Summit Sága IPA | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

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Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 nickapalooza86
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color, nice head.

Smell is heavy grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine, lemon, floral, bready malt.

Taste is a citrus, tropical bomb. Grapefruit is the big stand out, lemon, pine, mango, orange, bitter back end, bready malt underneath

Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation, finishes very dry, leaves you wanting more.

Overall.... This beer is strait up world class, and wait for it... It costs 11.49 for a 12 pack. I always have a 12 on hand, as should anyone that can get summit 12s in there area. I love Torpedo as much as the next guy, but this beer is better, I still buy Torpedo from time to time but that is for that west coast pine bitterness, if you want strait tropic, citrus, pine hop flavor go with Saga.

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Photo of Ilafan
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

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Photo of SurlyZach
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely not a typical west coast IPA...but a fresh take by the good folk at Summit.

A-Pours a very light copper color, with a nice head

S-Deliciously hoppy, with pine and citrus distinctly in the background

T--Pretty hoppy up front, but nicely balanced out with a pleasant malt (reminiscent of other Summit offerings?)

M--Very balanced

O--I really like this Summit creation. With the great price for a six pack, I think this will easily be one of my go to everyday IPAs. Cheers Summit!

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Photo of midnightowl
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Summit hit a homerun with their rendition of an American IPA!

S: picked up the tropical fruit flavors right away; mango, passionfruit, apricot and kiwi.

t: piney, citrus, grapefruit popped out in taste with a nice bitter, dry and slight malt finish.

Overall: Well done Summit. Way to prove the naysayers wrong. This will be my go to beer and highly recommend to anyone.

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Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorites! I've been looking forward to the chance to give this great beer a proper review. Just be warned - I am totally biased here.

Pours a clear honey-gold with a fluffy, creamy head. Lacing looks great, almost leaves a winter-evergreen landscape on the wall of the glass. Head retention is fantastic.

I give the nose on this one a perfect 5. It's bigger and better than I ask of a non-Imperial IPA - but just enough. All pine and grapefruit juice here.

Taste-wise, well, there's just something about Saga. It's one of my classics, so there's this nostalgia to it. It takes me back to backyard archery practice with my dad, gearing up bowhunting - but it can't be just me. This is such a great IPA, but it's an individual in a sea of great IPAs. Pine and grapefruit per the norm? Yeah, but it has personality. Nice and bitter on the back end of the swig.

Mouthfeel is great. It's light, maybe a little aggressive on the carbonation, but pleasantly so. Gets nice and creamy if you let your tongue bathe in it for a few moments.

A lot of people might roll their eyes at the high score I'm giving this beer. I just want to remind those people that this isn't an imperial. My word though, it could almost pass for one, and that's what makes it an extraordinary 'single' IPA. Let's not forget the price point either - talk about an affordable luxury!

Can't recommend this one enough.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of SenorElRaz
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite IPA. Pours a gorgeous golden hue, and smells wonderful. The taste is very hoppy up front, with a noticeable citrus "background" taste. Definitely not for someone who doesn't like bitterness. My favorite Summit beer after the Great Northern Porter.

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Photo of joe12pk
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my! The citrus. The myriad of fruits! The perfect malt backbone! I hope I'm not being too hasty, but this is the tastiest IPA I've ever had. Will try again later just to make sure I wasn't dreaming. Cheers!

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Photo of heirixon
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Super refreshing beer. Too me, this beer is like grapefruit in a bottle. Has the sharpness of an IPA with an exquisite sweetness that definitely lingers on the tongue. A great beer to sip on.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours pale, hazy gold under a fluffy and clingy white foam collar. S: Citrus and malt. T: Fruit, citrus, melon, some biscuit and moderate, pithy grapefruit rind bitterness. Malt is low moderate and hops are moderately high. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A full flavored fruity IPA that is easy to drink.

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Photo of digi3e
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant and clear copper amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very nice citrus forward hoppy aroma. Good hints of grapefruit, mango, oranges, pineapple, and apricot. Also some hints of herbal pine resin. Some bready caramel malts in the background. Smells very much like a solid west coast IPA. A very tropical and good smell.

Taste: Very citrus hop driven like the smell leads. Not overly bitter, but very full with the citrus flavor. Notes of grapefruit, orange, mango, apricot, and pineapple. Subtle piney hop presence. Somewhat herbal. Nice backing of bready caramel malts. Ripe citrus fruits are the dominate note here and it tastes very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nicely creamy, crisp, and juicy. Hops have a bitter drying effect on the finish.

Overall: A very impressive take on a West Coast IPA from Summit. Similar to their recent Silver Anniversary ale, but better. The tropical citrus flavors are great. Also a nice bargain for the price.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours from the bottle a dark amber color with a healthy, sticky cap of foam. The aroma is bursting with hops. Grapefruit and bitterness mix to produce a unique aroma. The flavor follows aroma with a strong citrus, grapefruit and lemon, along with sappy pine. Grassy bitterness mixes in. But this isn't a strictly hoppy affair. The grain is hefty enough to balance out the heavy dose of hops. The slightly toasted malt brings a mature flavor somewhere between caramel and biscuit. Overall, a nice, well balanced beer.

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Photo of Phocion
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It has just occurred to me that I have never rated Summit Sága. This is notable because in the last two years, this is hands-down the one beer I have consumed the most of.

12 oz. can with an "EB" date of September 19, 2014, about two and a half months away. Poured into an old Summit shaker pint. Mostly clear dark gold body with a finger of bubbly barely off-white head. After about a minute, the head drops to a thin crown. Thick layers of bubbly lacing cling on to the glass as the head fades.

