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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: 1,022
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 80 | 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 jkrich
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Squatty 12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

For an "extra pal" ale, this one poured a rather dark, orangish, clear attractive color with no head or lacing.

After I removed the cap from the bottle the fruity hop aroma was evident.

The initial taste is soft fruit and a slightly sweet caramel taste (though not cloying) as well as some bitterness on the tongue that lingers. Not the most complex ale, but the crispness keeps this one interesting even though it does seem out of balance with a slight harsh flavor left on the tongue.

Moderately carbonated with a somewhat thin body.

It is pleasantly drinkable and sessionable at only 5.1 percent ABV, but there are many others I would choose before this one.

jkrich, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Rifrafboy
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber with a small white head.

S: Malty, hint of grass?

T: medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. nice hoppiness. Just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Good. Crisp and clean. Not too sweet, well balanced. Hops are strong adding to the bitterness.

D: Excellent. This is light refreshing APA that is worth a try.

Rifrafboy, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

number1bum supplied me with this one, thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into the special Sam Adams glass. Enjoy by 022208 stamped on the side.

Pours an almost clear medium copper hue with a creamy two finger off-white head that slowly falls to a full layer of bubbles that lasts throughout. Some frothy lacing left on the sides of the glass, not bad. Smell is faint dry earthy hops with some sweet caramel malt; no more, no less. Very basic in the nose overall. Taste begins with a funky sour grapefruit with toasted grains. Midway the caramel malt emerges with a dry metallic flavor. Aftertaste is dry and tastes a bit like sawdust...ehhh. Light to medium body with a watered down feel and steady carbonation. Average beer overall, not a terrible, but there are plenty of better pale ales out there. Thanks Josh for the opportunity, my first from this brewery.

BeerTruth, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of bpgpitt10
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Mellow copper color. Can't comment on the lacing because the bartender served it too full.
S: Very basic. A few hints of citrus and a bit of a crisp hop scent, but the smell foretold of mediocrity.
T: Obviously better than a mass produced, but pretty simple flavor profile. Smooth taste with some bready taste.
M: Medium bodied and nice balance of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. This could be a session beer when you feel like throwing down a few more bucks than normal.

All in all I think it falls right in the middle of the microbrew world... probably a bit on the low end.

bpgpitt10, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of RedBaron
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely beer, this one. Easy drinkin', too.

Appearance: deep bronze color; low carbonation (probably intentional)
Smell: Sweet caramel, toasted malts, and some grapefruit aromas. Wonderful!
Taste: Bread-y/toasty up front, sweet middle and finish.
Mouthfeel: Great malt complexities and balance throughout.
Drinkability: I could really knock back a few bottles of this easy drinking "extra" pale ale in one sitting. I believe the brewers are achieving an American version of an English bitter, or possibly a 'special bitter': the use of a good variety of complex malts in the mix, tactful use of choice hops (though intentionally muted). Very nice beer. This was also my 100th beer review. Yea, me! :-)

RedBaron, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of grandq
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather clear copper with some straw along the sides and one-ish finger head. The nose is pretty malt forward - a touch of bread, the faintest hint of citrus. Pretty sweet overall. Intially a sweet hit of caramel and biscuit flows over the tongue in the form of pale malts, a teensy moment of toffee appears after before giving way to a grassy, slight hop bite that's just a bit too muted for my liking. Also a minor orange note, then finishes dry with a caramel twang. Has a lightly creamy mouthfeel, slightly resinous, with a fair amount of carbonation. Nicely balanced throughout and quite quaffable. Not exceptional and perhaps a bit too malty, but a good solid version of the style. Thanks to mully for the chance to try it.

grandq, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color, good clarity and about one finger of light beige head on top. Keeps a pretty solid lace and leaves a bit of stick.

Aroma is bready and malty, with caramel and toffee notes. Also some earthy, herbal and slightly piney hops.

Taste actual has more hop flavor than the nose suggested, with some pine and resiny, herbal flavors. Caramel and toffee malt flavor again, with a light breadiness, too. A moderate level of hop bitterness mingles with a bit of toffee sweetness in the finish. Not bad, and good balance overall.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of a medium body, a little too late in fact.

Not a bad pale ale but nothing spectacular either. I could certainly put a number of these back.

number1bum, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of rkinsella
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light amber, clear, dense one finger head with great lacing.

Smell - Very clean and fresh, straight forward malt and floral hops. Slight grassiness.

Taste - Slight malt sweetness takes a back seat to a bold floral hop finish. Grapefruit rind type of aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very good carbonation, medium weight.

Drinkability - Fairly refreshing and well crafted. Very drinkable.

Overall just a nice hoppy ale. Living in St. Paul, it's easy to get a very fresh sample on tap almost anywhere. This adds a lot of enjoyment to the beer.

rkinsella, May 24, 2008
Photo of botham
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a nice golden amber color with two fingers of light orange head after a hard pours. retention is good, about five minutes.

aroma is hoppy, with a mildly sweet character and notes of caramel malts and a touch of citrus. nicely balanced in the nose.

taste is malty up front, with notes of pale and caramel malts, with a hoppy quality, and a finish of light caramel and floral hops, with some grassy hops as well. a solid profile on this one.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture, soft CO2, and a semi-dry finish of residual hops.

drinkability is good. this si a smooth and drinkable pale ale, with good concentration and flavors, backed by a nicely proportioned profile. cheers!

botham, May 07, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper color with minimal head. Decent lacing.

