Summit Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,406
Ranked #9,800
3.96 | pDev: 10.35%
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
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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defunksta from North Dakota

3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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, kiwi, green apple, white wine, gooseberry, herbs and grass/flower? Tropical and light smelling. Some sour notes. Pretty simple and very mild (3.25)

Flavor: Flavors follow the nose. Light on the flavor too. More citrus, grapefruit, kiwi, green grape, pear, with some herbal notes. bready malt quality in the middle. 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.

Overall: This is a very mild and tame IPA. Leans toward white grapefruit, kiwi, green grape, sour herbs/grass/flower, and that's about it. 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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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IndiaPaleViking from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Yarco34 from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
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SB2017 from Iowa

2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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
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TheSixthRing from California

3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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BigIslandfarmer from Minnesota

3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can, with a "best by" date of 5/19/18, into a tulip glass. Pale gold in color, perfectly clear, with one inch of white head to quickly fades to a solid cap. Faint smells of pine, citrus peel, & sweet malt. Taste follows smell with some bubble gum on the swallow. Mouthfeel is thin but slightly sticky, coating the tongue, allowing the flavor to linger. Drying finish begs you to take another sip. Overall, a solid midwest IPA.

Jan 16, 2018
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ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a white head, lots of lacing and good retention. Tons of bubbles streaming up the glass. Smell is slightly floral, fruity, all in all mellow. Taste is lightly grassy with a decent malt backbone. Fairly one-note, bitter on the finish. Medium carbonation with a dry finish. No nonsense, refreshing, straightforward IPA.

Jan 15, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Bottle notes, 'INGREDIENTS: WATER, BARLEYMALT, HOPS & YEAST',
Clear golden body with bubbles rising. Fluffy white head settles to complete cap, excellent coverage of lacing.
Subdued aroma of fruity hops and malt backbone.
Taste is more expressive than aroma, very well balanced between hops and malt. Moderately bitter.
Slightly sticky mouth feel, pleasant to drink.
A well balanced beer, professionally done, but certainly not over the top.

Oct 09, 2017
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keithcyrilbistodeau from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an above-average tasting beer with nice color, taste, and feel. It is a nice IPA but it is nothing over the top or to turn into your go-to beer and I prefer other IPAs over this one. Still, this beer shows the diversity that Summit offers.

Aug 28, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at an Applebee's in Grand Forks, ND. Pours clear golden with a thick bone white head with great retention and lace. Taste is lightly bitter with faint candy sweetness. Flavors of citrus, melon, pepper. Aroma is faint, but I get citrus peel, faint grain. Smooth and easy drinking. Tasty.

Jul 31, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute and a half. Lacing forms nicely speckled with bubbles inside of it. Light carbonation was seen rising. The smell had a sweet citrus with a light honey over top of a sticky piney hops. The taste was mainly sweet through the combination of sweet citrus and piney hops to sweet malts. A light sweet sticky piney - ness leads to a sticky sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with an easy carbonation rolling over my tongue. A slight sharpness is there but becomes quite settling. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA for what it is.

Jun 24, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: smooth semi sweet malts balance with gentle hops. mild nose. Amber, mostly clear, with a big foamy head and ringed lattice of lace. Medium/lite body. Drinkable at 80 IBUs

Jun 17, 2017
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a beautiful clear gold, with a fingers worth of off-white head.

Smell: Hops are there with a citrusy tone striking the nose, orange and grapefruit. Swirling gives the nose some more bready notes

Taste: oranges, melon, grapefruit, and some malt.

Feel: medium to medium light body, plenty of carbonation, and some bitterness on the backend. Really, a pleasant feel. Saga finishes pretty clean.

Overall: Saga is a solid IPA from Summit, with some citrus characteristics, but remains plenty balanced. Not a highly sought after brew, Saga is well crafted IPA, that's very consistent.

Feb 22, 2017
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ThorSon from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sharp and unique, not overloaded with citrus like so many other IPA’s. Pronounced pine with the right amount of fruit/citrus. My favorite IPA, named after nordic culture. Nothing else out there with this taste profile, you owe it to yourself to indulge in this copper toned IPA perfection.

Jan 26, 2017
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Ipa orange, pretty floral aroma, a hint of pine and mango, taste is pretty much bitter hops, nice aftertaste, I am not getting the citrus, but overall a good beer.

Jan 21, 2017
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delta490 from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale, orangey gold with a thick cap of foamy white head. Great retention leaves patches of small sticky lacing. The aroma has just faint hints of hops (maybe floral) and a little grainy sweetness. The taste is a little more robust but not by much. The body is toward he lighter end of medium, with just a faint carbonated tingle and a nice soft finish.

Sep 10, 2016
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jmd1978 from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark yellow color with finger of head. Nose orange peel, brown sugar, piney,earthy. Taste orange, citrus, melon (cantaloupe), bready, grassy and piney hops. Easy finish that lingers just a bit. Decent IPA from Summit. We just got them in our area so eager to try more of them.

Jul 26, 2016
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A20sp from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a pilsner glass, poured from a 12 oz bottle. 40F

L:- A decent creamy head sits atop a golden translucent body. Leaves a sticky set of lacing "stains" on the glass.
S:- A slight dankness looms over a tropical blend of citrus fruit and blooms with a touch of a bread. The aroma is well blended and enticing.
T:- A refreshing taste of citrus with a touch of piney hops. Mild yet pleasing to drink. More of a pleasing bitterness with the malt lending a light bready afterthought to the hop blend.
F:- Easy to drink. Light-Medium on the carbonation side but not thick, more slippery. Creamy with a crisp bitter nip.

:- A tasty blend of hops gives a unique take to this IPA. Glad to have tried and would drink again if offered. Mild and session like in character, but with decent kick.

Jun 13, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden honey color, bulbous creamy head that doesnt quit.

Aromas of brown sugar, burnt caramel, onion, orange, garlic.

Flavor is full of juicy citrus, matched equally with piney onion and a very neutral malt backing. The flavor invades and then leaves the palate with lingering scars of where it just was. It stays with you.

Feel is huge. Creamy, poppy, and a dry finish.

Saga is a world class IPA. Absolutely a hall of fame beer for this style.

May 13, 2016
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StephenM from Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pale gold, clear, transient white 3 finger head in Pilsner glass
Smell: Mild citrus, minimally dank, grassy
Taste: Citrus peel, lemongrass, light malt, light biscuit
Mouthfeel: light, somewhat thin, average carbonation, light alcohol
Overall: Not striking, but nothing offensive, may have had more flavor with more of the chill off.

May 09, 2016
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TheBrosy from Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant gold with a thick white head that slowly dissipates. Slightly hazy.

Smell: Earthy hops, not a particular strong aroma.

Taste: Nice balance between hop flavors (pine/earthy & citrus). Malt flavor is exceedingly basic. Has a nice bitterness level throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

A pretty basic IPA. Its not a bad IPA, just not really worth going out of your way for.

Apr 15, 2016
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