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Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

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very good

185 Reviews
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Reviews: 185
Hads: 1,226
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 26.88%
Wants: 44
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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Reviews: 185 | Hads: 1,226
Photo of BrewRaider
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good, West Coast-style IPA from Minnesota. Lots of citrus, and the grapefruit comes through. While Summit is kinda overshadowed by Surly, this established brewery puts out a damn fine IPA in its own right.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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Photo of joe12pk
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

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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 Taybeh
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger Jones into a shaker pint

A: Hazy golden amber with minimal head
S: mmmm! bready malts, dank earthy and orange citrus notes
T: Like the nose, though also some caramel malt, and some piney and spicy hops to go with what comes through in the nose...great combination! Very nice, all things considered.
M: medium carbonation, medium body, wet and sticky while finishing somewhat dry.

overall: Still remember when this first came out a few years back...never really cared for Summit's old IPA, but I was intrigued by the name and was up for something new...what a pleasant and delicious surprise. Now its an old reliable.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no date on the bottle that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy golden orange color with one finger off-white head that dissipated slowly until a thin broken layer of small bubbles remained, there was significant lacing on the glass, higher than average carbonation for the style.

SMELL: flowers, grapefruit and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel malt then a nice grapefruit note followed by a piney hop blast, the hops really linger in a pleasant way, very balanced.

PALATE: medium body and higher carbonation.

OVERALL: This is one of the better IPA's I've ever had, this beer is wonderfully balanced and smells fantastic, I will definitely buy this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the IPA style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sampled at a craft fest. Excuse my limited notes from my mobile phone here.
Color was a golden wheat hue...

Aroma was of hops, wheat, and grapefruit.

Taste was out of this world for an ipa. Grapefruit, grapefruit rind, hops, wheat and musky barley.

Good beer.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: Pours with two fingers of bubbly white head. The color is golden light orange. Active carbonation is on the lower side for the style.

Smell: Biscuity malts and some toffee starts off the nose. Some caramel malt notes are present on the body with medium bodied fruity hop aromas picking up. Pine cones and some syrup on the back of the body transition well off the front. Slightly herbal hop aromas carry through into the finish.

Taste: Biscuit and bread really pulls the drinker in. The hops easily transition after the front yet pack a decent punch and leave a lingering bitter finish. Caramel, light nuts, molasses, and rounded brown sugar leave an easy, clean finish on the palate which keeps you pulling on this brew.

Mouthfeel: Extremely drinkable, hop bitterness is low overall. Carbonation is middle of the road but plays well here.

Overall: A really tasty brew from Summit. Love the new 6pk canned format which is just perfect for IPAs, especially at under $9. Would be a great beer to crush a few in one night or bring to a party with non-craft drinkers. Well done.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4/5  rDev +0.5%

poured from a bottle, slightly cloudy golden color. frothy white head that lasted. strong hop aromas and flavor. Grapefruit and pine. a well balanced American IPA.

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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 fredoindallas
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear pour with creamy head. Fruity, floral, and pine notes. Has a good citrus flavor with a bitter finish. Very crisp and refreshing and is what you want from an IPA. Really enjoyed this one. Tried it as a single and would definitely drink again.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich golden to tangerine in color. Honestly, this is the clearest beer I have ever sampled-you could read a book through it. Very nice 2 finger creamy white head and some dreamy lacing.

S: Tropical mango dominates off the bat, orange, pineapple, and papaya follow. Clean woodsy pine, juicy and sweet florals.

M: Smooth and very soft on plate, medium body. Maybe some more carbonation to give the flavors some more intensity. Finishes a bit dry on the finish.

T/O: Really matches the nose. Big sweet and juicy fruits at the beginning. Apricot, mango, and pineapple. Bitterness comes in half through, and remains thereafter through the finish. Tastes of pine on the end with residual notes of orange and grapefruit. This beer is citrusy, juicy, piney, and sweet. Really attractive presentation. It's balanced well and the notes are blended as well. Not as bitter considering the 80 IBUs, which is attributable to how the extent of the flavors melding so well.

