Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Extra Pale AleSummit Extra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 1,137
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 159 | FT: 1
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001

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Ratings: 1,137 | Reviews: 448
Photo of Covocali
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice look & feel easy to drink

Photo of SF_Posse
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good beer not great, but would be a goto in most bars for an afternoon of drinking.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i was relatively unmoved by this one, but i had high hopes because their great northern porter was so well done. this is a very malty pale, but still seemingly very thin in body, a strange combination, especially with extra pale in the name, i expected a much more refreshing beverage. its a shade less red than copper, but bronze or caramel describe it well. there is almost an inch of white foam on the pour from the tap, but it settles very quickly into patchy bubbles around the edges of the pint glass. it smells and tastes less english, more just grain forward. there isnt much of a yeast complexion to this, but the maris type and crystal malt profile make it way more grain driven than hop driven. the hops provide some mild bitter and grassy notes, but i think are a tad under dosed for the style. it tastes to me as much like an esb as anything else, save the yeast irrelevance. im making it all sound bland and negative. the beer actually tastes pretty good, its just not as advertised i dont think, and it got a little heavy in the belly with an already heavy meal, instead of being a crispy refreshing palate cleanser. the context may have spoiled it a bit for me, but this was just much less exciting and awesome than their porter.

Photo of Graetzj
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm likely bias since I am from the twin cities. This is a pretty solid English pale ale. I feel like the style is done well with a subtle earthyness to it. This is not a smack you in the face with hops brew.

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Below average beer for me. Has a real cheap beer taste to it.

Photo of SenorElRaz
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just a good all around pale ale. Nothing really stands out, but it's still a great beer.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I liked this beer it was very good. It's a good well made beer.
That being said it also is a bit ordinary, or plain.
Is that good or bad, i don;t know. A nice amber color with a long lived head.
No aromatics and taste was tasty but bland with a slightly bitter ending.
Would I by a case of this beer for summer yes.
It is good drinking

Photo of Jbreeze0588
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the best I've had but still a good brew

Photo of tomthewise
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great hoppy taste, a favorite.

Photo of cambabeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis. Good beer.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pair of bombers was poured into generic pint glasses at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, while we sat in attendance of a Minnesota Wild game. Through the glasses a rust colored beer was appreciated. It held a brief one finger head the color of toasted caramel. Chunky rings of lacing were left in its wake. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma went well with the smells of the game’s crowd, giving notes of cheap caramel, amber, and pale malts, bronze, wet straw, bittered plastic phenols, raw oat, grassy and softly citric hops, buttered popcorn, light booze, white sugar, and corny adjuncts. The taste was an easy extension of this, combining tannic lemon breakfast tea, dried citric and grassy hops, metallic amber and pale malts, mild crystal European graininess, stomach acid, fresh cotton, roasted white corn, dried florals, strawberry and red apple skins, denim, and iceberg lettuce. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. Slurp and smack were okay off the top of the glass, but cream and froth were subdued. The mouth was left wet, but ultimately dried crisply of tannins. The abv was appropriate, and the beer lasted through the end of the first period.

Overall, this was our first rating undertaken at a sports event. It was a rather impromptu decision to attend the game in the first play, but once we got there we searched high and low for something on the crafty side. This was clearly our best option, but for the $13 each we paid, it was made that much more bittersweet. The aroma and flavoring were pretty generic, and the hearty toast of those adjuncts effectively blocked out any balancing hoppiness lingering in the background. We were glad to get to sip on something more our style, and something local, during the game, but with that markup it clearly wasn’t worth it.

Photo of DuaneL
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An adequate beer, worth buying at $25/case. A bit fizzy at first gulp, but a full, fresh taste. Not exceptional but good. (Barley Mow, Jan 2015).

Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear amber ale, topped with a flat white head of decent size and OK retention. Wide fields of lacing.

Lovely aroma, focusing on bitterness, caramel and pale malts, a hint of bubblegum yeast, and floral hops.

Flavor follows, with a balancing act among floral hops, yeast, caramel malt, and pale malt. Sweetness just a hair shy of a Belgian pale ale, with the bitterness of an extra or English pale ale.

Very balanced and drinkable; bitter, lively, with a semi-dry finish.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. Nothing stands out as amazing, but it's damn good overall.

Photo of CraigP83
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown, smooth and malty which fades to bitter and dryness.

Photo of GregJ
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A decent pale ale. Decent seems to describe most of this beers characteristics, not bad but nothing special in the realm of craft beers. Off white head with a light golden amber color. Light malty sweetness, subtle hoppy bite up front with a subtle piney in the aftertaste.

