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Summit Sága IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,198
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 226 | 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

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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 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)

Photo of GoldHorde
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summit offerings are readily available here and economical values for non-celebratory weekly imbibes when I don't want to dip into my dark 50F cellar of premium reserve of beers. I usually buy single pick'em 6-packs of premiums for taste test reviews and special conversations with close premium-loving friends. I usually pick 6 IPA's and 6 dark bodies from the local craft beer stores.

Summit's Pale Ale is readily available at local restaurants and festivals (including the State & County Fairs) around town but I usually bought their IPA for economy consumption - being that their beers are a solid level up over US domestics.

Summit's SAGA IPA surprised me, REALLY surprised me - I wasn't expecting a top-shelf IPA at such a drinkable price.

COLOR: Gold haze.
HEAD: Thin but stubborn - definitely within style.
AROMA: Invitingly evergreen - without the slap.
FLAVOR: WOW - THIS is the tame SUMMIT?! NICE JOB! Very nicely right down the middle of the style sheet - so perfectly a hitters pitch that you can easily knock it right out of the park with ease (oh yes, did I mention that baseball season just opened here). Bitter-sweet edge, evergreen echo in aftertaste

I can announce here that I have just found my fall-back domestic. Summit's regular IPA & Pale Ale, while both enjoyable, have that commercially produced "musty" edge taste that US domestics have in aftertaste.

Very nice beer, Summit - here's to YOU! (1,430 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “ENJOY BY” date printed on the shoulder is “07/22/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is clear gold with a light orange tint. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head left a thick ring, spotted and bubbly lacing, and trails of foam on the glass.

Smell: Invigorating and enticing citrus. Grapefruit, orange, and a little lemon zest. Underneath are earthy hops and a base of pale malts, sweet caramel, toffee, and honey.

Taste: It mostly mirrors the smell. A nice balance between the citrus and earthy hops. Flavors of grapefruit, orange, and lemon are complemented by earthy hop bittering, which offers a nice bite. As with the aroma, there is a base of pale malts, sweet caramel, and honey.

Drinkability: Easy drinking IPA. It is nothing super intense, but it offers everything I want from an IPA. (857 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Brilliant golden color with orange hues. Large, voluminous white head rests on top, retaining with a one-finger crop of frothy foam. Patchy rings of lacing coat the glass while drinking.

Citric hops with a bit of orange peel and bitterness. Toasted grain, bread crust and soft caramel sweetness.

Citrus fruits, orange peel and dry bitterness up front. Grainy malts, toasted bread, biscuits, mild sweetness. Caramel with more hoppiness on the back end. Finishes dry and clean with lingering dryness.

Medium body, decent carbonation, dry and sticky on the tongue. A quality, no frills beer with regular availability and accessible flavor. I'd pick this up again. (697 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –The beer is served a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a one finger white head that fades relatively quickly. Upon fading there is a decent level of lace left on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some sweet caramel and orange as well as a bready malt and a strong hop aroma of a red grapefruit and some lighter pine.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor upfront with flavors of some orange mixed within. Upfront there is also a moderate grapefruit hop grapefruit taste. The grapefruit starts out of medium strength growing stronger and more bitter as the taste advances. While the grapefruit grows stronger, a caramel flavor takes the place of the orange that is present upfront with the orange again joining the caramel at the end. At the end of the taste, the grapefruit which is now quite bitter, mixed with a light piney taste as well as the lighter sweet flavors of citrus and caramel to leave a quite long lingering bitter grapefruit taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather good for keeping it on the very drinkable side, but still showcasing some of the nice bitter hop flavors of the brew.

Overall – A pretty nice more bitter lingering IPA. If you are looking for an affordable and bitter grapefruit citrus heavy beer that leaves its mark on your tongue then this is a good choice. (1,484 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz > Pint Glass
A - Pours a slightly orange tinted golden yellow color. Minimal head, by good lacing on this beer.
S - Great aroma, big pine with citrus, mango, light malt, a little hidden spice.
T - Citrus, big aggressive hop bite, pine and floral, a little floury yeast, light spice scattered in the mix.
M - Medium feel, the dry hop bite definitely stays with you for a good while.
O - Ive only had summit's oktoberfest prior to this, and its not easily accessible in my part of PA, but I managed to get myself a case without blindly tasting it before, not a risk I'd ever consider tasting, but for the price it was right.
I was quite satisfied with this beer, this is a great fresh IPA, with lots of flavor and easily drinkable. My only complaint would be the overly dry finish, would love to see them coax more of the juicy fruit flavors in the aroma, into the taste. But I look forward to pulling string to get more of their beer in the future. (955 characters)

Photo of tarrbaby
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (251 characters)

Photo of dptaylor
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.


