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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: 1,079
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 Pauly2X
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very deep gold, thin wispy head.

S- Nice blend of citrusy and earthy hops, underscored by a lighty toasted malt aroma.

T- The hops both earthy and citrusy come out and work very well together. They are then nicely complimented by a lightly toasted malt profile that does its part to bring balance to the hops and leads into the finish.

M- A little heavy for a pale in my opinion, otherwise good.

D- One of Summits more sessionable beers.

This beer almost made up for my dissapointment in thier Oktoberfest. A good solid, balanced pale ale.

Photo of Kyle987
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm... Minnesota. Thin head but good retention, and light golden amber color. Very light aroma, even for my weak nose. Flavor is good, and much better and more apparent once the beer warms a little. Some light malts behind a hop bitterness, but very little actual hop flavor. Mouthfeel is almost harsh with carbonation, but not unpleasant. Not especially drinkable, but certainly enjoyable for relaxed sipping. By far the best beer you can get at a Twins game.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one is hard to rate.

Aroma - The aroma of this beer is very light. There is not much grain to detect as I would expect. The hop aroma was, however, disappointingly light. It's almost a struggle to pick out the distinctive notes. I detect spicy, floral notes with some grapefruit. This is a terribly non-complex aroma.

Appearance - The color is a nice clear amber; almost copper. The head poured a two finger width eggshell white. The head quickly dissipated to a 1/4 finger width that barely covers the top of the beer. Mediocre lacing.

Taste - Light crisp grain/malt flavor. The hop flavor is much stronger than the aroma suggests. Again, the hops are spicy and floral with a hint of grapefruit. A bit piny maybe. The strength is nowhere near an IPA, but it's still surprisingly strong given the setup. The hops mostly come through in the flavor. There is very little bitterness. This is all followed by a clean finish. There are almost no lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Lower end of carbonation for a pale ale. Some bitterness. Dry. Clean finish.

Overall Impression - Surprised. Based on the aroma I would have never guessed that this beer could taste like it does. It's a good beer. The taste is what saves this beer. I suppose that is usually the case as we mostly drink beer for the taste. I'm disappointed in the aroma being so weak. The appearance and mouthfeel are par for the course of pale ales. Again, the taste is redeeming enough for this beer to be given a chance.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer plenty of times and finally decided to give it a review after recently paying attention to one I ordered on-tap. The beer has a copper color with moderate prickel and a light head. The nose is mildly hoppy. The attack is consistent with the nose but starts off with an understate sweet malt flavor that perhaps brings to mind some fruit. The flavor is smooth and the finish is a bit tart with some residual hops. Mildly bitter aftertaste and decent beer. This beer obviously has broad appeal because you can find it virtually everywhere in the Twin Cities to include public events such as sporting events, concerts and the State fair. It is for this reason that I will have to upgrade what I normally would have given the beer in drinkability from 4.0 to 4.5. Its quite obviously very drinkable.

Photo of kinger
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra Pale Ale, not quite sure what that means except perhaps the hop characteristic is to be more mellow, which is the case with this solid ale. Aroma is faint and bitter not too much to detect outside of a typical pale ale. Poured a vibrant copper color with an enormous head that soon settled. Strong carbonation and lots of sticky lacing. Mouthfeel is bitter and crisp with a somewhat clean finish. A well rounded flavor makes this one good beer. Citrus and bitter hops are there but they fade out after they make their presence known. Good malty backbone sure compliments the hops, very well balanced and drinkable. Spicy and peppery this one wakes up the senses but it doesn't send them into shock.

Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a small white head that has good retention. Eventually settling to a thin cap. A large amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

I smell faint grapefruit and caramel malt. A bit unassuming qualities in the aroma.

A well balanced flavor of caramel malt and hop flavor and bitterness. A bit of grapefruit lingers on the palate on the finish.

The body seems to be a bit watery but otherwise carbonation is well done.

I really like this APA and a goto craft beer here in Minnesota where nothing else is available. Better than most but not the best.

Photo of ralree
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried at the Brewer's Fest in Portland.

A: Dark tan, caramel, nice retention, small white head.

S: Caramel, a little fruit, some hops, no alcohol detectable.

T: Pretty fruity, caramel malt, a bit of hop flavor, but not much. Light fruit flavor - apricot. Not much aftertaste.

M: Watery, not good. Light-bodied. Non-astringent, low carbonation.

D: Not too drinkable. I don't think I'll try this one again.

Photo of jkrich
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of bpgpitt10
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of RedBaron
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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! :-)

Photo of grandq
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of rkinsella
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of botham
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of ckeegan04
3.96/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Monkeypaws
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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