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Summit Frost Line Rye - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: vespahulb on 01-27-2014

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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 43
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 4/10/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'CHEERS-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a deep amber in color with a good 2 finger foamy off-white head that settles down to a thin layer in about 20 mins. Lots of sticky lacing is seen when sipped, a good amount actually. The aroma is of hops for the most part along with some spice. Lots going on with the taste as there is a hint of burnt brown sugar in the mix along with the rye grain also. A slight bitter finish BUT doesn't last at all past the tongue. Never had a rye beer before I don't believe. It was decent though. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Photo of CraigP83
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminded me a little bit of a red ale. Rye notes as expected, a little spiciness but nothing overly memorable

Photo of maedhros09
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Burnt caramel, clear with lacing
Smell: Rye and Summit hops
Taste: Rye bitterness, spicy, malty, slightly acidic, moderate hops bitterness Feel: Smooth, medium body
Overall: An interesting brew - Nicely balanced and goes well with food. However, it didn't make a very strong impression. I thought of it very much as a Rye EPA - besides the rye it seemed very similar to Summit's standard pale ale, which I don't much care for.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks : creamy, fizzy cap on top, about 2 fingers. Off-white. Body is a dark "root beer barrel" candy caramel color.

It smells : Hop comes out first in a big way, with baked dark grains (presumably rye?) trailing behind it. More lemon peel like hop at the end.

It tastes : Caramel malts in a big way, yet appropriately balanced by an abundance of hop. It's a powerful beer all around - powerful malt and powerful hop. Bread crusts, spiced hop, coriander, more caramel breadiness. A touch of brown rice. Somewhat rotten in overall flavor though.

Mouthfeel : medium bodied, creamy, appropriately carbonated. Ends semi dry.
Overall : it's a little different, but I guess that's the point. I don't think I'd have it again, it is a little off-putting. A bit dark and garbagey, the malts are a tad on the rotten side and the hop is pretty intense. Meh.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit "Frost Line Rye"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 05/08/15"

Summit's "Frost Line" delivers a rich, darkly caramelish and malty ale with a fairly distinct note of spicy rye, and some gently citrusy hops in the background. It's not particularly strong as a winter ale at just 5.8% abv., but it also follows on the heels of their standard "Winter Ale" at a slightly more respectable 6.2%, so that kind of makes sense; and it's full-flavored, and satisfying enough that it's name shouldn't need to be questioned once tasted. A solid bitterness backs it to the point that it's bitter and dry while still allowing the malt to stand out with just an edge of sweetness which is blanketed by a light cloak of floral and mildly citrusy hops, and then ultimately balanced and livened by the spiciness of the rye. Nicely done!

Photo of MNAle
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber, 1 inch slightly off-white head. Dissipates fairly slowly with some lacing. Odor is very good, a bit grassy, with subtle spice. Relatively highly carbonated. Bitter hoppy initial taste and bitter aftertaste. This is quite a bitter beer - a spicy bitter, but still bitter. Substantial mouth feel, with a difficult to describe malt foundation behind the spicy bitterness.

Photo of Piercan
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Phocéen said it better than I ever could. My rating will be as close to his as it could be, and I can only copy and repeat his review :
《 Pours a dark amber-brown with a couple fingers of foamy off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.
Aroma is a good balance of malt and hops. Chocolate malts are pretty evident with a big, roasty flavor. Actually, this is a fairly complicated malt bill; aside from the chocolate and spicy rye, there's a decent caramel kick as well. Malts dominate, but barely; a distinctive Citra citrus hoppiness along with some pine resin also comes through. There's something else in there giving big, earthy, tobacco and grassy flavors that seems quite bizarre, but very appealing.
Flavor mostly follows the nose, but a lot cleaner and crisper than expected. Spicy (hoppy and rye) and floral with a decent amount of Citra hoppiness. Dark malts are neither astringent nor chalky, but nonetheless give a decent roasty flavor. Very clean and well-balanced finish...
Crisp, refreshing, yet substantial.
(...) Well-balanced and also in-between-styles; delicious and frighteningly drinkable. 》

Photo of SF_Posse
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very surprising beer. A pleasant suprise from MN.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours brilliant brown with a spicy nose with a touch of roast. The palate is creamy with light roast, a hint of chocolate and spicy rye flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Phocion
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle dated enjoy by 5/18/15, consumed 2/6/15. Pours a dark amber-brown with a couple fingers of foamy off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Aroma is a good balance of malt and hops. Chocolate malts are pretty evident with a big, roasty flavor. Actually, this is a fairly complicated malt bill; aside from the chocolate and spicy rye, there's a decent caramel kick as well. Malts dominate, but barely; a distinctive Citra citrus hoppiness along with some pine resin also comes through. There's something else in there giving big, earthy, tobacco and grassy flavors that seems quite bizarre, but very appealing.

