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Summit Sága IPA | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Sága IPASummit Sága IPA

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 1,318
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with very pale apricot colored edges and a one finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing coat the glass on the way down. Great looking beer.

Dank resinous hop aroma with a nice balance of floral, citrus and earthy qualities. Hints of fresh cut grass and juicy nuggets along with pine needle and a touch of tropical/citrus fruit sweetness. Very faint tart grapefruit and pineapple sweetness countering the earthier notes. Subtle onion-y summit presence in there as well. Pale malt backbone with some bread, biscuit and light fruit. Nice balance without interfering hinder the juicy hop profile.

Medium body wih a blast of dry, sticky bitterness that's countered by sweeter hop flavors and a pale malt backbone. Decent amount of dryness with resinous oils and earthy bitterness. Dank buds and grassy pine sap but it's not overwhelming. Fresh and juicy with prominent citrus and tropical fruit sweetness cutting through the bitterness. Strong grapefruit and pineapple sweetness along with hints of mango, papaya and lemon peel zest. Subtle malt backbone providing nice balance without interfering with the compex hop flavors. Some bread, biscuit, cracker and light fruit notes. Bit strong complex but really well balanced and easy to drink. Could use a little more tropical/citrus sweetness but otherwise a really solid IPA from summit. Could drink this in large quantities.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a light golden yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light speckled lacing sticks to the glass nicely.
The smell starts off with a spritzy lemon glossing into some sweet citrusy and piney bitterness.
The taste was moderately balanced between the sweet and the bitter. Citrus and piney hops combine over smooth sweet caramel malts and lead into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt right on my tongue.
Overall, pretty good AIPA. It hits all of the normal spots of the style, might not necessarily seek out again, but its worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at district tap. Gotta say, didn't have high expectations but I actually really liked it. Color was a translucent yellow-gold, which was a bit off-putting, but this is why we dont judge bools by their covers. Flavor and aroma were big on hops, more lemon-citrus than pine, but plenty of both. Mouthfeel was reasonably smooth given all the big flavor. Give it a shot.

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Photo of MACrist
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Always rated within the style.
Looks: A crystal clear, amber-orange. Moderate lacing. Tiny bubbles.
Aroma: Sweet stone fruit-peachy, tropical fruits, pine, citrus rind, apricot, malty white bread.
Taste: Citrus rind, sweet tropical fruit, pine. Bitterness and sweetness in front all the way to back. Pleasant citrus bitterness through back end.
Feel: Medium carbonation-perfect, brings out flavor. Overall...quite dry.
I only wish Summit would do an Imperial Saga. Up the caramel malt a bit, and go nuts with the pine/citrus, hops. This beer is really good and the price is really good, too.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

draft sample at ike's in the minneapolis-st. paul airport, oct 14 2015

a: light amber with off-white head

s: hugely dank pine, some grapefruit, some orange. a kind of froot loops scent in here too, yum

t: super hoppy, super resiny stuff. marijuana, grapefruit, pine, and quite the bitter finish. if there's any malt, i can't taste it under all the tongue-ripping hop flavours

m: medium-ish feel with moderate carbonation and a sticky finish

o: i had a sampler flight which included summit's extra pale ale as well, and the waiter accidentally identified saga as the extra pale ale. after a sip of saga, it's easy to see he was wrong lol. a good, ultra-hopped-out beer

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Photo of heirixon
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
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 tlema1
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: hazy yellow/orange, thin head
S: citrus, tropical, and floral hops
T: citrusy and topical, but well balanced
F: light to medium bodied
O: very tasty would share and recommend

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GaryMuchow for this one. Poured from 12oz can into 10oz goblet. This very happy beer was a hazy orange-amber color underneath a massive 1-1/2-2 inch head. Pouring was done in multiple stages.

There was just a very light grain scent showing through in the aroma, as the scent was dominated by blasts of floral and citrus hops. Pretty much same song on the tongue, lots of citrus and floral hops, with only a bit of contrasting malt showing through.

