True Brit IPA - Summit Brewing Company
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.19/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
04-22-2014 02:43:41 | More by zeledonia
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.56/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-12-2014 21:33:28 | More by mothman
3.79/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
04-05-2014 20:07:48 | More by DamageCase76
3.75/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a slightly hazy copper, half finger of head, decent lacing
Smell is herbal, pine, a little citrus rind, toffee and caramel, raison, with a bread backing
tastes is pretty piney and herbal, a little grapefruit peel, bready malt, a big blast of bitterness but it goes away a lot quicker then most American styles
mouthfeel is pretty light and sharp, nice and dry but again not as much so as American style IPAs
Decent beer here, would I ever grab it over Saga? No way! Would I ever turn it down? No way!
It is a nice English style IPA, that being said I think I will stick my American styles!
04-03-2014 18:49:44 | More by nickapalooza86
3.54/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
03-28-2014 21:26:56 | More by Nugganooch
3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
02-15-2014 21:58:09 | More by morimech
3.8/5 rDev +8%
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
02-12-2014 02:14:58 | More by jimmah120
True Brit IPA from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.