Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 173
Hads: 1,180
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 213 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden apricot in color. Not much head for the style but OK lacing.

Orange and lemons on the nose. A little bready malt.

Taste largely follows the nose. Big on the lemon notes for me.

Medium carb. Maybe a bit too sweet on the finish.

Nice beer. Great value beer for everyday drinking. (295 characters)

Photo of Kwilk
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice copper color. 1/2 inch head that dissipates quickly.

Standard AIPA flavors of citrus, with some pine and great fresh aromas.

Flavor shows nice bitterness with floral and citrus flavors and a long, lingering finish.

Very well made textbook IPA (256 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light bright gold with a fluffy head if white foam. Good retention. Light bitter pine nose. Strong opening bitter pine, grapefruit notes. Peppery and punchy. Slightly tongue scraping. The one doesn't joke around. Good IPA but with a really strong bitter. (302 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange color, 2 finger head that remains for a long time. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Malt, hops, grapefruit smell.

T: Balance of hops, malt with slight amount of bitterness. Taste the grapefruit and orange.

M: Moderate body with a reasonable level of carbonation. Very drinkable, and enjoyable.

O: A well balanced drinkable IPA enjoyable to the last drop.

Was a single bottle in a pick your own six pack. Will buy more in the future. (453 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed after a long night of drinking lambic and gueuze... time to change pace with an IPA. Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one. Looks like burnt gold bars as it pours out into the glass, cloggy and obscure with barely any head at all, kind of surprising for an IPA. The weak, thin white skin that blankets the beer only lasts for a minute or so before it's gone for good.

Nice aroma of honey, dank and earthy hops, a mild incision of citrus peels, and an undercut of some toasty and bready malt sweetness. There isn't quite so much going on here, but the execution is very nice... Simple, yet refined in such a way that grabs your attention with the first whiff and keeps it throughout the entirety of the brew. Not explosive, but definitely solid.

The taste follows right along, with a good bit of bitterness up front that grazes the tongue softly with hoppy leaves and grapefruit peels coming hand in hand. A few more sips reveal a more juicy and less pithy citrus character that bodes well with the leafy and borderline piney character of the hops. Very crisp malt in the finish with a good amount of balancing sweetness; toasted crackers and bread.

Medium bodied, surprisingly high carbonation for such awful head formation. It snaps on the tongue with each gulp and leaves your palate pretty dry and not as resin-y as you may think. Nothing here that's gonna blow your mind or make you run out and buy a couple cases, but the balance in this brew is really nice, and you can put it down like Aquafina as a result. (1,525 characters)

Photo of bound4er
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Clear golden amber appearance with a 1/2" white head.

S. Malt, vegetal hops, citrus hops - nice but not earth shattering.

T. Good combination of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Hops lean more towards the earthy, vegetal variety which is a nice change of pace from all the tropical flavored IPA's now on the market.

M. Medium plus body with some hop oil slickness.

O. This is a tasty, easy drinking everyday IPA that delivers a a lot of bang for your buck. If you're into IPA's that you can actually taste the malt in then this is a must try. Easy recommendation and one to have on hand at all times. (613 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soapy, white head bursting with hop resin that is persistence and leaves sticky lacing all along the edges of the glass. Bright hop aroma smells of grapefruit, though there is some kind of musty, dull aspect hiding in the back. Golden, straw color. Starts off with big bursts of grapefruit citrus and a medium bitterness. Builds into a medium-high bitterness as the hops take on a citrus rind/pine like quality. As the finish comes in, things mellow and a touch of sweet malt comes through, but then that citrus rind hop bitterness just steamrolls it all and lingers.

Overall, a great Midwest IPA; aromatic, hoppy, but not overly bitter. There's plenty of hop flavor and bitterness, but it's all balanced well. I would buy this again without a qualm. Very nice. (771 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel snifter.

A - Clear apricot orange with a nice 2-finger white head. Small ring and some lacing.

S - Grapefruit, floral hops and pine. Not much malt detected in teh nose.

T - Hop forward with grapefruit, citrus, floral, pine, and some light malt. Finish is a nice bitter, but not over the top.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Some resin and dryness in the mouth.

O - This is one of the best IPA's for the price. Well done Summit. If this were in cans it would travel everywhere. (527 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is gold, transparent, head is bright whirte.

Smell is clean, fresh hops,
Solid pale malt.

