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True Brit IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The classic Summit India Pale Ale without the Special B malt and 33% increase in dry hopping.

(Beer added by: morimech on 02-04-2014)
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Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

LXIXME, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Herky21
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Herky21, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: An earthy and toasty balanced English style aroma with a nice mix of spicy hops and malt. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass, pine, and spice. Light citrus hints of lemon and orange. Toasted malt with bready hints of biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a well balanced mix of earthy and floral hops with sweet caramel malt. Floral and earthy hops with some notes of grass and pine along with a little spice. Subtle citrus hop notes of lemon zest and orange. Bready toasted malt with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, yeast, and cracker. A nice balanced English taste.

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

Overall: A pretty solid take on an English style IPA. Good balance of spicy hops and sweet malt.

MattyG85, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

bigbeers84, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jzlyo, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
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.

zeledonia, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +13%

Hopstout, Sunday at 10:05 PM
Photo of Danobold
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Danobold, May 25, 2014
Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Omnium, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

MNBeerGeek, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

oldvines, May 25, 2014
Photo of jimmah120
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a date. not just a name change, but a slight reformulation of their old eipa.

look is a slightly cloudy orange-amber, silky white suds. smell is sweet malt and stinky hops. taste is a big improvement over the previous version. you can taste the old beer in there, but it seems like the malt is sweeter and the hops are more bitter. there's also a juicy american ipa hop twist that wasn't there before.

more bitter-er and better-er

jimmah120, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Nugganooch
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.

Nugganooch, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of fuzzcherry
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

fuzzcherry, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of aorloski
4/5  rDev +13%

aorloski, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of DamageCase76
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A) Medium deep copper with a frothy head that held on for a few sips. Nice stream of carbonation and moderate lacing

S) Medium intensity, aromas of grain, sort of a crystal malt, caramel thing, not a lot of hops in the aroma, a faint pine.

T) Malty with a more pronounced, earthy hop flavour and a bitter apple finish. Still a little subdued, like the nose.

M) Nicely balanced carbonation, medium body and pretty well balanced between the sweeter malts and bittering hops.

O) A pretty good rendition of a British IPA, much as anticipated, this is not like a hop bomb like an American IPA, but more about the bittering hops on the palate than the aromatics.

I would definitely drink this again.

DamageCase76, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of roostor07
3/5  rDev -15.3%

roostor07, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of einman
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

einman, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Cooper, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -15.3%

TooGood, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev +13%

Pug, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Phocion
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint. EB date of October 10, 2014. Medium gold/light amber body with a very retentive frothy off-white head. After about 5 minutes, the head finally settles into a single finger, leaving thick and chunky strings of lacing.

Aroma is very well-balanced. Caramel and subtle crackers in the malts combine with a floral, spicy, and slightly woody hoppiness. Slightly toasted. Very subtle frutiness, though I can't tell if that's esters or hops.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Assertive hop bitterness with a caramel and bready malt backbone. More hop-forward than the aroma suggested. Decent amount of earthy/floral and particularly grassy hops, which is definitely a product of the dry-hopping. Clean, dry, and just slightly bitter finish.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry, clean mouthfeel.

Overall, this is much better than Summit's old "IPA." The hoppiness is definitely assertive and it's overall fairly well-balanced for an English IPA. Caramel and 2-Row lend to a relatively boring malt profile, however, with none of the distinctive English toffee and biscuity aromas typical of the style. Still good, but one of Summit's weaker offerings.

Phocion, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

ryancl, Aug 30, 2014
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True Brit IPA from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.