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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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446 Reviews
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Reviews: 446
Hads: 1,179
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

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Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001

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Reviews: 446 | Hads: 1,179
Photo of mattcrill
2.09/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma: Biscuity and a touch fruity. Some musty wet hops as it warms but that's stretching it a bit.

Appearance: Clear orange with a sudsy white cap. Good looking brew.

Flavor: Wait, I missed it...a little biscuity, a little vegetal, touched with some seltzer water. Finishes with a bit of a saltine flavor. Just a touch of hops but my tongue has to fish around for it.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and thin.

Overall impression: This one is lost on me. I don't see anything "extra" about it. I think I'd look for other APA's. There are too many good ones out there to re-visit this one.

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Photo of Prostman81
2.12/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer pours a very clear, copper color with reddish tint. Virtually no head developed after a medium strong pour. No hop aroma at all, and really not much malt aroma either. Definitely lacking in the nose department. Not a whole lot of carbonation to this. Taste is very thin and watery, with a slight metallic taste. Again, no hops to speak of nor malt flavors. All in all, a very boring, bland beer. If I hadn't known better, I'd have assumed someone added food coloring to a bud light. My first try of a Summit product has me leery of trying anything further from them. Avoid this one and try something else.

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Photo of Paulny
2.15/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not to diss my beer-breathed brethen, but I just don't get how anyone really into great ales can give this bland boring quotidian flavor-light barley pop anything near an "A" other than newbies that haven't yet delved into the beautifully balanced hoppy/toasted malt nirvana of a truly great pale ale or IPA.

And yet 'twas a time I used to really love this Summit offering as well, way back in the early years of Summit Brewing when they were a much smaller shop. The flowery citrus hops were much more prominent then, a delight to the senses and an early introduction to the wonders of a hopped up ale. Since those long bygone days of yore Summit has dumbed down the recipe of their flagship Extra Pale Ale several times to now present a weak, watered down highly commerical version of a beer not much different than any other high volume, high profit-margin Bud or Miller or Coors.

The once alluring piney/citrus nose is now long gone, there is next to nothing to smell at all without REALLY trying, any tiny essence of hop aroma evaporating by the time the bottle cap hits the floor.

Yes, there is some malt in the gulp, but leaning much more closely to a European lager - with notes of sour yeast and undercooked barley - than anything within reality of a fine full flavoured "extra" pale ale.

There are so many much much better pale ales now on the market I pass on it even if Summit is the only ale on a restaurant menu and ask for ice water instead.

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Photo of corywalston
2.18/5  rDev -40.9%
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%

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Photo of northaustin
2.18/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

i fail to see anything "extra" about this beer. and its deceitful name will cost it some.

pours a clear golden with alot of uneven quickly disappearing white head. spotted lacing.

smell is pretty ricey and wheaty. no hops.

taste is also ricey and wheaty. there is however a small presence of earthy hops.

mouthfeel: very dry in the cheeks, but very watery everywhere else.

drinkability: no comment.

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Photo of tut2528
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

My uncle told me that he picked this up as "make your own six pack"... Excellent thought, but I find that these are dreadfully old and well past their prime.... lets see how it this one is

A: pours a light orange-brown, with minimal head formation. spotted lacing is observed. when held up to the light it becomes very transparent

S: huge biscuit notes, malt, hops, walnut and slight spices. I strongly feel that this one is too old to be appreciated.

T: hops, grains, slight malt, water. no balance whatsoever.

M: very light, flat, leaves a hoppy dryness on the palate. no carbonation whatsoever.

O: I can only assume that this brew is not exactly meant to be consumed at this time. Its so damn flat. I tried to be as generous as I could with my review.

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Photo of JoeBCBC
2.29/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark orange color. Poured down the middle and still barely any head. Dissipated quickly leaving a slight film of bubbles on top.

S- Smell of pale malt and some hops. Not too impressed with this one. Barely there.

T- Tasted dry with slight bitterness. Not much complexity. The malt taste was lacking which made the hop flavor too puckering.

M- A little under carbonated. Good aside from that though.

O- Didn't do anything for me. Just my taste I guess. Won't be buying this again.

