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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: 1,092
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 120 | FT: 1
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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 Mistofminn
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz short brown tinted bottle

A - Clear amber color with a nice 2 finger head.

S - Smells like the typical pale ale. Hops are prominent.

T - Very hoppy taste, which makes me "hoppy" (I apologize for the bad play on words). Bitter aftertaste lasts.

M - Smooth, with perfect carbonation. Well balanced.

D - Basic and impressive. I've been drinking this for a long time now. When I first had it, initially I was unimpressed. After all, it came from Minnesota, how good could it be? After a while it grew on me (as most brews do) and now I rather enjoy it. Cheers.

Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a bright varnish brown. Pours a decent layer of head, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops and citrus notes.

Taste is a little less on the floral hops, but way stronger with the flavor of citrus.

Mouthfeel is bitter at first, but then it fades away and goes down smooth. A medium level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Drinkability is solid and the cost is just right. Definitely something I will be purchasing again.

Photo of Buebie
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Summits staple brew. I've been drinkin it for many years and am just now getting around to reviewing it, weird.

Poured from a 120z brown bottle into a snifter. No freshness date on the bottle.
Orangish copper, transparent with nice carbonation rise.
1 finger fluffy white head. Receeding to a nice assortment of bubbles and a thin cap of retention. Nice honey comb pattern of sticky white lace lines my glass.

Aroma is of sweet honey, cloves, grassy hemp like hop aromas.
A nice floral sweet, dry hopped profile, very attractive. Some pine hops with a resine like aroma. Buttery bready dough aroma, with hints of carmel.

Starts out well with hops dominating and carbonation zinging my tounge. Clover honey with a mild sweetness and some minerally water. Pine and more pine, with a dry crisp clean finish and a nice hop linger.

Great beer on any day of the year. I pirticularly enjoy this on a summer night, sitting outside

Photo of hiikeeba
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up clear amber gold with a dense white head

S - Faint hop aroma, mostly Cascades. Nice.

T - some caramel malt flavor, quickly balanced by Cascade hop flavor.

M - A little thin, but good carbonation

D - Very drinkable. The hops are not too overpowering.

Photo of AbrahamRobert
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint weizen glass.

This beer pours a deep golden amber color, with a nice layer of head. The lacing is phenominal, I could see each drink I took all the way down to the last gulp. Retention is decent depending on how fast its consumed.

It smells like a pale ale, with an emphasis on the hops.

The taste is very hoppy, with a nice bitter aftertaste that does not linger very long.

This is definitely one of my favorite beers, and probably one of the best EPA's I'll ever have.

Photo of elniko
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: High carbonation apparent, head minimal with lacing apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Nice fruity, citrus nose.

T & M: After the nose I was expected a little more hoppiness in the taste. I found this be between an American and English pale ale. Mouthfeel just slightly on the thin side. Biscuity tones with a just slightly bitter, hoppy finish.

D: Definitely drinkable, first brew I've had from Summit. I don't know if I would seek this out again but I wouldn't mind trying some other brews from this brewery.

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

This beer pours a clear golden yellow, with a thin, but fluffy white head. This head fades slow, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a malty, bready aroma. A slight citrusy hop aroma is present, but it is very subtle. Mostly just a biscuit malt aroma.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Mildly malty, with a sweet, biscuity flavor. A very subtle citrus hop flavor is present too.

This beer might just be a little too carbonated. It leaves a malty sweet aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a pretty decent session beer. Ther alcohol content is low enough, and the flavor is pretty non aggressive.

Overall: Thank you Scoobydank for this very kind hook up. This beer is pretty good, for what it is. I am not the biggest fan of the style, as I love extreme beers. In some cases I might call this beer boring. However, For what it is, this beer is pretty good. I would probably drinkmit more often if I lived in St Paul.

Photo of jjanega08
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Long time drinker 1st time reviewer

A= beautiful dark amber color with a small head and great lacing
S= hoppy and citusy, very basic smell but a very good smell
T= great hops, some citrus flavor, slight malts at first. Very good
M= great! One of the best mouthfeels I've ever had its just the perfect balance of smoothness and a little bite
D= great. This beer is very very basic but very good. Its a locally brewed beer and its just so average its perfect for just about anything. If u expect fancyness you will be disapointed but if you expect a good easy beer this is great. Great go to beer and amazing session beer

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Prestinely clarified, a light amber (maybe a bit paler) with a clean white head. Moderate retention.

S-Citrusy hops, as well a slight floweriness. A bit of sweet malt underneat.

T-Initially bitter, the follwed with flowery hop flavor over a crisp sweet maltiness. Also, nutty malts intertwined. Nicely balanced, with a lingering bitterness.

M-Light-moderate carbonation, resulting in a smooth feel throughout the mouth.

D-Highly drinkable. A popular beer in the Twin Cities, owning to this drinkability. It's a borderline session beer.

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright amber/copper color. Fluffy white head which settles into thin top coat, and leaves good lace behind. Very hoppy citrus aroma. Hoppy taste, but good malt support. Hoppy aftertaste as well, but not overdone. An excellent Pale Ale, definitely in a class with Sierra Nevada. Now if only I could get this around me!

Photo of edbeered
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at the Groveland Tap in St Paul, this pours a clear dark amber color(darker than the usual EPA)with a large white head that slowly dissipates, leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is of citrussy hops(this version of this beer was dry hopped with Amarillo Hops). My goodness, if only the regular version of the EPA tasted like this! Citrussy and earthy hops predominate. There is a slight fruity presence, but the hops rule. The mouthfeel is refreshing. The crispness I usually taste with Summit beers is absent here, but that only emphasizes the difference from the usual EPA. I had 3 of these and wished I could get more(I believe it will be available at the Autumn Brew Review for those of you lucky enough to get tickets). A very worthy effort!

Photo of peck95
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a good ale, i wish it had a little more hops aroma and bittering.

a, a dark yellow color with a good sized head and some good lacing
s, a very slight hop presence but mostly caramel malt

t, the caramel malt is mostly present with a slight pine hop

m, the body is a little watery but the hops come out cause a nice little numbing on the back of the tongue

d, this is a very nice session beer a very simple clean tasting beer.

Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Ramada Mall of the Americas in Bloomington, MN this one shows a clear medium amber color with a goodly slightly off-white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is a clean crisp wheat with a nice hint of toffee and citrus. The taste from a cold pint glass is a lively mouthful of light citrus/grassy hops and clean cereal graininess. I also pick up a subtle spice here. Very decent for a reasonably tastey brew that is very drinkable. Hoppy enough to bring a little sourness into the equation. The sourness nearly amounts to a sour milk finish. Worth a try next time you visit the Twin Cities.

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! :-)

Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.