Southern Cape - Summit Brewing Company

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Southern CapeSouthern Cape

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 06-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 17
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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a pale gold with lots of carbonation and a single-finger head that leaves a lot of lacing.
The aroma is weak. Perhaps a little citrus, cracker, even white grapes.
The initial taste is sharp and bitter. I get spicy and piney hops up front then a hint of citrus and a little crackery malt. There is a lingering and bitterly dry finish.
The mouthfeel is OK, medium and highly carbonated.
Overall, decent but not something I'd buy again. Too many better pale ales oth there (inc. a couple from Summit).

Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

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

Smell: Tropical and floral notes. Light toast and crackers.

Taste: Crackery and toasty malts, but clearly lower abv. The hops really shine, with herbal, floral and delicious tropical notes. Slight bitterness, but more dry and hoppy than bitter.

Feel: Light body with ample carbonation. Very dry and crisp finish.

Overall: Exceedingly drinkable with some really nice hop notes. Great choice for the summer and another great one-off beer from Summit.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, this is great. Just what I want in a session beer: clean, tasty malts and crisp hops working in a lovely balance with a lighter body. The grassy edge and dry biscuit flavor certainly remind me of Summit's flagship Extra Pale Ale, but this is lighter and has a floral component. Frankly I also think it's a more interesting beer than EPA (which I do enjoy) with a deeper, bready malt character and unusual hops. I need to go buy more.

Photo of morimech
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

The aroma is mostly hops. The smell reminds me a bit of Mosaic hops with some dankness. Some tropical fruit and grassy notes as well. Get a touch of caramel with a touch of toast from the malt.

A little bit of on the bitter side of a balance spectrum but still delivers some really nice malt flavor. Nice grain and toast notes. Not much sweetness. The hops bring the most flavor with dank, grass, herbs, and tropical fruit notes. All works very well together. Quite dry flavor.

Not effervescent but lively without being harsh carbonation. Light body. Goes down fast.

Has malt from Australia and Chile with hops from New Zealand and South Africa. Outstanding flavor and drinkability. Summit is brewing some of the best beer available in the state.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of MNAle
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Straw color, perhaps a bit darker than "straw" might indicate, but still pale. Hazy with quite a bit of carbonation, nice head, white, good lacing and retention. Hops evident in the aroma. Initial taste is crisp hops, transition to some malts, but still hops are more evident, then a bitter finish. Low ABV is good if you plan on having several. Enjoyable, but not my favorite from Summit.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Ri0
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass

A - Pours a dark gold with a nice 2 finger white bubbly head and a good amount of lacing.

S - Light citrus, tropical and floral hops, with a bit of malt a sweetness to it. Maybe some pine hops.

T - Some floral and pine, citrus hop juice, with very minimal malt to balance it out.

M - Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing.

O - It is basically a session IPA. These seem to bore me, but it wasn't bad.

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, wheat, hint of hop, hint of floral, hint of herb, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight hops, hint of floral, pale malt, cream, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, but weak on hops, and too much cream flavor in the body.

Photo of garymuchow
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.
Many of the aroma's move into the flavors too and this finishes with a long and firm dryness. Solid malt beginning and continues to set a firm foundation throughout the drink. Strong bitterness which is consistent with Summit's take on APA's. A doughiness which I am not sure is malt (typically) or from the hops (in this case) - similar to Mosaic.
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.
I give it high marks for big, good and interesting flavors in a smaller beer. Well done.

Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Head froths up from the bottle even before I pour anything. Pours a huge, frothy, whipped head that has really great persistence. Soft, citrus hop aroma. Hazy, straw color. Starts with a very bright, citrus/floral hop flavor. A medium bitterness. Some sweet malt starts to come through, then back into fruity citrus notes which transform into citrus rind bitterness in the finish.

This is interesting. It's a fruitier, lighter take on a pale ale.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

Photo of Mdog
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Southern Cape pours a copper color with a big long lasting lacing head. There is a very crisp aroma with citrus notes, and hints of ginger. The taste is very crisp, noticeable floral flavor, sweet citrus flavors. Nice strong flavors good body. Overall its very tasty and very refreshing.

Photo of TigerSoul
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

I'm a sucker for any beer that uses the descriptive "Sparkling" on the label, so that's what influenced my purchase of this one. That descriptive baffles because there is a fair amount of cloudiness in the pour, but what do I know? I'm also not sure what distinguishes the various southern hemisphere ingredients used to brew this product; I mean, can anyone really identify Australian malts and New Zealand hops? I do know that another "Sparkling Ale", the classic from Cooper's, is brewed with their own, patented malts, and that beer is also known for its cloudiness, so maybe that's where this beer gets its name and its behavior. I've enjoyed the two 12 oz. bottles I've sampled, although the aroma fades quickly and the beer's appearance suggests a longer lasting palate. Enjoyable but not entirely memorable.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: highly hazed, bright golden hue, slim white head, short but lasting. Very inviting.

Aroma: soft and subtle, but enticing. Notes of tropical fruit, some citrus, light spices. Beautifully delicate, hoppy nose.

Taste: Hops hit harder once the meet the tongue. Nice bitter bite, with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and pepper. Nice lemony squirt in the flavor. Hop notes last long through consumption. Malt body is on the light side, and it's an easy-drinking affair, all the way.

This one is name after an Australian style that's a bit deceiving and inevitably caused some consumer confusion. What does "Sparkling Ale" mean, does it really "sparkle", is it effervescent like champagne, etc., etc?? No, that's just the poetic appellation they applied in Adelaide in the 1800's due to it's brightness. "Southern Cape" refers to the origins of the ingredients: Gairdiner Pale Malt from Australia, Sebastian Caramel Malt from Chile, Waimea hops from New Zealand, Southern Passion hops from South Africa, all from the bottom of the world. 4,4% Alc. by Vol., 45 IBUs.

Southern Cape from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.