Sagefight Imperial IPA
Deschutes Brewery

Sagefight Imperial IPASagefight Imperial IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,394
Ranked #11,903
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
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Sagefight Imperial IPASagefight Imperial IPA
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 267
Photo of GuyFawkes
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Best by 1/6/17"; drank 10/2/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through ruby red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; thick, frothy tree-rung lace.

Fresh soap, cane sugar, cotton candy & pine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fresh soap, pine & cotton candy flavors up front; a dry, bitter finish. Pine-y, very sweet & very dry; this is NOT my profile whatsoever.

Drinkable at best.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper/amber with a two-finger tan foamy head, with good staying power and lacing for the ABV.

The aromas deliver equal measures of citrus and sage--the namesake is no mere note, it is front and center. The maltiness of the base is there as well.

The sage works very well on the nose--on the palate, it is a little more of a clash. The sage presents a sweetness that balances the bitterness, but doesn't mesh very well with the malt backbone.

The mouthfeel, though is outstanding for a strong IPA. The carbonation is ample, and the ABV is deceptively hidden, as this doesn't ever get sticky.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this for it's unique flavor but, for me personally, the sage was a little out of place in the most important place--on the tongue.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 07/20/17:

Semi-clear, metallic copper amber. Three finger fluffy, chunky head of fine bubbles, a lighter golden tan in color, amazing retention yielding and island volcano of foam and frosty lacing. Sage aromas, of course, and little else. Kind of like Jasmine. Juniper is close enough to but not distinct enough from sage, so it’s lost here. It’s not strong or distracting like it would be if you were surrounded by any kind of sage (I have a very mild allergy to the pollen, a real shame since I don’t actually mind the smell). Palate is sage but also fresh savory, mustard seed, anise, and white peppercorns. Behind these is a more subdued hoppy presence, herbal to earthy, and sweeter caramel from the malt. Booze character is hidden well behind these herbs and spices, but still reveals itself in retro-olfaction whereupon it combines with hops for a long lasting, extra peppery sensation. Full-bodied, soupy, with even level of fine carbonation that stays tingly from start to finish for an average gulp, and, with moderate booze-heat, accentuates the spiciness.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was surprising. I didn't know what to expect as I usually skipped over at the store and get the Fresh Squeezed IPA. Pretty good stuff. I was expecting more on the 'fruity' side of the IPA's but that's not the case. It's a smooth high ABV IPA that I will definitely get again. Another nice one Deschutes!

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Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a warm copper with two fingers of white head.

Smell - citrus hops, savoury sage, juniper berries, bready malts, caramel, herbal notes, and earthy yeast.

Taste - Citrus hops quickly followed by the sage. The juniper berries come through next. The bready malts, caramel, herbal notes, and earthy yeast finish the brew off. The brew is definitely dominated by the sage.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with the hops and sage lingering.

Overall - Another stellar brew from Deschutes. I like the dominance of the sage alongside the hop bitterness. Worth seeking out for.

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Photo of kanjobanjo17
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Has a floral and hoppy taste with a pleasant body and a good balance between the hops, sage, and juniper. Great beer for sipping after work with a light dinner, would not be the best idea to drink a whole sixer in a night. I'd buy this beer again.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: about 13 SRM. quite hazy. an ample amount of light tan head.
S: very interesting and unique smell. I'm honestly not quite sure what sage smells like, but I would guess that's what I'm smelling. Also think I smell the juniper berries. Smell is moderately pleasant.
T: beer tastes essentially like the smell, but with the sage/juniper toned down a bit and the malts playing more prominence. the sage/juniper flavor is a bit too much. takes away from the beer. at the same time, it is quite unique and perhaps for that reason a memorable flavor.
F: medium body, medium-high crispness
O: this strike me as a novelty brew. The sage/juniper flavor is interesting, but before I was halfway through this beer I was already over it and finishing it was a chore, not a delight

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Photo of Brennan27
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The sage and juniper work well together. This is a sweeter ipa, but the herbal taste and mild bitterness at the end bring it all together. Definitely worth grabbing.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This clear amber colored beauty is full of sage, juniper, caramel and pine. It's probably not an all night beer to pound through a sixer, but definitely unique and tasty. The rich malty heft balances out the bitterness just right. Reminds me of an old time favorite of mine, 395 from Mammoth Brewing. I will definitely revisit when I'm in the mood for some of that sage goodness. Cheers.

