Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 439
Hads: 1,156
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 14
Gots: 162 | FT: 1
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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 MrUse
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (212 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,245 characters)

Photo of Graetzj
4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (208 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (335 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,891 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%

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. (1,259 characters)

Photo of corywalston
2.18/5  rDev -41.1%
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% (388 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of ctxfenris
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of boogieman
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (388 characters)

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. (418 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (340 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,321 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,328 characters)

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. (964 characters)

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extra Pale Ale
Summit Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from bottle to pint glass---

Appearance
Clear copper color, two fingers of ivory head with good retention, decent lacing.

Smell
Faint citrusy hops, more bready and grainy with a floral undertone.

Taste
This ale is led by the biscuity/caramel malts, finishes with the bitter hops.

Mouth-feel
Perfect balance of sweet malt to bitter hops. Great carbonation. Very refreshing…

Overall
This is one of my favorite beers of all time. I’ve been drinking it since… along time! Great balance, carbonation doesn’t overpower either malt or hop. Citrusy hops shine in between sips, begging more another! (655 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark orange/dark amber with a half finger white head with little retention. Smell is of a little caramel malt, a little toffee with a nice floral bouquet. I definitely smell some pineapple and maybe a little orange. Taste is slightly malty with a nice slightly bitter hop bill that let's a little of the nice sweet fruit in. Mouthfeel is fairly normal for the style if not a little thicker which is nice. This is the Minnesota beer almost everybody started drinking first long ago. Great beer that has been a staple for probably 20 years. (550 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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 (2,112 characters)

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.