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Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

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186 Reviews
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Reviews: 186
Hads: 1,226
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 26.63%
Wants: 45
Gots: 248 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
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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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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Photo of beagle75
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of persistent apricot-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass, nearly continuous about one-third of the way down, and a few metered streams of bubbles rise in the column.

S: Clean overall, starring hops that are herbaceous and piney but with lesser floral qualities as well. A trace of austere pilsner grain is the only clearly non-hops quality detectable.

T: Begins dry, with moderate-intensity hop aromatics showing mostly floral and spicy herbaceous qualities. Pale malt is detectable but fairly neutral, like uncooked dough. Acidity is mild into the middle where herbaceous qualities become a bit medicinal but grain becomes more bready in a cooked way. The finish yields bold, heavy-handed bitterness whose astringency lingers on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate showing late astringency that matches the taste, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This appears to be an attempt by Summit to put a modern IPA on shelves, and it doesn't fall far from the 25th anniversary beer tree. Dry-hopping is modest at best, appearing to be largely of Cascade hops but with an allowance for Amarillo to stop by and drop off a pellet or two. At it's price point it isn't bad, although the lingering bitterness holds it back.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had Saga in a shaker pint.

Appearance- This beer has a light golden body with some amber highlights. Barely any white foam on the cap, but some rings the glass. Carbonation is present in the glass, some slow bubbles rising to the lid.

Smell- This beer is more herbal and pepper- like than anything else. There is a little bit of grapefruit, but the earthiness is takes over. It is okay, but I am not thrilled so far.

Taste- The front of the drink has a little bit of the citrus quality, and slowly evolves into the earthy and herbal character. The finish carries a small bit of tingle and biscuit malt.

There are plenty of flavors, but they do not mesh well and they are not really intriguing.

Mouth feel- It is a little on the thin side, and luckily, it pulls back on the carbonation. Any more bubbles and this one would be harder to drink.

There is some hop tingle on the roof of the mouth, but as with the rest of this beer, it does not add a whole lot.

Overall- Maybe I got a bottle that was a little past its prime. The flavors are not especially intriguing. If this had citrus qualities at some point, they are mostly gone now.

And the pepper and herbal qualities are really in need of something else to support it. I am not sure that I would ever recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of caskstrength
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2 days after being released, Summit stubby bottle into a HotD tulip.

Pours a nice looking golden yellow. More gold than I expected, but who cares. Carbonation is appropriate.

S: Lemony pine, a little citrus. Some bready-ness. Ugh, expectations being let down as I continue to smell. Nothing enticing, rich or unique.

T: Lemony pine, light citrus. Bitterness is moderate with some pith, but not resiny/chewy. (Expectations continuing to descend.) Nothing offensive, no off tastes, goes down clean and easy. Not buttery or overly floral. Minimal assault on the palate.

M: Clean, bitter, crisp. Easy drinking summer-IPA-at-the-lake feel. Don't like that lemon on the aftertaste.

O: Solid, if rather boring, local IPA. This is ultra fresh, and I'm not that impressed. What's it going to be like after a month or more on the shelf?

Definitely has the "don't make it too extreme, we have to please the normal beer drinker" vibe.

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Photo of kjyost
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz pour at Green Mill, Grand Forks.

Amber body with great fluffy white head and stellar lacing. Aromas are substantially more muted than I would have expected for a new IPA on the market. Some floral hop, nutty malt. Taste is very subtle for the style, with no strong hop presence. The bitterness isn't really there for me either. Not what I was expecting nor hoping for. I had drank a Torpedo about an hour before, but I don't think that it wrecked my palate that much, as I had a large pour and food to cleanse the palate... I could have easily mistaken this beer for the EPA... Maybe they forgot to change the tap handle.

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Photo of Treebs
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle served in a New Belgium globe . Enjoy by 2/05/2013. Thanks Jeff(supercolter) for the extra.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring and thin film. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Grassy with a light citrus backing. A sweet pale malt backing with a little lemon zest.

