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Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 120 | FT: 1
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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 Riccymon
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 :)

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

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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of kels
2.59/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

Can't believe I have never reviewed this...I was working for a beer distributor who had this in the mid 80's when it first came out and I was in college...to me then it tasted horrid...today it tastes great and is an underrated gem.

I've blind taste tested this against Stone Pale Ale and this came out on top...I plan on doing the same against Sierra soon to see how that goes.

I have had varying opinions of this over the years...from flat out great to mediocre...I think my true view is somewhere in between.

This is a great easy drinking pale ale with character....it is not an IPA but has nice citrus hop notes (particularly on tap)...the maltiness is enjoyable as well (caramel and toffee)...

Definitely more of an English Pale Ale...very well done and very underrated by many....

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

A: Poured a clear, pale orange with a 2 finger, creamy frumpy light beige colored head that lasted easily for several minutes. A light spongey coating sticks well around the glass while a faint and sporadic visible effervesce lazily makes its way to the surface.

S: The nose delivered a light fresh flowery citrus aroma with soft hints of sweet caramel. Overall the strength was moderate at best, and well refrained providing just enough accent per style.

T: The malting was soft sweetly buttered toasted grains with a freshly squeezed grapefruit hop kiss. Light freshly cut pine wood and lemon hints also are evident hopping wise. The finish finds a nice dry hopping of lemon and floral notes while the overall flavor was crisp and dry well suited per style making for a decent representation.

M: fairly light, extremely smooth in texture with a light carbonation. Well aerated in the mouth it was hard to tell at times there was anything sitting on the tongue.

D: Overall an easy drinking pale, nicely hopped and enjoyable to consume. A six pack will do well in the summer time heat making for a refreshing representation per style.

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

This moderately, but perhaps not "extra", pale ale is a gold color with the smallest of head formations. It features a nose of sweet malt and citrus hops. The flavor follows from the aroma, with a very light maltiness, and a moderate bitterness with floral/citrus hops. There's also a simple fruity yeast character near the finish. The body is light and well-carbonated.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When Summit Pale Ale first appeared in Minnesota it was very popular, because it was one of the first heavily marketed craft beers to hit it big. Several years later, it doesn't hold up well to the test of time. I've had many Summit Pale Ales over the years (from bottles and on tap) and have yet to be overly impressed. Now I usually just drink it at baseball games, where the other choices are Bud or Bud Light (yuck).

On the positive side, I do like Summit's Hefe Weizen, Maibock (in season) and Bohemian Pilsner a little better, and I look forward to trying their new Red Ale coming out. They do consistently make other better-than-average beer styles.

Appearance: Slightly amber with an average head that doesn't retain for long.

Smell: Hoppy, grainy and slightly skunky from the bottle. It's definitely better on tap.

Taste: Bold hops up front like most Pale Ales, with a somewhat harsh and bitter aftertaste. A rather unexceptional Pale Ale.

Feel: Thin and heavily carbonated. Nothing special.

Drinkability: Drinkability is somewhat low. The bitterness and harshness along with the heavy carbonation makes this a beer I wouldn't want more than one or two of before moving on to something tastier and smoother like a Belgian style or Wheat beer. It's better on tap, but not much.

Serving suggestion: Standard pint glass.

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap with a dinner of mini-burgers and fries on 5/11/2009.

A= This ale poured a mostly clear copper-gold color with a 3/4" white head. The head sank slowly and left behind rings of beautiful lace.

S= Though this beer was poured frighteningly cold, as it warmed I found aromas of biscuity cracker-like malt, citrusy hops, lemon grass, and just the slightest hint of yeast.

T= Nice moderately sweet malt base lead off followed closely by the grapefruity hops and a hint of pine. All well balanced and exceedingly pleasant. Finish dried considerably and left me feeling refreshed and wanting another sip.

MF= Medium body with a zippy, crisp carbonation feel.

