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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: 998
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 10
Gots: 69 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001)
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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra Pale Ale pours a golden color with a good lacing white head. The smell is a bit weather but its hoppy, maybe a hint of hunny too. The taste is a bit on the lighter side, starts of hoppy and has a nice dry taste, but finishs a bit wet. Nice carbonation and I enjoy the inital dry flavor. Overall this is a nice beer, it would be better if it was more consistly dry, instead of trying to be fancy and complex.

vette2006c5r, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, bold gold with half-inch head and lace that lasts to the end. The aroma is citrus with hints of vanilla and grass. The flavor has notes of grapefruit, pine, and a slight hop tang. The mouthfeel is light. Summit Extra Pale Ale is a good beer, crisp, dry, and drinkable. Recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy light amber-gold color with a 1.5 finger cream white head. Great, consistent lacing throughout.

Honey, malt, sweetness very present in nose, with a hint of dried fruit.

Not getting much in the way of hops for the taste on this one, but do get sweet, honey grain notes with a low but balanced bitterness.

Very creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation, well balanced.

Not a very flavorful beer, but pretty spot on with style when it comes to pales. Will drink again.

syrupjoe, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of zdk9
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light orange with a bit of cloudiness. Pretty head and pretty lacing.

S- Smells a little musty, a good deal of sweet orange, caramel,

T- The taste has way more pine, combined with some mineral characteristic. Nice hoppiness in the back of my mouth.

M- There's a bunch of heavy/dulling elements to the taste that seem to weigh down the beer- the mineralness, a creamy aspect, the bitterness. I almost wish for more carbonation and a little lighter drinker for the flavors.

O- Good. Not great, but good.

zdk9, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like your typical amber color, slight haziness, half a finger of white head that dissipates completely in 60 seconds, no lacing, smells of toffee / caramel to a medium level with an overtone of earthen hopping...taste has put the emphasis completely on the earthern hopping notes, as they show up just about at the same levels throughout all parts of the sip, standard english light malt, not complex at all but also not broken, lighter bodied than I would have expected but also not in a bad way...a fairly nice (if unremarkable) english pale, could have used at least a *little* bit of citric hopping elements to round things out however.

WastingFreetime, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has a heavy caramel quality to it, along with a toastiness as well present. I had remembered this as an American Pale Ale, but now I can definitely see this is an English version.

Pours a dark golden color in my glass with a pretty fair head to it.

Taste seems more malty than anything, with a caramel and candied sugar sweetness to it alongside a small floral hoppiness...as if a small west coast APA quality is trying to peek through, but it's second fiddle here. A small toastiness is present near the finish....with a bit of a hoppy finish.

Pretty delicious...I love the style, and I really like the balance in this one. It was very easy to put down. It's funny how memories of a beer can change over many years.

NODAK, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of BeerNutz324
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the bar in the Legends Club at Target Field. I was there last night trying to watch the Twins get to an amazing milestone...100 losses. They F*cked that up though and won! There is always tonight, best of luck to ya Twinkies!

Ap- A nice amber color with great head. Poured a nice thick white head of about 1.5 inches. Great retention and some pretty decent lacing.

Ar- I could faintly smell that english malty smell and then the end of the nose was all hops.

T- English malts and hops rule this beer. A great oily hoppy aftertaste sticks in your mouth for a pretty good time after the swallow.

M- light to medium bodied with great carbonation for this style.

O- A great beer, I will always have a place in my heart...er...I mean...stomach for this beer. This beer tasted better on tap then I think it does in the bottle. Maybe it was just the atmosphere but it was damn good. Now lose tonight will ya twins?!?!

BeerNutz324, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at a bar in St Louis

A- A nice copper bronze color, sort of like the color you see on those new Ford SUV's. Its the best comparison I can make. Great head retention.

S- Great aroma, lots of dry hopping, particularly for a pale ale.

T- Malt is a restrained biscuit malt, nicely balanced by a sweet and bitter hop note. A bit in the west coast style, compared to the old world. Finish is refreshingly swet and wet.

M- Average body, with good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O- A great pale that takes a taste excursion and keeps the ABV in check.

