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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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84
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933 Ratings
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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 51 | 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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doctormo

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Summit Pale Ale is a wonderful every day ale. It is extremely drinkable with low carbonation. It does not meet the requirements of a fine hoppy ale but I keep returning to it. It runs $11-$12 per twelve pack (less on sale) and you can not drink just one. It is on tap in many decent bars in the Minneapolis St.Paul area and is a better choice the Sam Adams for those who like ale best.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 23:41:22 | More by doctormo
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight musty malt nose. Nice white head on the pour leaves a sticky white friend on the glass. Very filtered peach colored look. Some decent bubble action in the pint glass. Nice rounded flavors with great balence. The malt base light and sweet but this is evened out with a sting of gree grassy hop bitterness. Just enough of a hop finish to make you want to drink more. A solid pale ale with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 03:12:17 | More by frank4sail
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber color (not very pale) with a nice starting head that diminishes quickly, and a good presence of lace. A hoppy aroma, initially, and then of bread and some caramel. Smooth mouth feel, a light (slightly sweet) taste with a dry finish. Not a very distinctive or memorable taste, but a good mouth feel, and fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 06:28:08 | More by SeanChouffe
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Squat looking 12 ounce bottle, with a predominantly dark orange colored neck and main labels. Titled as ‘Extra Pale Ale’, and lists the ingredients as ‘Water, Malted Barley, Hops & Yeast’ – a simple if somewhat self deprecating list, but a nice honest touch!

Appearance: A very attractive amber color with orange-golden hints, lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the thin off-white head, with a thick collar rim, refrains from breaking completely and leaves a resilient covering. Good carbonation rebuilds the head when swirled; I like that.

Nose: I found the nose a tad light in strength, but what it lacked in muscle it made up for in style. A rather enticing mix of hops, caramel malts and some ‘bitterness’ traits.

Taste: 12 fluid ounces is hard to judge this beer by as it so damn drinkable. I found myself polishing off well over half of the beer before I had chance to really concentrate on it, a good sign perhaps. Bitterness is what I note and remember the most though, even in the last drops. It starts and remains bitter throughout, indeed bitterness is the thread to which caramel malts, lightly roasted malts, hops and a hint of freshly peeled citric zest is attached, but it does, as it should, finish with a mighty fine astringent bitter ending that lingers and rolls on the tongue & cheeks. Wow, very nice indeed!!

Mouthfeel: The carbonation aids the presence, and adds a sense of medium proportion about the mouthfeel. Just right for a serious session beer.

Drinkability: Excellent, a very smooth drinking ‘Bitter’, clean tasting, that at 5.1% ABV would make a perfect Session beer, indeed, the 12 fluid ounces that I had - just did, albeit a very short session though - damn. I am sure this would be awesome on Cask.

Overall: An excellent Pale Ale, ‘Extra’ or otherwise, I am not one to bother about style faux pas, well not too much, but this is just a damn fine Pale Ale all round. It reminded me very much in style (oops!) of some high grade Premium Bitters that I drank in the UK (and that tend to be in the 4.8% – 5.5% range). That last statement is not meant to draw on the style, but merely state that this EPA has exceptional qualities that would endear it to a Cask format and the “10 Pints at Lunchtime Session” crowd in the UK, and it would probably still leave you wanting more. Superb.

Thanks to BigHuge for this one, this bottle was definitely bone-dry before it got recycled!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 04:07:33 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Kongquistador

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice amber, as though it were the definition of the color. Shortish head, but fairly endurant, and it leaves a decent lacing with some substance throughout the whole drink. The smell is pretty much dominated by citrusy hops, without much complexity or character. There appear to be some malty notes in the background, but they really aren't sticking up for themselves. Overall not terribly exciting on the pour, but not too poor either.

First taste is a little muddled, with no discernable character one way or the other, until a mild, smooth finish. The taste seems to blend together well, but no real distinctive flavors are coming through even as I look for them. The citrus is really the only thing going for this beer, and it seems to cover over the mild mlat character that is concealed deep in the middle of the cups. Finish is also less than impressive, with some hop bittering to remind you that you are indeed drinking a pale ale, but it disperses quickly, and I can only imagine that this beer would be completely covered if it was mixed with any food.