Flavor mostly follows the nose, but a lot cleaner and crisper than expected. Spicy (hoppy and rye) and floral with a decent amount of Citra hoppiness. Dark malts are neither astringent nor chalky, but nonetheless give a decent roasty flavor. Very clean and well-balanced finish.

Medium body and moderately carbonated. Crisp, refreshing, yet substantial.

I can't believe I didn't try this when it came out last winter (or spring, or "in-between-seasons" as Summit calls it). Very well-balanced and also in-between-styles, but delicious and frighteningly drinkable. Worth a shot.

Photo of dsgraham1
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear with a deep amber cooler. Nice frothy persistent white head. Light English hop aroma with carmel and chocolate malt aromas. Flavor profile similar to a English brown with rye on the clean finish. Good brown ale with a hint of rye. Like all Summit beers, it is worth a try.

Photo of Taybeh
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a single into an imperial pint

A: dark rich amber/copper with a thick 1 finger head that dissipates within a minute leaving a bit of lacing
S: warm bread and a very faint hint of spicy rye
T: a few layers of bready malt, some gently lively rye spiciness, some herbal hops but not much of an edge here...pretty smooth and even a little woodsy
M: medium carbonation, a bit chewy and somewhat full body though not heavy...really no bite or bitterness to the hoppy notes, which I kept looking for.

Overall: Didn't match my memory from last year, which I remembered being more spicy and hoppy... even so, this was enjoyable, and I'll drink it more than once. I love rye, and a lot of the better rye beers out there seem to bring a certain amount of citrus into the mix, which I'm fine with. This one doesn't, though, and it doesn't need to...it is solid, as is. (Thinking about rye beers makes me miss Schell's Emerald Rye though...)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some acing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and rye malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and mimics the flavors of rye bread, except that it doesn't seem quite as filling as if you were eating a slice of bread. A light amount of spiciness and bitterness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The rye lends a little bite to the finish.
O: This beer doesn't seem nearly as spicy as other rye beers but there is a nice contrast between the different type of malts that are used. It is very easy to drink.

Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traces of bottling date info on the neck but not enough to establish when this was sealed. Bought as part of a mixed sixpack at Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton New Jersey on my trip south last week.

a: Clear copper/ruby with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and fairly dense lacing.

s: Alcohol and mild caramel malt.

t: Moderate peppery spice up front over a medium caramel malt base. Dry finish.

m: Medium with good body.

o: A good spicy rye, pleasant throughout.

Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Ruby red with 1.5 fingers of soapy off white head, thick lacing.
S - Big roasted malts, a little nuttiness, some cherry or orange underneath, rye and pepper spice, even a hint smokey, very nice aroma.
T - Rye is very balanced in the flavor, a nice medium bite the whole way through, good malt backbone on this too, slightly roasted in flavor compared to the aroma, a little cinnamon and black pepper, mixed nuts, slight grapefruit peel.
M - A little spicy and chewy, but very drinkable.
O - Excellent Rye, which should be no surprise, summit does an excellent job on style representation through their whole line. This beer is not an exception, great aroma, very balanced in flavor.

Photo of scottfrie
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter. Thank you Mathew! Best by 6/19/14.

A: Pours a ruby amber color with a finger of soft, light tan head that faded into a fuzzy film.
S: Grapefruit and citrus hops, with hints of floral hops and spicy and bready rye notes.
T: Rye bread and spice mixes well with hoppy notes of grapefruit, doughy yeast, and flowers. The finish has a bitter touch alongside the rye spice, and the aftertaste is lightly sweet and fruity.
M: Clean light mouthfeel, medium-light body, soft carbonation, slick.
O: A very flavorful and delicious rye beer. Tastes like a rye pale ale or ipa. Very clean and delicious, but not overbearing. Could easily drink a bunch of these in a night. Thanks again Matthew!

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with a finger of head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a touch of lace on the glass. The nose has mild rye notes, but I also swear that I get a hint of nuttiness as well. The body is a touch lighter than I expected, but it is still in the appropriate range for the style. The rye notes are evident and the finish has a nice semi-dry bitterness to it.

This would make for a solid session ale, but I think that a fall release would be more appropriate than a winter release.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: A nice mahogany color with ruby tint. A light cream colored head retains well, leaving a soapy film. Thick and airy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Malted barley rye, toasted grains, some oak woodiness.

