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Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,715
Ranked #13,761
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
May 09, 2022
May 08, 2012
Very Good
Notes: 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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3.3 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin on May 09, 2022
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by magikbagel from Wisconsin

The most memorable IPA i’ve tried so far.

Apr 09, 2022
3.87 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2022
3.75 by fflopps from Iowa on Sep 26, 2021
3.62 by sirzekel from Georgia on Jul 07, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

12oz can dated best before 10/22/21 poured into a 16oz wide mouth mason jar.
L: Pours a clear honey color with a slightly off-white 1" creamy head. Good carbonation. Good head retention and lacing.
S: Citrus, grassy, earthy dank hops. Very light bread malt.
T: Citrus, pine, juniper, lemongrass, very light malt, grapefruit, some orange, lingering conifer hop resins that are rather long in nature. It is not overly sweet. Hint of metallic/grit in the long long finish. It is unobtrusive and just part of the resin.
F: A crisp hop-forward assertive start then lightly creamy/lightly danked semi-soft and medium-bodied. Drinks quite like a session ale yet it's lengthy resinous finish gives way to a fuller wide mouth feel.
O: An impressive and uniquely tasty combination of hops in Saga. Easy drinking for it's 6.4ABV and very good with spicy foods. A consistently high quality IPA from Summit Brewing. Easily on par with their flagship EPA. Brilliant!

Jun 22, 2021
4.33 by ThePold from Virginia on Feb 23, 2020
2.41 by Demi from Minnesota on Jan 01, 2020
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3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, bright, medium-orange color with a white, lacy head. SRM of 9-11. (3.75)

Aroma: Very mild on the aroma. Aromas of grapefruit citrus, lemon, herbs mostly. Faint kiwi, green apple, white wine, gooseberry. Light and herbal smelling. Some sour notes. Pretty simple and very mild (3.25)

Flavor: Flavors follow the nose. Light on the flavor too. More grapefruit, herbs, lemon, and in that order. Again, possibly faint kiwi, green grape, pear, with some herbal notes. A little bit of Pacific sea-water, sour saltiness. Finishes with a mildly bitter, sour & herbal finish. Slightly like a saison. (3.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Only okay carbonation. Leaves a flowery/grassy/herbal astringency on the palate.

Compared with Odell IPA: Similar color. More citrus and herbal/grassy aromas. Less tropical. Dryer, but with a similar bitterness. Less sweet. Less tropical and resinous. More herbal and citrusy.

Compared to Lagunitas IPA 4/1/20: Pours a much lighter color. Lighter aromas. More green grape, gooseberry, sour herbs. Less tropical and sweet. Lighter and dryer.

Compared to Bent Paddle's Bent Hop Golden IPA 9/17/20: Pours a slightly lighter color with a similar head. Milder aromas. More citrus cleanliness. Less juice including mango and orange.

Compared to Firestone Walker's Propagator Comet IPA 3/1/21: Pours a darker and clearer color. More grapefruit, herbs, and lemon flavors. Less peach, strawberry, and sweet tropical fruit.

Overall: This is a very mild and tame IPA. Leans toward white grapefruit, herbs, and lemon in that order. Nothing stands out too much besides a slight herbal or fruity sourness which provides hints of green apple. Difficult to really get anything here. It sort of reminds me of an one-timer IPA at your local backdoor brewery that hasn't worked the kinks out yet. Probably could make one as good or better in my backyard. Probably not one that I will seek out again. (Final Rating: 3.31)
Mild and light.

Nov 24, 2019
4 by Marvicsin from California on Oct 04, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky rich yellow color.

Huge white head which dissipates but doesn't disappear; strong lacing.

Citrus nose; grapefruit and orange, with a hint of high grade marijuana. Inviting.

Thin mouthfeel.

Big citrus flavor, but overly bitter to me. Still, hop-heads would love this.