Photo of ksvikesrule
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Very solid beer

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance (4) : Fluffy white 2-3 fingered head that leaves intricate hieroglyphics of lacing around the glass like a roller derby rink. I don't know what that was supposed to mean. Body is honey colored, with about 40% opacity. It looks like a beer. A good beer.

Aroma (3.75) : Squeezed lemon, butter, orange and grapefruit skins, and a dash of roasted malts. The roasted malt really adds dimension here. Bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste (3.75) : Actually not too bad. It's tasty and not as offensive as I thought it would be. Yes, it's hop-heavy, which is to be expected, but the hop heaviness doesn't come in weighty until the finish. It's surrounded by a malt bomb and that's what I like. There's pine cone, honey, wheat, plant, and some earthy notes too. Finish is fruity and earthy.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : It's super creamy with just the right amount of zing. Finishes semi-dry. Light bodied.

Overall (3.77) : For a pale, this is entirely drinkable. Not as drinkable as say, an every night lager, but I can choke it down without much hassle. For those that know me and follow me, I'm not really a fan of IPA's, APA's, or any other pale ale/lager. A drinkable pale with enough malt to balance the hops is what I look for and this is one of those brews.

Photo of corywalston
2.18/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A. Average poor ½ inch white head, little carbonation. Color is dark gold.
S. Sweet, hoppy, and floral notes
T. Taste like apple juice hops and Old English 800, but without the offensive alcohol taste
M. Watery and a little dry
O. Not very impressed. If you give it a try don’t expect much. If Anheuser-Busch made a pale ale this is what it would taste like. Very little buzz for 5.3%

Photo of Mikedive21
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Great everyday beer. Great color and smooth finish

Photo of SerialTicker
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Originally served having me think it was "Summit IPA" at The Nook in St. Paul, I tasted it and thought it tasted a lot more like a pale ale than an IPA... it turns out it was this beer. I had a pint and a half or so from a pitcher, so I got a good taste for it.

The color of the beer alone has it known (presumably) that it'll be a malty beer... and it is. The color is basically beer bottle brown with maybe a slight haze. There's a pretty awesome amount of lacing down the glass. The smell and taste is pretty unique. Not sure of the hops or malts they use in this one, but seeing it labelled an English Pale Ale makes sense to me. Caramel and maybe some munich malts with herbal hops and a kind of citrus rind bitterness that's not too heavy makes for a solid, flavorful, easy-drinking beer. I was disappointed at first thinking it was an IPA (since I was told it was), but this is pretty tasty for the style. Quite nicely done.

Photo of ctxfenris
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.
Dark brown color, bit of head. Smells like hops and malt.
Tastes like a pale ale with a bit more caramel than usual. Bitter finish. Lingers a bit.
Different than the pale ales I'm used to. Could use more hops.
Decent enough I guess.

Photo of boogieman
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the 12oz bottle. medium head that lingered with a 1/2-finger thickness. A light caramel/amber color. Smell was sweet, with light citrus, and hoppy. Taste had a brief sweetness followed by a bitter citrus and strong hops that lingered for a long aftertaste. The beer was light and easy to drink. I'm not a big fan of pale ales, but would definitely consider this again.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

A nice pale amber with a one-finger head and lingering lace all down the glass.

The aroma is biscuit and citrus with a hint of dank hops.

The taste is quite nicely balanced with sweet malt followed by a hit of citrus and then a lingering bitter.

Mouthfeel seems about standard for a pale ale.

Overall, a very balanced, easy drinking and well crafted brew. Well done.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Webby white head over palest amber body.
Malty tang, flowers, and strawberry on the nose.
Toffee tang and mild sandalwood hops.
Orangeade ending and cinnamon linger.
Light, watery, slight cling.

Too pale, too thin, and English-type hopping. Not even a lightweight APA, though it does go down easy. I’d expect to find this in supermarkets.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a frothy, sticky head that leaves significant lace, Color is hazy copper. Aroma is a balanced blend of sweet, biscuity malts and subtle earthy/floral hops. Flavor is a balanced blend of caramel malt and noble hop bitterness and aroma. Very much an old school US craft beer in terms of hop characteristics--moderate bitterness and no loud, weird new breed domestic hop signatures (pine, grapefruit, sharp spiciness etc.). Mouthfeel is light-medium and CO2 is at American levels. Overall a very good American-ish EPA that nods to British restraint. If you like Boulevard Pale Ale, this is a good choice for you.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.