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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: 1,060
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 13
Gots: 95 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of pdeme
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark gold color, with a decent size head that leaves a good lace.

S: Citrus and piney

T: Starts out slightly citrus with a piney bitter finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: A pretty good EPA, nice session beer for the summer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some honey.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character that is followed by some sweet flavors of honey, caramel and a bit of citrus. The hops presence is decent and is more subdued than the smell leads you to expect, but it brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer wroth drinking for a while.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in Minneapolis on tap in a pint glass. It poured a clear amber gold with a white head about a finger high, which dissipated into a decent lacing.
the smell was not very strong and announced earthy flavors.
Tasting the beers earthy malts up front, the middle brought on some hops to add slight bitterness into the palette. At the end some citrus notes added fruitiness into the beer.
Overall a very simple but good drinkable beer.

Photo of Buggies
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I'm not sure what makes this an English Pale. They use American malts, and the majority of hops are American as well with the exception being Fuggle. But whatever I suppose.

Aromas of caramel and biscuit. Hints of citrus too. Taste follows the nose. Really light and drinkable. For the most part, a nice dry finish with just a hint of lingering bitterness.

Overall, a very nice crisp refreshing beer. I could see me drinking a pile of these.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber in color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt. In the taste, gingerbread like malt and just a hint of pine hops. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry gingerbread malt like aftertaste. Decent pale with big gingerbread malt.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice light copper/dark straw color, good off white head that laces very well.

Smell is very light biscuit malt, very mild hop undertone, well done.

Taste is a great balance of mild malt sweetness and biscuit/bread flavors with a good solid bitter, slightly piney, finish.

The mouthfeel is great on this beer, hits the tongue well, good carbonation.

Overall, very well done brew, the scent is a touch undertone but its followed by solid mouthfeel and taste.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Clear, orange honey color, one finger of head with not much retention and nice lace.

S: Pine and citrus hops notes, subdued but nice, some sweet malt underneath. A little light fruit also. As the beer warms, more of the citrus aroma comes out for a while, but later yields to the fruity malts.

T: Still subdued, but good flavors. Again, pine and citrus in the hops up front, semisweet biscuity malt, then more pine on the dry finish. Soft minerals in the finish as well. As with the smell, more of the citrus flavor comes forth as the beer warms. All these flavors come together nicely to form a coherent whole.

M: Light side of medium body, carbonation gives a good creaminess.

O: Understated without being bland, this is a refresing beer that I would look forward to having again. Mellow and calm, without being boring.

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden pale-copper with an off-white head leaving heavy lace.

Smell is lightly sweet malt and grassy hops.

Taste is pretty good, a nice biscuit malt flavor, hint of sweetness tempered by the bitterness of the grassy hops, which are pretty well integrated, but unmistakable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, just a touch dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a clean, well balanced English style pale ale. Not a style I generally enjoy, this one went down just fine.

Photo of BasementBer
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit has made a great name for twin cities brewing, and I appreciate most of the styles they work with. This has always been a favorite of mine, lets hop nostalgia doesnt guide my senses.

A: Copper to red in color with a good head on it and mild lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: roasty but generally grassy hop. A sweetness in the aroma balances well.

T: again, the sweetness keeps this from going closer to an IPA or american pale. But the bitter is very present and slightly rests in the pockets.

M: Lack of carbonation keeps this one from jazzing about, but the bitter is whats prominent here with a drying quality but not excessive.

D: I tend to go back to this one in a bar that doesnt serve furious and im ok with that. Thanks summit!

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance-Copper with a thin white head. Head dissipates very quickly, leaving little to no lacing.

Smell-Floral, Piney, Earthy smell. Can also pick up some light citrusy hops.

Taste-Flavors are there, but theres something in there that tastes different, something thats covering up all the flavors.(Tastes like Apple Cider, but not bad) Once you get past that there is some sweet citrusy hops and some spice as well.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation.

Overall-Very average EPA. Sessionable beer yes, but not all to thrilled by it

Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange body, up + down head, no lacing

S: hint of pine/grass, some malt too

T: clean grass/earthy taste with slight mellow bitter finish

M: med/light, big carbonation feel

O: solid, but nothing special. nice session beer, could drink quite a few in a sitting. there are better english pale ales.


Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a big white head that has a tint of tan. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: A nice blend of pale malt sweetness and floral hops with a bready biscuit scent.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up front followed by sweet malt and bread. Bitterness is noticeable but mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated. Very smooth.

Overall: A tasty and very easy drinking pale ale. A classic here in Minnesota.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice crisp copper color with a larger than average, frothy, thick, creamy, off-white color. Really good retention leaving a nice lace.

S - Nose is a little soft. Some nice tart lemon zest along with a caramel, toffee, and slightly bready malt aroma. A nice citrusy, floral and herbal hop undertone.

T - A grainy flavor is pretty dominant with a musty wheat flavor. Some lemony zest and astringent herbal/floral hops toward the finish.

M - Light to medium body with above average carbonation. Crisp with a refreshing finish.

D - Average beer that isn't bad to drink, but nothing that makes me reach for another. Musty grain and a bitter biting hop finish.

Notes: Decent beer with a nice hop finish. Grain is a little off though. Decent easy drinking beer for a low price, but there are choices I'd pick over this though.

Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,060 ratings.