HugePlume, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of adman08
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear amber color with decent white head that leaves good lacing on the glass.
S-Aroma is slightly sour with vegetables and a hint of herbs and citrus.
T-Balanced malt and hop flavor. Slightly sweet with a good mix of herbal and a hint of citrus hop flavor.
M-Starts slightly sweet and finishes slightly dry. Decent carbonation.
Overall, the name is deceptive. When I hear extra pale ale I think it's going to be beyond a standard pale ale and this is not, it is very much a typical pale ale. That being said it is a very good pale ale. Very solid hop flavors and a good malt body. This really is a good beer.

adman08, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Citrus, grass, and toasty caramel malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and very light hop bitterness. Flavor like the nose: citrus and toasty caramel malt. Finish just slightly bitter with a good amount of malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Looks and smells great. Tastes good and feels really good. Great drinkability. Excellent session beer. I liked this better than Samuel Smith's Pale Ale.

SolipsismalCat, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was at a wedding where the choices were grainbelt premium and mich golden draft. I went with wine for a while, but then just felt like a beer (neither mich or GB qualify in my book). The selection at the hotel bar wasn't much better, with the only craft beer available this stuff. Sigh....

Summit pale ale pours a copper amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. Didn't pick up much on the nose, just some light sweet malt. The flavor profile replicated the nose in what was a surprisingly sweet, malty pale ale. No one is ever going to mistake this for a bottle of mirror pond or SNPA. The finish was not very good at all in this beer, as despiite the low alcohol, I still picked up some heat from alcohol. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, and the finish was malty and sweet.

Mehhh... while I was able to drink this down, I have to say it's been some time since I've had a pale ale that was this unimpressive. I guess this is a pale ale for those who don't like hops (I know it's supposed to be an english style pale ale, but I can't think of any English ale this sweet, bland and malty). Just not my cup of tea...

John_M, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having a summit extra pale with mi amigo....and we enjoy it only because it is classisified as an English pale ale. The color is a decent rich copper ale with good carbontation and thin white head that is lacing ok. The smell includes typical English hops and malt. The taste is a good balance between hops and malt. The mouthfeel is good. The lower ABV gives way to good sessions. Not as good as Bass, but a decent beer worth a taste.

WoodBrew, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light bronze body with a smallish head that takes some aggressive pouring to produce.

Aroma is pretty grassy and English malty. It’s nice aroma, yet it does lean a bit more towards sweetish malt.

Taste starts off promising but finishes weak. The initial mouthfeel is nice, but somehow it fizzles out towards the end. Same with the flavor. Initially I get a good dose of malts, then the hops come in mid-way and cut through any sweetness. Sadly, though, that bitterness doesn’t last long and I’m left wanting more.

There’s nothing offensive in the flavor; in fact, if they bumped everything up just a tad, I think it would be quite a nice English pale ale. Glad I tried it, but it’s doubtful I will buy it again.

JEdmund, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Jayhawk
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit finally hits the KC liquor store scene, so I picked up a 6 pack of the Extra Pale Ale and must confess I'm now on my second (I really like this stuff).

Poured into a tall Guinness pint glass, started off with 2 inches of head which decreased to a thin covering. Nice lacing on the glass. Smell is metallic, malty and lightly hopped. Taste is malty, almost buttery in a good way, and light hops. Mouthfeel is light, and ends with a semi-dry finish.

I could easily drink several of these - definitely a good session beer. I wish my local Irish pub had this on tap to drink while playing at my local Irish session...this would be a perfect flute playing beer.

Summit describes this as an extra pale ale, the style on this site is an English pale ale, but I'd say this is much more a an English style bitter myself.

Jayhawk, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of scratch69
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- A very clear coppery color with little head and no lacing.

Smell- Malty with a hint of hops.

Taste- Smooth malty flavor with a slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. Very well carbonated with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- I bought this brew as part of a variety 6-pack. While I am not a big fan of pale ales I enjoyed this one.

scratch69, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of bnes09
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent copper color. Pours a finger of ivory head. Lacing appears than slides down the glass.

Fresh aroma of bready malt and mild hop scent.

Plenty of dense malt flavor that tastes like buttery texas toast. Fresh, earthy, herbal hop character. Perfectly balanced. Smooth on the palate.

Medium consistency with plenty of bready texture while maintaining a smooth, even feel. Well carbonated also.

