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Summit Sága IPA | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. With a divine tropical fruit hop aroma and clean, assertive bitterness.

Added by JackieTH on 05-08-2012

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Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 1,278
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden honey color, bulbous creamy head that doesnt quit.

Aromas of brown sugar, burnt caramel, onion, orange, garlic.

Flavor is full of juicy citrus, matched equally with piney onion and a very neutral malt backing. The flavor invades and then leaves the palate with lingering scars of where it just was. It stays with you.

Feel is huge. Creamy, poppy, and a dry finish.

Saga is a world class IPA. Absolutely a hall of fame beer for this style.

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Photo of StephenM
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pale gold, clear, transient white 3 finger head in Pilsner glass
Smell: Mild citrus, minimally dank, grassy
Taste: Citrus peel, lemongrass, light malt, light biscuit
Mouthfeel: light, somewhat thin, average carbonation, light alcohol
Overall: Not striking, but nothing offensive, may have had more flavor with more of the chill off.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant gold with a thick white head that slowly dissipates. Slightly hazy.

Smell: Earthy hops, not a particular strong aroma.

Taste: Nice balance between hop flavors (pine/earthy & citrus). Malt flavor is exceedingly basic. Has a nice bitterness level throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

A pretty basic IPA. Its not a bad IPA, just not really worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of schematix
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a bottle (and probably 5 more) with an enjoy by date about 55 days from now.

A: Hazy deep gold. Holding it up to the light I see floaties.

S: Aroma is under exaggerated. There is some piney hop aroma but very little else.

T: First sip wasn't what I expected, so i quickly followed it up with another swig. The malts are simple... probably 100% 2-row. The hops are definitely piney and has a nice smooth, but satisfying bitterness.

M: Creamy low to medium carbonation. Makes it an easy drinker.

O: It's a well executed simple beer. It's weakness is a lack of complexity though.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a bottle of this from France 44 in Minneapolis, MN. Saga pours a golden hue with a thick head and a nice lacing. The aroma is mainly of citrus and a bit of pine. The taste has hints of grapefruit, pine and some malt. The finish is only mildly bitter while being surprisingly smooth. This is a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep gold with a surprisingly tight head. Subtle flower honey on the nose; pretty delicate with a little malt and a little pine. Malt up front on the taste that gives way to sticky resin, brown sugar orange. Initial flavors disappear quickly and leave resin on the back of the tongue. Tight sharp carbonation leads into a slightly coating finish that lingers. A complicated beer that really grows on you and gets better. Thanks Jesse!

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark gold color, thin white lacing & head
S: citrus, i'm thinking mostly grapefruit, possibly lemon
T: grapefruit, hint of something floral as well. bitter, but a little less than expected for an IPA
F: medium body & carbonation

Not bad. I enjoyed it, but won't go out of my way to buy it again.

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Photo of Lahoi
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Dark gold in color with one finger of a creamy, off white head that diminished, but never fully dissipated. Lacing was magnificent. One of the best I've seen.

Smell is high on floral and citrusy notes.

Taste is well balanced between floral, citrus, and a hop finish that provides a pleasant jolt.

Feel is perfect for an American IPA.

Overall, a delicious beer for its style. Hats off to the fine folks at Summit.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with very pale apricot colored edges and a one finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing coat the glass on the way down. Great looking beer.

Dank resinous hop aroma with a nice balance of floral, citrus and earthy qualities. Hints of fresh cut grass and juicy nuggets along with pine needle and a touch of tropical/citrus fruit sweetness. Very faint tart grapefruit and pineapple sweetness countering the earthier notes. Subtle onion-y summit presence in there as well. Pale malt backbone with some bread, biscuit and light fruit. Nice balance without interfering hinder the juicy hop profile.

