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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: 938
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 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
Photo of akorsak


2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A bottle from a six pack purchased at Navarre Carryout, a little dusty and old I think.

A: The EPA is a golden amber color, a brown-leaning hue that retains its translucence. Atop the ale, a small head on pour does very little.

S: The ale has a distinct biscuity caramel aroma, chewy in its breadiness. Lingering in the background are a few hop notes, mostly citrus but definitely mild.

T: Caramel malts and treacly, degraded hops define the ale. The caramel is semi-sweet, built atop a chewy biscuit malt base. The sweetness is a little too full at times. Alongside the caramel, the degraded hops have spent a little too much time in the bottle. Their flavors have taken a barleywine-like twist that is not a good thing.

M: The mouthfeel is malty, full and chewy at times, with a bitterness that is nowhere near where it used to be.

D: I had a bottle and a half, choosing the pour the last half when the zest for finishing it was gone.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:48:01 | More by akorsak
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Best buy 6/27/10. Golden body with off-white head. Sticky-soapy lacing with a hoppy and biscuity aroma. Taste is mild citrus, mild hops, mild sweetness. Really easy to drink but really nothing outstanding. The kind of beer you would drink if it was a local brew to support local brewing but not sure this beer should be in Florida all the way from Minnesota. Kinda not special and life is to short to drink non-local average beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 07:43:26 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A decent copper color, likewise lacing, retention, carbonation. Aroma is a little macro-ish and light on the hops.

Taste is light as well, nothing substantial. A degree of hop presence. Maybe two. Really carbonated. A reasonable beer, introductory level, but mildly enjoyable. Its a summer thing for me, and that's about the only time to venture this way anymore.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 23:24:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of cpetrone84


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a very attractive clear golden color with a dense white head leaving a nice thick lace.

S-the nose has some bready malts up front, grain and wheat in the middle with a touch of floral hops and honey in the very back.

T-the taste is quite nice, grainy malt, touch of toasted bread, good floral hops with notes of honey and a nice moderate level of bitterness in the finish.

M-soft and creamy on the palate up front, good medium body with a syrupy texture and a well balanced finish with a strong level of carbonation.

D-this is a darn good pale ale. almost feels more like an american pale as it has a nice sweet hop profile in the back with a good moderate bitterness. very well balanced ale and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 22:47:06 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of babaracas


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

Pours a solid orange, thin white head, spotty lacing. Smell: earthy, leafy, vaguely lemony, toffee and a little butterscotch. Taste: earthy, grainy, tea with a little lemon, a little toffee. Mouthfeel: light bodied, active carbonation, a bit of a hard water feel. Didn't know this would be in the English style or I wouldn't have grabbed it, but it's pretty decent. Best by 8/17/10.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 00:01:39 | More by babaracas
Photo of KeefD


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer hundreds of times, as usually the only decent beer I can get a bar full of macros. I prefer it on tap, but might as well review it live from the bottle. Poured a light copper orange color, with yellow edges, a large white head that left huge, soapy rings down the glass. Yes please. Good aroma here. Hops are there, but not overpowering, mostly the bitter/herbal variety, backed up by a light, bready maltiness. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Hop bitterness is low, but decent hop flavor. Lightly toasted malts, but a bit thin for my liking. This is beer that is a regular for me. I do really like it, and it's hard to find a better American representation of the style. Underrated and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 23:46:14 | More by KeefD
Photo of WakeandBake


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden color pour with a thick foamy white head leaving lots of lacing , lively carbonation . Aroma of bready malts ,pine and floral hops ,lightly sweet . Flavor is somewhat sweet , bready ,biscut , pine ,citrus and floral hops , long hoppy finish , nice level of bitterness . Full body with a creamy mouthfeel . Quite drinkable and rather sessionable .

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 21:41:11 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of PappaT


4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber/copper colour with a thin white head. The aroma is full citrussy hops and somewhat faint malty. The flavor is strong american hops with a nice crisp clean bite to them and a bit maltyness in the background. The finish is bitter, but in a very pleasent way.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 02:14:53 | More by PappaT
Photo of

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

This was a surprising good beer. I was expecting a typical pale ale, but it has a distinct taste. It's got a great hops taste, slightly bitter, but not overpowering. Unlike some lighter beers that taste like corn malt, it has a nice smooth refreshing wheat flavor. It's hard to describe, but it's almost a grittiness? But not in a bad way. A little bite, which I was not expecting from a pale ale. Not as sugary or citrusy as some pale ales (which I appreciate, NO FRUIT IN BEER PLEASE). It's highly drinkable, and would definitely buy it again.


Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 05:27:57 | More by
Photo of Schoney62


4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is, without a doubt, my favorite beer when I purchase beer by the bottle. The flavor is rich and hoppy, it has an attractive color and pleasant smell, it feels light in the mouth and finishes crisp. There's very little aftertaste besides the hops. This is one that I make sure to keep in my fridge, except for when I've got homebrew. Also, if I get my EPA to taste like Summit, I consider it a great success.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 15:54:40 | More by Schoney62
Photo of ommegoose


3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright bronze with busy carbonation streams. I like the color. Soapy looking head with decently good retention, wavy lacing on the back side.

Some hop aroma, a bit bland. Grassy, almost pilsner-like. A little lemony citrus

English Pale Ale, eh? I'm not really so sure about that. I think it's just kind of a weak pale ale, and not really at all deserving of the "extra" tag. Pretty malt-forward. Has hop flavor primarily of pine, light bitterness. Grassy. Tastes a bit stale, even though that can't be the case, as this was a new spring sampler box. It hits me now that this is extremely tea-like in the aftertaste

Light body and a bit heavy on the carbonation.

Not real challenging or interesting, but there's nothing about it that makes it hard to drink. At the same time, I'm not dying to drink the other two or anything. It does wash down a meal okay.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 00:48:20 | More by ommegoose
Photo of mikebiewer

North Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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Summit Extra Pale Ale has always been a favorite of mine. I wouldn't consider myself a hop head or a guy who likes and over abundance of hops, but I do enjoy hop flavor. I believe this beer does a great job of balancing hop character with sweet caramel tastes. The hop character and aroma definitely overcome the caramel, especially as the beer warms. With that said, I think this beer is a beer that will always be a go to beer for me.


I don't think the packaging is all that great. The colors and design are good, but it really reminds me of their Octoberfest packaging. On top of that, I really associate this beer with summer and the fall colors just don't make sense to me. However, I can see why they took this direction, it definitely compliments the beer, but it doesn't pull me in for this spring season.


Copper and amber, I can't really give it one more than the other. The head was bigger than expected, usually with a Pale Ale you have a little bit less carbonation so head usually isn't to big. However, my beer had 2 fingers of head and it stuck around for a little bit. I really like that malty/foamy head.


Hops. I don't know what to really say other than that. They are not over whelming or anything, its just that is all I smell.


Hoppy bitter. I can taste a hint of caramel from the crystal malts, but it is just bitter. That bitterness sticks to the middle of my tongue and just won't go away.


Its very middle of the road. One thing to note is that when this beer warms up and hits my tongue it seems to immediately foam up again in my mouth. Sometimes it tastes like a mouthful of head going down my throat. This is probably the only part of this beer I don't like. I suppose I'll just have to drink faster.


Even at over 5% ABV, I love to make a night out of this beer. A 12 pack of this beer for $14 is totally better than a case of cheapo beer for $19. Plus I don't piss all the time and get bloated. So, highly drinkable!


Completely worth your time if you like hops. It isn't a big hop beer so you don't have to be an IPA fan or anything to enjoy this beer. I think the hops overwhelm the sweetness of the beer, but it is just enough over the top to make it a great beer. Definitely recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 23:11:35 | More by mikebiewer
Photo of Tone


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hop oils, sweet malt, yeast, and citrus (pomegranate). Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hop oils, sweet malt, yeast, slight citrus, and slight grain. Overall, a the body is a little weak, but the blend and aroma are good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 21:55:29 | More by Tone
Photo of northaustin


2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

i fail to see anything "extra" about this beer. and its deceitful name will cost it some.

pours a clear golden with alot of uneven quickly disappearing white head. spotted lacing.

smell is pretty ricey and wheaty. no hops.

taste is also ricey and wheaty. there is however a small presence of earthy hops.

mouthfeel: very dry in the cheeks, but very watery everywhere else.

drinkability: no comment.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 04:11:44 | More by northaustin
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint. Pours a clear golden amber with a nice thick creamy head with good lacing. A bit of a hoppy aroma but I'm not getting much else. A little malty with a big citrus flavor and a hoppy bitter finish that is not overbearing. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. A very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 00:13:09 | More by bob3701
Photo of herman77


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Medium bronze with a touch of amber. A little bit of off white head that dissipates pretty quick. Never really noticed how crystal clear this beer is. A little bit of lacing going on.

S: Hops, a little bit of citrus and carmel malt

T: Starts off a tad sweet and citrusy. Malted carmel. Medium hoppy/pine finish.

M: medium, smooth body. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink for an EPA.