T: The hops are up front with a light bitterness and some dried grass, but it fades quickly to a mineral/hard water like quality in the middle. The malty sweetness creeps back up on the back end, but the mineral qualities kind of the malt body. It's saved every slow slightly by lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Bitterness with a slight mineral bite on the finish.

O: Decent enough. We're coming up on a month from the enjoy by date so not sure if that played any factors, but overall it was pretty average for me.

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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 doucmehu
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one many times on tap and in bottle. This is a fresh bottle (delivered yesterday).

A: Pretty beer, very nice golden color with great clarity, big cushy head and lots of lacing.

S: Blast of citrus and grassy hops lets me know this is an IPA, but it seems to fade as we go.

T: Dry, grassy hops and earthy, crisp pale malt. Flavor profile is similar to EPA.

M: Moderate body, good carbonation, huge dry bitter finish.

O: Smells better than it tastes. A little too bitter to have more than a couple. Reminds me a lot of their silver anniversary IPA, which I have to believe this recipe is close to. Extremely dry and bitter. Better on tap than in the bottle.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anything that old reliable Summit puts out I at least have to try. An IPA? OK. Sign me up. 12 oz. single swallowed by my most majestic snifter.

The pour is filtered gold. Nose is sehr tropical, bit of citrus, & an almost rye-like spicy bent. Interesting.

Saga will list 'balance' as the first line of its resume'. Malts are full of bread & form an offensive line that's difficult for the hops to blitz. They show up as a dry bitterness in the aftertaste. The strength here is the drinkability; there's just not much to analyze, easy to sip while watching a baseball game or fire or nesting robin.

And that's the whole show. Simple as a two-celled organism, which isn't bad by definition. This is a pretty good beer that's a solid summer sipper.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium gold, hazy, and small white bubbly head.

S: Some citrus/orange pine and strong presence of the malt.

T: Citrus is up front, with some toasty caramel.

M: Medium body, semi-sweet but not a lot. Nice feel.

O: Pretty solid and easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of Aaron_Eicher
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the great progressive city of St. Paul, Minnesota comes the Saga IPA from Summit Brewing. After slaving away for a few hours studying for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, a nice, hoppy IPA was just what my pallet desired.

From the get go, this brew poured deep golden color and boasted about a half inch head. The brew itself might have been a tad cloudy (or maybe that was my Denver Rocket's glass I purchased at the local Goodwill). The head settled out fairly quickly, revealing a solid lacing.

I like to pride myself on my acute sense of smell, and something as high as 80 IBU should have definitely set off my sensors; however, the Saga settled in my nose quite easily. Don't get me wrong, it smelled great (as all hoppy beers do), but I want to say I expected more of a kick.

This beer packed a punch...for the first three seconds of each sip. If this beer drove a sports car, it would accelerate to the speed limit as fast as it could and then throw on the cruise control for the rest of the ride. It's boldness only lasts so long before it settles out to a nice medium.

I paired this brew with a bowl of chips and salsa. On the whole, I'll be drinking this beer again and I will be enjoying it. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint. Thanks go to Kegatron for hooking me up with a bottle of this brew. It appears a clear copper orange color with a big frothy topping slightly more than 2 fingers. It is yellowish tan composed of rather large bubbles. It maintains solid retention with a cratered surface and as it fades it leaves a webby pattern of lace sticking all over the glass.

The aroma is somewhat muted but what emits is hoppy with an herbal to rindy scent. There is a fresh leafy quality about this with mild suggestions of fruit and citrus. There is a very minor aspect of sulfur and cheese towards the back as the brew warms up. Despite the aroma being soft and subtle, it is all about the hops and little to no grain or alcohol to be noticed.

