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Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,109
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 134 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 1,109 | Reviews: 444
Reviews by tewaris:
Photo of tewaris
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5.3% ABV
OG 12.2° Plato
40-45 IBUs
Served in a pint glass at Stub & Herb's.

Appearance 4/5
Clear dark copper colored with an off-white creamy head. Good retention, good lacing.

Aroma 2/5
Nondescript aroma with some sweet malt character and an odd sharpness, like a pilsner.

Taste 4/5
Crisp taste full of earthy hop flavor and good bitterness. Clean finish, bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger for too long. More malts and perhaps more hops will make this beer better, but the unoffensive character (?) might get lost.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Crisp, but too crisp at times. Very refreshing, and not cloying at all, as one would expect.

Drinkability 4/5
Very drinkable, but needs either more malts and hops, or a lower ABV.

Other
Good, but not exceptional.

More User Reviews:
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 skybluewater
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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 Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of deebo
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer at all. I had this on tap at Bubba Gump's in the Mall of America, as well as at the MSP airport on the way out of town.

Pours a nice copper body with a taupe head. Smells of a significant hop presence, maybe some light fruity esters. Overall the taste was reather pleasing. Certainly not the best example of the style, but it was good nonetheless. Citrusy, hoppy spiciness with a good dose of malt. Really cold and clean finish. Just a good session beer all around, if you ask me. Another good example of the diversity and variety in the Twin Cities.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a big white head that has a tint of tan. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: A nice blend of pale malt sweetness and floral hops with a bready biscuit scent.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up front followed by sweet malt and bread. Bitterness is noticeable but mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated. Very smooth.

Overall: A tasty and very easy drinking pale ale. A classic here in Minnesota.

Photo of madeofsteel
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

A - Pours a dark orange color, with a half inch of near-white head with varying sized bubbles. Good retention and some soapy looking lacing leave this one pretty the whole way down.

S - Bread crust, pine, earth.

T - Delicate grassy hops blend with bread and a faint spice I can't figure out.

M - Over carbonated, but nothing too outrageous.

O - This is a pretty drinkable beer, and I don't normally go for regular pales. Very balanced, clean, and would probably go well with some grilled eats.

Photo of niknar
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep amber with a distinctly orangish hue. Very small off-white head that nearly instantly disappeared, though I believe I may have under-aggressively poured this one. Some small amounts of lacing down the side of the glass, but limited due to the low head generation. Smell is yeasty with some clear citrus notes. Also a very small amount of hop floral character as an understated backdrop. Pleasant, but not overwhelming. Taste is of well balanced maltiness up front, followed by distinctly bitter hop tones. The bitterness seems to also have notes of orange peel or other citrus-generated bitterness. Finishes dry and somewhat sour. Overall, a very good, very complex balance of flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, and carbonation is quite high. Not quite beyond the line into over-carbonation, but definitely on the high side. This offering seems to be fairly drinkable, and would welcome the opportunity to have more. A worthy choice!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A decent copper color, likewise lacing, retention, carbonation. Aroma is a little macro-ish and light on the hops.

Taste is light as well, nothing substantial. A degree of hop presence. Maybe two. Really carbonated. A reasonable beer, introductory level, but mildly enjoyable. Its a summer thing for me, and that's about the only time to venture this way anymore.

Photo of ADR
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely the grapefruity-chewy ale of choice for me, frankly clobbers Sierra Nevada in my book...nice aroma and a clear medium amber color. I'm currently living in Minnesota but I wasn't looking for a beer this good when I moved here. A really distinct example of an American Pale...hoppy, to be sure, but with a good deal of nutty malts, superior fruitiness, and a complexity all the way to the aftertaste...a very refreshing beer on tap, but with enough guts to last through Fall...

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Mad Mex Robinson. Appearance: Copper orange nice cream colored thin leaves sparse lacing. Aroma: Piney slightly floral hop aroma nice sweet toasted malts balanced with nutty edge. Taste: Great hoppy pale ale nothing to extreme some healthy bitterness with a pieny bready mix good stuff. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied evenly carbonated goes down smooth. Drinkability: Sessionable for an evening or a nice starter to adjust the palate to hops.