Good pale ale. Tasty and balanced.

bnes09, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A golden honey body with two fingers worth of creamy, off-white head...retention showed a full cap which left nice lacing

S - Malt forward with caramel and bready notes...both the malts and the hops provide some fruity aromas

T - A blast of prickly hops starts things off before a rush of bready malts take over...caramel comes into play the cut down on the graininess...the bready malt and hops are very well balanced throughout the beer

M - Medium bodied...again the hops and malts are nicely balanced...refreshing

O - The nose suggested a true English Pale Ale, but the hops appeared more in the flavor...a nicely balanced pale ale that I would order again

thain709, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-6-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a finger of foam, decent lacing ring, nice dark copper color. Carbonation is present

S – Malt’s, slight hop aroma

T/M – Medium to lighter bodied. Nice malty brew with a slight hop back bone. Nice smooth flavor

D – Easy drinker from Summit. Another good well rounded brew from them. A good brew for the warm weather months here in Minnesota. I recommend this brew and will have this again

FreshmanPour77, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint while overlooking Minnehaha Falls. Pretty picturesque.

Dark, mostly clear caramel with a pillowy, toothpaste-foam head. It’s one finger tall and keeps getting bigger and fluffier. Sticky walls of lace.

In the nose: citrus, grass, some crackers and a slight skunk. Light.

The flavor is clean and snappy. Citrusy lime and lemon peel with a nice amount of sweet caramel. Hints of dankness and skunk. Biscuits at the finish.

Medium, peppery carbonation and fairly high fizziness. The body’s light yet smooth, becoming softer and more pillowy as I get through the glass. The clean finish cleanses the palate.

Summit’s flagship certainly isn’t exciting, but it is refreshing, and good with a fish sandwich.

Phelps, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of nicksta
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a light brown orange. There is minimal lacing and a thin head of foam inside my Guinness pint glass (which I pretty much use for all reviews). The smell is big up front on the hops. Roasted ones. There is also some sweet, orange-citrus. Hints of malt yeast round out the smell. The taste is real up-front with its bitter, floral and roasted hops. There's lime and orange citrus with just a hint of that fruit sweetness and a smooth malt quality that finishes things up. The beer is smooth enough, but the carbonation gets to me at least. Sip.

I've been on a APA/AIPA kick recently and this one was pretty middle of the road. Okay, not great.

nicksta, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malty with a clear Marris Otter thread that dominates over herbaceous hops and lesser English yeast esters.

T: Begins off-dry, with grainy pale malt that includes integrated caramel and even showing some nuttiness toward the middle. Some cooked apple emerges during the middle as moderate acidity from the first act recedes. Moderate bitterness and soft welcoming earth linger in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, initially chewy in texture then becoming smooth and balanced, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer deals successfully with many elements of the archetypal English ale, while staying very approachable and well-rounded. Malt is absolutely on-show here, with hops playing only a small supporting role. The smell is definitely understated, with the potential to score higher if intensity stood its ground better. A more masterful grasp of continuity throughout the flavor profile would push this beer toward the very top of the rather small heap of American-brewed English pale ales.

beagle75, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of iSip
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With time to kill at the Minneapolis International Airport, I tried a Summit Extra Pale Ale on-tap at one of the many establishments. Nice head, deep aubern color and a faint flowery aroma. So far so good! The flavor starts with some solid malt, then some bitter works it's way in. Overall a decent beer, but certainly not in the Wow category.

iSip, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange-golden, thin head, retention is so so. Some lacing.
S- Smell is slightly citrusy, a bit of caramel, and some apple type aromas.
T- Bready up front, but the hops come through in the finish, more so than most English pales. A bit citrusy in the finish.
M- More body than it seemed when I had it out of the bottle. Crisp carbonation.
O- A pretty good beer all around. Definite approachable. I would love to see some more malt body to it, because the hops come through without balance in the finish. All in all a refreshing summer beer though.

jsprain1, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  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.

smakawhat, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of JoeBCBC
2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark orange color. Poured down the middle and still barely any head. Dissipated quickly leaving a slight film of bubbles on top.

S- Smell of pale malt and some hops. Not too impressed with this one. Barely there.

T- Tasted dry with slight bitterness. Not much complexity. The malt taste was lacking which made the hop flavor too puckering.

M- A little under carbonated. Good aside from that though.

O- Didn't do anything for me. Just my taste I guess. Won't be buying this again.

JoeBCBC, Jul 21, 2011
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.