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Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Extra Pale AleSummit Extra Pale Ale

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447 Reviews
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Reviews: 447
Hads: 1,180
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 18
Gots: 184 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001

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Reviews: 447 | Hads: 1,180
Reviews by eclaycamp:
Photo of eclaycamp
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't have access to Summit here in Kansas, so finding this at Brix in Omaha was a nice treat. Summit bills this as an XPA, a style I'm not completely familiar with. Pours a golden amber. The first thing you notice, at least with the glass I used (a modified tulip) is the head retention. The head is thick and foamy, like old school shaving cream, with sticky lacing. Really gorgeous. There's a playfull level of carbonation along with the beer. From an appearance standpoint this one is really solid. I think of picnics when I smell the beer, specifically honeydew melon, maybe cantelope. There's a hint of lightly sweet bready malt in the background as well. Lightly carbonated with a fizzy mouthfeel and a moderate amount of bitterness at the end. Nice malt sweetness helps to balance this out. Taste is pretty solid, with citrus-style hop characteristic up front followed by malt sweetness. I'm picking up some dried fruit - apricots maybe - the more I drink it. The main flaw with this beer is that it doesn't have quite enough body to stand up to everything that's going on - the whole experience, from start to finish, is gone in a flash, which requires multiple sips to really capture what's going on. I'm guessing that's kind of the point.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Brent_B
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skybluewater
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, little lacing. I love the smell of this one-I get a whiff of citrus, mostly grapefruit. The taste is very much the same, mostly grapefruity citrus. This is darn good beer, one to give to your macroswilling buds to get them turned onto craft beer.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of beaversfan12
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of patriotblue04
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a golden amber with a fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is earthy and grassy hops with a little fruitiniess.

The flavor is a little sweet fruity malts followed by a grassy bitterness. It has a bitter somewhat buttery finish. The mouthfeel is medium with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent but rather pedestrian pale ale. I did like this better than their IPA - it was much better balanced.

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Photo of nstroup
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Deacon_psu
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is golden with generous amounts of head and lacing.

The aroma is of grains malt with a slight citrus in the end.

The taste is light sweet with a pale malt backing. A slight citrus taste appears but it finishes dry with a slight bitterness. This is definitely a American style pale ale with a good balances of malt flavors and hops

the mouth is smooth and never harsh

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of vickyreddy
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like the beer taste and smell, bit thick and strong. Just wanted to try a new beer so had it and did like it. It is good for all those who like the strong like to the beer with strong like to taste....Overall I liked it

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Photo of Rifrafboy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber with a small white head.

S: Malty, hint of grass?

T: medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. nice hoppiness. Just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Good. Crisp and clean. Not too sweet, well balanced. Hops are strong adding to the bitterness.

D: Excellent. This is light refreshing APA that is worth a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle,no type of freshness dating evident. Golden copper, moderate head,carbonation and lacing. Nose is slight hoppyness. middle of the road is how this APA strikes me. moderate hoppyness, grainy,citric and also piney qualities. Medium malt base, adds up to a nicely balanced,if fairly dull brew. Crisp and pleasing, this one will do just fine,but really nothing too exciting here.

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Photo of MrUse
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice dark gold color with half a finger of white foam head. Leave a nice lacing on the glass.

S-Some citrus, hops, slightly floral

T-some hops, little malty, a little bitterness with slight citrus.

M-Ends pretty dry.

O-I really enjoy this pale ale. Nothing too overpowering but the flavors blend nicely together.

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Photo of Torey
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very easy to take this beer for granted living in the Twin Cities, as it is everywhere! So, it is nice to give it a proper review.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale amber with a quickly settling head and some lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops and sweet grainy malts.

Taste: Strong caramel and toasted malts flavoring for an APA. Mild sweet, fruity flavors and somewhat of a citrus hop balance. Sharp malt and somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a moderate body and a mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is often the session beer of choice in Minnesota. I can understand why so many love it, but there is something about the malts that is a slight distraction for me. Very good brew nonetheless that is easy to keep chugging away.

Edit: I see the style has now been changed from APA to EPA. Personally, I feel it is some kind of hybrid.

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Photo of deebo
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/27/12 poured into a pint glass.

A-An aggressive pour provides a heady 3 fingers of pillowy white head that leaves some lace and has good staying power. Perfect clarity with lots of carbonation noticed, color is golden with an amber tint.

S-Bready malt with hints of hops (piney resin, citrus)

T-Slightly toasted but clean barley malt quickly overtaken with hops which taste like they smell.

M-Medium bodied with lots of carbonation with a bitter long finish.

O-Credit goes to Summit for brewing a beer in the 80s that stands up to the craft brewing boom that is all the rage today. Although not a beer that is a favorite of mine this is a well made brew with a large fan base in the Twin Cities.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.