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Summit Frost Line Rye - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 203
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 43 | 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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 203
Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a slight hazed copper/light brown color with a fresh off white head light lacing
S-rye malt baked bread light citrus and rye
T- Rye is in charge here with nutty malty roasted taste of malts some citrus hops and spices
M- creamy and roasty well carbonated and fresh on the palate
O- this is a rye beer pure and simple and well done

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Photo of Beerlover
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its really great that summit has decided to do a rye ale, I hope it's as good as the rest of their beers...
pours deep copperish red color with a 1 inch off white head, the smell has strong spicy notes of rye and some mild hops and maltiness but then also has a sort of off putting aroma that I cant place (like earthy smokey...?), odd I hope that doesn't come out in the flavor. ooooh this is great! the rye is definitely in the fore front of this one, very much balanced out with the hops and malt. has a good mouth feel, medium carbonation and pleasant but somewhat strong after taste. good job summit, I wished they released beers like this more often, too bad its only seasonal and not new to the line up. best summit beer released since saga!

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear brown, ok head.

Smell: Dark toast, rye, coffee, spice.

Taste: Rye bread, spicy, earthy, piney. Big rye flavor.

Overall: A new seasonal from Summit. Definitely whacks you over the head with rye flavor. Big rye bread all over the place. Fits in pretty well with the season, easing out of winter with a different kind of spiciness than the Winter Ale.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz bottle. Date on it. Poured into summit glass.

Deep ruby-copper color, small, uneven, airy head. Smell is pine and oak, and maybe plastic. Taste is bitter and resinius, earthly sweet but spiced. Lemony hops compliment the spicy rye and char.

Very bitter, almost to its detriment.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Summit Frost Line Rye from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.