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Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 108 | 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 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.

Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of my staples way back in the days when "micros" weren't so readily available. It was one of my favorites back then, & I'd really, really like to see Summit pick it up a notch in the new environment for micros. Although they seem to be doing just fine, so what do I know?

The EPA is about as standard a micro as one could ask for. Decent look, decent nose, just enough taste to make me happy. Drinkability is high, one could stand around a keg of this all night.

Decent enough brew from one of the pioneers, & a beer to look for in crappy bars!

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

I had a few of these while traveling through MN and the surrounding states. It's on tap in MSP too. The appearance is nice and poured with a finger width of head. Had a fair smell, but nothing that memorable. The taste was hoppy enough to leave you wanting the next sip and had the right amount of malt to not give you a full belly. I drank a few of these and they went down fairly quickly. Maybe not quite a session beer, but I'm definitely capable of savoring 3-4 of these in a sitting.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce shorty bottle into a pint.

Pours a medium honey with no cloud and a nice rocky head that is active and leaves sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of slightly light struck hops and roasted grain. Grain bill is light in the aroma department and I see no freshness date which kind of worries me with the hop smell.

Flavor is skunky hops and light malt. The roast is apparent, but the malt flavor is lacking. The hops taste light struck and sour. No sweetness as this is quite a dry beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, not very good in the carbonation department either, needs a little more kick, but with as dry as the beer is this may hurt it overall.

Not something I will get again, the flavor reminded me of watered down Heineken, which is pretty weak.

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

Appearance: Clear copper color with lots of streaming bubbles, big two inch white head, nice retention and good lacing.

Smell: Juicy earth hops mixed with fresh apple and a biscuit aroma.

Taste: Crisp and clean. Apple with brown sugar and a little bit of citrus afterwards, finishes perfectly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation feels nice on the tongue, goes down smooth with a welcome bite at the end.

Drinkability: Low ABV, delicious flavor, and fairly light body make this a very drinkable brew.

Overall: Summit EPA was one of my first craft brews and I've only learned to appreciate it more and more. This is one of my favorite pale ales, all time.

Photo of hellbilly
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle sent by moelikebeer...

crystal clear pale copper orange color with a soft barely off white head. it fades quickly to a foamy film and one ring of lace.

the nose is grassy and a bit skunky with notes of caramel, light lemon and faint earthy spiciness.

it tastes pretty much the same... some spice, caramel, leafy dry hops and a mildly bitter-ish finish. pleasantly dry throughout which makes it very easy to consume en masse. medium bodied with average carbonation... 6/3/6/3/13/3.1

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

Pours a lightly hazed, orange dominated, lightly golden color with a fast leaving lid of off-white.

Comes in sweet citrus dominant, some sweet chocolate appears out of place, kind of wheatish as well. It's smooth and soft but lacks in carbonation.

Maybe I got an old sixer, but this seems almost an apa/amber combo. Not bad, but I will probably not purchase again unless a confirmed fresh sixer impresses me.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is sort of a more hopped blonde. HOWEVER, it doesn't have the hop aroma I desire. It has a sort of grassy aroma and hints of wheat and citrus.

This beer finishes dry as well. I want some more hop aroma and a little bit fewer tannins throughout.

This beer is decent at best, but I won't seek it out again.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Shiny copper color and transparent. Nice head leaves clumps and patterns of lacing

S- Faint odor of hard water and some sweet, pale malts. Becomes more noticeably spicy as it warms

T- Taste is top-notch. Bitter Fuggle flavors are more typical of a British pale ale. Balanced perfectly along a light, pale backbone. Slightly salty?

M- Silky smooth carbonation and light body

D- Session?

Photo of hoplover82
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear light bright copper color with a full medium off white head that stays very well and leaves great lacing.

The aroma is of pale and hints of caramel malts with some spicy and citrus hops in the back, but very detectible. Very nice.

The flavor has lots of pale malts with some soft bites of bitterness from the hops. Mainly spicy hops in the back. Way in the back. Could use more hops but it's still nice.

Medium bodied and crisp. Slightly dry.

Very drinkable.

Photo of Atlas1
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's funny that another San Antonian reviewed this just before me. We just started seeing Summit beers on the shelves at the grocery store this past week, so BA is bound to get more reviews from the Alamo City in the weeks ahead.

Pours a bright copper-orange color with a bubbly, porous head on top. Some decent lace, though, is left along the sides of the glass as the beer recedes. The nose is a nice, but relatively faint, citrus hop aroma. Some other fruits (apple, strawberry) and a muted herbal scent as well. Pretty dull on the whole, however. The taste is nice, but also unspectacular. Biscuit malt with a tangy hop bitterness. Little citrus, but again more herbal notes. The aftertaste is slightly pungent and lingers a bit too long. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a very dry finish.

A decent beer. Nothing special. I'm not crazy about this, but it suffices for an American version of an Extra Pale Ale. Very dry, but it lacks some of the fruitiness I might otherwise associate with the style. Not bad, though, just not great. Might pair nicely with a strong and creamy blue cheese (Cashel blue comes to mind) or a thick broccoli-cheese soup.

Photo of goatgoat
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange. Pours a creamy slight head that sticks around. Obvious carbonation. Decent lacing down the glass.
S: Light herbal hops. Pretty mild.
T: Nice balance between malt and hops that ends with a slight lingering bitterness.
M: Smooth and clean with good carbonation.
D: Pretty good APA. Nicely sessionable.

This is my first taste of Summit and I'm pretty happy with it. I'll be looking around for more from them.

Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange in color with a decent head and nice lacing. Smell is of fresh bread, slightly buttery also with a trace of hops. Taste has some toast and caramel and finishes with moderate hops. Light bodied, near medium with average carbonation. Very drinkable beer. This is one you could drink for a full evening. Good beer, not great.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange-amber color with a large white head dissipates quickly. Small amount of lacing.
Light aroma of malt, caramel and citrusy hops. A hint of peaches.
Similar to aroma, light malty backbone and caramel. Finishes with light grassy hops.
Light to medium body with a crisp mouthfeel that finishes a bit dry. Soft fizzy carbonation.
This is an easy going beer. Very drinkable but not particularly flavorful.

Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.