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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: 996
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 10
Gots: 69 | 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 Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Sampled at Hills Market beer tasting. This brew is a clear copper color with a medium and fizzy white head that burns off fairly fast. Spotty lacing on the glass. Mildly piney hops with touches of citrus in the nose. Medium-bodied with hops over sweet toffee and malt flavors. The finish is dry and short with a slight grapefruit aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

Dogbrick, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of hopman333
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

I have written off Summit epa for year's. It would sometimes taste great and other times it was just average if even that. I recently tried it again and was very impressed to say the least.

The aroma is of a grapefruity and rich blend of foreign and domestic hop's, and a lush caramel maltiness that almost makes you salavate.

The mouthfeel has a near perfect balance of carbonation and softness. Yes it actually has both !!!

The taste starts out hoppy and almost tea like, you then get the smooth and delicious toasty and caramely malts only to go back to a lingering mix of grapefruity hops and caramel malt to coat you're mouth with. Thick and resinous !!!

I am so glad I gave it another chance. I feel like I have been missing out on this one. I could swear this beer has been tweaked a little. I never remembered it being this good.

An excellent example of a perfectly balanced Pale Ale. As another fellow beer advocate wrote, no two flavors overide each other. The hop's and malt's are in perfect harmony.

hopman333, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

I have had this beer so many times in my life, but I had one out of a bottle (poured of course) last night and was very impressed with the way this beer continues to stand the test of time. Summit was brewing this beer long before there was a microbrew revival in Minnesota, and for that I am impressed.
Apperance is a clear copper with a white head that disapperes quickley. But there is a decent lacing that remains down the glass.
Aroma is of carmel and citrus.
Taste is carmel malts and a nice citrus hop bite that isn't overpowering, but it is definatley there.
Mouthfeel is a smooth well carbonated beer that leads to a drinkability that is great. I could have many of these and it remains my standby as long as I am in a dive bar that doesn't offer a good beer.
It is also much better out of the bottle.

mnstorm99, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

Bought this during my travels during the summer, and saved one so I could review it at home. It's probably a bit skunked, but it tastes pretty similar to how I remembered it being, and for a pale ale, it's not that bad at all. Just a bit different from the west coast ones that I'm used to!

This had a pretty standard pour to it. The beer's hue was a cross between amber and orange, without a lot of head or lacing to go along with it. The taste is that of hops, but it's not as rich as the pale ales that I'm used to. It's a bit soapy and metallic, but if you're looking for hops, citrus, or pine, move on...as none of those are to be found here. Just a smooth beer with some fullness to it and not a lot of kick in the aftertaste!

The 5.10% ABV is not that noticeable, and this was a better summer brew than a hoppier or darker offering. It's refreshing to find a beer of this style from a part of the country that doesn't sell a lot of microbrew in this neck of the woods, and I'm glad I sampled it once. If only summer was still here!

JerzDevl2000, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

just got a sixer of this last week. had one last week, one over the weekend and another last night. it poured nicely into the glass. nice amba color. smells of malt and hops. nice carbonation and lace. taste is good. dry bitter malt with hoppy finish.

this is my first from Summit and it was a good beer. worth a try.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

A-light amber to light copper, clear as bell. 3/4 inch head decent retention and good lace.

S-clean fresh scent, mild hops and biscuit malt. not much there though

T-Biscuit malt, caramel malt followed by a green hop bite and a mildly bitter finish. Overall pretty nice.

M-Light to medium body, great fizzy refreshing carbonation

D-Very good.

Overall-quite nice, like SNPA in drinkability.

jackorain, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of eballard
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

This beer poured clear with a slightly red brown color. It had a light head that poured think and left a good amount of lacing. There was also a good amount of carbonation. A very woody hops smell with a bit of a bite to the nose. It tasted a lot like it smelled, very hopped with a strong bite. The beer doesn’t kill your senses but it takes a good swing at them. It has a light crisp body with a strong aftertaste. This is a fine pale ale if you like a hops bite. It is heavy in the hops area for a normal pale ale but just about right for an extra pale ale. I’d drink it again.

eballard, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of ianrca19
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

Summit Extra Pale Ale is a mainstay in my fridge. It's great out of the bottle, but there's nothing quite like having it on tap.

I'll pull from my most recent experience from the Minnesota State Fair.

It pours a bright, caramelly orange with a thin, but lingering head. If no one's looking, dip your finger in the head- it's like caramel with a hoppy zing. Take a swig and the first thing that hits you is the hops- piney and refreshing, but not over-the-top. You notice an average amount of carbonation, and feel a medium-sized body in your mouth. The flavor then becomes one of caramelly malts with stong hints of citrus. The finish is much like the first swig- hoppy and refreshing, but it doesn't linger too long.

