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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: 1,078
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 109 | 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

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Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001

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

A: bright golden orange, slight haze, nice white head and lacing.
S: subtle citrus and some vague light fruits along with honeyed doughy malts. doesn't jump out, but what's there is nice.
T: lighly sweet bready malts are very well balanced by a smooth hop bitterness. finish is crisp and somewhat clean.
M: nicely carbonated, frothy, just over light-bodied.
D: a pleasant surprise, especially at about $3 less per sixer than most other craft brews.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have drank this beer more times that I can count. I go to it again and again. This particular review comes from beautiful Target Field. The tap reveals a copper amber brew with a frothy creamy head. A handsome brew. The aroma offers a slightly toasted malt mixed with bitter hops. The mouth feel is light and nimble. The malt upfront leads into a splendent bitter end. The palate is left dry, inviting another taste.

This beer is not overly complex, but it is nicely balanced and very drinkable. I really enjoy Summit EPA.

Photo of lester619
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden bronzish amber. A little cloudy with a moderate head. Lots of carbonation. Very run-of-the-mill. Smell is pretty straight forward as well. Nice clean malty grainy hoppy smell. It tastes very clean and crisp. Some tangy fruity flavors are picked up first. Then It blends into a pleasantly balanced sweet, malty, biscuity flavor that is mixed with a spicy bitterness. Good beer flavor throughout. It ends very crisp and dry with a clean bubbly mouthfeel that makes the drinkability very easy. To sum it up, it is a good beer with clean straight forward beer flavors. Nothing great, but good in every way. The kind of beer that goes very well with a beautiful day, a good cigar and a hot grill.

Photo of Paulny
2.15/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not to diss my beer-breathed brethen, but I just don't get how anyone really into great ales can give this bland boring quotidian flavor-light barley pop anything near an "A" other than newbies that haven't yet delved into the beautifully balanced hoppy/toasted malt nirvana of a truly great pale ale or IPA.

And yet 'twas a time I used to really love this Summit offering as well, way back in the early years of Summit Brewing when they were a much smaller shop. The flowery citrus hops were much more prominent then, a delight to the senses and an early introduction to the wonders of a hopped up ale. Since those long bygone days of yore Summit has dumbed down the recipe of their flagship Extra Pale Ale several times to now present a weak, watered down highly commerical version of a beer not much different than any other high volume, high profit-margin Bud or Miller or Coors.

The once alluring piney/citrus nose is now long gone, there is next to nothing to smell at all without REALLY trying, any tiny essence of hop aroma evaporating by the time the bottle cap hits the floor.

Yes, there is some malt in the gulp, but leaning much more closely to a European lager - with notes of sour yeast and undercooked barley - than anything within reality of a fine full flavoured "extra" pale ale.

There are so many much much better pale ales now on the market I pass on it even if Summit is the only ale on a restaurant menu and ask for ice water instead.

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

More from the BlackBerry tasting notes...

A - Pours an nice golden colour, thumb of head with solid retention and lacing.

S - Oddly enough, the scent is loaded with citrus, lemon and orange dominating.

T - Totally unexpected. Lovely sweet lemon hops, with nicely balanced bready malts. Bitter hops on the finish. The scent was deceiving, since this one packed a delicious bowl of citrus fruit hops.

M - Medium body with the slightest dry finish. For such a flavourful hop, I was expecting something a little more dry, so pleseantly surprised.

D - As previously mentioned, this was a delicious surprise and I could plow through a 6er of these no problem. Any hop fan would be pleasantly surprised by this citrus fruit basket.

Photo of kbutler1
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft and bottle many times over. This is just a solid beer overall. Not complex or really sophiticated but just an easy to drink EPA. Slight aroma of american hops in the noe. The tastes is that of lightly roasted malts, some sweetness, which then translates to a slight bitterness from the hops. Good choice if you end up at a bar with mostly BMC offerings or just want an easy beer to drink.

Photo of Ottertude
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Extra Pale Ale poured a coppery amber into my pint glass. Almost no head whatsoever, very little carbonation present.

The smell was pleasant enough. Some caramel as well as a bit of toffee. The taste had caramel, toffee and some sweeter malt flavors as well as some piney hops underneath that were not overpowering. Fairly balanced like an English Pale Ale should be.

The mouthfeel was rather thin. Of course this quality with the low carbonation does make for a good thirst quencher that one can session for the evening. Probably the best that Summit has to offer. Decent enough but I have had better elsewhere.

