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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: 961
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 59 | 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 twiggamortis420


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Manitoba (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

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...

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


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

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

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


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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


3.15/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

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."

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


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev 0%

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

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


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

07-30-2009 02:41:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of mcdevster


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Summit is one of our best beers here in Minnesota.. It is very often the best beer on tap.. although the competition isn't always stiff (especially when beers like bud and corona are all that is available)..
It pours a nice copper color.. typical pale ale appearance.. the smell is that nice citrus aroma of hops maybe slightly stale at times..
but the taste is what I love the most.. it is a little malty at first but the hops clearly dominate.. a nice dry grapefruit finnish.. it is very drinkable.. easy going beer but with lots of flavor..
Summit is probably second to the newcomer of Minnesota beers - surly- in quality.. but it is, without a doubt the most consistently good and readilly available beer in MN..

07-10-2009 04:21:41 | More by mcdevster
Photo of portia99


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Summer tumbler.

A - Pours a pale gold/light copper color with a thick white head that lingers for a short time. Head dies down to a thin skim coat of bubbles. No lacing.

S - Clean, citrusy hops, bready/biscuity malt. Nice.

T - Light, clean malt flavors with a crisp bitterness and light citrus hop flavor.

M - Light to medium body, Good, strong carbonation levels. Very smooth.

D - This makes for a good summer session beer. Flavors blend together well in a light, crisp way. Very refreshing on a hot day. Great lawnmower beer.

07-04-2009 16:45:33 | More by portia99
Photo of Riccymon


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured on tap at the Dog and Duck Pub in Austin. An amber beauty in a pint glass, Summit EPA was one of my early forays into craft beer at the 2006 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota. Smell, however, is strangely musty, definitely not what I expected. I might finally understand other reviews that refer to a sweaty-sock aroma.

Taste returns me to the same enjoyment I experienced a handful of years ago, thankfully. Piney hops mingle with a strong caramel malt backbone to create a beer I could drink all night. Definitely not as hoppy as my then-immature palate remembers, but still very good. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp, exactly what I like in the style. And again, once past the odd smell, this was the same highly drinkable beer I loved from the start. I'm thinking the bottled version won't have the aroma problem :)

07-02-2009 06:34:55 | More by Riccymon
Photo of Mardukk


4/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a copper color with good head retention.

A nice biscuit and fruit hop aroma.

Biscuity taste with a nice little hop kick at the finish to balance out the malts.

Medium bodied with a fine medium carbonation fits the style very well.

Very drinkable and a very nice representation of the style. I'm pleasantly suprised with this nice English style Pale Ale.

06-28-2009 20:27:49 | More by Mardukk
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Nose is biscuit malty, softly fruity, with honey and splash of hops. Smells pretty good.

Pours a deep yellow honey color, good clarity, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Brightly hoppy, full-on bitterness, floral and perfumey with a soft pungentness, moderately tart. Biscuit malt base, mild sweetness, mild roasted character. Finishes slightly hoppy. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

A good, solid pale ale; could pass as an IPA.

06-25-2009 01:44:08 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of kels


2.6/5  rDev -29.7%

Grabbed one on tap at Fries Cafe the other evening.

Appearance: Pours a light tawny, very clear, with light carbonation and little head nor lacing. A white skim hangs on for dear life.

Smell: Hardly detectable smell at all. I get the tiniest bit of sweet, toasty malt. That's it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nor really much to say - doesn't taste bad, just doesn't taste like much at all. Very light, toasted malt, no hops, really just a lot of fizzy, slightly malted water. Feel is slightly creamy, wet.

Drinkability: Boo. It's easy to drink, but I don't know why anyone would choose this over so many other good beers out there in the style.

06-23-2009 20:23:28 | More by kels
Photo of cjgator3


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a nice creamy off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention. Very nice!

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and citrus from the hops. A little faint, but still a good aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma features a little bit of malt in the beginning, but the citrusy hops are the focus. Not an overly bitter beer, but plenty of flavor from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not a bad Pale Ale, not my favorite but definitely worth a shot.

06-08-2009 03:32:09 | More by cjgator3
Photo of jwc215


3.13/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

06-06-2009 23:24:31 | More by jwc215
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