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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: 937
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 52 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001)
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Photo of ejames


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice copper, slight head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight lace.

Smell: Malty, with hints of Hops. Nothing really comes right out at me, but smells very well balanced.

Taste: This has got to be one of the most balanced beers I have had. The caramel, toastiness, is in perfect harmony with the hop bitterness. There is no fighting; no single flavor is pushing to be up front. This is a wonderful balance for an APA. I love hops, but sometimes they can get tiring on the palate. This beer allows me to fulfill my hop fix, whilst keep my tongue from going numb.

Mouthfeel: Just right. Not too thin, not too heavy, very smooth.

Drinkability: This can be consumed in large quantities. Even though it claims to be 5.10%ABV, it can sneak up on you, so be careful. Again, the perfect balance and smoothness will not tire any one sense, so it is easy to drink multiple bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 02:03:56 | More by ejames
Photo of granger10


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Summit offering pours a bronze amber color with a smallish off-white head. Lots of lacing along the glass and a bit of bubbles rising to the top.

Aroma is slightly sweet but mostly toasty with a clean hop bitterness. It's a bit weaker but what are you expecting.

Flavors are really melded together. The malts and hops don't stand out on their own but come together quite nicely. A toasty grainy body with some light honey and caramel sweetness above. Light floral hops seem to cling onto the malty flavors. A very slight grapefruit hint comes out in the finish. Afterwards I am left breathing some bitter notes.

The body was quite surprising to me. Not really watery at all, the flavors held together quite nicely and the thickness was really well suited for the beer. Maybe a bit more carbonation and liveliness would be nice.

This is a drinkable APA. The abv seemed just right and the flavors left me interested to grab another, which I did. I think I'll probably drink about 3 or 4 tonight. Good drinkability and another solid offering from Summit.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 00:23:00 | More by granger10
Photo of hanco005


4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 1/2/06. Just getting around to typing my notes tonight.

A--copperish amber color with 1 inch head that stayed until ¾ of the beer was gone. Excellent lacing on the glass. A beautiful beer

S--Faint citrus and sweet

T--nice malt and hoppy flavor with a sweet introduction, then the pale ale bitterness that I love. The citrus flavors are swirled with the roasted malt flavor.

M--light and lively and I love the sweetness followed by the bitterness

D—A wonderful beer and it is what I choose for long drinking sessions. It has been my favorite session beer since moving to Minnesota from Atlanta in the early 90s. It was love at first taste for me!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 03:14:25 | More by hanco005
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Mad Mex Robinson. Appearance: Copper orange nice cream colored thin leaves sparse lacing. Aroma: Piney slightly floral hop aroma nice sweet toasted malts balanced with nutty edge. Taste: Great hoppy pale ale nothing to extreme some healthy bitterness with a pieny bready mix good stuff. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied evenly carbonated goes down smooth. Drinkability: Sessionable for an evening or a nice starter to adjust the palate to hops.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2006 18:58:50 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of snilsen13


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Being from the Twin Cities, everybody knows this beer. It's ubiquitously on tap and that's a very good thing. Usually, it's this or lawnmower beer. So, you start ot love it just for that reason alone, but then you drink it in the context of your home (could be a bottle effect) and it doesn't measure up as the oustanding beer you felt it was back at the bar.

So, that said, this is an IPA that tastes like grapefruit. If there ever was a grapefruit flavored brew, this is the one to compare it with. It's still a non-fruit beer, but the overpowering flavor of grapefruit is all I can grasp in it any longer. Yes, it's refreshing and thus highly drinkable.

If it's available, you need to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2006 16:23:39 | More by snilsen13
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


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

This beer came a light amber with a thin slightly tan head. Smelled of grapefruit, pine and popcorn. Tasted of sweet grapefruit, wheat grains, green grapes and had a very nice smooth yet dry hop flavor. The mouth feel was medium bodied with a full mouth of small bubbles.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2005 21:36:46 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of woodychandler


3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came with a good, white head that produced decent retention throughout. It was a deep yellow/light gold in color. The nose had a lightly grassy hop smell. I noted a medium mouthfeel with a good mix of malt and hops on the tongue. The finish was slightly bitter, but still pleasant. Definitely a good drinking beer and with the relatively low ABV, a candidate for a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2005 02:13:38 | More by woodychandler
Photo of jasonpeckins32


4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours an orange-copper color with a nice, off-white frothy layer of head. Smells of hops, floral hops. The taste is good. A really fine tasting ale here. A nice hop flavor with slight malt characteristics and a tiny bit of sourness near the end. Finishes dry and clean. Mouthfeel is average, and the drinkability is great. This one goes down quick and easy. I'd be happy drinking several of these. Nice offering here, probably my favorite from Summit.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 14:34:59 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of evanackerman


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think Summit beers are some of the best values out there, they are all pretty tasty and usually a decent price.

