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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: 919
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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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 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
Photo of webbcreative


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

Poured copper color with 2 finger white head. Aroma is a touch of biscuit, and not much hops aroma going on. Taste, sweet, light biscut malt. not getting much from the hops again. Im thinking maybe they meant, ExtraPale - Ale as apposed to an Extra - PaleAle, cause to me this is light on the hops and malt even for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is decent. medium.

Overall, I was hoping for a amped up pale ale, but it seems like i just got an extra pale, pale ale. Torpedo kicks this beers but all up and down the street.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 23:59:46 | More by webbcreative
Photo of jsh420


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

pours copper gold with a big 2 finger head that left rings all down the glass

smells very much like apples?? and bready

taste is sweet carmel slightly toasted malts and fruity/bitter hops - i just dont get english pale from it?

mouthfeel is light very smooth and creamy

drinkability is very good and could be my new session pale

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 02:16:27 | More by jsh420
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a thick and fluffy off-white foam. Retention is excellent and there is some evidence of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Nose is of slightly toasted malt with a hint of sweetness while an underlying mild, herbal hoppiness pervades the nose. Bit of graininess and nuttiness. Different from your usual PA.

Malty flavors are pretty dominant in this pale ale with the hops coming in late for a nice bittering finish. Somewhat nutty and this could pass for a number of different beer styles, if it was a bit darker I would have guessed brown ale. The maltiness that is there is nice and has plenty of character, but it lacks in crispness, hoppy flavor and to a lesser extent, bittering. It's a decent beer, but not what I think of in terms of a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 03:00:29 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of MisterTiat


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper redish color. The head is nice and white, a little bit thin, retention is solid through the whole pint. Rings down the side with each gulp.

Hop aroma dominates, citrus and flowery

Hops burst on the tip of the toung and moves to the back with the ater taste. Tastes like you just bit into a grapefruit peel. Bitterness lingers in the whole mouth.

Mouthfeel is great, the hops flavor sticks to the toung, inside of the cheeks and throat.

Very drinkable, not difficult to smash through a few pitchers of this stuff with some friends.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 22:18:21 | More by MisterTiat
Photo of Haybeerman


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear reddish amber color. Poured a one finger off-white head that dissipated to a skim that was thicker around the edges. Decanted lightly. Lacing washed down the sides of the glass.

S: Floral hops and sweet, bready malts.

T: Fairly big roasted malt up front. A bit of resiny hops in the middle like an APA. Moderately bitter in the finish.

M: Light-to-Medium body. Ample carbonation. A bit resiny with a citrus flavor that lingers

M: Nicely balanced. Mush like a very sessionable APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 22:17:26 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap in Minneapolis sandwiched between two delicious Goose Island IPAs so it may have altered my perception...

It had a nice white head, without any substantial aroma and about the colour I was expecting. The beer did not have nearly the hoppiness I was hoping for, but was a crisp, clean drink that went down easy with a decent flavour. Could just as easily have been a number of other pale ales I have tried...

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 02:28:10 | More by kjyost
Photo of gatornation


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

had at houlihans ..this is my go to tap at restaurants in the twin cities with bud coors and miller offerings..it pours pretty enough it has a orange amber color with a nice head and lacing the smell is hops and pine but also a bitter smell.. the taste is the same it has some hops and pine and citrus its all there it just that it has and always has had a bitter taste to me that overpowers the rest of this craft brew ingredients .. for me i will have a sam adams BL over this one when not a lot to choose from on the tap list

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 22:27:45 | More by gatornation
Photo of hardy008


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came to the table with a dark amber color and a foamy white head with good retention. Left a nice ring lace on the glass. The smell was floral and citrus hops. The taste was much like the aroma, but I could also taste the malt backbone. Medium bodied, good carbonation, and an oily mouthfeel. This is a nice drinkable beer from Summit. I could have reviewed this one from notes, but wanted to drink it again before reviewing.

This review was missing after a server crash. Added back on 10/28.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2009 22:02:18 | More by hardy008
Photo of Rayek


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

Poured into a Nonic.

A: Pale amber colored brew with nice clarity. The small and pillow like eggshell head has very good retention. Leaves substantial lace on the gas.

S: Toasted malt with grapefruit and lemon citrus aromas.

T: Toasted malt up front. Bitterness is moderate, and is dominated by flavors and grapefruit and lemon. Finishes somewhat dry, with lingering citrus flavors.

M: The light body is a bit oily and a touch watery. The carbonation level feels about right.

D: Nice session beer. Good for pairing with food. The citrus flavors make me think that this beer should be moved to the APA category.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 04:17:36 | More by Rayek
Photo of trbergman


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Light copper with a thin, dense, off-white head. Plenty of lace.

S - Caramel, orange zest, pine.

T - Flavors of husky grains, nuts, toffee, orange, and pine. Assertive hop bitterness lasts from the middle through a long, slightly astringent finish.

