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.

Added by JackieTH on 05-08-2012

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a hazy bright orange color with a finger of off-white head that dies down pretty quickly. The nose has some sweet notes of marmalade as well as some grapefruit.

The beer has a medium light body with a nice firm feel. Nice fruity and resiny, piney flavors meld and are supported by a good malty backbone. Not sweet, but not overly bitter either. Nice dry finish. Refreshing and appetizing. Overall, a very well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours yellow gold with a little haze and a finger of white head.

Smell. Big grapefruit rinds, some light toasted malts, maybe a little tropical fruit.

Taste. Light toasted malts and plenty of orange and citrus rinds. A little mango and maybe a bit of pine needles. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonatine.

Overall. Nice west coast style IPA. I haven't heard of this one before, but I will remember it now. Thanks again, Steasy66!!

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Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Look is very clear, orange-yellow. Rising bubbles and a sticky white head with good lace. Stinky, earth and pine smell. Bubbly medium feel, tangy citrus pine, a lot of light grain.

Love this IPA, but it's not really top-tier. Still, by far the best summit IPA.

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Photo of Rizalini
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color, with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head. Nice lacing left behind.

S - Nice citrucey hop aroma. Smells of apricot, pineapple and a touch of pine.

T/M - More of a bittering quality than a hoppy, floral characteristic. Nice malt backbone that's not too over powering. On the finish, there is a nice resinous hoppiness that's left on my tongue. Medium light mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - A solid IPA by any standard. Glad I picked this one up when I had the chance.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of resin notes as well as some biscuit malt and a hint of orange citrus. The flavor is very similar. I get some dry, resin notes and a hint of biscuit malt. The beer is very "sticky" and there is a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of beagle75
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of persistent apricot-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass, nearly continuous about one-third of the way down, and a few metered streams of bubbles rise in the column.

S: Clean overall, starring hops that are herbaceous and piney but with lesser floral qualities as well. A trace of austere pilsner grain is the only clearly non-hops quality detectable.

T: Begins dry, with moderate-intensity hop aromatics showing mostly floral and spicy herbaceous qualities. Pale malt is detectable but fairly neutral, like uncooked dough. Acidity is mild into the middle where herbaceous qualities become a bit medicinal but grain becomes more bready in a cooked way. The finish yields bold, heavy-handed bitterness whose astringency lingers on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate showing late astringency that matches the taste, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This appears to be an attempt by Summit to put a modern IPA on shelves, and it doesn't fall far from the 25th anniversary beer tree. Dry-hopping is modest at best, appearing to be largely of Cascade hops but with an allowance for Amarillo to stop by and drop off a pellet or two. At it's price point it isn't bad, although the lingering bitterness holds it back.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours a 2 finger head. Great retention. Moderate lacing. Colr is a cloudy dark orange.

S. Nice floral hop aroma. Get a pretty nice crosse between piney hop aroma and a little grapefruit. Overall pretty powerful hop aroma. Could smell the hops as I was pouring the beer. Beneath the hops get some caramel malt, not overly sweet smelling. Get a little trace of honey. Hop aroma gets a little more tropical as Saga warms up.

T. Nice hop presence up front. Good amount of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Lingering bitterness. Get that same cross of piney hops with some grapefruitiness. Nice balance. Pretty damn good IPA.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

O. This is one of the better Summit beers I have had. Its also a pretty solid IPA. Good beer to be able to have access to. Saga proves the point that you can never have too many IPAs.

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Photo of knepper
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep gold to orange with a fluffly, white, whispy head that quikly fades and clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fragrant tropical fruit with a bit of cedar. Fresh crushed malt.

Taste: The spicy, floral, bitterness rushes in first. Its followed by sweet, fleshy mango and a bit of lemon. Tart fruit rind and puckering citric acid finish it off. A great beer that evolves as it warms. Its definitely balanced towards dry and bitter but there is enough hop flavor and mouthfeel from the malt to make this a great attribute.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. A quick perusal yields no bottle dating. Shocking.

Mildly dehydrated urine yellow beneath some clumpy white flotillas. Some long boogery lace gropes the edges.