This beer pours a nice copper color with a good head and decent retention.

Aroma is a nice mix of hops and malt, perhaps emphasizing the malt a bit more strongly than the hops.

Taste is domintated by hops, however, which is just fine with me, there is sufficient malt to back it up and keep this beer from being one dimensional.

Overall, this is an easy drinking, very pleasant and clean APA, to me it is on the same level as SNPA, a great everyday beer at a very reasonable price (at least it was when i lived in Wisconsin).

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 01:24:54 | More by evanackerman
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a restaurant in Minneapolis. Excellent choice from their selection. The appearance was dark yellow color with 1 finger white head.

Aroma was very inviting, with an enticing hoppy edge. The flavor followed through on the hops promise, with a slightly bitter (perfect) aftertaste. Not too shabby at all.

I'll look for this in bottle to try it again. Nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 10:58:27 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of RBorsato


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 09/13/05 at the Hyatt Downtown bar in Minneapolis, MN.

Amber color with a decent off-white head and decnt carbonation. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor without being overpowering for the style. Nicely balanced and not over the top hoppy like many APA's. Light-medium bodied with a crisp hoppy finish.

A very enjoyable and sessionable APA that I had my fair share of that night !!

Per Summit website:
OG: 12 P
Color: 14 L
IBUs: 45
ABV: 5.1%
Malts: 2-Row Harrington, Caramel
Hops: Horizon, Fuggle, Cascade

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2005 21:25:25 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out to a pumpkin orange color with a nice dense foamy head. Some lacing around the glass. Lower carbonation. Not much of an aroma, but notes of sweetness and hops were detected. Taste was smooth and mild, with a nice hop bitterness. Some grain and malt notes mixed in for good measure. Decent mouthfeel, could've benefited from better carbonation to present the flavors a bit more. Good drinkability. This brew is more flavorful than the India Pale Ale I had the other day. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 23:04:25 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of neonbrown82


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was quite surprised by this beer. I thought the "Extra" might be a little too light on the palate, but I suppose not.

The beer pours perfectly into a shaker pint with an inch head topping off the glass. It is a clear pale golden color with a decent carbonation. The head is thick and creamy, but doesn't leave much of a lacing at all.

The smell is floral hoppy with a light pale malt character. Very refreshing.

The taste contains equal parts sweet and bitter, the former flowing smoothly into the latter. Nice citrusy hop flavor in the finish.

The beer has a very light body with a crisp carbonated feel, but still packs a good dose of bitterness in the finish. This makes a great summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 05:03:14 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of nomad


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a pint this beer is the lightest amber before orange-gold, shining bright and pretty. Good semi-chunky head supported by varying speeds and sizes of carbonation.

Smell is strongly floral and woody with a honey-like backing of light sweetness. Unlike many ales with floral scents this did not fade but increase in spritely herbal character. A little caustic for my taste, though.

On first sip is light caramel over a soft malty body, then countered by a snappy, highly floral hop burst with earthy, pungent, and quite drying but slakingly so. Sometimes a subtle tea flavor comes out. Light, round mouthfeel accentuates the dryness, unfortunately. Too floral and biting for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 15:52:49 | More by nomad
Photo of thechaacster


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours orange/copper with a thick foamy head. Aroma of spicy hops was kind of weak. Flavor is focused squarely on the herbal, peppery hop character. A bit of bread-like malt sweetness shows up before the bitter hop finish. A decent pale ale, and quite easy to drink, but not really exciting. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 06:06:57 | More by thechaacster
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

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

A clean copper/amber beer. Has a small creamy off white head. The aroma has a light bready character with a peppery hop background. The taste starts with a quick sharp bite of peppery hops followed by s light nut sweet malt note and a dry hop finish. A little different but quite pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 00:05:13 | More by ybnorml
Photo of KarlHungus


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

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, but not very strong. The taste thankfully is fuller than the smell. Big and fruity with a mildly hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer. It is always a top notch standby, as it is carried by most drinking establishments in the Minnesota area.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 22:46:38 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Higravity


