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Saga - Summit Brewing Company

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865 Ratings
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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 26
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JackieTH on 05-08-2012)
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Reviews by JamesMN:
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: Translucent light orange/yellow color. Pours a white two finger head that's sticking around. Reminds me of white grape juice. Looks appealing.

Aroma: There is some pine in there but it is completely overwhelmed by tropical fruit notes. This is balanced out by the bitter hop tones that come afterwards.

Taste: Nicely bitter from start to finish. Some grapefruit and pineapple in there but not as present as in the nose. Really nice juicyness to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Pretty drinkable given it's an IPA. Very easy to slug down. This approaches sessionable territory.

Final Thoughts: When I heard Summit was making a new IPA I had some high expectations and Saga did not disappoint. This beer takes the definition of West Coast IPA and just about perfects it.

07-22-2012 02:17:12 | More by JamesMN
More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21


2/5  rDev -49.5%

02-10-2013 18:52:23 | More by mojohawk21
Photo of tectactoe


3.74/5  rDev -5.6%

Enjoyed after a long night of drinking lambic and gueuze... time to change pace with an IPA. Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. Looks like burnt gold bars as it pours out into the glass, cloggy and obscure with barely any head at all, kind of surprising for an IPA. The weak, thin white skin that blankets the beer only lasts for a minute or so before it's gone for good.

Nice aroma of honey, dank and earthy hops, a mild incision of citrus peels, and an undercut of some toasty and bready malt sweetness. There isn't quite so much going on here, but the execution is very nice... Simple, yet refined in such a way that grabs your attention with the first whiff and keeps it throughout the entirety of the brew. Not explosive, but definitely solid.

The taste follows right along, with a good bit of bitterness up front that grazes the tongue softly with hoppy leaves and grapefruit peels coming hand in hand. A few more sips reveal a more juicy and less pithy citrus character that bodes well with the leafy and borderline piney character of the hops. Very crisp malt in the finish with a good amount of balancing sweetness; toasted crackers and bread.

Medium bodied, surprisingly high carbonation for such awful head formation. It snaps on the tongue with each gulp and leaves your palate pretty dry and not as resin-y as you may think. Nothing here that's gonna blow your mind or make you run out and buy a couple cases, but the balance in this brew is really nice, and you can put it down like Aquafina as a result.

09-06-2013 11:37:38 | More by tectactoe
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-19-2013 15:50:14 | More by jono0101
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-03-2013 17:33:04 | More by DwedPirateWobert
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-21-2014 00:00:18 | More by markmo
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

10-02-2013 02:03:39 | More by beaversfan12
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-24-2014 03:47:55 | More by DaftPatrick
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-12-2013 23:35:44 | More by csmartin6
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-16-2013 04:40:34 | More by nstroup
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-05-2014 21:08:31 | More by 77apm
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

06-10-2013 02:44:49 | More by lionnusmb
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

07-16-2014 14:31:31 | More by megamass
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +1%

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of resin notes as well as some biscuit malt and a hint of orange citrus. The flavor is very similar. I get some dry, resin notes and a hint of biscuit malt. The beer is very "sticky" and there is a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA.

09-24-2012 04:25:58 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-02-2012 21:20:49 | More by ryancl
Photo of bsp77


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light amber with moderate off-white frothy head and minor lacing.

Smell: Very tropical, with mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Some spiciness and pine.

Taste: More balanced than the aroma, but the same tropical hoppiness comes through, with grapefruit and mango mostly. Underneath the hops is a persistent semi-sweet toasted body. Finish has some pine along with the grapefruit, and is moderately bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Smooth but slightly thinner than expected.

Overall: I was under the impression that this was very similar to the Silver Anniversary IPA. Not really. It may have similar specs, but the different hop profile makes all the difference; this one is certainly more tropical. It is equally delicious and smells better, but the body seems slightly thinner and less creamy. Regardless of comparisons, this is an outstanding, everyday, lower-priced IPA. Fantastic job, Summit! Between this and the new Summer Ale (and the continuing Unchained Series), they have really stepped up their game.

05-18-2012 22:52:38 | More by bsp77
Photo of deebo


3.79/5  rDev -4.3%

A bottle with a BB date of 8/17/13 poured into a pint glass appears pale golden with a finger of white fluffy head that doesn't have much staying power but sticks to the glass.

I love the aroma of this beer. Hop notes of grapefruit and mango are strongest. There is also a nice clean malt aroma here that has a touch of sweetness. If the taste as is good as the aroma I'm going to love this beer.

Unfortunately for me the taste of the hops is more pine tree like and resiny. The malt is still very clean and has a nice subtle sweetness but is overpowered by the bittering hops.

Mouthfeel of this beer is medium high carbonation with a fairly nice malt backbone. Finish is long and bitter with a resiny/sticky quality.

Overall this is a solid IPA but I prefer those that are more aromatic and don't tend to overpower you with a bitter taste and a pine resin taste. This one isn't like sucking on a pine cone but it is strong enough to hamper my enjoyment. Good one to pair with spicy foods.

05-03-2013 02:34:35 | More by deebo
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

09-17-2012 22:28:37 | More by NilocRellim
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

09-27-2012 19:41:23 | More by Vog11mic
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-18-2013 20:15:41 | More by KOP_Beer_OUtlet
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-17-2013 01:30:32 | More by bpfrush
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4.48/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant and clear copper amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very nice citrus forward hoppy aroma. Good hints of grapefruit, mango, oranges, pineapple, and apricot. Also some hints of herbal pine resin. Some bready caramel malts in the background. Smells very much like a solid west coast IPA. A very tropical and good smell.

Taste: Very citrus hop driven like the smell leads. Not overly bitter, but very full with the citrus flavor. Notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, apricot, and pineapple. Subtle piney hop presence. Somewhat herbal. Nice backing of bready caramel malts. Ripe citrus fruits are the dominate note here and it tastes very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nicely creamy, crisp, and juicy. Hops have a bitter drying effect on the finish.

Overall: A very impressive take on a West Coast IPA from Summit. Similar to their recent Silver Anniversary ale, but better. The tropical citrus flavors are great. Also a nice bargain for the price.

06-01-2012 07:52:15 | More by MattyG85
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-17-2012 20:26:48 | More by blaze8
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-08-2014 01:20:39 | More by GOBLIN
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-08-2013 14:37:15 | More by ryser2k
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Saga from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.