Taste is also clean, fresh, nice bitterness, hops are good mix of pine/floral/fruit and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is nice solid ipa bitterness, lingering with good malt sweetness backing

Overall, very solid IPA, another good brew from summit. (380 characters)

Photo of MickeyD
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a clean pint glass

Appearance: Light golden in color, translucent. Tons of carbonation. Head is two fingers thick.

Smell: strong floral pine and freshly cut grass.

Taste: floral pine very strong aftertaste. When aerated the beer took on an ever stronger pine taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and goes down very smooth.

Overall: Great IPA. Very true to the style and a great appearance. (393 characters)

Photo of mschind
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a plastic cup... best I could do at the time.

A- Medium gold, slight haze with a two finger head and good lacing.

S- Lots of resinous pine hops with citrus notes in the backgrounnd.

T- Citrus is up front, a flash of sweetness up front and a bitter finish

M- Medium body, smooth with well diffused carbonation

O- I like the Amarillo hops, one of the few commercial brews I've tried that uses them. An excellent IPA (437 characters)

Photo of Gipsy_Danger
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice glass.

A: Very nice opaque orange color when poured into a glass. Slight, yet sustained lacing. Half-finger white head dissipates fairly quickly once poured.

S: Strong alcohol, yet hoppy aroma through the nose.

T: Fairly standard IPA taste. Strong initial bitterness that dissipates into a bitter coating on the tongue.

M: Fairly crisp, carbonated sensation upon initial sip that turns into a nice, sustainable, bitter coating.

O: 4/5. Pretty solid iteration of this style. (502 characters)

Photo of brydeen
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint

A: Pours a light golden color, with a slight haze to it. A thin white head emerges and sticks around for a while. A little lacing, but not much.

S: Some nice citrus. Pineapple and grapefruit, with a little sweetness. Pleasant, but not overly potent.

T: Nice bitter punch on first sip. Piney and sharp. Little citrus present here. A slight caramely sweetness closes it out.

M: Light bodied and crisp, with light bubbly carbonation.

O: Solid offering, but nothing spectacular. Given the low price though, this is the kind of beer I'd have on hand in the fridge quite regularly. Probably not going to wow anyone, but be very solid for most. (669 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. enjoy before 08/17/13.

A: clear. orange more than blond. head is frothy and bright white. retention is good. lacing is spot on. good-looking brew.

S: notes of pine but also a decent amount of citrus. a bit of caramel as well. wisps, nothing serious. appealing aroma.

T: a decent bit or sweet and bitter orange peel. a minor pineyness. green. rounded hop flavor. the bitterness is refreshing even. grain back there but this is mostly about the hops.

D: moderately average amount of carb on a medium body.

D: in the American craft scene more and more AIPA's are being brewed and the bar is getting pushed further and further. while this brew doesn't necessarily stick out of the pack, it is still a well made and tasty brew. (745 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium gold color. Produced a 2 finger, white head.

The aroma was of citrus, honey, and hops.

The taste was similar, but with a little bit of biscuit flavor. The hop bitterness was very nicely balanced with the light sweetness. It has a medium mouth-feel, and medium carbonation.

This is a very good American IPA. It is easy drinking, affordable, and locally produced. This will be my new "go to" IPA. (413 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-large head that is creamy and off-white. Settles down to a good sized creamy cap with very good retention. Has moderate/heavy lacing. The beer is a dull golden color. Aroma is bready, piney, grassy, with a bit of grapefruit, though the aroma is slightly subdued.

Taste starts with bread and citrus and finishes with pale malt and pine resin. Has a very clean finish. Body is lighter than average with heavy carbonation for an IPA. Also has a moderate amount of creaminess. Light mouthfeel and lively carbonation make this a refreshing and drinkable IPA. (569 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a clean golden/copper pour with tons of visible carbonatino shooting up the center, 2 fingers of white head leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. smells of grassy and pine hops with some grapefruit and caramel. a bready malt profile with a slight grapefruit citrus hint, los of nice grassy and bittering hop notes. nothing too out of the ordinary, but a very nicely done ipa. medium body with moderate carbonation.. goes down nice and easy.

i feel like this is a nice session ipa, but then again not many people consider 6.4% sessionable. i can see myself having a few too many of these in a night though. (608 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit's year around west coast style IPA. Their EPA was the beer that got me into craft, so I have much love for this brewery. From the 12oz bottle into my tasting snifter. BB 09/27/13.

