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Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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89
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Reviews: 178
Hads: 1,195
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 226 | FT: 5
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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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear amber color and a decent enough head that leaves a bit of lacing

Smell: Shortbread, with citrusy tones

Taste: Shortbread, up front, with a developing citrusy character and a hint of tropical fruit; a bit sweeter than I expected in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It is nice to see this as an addition to the regular Summit line up as this is a beer I would re-visit, unlike many of the others (477 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Lady and served in a branded Summit pint.

Hazed amber orange with rising carb trails, frothy layer of white foam that leaves a good amount of lacing. It has some brightness to it, despite the haze. Sticky lace in the glass adheres well.

Citric and floral notes, somewhat subdued at first, but perk up after it warms a little bit. Some woody hop traces surface later on.

Flavors are very balanced, equal bready malt character against some pleasant orange peel and floral hop notes. The advertised tropical character wasn't all that apparent. Clean feel with lightly resinous hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A solid drinkable IPA, though not one i'd characterize as having tropical fruit notes in press materials. Not too far off from Silver Anniversary, which was also a good IPA.

Edit: Tried a bottle and there's a hint of tropical fruit in the aroma, but still pretty subtle. Will get a six most definitely though. The homer contingent is kinda obvious... (981 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral notes with light pine notes. Some sweet caramel notes.

T - It tasted of toasty malt with a piney bitterness. Some citrusy notes, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty IPA. Summit continues to make new great beers. (433 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (887 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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 (935 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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 (488 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Clear copper pour with a small white head that retained as a ringlet and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Light floral and citrusy hop aromas. Taste of floral and citrus hops once again, grassy, mild pale malts in the background for a good balance; subdued bitterness. Not really exploding with fresh hoppy goodness, but honestly, this did follow a Sculpin, so my palate might have been biased. Light-medium body and definitely easily drinkable, if a little on the thin side. (524 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale peach/apricot appearance; slightly off-white head. long-lasting, lace leaving. Lovely stuff, looking good in the glass.

Fresh and lively aromatics, giving off fruity esters like pineapple, mango, tangerine. A well-tempered citric hop explosion, with tropical fruit joining the mix. Exquisite.

Taste: Mmmm! Hops hit the palate right from the start and a mild, fruity bitterness takes over, but doesn't overtake. Fades back and hangs out in the corner, until the next sip. Put the glass to the lips again, and a burst of bitterness grips the tongue once more, a mild astringency is evident, but never too much so.

Summit is a brewery of balance. Perhaps someday that create something really out there, but I can't see them brewing anything outside the limits of drinkability, or that tips the scales too far beyond the norm. Just not going to happen. With Saga IPA, they've embraced the West Coast IPA style, which has become incredibly popular all over the country, and kept it smooth and very easy drinking. Certainly a sessioner, one the hop freaks will take to their bitter bosoms, and probably gulp down by the case-ful.

Finishes with bitterness lingering lightly, hop presence never too subdued, and never too intrusive. Just right. (1,252 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/18/2013. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, mango, pineapple, tangerine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and slight pine. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes; with a nice amount of malt balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, bread, caramel, and light piney spiciness. Moderate amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, bread, caramel, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop notes; with a solid malt backbone; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. Great balance and complexity of hop notes; and very easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,184 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (497 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation and some orange and golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to several small to medium sized medium thick patches, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/pineapple/mango and citrus/tangerine hops over light aromas of caramel malts. There are also some very subtle tones that remind of skunky perspiration.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale and caramel malts but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the hops - light to moderate citrus/tangerine with slightly stronger tropical/pineapple/mango. Light amounts of sweetness that are followed by light bitterness in the finish which fade quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is very easy drinking American IPA and certainly a beer that I could easily put a few back. There is a slightly funky smell/taste of skunky perspiration that is not my favorite but definitely worth drinking, The alcohol is well hidden and the hops are nicely present. (1,333 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I drink the crap out of this beer.

First off, $12 for a 12 pack of delicious ipa? Yes, please!

Off white head. Golden orange in color.

Flavors of pine and earthy/floral hops. Bready/biscuity malts. A bit of fruit citrus flavors. The malts show a bit more in this one and balance it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a bit sticky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable ipa that is greatly priced and easy to find around the TC. Glad to see this showing up at the 'divey' bars. (559 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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! (1,634 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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! (281 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight hop oils, hint of citrus hops, hint of alcohol, and a hint of earthiness. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, hint of citrus hops, hint of hop oils, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, blend, body, and feel. (484 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (300 characters)

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.