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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 JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

A rusty tangerine body holds up a foamy white head. Great retention with world map lacing.

The aroma is piny, woodsy, and juicy fruity.

Excellent taste profile. Malty sweetness smooths into a juicy middle. Pine bitterness to finish.

The beer feels medium bodied and slightly dry.

Overall, a really juicy, clean tasting IPA.

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Photo of Phocion
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It has just occurred to me that I have never rated Summit Sága. This is notable because in the last two years, this is hands-down the one beer I have consumed the most of.

12 oz. can with an "EB" date of September 19, 2014, about two and a half months away. Poured into an old Summit shaker pint. Mostly clear dark gold body with a finger of bubbly barely off-white head. After about a minute, the head drops to a thin crown. Thick layers of bubbly lacing cling on to the glass as the head fades.

Most American IPAs have an emphasis on juicier, fruitier aromas or pinier, more resiny aromas. Sága's got both. Lemon rind, grapefruit, and apricot are backed up by a healthy dose of floral and piney aromas. Light caramel malts in the background give a little complexity, but overall this is a very hop-forward IPA.

Pine resin and fruit juice punch you in the mouth. Huge grapefruit aroma combined with fresh orchard flavors from the Rakau and a nice bitter resiny finish along with the dry toasted malts. The finish pushes on astringent, but doesn't quite get there.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Soft on the palate, balanced perfectly with a nice sharp, bitter finish.

At the beginning I already mentioned my bias towards this beer. However, that bias exists for a reason: this is a damned good IPA, and IMO one of the best bottled/canned IPAs in the Midwest. Drink this beer... drink lots of it. Just make sure it's fresh... I've had more than a handful of old and bad Ságas.

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Photo of Eddiehop
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Has a nice transluscent, lighter copper color . About a 1/2 in. head of which 1/4 in. settled quickly and the remaining 1/4 in. hung around. Has a noticeable, piney hop taste that is light on the fruits (nothing noticeable stand outs to me), with a hint of the alcohol coming onto the pallet on the back end. Its a good IPA in a crowded field, but will drink again. Cheers.

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Photo of richj1970
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into tulip.

A: Pours a fairly clear golden yellow with 2-3 finger soapy white head that seemed to last forever, and some of which even floated on top for quite a while. A bit of sticky lacing.

S: A hint of citrus combined with resinous piney hops. Oranges and some grapefruit along with a little caramel.

T: Slightly bitter hops with some refreshing citrus. Started more as grapefruit, but an orange flavor developed as it warmed.

M: Medium body with some oily pine resin. Fairly well carbonated.

O: A solid IPA but not very complex. Refreshing, and one I would grab whenever it was convenient, but if wouldn't go out of my way to hunt it down.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice, balanced, easy drinking IPA. Good piney, light citrus with mild to moderate bitterness on the mid-palate and finish. Havent had many IPA from Summit before, but really like what they have done with this one. Priced at $13 for a 12 pack of bottles, a great value also!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby poured into an imperial pint glass, the beer is a crystal clear copper with a large and dense beige head.

I like the aroma of pine and tropical fruit. Fresh and inviting.

I like the little bit of a twist this one has. Yes the bitterness is there but it is softened and enhanced by the tropical almost flowery notes. Caramel malt and a bit more bite midglass.

The mouth is slightly thick and it coats nicely.

I like this one in bottles and on tap. I'm looking forward to cans to take with me on the canoe this summer. Note one of my locals (HB Jones Elmhurst, IL) has this on tap at all times for $4.50 per pint. They offer half price craft beers on Thursdays which bring this to one of the best bargains around... Come on, a great beer at $2.25, that is like 1984 prices.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice white one inch head that persists as a half inch layer and ample lacing. Aroma is strong with pine and grapefruit and a hint of biscuit malt. Flavor is hops and more hops with grassy, citrus and pine notes all the way through. Muted malty finish. Mouthfeel is light - medium and moderate carbonation. Overall, a hop lover's beer through and through.

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.