Saga - Summit Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
Summit has for decades had a vegetabley, grassy, metallic, and underwelming Indian pale ale. That has thankfully changed with their new "west coast" ipa, boasting 80 IBUs worth of dank, citrusy, floral, and low Cohumulone hops (Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, and Rakau).
This golden amber colored ale has plenty of pineapple, kiwi, and a kiss of grapefruit coming from the hops. The malt underlies the tropical fruit, where it displays toasty, biscuit-like aromas. Due to low Cohumulone levels in the hops, the flavor of the hops are more on the front of the palate. They hit you quickly with lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of gonja. The flavor of the caramel malts come in to play mid-palate (thankfully used sparingly), giving your tongue a quick break before the hops rule the day, satisfying that bitter addiction. Saga is extremely "balanced". By balanced, I mean the residual sweetness from the malt is matched well with the hop bitterness and the nonexistent alcohol burn. The hop flavors are quick to arrive, yet diminish quickly into a distant rumble of bitterness.
This beer has great carbonation, giving you just enough pop on your tongue to intrigue another drink. And that's is saga's best attribute, you can have quite a few of these.
Hooray Summit! A six pack is only 7.99 in Minneapolis too and you can get it at just about any bar or liquor store. A world class IPA brewed only a few miles from my house -> I likey!
07-11-2012 02:37:33 | More by Miketwolf21
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
Lighter and clearer than many IPAs; good head, good retention, and good lacing. 4/5
Rather generic aroma, slightly hoppy, slightly bready. 3/5
Tastes better, bolder, and different from many other Summit beers*. Clean, somewhat piney, monolithic but enjoyable bitterness. 4/5
Medium body, slightly bready finish. Good carbonation. Right on. 4.5/5
I like it very much especially at the price point. 4/5
* I am of the opinion that most of their beers taste the same. This one is worth seeking out though.
07-08-2012 06:33:34 | More by tewaris
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
Pale, clear golden with a creamy tan head that shrinks to a tight collar within a minute of pouring. Dank, resinous hop notes of pine and tropical fruit. The nose is really nice on this one. Hoppy for sure, but maybe a little under-malted for my tastes. Big piney flavors with a touch of citrus fruit and slight toasty malt flavors. Finishes dry. Thin bodied and highly carbonated. A tasty, bitter IPA for sure, a tad more malt would really balance the flavors for me but I will drink this beer again for sure what I crave a crisp hop-bomb type IPA.
07-07-2012 00:41:35 | More by biggred1
3.46/5 rDev -12.6%
Had this one many times on tap and in bottle. This is a fresh bottle (delivered yesterday).
A: Pretty beer, very nice golden color with great clarity, big cushy head and lots of lacing.
S: Blast of citrus and grassy hops lets me know this is an IPA, but it seems to fade as we go.
T: Dry, grassy hops and earthy, crisp pale malt. Flavor profile is similar to EPA.
M: Moderate body, good carbonation, huge dry bitter finish.
O: Smells better than it tastes. A little too bitter to have more than a couple. Reminds me a lot of their silver anniversary IPA, which I have to believe this recipe is close to. Extremely dry and bitter. Better on tap than in the bottle.
07-05-2012 21:44:57 | More by doucmehu
4.08/5 rDev +3%
A - Clear, golden orange color. Large, light, bubbly, sticky, white head. Very good retention that finally settles into a sticky lace that coats the glass all the way down.
S - Hop forward aroma albeit a bit muted. Plenty of pine, touches of citrus, and hints of tropical fruit (mostly pineapple). A touch of dank aroma as well.
T - Bolder than the nose. Definitely a strong hoppy presence. Starts with a nice piny and floral prickle. This gives way to a nice citrus and tropical fruit hoppy flavor (as it warms more tropical fruit comes out). Sweet but not candied hop flavors. Toward the finish there is a definite bitter kick provide a bit of a tingling. Finishes with a nice bready sweetness that slowly takes away that bitterness.
M - Medium body with ample carbonation. Crisp and prickly feel. Finishes quite clean and a bit dry.
D - Pretty easy to drink IPA. Strong hoppy flavors and even a strong bitter aspect, but there is a nice subtle maltiness on the finish.
Notes: Overall this was an enjoyable IPA Quite hoppy with a strong bitterness but it doesn't peel off enamel. Clean, crisp and bitter that worked well for a warm summer night break. Improved a bit as it warmed with more tropical fruits coming out. For the price, it is very nice.
07-05-2012 02:58:58 | More by FreshHawk
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
pours out a clear and filtered light rust colour, with a respectable egg shell white head which leaves some nice lacing. the colour strikes me as odd, but that is meaningless. west coast citric hop forward aroma...mango, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit are all accounted for. a layered but delicate malt profile can also be detected underneath all the hop goodness going on. the taste profile backs up all the comparisons to other west coast IPA's...more intense citric forward flavours with an above the norm amount of bittering. in fact it's almost bordering on blistering in the IBU department. as far as the hop flavour profile, more citric based yumminess with an underlying pine tar and resin type hop profile that really makes this quite a complex IPA. high on character and bitterness for sure. saga has a nice overall body, with a rough and grating mouthfeel that only the best west coast IPA's have. drinkability is fine. might wanna pair it with some good snacks if you have a good chance.
overall a winner from Summit. a great and somewhat unique take on the style. drinks a bit bigger than one might expect. it's pretty hearty!
07-02-2012 23:09:10 | More by budgood1
4.7/5 rDev +18.7%
awesome ipa! soo good and different from any of their other stuff. im a huge fan of summits e.p.a. but this stuff is AMAZING! had the privledge of being at the brewery for the relese of this beer, and it was unbeliavable on tap!! not as good in the bottle but still great! hop driven in flavor. aroma is unique and very heavenly. if you dont like summit you have to try this anyway, you wont be dissapointed if you are a hophead like me!
06-29-2012 06:01:52 | More by Beerlover
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
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
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.
06-26-2012 16:06:32 | More by Scotchboy
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
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
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
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
Saga from Summit Brewing Company
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