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Saga - Summit Brewing Company

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very good

864 Ratings
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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 26
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JackieTH on 05-08-2012)
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Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

A big thanks goes out to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some citrus. Taste is also big on hops, some pine, a bit of citrus, good bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

06-28-2012 21:23:03 | More by tone77
Photo of barczar


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a clear deep golden apricot with a fairly solid one inch ivory head that dissipates in big bubbles, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is fairly catty, with lots of dank, resinous notes. Pine, bruised grapefruit, and floral hops add character to a touch of caramel malt backbone.

Flavor reveals a more citrusy character, with powerful grapefruit dominating. There's an underlying resin presence that emerges, with hints of pine carrying into a seriously bitter, peppery hop finish. Bready malt offers little respite. More tropical fruit tones of pineapple, lime, and mango surface as it warms.

Body is a touch on the light side, with moderately high carbonation and some light hop astringency.

Overall, a very hoppy offering from Summit that lives up to its style designation. Hits hop characters of bitterness, flavor and aroma well, and in a fairly complex manner.

06-28-2012 21:14:21 | More by barczar
Photo of laymansbeerfan


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-26-2012 16:31:33 | More by laymansbeerfan
Photo of Scotchboy


4/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle, best before date of October 2012, from my MN hookup. Poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Pours a chill-hazed gold color with decent off-white head and lace.

S: Bitter orange hop aromas and a light backbone of toasted grain that mixes pleasantly.

T: Orange hops and hints of herbal hop leaves, moderate bitterness, crisp breadyness with hints of piney sap. Dry finish, with a lingering herbal bitterness.

MF: Crisp and bitter, light to medium body, good carbonation.

O: A nice change-up of an IPA, good drinkability despite the higher bitterness.

Thanks Aaron!

06-26-2012 16:06:32 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

Clear, pale peach/apricot appearance; slightly off-white head. long-lasting, lace leaving. Lovely stuff, looking good in the glass.

Fresh and lively aromatics, giving off fruity esters like pineapple, mango, tangerine. A well-tempered citric hop explosion, with tropical fruit joining the mix. Exquisite.

Taste: Mmmm! Hops hit the palate right from the start and a mild, fruity bitterness takes over, but doesn't overtake. Fades back and hangs out in the corner, until the next sip. Put the glass to the lips again, and a burst of bitterness grips the tongue once more, a mild astringency is evident, but never too much so.

Summit is a brewery of balance. Perhaps someday that create something really out there, but I can't see them brewing anything outside the limits of drinkability, or that tips the scales too far beyond the norm. Just not going to happen. With Saga IPA, they've embraced the West Coast IPA style, which has become incredibly popular all over the country, and kept it smooth and very easy drinking. Certainly a sessioner, one the hop freaks will take to their bitter bosoms, and probably gulp down by the case-ful.

Finishes with bitterness lingering lightly, hop presence never too subdued, and never too intrusive. Just right.

06-25-2012 09:26:16 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -19.7%

22 oz pour at Green Mill, Grand Forks.

Amber body with great fluffy white head and stellar lacing. Aromas are substantially more muted than I would have expected for a new IPA on the market. Some floral hop, nutty malt. Taste is very subtle for the style, with no strong hop presence. The bitterness isn't really there for me either. Not what I was expecting nor hoping for. I had drank a Torpedo about an hour before, but I don't think that it wrecked my palate that much, as I had a large pour and food to cleanse the palate... I could have easily mistaken this beer for the EPA... Maybe they forgot to change the tap handle.

06-24-2012 21:35:06 | More by kjyost
Photo of bashiba


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin but sticky off white head.

The smell is medium hoppy with a pungent, basement quality, very dank.

Has a nice green fresh hop flavor up front that quickly gets a nice bit of English Crystal Biscuit flavor evening it out nicely, a bit of citrus and pine comes through in the finish. Not at all bitter, doesn't taste close to the 80 ibu's it claims to be. Has more of a Pale Ale level of bitterness and is more balanced than I expect an IPA to be.

The mouthfeel is lightly syrupy with mild carbonation.

Good Dry Hopping and nice malt qualities, a very easy to drink IPA.

06-23-2012 23:31:44 | More by bashiba
Photo of digi3e


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Finally a brew from Summit that does not taste like a Summit. My first time hitting one of these blew me away. I'm sure there are better beers out there but this one for me is 4.5 on all aspects. Very well rounded and excellent across the board. I highly recommend if you see it.