It's good all year round, but especially on a hot Minnesota summer day. There's also nothing like having one on tap with a pizza at Pizza Luce in Minneapolis.

Balance and drinkability is what this beer is all about. There's enough going on for those with experience, and a great place for a beginner to start. It's the quintessential Minnesotan beer!

ianrca19, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.45/5  rDev -7%

Pours to a light copper color with thin white head that lingers awhile, then dissipated to a thin skim with little lacing. Aroma is a slightly stale fruit smell, blended with mild hops. Mouthfeel is tingly, but againm a little stale, and the flavor is a decent mixture of apples and floral hops.

Finish is okay, but short. Not a bad beer, and one that one probably be good as a session beer on a warm day.

kimcgolf, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%

Not a bad beer at all. I had this on tap at Bubba Gump's in the Mall of America, as well as at the MSP airport on the way out of town.

Pours a nice copper body with a taupe head. Smells of a significant hop presence, maybe some light fruity esters. Overall the taste was reather pleasing. Certainly not the best example of the style, but it was good nonetheless. Citrusy, hoppy spiciness with a good dose of malt. Really cold and clean finish. Just a good session beer all around, if you ask me. Another good example of the diversity and variety in the Twin Cities.

Bamabrew22, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of surlyseth
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Much better on tap than in the bottle IMO.

Looks golden to pale orange.
Smells bitter.
It's hoppy, but it's not defined by its hoppiness. In fact, t's rather malty.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but hey, it's not a sandwich. How many do you want?
I have had hundreds of these pints, so that explains drinkability assessment.

It is a solid American brew that doesn't try too hard.

surlyseth, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of malty
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

Pours a brilliantly clear copper-russet color with a nice cream-colored 1/2" head. Moderate visible carbonation making headway upwards. Nice lacework all the way down (I think I should invent the acronym 'ATWD' for this distinction?).

A few brisk swirls of my std. pint glass evoke a clean and sweet pale malts with gentle pricks of a spicy hop presence - but not too pronounced. A few more swirls do not conjure-up anything more that I just experienced...must be shy?

The flavors walk a fine line between pale ale & ESB. There's a sweet caramel maltiness that just peeks it's cute head into the mix all the while the gentle hop jabbings let my tongue know who's running the show - but they play very well together. There's a clean and somewhat sharpness to this beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin based on my overall experiences with APAs. The finish is clean, somewhat dry and a lingering sharpness is apparent on the back edges of my tongue.

I'd bet if I lived close to the brewery, this beer would somehow find a way to the front row of my beer fridge. It just seems to have that blue collar, drink local 'flagship' beer vibe to it. For me, I'll try something else after this.

Overall a good pale ale, just nothing to write home about. A beer to offer guests new to craft beer though. I always enjoy the modest bottle presentation of the Summit beers.

malty, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of rm0312
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap in Bloomington, MN – Nice amber color with a medium head with decent lacing. Apparent hoppiness and citrus was present in both the aroma and the flavor. Slightly bitter feel with an honest finish that held on to the tongue. It is a good APA – good enough that I had it a few more times during my three day business trip to Bloomington.

rm0312, May 21, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%

A: Sort of a drab butterscotch color, clean and filtered. Head is wispy with an off white hue to it.

S: Watery lemon, lime and grapefruit.

T: Begins with a basic lymon flavor mixed with caramel. A really unattractive soapiness moves in next, killing the chance of this beer getting a good review. Finishes with yellow corn and other grainy flavors.

M: Medium body, fluffy mouthfeel.

D: Not a lot of appealing characteristics. Pass

Westsidethreat, May 20, 2007
Photo of icemonkey908
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

This is a beer I have had many times. Probably hundreds. In many establishments here in Minnesota the choices are Bud, Bud Light, Mich Golden Light, and Summit. What will one go for in this case? Obviously Summit, and it is not a bad choice.

The appearance is dark orange, with medium carbonation. A nice head captures some citrus notes and dissipates after a few minutes. The hop aroma is very 'sharp' which follows in the taste. Delightfully bitter with citrus undertones which linger. A wonderful APA with good balance and character.

icemonkey908, May 19, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Bottle given as a gift from vendor; cool. Free beer.
Pours a glossy copper/amber color with a really nice foaming head. Thick, turns a bit rocky and sticky. I like.
Smell's like a weak IPA, which is I guess what it's suppose to smell like. Slight hoppy smell, a bit bitter in the nose. Caramel and malt also present.
Has a rather weak taste for a PA. Comparable to SA Lager. Nice crispness, enough to weaken the sweet malt.
I gave higher marks on drinkability, b/c it went down nicely and I drank the glass quickly. As for the style, it misses a bit.

Mebuzzard, May 18, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%

Eye: Pale orange yellow in color with a nice white head, a little small in size, with pretty good lacing.

