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Southern Cape - Summit Brewing Company

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Southern Cape
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89
very good

30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 06-13-2014)
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint
4.4% ABV, 10.5°P, 47 IBUs

A - They're not kidding when they call it a "sparkling ale" as carbonation streams endlessly through the clear golden yellow brew, maintaining it's tall white head. Lace leaves barb wire tattoo patters around the glass as the suds subside.

S - Summit's Southern Cape starts off with a gentle kiss of grassy earthy hops complimented by notes of balled melon and ripe pineapple, supported by toasted white bread with slight suggestions of sweet caramel. It's very light but crisp and refreshing in aroma!

T - Pale malt greets the tongue with a wonderful toast character that leads right into the earthy hops' grassiness and soft fruity nuances while maintaining a superb level of drinkability.

M - Certainly not overly carbonated, this "sparkling ale" does have some bubbles dancing on the tongue, just nothing that prickles the throat as it's smooth body and dry hop finish complete the beer with a nice kiss of bitterness.

O - I'm still not quite sure what Summit means by Sparkling Ale in terms of style - it's like a light pale ale, perfect for summer; maybe they're trying to avoid the "session IPA" label. In any case Southern Cape is a slightly hoppy, balanced hoppy brew that's quite flavorful but definitely light in alcohol and finished with a "drink me" dry bitterness that's both refreshing and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 22:55:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, ok head.

Smell: Earthy, then citrus, not very strong.

Taste: Dry citrus rind backed by light cracker-like breadiness. Light bodied.

Overall: I've had a few "session IPAs" lately, and although this is not classified as one, it has the same flavor profile. Hoppy, with just a hint of malt backing it up. This doesn't have much of an aroma or look particularly good, so the rating isn't helped by those categories.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear golden straw color with a dense white head. Good retention.
S: Fresh fruity citrus hops, with a bit of biscuit and caramel.
T: Flavor starts with some delicate fruit flavors (melon/pineapple), with moderate bitterness, followed by an extended biscuit/bready flavored finish and residual bitterness.
M: Light body with full carbonation. I think they accomplished what they were trying for here, style-wise.

Nit picking slightly, I think it could’ve used a bit less bittering hops. But the malts and dry hopping are cohesive and very well-chosen. Plenty of flavor for 4.4%. Like any good session beer, this one grows on you as you go through a few. I expect to go through several more of these this summer.

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07-20-2014 00:03:26 | More by GeezLynn
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a slightly hazy honey color capped by a fluffy white head that leaves a load of lace

Smell: Cracker malt and lemongrass, passion fruit and melon tones, all underpinned by a touch of toffee

Taste: Graham cracker and toffee, up front, with the hops bringing lemongrass, melon and passion fruit tones; the malt underpins the flavors through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: For a 4.4% ABV beer, this is packed with flavor and the malt and hops combinations from the Southern Hemisphere produce a unique flavor profile

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Huge off-white head caps a slightly cloudy pale gold body with lots of bubble action in my SN IPA glass. Interesting lacing with dripping and drink marking.
Interesting mix of hop aromas with some fruit but also a gritty type of earthy-spicy-grassy-fruit mix. All these new hops are interesting and fun, but for me often hard to describe.
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Not that thin for a small beer and not over-carbonated either. Nicely done feel.
I like this. It hits good points of bigger beers and loads of flavor.
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Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and floral hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and cracker malt. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange, mango, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit. Floral and earthy hop presence with hints of grass and a little pine. Pale malt with bready hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a zesty, juicy, and floral hop driven taste with good notes of citrus and biscuity malt. Citrus hops with good notes of mango, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and melon. Good floral and earthy hop notes with some pine and grass. Background of pale malt with notes of biscuit, cracker, grains, caramel, and yeast. Hops are nicely sharp and bitter. A very solid hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good lighter take on a hoppy brew. Its a lot like a session IPA with a unique tropical twist.

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Appearance: Hazy honey with thick, frothy, white head.

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Golden color with a dense two finger head that held on for a long time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

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Southern Cape from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.