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Summit Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Summit Single Hop IPASummit Single Hop IPA

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very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADZA on 02-25-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DrBier, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brown glass bottle with simple purple label acquired for 13 zloty at a Krakow bottle shop and served into a pilsner glass in me friend's gaff there. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewer (my favourite). Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent complexion and consistency. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is well above average - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent.

Appears adequately carbonated. Not unique or special appearance.

AROMA: Pale malts, hints of caramalt, floral hop notes, herbal hops, and some mild bitterness.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a somewhat pleasant aroma of average strength.

TASTE: Overly herbal, with some unbecoming caramalt sweetness and bubblegum. Pale malts. Barley.

It's not real complex, subtle, intricate, or nuanced. Average depth, duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour. It's fairly balanced. Not well built, but cohesive. Not gestalt.

I do like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, overcarbonated, medium-bodied, fairly thick, and unrefreshing.

Okay presence on the palate overall. Doesn't complement the taste all that well. Decently executed.

OVERALL: Drinkable, but a bit boring. It's decent, but I wouldn't buy it again. Not Mikkel's best work. I'm not all that pleased with this purchase, but I've definitely had worse.


kojevergas, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Rutager
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Rutager, May 12, 2014
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.25/5  rDev +11%

hansavijaticar, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Dduquette
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Dduquette, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +30.5%

psoriasaurus, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another nifty find at Beer Revolution, had a pint that arrived a cloudy, muddy reddish amber color (quite dark), smelling of medicinal honey, gummy candy, light molasses, a floral perfume (violets?), grapefruit rind. Was expecting something more green and fruity but its cool to be surprised sometimes. Tastes rather malty, rich, and dark to me, with caramels, plums, and bread crusts predominating initially but OK, here comes the Summit ... Fermented tropical fruit juices, grapefruit, gin-like aromatic notes like juniper (maybe?), a peppery spice. A hint of green onion. Again, not a citrus bomb but still quite oily and coats the mouth admirably. Leaves a long earthy, bitter finish that includes dry wood and minerals. Does get quite piney as you go, numbing the mouth, and almost a tad puckering in its tanninicity (yes, that's a real word). Unique. The flavors do meld together and the beer is a bit of a mess, but oh well. Do not expect something that tastes like a C-hop ... YMMV of course.

CalgaryFMC, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Harkrank, Feb 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

beholder_pl, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of timmy2b
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color with a one inch head of nice cream/white foam that lasted very well. Smells of some pine, a little citrus. Has a nice bitterness with pine taste to it. Every couple sips I got a hint of citrus but more pine. Very smooth malt which counters the bitterness and does not leave a lasting aftertaste. Light in the mouth and very easy to sip on. Would buy again!

timmy2b, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Been a while since I've encountered a new single-hop IPA from Mikkeller.

This beer pours a murky dark bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of ebullient, frothy, and eventually caked ecru head, which leaves some sudsy soap-scum lace around the glass as things heave southwards.

It smells of bittersweet white grapefruit and orange rind, a touch of leafy, acrid pine, tame bready, slightly crackery pale malt, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste is big and perfumed, the floral hop notes and free range booze kicking things off with a bang, followed up quickly by more grapefruit, lemon, and blood orange fruitiness, bready pale malt, a gin-like pine essence, house yeast, flinty minerals, and a basic down-home earthiness.

The carbonation is even and generally unassuming, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and a wee bit tight in its otherwise unassailed smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness not quite having given up its sweetness in toto, the malt still mostly playing under the radar, and the herbal, piney hops riding things out without much fuss.

Another agreeable single-hopped lab experiment, this time with the Summit hop. I'm not getting a lot of the purported tangerine qualities, but despite that, this is a duly quaffable affair, the bitterness kept well on the down low, and the near 7 points of alcohol well obfuscated. Worthy of a go, to suss out this particular hop, or to just enjoy a pleasant IPA.

biboergosum, Nov 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

gnikola, Nov 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

RolandoHH, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of drpimento
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It's with a heavy heart that I score this way. Seems to me that the hops are oxidized. Served at a good temperature with a giant, cream colored, foamy, frothy, very long lasting head and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber copper. Aroma is malt, oak, caramel, wet cardboard? Flavor's are similar to nose with cashed hop up front, followed by sweet malt. Hop isn't totally gone, still has a bit of freshness. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, short lived, leaves me yearning for a fresh one.

drpimento, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

saeh, Apr 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

JavierGC, Feb 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bluetrevian, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Resuin, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows some soft fruity hops along with more prominent pine, grapefruit and resinous notes. Underneath is some sweet caramel and bready notes.
Flavours mostly comprised of pine and herbal hops, but some clean malt shows up later. Finishes with a sharp, aggressive bitterness.
Too highly carbonated.
Not particularly interesting, and summit doesn't really seem suited to bittering.

CrazyDavros, Nov 01, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer review from 8/17/2012; pours a hazy amber brown color with a huge frothy 2 finger tan head that didn't move and faded slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and excellent foamy rings as it goes down. A fine looking IPA, par for the course from Mikkeller.

Smells of grapefruit, sweet citrus hops, grains, sweet malt, orange peel, brown sugar, caramel, piney hops/pine cones, floral hops, maple syrup, mango and light booze; a great smelling beer that is very potent and pungent like fresh hops were added in.

Tastes as good as it smells, with grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, grains, sweet malt, pineapple, brown sugar, caramel, light cinnamon, piney hops/pine cones, floral hops, tea leaf, flowers, grass, tobacco leaf, maple syrup, Razzles, mango and light booze like rum or beer aged in an oak barrel; damn this is a complex and tasty beer, with each wave and sip bringing more bursts of hops, citrus and candied sugar sweetness. The hops are potent and the mix is very sweet, with just enough grains to throttle back the hops and let the flavors shine. The sweetness borders on too sweet but manages to remain a potent IPA.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and silky smooth, with mild fizzy carbonation, a medium body and a citrusy bitter finish that is fruity, tart and sweet.

This beer stays at peak wet hop flavor from start to finish and was an excellent American IPA. A high recommendation that I will seek out again. The second bottle was just as tasty as the first, this is a hophead's dream.

CHickman, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a thick, creamy whitish head.

S: Aromas of herbs, spruce, pine, juniper, lemon, bitter orange, and grapefruit merge with malty scents of caramel and biscuit.

T: Opens with notes of biscuit and caramel chased by a wash of lemon peel, kumquat, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, spruce, pine, minerals, and juniper. The finish is resinous and intensely bitter with strong notes of pine, spruce, juniper, herbs, bitter orange, and lemon.

M: Medium-bodied, but a little firmer and fuller than many of the other ales in this series. Very dry and chewy. Carbonation is crisp and intense.

O: Summit hops are relatively new, and to this point, have been generally used as a replacement for Simcoe, so it is difficult for me to evaluate this beer without comparing it to Mikkeller's Simcoe Single Hop IPA or any of the other American IPAs that use Simcoe. Compared to the other Mikkeller brew, the Summit is more herbal and a bit muddier, presenting a wash of intensely bitter flavors instead of providing the nice separation of flavors that I got from the Simcoe Single Hop IPA. So, for those unfamiliar with this varietal, I think it would be safe to imagine Summit as a less refined, earthier, and more herbal version of the perennially popular Simcoe varietal. For what it's worth, Mikkeller showcases this comparatively rare varietal well, allowing one to really get an idea of its potential and how well it could combine with other hops.

mrfrancis, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
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Summit Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.