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Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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89
very good

179 Reviews
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Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,198
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 225 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 179 | Hads: 1,198
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 BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Enjoy by: 10/16/12

A - Deep golden honey in color, this very clear beer is topped by a billowing off-white head with huge retention and thick, sticky lacing.

S - Hop city! Abounding, bright fruit and light resin aromas explode from Sága. Balled cantaloup, sliced pineapple, and a dribble of sticky pine sap drapes over the lightly caramel-sweetened bready Vienna malt-like nose.

T - Sága moves away from it's large, bright citrus characteristics in the aroma to a hefty load of earthiness; dry leaf, grass clippings, and a finish of pine resin. Maltiness follows with a kiss of caramelized sweetness but the grassy earthiness overwhelms.

M - Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated, Sága features a pretty well-balanced bitterness on the finish but, the flavor lingers for quite a while with a faintly pesky dryness.

O - Quite a paradigm shift from aroma to flavor, Sága might be a little better off with some fruity aspects carrying over to balance out the largely earthy tones this beer has. Regardless, Sága brings the bitterness and does it well; rounded with some caramel malts, the beer is a tasty treat for hop heads. (1,185 characters)

Photo of MNAle
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color, relatively heavy carbonation for the style. White to slightly off-white head with foam clinging to the glass. Subtle aroma hints of citrus or pine. Initial taste is nicely balanced malts and hops. Relatively thick moth feel. This transitions to a piney aftertaste that lingers quite awhile. Very good IPA. (318 characters)

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

Many thanks to Josh for sending this one!

A - Pours a clear and vibrant copper color with a nice two fingered head, mild on the carbonation, and leaves a very sticky lacing ring.

S - Toasted sweet caramel malt presence, citrus rind, sweet tropical fruit resin in the form of orange and some pineapple. Not overly strong, but pleasant.

T - Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt lays very quiet underneath and surfaces occasionally. The bitter fruitiness of the hops is not as strong on the palette as it is in the nose. The resiny rinds of orange and pineapple really settle briefly on the tongue before sliding to the side for bitter pine and grapefruit to come crashing through at the very end. The bitterness lingers for a decent amount of time in this hop forward beer.

M - Medium body, slick before finishing dry with smooth carbonation.

O - This is a solid IPA that holds it own on the bitterness scale and if I could purchase this in my area it could easily find a spot in my beer fridge as one I'd keep as a "go to". (1,027 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from short 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a clear light caramel with a 2 finger white head. Big waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Caramel, big juicy pineapple and orange, faint grass or pine as well.

T- Sweet caramel and pale malts, citrus rind, sweet orange and pineapple with nice amount of pine bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Crisp with some slickness.

O- Very good ipa. It's not zombie dust (I know zd isn't an ipa) but it's about as close as your going to get if you don't have access to it. (556 characters)

Photo of ChiPool
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

I've enjoyed the PA from this brewery, but never though much of their other offerings. I'll have to say: very pleasantly surprised by this one. A bit light in color for the class, but has a nice IPA smell & taste. Lingering grapefruit bitterness: solid offering for an American IPA. At the price, this is a great value. (354 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours copper in color, excellent clarity; a bubbly ivory head holds good retention and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty caramel, citric grapefruit, fresh hop, toasted grain. Tastes are toasted grain, caramel, pungent grapefruit, pine, lingering astringency with faint aspirin. Mouth-feel is resiny, oily, medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Overall, better than expected! Nice IPA! (413 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 homebrew311
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TIMMYJ21 for this extra. I have seen this on the shelves but never pulled the trigger. Glad I got the opportunity to try this as it is no disappointment. Appearance is light straw and clear with a nice dense 1 finger head and amazing retention. The nose hits heavy with grapefruit and tart citrus pair is grainy bread character. Some grass is also present. Reminds me a bit of Daisy Cutter. The taste starts bitter with heavy hop presence which is followed up by firm grapefruit notes. The malt profile comes through at the end and add a dry bready finish. Very nicely balanced brew. The motuhfeel is light and refreshing with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice surprise and I would recommend giving this one a try. Summit has been hit or miss for me, but I would say this is probably their best offering to date. (838 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev 0%
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 (552 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 Miketwolf21
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summit has for decades had a vegetabley, grassy, metallic, and underwelming Indian pale ale. That has thankfully changed with their new "west coast" ipa, boasting 80 IBUs worth of dank, citrusy, floral, and low Cohumulone hops (Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, and Rakau).
This golden amber colored ale has plenty of pineapple, kiwi, and a kiss of grapefruit coming from the hops. The malt underlies the tropical fruit, where it displays toasty, biscuit-like aromas. Due to low Cohumulone levels in the hops, the flavor of the hops are more on the front of the palate. They hit you quickly with lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of gonja. The flavor of the caramel malts come in to play mid-palate (thankfully used sparingly), giving your tongue a quick break before the hops rule the day, satisfying that bitter addiction. Saga is extremely "balanced". By balanced, I mean the residual sweetness from the malt is matched well with the hop bitterness and the nonexistent alcohol burn. The hop flavors are quick to arrive, yet diminish quickly into a distant rumble of bitterness.
This beer has great carbonation, giving you just enough pop on your tongue to intrigue another drink. And that's is saga's best attribute, you can have quite a few of these.
Hooray Summit! A six pack is only 7.99 in Minneapolis too and you can get it at just about any bar or liquor store. A world class IPA brewed only a few miles from my house -> I likey! (1,435 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lighter and clearer than many IPAs; good head, good retention, and good lacing. 4/5

