Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

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89
very good

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 1,180
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 213 | FT: 5
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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 Phocion
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,498 characters)

Photo of Eddiehop
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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! (275 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 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 Redrover
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,457 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
3.52/5  rDev -12%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (1,407 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Eicher
3.56/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,261 characters)

Photo of arthuro11
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (586 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 B_Faust
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA (Ameican or even West Coast) effort by Summit. Their traditional IPA is a benchmark, truly fantastic. Saga is also a great example. It looks great, smells better and tastes solid. All the Seven C flavors with a hint of tradition and quality, which lacks in alot of new breweries. Summit never disappoints. They didn't rush to make a hoppy American IPA, and it shows. Thank you Summit. (404 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A clear gold color, with a good amount of off white head at the top that stuck around for a while, a slight lacing around the glass as well.

S: Grapefruit hits you like a ton of bricks right off the bat, slight hint of bananas and strong hint of pine.

T: Grapefruit just like the nose, hint of pineapple and honey, good amount of hops tasted on the tongue as well.

M:Light bodied, a good amount of carbonation, a little sticky.

O: Not a bad brew, very refreshing and easy drinker. (487 characters)

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

A-clear amber color with a decent white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, slight herbal

T-toasted malt, grapefruit, tropical fruit, floral, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium boys with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a solid IPA, surprised me a little as I had never heard of this, would definitely enjoy this again (346 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A cloudy deep gold color pout with a consistend 1/2 finger head. Good lacing and pour with signs of bottle conditioning.

S: A nice funky lemon smell on the front with hops blended well throughout. A little pine but not one of those beers that just smells like a pine forest. Slight grapefruit.

T: Hoppy kick at the front with Grapefruit and lemon taking the lead. Bitterness as expected with IPA and a little malt/funk n it to make it unique.

M: medium-high carbonation with an equal mouthfeel. Sits better than I would've thought from just the appearance and smell.

O: Not in my top IPAs by any means but a solid showing from MN that is worth a try. The cloudy funk mixed with the carbonation and grapefruit spike sets it apart from your traditional offering. Worth a buy if on tap or pick-6 (803 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried on draft while in St. Paul, Mn. Served in a Summit logo pint glass.
Clear, amber orange color and a solid head. decent retention that leaves a bit of lacing.
Smell is a bit spicy with citrusy hops.
Taste has good hop flavor, citrusy and other tropical fruit. Slightly sweet, not overly bitter. Dry finish, earthy hops at the end.
Medium body and carbonation, easy to drink.
Another good tasting beer, nice to find another good local. (443 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy yellow with light orange hints with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of piney and citrus hops, very nice. Tastes of citrus notes with slight earthy tones. Beer is slightly over carbonated but it is medium bodied and goes down easily. Overall a very good beer. (346 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saga pours a clearer golden color, with a small lacing head. There is a nice bold floral. The taste is a nice bold floral hoppy flavor finishes wet. Good full flavors, good full body, yet very drinkable. Overall a very nice easy drinking yet bold IPA. (251 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, killing time on a gd 4 hour layover in St. Paul/Minneapolis airport. Poured by the bartender into a silly little Sam Adams perfect pint tulip. She then ran away with the bottle. Ordered via an iPad that accompanied each stool at the bar. Pretty nifty.

A: Golden yellow with a slight haziness. Good effervescence. 1 finger white head. Sudsy. Very nice lacing and retention. Good so far.

S: Mostly hops in the nose. More citrus-heavy, but some light pine notes. Grapefruit. Lemon. There's a bit of less-than-pristine bar glass funk happening. I don't think it's from the beer. Not so complex, but nice.

T: Solid hop bitterness up front and throughout. Mostly citrus. Grapefruit again. There is some malt for balance, but not too much, which I like. Lingering bitterness of grapefruit pulp on the back end with some faint sweetness. Tasty.

M: Full with moderate carbonation. Very nicely carbonated, actually. Feels great.

O: Never had this before. Hell, never heard of this before, but pretty nice. Don't know if it's worth a 4 hour flight delay, but I like this pretty well. A bit one-dimensional, but leans in the directions I prefer in an IPA. Drank it right down and would do so again, for sure.

Prost! (1,216 characters)

Photo of MCImes
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A well made IPA all around.

dollar for dollar, this is the best beer on the market almost anywhere. There are slightly better IPA's around, but you literally pay 2-8 times more for a beer thats 10% better. This is almost always in my fridge, for good reason. (259 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color, nice head.

Smell is heavy grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine, lemon, floral, bready malt.

Taste is a citrus, tropical bomb. Grapefruit is the big stand out, lemon, pine, mango, orange, bitter back end, bready malt underneath

Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation, finishes very dry, leaves you wanting more.

Overall.... This beer is strait up world class, and wait for it... It costs 11.49 for a 12 pack. I always have a 12 on hand, as should anyone that can get summit 12s in there area. I love Torpedo as much as the next guy, but this beer is better, I still buy Torpedo from time to time but that is for that west coast pine bitterness, if you want strait tropic, citrus, pine hop flavor go with Saga. (740 characters)

Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.