Can't complain about the drinkability of this though. A very smooth ale indeed, and it would make a very passable session ale for a session when no one involved intends to drive any time soon. Warms to a taste just like the pour, or possibly even more watery and muddled. The mouthfeel is very smooth indeed, with an excellent amount of carbonation balancing the liquid. Overall an alright beer, and I certainly wouldn't say no to one, but not a clear winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 03:38:01 | More by Kongquistador
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A small off-white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and slightly cloudy.The hue of this beer was copper and the lacing was fair.The nose was hoppy, fruity, sweet and malty.The flavor was very bitter and it had a fore and an aftertaste that lingered.The mouthfeel of this beer was tingly on the tongue, smooth, thin and watery.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 18:36:32 | More by hotstuff
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inebrius

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a sticky froth capped apple cider--at least that's what it looks like in my plastic Holiday Inn cup, slummin' it tonight boys. Nose of lemon spritzed grain husks and the wrapper from one of those caramel candies with the cream center. Hefty malt spine hints at dry-roasted peanuts until up-staged by a long citric hop finish. Full and creamy body. A fine session or hotel beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 21:01:33 | More by inebrius
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Indybeer

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a light amber color, with a very good head that slowly receded. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of hops and malt. Good carbonation. Taste is hoppy and lightly sweet. From start to finish this is a very good, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 19:32:54 | More by Indybeer
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly hazed copper color with a nice off-white creamy head. It has a very nice aroma consisting of fresh baked bread and a musty earthy grain topped with hot melted butter. The taste mimics the smell with a heavier musty tone and a mild well-balance citrus hop. This light bodied brew is a little on the thin side yet drinks down really easy and finishes lightly dry. A nice refreshing summer beverage! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 21:30:58 | More by BeerAngel
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one a million times, just never got around to reviewing it. I found it to be a decent APA. It pours to a golden/orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of citric hops. The flavor is fruity, that of citrus and lemon zest. It also has a bit of bready malt flavor. It finishes dry and bitter. I very drinkable APA, very crisp. This is a brew I go to because of its availability; I can find it at any liquor store around the area.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 10:42:51 | More by BeerBuilder
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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

This is the second beer from Summit that I've tried (thanks again, Mr. Monk). As with the IPA, this is a good, tasty ale. Nice appearance, with some foamy head and lacing. Nice citrus hop smell and taste. Finishes a bit thin and decidedly bitter, but I would imagine that is just what they intended. As American micro ales go, I like Summit. Hoppy yes, but the citrus flavors still find their way through. I look forward to trying more of their styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 20:33:57 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, orangish-gold body reveals plumes of slow-rising tiny bubbles beneath a creamy, off-white head. The retention is good, and it retains a thin creamy surface covering throughout most of the pint. Some spotty lace also adds to its appearance. The nose offers a pleasant and welcoming combination of gently citrusy hops and soft, caramel-tinged malt. The body is medium; and it's gently crisp in the mouth due to an exceptionally fine, median carbonation. A solid bitterness is present at the outset; wrapped in a thin blanket of sweetish, caramel laced malt and grassy/mildly lemony citrus hops. It finishes with a lingering maltiness that fades to reveal a long-lasting bitterness that lays at the back of the throat. Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 15:00:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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marc77

California

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light copper hue with brilliant clarity. Puffy, soft peak cream white head leaves loose lace. Waft of doughy malt and mellow light caramel along with soft, floral hops with a tinge of citrus. Pleasant, understated aroma. Rounded, moderate hop bitterness grabs the palate at first, then tapers to allow judicious caramel malt sweetness to provide contrast. Tame, yet faceted hop flavor is comprised of floral, citrusy and mildly earthy components. Lightly bodied, with an agreeably crisp mouthfeel a notch above thin. Finishes dry, slightly bready and clean. Although a tad underwhelming in overall character, Summit EPA exhibits excellent balance and thus superb drinkability. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 06:09:37 | More by marc77
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark gold color. Good size head, fluffy and white. Tastes like a nice pale ale, not as hoppy as some, nothing too complex going on with this drink. Know that it tastes good, and it would be tough to be disappointed with it. A nice MInnesota brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 22:39:13 | More by Tballz420
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color as it sets in the glass a transpicuous deep amber, the head hefty in size, creamy in texture and a very light tan in color and the residual lace a thick and glutinous sheet to meld with the glass. Nose is sweet buttery malt, fresh and clean quite pleasing to the senses, start is sweetly malt, the top middling. Nice mild acidity on the finish, the hops perky in their bite, nice dry aftertaste, once again a beer that would be great on a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2003 15:57:22 | More by Gusler
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber-bronze hue, lucent, quick to withdraw white head, soapy retention, negligible lace. Uneventful nose, grainy, some hoppiness, pleasant toasty-caramel malt notes underneath. Decent palate, moderately bitter… balanced nicely, caramel malt, hint of grain. Mild hoppy aftertaste; quick finish… clean with little oily residue. Medium-light body, typical carbonation. EPA is a very drinkable beer, honestly nothing is noteworthy but it is worth a try, nothing to seek out though. Overall, I do like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 13:39:44 | More by bditty187
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a gold/copper with a very thick small head, stays throughout. A very pleasant "bubblegum" smell, somewhat fruity. The initial taste is sweet hops, and a bit dry. Mouthfeel is also dry, hoppy and a bit grainy, but this is a great pale ale, and very drinkable, anytime.