S - Light citrus hop aroma. Not much else.

T - Very good bite of citrus hops. Biscuity malt undertone. Very well balanced and clean.

M/D - Good carbonation leads to a clean, crisp feel. Goes down very smooth. Excellent version of a PA.

ckeegan04, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this cause it seemed like a nice local offering while I was in Minnesota. Had tried the very mediocre IPA before, and this was a little step up, although not too much better. Poured a standard copper color with a fairly weak head that dissolved very quickly. Nose was alright, a bit weak with lots of caramel and fruit coming through. Flavor was pretty good, better than expected, with a solid if not particularly complex mix of malt and fruity hops. Feel was mediocre with good carbonation. Overall, its a solid American Pale Ale, but certainly nothing to get your panties in a bundle over. I probably wouldn't have more than one if there were other options.

soupyman10, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's clear and a burnt amber color. Slightly off-white head is about a finger and a half deep. Retention was above average though only marginally so. Lacing was on the light side.

Smell: It's difficult to pick up much. It's extremely light. There are faint citrus notes (light grapefruit and orange) and a decent amount of caramel malts. A touch of graininess and yeast wrap it up. Hops are present, but so light that they're barely noticeable (which is disappointing).

Taste: It picks up a little here. It is grainy and earthy. Caramel malts and citrus flavors mix well and sweeten the flavor. Hops are certainly more bold here than on the nose, but still not strong enough. It's actually balanced a little too much. I prefer a hoppier pale ale and this one lacks the hop punch I was hoping for. Finishes dry and yeasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and crisp. Carbonation is good. It's drinkable, but would be moreso if the flavor were better. It's a decent beer but nothing to get too excited about. I had high hopes, but it's a bit ho-hum at the end of the day.

prototypic, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Monkeypaws
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had so much Summit EPA, but last night it was so good I figured it was time to review it. It has a nice rich color, hardly "pale," but a rich bronze, with a thin head of foam. It smells like grains and malt, with a hint of hoppiness. The flavor is finely balanced; there are rich malt overtones, but enough hops to keep it interesting. After drinking a lot of "hop soup" lately on the IPA circuit, its a pleasure to find this well-crafted, humble gem. It's available pretty much anywhere in Minnesota, often the only alternative to macro brew, for which I am grateful. At 5.1%, and with its balanced flavor, it is very drinkable. Look no further for your perfect session beer.

Monkeypaws, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Hops and Yeast. Ok, Reinheitsgebot is cool and all, but no date, type of hop, nothing else.

Aroma: Fairly worty smell for an XPA, some mildly citric, more earthy hop notes come through.

Appearance: Dark copper with a trace of head which doesn't last long, but does give up an impressive amount of lace.

Flavor: Pretty well balanced, which is a flaw here as an XPA is supposed to be showing off some hop legs. Some hop flavor, a bit grassy, a bit of orange rind, a bit of bitter lemon.

Mouthfeel: Edge of fizzy, high carbonation level, medium body, slightly oily finish.

Overall Impression: A fine beer, but a little short of an XPA in my opinion. I'd up the hops, maybe dry hop with some C hops, something. Still, a fine summer beer.

HardTarget, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out to a pumpkin orange color with a nice dense foamy head. Low carbonation. Not much of an aromabut hops and sweetnesss present. Taste was smooth and mild, with an average 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. Not as good as a Washington or So Cal IPA for sure. Decent.

barleywinefiend, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, moderate head.

Smell: Piney, citrus.

Taste: Well balanced between caramel sweetness and moderate hop bitterness with citrus and grassy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Average, not too heavy or too thin.

Drinkability: Sessionable, if I don't feel like having a bunch of Miller this beer this everywhere in the Twin Cities as an option.

Summit's workhorse, a balanced pale ale that is a decent first step into the craft beer world for many a Twin Cities drinker. Just about every place has it, and its a good step up from the macros.

Mdog, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from double-deuce into Bordeaux glass.
A-Poured clear, pure amber and formed thick, dense head that faded into a thin but persistent cap. Light but steady carbonation throughout. Very nice lacing on sides of glass.

S-Clear but light hops with fruit notes, vegetation, fresh cut wood, lightly toasted malts, and earthy tones. Not as hoppy as expected.

T-Slightly sweet with bitter hops and faint citrus (key lime, tangerine), hints of pine, and pleasant malts. Carbonation could probably be a tad stronger to help the finish. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, and the other flavors fade too quickly. Quite good, and I imagine this would marry up quite well with many different dishes.

M-The carbonation fades quickly, and at the moment, I'm not rushing it, and it's getting flat. The body is medium for what I'd expect from this style, and matches up well with its flavorful characters.