Some creaminess, pineapple, and Bisquik pancake on the nose. Rather tame and not particularly bright.

Light pine, moderate juicy bitterness, and a grassy finish. Hints of tropics on the nose are a bit vague though on the periphery. Lemony iced tea? Healthy malt profile may be to blame for swallowing some of the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a tingling and juicy finish that leaves a tingling and lasting bitterness.

Overall I really enjoy seven dollar six packs. As such, this is an enjoyable beer. As an IPA to reach for on a regular basis, it lacks some of the juicy vibrancy that I look for.

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Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a 3 finger foamy white head with good retention and lacing. Smells like grapefruit, pineapple, pine, floral hops, and biscuit malt.

The taste is mostly bitter, without much sweetness. Tastes like grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, floral hops, and biscuit malt. I did not taste the pineapple which I detected in the aroma.

Medium bodied with below average carbonation, and a bitter aftertaste. Very smooth, and finishes somewhat dry. A good IPA from Summit, but not in the upper echelon.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Too bad drinkability isn't' listed as category any more as this one holds that in spades.
Great aroma with a really very nice fruit essence that is sweet and slightly tart and overall enjoyable. It fades very little throughout the drink.
Quite clear and a dense white head. Nice lacing.
Flavor is good - better than that- but it's the weakest aspect of this very fine beer. Good solid bittering without and hints of excess. Just a slight watery quality, but that's what helps it drink so well. Bold hop flavors that don't linger too long. Just enough malt foundation to support this hop heavy beer.
On light side of moderate with full and very soft carbonation. Soft feel overall and good smoothness.
I repeat a very nice drinker.

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Photo of sonata2008
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear light gold with lots and lots of carbonation. About a 1/2 inch of cream colored foam. Only a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Definitely a hops presence. Floral and spice with maybe a bit of pine. Lovely!

Taste: The first part of the taste is a pleasant huge dose of hops. There's definitely some spice. A nice foundation of malt to support the hops. The taste experience is on the dry side, but nicely so.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a slight tingle. A dry finish.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. I really like this beer. I hope Summit continues to produce it. It would go well with sharp cheese, maybe a cheddar or a blue with some fresh bread. Also would go well with spicy cuisine such as Indian or Thai.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-08-19 in Columbia, PA from a fresh bottle

A - Clear golden orange with a 2-finger head and good lacing.

S - Pine, hop floral, citrus. A little more aroma than on-tap, probably because it wasn't competing with the food smells in the restaurant.

T - Lemon, pine, hop buds, tea, tobacco, light malt. Very good, dry aftertaste with lingering lemon hop tea and grapefruit bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Initially smooth then resinous and a little prickly.

O - This is a very nice addition to the Summit line of beers. It's less expensive than Surly Furious but gets close to it in flavor; albeit with less malt presence. Hope this makes it to Pennsylvania distributors.

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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight hop oils, hint of citrus hops, hint of alcohol, and a hint of earthiness. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, hint of citrus hops, hint of hop oils, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, blend, body, and feel.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd opted not to try this beer when it was first introduced, thinking along the lines of *who needs another IPA?* But I had a Hop-Hankerin' today, and since it was the newest label on the shelf, thought why not?

Shorty brown, pry-off bottle with no dating. $7 a sixpack -- yes, $7.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a dense, long-lasting, light cream colored head.

S -- Piny, resiny -- rather juniper-like, hops -- though not over-the-top.

T -- Piny, resinous hops up front. Vaguest of biscuit malts and light citrus (more lemony to my palate than any sort of Cascade hop grapefruit) in the middle. Bitter, resinous hops in the finish and aftertaste.

M -- Surprisingly light-medium in body with a crisp, near-to dry mouthfeel.

O -- A hop-bomb of an American IPA. It's what you'd expect, right? More resinous than I usually like in my hoppy beers, but perfectly inline with style expectations.

Do we need another IPA on shelves? Maybe at $7 a sixpack we do!

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a good example of evening apple juice - creamy head remains, leaving thick lace.

Lemon, grapefruit, some pine on the nose - fairly refreshing.