The flavor is bitter with a rindy aspect almost oily like the pulp/juice of oranges and grapefruit. A bit of herbal to grassy bitterness is noted with a bit of biscuit-like grain inclusion that provides enough backing to be noticed and balance out the brew but not let it distract from the hops being the main focus. A mild note of fruity alcohol is noted towards the backend.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is an overall decent brew that is very easy drinking. At times, it comes off just a touch watery but that increases it's drink-ability for the most part. I think it could have used just a bit more brightness to the hop character in both the flavor and aroma and that would have set it off. As is though it is down the middle of the road, easy drinking ipa. Thanks for gifting me with this Heath, I appreciate the chance to try it!

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Photo of stewart124
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Knights of Columbus off of Blue Rock Rd....$1. I could not believe it when the girl actually charged me only $1 and I was hoping that this wasn't past it's prime.

Light copper with some orange hues. Decent head retention.

Light floral notes and some citrus to light pine in the nose.

Taste was fairly bitter with pine and white grapefruit pushing the limits. More balanced than some IPAs but still a hop forward beer. Light bready notes with just a hint of caramel sweetness. Not a cloying sweetness and very drinkable.

This was quite a treat to say the least. Very easy drinking. Finishes dry with a pine character on the tongue. Sessionable for an IPA.

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Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binnhy's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz squatty brown bottles with no freshness date, but since this beer only came out in 2012, it can't be that old.

The beer poured a hazy gold color with a 1-finger white head that lasted a few minutes and left lots of lacing.

The beer had a mild tropical fruit smell to it due to the use of citra and amarillo hops, but it also had a rather unpleasant barnyard smell to it as well that doesn't suit this style.

The taste is very hop forward with lots of citrus flavor. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine taste with fairly high bitterness at 80 IBU's. There's a slight caramel malt sweetness to it, but this is basically a hop lover's delight.

Light bodied with fairly high carbonation.

Good if you like fruity, bitter, hoppy IPA's.

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Photo of bashiba
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light bright gold with a fluffy head if white foam. Good retention. Light bitter pine nose. Strong opening bitter pine, grapefruit notes. Peppery and punchy. Slightly tongue scraping. The one doesn't joke around. Good IPA but with a really strong bitter.

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Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a 3 finger foamy white head with good retention and lacing. Smells like grapefruit, pineapple, pine, floral hops, and biscuit malt.

The taste is mostly bitter, without much sweetness. Tastes like grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, floral hops, and biscuit malt. I did not taste the pineapple which I detected in the aroma.

Medium bodied with below average carbonation, and a bitter aftertaste. Very smooth, and finishes somewhat dry. A good IPA from Summit, but not in the upper echelon.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soapy, white head bursting with hop resin that is persistence and leaves sticky lacing all along the edges of the glass. Bright hop aroma smells of grapefruit, though there is some kind of musty, dull aspect hiding in the back. Golden, straw color. Starts off with big bursts of grapefruit citrus and a medium bitterness. Builds into a medium-high bitterness as the hops take on a citrus rind/pine like quality. As the finish comes in, things mellow and a touch of sweet malt comes through, but then that citrus rind hop bitterness just steamrolls it all and lingers.

Overall, a great Midwest IPA; aromatic, hoppy, but not overly bitter. There's plenty of hop flavor and bitterness, but it's all balanced well. I would buy this again without a qualm. Very nice.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a southern tier pumking tulip glass.

A: Aggressively pours a moderately translucent golden-orange color. 1 finger head that didn't fade too quickly. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Some malts and good amount of hops. Bitter grapefruit. Good, but nothing too special from the nose.

T: Light. A good amount of hops without a ton of bitterness. Not much malt character in the taste. Definitely some grapefruit and orange citrus notes.

M: Light-Moderate body. Crisp. Good level of carbonation. Session-able.

O: Not bad. A good IPA that you could throw back 3 or 4 without batting an eye. Could have bit more hop character, but not too bitter, not too malty, not too sweet. Good balance.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%

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

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes out to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some citrus. Taste is also big on hops, some pine, a bit of citrus, good bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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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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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.