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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: 998
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 10
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm golden light copper body with a white creamy head and a good carbonation.

S- The smell of green spicy hops had a soft pale malt note that was a bit dry.

T- The taste of light caramel toasted malt with fresh pale malt had a note of dry malt in the back ground. There was a nice crisp pine resin bitterness with a citrus note in the background.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- The big hops had a nice complexity and a smooth malt flavor in the background.

rhoadsrage, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of jthree78
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my drinking beer, always a case on hand, so good on hot days. I love the hoppy aftertaste. I like other pale ales but this is just so good all the time, wether from tap or bottle. mmm. You can drink it at any temp, but best real cold. I need to get some more.

jthree78, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light caramel with a 2 fingers+ offwhite head. Very good lacing & good head retention

Smell: Piney hops & fruitiness

Taste: Nice up front bitterness followed by big fruttyness & malt. Finishes bitter & satisfying

MF: Great balance & carbonation, good heft to it

Really sessionable ale IMHO. Pretty impressed I must say

russpowell, May 21, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass pint. Pours a deep, rich bronze color. Decent foam head. Smells sweet, definitive hop aromas. Slight nut malt flavor, citrus/fruit and of course the hops. Great body and sweet caramel-y aftertaste. This is a great Pale Ale.

MeLikeBeer, May 18, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Looks to be a deep transparent amber color with a decent head. Smells, well, there isn't much there. A few hops, but pretty week in the nose. Taste is pretty good. A floral hoppiness combined with a nice malt backbone. Mouthfeel is very smooth and overall this is a nice pale ale.

SethB2, May 01, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby. Pours a solid, deep copper color with a finger of white head that falls quickly to a light film over top. Clarity is as good as it gets, and no apparent carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Very good looking beer here. Nose is pretty nice. Good interplay of caramel malt and sweet, moderately dominant citrusy hops with light peppery hop character as well. Flavor is nice as well. Caramel malts are dominant, with a touch of fruityness in there. A citrusy hop comes through moderately, with very nice flavor, finishing with just a moderate bitterness, but very clean. There is a light metallic tinge to the beer. Its not bad, but doesn't meld well with the other flavors. Feel is a solid moderate with a moderate carbonation. The feel is really nice, and I like how the carbonation breaks it up. Its substantial, but not overbearing. This one is very smooth and easy drinking. Would be an easy session beer for me, as its just not strong any way around and it doesn't make me feel full. This one is nice.

kmpitz2, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the age of 24, I have already had so much of this stuff to drink. It is local around here, so whenever I go to a new bar, before I see their beer list I ask for either a Sierra Nevada pale ale or a Summit EPA. This isn't going to knock anyones socks off, but it is really good for what I just described, a good beer to sit and relax with after work. It has got a pretty good lighter brown color, it goes down easy, just enough hops for a EPA, refreshing and smooth. It's nice to have a local beer that can be this good of a standard.

dfried, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of jamesdergen
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At many Twin Cities bars, this is the only respectable brew that they have available. The first time I tried it was at a pizza place that had some BMC and then Summit's EPA, and it's been a staple for me ever since.

A: Pours a deep translucent bronze with a big, foamy off-white head.

S: Not much going on here, some faint grassy hops...

T: Great balance of grainy, nutty malts and grassy, floral hops. Neither dominates the other. Finishes super-clean.

M: Smooth, light-bodied and not too carbonated.

D: Excellent. This brew is a great balance of taste, character and drinkability. I would easily take down another if I hadn't already had a Two Hearted Ale.

Overall, this is a very solid brew that we are lucky to have up here in the Twin Cities. Very well balanced in taste and drinkability, very affordable and very available locally. Support your local brew economy!

jamesdergen, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of ryantupy
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a light toned copper color with a moderate sized head. It smelled of roasted malts and maybe some english caramel. The taste was bitter at first then smoothed out and rather light. I found it to be a slighty un-enjoyable beer and its bitteness kept it from getting good points on the drinkablility.

ryantupy, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this one on a recent trip south of the border. The only local offering available at the St. Paul Hotel, so had to have a bottle to accompany my meal.
Stubby, brown bottle, made with only 4 ingredients. Pours a bronze orange color with a short off-white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles and thin line of lacing along the glass. Aroma is of lots of grapefruity hops. A nice clean smell makes your mouth water. Wonderful pale ale flavor - well balanced mix of malts and hops. Full body, some sweet malts, light floral hops, citrus grapefruit finish. The crisp bitterness was the perfect match to my meal: A steak sandwich covered in caramelized onions and crumbleb blue cheese. The pale ale cut through the strong flavors, and cleansed the palate. Very drinkable sessional, or accompaniment to spicy, full flavored food. I'm glad I found this one.

