Summit Extra Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Extra Pale AleSummit Extra Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ADR on 08-31-2001

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle of this from a Trader Joe's in St. Paul, MN. Summit Extra Pale Ale pours a golden hue with a small head and a nice lacing. The aroma has a nice mixture of malt and bread. The taste is initially bread and malt with a slight bitter hoppy finish. This is a fantastic pale ale that I always look forward to drinking.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: nice color, slightly cloudy
Smell: pleasant malty smell, not sweet like many beers
Taste: the first few tastes are very bitter but the tongue quickly adjusts, really nice after taste
Feel: nicely carbonated, kind of bouncy for an ale
Overall: one of my favorite ales

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Photo of MNAle
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A favorite since I arrived in the Twin Cities. A solid pale ale, more in the British style than American. Deep Amber with a 2 inch thick, creamy, off-white head that recedes slowly, leaving behind lacing down the glass. Nice aroma, hops faintly fruity, a little malt evident. Mild initial taste with a bit of bittering, mild in the middle, with a nice bitter finish. The hops add a slight fruit balance to the malts along with the bittering. Well balanced malts with hop bitterness on the initial taste, and throughout. Mouth feel is substantial for the style, with the carbonation adding a tingle to the oberall body. This is an excellent example of the traditional Pale Ale. If you are looking for the juciness or resiness of the near-IPA-pale ales (e.g. pseudoSue), you won't find that here, but this is an excellent beer for the style it is seeking. This beer is significantly underrated on this site. It is a step ahead of SNPA with more hops bittering and better flavor, and it is way ahead of Mirror Pond, which is nearly timid in its use of hops.

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Photo of MACrist
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 3/25/16. Reviewing on 11/28/15.

LOOKS: Poured aggressively into a Nonic pint glass. Two inch off white head. The head slowly tapers off to a small layer on top of the beer. Leaves a very nice lacing all the way down the glass. The beer is a crystal clear amber-orange. Tiny bubbles streaming up glass.

AROMA: Really pleasant smelling beer. There is a sweetness to it I think from the dry hopping, more so than the malt. Sweet floral, like jasmine tea.

TASTE: Again a lot like the aroma with that herbal sweet tea vibe. Pine and citrus notes are more background on this one. Sweetness is up front with a nice lasting bitterness on back end. Just enough malt to the flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium with a nice medium carbonation, perfect. This is quite a dry beer through and through.
Very pleasantly surprised with this one. That herbal floral aroma and taste make it a bit unique from others I've had. Would definitely buy again. I think the overall ratings are low, maybe they've tweaked the recipe over the years.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Amber gold with a pretty nice amount of head, decent retention, and a bit of lacing
Smell: Fruity esters
Taste: Moderately sweet maltiness, fruity esters, hops seem more on the herbal/grassy side, moderate bitterness in the finish
Feel: Medium body, nice level of smooth carbonation

Overall: Honestly I tend to avoid the Summit EPA because of some bad past experiences, but now I wonder to what extent those could have been due to bad tap lines or old poorly stored bottles. Understanding that it is not a west-coast style pale ale, the malt flavors and aromas tend to dominate and hops are more of a bittering ingredient. While I do prefer the citrusy hops of west-coast style APAs like Sierra Nevada, this is a pretty respectable standby when selection is limited.

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

draft sampler at ike's in the minneapolis-st. paul airport, oct 14 2015

a: medium amber with white head

s: herbal tea, caramel, and a pinch of grapefruity hops

t: nutty, caramel-y malt and tea leafy/herbal hop flavours. mild citrus notes

m: medium-minus feel with moderate carbonation

o: a delicious malty pale ale, i like the nutty flavours

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great hoppy aroma that's reminiscent of a west coast IPA. Pine hops dominate and bring it in just before crossing the line and into IPA territory. Why this isn't just considered a session IPA is beyond me, as the "extra" in the title would suggest something higher than its 5.3% ABV.

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Photo of stouter88
4.93/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, easy drinking ale. Some are fooled or confused by the PA in the name. It is an EPA and not an IPA. I love IPAs, but this one has a special place in my heart. I refer to it as mothers milk. It may not be perfect, but it is like an old pair of comfortable jeans. It just feels right for just about any occasion. Enjoy.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, golden color with one-finger white head that dissipated slowly until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, there is a moderate amount of lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: citrus, caramel, bread, very subtle on the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread then a mild citrus and pine hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good pale ale and I enjoyed drinking it but there is nothing special about it and there are so many better examples of the style that I would not seek this one out again.

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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 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 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 chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at a reception in the art gallery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

A solid but unremarkable PA.
Moderately bitter with plenty of hoop flavor for style.
Somewhat complex hop flavor mix.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 3 fingers light khaki foam over a body of golden orange, low to medium visible carbonation

S - grain, citrus, grass

T - wheat bread, lemon, grass

M - light/medium body, medium carbonation, refreshing

O - Not bad. Doesn't stand out, but still refreshing after a long day.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Graetzj
4.51/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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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 SerialTicker
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of ctxfenris
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of boogieman
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.