M - Light-medium body, a little too fizzy.

D - It's ok, but it wouldn't be my first choice if there was other decent craft beer around.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 02:02:02 | More by trbergman
Photo of steveh


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't sampled this one in a while...

A -- Clear, deep gold color with a creamy, dense, off-white head that leaves great lacing.

S -- Piny and citrus hops up front, maybe the vaguest biscuit malt back.

T -- Fruity hops up front with a follow-thru by the biscuit malt backbone and some earthy character - probably from English hops, finishing with a nice bitterness.

M -- Medium light body with a soft to slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

D -- Very good drinkability, really reminds me of a fresh Special Bitter in a London Pub.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 20:34:05 | More by steveh
Photo of mwa423


4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a hazy copper color with about a half finger of head that quickly died down to a lacing.

S - A slight sweet malt aroma followed by a powerful dose of hops that is above most pale ales but slightly below most IPAs. Quite enjoyable and fresh smelling.

T - Malty backbone with a spicy hop bite that continues towards the aftertaste. Far hoppier than most English Pale's I've had. I would call this closer to an APA. Very enjoyable however.

M/D - Mouthfeel is about dead on for a good session beer, and this is about as much of an easy drinker as you can get.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 01:29:21 | More by mwa423
Photo of kruse


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

Summit EPA - the default brew of pubs around the Twin Cities. Ask for a "Summit" and this is what you'll get.
Appearance is a nice copper color with an off-white head.
Decent, but not overpowering, hop aroma with a bit of pine and citrus.
Taste is a nice balance of malt and hops; not spectacular, but good.
Mouthfeel is ok, but could be a bit more full.
Overall a very drinkable beer and a reliable "standard."

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 17:23:47 | More by kruse
Photo of youngleo


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

Poured to a good head that left some lacing. Was copperish in color. Head had a slight orange tint. Smelled of piney hops, slightly sweet, maybe a little malt. Tasted good. Had that hoppy pine taste. Also tasted of malt. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste. Also a little on the dry side. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right for me. Would make a good session beer. Doesnt have the high ABV. You could enjoy a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 13:41:49 | More by youngleo
Photo of will4240


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Besides perhaps Grainbelt Premium, this is the quintessential brew of the Minnesotan Northwoods. Oh yeah you bet'cha! The midwest boston lager if you will. Great drinkability to go along with a more complex taste and a fuller body than most APAs. I blind tested this against a Sierra Nevada and I picked the Summit... A great go-to brew if you are ever in doubt in the midwest.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 07:32:41 | More by will4240
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 03:01:12 | More by brentk56
Photo of mdwalsh


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

A: This beer pours what I would call a standard head from the bottle. Just over 1.5 fingers to me, with medium sized bubbles that don't look like they're going to last. And it doesn't. Beer as very little carbonation, and is a clear coppery orange color. Maybe the slightest Haze.

S: Good mild hoppy smell, to me what is the basic hop smell. Combines elements of Piney, Floral and Citrusy. I'd put this with SNPA as far as a defining smell that's east to find. But it's not too strong. It does however occupy the space between Pale Ale and IPA nicely.

T: Still similar to the smell, maybe less floral hops and more just citrus/pine. Maltier too, but not sweet. I get something I don't like, possibly from the hops. I don't think it's diaceytl, but it could be, but it isn't strong enough to say "ok, this beer is bad". The more I drink, the less the hops stand out, and the more the malt comes into play. I get a little biscuit, no roast or anything like that, just a simple Pale, maybe a little amber to help balance out the hops. I started out thinking this beer was unbalanced, but I'll say it's pretty well balanced in fact. Indicative though of Summits attempts to be a west coast style brewer. Maybe a slight metalic aftertaste just for a second.

M: Slightly heavier than a macro, but much more biting. Great for a warm day -it doesn't get hot in MN, no matter what they tell you- or a crisp fall day.

D: Super drinkable, no question there.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 19:50:32 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of objectivemonkey


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

So, I've done several hundred brews, yet no Summit EPA? Weird.

Anywho, into a pint glass, pours a nice light copper color, a thick fluffy whitish head, lacing in arches and blobs. The aroma has some nice grassy, citrus hops, slightly mineral, the malts in light caramels. Taste has a good hop load, not overpowering in the least, nicely bittered, perhaps needs a little more malt backbone. The mouth is medium, good carbonation. In all, a reliable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:44:05 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of BeerFMAndy


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

12 oz tap in American Tumbler at Skippy's.

A - Crystal clear amber color with a small light tan head on top. Low retention from tap pour but it left a small right and touches of lacing.

S - Light, fresh, floral hops with minimal malts on the nose. A slight caramel-esque touch in the background.

T - Hoppy with nice floral and light pine notes going on. No malts in the background of the flavor, not that it lack in body. Light dry and bitter finish.

M - Lighter bodied beer that's crisp and refreshing but finishes dry and bitter.

D - Very easily consumable pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 02:41:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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