Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 41
Gots: 188 | FT: 5
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 1,147 | Reviews: 180
Photo of Jacobgeorge05
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my session ipa pretty much. Great taste and easy to drink.

Photo of patm185
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste is sweet. Not bitter.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, light amber color, but little head. Not a big hop aroma in my pint. Flavor is good, spicy hop aftertaste. Good dry feel.

Photo of schiltl
2.89/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Has a tinge of a slightly malty backbone. The nice hoppy taste soon leaves, and makes way for less than stellar aftertaste.

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong hops in this one. Not really my thing.

Photo of SenorElRaz
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of eauclairedan
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BrewRaider
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of ta_hagen
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA, home state Minnesota Beer. Thumbs up!

Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Photo of saga
4.84/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hoppy with just the right bite.

Photo of joe12pk
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

Photo of CraigP83
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 that dissipated slowly until a thin broken layer of small bubbles remained, there was significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: flowers, pepper and pine resin.

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

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: This is a good, solid traditional IPA, I would definitely buy this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the IPA style.

Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of spencerg
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A quality ale, not quite floral enough for my palate but a decent ale worthy of a try.

Photo of RyanJohnCrain
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great American IPA with a unique hop flavor and taste of pine needles, ends with a smooth floral finish

Photo of cyroeser
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Favorite local Minnesota brewery. The perfect IPA at a great price.

Photo of MBoll
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

ugh.... its an ok beer

Photo of Btrap
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Not too heavy on the hops if you're looking for something in hoppy, but really nice color and finish.

Photo of Deanc
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Has a strong grapefruit flavor… was never fond of grapefruit but I'm still drinking it. I imagine that I wouldn't like this beer at room temp.

Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.