Pours a clear honey gold with a tight two finger off white head. Solid retention with some really nice lacing.

Tons of hops. Hitting all the notes from citrus to pine to resin. Leaning toward grapefruit. Uses centennial, Amarillo, citra, and rakau hops. Not really familiar with the Rakau, but this is a nice complex hop profile in the nose. Solid pale malt graininess in the background.

Bitterness, grapefruit juice, reisin, pine needles. A bit of tropical fruits. Bready malts in the middle with a touch of caramel. Pretty bitter throughout. Hop oils coat the tongue and leave a hoppy aftertaste.

Medium in body with ample carbonation. Dry in the finish. Again, sticky hop oils coat the mouth.

Overall, this is a solid IPA. Not mind blowing in any way, but it hits all the right notes. The best part about this beer is that it is year around, I can always find it super fresh, and it is sold in 12 packs at no more than $13. Plus I get to give my money to one of my favorite local breweries. Not worth trading for, but if you can get it drink it up. Cheers! (1,251 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bottle with a BB date of 8/17/13 poured into a pint glass appears pale golden with a finger of white fluffy head that doesn't have much staying power but sticks to the glass.

I love the aroma of this beer. Hop notes of grapefruit and mango are strongest. There is also a nice clean malt aroma here that has a touch of sweetness. If the taste as is good as the aroma I'm going to love this beer.

Unfortunately for me the taste of the hops is more pine tree like and resiny. The malt is still very clean and has a nice subtle sweetness but is overpowered by the bittering hops.

Mouthfeel of this beer is medium high carbonation with a fairly nice malt backbone. Finish is long and bitter with a resiny/sticky quality.

Overall this is a solid IPA but I prefer those that are more aromatic and don't tend to overpower you with a bitter taste and a pine resin taste. This one isn't like sucking on a pine cone but it is strong enough to hamper my enjoyment. Good one to pair with spicy foods. (994 characters)

Photo of dakotaben
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I thought it had a very nice aroma, but the taste didn't pack quite the kick that I was expecting from the smell. The color, taste, and overall... this beer delivers what I would expect from Summit!

This is a good beer from Summit with all the characteristics of a good IPA and I would drink this again. (305 characters)

Photo of argock
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear mug. No obvious freshness date. Purchased as a single by my brother Greg at a Minneapolis area bottle shop for $1.99.
Reviewed from notes.

A: LIght copper, clear, with 2-finger off-white nicely rocky head with good retention and solid sticky lacing.

S: Hoppy with grapefruit pith, pine resin, and some earthy notes in the background. Maltiness is nondescript but slightly bready with little to no caramel.

T: More bitter than the aroma shows with solid underlying bready, lightly crackery maltiness and ranging hoppiness including grapefruit, honeysuckle, orange, pine, and resiny finish. Very solid flavor but doesn't distinguish itself from other good IPAs.

M: A little heavier in body than I would have liked -- not bad, I want this to be lighter and a bit drier. Carbonation could be ratcheted up a notch to help with this.

O: A very good beer from Summit and their best IPA to date that I have had the chance to try. A little lighter body and drier finish would really make this more enjoyable, but all in all it is a nice beer. (1,084 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. I drink the crap out of this beer.

First off, $12 for a 12 pack of delicious ipa? Yes, please!

Off white head. Golden orange in color.

Flavors of pine and earthy/floral hops. Bready/biscuity malts. A bit of fruit citrus flavors. The malts show a bit more in this one and balance it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a bit sticky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable ipa that is greatly priced and easy to find around the TC. Glad to see this showing up at the 'divey' bars. (559 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of Ilafan
4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As you can tell by my scores ... I flipping LOVE this beer. In fact, it just might be my new favorite. Not just my favorite IPA or beer from Summit ... I mean my favorite beer period!

The pour and the smell are nothing extraordinary or special. It's just like every other IPA.

But the taste is divine. When tasters "talk" or write of perfect balance, they ought to be mentioning Summit Saga IPA. I like hoppy beer, and this beer has plenty of them. Sharp and bitter, the hoppiness satisfies my desire for good IPA. But the hoppiness doesn't overwhelm or become too bitter (ahem ... Surly). The bitter fruit is a counter to the alcohol and bitter malts.

Overall, when I am at my local watering hole of Hopkins Tavern, I ask for a Summit Saga IPA most of the time.

In perfect honesty, I must say that O'Dell's IPA is darn close to this one! (842 characters)

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