Photo of OStrungT
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow, with a thin, but fluffy white head. This head fades slow, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a malty, bready aroma. A slight citrusy hop aroma is present, but it is very subtle. Mostly just a biscuit malt aroma.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Mildly malty, with a sweet, biscuity flavor. A very subtle citrus hop flavor is present too.

This beer might just be a little too carbonated. It leaves a malty sweet aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a pretty decent session beer. Ther alcohol content is low enough, and the flavor is pretty non aggressive.

Overall: Thank you Scoobydank for this very kind hook up. This beer is pretty good, for what it is. I am not the biggest fan of the style, as I love extreme beers. In some cases I might call this beer boring. However, For what it is, this beer is pretty good. I would probably drinkmit more often if I lived in St Paul.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm golden light copper body with a white creamy head and a good carbonation.

S- The smell of green spicy hops had a soft pale malt note that was a bit dry.

T- The taste of light caramel toasted malt with fresh pale malt had a note of dry malt in the back ground. There was a nice crisp pine resin bitterness with a citrus note in the background.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- The big hops had a nice complexity and a smooth malt flavor in the background.

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a medium sized white head above a clear reddish golden colored pale.

A rich but not overdone aroma of pine and citrus hops with a little spiciness to it.

The taste is similar to the nose with nice citrus blended with a light pine and a slight sort of spiciness to it.

A medium bodied beer with a slight dry aftertaste left me wanting more of this stuff.

Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's darker than I expect (though it is "extra..."), beyond amber to a darker orange and murky rather than bright, though bright enough to be translucent rather than opaque. The head is small, tight and creamy, depositing equally creamy lacing in surprising density considering.
It's a little tough to catch the full aroma for a while, but there's a solid hops bouquet focusing on earthy but with some citrus and a balance from herbal and earthy malts as well. On the tap, I don't get too much grainiess underneath, and it comes together pretty well. On the tongue, the focus is also on earthier overtones with a bit of dry, not completely herbal but leafy quality, a touch mineral but not as much as many English varieties out there. It does have an almost rye-like spiciness underneath.
It's crisp in a medium body with a certain chewiness, and it's pretty smooth. It's not as clean as it could be, but it's bright and it's not especially "unclean," so to speak.

Photo of skillerified
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light copper and brown tones residing in the glass. A reasonably sticky cap on top that lasted throughout the entirity of the beer's stay in my glass.

Scents were light. Sweet fruit, oranges mainly, but without the citric bite. Some malt notes in there.

Taste was light and reasonably fresh. Some hoppy notes, grapefruit mainly, and some sweeter less distinct malt flavors in there as well.

Reasonably well balanced. Favors the bitter side of the business. Pretty light on the body. Easy drinking though.

A pretty run of the mill American Pale Ale. Easy to drink, went pretty good with a spicy pizza.

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

On tap at the Summit Brewing Company. Poured copper colored with a medium white head that didnt last. The smell was your basic, malt/hops, one/two punch combo. Taste? You guessed it. Bready malt and herbal hops. No hidden prizes or second chance drawings. Mouthfeel was medium to light, with average cabonation. Drinkability was also average. This beer is pretty much your average craft pale ale. Calling it "extra" is somewhat ironic, because if found it to be "average" in every way.

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 soper2000
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from my Midwest sampler pack thanks to World Class Beverages. Pours a copper color with a head that quickly dissapears leaving only small rings of foam around the sides.
Smell is very malty with just a faint note of citrusy hops. Taste is very indistinct. It's not very hoppy or malty, sort of bland. Mouthfeel is decent, however drinkability suffers a little because there's nothing that leaves me wanting to try (or buy) one again. This might be a good crossover beer to convert some macro-loving friends and it's good in a pinch, but with so many other options available I'll seek out something else.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,109 ratings.