BigBry, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Mostly clear light copper color. Light toffee aroma and some subtle roasted malts. The flavor is nothing too mindblowing, but it's smooth and light, which helps it's drinkability.
Summit truly is a hit-or-miss brewery for me. Luckily, this one is a keeper.

hero27, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of ejames
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice copper, slight head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight lace.

Smell: Malty, with hints of Hops. Nothing really comes right out at me, but smells very well balanced.

Taste: This has got to be one of the most balanced beers I have had. The caramel, toastiness, is in perfect harmony with the hop bitterness. There is no fighting; no single flavor is pushing to be up front. This is a wonderful balance for an APA. I love hops, but sometimes they can get tiring on the palate. This beer allows me to fulfill my hop fix, whilst keep my tongue from going numb.

Mouthfeel: Just right. Not too thin, not too heavy, very smooth.

Drinkability: This can be consumed in large quantities. Even though it claims to be 5.10%ABV, it can sneak up on you, so be careful. Again, the perfect balance and smoothness will not tire any one sense, so it is easy to drink multiple bottles.

ejames, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Summit offering pours a bronze amber color with a smallish off-white head. Lots of lacing along the glass and a bit of bubbles rising to the top.

Aroma is slightly sweet but mostly toasty with a clean hop bitterness. It's a bit weaker but what are you expecting.

Flavors are really melded together. The malts and hops don't stand out on their own but come together quite nicely. A toasty grainy body with some light honey and caramel sweetness above. Light floral hops seem to cling onto the malty flavors. A very slight grapefruit hint comes out in the finish. Afterwards I am left breathing some bitter notes.

The body was quite surprising to me. Not really watery at all, the flavors held together quite nicely and the thickness was really well suited for the beer. Maybe a bit more carbonation and liveliness would be nice.

This is a drinkable APA. The abv seemed just right and the flavors left me interested to grab another, which I did. I think I'll probably drink about 3 or 4 tonight. Good drinkability and another solid offering from Summit.

granger10, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 1/2/06. Just getting around to typing my notes tonight.

A--copperish amber color with 1 inch head that stayed until ¾ of the beer was gone. Excellent lacing on the glass. A beautiful beer

S--Faint citrus and sweet

T--nice malt and hoppy flavor with a sweet introduction, then the pale ale bitterness that I love. The citrus flavors are swirled with the roasted malt flavor.

M--light and lively and I love the sweetness followed by the bitterness

D—A wonderful beer and it is what I choose for long drinking sessions. It has been my favorite session beer since moving to Minnesota from Atlanta in the early 90s. It was love at first taste for me!

hanco005, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Mad Mex Robinson. Appearance: Copper orange nice cream colored thin leaves sparse lacing. Aroma: Piney slightly floral hop aroma nice sweet toasted malts balanced with nutty edge. Taste: Great hoppy pale ale nothing to extreme some healthy bitterness with a pieny bready mix good stuff. Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied evenly carbonated goes down smooth. Drinkability: Sessionable for an evening or a nice starter to adjust the palate to hops.

WVbeergeek, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of snilsen13
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Being from the Twin Cities, everybody knows this beer. It's ubiquitously on tap and that's a very good thing. Usually, it's this or lawnmower beer. So, you start ot love it just for that reason alone, but then you drink it in the context of your home (could be a bottle effect) and it doesn't measure up as the oustanding beer you felt it was back at the bar.

So, that said, this is an IPA that tastes like grapefruit. If there ever was a grapefruit flavored brew, this is the one to compare it with. It's still a non-fruit beer, but the overpowering flavor of grapefruit is all I can grasp in it any longer. Yes, it's refreshing and thus highly drinkable.

