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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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447 Reviews
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Reviews: 447
Hads: 1,180
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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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable pale that went with turkey and grilled veggies for a most wonderful lunch. Light cream head and some cream in taste that was otherwise dry, with citrus hops taste and dry aftertaste.Thanks feloniousmonk for the sample.
Had 4.5 years later on tap at Bue Nile, was a bit better -noticed aroma, golden orange colour with white head and lots of lace.

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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 brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear copper color and a modest head that, nevertheless, drapes lacing like a champ

Smell: Grainy aroma with a hint of toffee

Taste: Grainy flavor at the outset but adds a bit of floral hop by mid-palate; also arriving just before mid-palate is a a budding toffee sweetness that, after the swallow, blossoms to provide a distinct sweet tone in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but definitely a middle of the road beer; also, I wasn't enamored with the grainy aspect

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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 zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a orange/amber color with a tan, soapy, two-finger head. It left good trails of lace.

S - It smelled quite grassy and floral. A mild malt nose, too.

T - It has a grassy/hoppy taste with a nice blend of roasted malt. It has a bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Nothing extraordinary about this one. But is a nice choice at restaurants that serve nothing but BMC.

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

Nearly translucent orange-amber, by far more orange than amber, topped by a good looking cap of sticky beige foam that started out at three fingers and is slowly deflating. Better than average lace in disrupted sheets. The nose is slightly underpowered, but isn't that far out of line for the style. It's an enticing mixture of fruity-herbal (peaches, nectarines) and citric hops, slanted more toward the former.

This is a decent, respectable version. It's well-balanced with caramel malt and hops playing off one another nicely. Malty sweetness is cut by hoppy bitterness, assuring that neither one makes much of a statement. I would call it bland and boring, but there's a bit too much flavor for that to be the case. It is a rather generic APA though. Modestly dry, flinty finish. The body and the amount of carbonation are neutral, as middle-of-the-road as the rest of the beer.

Summit's version of a pale ale isn't bad, but neither does it stand out in any way. Even the label is unexciting. I hate to be too hard on this beer, but it screams 'average'. (Yeah, my average is greater than 3.0, so sue me. Yours is too).

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass and served right out of the fridge

A - Poured a nice deep orange tinted amber which actually took me a bit by suprise as I did not think it would be as dark as it was. There was a nice two finger high head of white foamy lace on top which gradually settled down and left behind a thin veil of lace across the top and a good amount of residual side glass lace throughout the session. Adequate carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom throughout the session.

S - The aroma was light at first, had to give it a few minutes to really warm and soften up to let the aroma out. The smell was very grainy, lots of malts here with a nice bready feel to it, very light though, nothing overwhelming by any means. A nice light hop kick to it in the back end lightened it up a bit and deepend the profile providing a much needed contrast to the grain. Not bad overall and essentially what you would expect from a pale ale.

T - The flavor was light, again about what one would expect given the style. A nice big grainy base was again clearly evident. Lots of bready and cereal malty flavors were the first thing that came across and following them was a nice earthy flavor that mellowed a tad. There was a nice little bit of hop bite that started to come though now and again this was very welcomed. Nice light floral hops, hints of orange and lemon were there, but way in the back, you had to search for them, just enough to lighten up the flavor a touch. The finish was decent, clean, quick and dry with no real long lingering flavors.

M - Very light bodied ale, as again one would expect given the style. Nice carbonation lasted throughout the entire session giving it a nice refreshing like feel to it. The finish was very crisp and clean, again giving this more of a light and refreshing type feel to it. Very much typical for the style.

D - Outstanding sesion ale. The flavors were light, but good, low ABV, and nice carbonation meant this one could be drank all day long with no issue. I could have easily thrown down a six pack without blicking an eye. Not the best pale ale, but definitly drinkable.

Overall this was pretty much a standard pale ale, a little nice kick to it, but pretty standard. Nothing I could call out for being bad in anyway, just seemed to not have enough to put it over the top. I dont know that I would seek this out, but it would certainly not be a bad one for gameday six packs or barbecues. A good call would be how I would rate this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, orangish-gold body reveals plumes of slow-rising tiny bubbles beneath a creamy, off-white head. The retention is good, and it retains a thin creamy surface covering throughout most of the pint. Some spotty lace also adds to its appearance. The nose offers a pleasant and welcoming combination of gently citrusy hops and soft, caramel-tinged malt. The body is medium; and it's gently crisp in the mouth due to an exceptionally fine, median carbonation. A solid bitterness is present at the outset; wrapped in a thin blanket of sweetish, caramel laced malt and grassy/mildly lemony citrus hops. It finishes with a lingering maltiness that fades to reveal a long-lasting bitterness that lays at the back of the throat. Very well done!

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some honey.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character that is followed by some sweet flavors of honey, caramel and a bit of citrus. The hops presence is decent and is more subdued than the smell leads you to expect, but it brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer wroth drinking for a while.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's - poured chilled in a 1/2 pint.

The color is golden honey with light haze and thin cap of white with tight bead. The lace clings well. The smell is fruity with stone fruit, plum-like odors with slight biscuit scent with a herbal hop aroma and mild spice w/ gentle yeast breadiness and mild sulphur tinge. The feel is good with gentle mineral dry qualities and moderate carbonation with slightly sweet middle and med full body overall with mild bitterness.