D= Outstandingloy drinkable. To me this is the great North's answer to SNPA and I really enjoy it. A go-to, no-nonsense ale best enjoyed with a meal or outdoors on a summer day.

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

Spent the weekend up in Minnesota, had this on tap at the Metrodome.

Solid copper body sits below 1 finger of frothy head. Smell is a balanced blend of roasted malts, grapefruit peel hops, and a little whiff of piney hops. Flavor profile is similar: well balanced malts and hops, moderately sweet malt complimented by a blend of citrus/pine hops. Flavor isn't particularly strong, but definitely not watery. Slightly sticky, but not too bad a mouthfeel. Smooth balanced flavors and moderate weight make this beer quite drinkable.

Nothing really exciting about Summit EPA, but it is quality. A good "go-to" beer that is palatable, affordable, and accessible in the upper midwest.

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

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a clear deep amber with a ¼" thick light tan head and a soft creamy texture that leaves a sheet of foam and a nice pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass when sipping. After a while the foam recedes leaving a thin ring of foam around the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is of sweet caramel malt and is clean and crisp with the presence of fruity citrus (grapefruit) hops

Taste: As expected from the aroma the flavor is crisp fresh and clean with some sweet caramel malt and grapefruity citrus hops in balance. Through out the beer neither the malt nor the hops dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a soft creamy feel from the carbonation. The medium long finish begins with some sweetness but ends in dry hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability: I enjoyed drinking this PA and could easily see having a few on a hot summer afternoon. This is a good, well made PA, and as such worthy of a repeat if available. However, nothing about it makes it stand out as being better or more drinkable than some of the locally brewed PAs, so it will probably be a while before I drink more.

Photo of mnjeff
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Appearance:Pale amber, with very light white lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops and sweet grainy malts, however has a very dry bite to it.

Taste: Strong upfront hops, but a bitter aftertaste. The fruit flavor isn't very well balanced.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a moderate body and strangely semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability: Though I'm sure some would disagree, drinkability is very low. I've had this beer from the tap and the bottle, and both are awfully bitter.

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very easy to take this beer for granted living in the Twin Cities, as it is everywhere! So, it is nice to give it a proper review.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale amber with a quickly settling head and some lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops and sweet grainy malts.

Taste: Strong caramel and toasted malts flavoring for an APA. Mild sweet, fruity flavors and somewhat of a citrus hop balance. Sharp malt and somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a moderate body and a mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: This is often the session beer of choice in Minnesota. I can understand why so many love it, but there is something about the malts that is a slight distraction for me. Very good brew nonetheless that is easy to keep chugging away.

Edit: I see the style has now been changed from APA to EPA. Personally, I feel it is some kind of hybrid.

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

This year has been all about Summit EPA. I've been living in minneapolis for years and only drank Summit a few times. For some reason it was only recently that I really became interested in this brew.

I think the problem with Summit isn't necessarily the fault of the brewer - here in the twin cities it is very easy to get a bad Summit. Every place usually has it as their default Micro tap so a slightly dirty tap can ruin the crisp flavor of the beer.

On to the beer. Crisp, smooth with a nice hop profile. I prefer it cold, usually straight from the fridge as these flavors work better for me when they've been chilled. The initial sip usually has a nice full hop but it doesn't build into a grapefruit flavor, rather it builds into an uncomplicated malty backbone.

Is it spectatular? Ehh not really. But living in the Twin Cities means you can get it just about anywhere and it is almost always reasonably priced. Two great reasons to pick a summit.

Photo of beeragent
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium gold, forming a 1/2 inch off-white head. Light spots of lacing stick to the glass.

S - The aroma is dominated by the hops, but with an almost equal contribution coming from the malt.

T - Citrusy flavor up front from the hops, but quickly transitions to the malts, finishing with a nice buttery malt flavor. The malts prevent this beer from having a sharp hop finish.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth clean finish. Not very much carbonation going on.