If it's available, you need to try it.

snilsen13, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a light amber with a thin slightly tan head. Smelled of grapefruit, pine and popcorn. Tasted of sweet grapefruit, wheat grains, green grapes and had a very nice smooth yet dry hop flavor. The mouth feel was medium bodied with a full mouth of small bubbles.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came with a good, white head that produced decent retention throughout. It was a deep yellow/light gold in color. The nose had a lightly grassy hop smell. I noted a medium mouthfeel with a good mix of malt and hops on the tongue. The finish was slightly bitter, but still pleasant. Definitely a good drinking beer and with the relatively low ABV, a candidate for a session beer.

woodychandler, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours an orange-copper color with a nice, off-white frothy layer of head. Smells of hops, floral hops. The taste is good. A really fine tasting ale here. A nice hop flavor with slight malt characteristics and a tiny bit of sourness near the end. Finishes dry and clean. Mouthfeel is average, and the drinkability is great. This one goes down quick and easy. I'd be happy drinking several of these. Nice offering here, probably my favorite from Summit.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of evanackerman
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think Summit beers are some of the best values out there, they are all pretty tasty and usually a decent price.

This beer pours a nice copper color with a good head and decent retention.

Aroma is a nice mix of hops and malt, perhaps emphasizing the malt a bit more strongly than the hops.

Taste is domintated by hops, however, which is just fine with me, there is sufficient malt to back it up and keep this beer from being one dimensional.

Overall, this is an easy drinking, very pleasant and clean APA, to me it is on the same level as SNPA, a great everyday beer at a very reasonable price (at least it was when i lived in Wisconsin).

evanackerman, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a restaurant in Minneapolis. Excellent choice from their selection. The appearance was dark yellow color with 1 finger white head.

Aroma was very inviting, with an enticing hoppy edge. The flavor followed through on the hops promise, with a slightly bitter (perfect) aftertaste. Not too shabby at all.

I'll look for this in bottle to try it again. Nicely done.

TurdFurgison, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On-Tap 09/13/05 at the Hyatt Downtown bar in Minneapolis, MN.

Amber color with a decent off-white head and decnt carbonation. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor without being overpowering for the style. Nicely balanced and not over the top hoppy like many APA's. Light-medium bodied with a crisp hoppy finish.

A very enjoyable and sessionable APA that I had my fair share of that night !!

Per Summit website:
OG: 12 P
Color: 14 L
IBUs: 45
ABV: 5.1%
Malts: 2-Row Harrington, Caramel
Hops: Horizon, Fuggle, Cascade

RBorsato, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out to a pumpkin orange color with a nice dense foamy head. Some lacing around the glass. Lower carbonation. Not much of an aroma, but notes of sweetness and hops were detected. Taste was smooth and mild, with a nice 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. This brew is more flavorful than the India Pale Ale I had the other day. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was quite surprised by this beer. I thought the "Extra" might be a little too light on the palate, but I suppose not.

The beer pours perfectly into a shaker pint with an inch head topping off the glass. It is a clear pale golden color with a decent carbonation. The head is thick and creamy, but doesn't leave much of a lacing at all.

The smell is floral hoppy with a light pale malt character. Very refreshing.

The taste contains equal parts sweet and bitter, the former flowing smoothly into the latter. Nice citrusy hop flavor in the finish.

The beer has a very light body with a crisp carbonated feel, but still packs a good dose of bitterness in the finish. This makes a great summer drinker.

neonbrown82, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of nomad
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a pint this beer is the lightest amber before orange-gold, shining bright and pretty. Good semi-chunky head supported by varying speeds and sizes of carbonation.

Smell is strongly floral and woody with a honey-like backing of light sweetness. Unlike many ales with floral scents this did not fade but increase in spritely herbal character. A little caustic for my taste, though.

On first sip is light caramel over a soft malty body, then countered by a snappy, highly floral hop burst with earthy, pungent, and quite drying but slakingly so. Sometimes a subtle tea flavor comes out. Light, round mouthfeel accentuates the dryness, unfortunately. Too floral and biting for my tastes.

nomad, Aug 06, 2005
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.