Most American IPAs have an emphasis on juicier, fruitier aromas or pinier, more resiny aromas. Sága's got both. Lemon rind, grapefruit, and apricot are backed up by a healthy dose of floral and piney aromas. Light caramel malts in the background give a little complexity, but overall this is a very hop-forward IPA.

Pine resin and fruit juice punch you in the mouth. Huge grapefruit aroma combined with fresh orchard flavors from the Rakau and a nice bitter resiny finish along with the dry toasted malts. The finish pushes on astringent, but doesn't quite get there.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Soft on the palate, balanced perfectly with a nice sharp, bitter finish.

At the beginning I already mentioned my bias towards this beer. However, that bias exists for a reason: this is a damned good IPA, and IMO one of the best bottled/canned IPAs in the Midwest. Drink this beer... drink lots of it. Just make sure it's fresh... I've had more than a handful of old and bad Ságas.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice sticky lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of pine resin, passion fruit, stone fruit, and hints of grape fruit and flowers. The taste is of pine resin and stone fruit with a nice hop spiciness that really adds some nice complexity. There is also a nice clean sharp bitterness in the finish. It appears briefly than fades leaving a nice hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer that is sure to become a stable in my refrigerator.

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Photo of shand
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

This beer pours out a hazy golden color with a tiny head that retains well. The aroma is excellent, it's got a huge amount of citrus and piney hops. The taste is also very good, it's fully hoppy the whole way through without being overwhelming or too one-note. The citrus hops are strong here for sure, but there's herbal and piney aspects hanging around too. There's a little bit of a spiciness to go with the dry finish. Very nice. The mouthfeel is crisp and sharply carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is an excellent single IPA that's exceptionally drinkable without having a boring flavor profile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no date on the bottle that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy golden straw color with one finger off-white head that dissipated slowly until a thin broken layer of small bubbles remained, there was significant lacing on the glass, higher than average carbonation for the style.

SMELL: flowers, grapefruit citrus and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel malt then a nice grapefruit note followed by a piney hop blast, the hops really linger in a pleasant way, very balanced.

PALATE: medium body and higher carbonation.

OVERALL: This is one of the better IPA's I've ever had, this beer is wonderfully balanced and smells fantastic, I will definitely buy this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the IPA style.

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Photo of bsp77
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, light amber with moderate off-white frothy head and minor lacing.

Smell: Very tropical, with mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Some spiciness and pine.

Taste: More balanced than the aroma, but the same tropical hoppiness comes through, with grapefruit and mango mostly. Underneath the hops is a persistent semi-sweet toasted body. Finish has some pine along with the grapefruit, and is moderately bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Smooth but slightly thinner than expected.

Overall: I was under the impression that this was very similar to the Silver Anniversary IPA. Not really. It may have similar specs, but the different hop profile makes all the difference; this one is certainly more tropical. It is equally delicious and smells better, but the body seems slightly thinner and less creamy. Regardless of comparisons, this is an outstanding, everyday, lower-priced IPA. Fantastic job, Summit! Between this and the new Summer Ale (and the continuing Unchained Series), they have really stepped up their game.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from short 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a clear light caramel with a 2 finger white head. Big waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Caramel, big juicy pineapple and orange, faint grass or pine as well.

T- Sweet caramel and pale malts, citrus rind, sweet orange and pineapple with nice amount of pine bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Crisp with some slickness.

O- Very good ipa. It's not zombie dust (I know zd isn't an ipa) but it's about as close as your going to get if you don't have access to it.

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Photo of eauclairedan
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an amazing golden hazy beer. smells of tropical fruit and citrus, tastes like it smells with a balanced malt profile. This is a SOLID IPA, the Rakau hops really shine. the only thing better than this beer is the price at 6.99/6-pack. Summit really nailed this beer.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich golden to tangerine in color. Honestly, this is the clearest beer I have ever sampled-you could read a book through it. Very nice 2 finger creamy white head and some dreamy lacing.

S: Tropical mango dominates off the bat, orange, pineapple, and papaya follow. Clean woodsy pine, juicy and sweet florals.

M: Smooth and very soft on plate, medium body. Maybe some more carbonation to give the flavors some more intensity. Finishes a bit dry on the finish.

T/O: Really matches the nose. Big sweet and juicy fruits at the beginning. Apricot, mango, and pineapple. Bitterness comes in half through, and remains thereafter through the finish. Tastes of pine on the end with residual notes of orange and grapefruit. This beer is citrusy, juicy, piney, and sweet. Really attractive presentation. It's balanced well and the notes are blended as well. Not as bitter considering the 80 IBUs, which is attributable to how the extent of the flavors melding so well.

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Photo of Miketwolf21
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Beubie.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a small wispy white head hat recedes to a thin collar.

Aroma is heavy on citrus fruits - pineapple and grapefruit - and lemongrass. The malts are faint and of the pale variety.

Light floral notes up front with pine and herbal grasses. The citrus is there as well, leaving a bitter pithy grapefruit finish. Pale biscuity malts in the background.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and extremely drinkable. Maybe a tad watery, but that's nitpicking.

This is a great IPA and one of the better Summit beers I've had. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of Flatlands
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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 know, midwestern balance.

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

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Photo of TCMike
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium gold color. Produced a 2 finger, white head.

The aroma was of citrus, honey, and hops.

The taste was similar, but with a little bit of biscuit flavor. The hop bitterness was very nicely balanced with the light sweetness. It has a medium mouth-feel, and medium carbonation.

This is a very good American IPA. It is easy drinking, affordable, and locally produced. This will be my new "go to" IPA.

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