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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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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001)
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Photo of dpnelson1978


3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright amber body with a two-finger off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving light foamy lace and a thin creamy cover.

S: Sweet bready malt and distinct lemon citrus. Simple, but solid.

T: Biscuit malt throughout with pine and flower hop character. Very mild bitterness lingers.

M: Light to medium body and heavy carbonation. Strong carbonic bite with mild hop bitterness. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very sessionable, but essentially on par for the style. Goes down easy, and finishes fairly clean. Approachable and versatile.

O: Another standard offering from Summit. They are very predictable in their execution (a good thing) but don't often "wow" me with something outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 21:55:21 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of WhistlingBird


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to Minnesota next year and will be visiting Summit Brewing Company. So I decided to pick up the EPA to give it a try. It poured nicely with a decent sized head. It was slighlty bitter, but not to the point where it was undrinkable. It had a nice after taste that wanted me going back for more. I will definately pick this beer up again and am looking forward to my trip to St. Paul next summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 23:40:39 | More by WhistlingBird
Photo of boomer31


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Figured I'd review this as its like a cult beer here in the cities.

A - Absolutely clear tan with an off white head. Head is about 1/4 inch and remain on beer throughout.

S - Smells like a very clean pilsner...no hop presence at all. Some malt but underwhelming

T - A hint of malt but overall very clean. No hop bitterness at all and no hop fruitiness either. Again, reminds me of a certain pilsner

M - Light bodied and high carb. Not sweet, not dry just average.

D - I can see why this is the go to beer of many people in the cities. Nothing really stands out just a beer for those wanting a beer.

Overall an average beer at best. Drink this at social occasions or bring it to social occasions for non BAs and you'll be a fan favorite. Otherwise, choose something else if you're looking for a good EPA

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 20:18:14 | More by boomer31
Photo of dberthia


4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer makes me proud to be from Saint Paul, Minnesota! I had a 15.5 gallon keg of this delicous beer in my kegerator that I bought from Zipps in Minneapolis. Summit EPA is a must have if you ever come to the twin cities and can be found at most pubs. This is the beer that my kids will probably be most familiar with thanks to their parents and uncles enjoying it over the years!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 21:17:34 | More by dberthia
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Bonfire, MSP airport.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light leafy hop and a soft grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a grassy yet slightly spicy hop atop a moderately doughy malt. Nice residual hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and easily drinkable ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 15:46:51 | More by plaid75
Photo of climax


3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel that Summit would do better with a good IPA, but this will have to do, it is their flagship however. It pours a bright orange with a good size frothy head that faded quite slowly. The clarity is slightly hazy and there is a good wall of lace.

The nose is well-balanced. Juicy citrus and a dash of pine from the Cascade hops is the highlight of the flavor. Caramel and toast beneath brings the aroma into balance.

The flavor is, again, well-done on both sides. The hop dryness is kept in check by the juicy citrus flavor and a sweet and slightly spicy malt backbone. Well done.

The body is thick enough to have character, especially paired with the sharp carbonation, and smooth enough to be easily sessionable. Undoubtedly a solid beer, and as far as Summit goes... probably their best.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 19:37:02 | More by climax
Photo of eclaycamp


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't have access to Summit here in Kansas, so finding this at Brix in Omaha was a nice treat. Summit bills this as an XPA, a style I'm not completely familiar with. Pours a golden amber. The first thing you notice, at least with the glass I used (a modified tulip) is the head retention. The head is thick and foamy, like old school shaving cream, with sticky lacing. Really gorgeous. There's a playfull level of carbonation along with the beer. From an appearance standpoint this one is really solid. I think of picnics when I smell the beer, specifically honeydew melon, maybe cantelope. There's a hint of lightly sweet bready malt in the background as well. Lightly carbonated with a fizzy mouthfeel and a moderate amount of bitterness at the end. Nice malt sweetness helps to balance this out. Taste is pretty solid, with citrus-style hop characteristic up front followed by malt sweetness. I'm picking up some dried fruit - apricots maybe - the more I drink it. The main flaw with this beer is that it doesn't have quite enough body to stand up to everything that's going on - the whole experience, from start to finish, is gone in a flash, which requires multiple sips to really capture what's going on. I'm guessing that's kind of the point.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:13:27 | More by eclaycamp
Photo of drizzam


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy amber in color topped by a foamy one finger off white head. Head retention wasn't fabulous and some spotty lacing was left down the inside of my glass.

S - Sweet aroma consisting of citrus hops with a slight tinge of caramel at the end. Seems like I can pick up a bit of a fruit component as well, possibly peach or apricot.