Taste: Very woodsy and dry, a good dose of rye malts. Some subtle bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice weight to it with a dry, clean finish.

Overall: A really dry beer, clean on the palate.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Notes taken on 04/21/14 – Thanks again Allen!

A: Chestnut brown body with nice clear visibility and a thin lip of oatmeal khaki suds. Decent stay to it but fairly mellow and inactive as it settles to a thin film. Light swaths of lace are strewn about the glass after every gulp.

S: Dry roast coffee bean up front with some piney hops, toasted biscuit, cocoa and Rye spice. Has a real greenness to it that is very earthy and fresh with some undercurrents of orange flesh. Not too stand out but enjoyable none the less.

T: Flavors bring toasted brown malts with a grainy like nuttiness, some Rye spice, dark caramels, and a light hop bitterness. I get lots of dry roast coffee and a dusting of cocoa with some orange zest and pine. Toasty, nutty, and dry earthy roast is smooth adding a nice compliment to the Rye. Not ever sharp or astringent just very smooth with the alcohol kept in good check. This is a fairly nice drinker.

M: Moderate body with a smooth and creamy froth action. Low to moderate bitters lend to a nice drying finish. Has a very clean exit and good balance overall.

D: A tasty little seasonal. I really didn’t know what to expect with this one. The Rye is fairly mellow to me but complimented well by the other components of citrusy hops and coffee/chocolate roast malts. Nothing spectacular but a nice Winter brown ale for sure.

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color, finger of off white head, nice lacing

Smell is big on the spicy bread, caramel, biscuit, herbal hop, some pine, toffee

Taste is a dose of piney and herbal hop upfront, spicy rye, bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, a bit of fig, spruce

Mouthfeel is medium light, adequate carbonation, slight drying in the finish

Decent enough beer, though I am glad I got a single as I do not think I would drink this one all the time.

If you like Rye beers I certainly recommend this one!

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a ping glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice clear copper color with a two finger head of off white foam. Tons of little carbonation bubbles are seen streaming up through the brew as the head slowly fades leaving a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a caramel sweetness mixed with some fruit aromas of both stone fruits as well as an apple, orange and grapefruit smell. Along with the sweet, comes some aromas of a more bready smell as well as some hint of rye and a peppery spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter caramel sweetness as well as a more smooth bready taste. The smoothness of the bread quickly fades however with the taste growing more grainy in nature with some more pronounced rye coming to the tongue as well. The rye brings with it some spice as well as some hop flavors of an herbal and pine nature. With the caramel sweetness fading as the taste moves on to the end, and some hay-like flavors and a little bit of a grapefruit citrus hop flavor coming to the tongue and mixing with the rest of the rye, spice and other hop flavors, one is left with a somewhat dry rye taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The slightly thicker body and higher carbonation are actually quite nice for the initial bready and smooth flavors of the brew and with the higher carbonation persisting to the end of the taste, it does help spice up the dryer and rye flavors, giving an overall good feel for the flavor profile.

Overall – A rather nice easy drinking rye overall. While not top class it is more moderate in abv. then most rye's and is rather affordable. A decent go to rye.

Photo of shadetree67
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Dark Copper in color. A stiff pour yielded 1 finger of head. Nice lacing and some head retention. I can see lively carbonation.

S. Spicy rye and malt. Very slight citrus.

T. Malt forward. Spicy Rye. Slight bitter finish.

M. Medium high carbonation and thin mouthfeel. Kind of disappointing.

O. In hindsight, I should have reviewed this beer a few months back when it was fresher. I remember liking it a lost more a month or two ago. Will have to try it again next year.

Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of rye, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hop, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, rye, slight roasted malt, hint of grass, hint of hop, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and decent blend.

Photo of JackieTH
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Coppery amber hue topped off by a khaki skien. Lacing is prevalent. Odors of amber malt, hints of cut sod and dry straw. Taste pricks the tongue with citrus, characteristic rye pepper and a bitterness of the aforementioned hop smothered over a crackers and biscuits backbone. Medium to light body with crisp carbonation. Presents interesting elements that I can enjoy but altogether this beer doesn't stand out from the crowd.

Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, date stamp smudged
L - copper brown with a creamy light beige head that holds good retention
S - brown malts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, earthy rye
T - sweet, brown sugar, molasses, nut, spicy earthy rye
F - medium, smooth, finishes semi-dry with some modest bitterness
O - easy drinking rye beer. Nothing spectacular, but it's good.

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Summit Frost Line Rye from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.