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Summit Frost Line Rye - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vespahulb on 01-27-2014)
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Photo of Jason
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Deep brassy hue, clear with a good sudsy lacing. Full on rye jacket is toasty and spicy throughout. Just enough hop bitterness with some floral and soft citrusy flavor. One of the better Rye Beers I've had in a while.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as part of a mixed six-pack.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a nonic pint.

Pours a lovely coppery red with a substantial amount of lasting, foamy head. Really a lovely ale.

The smell may be the highlight of this beer. Rye bread all the way with perhaps an underlying fruity note from the hops.

The taste did not quite deliver on the promise of the aroma. Still, very tasty. The rye is not as strong on my tongue as it was on the nose but it still very present and bready. There is a nice balance with the sweetness from the malt, a little bit of fruit/citrus from the hops and then a bitter little kick at the finish.

The mouthfeel is nice, although not outstanding. Perhaps a slight creaminess.

All in all, a quality brew that is VERY easy to drink. Well done.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat dark amber-copper with decent off-white head.

Smell: Massive rye aroma, with light biscuit, caramel and citrus.

Taste: Bready and spicy rye right out of the gate, with some semi-sweet caramel malts to round out the backbone. Light but sharp citrus adds an extra layer that lingers at the finish, along with more spiciness. Bitterness is low.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with medium body that is just slightly on the thin side. Mostly dry finish.

Overall: Certainly not as good as the old India Rye Ale from the Unchained Series (this one isn't as IPA like), but still a solid addition to Summit's lineup and also a nice lower abv choice for the depressing late winter months.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A toasty and nicely spicy malt forward aroma with big hints of rye spice, caramel, and slight citrus. Pale and toasted malt with upfront hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, chocolate, and cracker. Huge scent of rye spice throughout. Mild hop presence with some earthy and floral hints and some light hints of citrus orange and lemon zest. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a spicy, toasty, and lightly fruity malt driven taste with lots of rye spicing and caramel. Pale and toasted malts with some good notes of biscuit, grains, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, and crackers. Big taste of the rye spicing dominates. Hops in the background with some floral and earthy notes. Citrus fruit notes of orange and some lemon zest. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nicely spicy and creamy with a smooth drying finish.

Overall: A really good new Rye beer from Summit. Really nice rye spice presence with some good subtle notes of fruit and chocolate.

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of optimator705
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Helgy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StrictlyBricks
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Snow81
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Cooper
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of djschnabel
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper a billowy 3 finger cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Some pepper & graininess

T: Nice rye pepperiness up front, along with a little of caramel& dryness. Slight astringent notes as this warms, grain husks, white pepper, a whisper of pine & orange peel & dryness, plus grassy notes. Finishes dry, crisp with nice rye snap.

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty nice balance

Pretty easy to drink, nothing mind-blowing here. Hell I'd probably prefer this in the warmer months. Makes me think "poor-man's" red's rye substitute

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summit finally answered the calls of the fans of their India Rye Ale. Hope this lives up to the greatness of that beer.

Dark amber brown color with one finger of head that had good retention. Some spotty lacing is left down the glass.

A lot of rye in the aroma. Gives a nice spicy, rustic aroma. I also pick up some ginger bread cookie with a hint of cocoa. Has a very good malt aroma, but the hops are giving a rather disappointing showing. Mild citrus and herbal notes is all.

Wonderful rye malt flavor. Spicy, peppery, and bready. A lot of more subtle malt flavors as well. Such as cocoa and ginger. I believe Summit and Citra was the two hops used in the IRA, so not sure why they do not impress as much in this beer. I do pick up orange peel and citrus, but also some garlic and onion. Moderate bitterness.

Medium body and wonderfully carbonated. Impressive texture that is smooth, yet lively.

It has been four years since the India Rye Ale so I cannot make a direct comparison. This one just does not impress me as much. Maybe the way the brewer used the Summit hops in this beer did not suit my tastes. Still a lot of impressive rye flavor to be had.

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of aswaller
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, 55 IBUs, 13.5° P, Serve 44-48°F
"Food Pairings: Pairs nicely with jerk chicken and pork, south Indian curry, pepper jack cheese and Irish Salmon."

A - Plenty of carbonation can be seen streaming through the clear, robust copper-colored beer feeding it's firm ivory head. Lace runs down the glass like curtains further adding to the beauty of this beer!

S - Frost Line is not the least bit shy with how much rye malt it contains as it's spicy character is powerfully expressed; grainy with little earthy hop presence pushing past the bready malt base to the nostrils but, that's ok. This beer is plenty inviting as is.

T - A dash of chocolate malt adds dusty cocoa notes to the bready base of Frost Line Rye but, as the nose suggests, it's the rye malt that remains front and center with it's sharp spicy flavor. Earthy hops come forward in flavor, complimenting the rye nicely and leveling out the beer for a round flavor profile.

M - Initially a touch thin, Frost Line Rye maintains smoothness on the tongue, filling out on the swallow but the combination of rye and hops take the beer for a turn. Spice and bitterness are cast out like salt to thin the malty base.

O - RyePA is a common beer name going around but Frost Line Rye is neither play on words nor a hoppy style. This is a down-n-dirty rye beer, smooth in body but harsh in aroma and flavor with relentless rye character that brings spice throughout and doesn't hold back. A nicely balanced beer though, it drinks wonderfully for the few cold months we have left ahead of us.

Photo of Wiscodrinker
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of TooGood
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Summit Frost Line Rye from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.