Here's where this beer gets unique - grapefruit, tobacco and even some well-balanced pine. It's got a bigger presence than many IPAs, with the first two coming through, with the pine closing.

It's a bit over-carbonated, enwrapping the tobacco notes around the tongue. Still, enjoyable.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a honey golden color with a good head that fades slowly to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and pine with hint of herbs. Nice clean smell.

T: Taste of grapefruit with a bit of pine. Has a mild sweetness and an easy bitterness with a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth with a nice balance.

O: Good drinker that goes down easy. Worth checking out.

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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 russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grass & light lemon

T: Follows the nose, some breay/biscuitty notes & a touch of pine & dryness up front. Herbal bitterness, slight grapefruit flavor as this warms. Finishes grassy with a slight aspirin biterness, along with some citrus & pretty dry

MF: Creamy, light/medium bodied, good balance

Very drinkable, not a great AIPA, but passable, a bit over priced compared to others

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Enjoy by: 10/16/12

A - Deep golden honey in color, this very clear beer is topped by a billowing off-white head with huge retention and thick, sticky lacing.

S - Hop city! Abounding, bright fruit and light resin aromas explode from Sága. Balled cantaloup, sliced pineapple, and a dribble of sticky pine sap drapes over the lightly caramel-sweetened bready Vienna malt-like nose.

T - Sága moves away from it's large, bright citrus characteristics in the aroma to a hefty load of earthiness; dry leaf, grass clippings, and a finish of pine resin. Maltiness follows with a kiss of caramelized sweetness but the grassy earthiness overwhelms.

M - Medium-bodied and lightly carbonated, Sága features a pretty well-balanced bitterness on the finish but, the flavor lingers for quite a while with a faintly pesky dryness.

O - Quite a paradigm shift from aroma to flavor, Sága might be a little better off with some fruity aspects carrying over to balance out the largely earthy tones this beer has. Regardless, Sága brings the bitterness and does it well; rounded with some caramel malts, the beer is a tasty treat for hop heads.

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Photo of MNAle
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color, relatively heavy carbonation for the style. White to slightly off-white head with foam clinging to the glass. Subtle aroma hints of citrus or pine. Initial taste is nicely balanced malts and hops. Relatively thick moth feel. This transitions to a piney aftertaste that lingers quite awhile. Very good IPA.

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

Many thanks to Josh for sending this one!

A - Pours a clear and vibrant copper color with a nice two fingered head, mild on the carbonation, and leaves a very sticky lacing ring.

S - Toasted sweet caramel malt presence, citrus rind, sweet tropical fruit resin in the form of orange and some pineapple. Not overly strong, but pleasant.

T - Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malt lays very quiet underneath and surfaces occasionally. The bitter fruitiness of the hops is not as strong on the palette as it is in the nose. The resiny rinds of orange and pineapple really settle briefly on the tongue before sliding to the side for bitter pine and grapefruit to come crashing through at the very end. The bitterness lingers for a decent amount of time in this hop forward beer.

M - Medium body, slick before finishing dry with smooth carbonation.

O - This is a solid IPA that holds it own on the bitterness scale and if I could purchase this in my area it could easily find a spot in my beer fridge as one I'd keep as a "go to".

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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 ChiPool
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

I've enjoyed the PA from this brewery, but never though much of their other offerings. I'll have to say: very pleasantly surprised by this one. A bit light in color for the class, but has a nice IPA smell & taste. Lingering grapefruit bitterness: solid offering for an American IPA. At the price, this is a great value.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Translucent light orange/yellow color. Pours a white two finger head that's sticking around. Reminds me of white grape juice. Looks appealing.

Aroma: There is some pine in there but it is completely overwhelmed by tropical fruit notes. This is balanced out by the bitter hop tones that come afterwards.

Taste: Nicely bitter from start to finish. Some grapefruit and pineapple in there but not as present as in the nose. Really nice juicyness to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Pretty drinkable given it's an IPA. Very easy to slug down. This approaches sessionable territory.

Final Thoughts: When I heard Summit was making a new IPA I had some high expectations and Saga did not disappoint. This beer takes the definition of West Coast IPA and just about perfects it.

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Summit Sága IPA from Summit Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 1,327 ratings.
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