Notes. Rare for me to issue 2 fives, but the smell is just awesome and the drinkability is right on target, this suits me fine. I'm tryin' not to base my judgement on just visiting the Summit Brewery either!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 20:09:41 | More by GeoffRizzo
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copperish brown with not much of head but what is there is fluffy. This beer is pretty hoppy with a citrus twang. The bitterness comes through on the palate solidly, but is not overdone. It's pretty smooth with a thin, carbonated mouthfeel. It's a solid pale ale, not exciting, but not bad either and can be an enjoyable session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 16:44:44 | More by AudioGilz
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John

New York

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

Clear copper color. Thin but persistent layer of off-white foam. Aroma is pine resiny hops with Wonder bread dough beneath. Flavor is unmistakably hoppy and crisp. Not at all over the top, just very solid. A nice session pale that could easily be a fall back brew a la Sierra Nevada pale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2003 18:59:45 | More by John
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber/ copper color, and thin , disappearing head. Sharp, vibrant hops abound here...citrus fruits and more, grapefruit, apricot, cinnamon, sharp cheese? Long, exciting finish, the hops mingle among the taste buds, the lips, and gums. Great bitterness on top, medium body, warm and tingly. Thoroughly satisfying, but not particularly remarkable. A reliable tasty treat.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2003 21:55:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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zerk

California

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and copper with a very thin head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops over biscuity malt. Flavor begins with some carmel malt, and a bit of citrus... followed by some herbal tea spiciness. Somewhat prickly mouthfeel with a thin to medium body. Pretty well balanced, and a solid English Pale Ale, but no real outstanding qualities.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 14:09:19 | More by zerk
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Viking

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and deep amber body. Faint traces of CO2 drift lazily toward the surface. Starts with a nice, soft head that fades to a pretty thick lace and leaves plenty clinging to the glass. Smells of bready caramel malt with a heavy dose of hops - earthy and floral. Bitter, biscuity, caramel flavor, with a slightly oily hop finish. Rough mouthfeel on this one, but still a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 12:42:04 | More by Viking
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

I recently had this beer on tap. 4 of them in succession. (It was 2 for 1 at the time). And it was better than my previous experience from a bottle. These jottings are off the top of my head.

It had a nice appearance (even though the mug was frosted). Sniff was hoppy, but not quite as hoppy as I like. The taste was nice overall. I still think that this beer has been reworked over the past couple of years. I remember more of a citric hop presence and bitter aspect a few years ago. That said, it was an enjoyable brew. Drinkability was high (as my 4 in an hour can attest to). Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2002 21:51:46 | More by Bighuge
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jackndan

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointed with this beer: looks great, smells good, and tastes lame. I was expecting a hopped up American style IPA, what I got was a hopped Coors red. Very under whelming flavor from this beer, the only remarkable thing there was a slight hop flavor in the aftertaste. I did not feel like hunting for taste, and therefore I can’t give this a thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 20:27:04 | More by jackndan
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Attractive deep golden brew, bordering on amber. Sizeable off-white head settles to a substancial film with solid lacing.
Funky aroma of herbal/floral hops and lots of musty yeast. Nasty.
Taste is in the hop direction, with a good amounts of slightly spicy, grassy hues. The grassiness really jumps out and throws this one off. Biscuit maltiness lingers in the background, but never asserts itself. Lingering grassy hop aftertaste. Quite bitter.
Moderately thin in the mouth. Ok, but far from dazzling.
This is not awful, but I couldn't drink more than one or two. That should certainly not be the case for a pale ale.

Funny...I actually remember thinking fairly highly of this. But it has been awhile, something must have changed, either in my palette or this beer..or both.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2002 23:18:21 | More by cokes
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.