D-A good quality APA, but this one is not particularly suited to my tastes. I like slightly more hops, and a bit more carbonation. Body is great, and although I enjoyed drinking it, I'd be willing to split the rest.

BoitSansSoif, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass and served right out of the fridge

A - Poured a nice deep orange tinted amber which actually took me a bit by suprise as I did not think it would be as dark as it was. There was a nice two finger high head of white foamy lace on top which gradually settled down and left behind a thin veil of lace across the top and a good amount of residual side glass lace throughout the session. Adequate carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom throughout the session.

S - The aroma was light at first, had to give it a few minutes to really warm and soften up to let the aroma out. The smell was very grainy, lots of malts here with a nice bready feel to it, very light though, nothing overwhelming by any means. A nice light hop kick to it in the back end lightened it up a bit and deepend the profile providing a much needed contrast to the grain. Not bad overall and essentially what you would expect from a pale ale.

T - The flavor was light, again about what one would expect given the style. A nice big grainy base was again clearly evident. Lots of bready and cereal malty flavors were the first thing that came across and following them was a nice earthy flavor that mellowed a tad. There was a nice little bit of hop bite that started to come though now and again this was very welcomed. Nice light floral hops, hints of orange and lemon were there, but way in the back, you had to search for them, just enough to lighten up the flavor a touch. The finish was decent, clean, quick and dry with no real long lingering flavors.

M - Very light bodied ale, as again one would expect given the style. Nice carbonation lasted throughout the entire session giving it a nice refreshing like feel to it. The finish was very crisp and clean, again giving this more of a light and refreshing type feel to it. Very much typical for the style.

D - Outstanding sesion ale. The flavors were light, but good, low ABV, and nice carbonation meant this one could be drank all day long with no issue. I could have easily thrown down a six pack without blicking an eye. Not the best pale ale, but definitly drinkable.

Overall this was pretty much a standard pale ale, a little nice kick to it, but pretty standard. Nothing I could call out for being bad in anyway, just seemed to not have enough to put it over the top. I dont know that I would seek this out, but it would certainly not be a bad one for gameday six packs or barbecues. A good call would be how I would rate this.

mikesgroove, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of patsalvaggio
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, very clear,thick rocky head, leaving way to intricate lacing.

Aroma: Toasty, almost oaky, roasted nuts

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth

Taste: very well balanced, slighty bitter after taste , but nothing to complain about, very refreshing. This was my first time drinking a beer from summit, i will be sure to look for it again in the near future.

Drinkability: very enjoyable, i think it would go great with dinner

patsalvaggio, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of mjrtoo
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Honestly, I don't think I've ever poured this in a glass, maybe once a long time ago...

Smell is a nice fruity hop aroma as you would expect from an APA. The taste is the same nice fruity hop flavor with a very crisp taste and just a bit of malt, but not a highly carbonated feel. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a quick, slightly bitter hoppy finish.

Drinkability....well this is by far my session beer of choice, ultimately drinkable and ultimately enjoyable, well done Summit!

mjrtoo, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I see this beer around Minnesota so much, its easy to forget that its a quality brew. It's got a fairly unique (and its hard to find something unique these days) blend of malt sweetness with rich, roasted caramel that's complimented by a balanced bitterness of grassy hops. It's a great session beer and readily available around the area. Thank you Summit.

tempest, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Clear amber color with ample 1-2 finger, clumpy off-white head with plenty of lace

S: Caramel and toffee malt aromas with grassy pine hops presence with a bit of citrus thrown in

T: Crisp and not laborious like some overly malty ales. Malts are understated caramel flavored with sharp grassy hops bitterness in the finish, which is pretty dry for an APA.

M: Really unique for an APA in that it is not al all syrupy feeling. Higher-than-average carbonation gives this brew a lively feel that is refreshing, clean, and dry without astringency.

D: Excellent ale from Summit that combines great features of an IPA and cleaner styles to create a really unique beer.

argock, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a orange/amber color with a tan, soapy, two-finger head. It left good trails of lace.

S - It smelled quite grassy and floral. A mild malt nose, too.

T - It has a grassy/hoppy taste with a nice blend of roasted malt. It has a bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Nothing extraordinary about this one. But is a nice choice at restaurants that serve nothing but BMC.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice dark golden color with excellent clarity.

Smell: A great citrus, hop aroma is present but isn't overpowering like many other EPA's. It's what I would say as, "just right."

Taste: Initially, some nice maltiness, caramel/maple, then some dryer hopiness. Some light dryness.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, almost thin.

Drinkability: Excellent affordable local brew for those in Minnesota. Wouldn't be a terrible choice for a sessionable beer.

Greggy, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Riggsy
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark gold with a thin white head. Clarity is excellent in this brew.

Smell: First impression is slightly citrus and grassy hops. Hop aroma not overpowering like a West Coast Pale Ale would be, but could be stronger in my opinion.

Taste: Hops are the first impression as I would expect out of any APA, but as I finish the beer I tend to think it's really well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light and medium bodied, carbonation was appropriate.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable Pale Ale, would be proud to serve this at my monthly poker game.

Riggsy, Dec 14, 2007
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.