The Ale has a very nice hop flavor which melds well with the fruitiness of the yeast and biscuit flavor in the malt with nice herbal tinge and the yeast adds a slight earthy element with nice pine accents in the hops coming through into the finish. Overall I liked this beer a lot it is a high quality british inspired beer with some nice yeast and hop flavor with a great balance overall.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light caramel with a 2 fingers+ offwhite head. Very good lacing & good head retention

Smell: Piney hops & fruitiness

Taste: Nice up front bitterness followed by big fruttyness & malt. Finishes bitter & satisfying

MF: Great balance & carbonation, good heft to it

Really sessionable ale IMHO. Pretty impressed I must say

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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber/ copper color, and thin , disappearing head. Sharp, vibrant hops abound here...citrus fruits and more, grapefruit, apricot, cinnamon, sharp cheese? Long, exciting finish, the hops mingle among the taste buds, the lips, and gums. Great bitterness on top, medium body, warm and tingly. Thoroughly satisfying, but not particularly remarkable. A reliable tasty treat.

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Photo of jwc215
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light orange amber with a rich off-white head that descends to a healthy-sized cover. Sheets of lacing stick.

The smell is of light orange/citrus with biscuity malt - there is an "English"character. It has a coppery/metallic touch to it.

The taste is tea-like, herbal, slightly metallic. A biscuity malt balances it, with a honey-like sweetness. There is a dirty penny finish.

The carbonation is high/aggressive, making it fizzy and wiping out the taste. There is a seltzer-like aftertaste.

A light pale ale with some hint towards "English-style", but with aggressive carbonation. Nice lacing/head retention, decent smell. That's all. An attempt at an English ale that turns pretty seltzery.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a bright varnish brown. Pours a decent layer of head, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops and citrus notes.

Taste is a little less on the floral hops, but way stronger with the flavor of citrus.

Mouthfeel is bitter at first, but then it fades away and goes down smooth. A medium level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Drinkability is solid and the cost is just right. Definitely something I will be purchasing again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is Summit CANning everything that they make? As the founder of The CANQuest (TM), a CANcerted effort to drink and review EVERY CANned beers in existence, I certainly hope so!

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed in St. Paul, Minnesota"; "An Award-Winning Classic Since 1986"; "Mother Nature doesn't want your empties. Please recycle."

I wonder if the bridge depicted on the CAN is the one that collapsed several summers ago. The CAN Crack!ed open loudly, revealing another brimful craft CAN. I celebrated with an inverted Glug to get things moving, resulting in three fingers of dense, tawny head that began to fall almost as soon as it stopped rising to the lip of the glass. I get funny looks when I do it, but it really releases the esters, plus it annoys the heck out of #TheOldLady, who thinks that I am just doing it to make a big mess. The nose had a pine hop quality, but there was also a lot of caramel malt sweetness. It reminded me of some DIPAs, but with a lower ABV. Color was a hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Mouthfeel was thin and soft. The taste was definitely malt-forward, although the hops lurked in the background. Finish was semi-sweet, more sweet than hoppy, but not enough to be cloying. I have had far worse in the style, although this really is not my bag generally.

My original, apparently Draft, review follows:

This came with a good, white head that produced decent retention throughout. It was a deep yellow/light gold in color. The nose had a lightly grassy hop smell. I noted a medium mouthfeel with a good mix of malt and hops on the tongue. The finish was slightly bitter, but still pleasant. Definitely a good drinking beer and with the relatively low ABV, a candidate for a session beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at Pearly Bakers in Easton PA.

Simple orange red amber body, clear, with a nice creamy off white head. Nice simple color as expected.

Bouquet is malty mild herbal tea but very small and muted.

Breach malts and a wonderful softness chew, with thick tolerable palate. A real good density, almost creamy.

Overall quite impressed for a style that normally doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that falls slowly to a thick surface foam. Some moderate lace develops.

Smell: light orange citrus and some soft hop bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: mild caramel tones, orange citrus, pears, and a soft bitterness make up a decent version of the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start and finish, a bit dry late. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is very short.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one. If you are in the mood for an extra pale ale, this one will hit the spot.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from depechemode1983 thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep golden amber color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly.
Smells mostly of peaches and citrus with a slightly herbal hop aroma.
Taste is malty sweet. Bready biscuit and toffee malts rule a slightly herbal floral hop bite.
Medium body and carbonation level. Sweet almost sticky mouthfeel.
Decent enough pale ale, but nothing extraordinary. Glad I got to try, but I wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle given as a gift from vendor; cool. Free beer.
Pours a glossy copper/amber color with a really nice foaming head. Thick, turns a bit rocky and sticky. I like.
Smell's like a weak IPA, which is I guess what it's suppose to smell like. Slight hoppy smell, a bit bitter in the nose. Caramel and malt also present.
Has a rather weak taste for a PA. Comparable to SA Lager. Nice crispness, enough to weaken the sweet malt.
I gave higher marks on drinkability, b/c it went down nicely and I drank the glass quickly. As for the style, it misses a bit.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.