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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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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,173
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 19.51%
Wants: 16
Gots: 181 | 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

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Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001

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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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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 StJamesGate
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of Noxious26
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one last week on a layover at the Minneapolis St Paul airport in Axel's Bonfire.

I rather enjoyed this one. A nice balanced hop and malt aroma and a well balanced palate as well. Juicy citrus hops and a nice malt/caramel backbone.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

A pleasant surprise on this stop over. Well worth your time!

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a FW Imperial nonic glass
Notes from 03/09/14

Thanks Allen!

A: Light caramel amber body with near perfect clarity and some evident streaming carbonation. Nice fat finger width of ivory whip on top with modest stay power and some light swaths of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Smells of bready malts with light biscuit and some underpins of spiced citrus fruits. There is a touch of caramel sweetness coming through as well. Smells fair while slightly tipping the balance towards the malt. Nice nose overall with some decent hops present.

T: The beer maintains a firm bready malt fullness with some nice spicy citrus hops playing point and a bit of supporting pine sap. Sensible sweetness by way of a dry caramel maltiness and there is a moderate to upper amount of perceived bitterness on the palate. Nice balance to it and very drinkable with really no alcohol flavors noted. Smooth. Makes for a nice quaff.

M: Lightly filling from the malts but with a frothy texture from a nice spritzy carbonation. Moderate amount of constricting bitterness on the palate. Bit of drying lift at the finish but perhaps a touch on the wetter side in the end.

D: A real decent sessions brew here. Very well balanced while falling more to the malt side. Still nice and well crafted. Good starter brew fo sho.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Ashland, Ky. Poured into a standard Pint glass.

A - light haze in a golden body with a bright orange hue. Nice off white head fades to a splotchy ring of lace leaving nice stick.

S - grapefruit hop whiffs followed by citrusy orange and fresh lemon. Biscuity bread like malt and yeast. Fresh grass and a floral back end.

T - bigger orange and lemon than the nose would suggest paired with an equal amount of grapefruit notes. Caramel and biscuit malt balance Summit's pale ale quite nicely. Finish has a floral character to it and a mild bitterness.

M - medium bodied with good texture. Easy to drink. Great for the warm months approaching.

O - very nice pale ale. Nothing spectacular but a great brew nonetheless. Shame we don't get bottles here in Ky. A bottle of this stuff would probably add a few overall points. For me anyway. Tasty pale ale.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/22/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, apple, floral, grass, toast, biscuit, light caramel, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, floral, grass, toast, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English pale ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.