06-20-2012 17:27:59 | More by digi3e
Photo of jimelee108


4/5  rDev +1%

06-19-2012 20:36:38 | More by jimelee108
Photo of gford217


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

12oz bottle from Beubie.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a small wispy white head hat recedes to a thin collar.

Aroma is heavy on citrus fruits - pineapple and grapefruit - and lemongrass. The malts are faint and of the pale variety.

Light floral notes up front with pine and herbal grasses. The citrus is there as well, leaving a bitter pithy grapefruit finish. Pale biscuity malts in the background.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and extremely drinkable. Maybe a tad watery, but that's nitpicking.

This is a great IPA and one of the better Summit beers I've had. Could drink this all day.

06-19-2012 02:18:04 | More by gford217
Photo of jsprain1


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

A- Orange-amber, with a decently big head. Retention is decent, with some lacing.
S- The aroma is a hodgepodge of hop aromas, with citrus, herbal, and woody aromas coming through pretty well.
T- There is a bit of light sweet malt, more so than the nose indicated. The hops come through but they are more citrus than anything.
M- Pretty smooth, medium body for style, slightly dry finish.
O- A good IPA. The nose was far more interesting than it ended up tasting, but it's still on the whole pretty good.

06-17-2012 22:34:23 | More by jsprain1
Photo of BlackDrongo


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-16-2012 05:01:38 | More by BlackDrongo
Photo of Zbrown2307


4/5  rDev +1%

06-16-2012 00:18:50 | More by Zbrown2307
Photo of mscott1975


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-15-2012 20:49:09 | More by mscott1975
Photo of DarthGuitarHero


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-14-2012 20:21:48 | More by DarthGuitarHero
Photo of pavpav12


4/5  rDev +1%

06-13-2012 22:57:33 | More by pavpav12
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.08/5  rDev -22.2%

I had Saga in a shaker pint.

Appearance- This beer has a light golden body with some amber highlights. Barely any white foam on the cap, but some rings the glass. Carbonation is present in the glass, some slow bubbles rising to the lid.

Smell- This beer is more herbal and pepper- like than anything else. There is a little bit of grapefruit, but the earthiness is takes over. It is okay, but I am not thrilled so far.

Taste- The front of the drink has a little bit of the citrus quality, and slowly evolves into the earthy and herbal character. The finish carries a small bit of tingle and biscuit malt.

There are plenty of flavors, but they do not mesh well and they are not really intriguing.

Mouth feel- It is a little on the thin side, and luckily, it pulls back on the carbonation. Any more bubbles and this one would be harder to drink.

There is some hop tingle on the roof of the mouth, but as with the rest of this beer, it does not add a whole lot.

Overall- Maybe I got a bottle that was a little past its prime. The flavors are not especially intriguing. If this had citrus qualities at some point, they are mostly gone now.

And the pepper and herbal qualities are really in need of something else to support it. I am not sure that I would ever recommend this beer to anyone.

06-13-2012 01:24:17 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of markasparov

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-13-2012 00:59:12 | More by markasparov
Photo of Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-12-2012 03:35:34 | More by Cramerican
Photo of smogfood


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

06-11-2012 12:32:51 | More by smogfood
Photo of Florida9


4.08/5  rDev +3%

A: Dark gold in color. Forms a moderate sized white head that offers good retention. Some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is full of citra goodness: Citrus, orange, mango, and tropical fruits.

T: Taste is much like the aroma, but not quite as refined. Starts off with a mild citrus sweetness and some mild pale malts with notes of orange, mango, and passionfruit. Then turns somewhat pungent and oniony. Finishes with more citrus, but this time blended with fusel spice and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with a mild pungency on the tongue. Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: A nice drinking beer that offers up a nice take on the Citra hop. Not sure what's up with the onion, but I'll admit it does add a unique character to this beer.

06-10-2012 23:38:23 | More by Florida9
Photo of bunnyVonW

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-10-2012 23:23:53 | More by bunnyVonW
Photo of Joe_Beer

4/5  rDev +1%

06-10-2012 21:46:31 | More by Joe_Beer
Photo of tdmccarthy


4/5  rDev +1%

06-10-2012 03:16:10 | More by tdmccarthy
Photo of Oboogie


4/5  rDev +1%

06-10-2012 03:09:04 | More by Oboogie
Saga from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.