Medium body wih a blast of dry, sticky bitterness that's countered by sweeter hop flavors and a pale malt backbone. Decent amount of dryness with resinous oils and earthy bitterness. Dank buds and grassy pine sap but it's not overwhelming. Fresh and juicy with prominent citrus and tropical fruit sweetness cutting through the bitterness. Strong grapefruit and pineapple sweetness along with hints of mango, papaya and lemon peel zest. Subtle malt backbone providing nice balance without interfering with the compex hop flavors. Some bread, biscuit, cracker and light fruit notes. Bit strong complex but really well balanced and easy to drink. Could use a little more tropical/citrus sweetness but otherwise a really solid IPA from summit. Could drink this in large quantities.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a light golden yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light speckled lacing sticks to the glass nicely.
The smell starts off with a spritzy lemon glossing into some sweet citrusy and piney bitterness.
The taste was moderately balanced between the sweet and the bitter. Citrus and piney hops combine over smooth sweet caramel malts and lead into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt right on my tongue.
Overall, pretty good AIPA. It hits all of the normal spots of the style, might not necessarily seek out again, but its worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at district tap. Gotta say, didn't have high expectations but I actually really liked it. Color was a translucent yellow-gold, which was a bit off-putting, but this is why we dont judge bools by their covers. Flavor and aroma were big on hops, more lemon-citrus than pine, but plenty of both. Mouthfeel was reasonably smooth given all the big flavor. Give it a shot.

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Photo of MACrist
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always rated within the style.
Looks: Slightly hazy, amber-orange. Moderate lacing. Tiny bubbles.
Aroma: Sweet stone fruit-peachy, tropical fruits, pine, citrus rind, apricot, malty white bread.
Taste: Citrus rind, sweet tropical fruit, pine. Bitterness and sweetness in front all the way to back. Pleasant citrus bitterness through back end.
Feel: Medium carbonation-perfect, brings out flavor. Overall...quite dry.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

draft sample at ike's in the minneapolis-st. paul airport, oct 14 2015

a: light amber with off-white head

s: hugely dank pine, some grapefruit, some orange. a kind of froot loops scent in here too, yum

t: super hoppy, super resiny stuff. marijuana, grapefruit, pine, and quite the bitter finish. if there's any malt, i can't taste it under all the tongue-ripping hop flavours

m: medium-ish feel with moderate carbonation and a sticky finish

o: i had a sampler flight which included summit's extra pale ale as well, and the waiter accidentally identified saga as the extra pale ale. after a sip of saga, it's easy to see he was wrong lol. a good, ultra-hopped-out beer

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Photo of ajmerickson
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Super refreshing beer. Too me, this beer is like grapefruit in a bottle. Has the sharpness of an IPA with an exquisite sweetness that definitely lingers on the tongue. A great beer to sip on.

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Photo of tlema1
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: hazy yellow/orange, thin head
S: citrus, tropical, and floral hops
T: citrusy and topical, but well balanced
F: light to medium bodied
O: very tasty would share and recommend

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GaryMuchow for this one. Poured from 12oz can into 10oz goblet. This very happy beer was a hazy orange-amber color underneath a massive 1-1/2-2 inch head. Pouring was done in multiple stages.

There was just a very light grain scent showing through in the aroma, as the scent was dominated by blasts of floral and citrus hops. Pretty much same song on the tongue, lots of citrus and floral hops, with only a bit of contrasting malt showing through.

The body was good, the typical medium-light found in so many of the style. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed my can a lot, and would certainly enjoy having this brew again. Overall, this is a nice, solid, enjoyable example of it's style. I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great bang for your buck with this one. Brought a $1.99 can, that was about a month and a half old so still fairly fresh, from my local liquor store. Tons of citrus on the nose and taste along with a splash grapefruit. Super crushable. A good, everyday drinking IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours pale, hazy gold under a fluffy and clingy white foam collar. S: Citrus and malt. T: Fruit, citrus, melon, some biscuit and moderate, pithy grapefruit rind bitterness. Malt is low moderate and hops are moderately high. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A full flavored fruity IPA that is easy to drink.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a 3 Floyds pint glass.
Look: Pale orange to amber in hue. Head starts out fluffy. Settles into nice lacing lthat leaves a trail on the glass.
Smell: Citrusy grapefruit rind, wet bread with a little bit of pine.
Taste: Pine, citrus rind and OJ, little malt sweetness, with a bit of a bitter finish.
Feel: Nice carbonation, crisp and oh, so easy to drink.
Overall: Solid IPA from Summit. Would gladly buy again. Looking forward to trying more from Summit.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really strong pine aroma. A good amount of bitterness to it, and a well-rounded flavor to it. One of the more refreshing IPAs that I've come across.

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Photo of larryi86
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.