The body was good, the typical medium-light found in so many of the style. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed my can a lot, and would certainly enjoy having this brew again. Overall, this is a nice, solid, enjoyable example of it's style. I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great bang for your buck with this one. Brought a $1.99 can, that was about a month and a half old so still fairly fresh, from my local liquor store. Tons of citrus on the nose and taste along with a splash grapefruit. Super crushable. A good, everyday drinking IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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 creepinjeeper
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a 3 Floyds pint glass.
Look: Pale orange to amber in hue. Head starts out fluffy. Settles into nice lacing lthat leaves a trail on the glass.
Smell: Citrusy grapefruit rind, wet bread with a little bit of pine.
Taste: Pine, citrus rind and OJ, little malt sweetness, with a bit of a bitter finish.
Feel: Nice carbonation, crisp and oh, so easy to drink.
Overall: Solid IPA from Summit. Would gladly buy again. Looking forward to trying more from Summit.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw-orange color with a one finger white head. A little carbonation that collects at the top sides of glass. Sweet carmel-malty smell with citrus back. Piney resin right up front. Bitterness sticks around and goes up the nose. A little grapefruit comes through, decent balance. A nice APA.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really strong pine aroma. A good amount of bitterness to it, and a well-rounded flavor to it. One of the more refreshing IPAs that I've come across.

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Photo of larryi86
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you garymuchow for this
12 oz can, best before 9/25/15, poured into a pint glass

A- A clear golden amber with a four finger white head

S- Floral, piney, some citrus, some wet grass, caramel malts.

T- Piney finish, floral notes, faint wet grass, light citrus upfront, all balanced by nice sweeter malt backbone.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice middle of the road IPA, tasty, worth trying. I could see myself picking this up fairly often if it was local to me.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle enjoy by 10/2:
Pours light golden with the considerable bit of haze. Head is white, fluffy, grows large, sticks around, and provides lacing.
Nose initially is a bit tropical, but becomes more grapefruit rind and grass, the more pine as I get into the glass.

Tate starts right away with piney resin taste. There's a spicy bite to the beer early as well, pepper to even mint (maybe it's the pine influence). Even though the dry pine lingers (with grapefruit pith), between the opening and ending there is a light tropical note that serves to lessen the bitterness just a bit and makes for a more complex beer. This beer is still bitter overall, however, but more balanced with some warmth.

The overall beer is enjoyable, but the profile is a little muddled. I got some really bitter sips and some somewhat sweet sips. None of the flavor profiles I got were bad, I'm just not sure which is the true makeup of this beer.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a golden honey color with a thick white head. Head lingers for a bit and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, pine, caramelized malts, and some notes of floral hops.

T: Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pepper, resiny pine hops, and caramelized malts.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and clean easy drinker.

O: This is an example of my idea of a session IPA. It's a crisp refreshing easy drinker that didn't sacrifice any flavor. At 6.4% you can down a 12 pack and still want more. It's a solid choice for an all day drinker kind of beer.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color is right inbetween yellow and gold with slight carbonation. Sweet hoppy smell. Hoppy taste without too much of the terrible bitter aftertaste a lot of IPAs have. Above average beer.

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Photo of SenorElRaz
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
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 eauclairedan
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
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 micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saga is a well made IPA that drinks very nice.
Looks good with a tall beige head loaded with tight bubbles. The color is golden amber, similar to most IPA's out there.
The aroma is citrusy and bright. I notice grapefruit the most.
Taste is more malty with hop flavor being almost absent. Has a mild bitter finish.
Drinks smooth with just some lingering bitterness in the finish.
I like this beer it was very good and highly drinkable.

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Photo of BrewRaider
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good, West Coast-style IPA from Minnesota. Lots of citrus, and the grapefruit comes through. While Summit is kinda overshadowed by Surly, this established brewery puts out a damn fine IPA in its own right.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey....this is a good one....definitely worth a try. The beer has great hop character (pine citrus) both on the nose and taste. It poured a slightly hazy copper with white head that is leaving a lace. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall.....very nice!

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Photo of joe12pk
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
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 CraigP83
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I should preface this by saying I poured from a 6 pack that had an expired enjoy by date. This has the citrus flavor I like in an IPA but was missing the sharp "pow" taste I also like. Presumably because it's expired. My least favorite part of the beer is the sticky/foamy mouth feel. I plan on revisiting this beer when I find a fresh sample. EDIT: tried a much fresher 12 pack and it has a tropical pineapple scent w/ solid hop profile. Winner

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Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Burger Jones into a shaker pint

A: Hazy golden amber with minimal head
S: mmmm! bready malts, dank earthy and orange citrus notes
T: Like the nose, though also some caramel malt, and some piney and spicy hops to go with what comes through in the nose...great combination! Very nice, all things considered.
M: medium carbonation, medium body, wet and sticky while finishing somewhat dry.

overall: Still remember when this first came out a few years back...never really cared for Summit's old IPA, but I was intrigued by the name and was up for something new...what a pleasant and delicious surprise. Now its an old reliable.

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
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