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber colored beer with a decent head. Smells of fragarnt fruity hops and a twinge of citrus fruit. It has a metallic taste to it that I wish wasn't there, but it is still a nice light malty brew with a refreshing splash of hops that livens up the palate. A good session brew if only I didn't taste the metal as much.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 19:12:32 | More by Higravity
Photo of Brent


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked the way this beer was put together - the overall effect was very satisfying. I sampled this back-to-back with Summit's IPA, the the hopping difference was striking. The IPA hopping was rather blunt, whereas this extra pale ale had a very nice dimension of fruityness in the hops. A very long flavor profile - the hops hit early and carried through to the end of the taste, a bit flowery up front but then thinning and going a bit lemony citric toward the end, with some sourness developing that was very engaging. Very good, not in a knock-your-socks-off sort of way, but in an easy-drinking session ale way.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 17:57:13 | More by Brent
Photo of tiodan


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

Appearance: pours a modest half-inch head that quickly dissipates, leaving a fair amount of lacing around the glass. color is a pleasing, golden copper.

Smell: light cascadey hop aroma- nothing to write home about.

Taste: mild malt presence is quickly overcome by an assertive, but not aggressive, typical APA hop twang that lasts until a good little while after i swallow. the flavor rounds and mellows as the beer warms, allowing the malt to assert itself. it's well balanced, flavorful enough to satisfy serious beer fans but mild enough to please the timid.

Mouthfeel: light, nothing stunning.

Drinkability: eminently drinkable and always enjoyable. works just fine with food or as session beer.

Summit never blows me away, but never fails to please. considering the low price, this is always worth it and makes a good stock beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 22:57:43 | More by tiodan
Photo of BeerBob


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

Summit “Extra Pale Ale” pours a dark copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Head goes to over two fingers then settles down to a nice cap of foam with a fair amount of lace.

Nose is a hoppy grapefruit barley malt. Palate is a major grapefruit citrus and dominates the entire brew. A creamy malt is present to make for a pleasant mouthfeel as the sweet barley malt pokes through the grapefruit citrus. Any bitter from the hops is in the background, the hops are there, but the palate recognizes the citrus first and foremost.

I like this brew for its taste, its looks, and for the warm glow that it leaves me with...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 03:06:41 | More by BeerBob
Photo of bucko


4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Summit Extra Pale is a great local pour. Copper in color with a small white head. The hops give it a grapefruit/citric aroma and it's balanced out quite well by the malt. Since it's local and available in the Twin Cities, it's a great, reliable session beer. Perhaps I'm a bit biased, but I think this is one of the best APAs around.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2005 21:40:36 | More by bucko
Photo of Gruntlumber


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seems like everyone got the Summit variety pack. While I liked them all, the Extra Pale impressed me the most compared to what I was expecting. I anticipated an easy drinking lighter beer with little flavor; however, this is one of the more flavorable Pales I've had recently. Nicely balanced with a touch of hops. It wouldn't be hard to drink a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 15:36:23 | More by Gruntlumber
Photo of BigRedN


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

Final beer I had from the four beer sampler pack. I think I saved the best for last.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, this beer has a copper/orangeish, appearance, a bit hazy, with a thin white head, about 1/4 inch. Head collapsed to a thin layer covering about half the top of the liquid with solid ring aroung the glass. Decent lacing to the finish.

Smell: Hops jump the the forefront, but the scent seems a bit subdued from the IPA, and there is a bit of maltyness that is detectable (although only slightly or I may still be smelling the Grand). The beer has a slightly citrusy aroma.

Taste: While I thought the Grand was mostly malt, and the IPA mostly hops, this beer strikes a good balance between hoppy bitter by providing a bit of malty sweetness. It is not overpowering in either way, but subtle. The taste is also slightly citrusy, although I am not sure if this is caused by the hops or the malt backing.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body than some APA's I can remember and lightly carbonated. Thisone also has a good clean finish with no flavors lingering too long on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very good, a decent enrty level APA for someone just entering the world of better beer (I think I said about the same for the IPA). Not over-the-top hoppy, or too malty, well balance beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 06:04:43 | More by BigRedN
Photo of slyke


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit EPA pours out a copper-orange color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Broken, but consistent lacing as the beer disappears. There is nothing special in the aroma of this beer, which is the weakest point of this brew. It is a tasty beer with a clean, hoppy flavor. Good, solid mouthfeel and very drinkable.

This is one of my regular brews in the fridge and the beer I use in recipes calling for "beer." I like this beer and although it is not perfect, it is darn tasty and satisfying to most of the craft brew drinkers I know.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 20:51:10 | More by slyke
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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