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Photo of cokes
2.47/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Attractive deep golden brew, bordering on amber. Sizeable off-white head settles to a substancial film with solid lacing.
Funky aroma of herbal/floral hops and lots of musty yeast. Nasty.
Taste is in the hop direction, with a good amounts of slightly spicy, grassy hues. The grassiness really jumps out and throws this one off. Biscuit maltiness lingers in the background, but never asserts itself. Lingering grassy hop aftertaste. Quite bitter.
Moderately thin in the mouth. Ok, but far from dazzling.
This is not awful, but I couldn't drink more than one or two. That should certainly not be the case for a pale ale.

Funny...I actually remember thinking fairly highly of this. But it has been awhile, something must have changed, either in my palette or this beer..or both.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.54/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had this a few times...my understanding is that it is Summit's largest volume beer, but the Extra Pale is my least favorite Summit product (I think their Maibock is great).

This beer pours a dark amber/orange color typical of a lot of APAs. The beer is clear, but has a certain dullness to it and an adequate amount of head.

The smell is of sweet hop esters, and is quite pleasant. I didn't pick up a lot of citrus or pine notes.

The taste is a bit of a letdown. The beer is slightly bitter (that's good), but there's a maltiness or an earthiness that just doesn't seem like it belongs there...I know that malt taste is there for balance, but I feel this beer would be better with it toned down.

My mouth seems to interact with the beer in the back of my throat, instead of the roof of my mouth where other APA's seem to "stick." Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

In terms of drinkability, the beer is light enough to drink several of, but I didn't really want another.

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Photo of kels
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed one on tap at Fries Cafe the other evening.

Appearance: Pours a light tawny, very clear, with light carbonation and little head nor lacing. A white skim hangs on for dear life.

Smell: Hardly detectable smell at all. I get the tiniest bit of sweet, toasty malt. That's it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nor really much to say - doesn't taste bad, just doesn't taste like much at all. Very light, toasted malt, no hops, really just a lot of fizzy, slightly malted water. Feel is slightly creamy, wet.

Drinkability: Boo. It's easy to drink, but I don't know why anyone would choose this over so many other good beers out there in the style.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not very good. I've had it a number of times, never by choice. Tonight, my Dad bought it for some inexplicable reason.

It looks okay, promising even; it has a rich hue and nice lacing.

It smells a tad overdone in the caramel department, but not too bad.

When you drink it, you are confronted with a tremendously bland beer with no distinct flavor at all, just a vagueness that tends towards unpalatability.

It has a nice and creamy mouthfeel, like a Boddington's or Tetley's, it just doesn't taste that good.

Avoid this. Unless there is no PBR, Yuengling, High Life, or Old Milwaukee around, then maybe. I would take this over Miller Lite or Bud, but perhaps not Busch.

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Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointed with this beer: looks great, smells good, and tastes lame. I was expecting a hopped up American style IPA, what I got was a hopped Coors red. Very under whelming flavor from this beer, the only remarkable thing there was a slight hop flavor in the aftertaste. I did not feel like hunting for taste, and therefore I can’t give this a thumbs up.

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Photo of jar2574
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Amber coloured. Nothing special here, not a lot of carbonation.

Smells of hops. Fruity, citrus smell as well.

Typical pale ale taste, except slightly watered down. Decent bitterness. The hops definately outweigh the malt. I don't mind the imbalance, but I'm not liking the watery feel.

Not a great beer, overall. I didn't dislike it per se, but I won't buy it again because there are much better pale ales out there.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"Extra" Pale Ale...Is this the new word for "Weak" Pale Ale? If so, then this review will be easy. This beer is a watery Sierra Nevada Pale Ale--end of review. I guess they brewed a regular old Pale Ale and threw in twice as much water, then market it as something special. Genius! Actually, the beer tastes fine from the tap, but the under-malted, under-hoped, blandness lets metalic, grain, grassy, fizzy character show from the aroma to the finish. I can drink it, but really prefer better.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Sort of a drab butterscotch color, clean and filtered. Head is wispy with an off white hue to it.

S: Watery lemon, lime and grapefruit.

T: Begins with a basic lymon flavor mixed with caramel. A really unattractive soapiness moves in next, killing the chance of this beer getting a good review. Finishes with yellow corn and other grainy flavors.

M: Medium body, fluffy mouthfeel.

D: Not a lot of appealing characteristics. Pass

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Photo of golf_sierra
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Because the bar was out of Summit's IPA. Malty, smooth. Not too hoppy. None of the citrus, grapefruit bitterness that I like. Definitely not a favorite.