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Photo of OnsideDragon
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a solid golden amber, instant scent of pine and sage/juniper, taste is a strong pine complimented with a rush of sage and juniper, feels is like most beers of this price/quality, it is not as carbonated as most but more than nitros, a nice mouth feel, overall its a rush of sage and pine at the front with the end being a rush of juniper berries - and the sage and juniper berries are honestly quite off putting for me. something i am glad i tried, but wont come back to.

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Photo of Strix
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-golden, with a little sediment, a big head, and lace ring that holds on tight

Super smell, sage and herbs in front of general hoppy IPA smell

Unique taste, piney and biscuity, with a very unique sage twist

Fairly smooth and viscous

You never know what you are in for with potential gimmicky ingredients, but this was unique and interesting.

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Photo of Chaz
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant amber-red in color, topped with a pale tan head.

Big, big aromatic hop presence on the nose, which leads of with pine and herbaceous notes. It's not a tremendously big beer by today's standards, but the alcohol is very subtle on the nose, anyways.

Sweeter malt character along with herbal hop notes on the first sip, with an equal parts oily / astringent hop character evident throughout the drink, and a subdued but ample bitterness at the end.

Easy drinking, warming . . . but it's a sipper at this strength (at least for me), and may be "dangerously-drinkable" in the classic sense.

Definitely worth a visit and a re-visit!

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Photo of dburrows64
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites. Lovely deep caramel color, smell very true to taste. Floral and hoppy. The flavor I feel is very unique. Very nice with a heavy holiday dinner.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured two 12 oz bottles into glass mug. Smells a little grassy/piney with some spice. Sage does come through a little in the taste. Mainly taste of a off west coast IPA. Goes down pretty smooth with some hop bitterness. Not bad at all. Prost!

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Photo of brenn79
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original rating 09/09/16 12 oz bottle- Pours hazy dark orange with a medium white head. Aroma is strong in sage, juniper berry, lemon. The taste is again sage and juniper berry, lemon and lime, high level bitterness, which works well here. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Ahypercube
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I gotta say, pretty disappointed in this, after trying Obsidian Stout and (esp.) Fresh Squeezed IPA. I saw Imperial IPA and got excited, but this one's got some thick herbal character that I didn't really enjoy.

L: Nice bottle. Nice art. Amber orange and a little cloudy. I can only see halfway through the cup. The pour brings forth a gentle rise of beige head, not a lot, but the lacing it leaves is gorgeous: a speckled film that clings everywhere it touches, like sea foam in the sand.

S: Interesting. Very sweet, a little fruity, and notably herbal. Fuji apple, lemon, apricot, honey, pine, sage, and a weird, dark, sour berry smell, which I have to assume is the juniper. Doesn't smell half bad.

T: At first, it's apple, with some lemon peel, honeydew melon, those juniper berries, and some pine, but then the pine starts to build on the finish. When you go back for more, the fruity rush is short-lived, and that juniper, pine and sage bitterness get reinforced. I got through the first one fairly easily, but as I crack another, I feel a bit of apprehension about more bitter crap to drink. Interesting, but no, thank you.

F: Good consistency, malty, feels like a DIPA, but a little thin at 8%. To be expected. But somehow it's also too sweet? I'm surprised the consistency is not sticky from the sweetness.

O: Interesting, but weird. I don't think one can really complain about a beer having too much malt, since that is what beer is made of, but it tasted oddly sweet. I felt that the flavor profile of juniper berries and sage required a more clean-hoppy and less richly-sweet background to shine.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper hazy body with tan 3D semi-solid head, looks like krausen it's so thick. More solid, thick lace on the glass. Crushed pine needle and sap, mint, blackberry and blueberry, mild soap and herbal, earthy elements on the nose- wonderful, intimate, and sublimely intoxicating. The flavor favors the piney-minty resinous elements especially, but still offer some of those dark berries and some more usual hoppy notes like orange rind and pine. The pine factors mentioned at the beginning and ending of that sentence are distinctly distinguishable, in a way that I lack the skill to explain. Alcohol is undetectable, which at 8% I am *highly* appreciative. The bitterness is forceful, and there is no sweetness to mitigate it, only powerful balancing flavors to draw the mind off its intensity. The body is medium-full, perfectly carbonated, with that solid head nearly chafing the lips on occasion.
Incredible brew. It must be the sage that added that extra element of dark fruit, and although that was indeed the transcendent highlight it would still have been a well produced and satisfying beer with the juniper and hoppy pine elements. This transported me to a dark, luscious evergreen forest in Scandinavia, and, dare I say it, transcends Yumtown to take its place at an even loftier status, yet to be named.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a malty auburn in color with generous foaming. Somewhat medicinal notes on the aroma and as sipped, with a gin-juniper character dominating. Flatly bitter, with some piney notes complementing the juniper. Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for the bottle.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, citrus, sage. The taste is hoppy, citrusy, with some sage. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Burnt amber with an off-white head.