T & M - Floral hops up front followed by a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Not especially sweet, just enough to complement the hop bitterness. Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation as well to give a bit of coarseness on the tongue.

D - This is a highly drinkable brew, flavorful and low enough in ABV to make it sessionable. This is a well crafted brew! Thanks to my BA friend WJVII for hooking me up with this fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 21:07:34 | More by drizzam
Photo of tewaris


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5.3% ABV
OG 12.2° Plato
40-45 IBUs
Served in a pint glass at Stub & Herb's.

Appearance 4/5
Clear dark copper colored with an off-white creamy head. Good retention, good lacing.

Aroma 2/5
Nondescript aroma with some sweet malt character and an odd sharpness, like a pilsner.

Taste 4/5
Crisp taste full of earthy hop flavor and good bitterness. Clean finish, bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger for too long. More malts and perhaps more hops will make this beer better, but the unoffensive character (?) might get lost.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Crisp, but too crisp at times. Very refreshing, and not cloying at all, as one would expect.

Drinkability 4/5
Very drinkable, but needs either more malts and hops, or a lower ABV.

Good, but not exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 20:45:35 | More by tewaris
Photo of MrMcGibblets


4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: bright golden orange, slight haze, nice white head and lacing.
S: subtle citrus and some vague light fruits along with honeyed doughy malts. doesn't jump out, but what's there is nice.
T: lighly sweet bready malts are very well balanced by a smooth hop bitterness. finish is crisp and somewhat clean.
M: nicely carbonated, frothy, just over light-bodied.
D: a pleasant surprise, especially at about $3 less per sixer than most other craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 17:31:56 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have drank this beer more times that I can count. I go to it again and again. This particular review comes from beautiful Target Field. The tap reveals a copper amber brew with a frothy creamy head. A handsome brew. The aroma offers a slightly toasted malt mixed with bitter hops. The mouth feel is light and nimble. The malt upfront leads into a splendent bitter end. The palate is left dry, inviting another taste.

This beer is not overly complex, but it is nicely balanced and very drinkable. I really enjoy Summit EPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 23:39:17 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of lester619


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden bronzish amber. A little cloudy with a moderate head. Lots of carbonation. Very run-of-the-mill. Smell is pretty straight forward as well. Nice clean malty grainy hoppy smell. It tastes very clean and crisp. Some tangy fruity flavors are picked up first. Then It blends into a pleasantly balanced sweet, malty, biscuity flavor that is mixed with a spicy bitterness. Good beer flavor throughout. It ends very crisp and dry with a clean bubbly mouthfeel that makes the drinkability very easy. To sum it up, it is a good beer with clean straight forward beer flavors. Nothing great, but good in every way. The kind of beer that goes very well with a beautiful day, a good cigar and a hot grill.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 22:39:42 | More by lester619
Photo of Paulny


2.15/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 22:02:16 | More by Paulny
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More from the BlackBerry tasting notes...

A - Pours an nice golden colour, thumb of head with solid retention and lacing.

S - Oddly enough, the scent is loaded with citrus, lemon and orange dominating.

T - Totally unexpected. Lovely sweet lemon hops, with nicely balanced bready malts. Bitter hops on the finish. The scent was deceiving, since this one packed a delicious bowl of citrus fruit hops.

M - Medium body with the slightest dry finish. For such a flavourful hop, I was expecting something a little more dry, so pleseantly surprised.

D - As previously mentioned, this was a delicious surprise and I could plow through a 6er of these no problem. Any hop fan would be pleasantly surprised by this citrus fruit basket.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 03:42:07 | More by andrenaline
Photo of kbutler1


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft and bottle many times over. This is just a solid beer overall. Not complex or really sophiticated but just an easy to drink EPA. Slight aroma of american hops in the noe. The tastes is that of lightly roasted malts, some sweetness, which then translates to a slight bitterness from the hops. Good choice if you end up at a bar with mostly BMC offerings or just want an easy beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 19:52:09 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Ottertude


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Extra Pale Ale poured a coppery amber into my pint glass. Almost no head whatsoever, very little carbonation present.

The smell was pleasant enough. Some caramel as well as a bit of toffee. The taste had caramel, toffee and some sweeter malt flavors as well as some piney hops underneath that were not overpowering. Fairly balanced like an English Pale Ale should be.

