Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 1,211
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 26.88%
Wants: 43
Gots: 236 | FT: 4
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 SavvyStudent
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of BigBry
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.


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Photo of MCImes
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Kwilk
3.78/5  rDev -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

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of bound4er
3.74/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of mschind
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of Gipsy_Danger
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of brydeen
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of TCMike
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of JG-90
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.18/5  rDev +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!

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
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