Sep 07, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - golden copper color clear and with a good white head
Smell - standard citrus pine
Taste - like the scent prettt standard ipa with citrus slight pine
Feel - medium body and carb
Overall - very standard ipa. Good just nothing special

Aug 26, 2019
4.35 by viking77 from Louisiana on Aug 19, 2019
3.52 by eithne from Minnesota on Aug 19, 2019
4.02 by BlueSpader from Washington on Aug 10, 2019
4.72 by Deadcell667 from Minnesota on Aug 02, 2019
3.94 by Max3644 from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2019
3.45 by IPAforBreakfast from Minnesota on May 18, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by Philip3shady from Minnesota

Pretty smooth, but no notes of fruit, pretty basic taste.

Apr 11, 2019
3.53 by mngermanshepherd from Minnesota on Mar 23, 2019
3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 23, 2019
4.12 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Jan 18, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Griffin2 from Virginia

Poured from a 12 oz can into a willi becher pint glass.
L - Pours a deep amber color with a fluffy white head.
S - Smells of hops.
T - Mild bitterness with some sweet maltiness on the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Really smooth ipa.

Jan 12, 2019
4 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jan 06, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by IndiaPaleViking from Florida

A fridge standard when we are in MN. Very drinkable and smooth. A nice hop bite with better than average bitterness and dankness. I prefer Summit's seasonal DIPA and some of their other offerings but SAGA is an everyday hero. Nice work.

Jan 04, 2019
3.67 by ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa on Jan 02, 2019
4.11 by adosen01 from Minnesota on Dec 07, 2018
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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Yarco34 from Wisconsin

This might simply be the most balanced full flavored IPA I have tasted. It has a great coloring with a wonderful smell. The initial full flavored taste when you take you first drink it just wonderful. I really enjoy the finish as I really had the desire to have another drink. Well done Summit, you have made a real fan out of me.

Sep 02, 2018
3.73 by tjstrat from Wisconsin on Aug 22, 2018
3.77 by shivtim from Georgia on Aug 06, 2018
4.51 by steddyteddy from Georgia on Jul 12, 2018
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2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by SB2017 from Iowa

Pretty good looking, deep amber, thin foamy head. Smells rather chemical, unfortunately: rubbery. It's got a pretty mild flavor beer-wise. By this I mean it doesn't taste like beer. The hops here are not balanced well. Overwhelming. What pleased me most about this beer was the surprise of a creamy mouthfeel.

Jun 16, 2018
4.37 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 23, 2018
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3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by TheSixthRing from California

Had on-tap at Denny's Cocktail Lounge in Bloomington, MN

A - Served up in a 20oz pint, crystal clear and golden yellow in color with an ever-present thin layer of suds on the surface. Good lacing with broken sheeting and spotting.

S - Fairly balanced aroma of malt and hop, with bread, caramel, citrus and some grassiness.

T - Follows the nose. Bready and lesser caramel malts before big grassy bitterness kicks in with a touch of citrus. Finishes with grass and faint caramel sweetness.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of tingly carbonation. Slick texture that goes down easy enough with a mostly dry finish.

O - Pretty average craft IPA. Drinkable but forgettable. Something you might order all night if its the only decent option on tap, much like my current situation.

May 17, 2018
3.75 by Noelito76 from New York on May 16, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by GStone899 from Minnesota


May 06, 2018
4 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin on Apr 12, 2018
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

a classic ipa in these parts now, something i have somehow missed until now. deep brassy color here, nice clarity, and a delicate looking inch of white foam, airy and tidy. the smell is awesome, fruity and piney hops alike, west coasty, oily and saturated and sticky and fresh to me, with a little more grain in the nose (and taste too) than is fashionable right now, but providing a little balance and a plenty sturdy base for it. the flavor is majorly hop driven, with juniper and spruce notes, canned pineapple, bitter orange, and some oily richness, well bitter but full of flavor too, not quite old school there, but just really classically built to me, familiar, very fresh too. medium bodied, getting heavier as i let it sit, a pinch of crystal malt in here doing that, but its not sweet in the least. faint metallics there at the end with the vegetal bitterness, but still with the fruitiness persisting through the swallow. tasty stuff, robust for these guys, and i can see why it is popular and well regarded as it is. nice ipa overall, some of the better hoppy stuff i have had from summit.

Apr 08, 2018
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