Photo of bristol2120
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper, with a 2 inch crown of off white foam, which quickly dissipates, leaving a very thin layer of foam, but better than expected lacing. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, with notes of butterscotch in the forefront. Taste exhibits a nice level of hoppiness up front, and subdued malts in the background, along with a hint of a metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for what I expect in this style. Overall, this is far from the best example of a pale ale I've ever had. On the other hand, it's still a pleasant enough brew, and has above average drinkability.

Photo of Prostman81
2.12/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer pours a very clear, copper color with reddish tint. Virtually no head developed after a medium strong pour. No hop aroma at all, and really not much malt aroma either. Definitely lacking in the nose department. Not a whole lot of carbonation to this. Taste is very thin and watery, with a slight metallic taste. Again, no hops to speak of nor malt flavors. All in all, a very boring, bland beer. If I hadn't known better, I'd have assumed someone added food coloring to a bud light. My first try of a Summit product has me leery of trying anything further from them. Avoid this one and try something else.

Photo of MKEHophead
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spending my college years in Minnesota I have had this beer on many occasions. The fresh pine aroma really stands out with this beer. The piney smell reminds me of a freshly cut balsam Chiristmas Tree. It has a very piney dry-hopped/light caramel flavor that I have always enjoyed. It has a nice brownish copper color and a decent amount of head that does not discipate. Extremely hoppy and dry, but makes a bold statement that you are drinking a Summit Extra Pale. Some find it too dry and hoppy, but I have always enjoyed these distinctive flavors.
This beer is a great addition to most any meal. I especially enjoy it with a freshly grilled cheeseburger and fries. On tap is my preference, but the bottled version is very high in quality.

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

I haven't reviewed this beer for some reason anyway this is from bar notes.
pale amber with a thin head that stays a while. It look kinda off and lacing was there so I put 3.5. It stays long but kinda skimpy

smell is malt hard to detect anything else hops?

taste/mouthfeel is malty and rather smooth lingering of bitter creamy wet malts w/ slight amount of hops.
drinkable but could get bored after more than one beer so okay and not bad but there are better beers out there to try at the bar.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Minnesotin, I have had this beer more times than I can count. This review is based off of a nice 22 ounce tap beer.

A: Looked excellent, really frothy long-lasting head, excellent lacing throughout the beer. Only thing I would ask for is a bit more cloudiness i.e. Two Hearted or Crooked Tree.

S: I detect layers of: fruit, hops, citrus, floral, and pine. Really intense, deep and well-balanced smell.

T: Great taste as usual, all the attributes mentioned in the smell are present in the taste. A new thing I noticed was a grassy flavour, it was very pleasant. There is a nice hop bite at the end of a sip. The one negative thing I have to say is that, like all Summit beer, there is a metallic taste present. Must be the character of the Summit brewery, but it annoys me a bit.

M/D: nice foamy and smooth feel in the mouth, I've drank this beer all night long many times. Never disappoints.

Photo of Axic10
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to notCreative. Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden with a half finger of head that quickly settles.

Smell: Decent mix of malt and floral hops.

Taste: Some slight hoppy bitterness at first followed by a nice wave a malty sweetness and a subtle hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer on a hot summer day. I enjoyed the malty side of this and definitely would drink again.

Photo of JackieTH
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Summit EPA pours an attractive, clear, golden orange with a substantial but not long lasting head that gives way to lacing. Hints of pine and floral hops greet the nose.

Upon taking a pull there is mild carbonation combined with floral hop, just the right bitterness, no cloying sweetness, and a hint of pine, all making for an enjoyable EPA experience that carries well for a mult-bottle afternoon...but I wouldn't know anything about that.

Typically I take Summit EPA from a bottle, but have had my share from tap. That I keep it regularly stocked as my 'go to' EPA speaks volumes for my personal enjoyment of this local brew.

Photo of samie85
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This one pours a yellowish orange color with a two finger head that lingers for awhile.

S-Some light malt notes with an herbally, floral hop nose. The nose doesn't have a in your face quality.

T-The taste pretty much follows the nose with just a bit of added pine upfront and finishes very floral and dry with a light bitterness.

M-Pretty smooth, and slick with low carbonation and a medium body to it.

D-Really easy drinking, and sessionable beer in my opinion. It has some nice flavor to it, but it's intense enough to keep you from having 2 or 3 or more in a night.

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.

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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of babaracas
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 .

Photo of PappaT
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

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.


Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.