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Photo of ralree
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried at the Brewer's Fest in Portland.

A: Dark tan, caramel, nice retention, small white head.

S: Caramel, a little fruit, some hops, no alcohol detectable.

T: Pretty fruity, caramel malt, a bit of hop flavor, but not much. Light fruit flavor - apricot. Not much aftertaste.

M: Watery, not good. Light-bodied. Non-astringent, low carbonation.

D: Not too drinkable. I don't think I'll try this one again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Summit- Extra Pale Ale

A- Good clear golden orange with a thick lacing head.
S- Light citrus hop and I mean light!
T- Had to drink half the pint for my tastebuds to decifer this 1. Light bread crusty malt with a faint earthy pine hop touch.
M- Crisp and watery. Lightly sweet with a dry earthy hop finish.

Overall- Huge letdown. I was hoping for some citrusy hops, pine hops, Big malt? Anything!? Avoid.

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Photo of BierStein711
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into weizen

Two and a half finger head, light amber

Smells like vanilla, citrus, and pine

Tastes like apricots, grapefruits, and booze

M: Watery

I think I had an expired bottle or something, but I can't find the date on the bottle. :( I'll try this again...maybe?

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Photo of akorsak
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A bottle from a six pack purchased at Navarre Carryout, a little dusty and old I think.

A: The EPA is a golden amber color, a brown-leaning hue that retains its translucence. Atop the ale, a small head on pour does very little.

S: The ale has a distinct biscuity caramel aroma, chewy in its breadiness. Lingering in the background are a few hop notes, mostly citrus but definitely mild.

T: Caramel malts and treacly, degraded hops define the ale. The caramel is semi-sweet, built atop a chewy biscuit malt base. The sweetness is a little too full at times. Alongside the caramel, the degraded hops have spent a little too much time in the bottle. Their flavors have taken a barleywine-like twist that is not a good thing.

M: The mouthfeel is malty, full and chewy at times, with a bitterness that is nowhere near where it used to be.

D: I had a bottle and a half, choosing the pour the last half when the zest for finishing it was gone.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber in color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt. In the taste, gingerbread like malt and just a hint of pine hops. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry gingerbread malt like aftertaste. Decent pale with big gingerbread malt.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly clear copper/orange. Head is white and leaves a small cap. Carbonation is solid and on point.

Smell: So many pale malts. Bread crust. So very dry. Clean. Faintly grassy. A little bit of corn and some grassy notes. There's something going on, but it's pretty mellow overall.

Taste: Dry, crusty bread. Very pale, as in tons of pale malt. Crisp and clean grassy flavor over a malty base. Touches of caramel, ever so faint. Grass and corn. Faint touch of minerals.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body that leans toward thin at times. Carbonation is higher than expected.

Overall: It is what it says it is. Pale malts and then some. Barely English, but barely is enough.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of the winter variety 12-pack box and served into a stem-tulip in low altitude Minnesota, MN. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Head retention is decent - about 2-3 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent amber. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance of average vibrance. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws here.

Sm: Amber malts, caramel, light toasted malt, and some floral hops. Balanced, but painfully simple. Not particularly hop-forward as you'd expect in an extra pale ale. A pleasant aroma of below average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Clean.

T: Amber malts, caramalt, caramelization, light toasted malt, floral hops, and some bready/faint crusty malts. Decent balance. Painfully simple. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. Hop bitterness is quite restrained, and plays awkwardly with the malty sweetness.

A cohesive build, but not gestalt.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Decent body. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Decent presence on the palate. Should be softer.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, rough, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Downable stuff, but forgettable. Far from Summit's best work. I wouldn't get it again. It's very mediocre for a pale ale, and really comes off more like a fairly hoppy amber. I'll have no trouble killing this bottle and it hides its ABV decently, but it's far from great or world-class. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

High C

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Photo of GregJ
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of robbyc1
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it's the style I'm not a big fan of, but this won the bronze award at the 2008 GABF as a Classic English Styly Pale Ale.

The look is of an average pale ale, a bit cloudy and off yellow. The nose has the sign of the pale and caramel malts, as well as the Horizon, Fuggle, and Cascade hops. Decent taste, balanced, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Just fine in the mouth, well carbonated, and drinkable as a session beer, but I would find another in this style. Oh, I forgot, it won in a different style than registered here.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.