The mouthfeel was rather thin. Of course this quality with the low carbonation does make for a good thirst quencher that one can session for the evening. Probably the best that Summit has to offer. Decent enough but I have had better elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:27:02 | More by Ottertude
Photo of bristol2120


3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper, with a 2 inch crown of off white foam, which quickly dissipates, leaving a very thin layer of foam, but better than expected lacing. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, with notes of butterscotch in the forefront. Taste exhibits a nice level of hoppiness up front, and subdued malts in the background, along with a hint of a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for what I expect in this style. Overall, this is far from the best example of a pale ale I've ever had. On the other hand, it's still a pleasant enough brew, and has above average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:20:22 | More by bristol2120
Photo of Prostman81


2.1/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 16:39:41 | More by Prostman81
Photo of MKEHophead


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spending my college years in Minnesota I have had this beer on many occasions. The fresh pine aroma really stands out with this beer. The piney smell reminds me of a freshly cut balsam Chiristmas Tree. It has a very piney dry-hopped/light caramel flavor that I have always enjoyed. It has a nice brownish copper color and a decent amount of head that does not discipate. Extremely hoppy and dry, but makes a bold statement that you are drinking a Summit Extra Pale. Some find it too dry and hoppy, but I have always enjoyed these distinctive flavors.
This beer is a great addition to most any meal. I especially enjoy it with a freshly grilled cheeseburger and fries. On tap is my preference, but the bottled version is very high in quality.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 21:21:13 | More by MKEHophead
Photo of exonthebottle


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't reviewed this beer for some reason anyway this is from bar notes.
pale amber with a thin head that stays a while. It look kinda off and lacing was there so I put 3.5. It stays long but kinda skimpy

smell is malt hard to detect anything else hops?

taste/mouthfeel is malty and rather smooth lingering of bitter creamy wet malts w/ slight amount of hops.
drinkable but could get bored after more than one beer so okay and not bad but there are better beers out there to try at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 09:13:08 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of EwaldEichstaett


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Minnesotin, I have had this beer more times than I can count. This review is based off of a nice 22 ounce tap beer.

A: Looked excellent, really frothy long-lasting head, excellent lacing throughout the beer. Only thing I would ask for is a bit more cloudiness i.e. Two Hearted or Crooked Tree.

S: I detect layers of: fruit, hops, citrus, floral, and pine. Really intense, deep and well-balanced smell.

T: Great taste as usual, all the attributes mentioned in the smell are present in the taste. A new thing I noticed was a grassy flavour, it was very pleasant. There is a nice hop bite at the end of a sip. The one negative thing I have to say is that, like all Summit beer, there is a metallic taste present. Must be the character of the Summit brewery, but it annoys me a bit.

M/D: nice foamy and smooth feel in the mouth, I've drank this beer all night long many times. Never disappoints.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 06:55:19 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to notCreative. Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden with a half finger of head that quickly settles.

Smell: Decent mix of malt and floral hops.

Taste: Some slight hoppy bitterness at first followed by a nice wave a malty sweetness and a subtle hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer on a hot summer day. I enjoyed the malty side of this and definitely would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 00:10:10 | More by Axic10
Photo of JackieTH


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Summit EPA pours an attractive, clear, golden orange with a substantial but not long lasting head that gives way to lacing. Hints of pine and floral hops greet the nose.

Upon taking a pull there is mild carbonation combined with floral hop, just the right bitterness, no cloying sweetness, and a hint of pine, all making for an enjoyable EPA experience that carries well for a mult-bottle afternoon...but I wouldn't know anything about that.

Typically I take Summit EPA from a bottle, but have had my share from tap. That I keep it regularly stocked as my 'go to' EPA speaks volumes for my personal enjoyment of this local brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 20:14:00 | More by JackieTH
Photo of samie85


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This one pours a yellowish orange color with a two finger head that lingers for awhile.

S-Some light malt notes with an herbally, floral hop nose. The nose doesn't have a in your face quality.

T-The taste pretty much follows the nose with just a bit of added pine upfront and finishes very floral and dry with a light bitterness.

M-Pretty smooth, and slick with low carbonation and a medium body to it.

D-Really easy drinking, and sessionable beer in my opinion. It has some nice flavor to it, but it's intense enough to keep you from having 2 or 3 or more in a night.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 01:28:08 | More by samie85
Photo of TheSarge


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a good hearty pour, this brew produces three fingers of thick, sticky, and lasting off white head. The body is copper in color and is cleanly filtered.

The brew has a toffee like fragrance, and a small hint at a floral character.

In the taste I get the toffee, buttery, and slightly nutty flavors. There is an odd bitterness in the finish. Not too bad, though.

This feels a bit buttery and maybe oily, but has mild carbonation for a decent thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 23:02:37 | More by TheSarge
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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