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. (1,466 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,333 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (673 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/18/2013. Slight gusher upon opening. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, mango, pineapple, tangerine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and slight pine. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes; with a nice amount of malt balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, bread, caramel, and light piney spiciness. Moderate amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, bread, caramel, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop notes; with a solid malt backbone; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. Great balance and complexity of hop notes; and very easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a southern tier pumking tulip glass.

A: Aggressively pours a moderately translucent golden-orange color. 1 finger head that didn't fade too quickly. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Some malts and good amount of hops. Bitter grapefruit. Good, but nothing too special from the nose.

T: Light. A good amount of hops without a ton of bitterness. Not much malt character in the taste. Definitely some grapefruit and orange citrus notes.

M: Light-Moderate body. Crisp. Good level of carbonation. Session-able.

O: Not bad. A good IPA that you could throw back 3 or 4 without batting an eye. Could have bit more hop character, but not too bitter, not too malty, not too sweet. Good balance. (720 characters)

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

12oz bottle. Crystal clear gold with a nice covering of slightly off-white head. Robust retention with a good bit of sticky lace left back. The aroma smells herbal, citric (grapefruit), zesty (lemon) and piney in the nose. Very light tropical notes mix some soft maltiness across the back. This had about a little of everything. Taste is fresh grapefruit and zesty bitterness (although a little raw on the finish) that is tempered by tropical (lots of orange) and herbal character and a sweet graininess from the malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft crisp creaminess in the mouth with some underlying slickness. No alcohol and very easy drinking. This was decent, with a moderately bright feel to the hop flavors and an overall good balance. You could do worse out there than a sixer of this for a hop fix. (815 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint. Thanks go to Kegatron for hooking me up with a bottle of this brew. It appears a clear copper orange color with a big frothy topping slightly more than 2 fingers. It is yellowish tan composed of rather large bubbles. It maintains solid retention with a cratered surface and as it fades it leaves a webby pattern of lace sticking all over the glass.

The aroma is somewhat muted but what emits is hoppy with an herbal to rindy scent. There is a fresh leafy quality about this with mild suggestions of fruit and citrus. There is a very minor aspect of sulfur and cheese towards the back as the brew warms up. Despite the aroma being soft and subtle, it is all about the hops and little to no grain or alcohol to be noticed.

The flavor is bitter with a rindy aspect almost oily like the pulp/juice of oranges and grapefruit. A bit of herbal to grassy bitterness is noted with a bit of biscuit-like grain inclusion that provides enough backing to be noticed and balance out the brew but not let it distract from the hops being the main focus. A mild note of fruity alcohol is noted towards the backend.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is an overall decent brew that is very easy drinking. At times, it comes off just a touch watery but that increases it's drink-ability for the most part. I think it could have used just a bit more brightness to the hop character in both the flavor and aroma and that would have set it off. As is though it is down the middle of the road, easy drinking ipa. Thanks for gifting me with this Heath, I appreciate the chance to try it! (1,634 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binnhy's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz squatty brown bottles with no freshness date, but since this beer only came out in 2012, it can't be that old.

The beer poured a hazy gold color with a 1-finger white head that lasted a few minutes and left lots of lacing.

The beer had a mild tropical fruit smell to it due to the use of citra and amarillo hops, but it also had a rather unpleasant barnyard smell to it as well that doesn't suit this style.

The taste is very hop forward with lots of citrus flavor. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine taste with fairly high bitterness at 80 IBU's. There's a slight caramel malt sweetness to it, but this is basically a hop lover's delight.

Light bodied with fairly high carbonation.

Good if you like fruity, bitter, hoppy IPA's. (843 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By – 04/14/13
12oz Bottle into 8oz Hotel cup, classy

A – Translucent light amber, orange hues. Pours with a solid head, and leaves good lacing.

S – Hop forward, bitter citrus, lemon and lime, grapefruit with a grassy hay like undertone.

T – Nice and balanced, the lemon and citrus comes through again here. A lingering grassy earthiness comes through as well.

M – Light to medium body. Crisp and refreshing, easy drinking IPA, solid.

O – Good surprise. Tried a beer I can't get at home and it's solid. Would buy again, but not going to go out of my way for. Solid representation of the style. (616 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle served in a New Belgium globe . Enjoy by 2/05/2013. Thanks Jeff(supercolter) for the extra.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring and thin film. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Grassy with a light citrus backing. A sweet pale malt backing with a little lemon zest.