D - Very good smooth flavor, nice body, and clean finish. Very drinkable. Nothing too complex or exciting, but a sessionable ale.

Photo of xqed
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my "always have it in the fridge" beer, the one I "come home" to after trying new brews. Near-perfect in all categories, the only knock against it is that it needs to be pretty fresh. The perfect hop bitterness acquires a slight skunky taste if it's been stored at room temperature for more than a month or two. Since I live in the Mpls/St. Paul area, it is not a problem for me to get the fresh stuff. Beer drinkers in other areas might want to pay attention to the freshness dates.

Good straight from the bottle, but even better from a glass, and best (of course) from the tap.

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

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that falls slowly to a thick surface foam. Some moderate lace develops.

Smell: light orange citrus and some soft hop bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: mild caramel tones, orange citrus, pears, and a soft bitterness make up a decent version of the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start and finish, a bit dry late. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is very short.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this one. If you are in the mood for an extra pale ale, this one will hit the spot.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Summit- Extra Pale Ale

A- Good clear golden orange with a thick lacing head.
S- Light citrus hop and I mean light!
T- Had to drink half the pint for my tastebuds to decifer this 1. Light bread crusty malt with a faint earthy pine hop touch.
M- Crisp and watery. Lightly sweet with a dry earthy hop finish.

Overall- Huge letdown. I was hoping for some citrusy hops, pine hops, Big malt? Anything!? Avoid.

Photo of mwagner1018
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well...this beer is everywhere in MN...I figured I might as well take the time and review it...

A- Nice pour, clean out of the bottle, good solid 2 fingers of head, light golden cream head...medium amber, copper color, very clear, lively carbonation bubbles. Light lacing, webbing down the glass, very thin lingering head film.

S- Nice bitterness, smells like Cascade hops, aroma quickly diminishes, but is revived with a good swirl. Grapefruit (very minimal).

T- Good light hop bitterness, creamy, slight maltiness, good bitter after taste, that lingers, nice balance. Tastes very standard, but stands up pretty solid for the style.

M- Smooth, balanced, bite to the tongue, mild puckering from the hop bitterness, creamy...medium carbonation, clean.

D- Very drinkable, no overwhelming or impressive character here, just a very well brewed American Style pale ale... Always a good "go to" session type beer...and you can get it anywhere in MN...so it's a convenient choice for a good quality craft.

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

A: Copper body with a one-finger white head supported by flowing bubbles. head has good retention and leaves lacing down a quarter of the glass.

S: Strong hops with a malty backbone along with hints of grain.

T: Wow, amazing for the style. Strong hops with noticeable bitterness in the finish complemented by caramel malt and a bread taste. Would have though this were and IPA.

Overall: Carbonation and body are about standard for the style and are both pleasant. Drinkability is great on this one and I could have quite a few.

Photo of robbyc1
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe it's the style I'm not a big fan of, but this won the bronze award at the 2008 GABF as a Classic English Styly Pale Ale.

The look is of an average pale ale, a bit cloudy and off yellow. The nose has the sign of the pale and caramel malts, as well as the Horizon, Fuggle, and Cascade hops. Decent taste, balanced, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Just fine in the mouth, well carbonated, and drinkable as a session beer, but I would find another in this style. Oh, I forgot, it won in a different style than registered here.

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold with a red hue in appearance,decent head(wheat in color)and head retention,leaving a thick,beautiful lace in its wake.

smells slightly hoppy with a nice full-bodied grain.
Tastes light,but full flavored with lingering wood-ish followup.Nice balance of hops and grain.

Goes down smooth,very refreshing.
An easy drinker.Well brewed,I am looking forward to my next.

Photo of LittleDon
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with an off white dense head and plenty of carbonation. Head dissipates somewhat quickly into a a thin layer with a noticeable lace. Weak aroma of lightly toasted barley and a hint of hops. Medium-light bodied with some hop bitterness. A bit watery in the middle with a slight bitter/hoppy finish that hangs on to the back of the tongue.

Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.