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Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

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89
very good

1,099 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 38
Gots: 165 | FT: 3
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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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First time to taste the Saga IPA. Poured from bottle to a pint glass. Mouth feel was OK but nothing too complex Very nice citrus aroma. Light copper in color. Average amount of lace. Not a real strong finish, but a great everyday IPA for you hopheads.

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Rereviewing this (scores updated) to say, if you can find this on tap DRINK IT! It is SO much better!

Green Mills all over Mpls and St Paul, most NE Mpls bars, and the Groveland Tap in St Paul, all carry this on tap.

Its almost a tad unpalatable for me in the bottle now, now that I've tried it on tap.

OLD REVIEW:

Living in Minnesota, the local breweries are majorly hyped for those of us around college age -- and it's pretty much just Schell's (which includes Grain Belt) and Summit leading the charge.

I've tried Summit's previous IPA, their aptly named "Summit IPA"... it didn't impress me so much. Disappointing mouthfeel, and a skunky aftertaste that reminded me of cheap malt liquor.

Summit's new IPA offering, Saga, is much better, however. Anyone who has tried Granite City's home brewed IPA will love this, as the two taste nearly identical to me.

Appearance - Golden bronze. Clear. Pours with a large, foamy white head that glazes the glass in lacing.

Smell - Bittersweet, no offensive odors whatsoever.

Taste - Sweet pale malts and bitter hops clash with a bit of caramel influence, with citrus and grapefruit standing out. Very yummy.

Mouthfeel - Just a touch bigger than medium. Moderate amount of carbonation. Makes you crave another sip.

A solid IPA, easily my favorite new offering from Summit. The sweet pale malts are reminiscent of Summit's Pale Ale, which is also a very balanced, delicious brew. Verdict on Saga: Highly recommended.

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A: Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot in color with moderate to significant amounts of visible carbonation and some orange and golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to several small to medium sized medium thick patches, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/pineapple/mango and citrus/tangerine hops over light aromas of caramel malts. There are also some very subtle tones that remind of skunky perspiration.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of pale and caramel malts but that is quickly overtaken by the flavors of the hops - light to moderate citrus/tangerine with slightly stronger tropical/pineapple/mango. Light amounts of sweetness that are followed by light bitterness in the finish which fade quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is very easy drinking American IPA and certainly a beer that I could easily put a few back. There is a slightly funky smell/taste of skunky perspiration that is not my favorite but definitely worth drinking, The alcohol is well hidden and the hops are nicely present.

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Bottle at the Knights of Columbus off of Blue Rock Rd....$1. I could not believe it when the girl actually charged me only $1 and I was hoping that this wasn't past it's prime.

Light copper with some orange hues. Decent head retention.

Light floral notes and some citrus to light pine in the nose.

Taste was fairly bitter with pine and white grapefruit pushing the limits. More balanced than some IPAs but still a hop forward beer. Light bready notes with just a hint of caramel sweetness. Not a cloying sweetness and very drinkable.

This was quite a treat to say the least. Very easy drinking. Finishes dry with a pine character on the tongue. Sessionable for an IPA.

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.