Smell is odd in many ways: feet, rug, cat and cannabis, with carrot, sage and spruce.

Taste is spruce, sage, black pepper, orange, and peach with a soft, dry body.

This is unlike almost anything, but is kind of similar to Pennsylvania Tuxedo, but lighter, and much more whacky.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S: smells grassy and herbal with floral and citrus aromas and a dose of sage. Hop aromas are medium high and malt aromas are medium low.

L: It pours brilliant copper with rapidly rising bubbles.

T: The palate is spicy hops, sage, citrus. there is a lot of fruit in this glass and a lot of citrus. It has a moderate to moderately high tea-like bitterness balanced by a light sweetness.

F: The body is medium to a little above with medium carbonation.

O: The beer evokes a spicy, herbal iced tea sweetened with a tiny pinch of very light brown sugar and a hint of fruit.

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Photo of narwhal
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Amber with medium head and substantial lacing. The aroma is hoppy and very floral, but with a bit of cloying sweetness that I don't love - the only major negative on this. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected, but appropriate given the alcohol content. The taste continues the floral theme very strongly on the front, but with a ton of hops bitterness on the aftertaste. Surprisingly lacking in alcohol warmth.

In general another decent beer from Deschutes if you like floral hoppy beers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Brewery "Sagefight Imperial IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: 02/23/17" and sampled on 02/22/17
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: "Sagefight"? It might as well have been "sageFRIGHT" for me - will this work? I was going to pass it by except that it's made by Deschutes and they've never let me down. So, OK, somewhat hazy deep amber/copper with a reddish cast beneath a rocky yellowed off-white head that looks like melting ice cream and has left thick, creamy lacing alongside the glass. The aroma is apparent at a short reach. It's easy to say sage, but I also get caramelish malt and some fruit. Is that the Juniper? It's also citrusy with orange. It's really not that much different than some other beers I've smelled in the past, but it's seems rich. I'm hesitant.... ahhh, not bad at all. The Juniper is very clear, and it's fruity and spicy, and the sage follows it, especially in the finish. It is, overall, a little bit of an herb bomb, and I'm not sure how drinkable it will be in the end. The 8.0% alcohol probably won't help with that, but I don't think the bitterness will be an issue. It's listed at 75 IBUs but it doesn't come off like that. Let me give it another shot... the aroma is fascinating and I could probably just sniff at it for some time. And I hate to say it, but really, everything about this screams Dogfish Head rather than Deschutes to me. Except for the malt, it's got that intensely rich maltiness that only Deschutes can pull off. OK, flavor... very much exactly as I described it earlier. I get apple and pear, berries, and the spiciness but it's also quite floral, even more so than herbal in my opinion, at least until the finish where it becomes 'massive herbal'! As I work through it I'm just sipping at it, and that seems to be where it lies for me, as a sipper after dinner, or while watching TV or reading before bed. The pause between sips allows it to erode, or at least fade a little bit from the palate, and then you're ready for another sip. To do it any other way I think would be overwhelming - although I'll say that the alcohol has little to do with that, it doesn't really show, it has a presence but it doesn't come right out as alcohol, and it's just the herbs that will really build on you. Fortunately the fruitiness helps cut through that as well while it's still in your mouth. The malt is also good. I can't imagine it working as well as it does if it didn't have that medium-dark caramel to balance the sage. Overall it's kind of take it or leave it for me, but I appreciate it. Oh, I just noticed, incredible lacing. It's a solid sheet with rings that mark each sip I took; and the surface still has a fairly complete surface covering. Full to full-medium in body and creamy smooth. Unusual, and certainly unique.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this from a Deschutes teku poured chilled from the bottle.

The color is medium amber with slight haze bordering on copper with thick cream cap and average bead with decent retention. The smell is very herbaceous with sage adding a mix of floral/pine-like scent to the hops which are complimentary and a subtle yeast ester adds fruit elements with light sweet malt in the nose. The feel is great -moderately high bitterness and resinous texture from hops with spice adding the balance countering the malt sweetness with mild alcohol and semi-dry finish.
to be continued

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Photo of andrewh995
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great showing by Deschutes. The sage is pretty apparent as well as tons of citrus, pine, and hops. Smells and looks great as well. Would recommend.

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Sagefight Imperial IPA from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 267 ratings