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Summit Frost Line Rye - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Mar 01, 2014
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.

metter98, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.4%

jaydoc, Jun 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kylehay2004, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

zeff80, Mar 31, 2014
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.

Jason, Mar 14, 2014
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

russpowell, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summit Frost Line Rye. "Break winter's grip with a robust, spicy ale." Sounds good. Ingredients: Water, Barley malt, rye malt, yeast, hops. Brewed and bottled by Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul, MN, 12 fl. oz. ale. No ABV given. I'm going to guess it's between 5 and 6.

Clear, auburn-hued, with a solid, creamy white head.

Aroma: lightly hoppy, malt-forward, rye spicy. Bread-y malt and floral hops co-mingle.

Taste: Rye malt takes center stage now. Spicy, bread-y flavor cover over all else. Tingles the tongue, delights the palate. Stays long in the mouth, begs for another sip and gulp. Just enough of a warmer, without being too deep or dark.

Hey, how about some gobbledygook from the 12-pack packaging? "Hidden in the cold ground in the dark of winter lie little seeds of hope. So, to help hasten the spring thaw, we give you an ale bursting with the spicy goodness of malted rye and floral, citrusy hops. An in-between-season seasonal, if you will. Enjoy!"

I do enjoy. It's a good beer, and I can drink it. Very session-able, very warm, peppery, and tasty. Indeed, it's a fine in-between-er. Not quite this, more than that. It also dances around style designations in an admirable way. I like it.

feloniousmonk, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

wrightst, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mothman, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Tone, Apr 14, 2014
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.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Duff27
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Inch tall dense off-white head, deep ruby red body. Crazy sticky lacing all over, head retention is there throughout. Really is a nice looking beer.

S- Big spicy rye notes, easily identified. Almost getting a methol whiff.

T- Packs the rye flavor in a relatively small ABV frame, something that I find pleasing. Hop profile is minimalistic to most rye beers, comparatively speaking.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium/medium-low carbonation.

D/O- Good session-able beer here. I've always enjoyed Summit beers for what they are, good, wholesome, drinkable beers.

Duff27, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of barnzy78
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

barnzy78, Apr 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

enelson, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

KarlHungus, Feb 25, 2014
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.

Darkmagus82, Apr 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

mattmarka1, Mar 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 10, 2014
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.

morimech, Jan 31, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

scottfrie, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jera1350, Feb 02, 2014
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Summit Frost Line Rye from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.