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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: 1,062
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 13
Gots: 95 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Typical pale ale. Orange with yellow hues and brown tints. Transparent. Head was minimal after conservative pour.

S- Bitter hops and citrus notes are about all that I could pick up on this one. Maybe because I was at the airport and my air was not the most still/fresh.

T- Bitter hops again, citrus. The malt is there in the middle boasting a nice feel. You can then definitely pick up alcohol in the aftertaste.

M- Mid to high carbonation. Perfect thickness for the pale ale style that they are shooting for.

D- Very, very drinkable beer. I could throw back quite a few of these with no problems.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hopman333
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of giblet
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!


Photo of jackorain
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of eballard
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ianrca19
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of kimcgolf
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.