Rather generic aroma, slightly hoppy, slightly bready. 3/5

Tastes better, bolder, and different from many other Summit beers*. Clean, somewhat piney, monolithic but enjoyable bitterness. 4/5

Medium body, slightly bready finish. Good carbonation. Right on. 4.5/5

I like it very much especially at the price point. 4/5

* I am of the opinion that most of their beers taste the same. This one is worth seeking out though. (506 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, clear golden with a creamy tan head that shrinks to a tight collar within a minute of pouring. Dank, resinous hop notes of pine and tropical fruit. The nose is really nice on this one. Hoppy for sure, but maybe a little under-malted for my tastes. Big piney flavors with a touch of citrus fruit and slight toasty malt flavors. Finishes dry. Thin bodied and highly carbonated. A tasty, bitter IPA for sure, a tad more malt would really balance the flavors for me but I will drink this beer again for sure what I crave a crisp hop-bomb type IPA. (549 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, golden orange color. Large, light, bubbly, sticky, white head. Very good retention that finally settles into a sticky lace that coats the glass all the way down.

S - Hop forward aroma albeit a bit muted. Plenty of pine, touches of citrus, and hints of tropical fruit (mostly pineapple). A touch of dank aroma as well.

T - Bolder than the nose. Definitely a strong hoppy presence. Starts with a nice piny and floral prickle. This gives way to a nice citrus and tropical fruit hoppy flavor (as it warms more tropical fruit comes out). Sweet but not candied hop flavors. Toward the finish there is a definite bitter kick provide a bit of a tingling. Finishes with a nice bready sweetness that slowly takes away that bitterness.

M - Medium body with ample carbonation. Crisp and prickly feel. Finishes quite clean and a bit dry.

D - Pretty easy to drink IPA. Strong hoppy flavors and even a strong bitter aspect, but there is a nice subtle maltiness on the finish.

Notes: Overall this was an enjoyable IPA Quite hoppy with a strong bitterness but it doesn't peel off enamel. Clean, crisp and bitter that worked well for a warm summer night break. Improved a bit as it warmed with more tropical fruits coming out. For the price, it is very nice. (1,256 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a clear and filtered light rust colour, with a respectable egg shell white head which leaves some nice lacing. the colour strikes me as odd, but that is meaningless. west coast citric hop forward aroma...mango, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit are all accounted for. a layered but delicate malt profile can also be detected underneath all the hop goodness going on. the taste profile backs up all the comparisons to other west coast IPA's...more intense citric forward flavours with an above the norm amount of bittering. in fact it's almost bordering on blistering in the IBU department. as far as the hop flavour profile, more citric based yumminess with an underlying pine tar and resin type hop profile that really makes this quite a complex IPA. high on character and bitterness for sure. saga has a nice overall body, with a rough and grating mouthfeel that only the best west coast IPA's have. drinkability is fine. might wanna pair it with some good snacks if you have a good chance.

overall a winner from Summit. a great and somewhat unique take on the style. drinks a bit bigger than one might expect. it's pretty hearty! (1,145 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
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! (437 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)

Photo of barczar
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden apricot with a fairly solid one inch ivory head that dissipates in big bubbles, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is fairly catty, with lots of dank, resinous notes. Pine, bruised grapefruit, and floral hops add character to a touch of caramel malt backbone.

Flavor reveals a more citrusy character, with powerful grapefruit dominating. There's an underlying resin presence that emerges, with hints of pine carrying into a seriously bitter, peppery hop finish. Bready malt offers little respite. More tropical fruit tones of pineapple, lime, and mango surface as it warms.

Body is a touch on the light side, with moderately high carbonation and some light hop astringency.

Overall, a very hoppy offering from Summit that lives up to its style designation. Hits hop characters of bitterness, flavor and aroma well, and in a fairly complex manner. (870 characters)

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

12oz bottle, best before date of October 2012, from my MN hookup. Poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Pours a chill-hazed gold color with decent off-white head and lace.

S: Bitter orange hop aromas and a light backbone of toasted grain that mixes pleasantly.

T: Orange hops and hints of herbal hop leaves, moderate bitterness, crisp breadyness with hints of piney sap. Dry finish, with a lingering herbal bitterness.

MF: Crisp and bitter, light to medium body, good carbonation.

O: A nice change-up of an IPA, good drinkability despite the higher bitterness.

Thanks Aaron! (577 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 kjyost
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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. (618 characters)

Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.