Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

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very good

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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 42
Gots: 204 | FT: 4
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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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Ratings: 1,163 | Reviews: 184
Photo of Btrap
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Not too heavy on the hops if you're looking for something in hoppy, but really nice color and finish.

Photo of Deanc
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Has a strong grapefruit flavor… was never fond of grapefruit but I'm still drinking it. I imagine that I wouldn't like this beer at room temp.

Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Sampled at a craft fest. Excuse my limited notes from my mobile phone here.
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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.

Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of trekbiker3000
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Photo of Stevedore
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%

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

Photo of fredoindallas
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Phocion
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Eddiehop
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of richj1970
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes taken on 04/21/14 – Thanks Allen!

A: Goldenrod body with a softly distorted look. Tiny streaming bubbles produce a half finger of soapy white suds giving a lesser recorded hang time. A bit of slippery stick and some broken tracks of lace are left behind marking every sip.

S: Piney nose and lightly floral with wafts of citrus fruit coming through. Comes across as lightly sugared orange peel with some apricot and peach like esters. Mix in some hop spice as well. It’s a soft nose overall made up of mostly delicate hops and not much malt character or any other components for that matter. Nice for what it is.

T: Pine and orange peel persists in the flavor with a more pronounced spice character. Malt is barely present providing a touch of honey graham cracker sweetness to the beer. Very floral hops here with a touch of grapefruit and mango tropics. Balanced with a very sensible controlled level of bitterness and the alcohol well masked. Pretty nice brew that wins you over with its sense of balance.

M: Light to moderate body with a nice creamy consistency. Touch sticky and resinous on the finish with a drying crisp snap to it.

D: Not a bad little sessions IPA at all with some nice light floral and citrus hop qualities. Really is more of a practice in balance than anything. This not aggressive in any fashion. Just a nice quaff that one doesn’t have to over think to enjoy.

Photo of koutkid41
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites! I've been looking forward to the chance to give this great beer a proper review. Just be warned - I am totally biased here.

Pours a clear honey-gold with a fluffy, creamy head. Lacing looks great, almost leaves a winter-evergreen landscape on the wall of the glass. Head retention is fantastic.

I give the nose on this one a perfect 5. It's bigger and better than I ask of a non-Imperial IPA - but just enough. All pine and grapefruit juice here.

Taste-wise, well, there's just something about Saga. It's one of my classics, so there's this nostalgia to it. It takes me back to backyard archery practice with my dad, gearing up bowhunting - but it can't be just me. This is such a great IPA, but it's an individual in a sea of great IPAs. Pine and grapefruit per the norm? Yeah, but it has personality. Nice and bitter on the back end of the swig.

Mouthfeel is great. It's light, maybe a little aggressive on the carbonation, but pleasantly so. Gets nice and creamy if you let your tongue bathe in it for a few moments.

A lot of people might roll their eyes at the high score I'm giving this beer. I just want to remind those people that this isn't an imperial. My word though, it could almost pass for one, and that's what makes it an extraordinary 'single' IPA. Let's not forget the price point either - talk about an affordable luxury!

Can't recommend this one enough.

Photo of Aaron_Eicher
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of arthuro11
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/light gold cross, with a bit more head than expected but settled down quickly. Left a nice lacing.

Smells is good, something not perfect about the smell for me but maybe it's the water (I have similar but worse experience with Leines). Hits the mouth great, taste and mouthfeel is very nice, crisp with grapefruit overtones. Pretty hoppy. Don't notice the decent ABV right away, but by the end definitely was contributing to the enjoyment.

Overall I'll definitely be buying again, not a standout in a crowded field but on the other hand somewhat local and very affordable.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A rather hazy amber brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a great lace ring. Not very sticky lacing at that.
S - Smell is rather herbal but does smell balanced with cracker malts and some crystal malts. Might be old since its not very aromatic.
T - Has a bit more of an herbal bite than most IPA's I had lately but its balanced enough to be super drinkable. I like how every sip the hops bite the tongue every time.
M - Light to medium its fairly balanced and drink able.

Overall just like their porter this beer is well crafted and worth drinking. A well crafted IPA.

Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.