True Brit IPA - Summit Brewing Company
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.19/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Bottled 30 December 2013, per the code on the label. Tasted 21 April 2014.
Pours a clear medium amber. One finger of whiteish head, decent retention and lacing. Thin column of bubbles in the center.
Smell is warm toasted malts and herbal hops. VERY malty, so much so that I don't think I'd even peg it as an English IPA. I find it generally dull (and I like subtlety).
Taste is a shade better than the smell. Balanced, smooth, and fairly clean, though the back-end bitterness has an odd edge to it. Hops are low, and what ones there are are herbal, kinda hay-like. Malts are buoyant, full, and toasty. Just enough hop bite that I know it's an IPA.
Feel is pretty good. Medium-bodied, expansive in the mouth. Carbonation is mid-level, which is fine. Lasts a little longer than average, fading into a mildly chalky drying bitter.
A meh beer. For this style to wow me, it's got to show some subtle depth, or really nice balance, or something. This is just kinda blah.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 02:43:41 | More by zeledonia
3.54/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into a FW Imperial nonic glass
Notes from 03/09/14
A: Very clear dark amber body with visible carbonating bubbles. Good finger width of sudsy eggshell forms over holding position for a few moments. A few scattered dots and splashes of stick remain to the glass after each sip.
S: Malt aromatics bring forth a nice combination of warm bread and biscuit character. Spice hops and earthy hops blend together. Scent of clean mineral water. Smooth and mild but nothing terribly exciting.
T: Flavors produce a very smooth and reserved English malt character comprised of some nutty biscuit and bread crust. Floral spiced hops with some earthy qualities underneath with a low to moderate amount of bitterness to the beer. Has a nice drying crisp finish. Well balanced with the alcohol kept under the radar and pretty refreshing overall. But a fairly pedestrian type of brew.
M: Moderate body falling slightly on the lighter side. Nice smooth consistent carbonation with a bit of drying towards the finish. Very clean overall and maybe just a tick wet in the end.
D: In general the English IPA style does very little for me. I don’t see much separation from an ESB which is fine. That being said this one is done well to style and I found it to be well crafted with little flaws.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2014 21:26:56 | More by Nugganooch
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.56/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
White head. Color is copper hued gold.
Just wanted to come on the fact that this is miles better than the old English ipa. It isn't as bready or biscuity. It is balanced. Floral and earthy hop profile. Has a somewhat Nobel hop flavor to it.
Mouthfeel: slightly bitter. Medium bodied.
Overall, enjoyable and much easier to drink compared to the old recipe.
Serving type: on-tap
04-12-2014 21:33:28 | More by mothman
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.
Summit uses Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, Target, and Fuggle hops but yet it does not have the English hop aroma that I adore. There are floral, herbal, and earth notes but nothing really stands out. I would of preferred mostly East Kent Golding. Still quite malt driven as was the old Summit IPA.
Summit upped the hop levels but I have a hard time distinguishing a specific hop flavor. Nothing really stands out. Slightly medicinal, floral, and herbal flavor. Malt is definitely drier than the old IPA with more of a bready touch. A definite bitterness increase. Slight fruit yeast esters but tastes very clean for an English style ale.
Medium body with great carbonation. Enough carbonation for life but still lets a smooth texture develop.
Not necessarily better than the old IPA. The hops just did not come through for me. But at least now people should know what they are getting when they grab one of these bottles.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 21:58:09 | More by morimech
True Brit IPA from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.