This is my "go to" beer when there is nothing new or interesting I haven't had when out at a bar or restaurant. It is the beer that got me into craft several years ago.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:32:12 | More by herman77
Photo of WYVYRN527


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asked for an un-chilled glass, but was not given the choice. This beer pours dark amber with a thick white head that settles slowly. Lacing is pretty minimal, but still present. The smell is sweet, with some caramel at first, followed by a strange mingling of hops. The flavors consist of a bit of pine, some pineapple, and a bit of citrus, followed by a sweet malty finish. The mouthfeel is good, being medium bodied and having a long finish. Most places I visit, this is always on tap, and is a standard for most in the area. A solid brew, but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 08:01:51 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of HapWifeHapLife


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Everybody needs a base from which to compare beers. Summit EPA is mine. This beer is certainly ordinary by all means when compared to the micro/craft scene. However, it is also my beer of choice when in session mode. 12 packs have been known to disappear quite rapidly. At any rate, I am using these scores as my first beer review, from which to compare all beers going forward. I love the local guy, and I love my Summit. Skol!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 14:43:50 | More by HapWifeHapLife
Photo of tapman


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale malt with a hint of light to medium light caramel. Standard body color for the style. Nice wispy, white head of tiny foam bubbles which is better than average.

British pale malt in the nose, nutty and sweet. Hops are mellow and subdued as they should be for the style, generally. Bread from the hops I believe, so maybe a flavor addition of some Fuggle or something similar, but no big hop aroma.

Full malt flavor up front. Marris Otter, or just a bunch of low Lovibond crystal? Either way enjoyable. English bready hops some residual sweetness blend in the middle with a melba toast finish. Bitterness is subdued until the finish and is clean and complimentary. A fine sessionable beer.

Smooth palatable mouthfeel. Light yet silky, a joy to quaff. Good for a session though lacking enough complexity of texture to make this a beer to put too much thought into.

A fine English pale as made in America. I would not mind this brew as a guest tap for a little while at the local pub, but it is not a beer that requires a lot of thought, though the time I spent thinking about it was pleasurable. This brew would get better markings if not for some of the fine ales made in England that I have tried, but for what it is worth a good American sampling.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 06:18:07 | More by tapman
Photo of tconboy


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

Pours a light golden amber with a nice foamy head and with moderate retention. The smell is of fresh malty ale goodness. Taste is crisp malted hoppyness with a nice bitter stick. Mouthfeel is crisp with a little substance. Drinkability is there - we used to session these at the Tap in St. Paul. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:04:17 | More by tconboy
Photo of cdkrenz


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It has a fantastic clear, red body with a light tan colored head having a hummocky top.

S - Mild aroma consisting mainly of sweet fruits.

T - Smooth hoppy flavors transition from one to another with ease. It starts out a bit malty and sweet and moves on toward slightly bitter. This is a tasty brew.

M - Easy to drink this one as there's very little coarse texture. It has a tinge of thickness to it but just enough to be noticeable.

~ This is a very tasty beer with allot of good qualities. If you enjoy easy to drink pale ales with mild hoppy bitterness, you'll like this one allot.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 22:36:28 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

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

From mix-a-six at Interstate Market; Easton, Pennsylvania

Presentation: Poured into Southampton Pint glass

Appearance: Golden amber colour, white head without good retention but decent lacing

Smell: Hoppy, like a more restrained IPA

Taste: Citrus hops mixed with caramel malts

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light to medium bodied

Drinkability: Sessionable

Overall: A solid pale ale

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 01:31:09 | More by tjd112
Photo of coalcracker


3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium gold in color with head that recedes fairly quickly. Active carbonating effect continues for several minutes.

Smell: Light hop aroma noted upon first pour- citrus in nature.

Taste: Good balance between the malts and hops. Hops are certainly present but are subtle. Light caramel malts with a slight roasted quality oppose the mild bitterness. Aftertaste leaves again leaves a slight bittering quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth and crisp as well.

Drinkability: Drinkable in terms of ABV and quality.

Overall- Nothing outrageous. Average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 22:21:25 | More by coalcracker
Photo of ktrillionaire


2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not very good. I've had it a number of times, never by choice. Tonight, my Dad bought it for some inexplicable reason.

It looks okay, promising even; it has a rich hue and nice lacing.

It smells a tad overdone in the caramel department, but not too bad.

When you drink it, you are confronted with a tremendously bland beer with no distinct flavor at all, just a vagueness that tends towards unpalatability.

It has a nice and creamy mouthfeel, like a Boddington's or Tetley's, it just doesn't taste that good.

Avoid this. Unless there is no PBR, Yuengling, High Life, or Old Milwaukee around, then maybe. I would take this over Miller Lite or Bud, but perhaps not Busch.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 06:48:32 | More by ktrillionaire
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 938 ratings.