Nose: Crisp floral and spicy aromas emanate from the mouth of this glass. Not much malt aroma.

Tongue: First thing I notice is a malty sweetness, and some caramel flavors that make a good impact on the palate. Hop flavor is there in just enough amounts to balance the malts out. Hop flavor-spicy-comes out more at the end of the taste-more as a lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is an alright APA. Not something that I'd buy again though. There are others out there that are much better. This is not a bad beer, in my opinion its a standard solid APA. However, there is nothing all that great about it, sure it fits the category, and meets expectations, but it is more or less average. Nothing to really make me want to come back to it.

becktone, May 15, 2007
Photo of jar2574
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Amber coloured. Nothing special here, not a lot of carbonation.

Smells of hops. Fruity, citrus smell as well.

Typical pale ale taste, except slightly watered down. Decent bitterness. The hops definately outweigh the malt. I don't mind the imbalance, but I'm not liking the watery feel.

Not a great beer, overall. I didn't dislike it per se, but I won't buy it again because there are much better pale ales out there.

jar2574, May 08, 2007
Photo of uwmgdman
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

This pale ale pours a clear deep golden/light copper color in to my pint glass, a very nice color. There is a medium white head that diminished quickly to a skim. The aroma is moderately hoppy, citrus character; there is also medium-low sweetness and a bit of grainy malt tones. The taste has moderate-low sweetness, likely from caramel malts. The sweetness is well balanced by a solid moderate bitterness and a moderate-high citrus hop flavor. The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall I enjoy this brew quite a bit, a very good ‘house ale’, something I enjoy having my fridge at all times. Solid appearance, nice aroma, and good hop flavor without being overdone, leading to a nice drinkable pale ale.

uwmgdman, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

Dark yellow, almost orange in color with a reasonably good head, with moderate retention.
Well-balanced nose of fruity hops and malts
Light to medium bodied, starts hoppy and bitter, shows some balancing malts, and finishes dry.
Not overly complex, nothing spectacular, but a well-rounded, well-crafted pale ale that makes for a very good session beer.
Good summer day brew.

brdc, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of skillerified
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%

Light copper and brown tones residing in the glass. A reasonably sticky cap on top that lasted throughout the entirity of the beer's stay in my glass.

Scents were light. Sweet fruit, oranges mainly, but without the citric bite. Some malt notes in there.

Taste was light and reasonably fresh. Some hoppy notes, grapefruit mainly, and some sweeter less distinct malt flavors in there as well.

Reasonably well balanced. Favors the bitter side of the business. Pretty light on the body. Easy drinking though.

A pretty run of the mill American Pale Ale. Easy to drink, went pretty good with a spicy pizza.

skillerified, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

the sudsy white head faded slowly. the color was an imperfect amber

the aroma has some biscuity aspects to it but is mostly dominated by hops

the body is small, though not flimsy. it's a session brew. citrushoppy. i can dig this stuff. it's not complex (though not one-dimensional), but super drinkable

bruachan, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

From the first pour I realized I've been sleeping on this one. I thought they meant "extra pale", but this APA could pass for Viennese; rich almost red color. Okay head retention. There's some citric peel hop aroma and more caramel malt sweet punch than I'm used to in a pale.

I guess they meant "extra" ingredients: great malt presence, good hoppy flavor. This is a solid brew, I was afraid it was going to be too light. Definitely missed the boat here, the label is misleading. Highly recommended. Mouthfeel is average, flavor is very good. Nice complement to my burger and fries, could accompany plenty of foods.

BretSikkink, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance - dull orange amber, a one-finger cream-colored layer of foam. Leaves a thin but solid layer of lace behind.

Aroma - fresh citrus and grain; appealing.

Taste - a mildly sweet and citrusy start, the flavors are subdued yet still lively and tasty. Finishes with a bitter edge, but pleasantly restrained.

Mouthfeel - well-carbonated, slightly lighter than average body.

Drinkability - a great session beer for warmer weather. Good beer-tasting candidate as a crossover selection.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The bottle has a 20th anniversary label. Printed code read 6303, not sure how or if that corresponds to a date.

Appearance: Pours with a 1/2 inch white head, took a little persuasion to get that much. This settles quickly leaving little islands of foam here and there. Head sticks well to the sides of the glass as the beers goes down. The beer itself is a nice orange-copper color, with a slight haze. Lots of bubbles coming up.

Smell: Orange and other fruity, citrus hop aromas.

Taste: Upfront citrusy bite from hops, with citrus and pine notes. Followed by an almost buttery diacetyl flavor. Finishes with a medium level of bitterness, doesn't linger that long.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly less than average carbonation level. Body is okay, a little thin.

Drinkability: An average beer, a decent execution of the style, but I wish their was more malt to balance out the hops.

beveritt, Feb 08, 2007
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.