Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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89
very good

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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 42
Gots: 204 | FT: 4
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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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Reviews by JamesMN:
Photo of JamesMN
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites! I've been looking forward to the chance to give this great beer a proper review. Just be warned - I am totally biased here.

Pours a clear honey-gold with a fluffy, creamy head. Lacing looks great, almost leaves a winter-evergreen landscape on the wall of the glass. Head retention is fantastic.

I give the nose on this one a perfect 5. It's bigger and better than I ask of a non-Imperial IPA - but just enough. All pine and grapefruit juice here.

Taste-wise, well, there's just something about Saga. It's one of my classics, so there's this nostalgia to it. It takes me back to backyard archery practice with my dad, gearing up bowhunting - but it can't be just me. This is such a great IPA, but it's an individual in a sea of great IPAs. Pine and grapefruit per the norm? Yeah, but it has personality. Nice and bitter on the back end of the swig.

Mouthfeel is great. It's light, maybe a little aggressive on the carbonation, but pleasantly so. Gets nice and creamy if you let your tongue bathe in it for a few moments.

A lot of people might roll their eyes at the high score I'm giving this beer. I just want to remind those people that this isn't an imperial. My word though, it could almost pass for one, and that's what makes it an extraordinary 'single' IPA. Let's not forget the price point either - talk about an affordable luxury!

Can't recommend this one enough.

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 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 Beerlover
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

awesome ipa! soo good and different from any of their other stuff. im a huge fan of summits e.p.a. but this stuff is AMAZING! had the privledge of being at the brewery for the relese of this beer, and it was unbeliavable on tap!! not as good in the bottle but still great! hop driven in flavor. aroma is unique and very heavenly. if you dont like summit you have to try this anyway, you wont be dissapointed if you are a hophead like me!

Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bsp77
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of deebo
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful slightly hazed copper orange hue with bright white head forming thick, fine even spread lacing through the sides of my glass. Aromatics offer up pungent citrus, mild tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, and more grapefruit. I saw citra and a slew of other hops listed on the six pack carrier. Flavor has a nice rounded bitterness, grapefruit peel, tropical fruit sweetness it's kind of like pureed hop juice, a bit of dankness with herbal earthy notes hops across the board very fresh offering this shows no signs of age, it's best by date is 1/26/13 printed on the neck of the bottle plus the label has a code 32411310, probably more which looks like it was brewed on the 241st day of 2013. Mouthfeel is a bit resinous with hop oils medium to light bodied dry finish, this one is very easy to consume not the most aggressive or overly hopped IPA but for sure a solid staple that any true hop head can enjoy.

Photo of Covocali
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smooth experience Great taste & feel

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Capone's. A bold minty spicy peppery IPA that stands out as the aftertaste is still on my palate some time after consumption. Deep yellow with good retained head. Middling mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Invigorating aroma.Like a 1.5X IPA.

Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely clean amber complexion, and amazing, beautiful, detailed lace. Bravo!

Aroma is enticing and bold citrus hops. Very, very nice.

Taste is sharp, with bittering hops up front, with definite tones of citrus and herbal notes. Very tasty.

A delicious IPA, and one I'd love to return to. Nice work.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Summit Saga
12 0z. brown bottle, code: 40931305"

Appearance:Hazy deep gold body. Full, two-figner thick head of frothy off-white. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Resinous citrus and piney hops.

Taste: Resinous citrus and piney hops. Sweetish, doughy malt base. Very solidly bitter. In the first few sips the sweetness really comes through, but as the bitterness starts to build on your tongue and at the back of the mouth it becomes much drier. In that regard I think it's really well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Delicately bristling on the tongue. Medium body with a dextrinous side that suggests it's fuller. Surprising head retention for a beer with just a moderate carbonation level.

Overall: A citrus hop lovers dream - that's what this beer is all about. Unfortunately I feel it could be a little bit more complex as it's a bit of a one-trick-pony. Great trick, however!

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

Spent the last 2 days trying to track this down in the cities, it sold fast, but I found a 6 pack :-)
A: Nice light cooper color
S: Tropical
T: Grapefruit right away, lemon/pine comes in next.
M: Summer beer, just perfect.
O: Great beer for an IPA, it's not overkill, but still gives off it hints.

