  rDev 0%

poured from a bottle, slightly cloudy golden color. frothy white head that lasted. strong hop aromas and flavor. Grapefruit and pine. a well balanced American IPA. (168 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.64/5  rDev -9%

650ml bottle. Enjoy by 11/13/14 which is what I'm doing now, 8/30/2014.

A- Slightly cloudy medium copper body. Two finger white head with fair retention time and a thick white collar that sticks to the side of the glass. [3.5]

S- Citrus, a little bit of pine and bready malts. Nothing too complicated, the whole thing reminds me of tapioca to be honest. [3.25]

F- Grassy, hint of grapefruit, raw grains, bread, pine on the back end. Nothing too complicated but this is pretty solid. Not a ton of flaws. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, not thin at all, good carbonation, nice dry pine finish mixed in with some of that freshly baked bread taste- presumably the yeast. Really not that difficult to drink. [3.75]

O- This is actually pretty decent. I mean, this isn't mindblowing by any means, but it hits the appropriate amount of hops balanced with a grainy malt backbone - without any off flavours - at a cheap price, which is pretty much a steal. [3.75]

Final score: 3.6375 (973 characters)

Photo of fredoindallas
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear pour with creamy head. Fruity, floral, and pine notes. Has a good citrus flavor with a bitter finish. Very crisp and refreshing and is what you want from an IPA. Really enjoyed this one. Tried it as a single and would definitely drink again. (252 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

A rusty tangerine body holds up a foamy white head. Great retention with world map lacing.

The aroma is piny, woodsy, and juicy fruity.

Excellent taste profile. Malty sweetness smooths into a juicy middle. Pine bitterness to finish.

The beer feels medium bodied and slightly dry.

Overall, a really juicy, clean tasting IPA. (358 characters)

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
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