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Saga - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

786 Ratings
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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 24
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:37:08 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-29-2012 22:59:04 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2014 02:13:52 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-07-2012 01:39:12 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-29-2012 23:29:33 | More by acurtis
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-25-2014 23:12:21 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-02-2013 04:44:40 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

04-30-2014 04:10:09 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-24-2013 00:27:16 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

07-21-2012 00:52:10 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

3.8/5  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...

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 02:56:20 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -24.4%

10-20-2013 20:38:51 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 02:56:25 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2014 20:26:52 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-11-2013 06:57:20 | More by nickfl
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 09:26:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  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

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:36:25 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 17:39:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 19:52:50 | More by Kegatron
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 04:25:58 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 03:43:27 | More by Rifugium
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 01:34:40 | More by tempest
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-13-2013 03:34:22 | More by XmnwildX12
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 20:32:16 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-05-2013 19:08:21 | More by InspectorBob
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Saga from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.