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 tempest
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a few bottles shipped out form MN. It's great to see Summit nail an IPA. This is more West Coast style for the lighter body and big, clean fruity hops. There's a great mix of cutting grapefruit with floral tangerine, then a peppy finishing bite. There's a mild caramel malt background that blends nicely with the big hops here. Why can't this become the new Summit IPA? So much better.

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

A: Pale golden and clear; decent two-inch head and good lacing

S: Very hop forward IPA with lots of citrus, grapefruit and floral aromatics; some grassy and grainy undertones but mostly citrus hops

T: Hop bitterness up front which is balanced out on the back end by some grainy malts but don't get me wrong this is hop-forward: citrusy, grassy, and dank hops; a bit dry on the finish

F: A stick and oily, medium-bodied IPA; a touch dry on the finish

O: A very nice hop-forward IPA from Summit; definitely one of their best hop-forward beers to date

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. Enjoy by 10/22/2012, so I'm a couple days late on this.

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale orange. Small white head that settles to a collar and about 2/3 coverage of the surface. No real lacing, but I did just wash this glass.

Smell - Soapy. And not because I washed the glass. It's not a huge hop aroma, but it's there. Soapy citrusy hops. Malt comes through just a bit.

Taste - Much hoppier here. Definite citrus hop, very tropical fruit. Still not a beat-you-over-the-head hop flavor, which I crave. It immediately fades to a very light malt base. Just before it gets watery, there's a grainy malt flavor that helps retain some flavor. Quite bitter in the back, relative to the other flavors.

Mouthfeel - Quite drinkable, if a little uninteresting after a while. Medium carbonation and light bodied.

Overall - It's a pretty good IPA. Nothing I'd really need to trade for. Two Hearted is probably the closest approximation, but it's got nothing on Two Hearted.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grass & light lemon

T: Follows the nose, some breay/biscuitty notes & a touch of pine & dryness up front. Herbal bitterness, slight grapefruit flavor as this warms. Finishes grassy with a slight aspirin biterness, along with some citrus & pretty dry

MF: Creamy, light/medium bodied, good balance

Very drinkable, not a great AIPA, but passable, a bit over priced compared to others

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Crystal clear gold with a nice covering of slightly off-white head. Robust retention with a good bit of sticky lace left back. The aroma smells herbal, citric (grapefruit), zesty (lemon) and piney in the nose. Very light tropical notes mix some soft maltiness across the back. This had about a little of everything. Taste is fresh grapefruit and zesty bitterness (although a little raw on the finish) that is tempered by tropical (lots of orange) and herbal character and a sweet graininess from the malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft crisp creaminess in the mouth with some underlying slickness. No alcohol and very easy drinking. This was decent, with a moderately bright feel to the hop flavors and an overall good balance. You could do worse out there than a sixer of this for a hop fix.

Photo of bashiba
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin but sticky off white head.

The smell is medium hoppy with a pungent, basement quality, very dank.

Has a nice green fresh hop flavor up front that quickly gets a nice bit of English Crystal Biscuit flavor evening it out nicely, a bit of citrus and pine comes through in the finish. Not at all bitter, doesn't taste close to the 80 ibu's it claims to be. Has more of a Pale Ale level of bitterness and is more balanced than I expect an IPA to be.

The mouthfeel is lightly syrupy with mild carbonation.

Good Dry Hopping and nice malt qualities, a very easy to drink IPA.

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

Upgraded packaging for this new beer compared to previous beers. Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a combination of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit notes. A little bit of toffee lingers in the background.

The flavor is growing on me the farther down the glass I get. Very bitter with a slightly toasted bread malt flavor. The hop flavor does not deliver as good as I would of liked considering the bitterness level. Mostly earthy pine hop flavor with the slightest tropical fruit note. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall is dry.

Medium body and appropriately carbonated. Good overall texture.

A solid, even good IPA, but nothing greatly impressed me. Can't beat the price though so it will be a regular in my rotation.

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.