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Summit Frost Line Rye - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Frost Line RyeSummit Frost Line Rye

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42 Reviews

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 204
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 42 | 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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 204
Photo of GeezLynn
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a clear bronze shade with some nice white suds. Right out of the bottle, it’s pretty hoppy – floral and herbal, but with a minute or so in the glass becomes very malty. The rye is obvious and it also smells chocolately. Enjoying this.

As I a take a sip, the first thing that stands out is the mouthfeel – good body, somewhat chewy with tranquil carbonation.
Flavor took a little longer to get a handle on. Herbal oregano-like hop bitterness, earthy rye, somewhat roasted. A bit of chocolate/nutty flavor. Lots of lingering bitterness on the finish. On the dry side.

Nice for something different - like it, but don’t love it. But no one should be complaining about not being able to taste the rye in this beer. I see one more 6pack in my future.

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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 MNipa
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye (BA 100) last week and this beer is in that same class. Hoppy, refreshing and overall very satisfying. I had a pint with dinner and stopped at the beer store to pick up a 6-pack on the way home and they did not have it so I picked up a Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye - it was good but not as good as the Summit Frost Line. The previous Unchained Rye had over the top rye flavor and it was almost undrinkable. This version is AWESOME! Great work Summit!

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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 TheSSG
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, off-white head with great persistence. A HUGELY aromatic mix of floral hops and rye. Crystal clear burnt umber color. A deep, rich rye malt with bright, grapefruit hop bitterness cutting right through it - quite the start. Peaks into a grapefruit, yet floral hoppiness as the rye malt builds and comes back. The finish is lingering hop bitterness and spicy rye.

Jesus, this is awesome. It is PERFECTLY hoppy (a great balance of hop aroma, flavor, and balanced bitterness), and JUST aggressive enough with the rye to cut through the hops. Masterfully balanced; not too hoppy, not too malty. I highly recommend this.

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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 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 Powderhornphil
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep but transparent brown. Plenty of lacing.

Aroma of grainy rye. Then citrus. Pleasant but very subtle.

Tastes of earthy grains followed by citrus notes. Taste and nose are very similar.

Crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Assuming this is a spring seasonal and it is fitting.

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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 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 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 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 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 SD-Alefan
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 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 vespahulb
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up for a whopping, $7.99. Needless to say, this is quickly becoming my new winter slammer.

Poured a beautiful dark copper color. Persistent carbonation, but a quickly dissipating head.

In the nose, you get that nice spicy rye character intermingled with soft caramel, a touch of chocolate and a beautiful floral-citrus dankness.

In the mouth, I was seriously impressed with this brew. Quite dry, the Rye flavor is well-balanced and definitely gives that spicy-bready flavor. The malt really shines on the front of the palate, yet the hops are aggressive on the back. Firm bitterness followed by that signature Citra dankness. I loved how the Rye and Citra played together....an unlikely combo that really works well. I read the spec sheet and saw they also used an experimental hop called Experimental #01210. Interesting. Also, three different types of Rye!

This one is a major winner in my book. At the price point, I can't think of another beer on the market that has this much character. I'm going to be drinking the heck out of this!!

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