T: The hops are up front with a light bitterness and some dried grass, but it fades quickly to a mineral/hard water like quality in the middle. The malty sweetness creeps back up on the back end, but the mineral qualities kind of the malt body. It's saved every slow slightly by lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Bitterness with a slight mineral bite on the finish.

O: Decent enough. We're coming up on a month from the enjoy by date so not sure if that played any factors, but overall it was pretty average for me. (918 characters)

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

Kudos to Summit! I really like this beer! As an added bonus, it's priced right! Tasty and surprising come to mind when drinking this one.

A-Not as hazy as some IPA's but a nice light orange color. Good lacing!
S-You know your are going to get some hop kick, oh, you know! Some grassy, citrus. Some sweetness.
T-This is what I like about this beer, pow here's the hops but it does not overpower this brew. You get that great hops taste but then it follows by some pine and citrus with just enough bitter.
M-I like the feel here, good bit and not too heavy...you know, midwestern balance.

O-Go try it! Summit really nailed it on this one. My favorite from them. (661 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Good deal of hops, earthy/grass notes, some citrus with good balance.

T-Nice well rounded, nothing overpowering. Typical grass and citrus notes that end with a mild and pleasant bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation some hop resins as well.

O-Great balance, easy drinking a solid IPA, a nice surprise as an extra. (428 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Clear amber and very bubbly. One finger white fluffy head with great retention and lacing.

S- Lot of grapefruit and citrusy hops. Some subtle malty sweetness..

T- Grapefruit, pineapple, and piney hops. Has some very nice complexity with lots of hop flavor and sweetness. Delicious!

M- Light bodied and moderately carbonated. A nice refreshing brew.

O- One of my favorites by Summit. An excellent IPA. Great hop flavor balanced with malt sweetness. (490 characters)

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter style glass. A golden, very clear looking beer that starts with a nice head and settles with alot of lacing all over the glass. Love a golden clear IPA.

Earthy floral overtones with citrus lemon rind and some pine. No malt interference, very complex combo of hops. Some of my favorite aroma hops in here. Never tire of just putting my nose in this glass.

Malt taste takes a back seat to the hops profile. Alot of 2 row, limited caramel malts eliminates the sweet sticky flavor so I can enjoy the hops. Dry clean finish lets the hops settle to the tongue and linger. The Southern hemisphere style hops provides some exotic fruit taste that seems to balance the bitterness somewhat. If you're a west coast hop head, somewhat different feel.

If you like more of a hop profile beer without a sweet specialty malt, you will enjoy this beer. The ABV is reasonable amount given the IBU profile. Don't have to drink a double to get my hop on. (974 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely clean amber complexion, and amazing, beautiful, detailed lace. Bravo!

Aroma is enticing and bold citrus hops. Very, very nice.

Taste is sharp, with bittering hops up front, with definite tones of citrus and herbal notes. Very tasty.

A delicious IPA, and one I'd love to return to. Nice work. (301 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: shiny golden/bubbly body, finger white head, stunning lacing

S: grapefruit, peach/mango, fresh pine, solid grain

T: grapefruit, mild lemon peel, pine, grain, long subtle resin bitter finish

M: med/light body, oily/hint of bubbly mouth

O: Summit is a solid brewery, last few years some
of the beers have been quite nice. This is one of them.
WELL DONE, SUMMIT! I would love to buy more.

VERY GOOD, SEEK IT OUT! (419 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Slightly hazy but most clear Amber color and very bubbly. Head is around 2 fingers in width with some good sticky lacing along the sides.

Smell - Citrus Hops, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Malts, and Yeast. Reminds me just a bit of Griffin's Bow Barleywine, which I should note was pretty good.

Taste - Piney Hops, Grapefruit, Pineapple, and Yeasts. Fairly earthy taste with an almost oak-like flavor. Aftertaste is a resin flavor, which stays on the back of your tongue for a couple of minutes.

Mouthfeel - Light Bodied and mildly carbonated, pretty easy to drink and quite refreshing.

Overall - Living in Chicago for the summer made me miss Minnesota. Since I moved back I have been getting back into the groove of this and getting reacquainted with the beer scene here; Beers like this make me happy to be back in the Twin Cities. It's got a great flavor, easy drinkability and the price I paid for it is very reasonable! (960 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Golden yellow with two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Grassy hops and grapefruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid bitterness. Grassy citrus hops. Bread.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing IPA. No faults. Grassy and citrusy hops. (328 characters)

Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.