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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: 1,104
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 129 | 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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Ratings: 1,104 | Reviews: 444
Photo of fostwal
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't quite sure what an extra pale ale was when I started drinking this beer. The appearance is in keeping with the American pale ale. Its a nice clear golden color. Scent is light with hops and unroasted malt. The carbonation is fairly heavy. Tasting it is where I noticed the extra. It is in the malt flavors. Its a nice option for those looking for more flavor than your standard macro brew.

Photo of Bagman007
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Amber coloring with about a half inch of head.

S- Very hoppy scent. Somewhat spicy and sweet as well.

T- Extremely nice balance to this beer. Not too hoppy at all, but still fairly hoppy.

M- For a beer as hoppy as this is, it still feels very smooth.

D- Extremely smooth and extremely drinkable.

Overall this is an excellent Pale Ale. Very smooth and very drinkable. Highly recommended to all.

Photo of jmbranum
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extremely tasty beer.

What I like about it is that it has huge hops but also has enough malt for it to be balanced.

Dark-amber coppery brown clear brew with a nice head. Great aroma with hoppy and toasty notes.

The flavor is rich and satisfying, a perfect pairing of just the right amount of hops with some maple & malt notes. This reminds me of maybe a darker Celis Pale Bock or maybe a hoppy Paulaner Salvator.

I just noticed that this beer is listed as an APA and not an IPA. That does seem to be a better fit for it. (I was thinking "extra Pale" = IPA)

OK, now that we have the style straight, this is the best d*** pale ale of my recollection. I highly recommend it.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden brown body with a frothy one and a half finger head that fades away very slowly. There is no haziness or apparent carbonation in this beer.

S - Malts, hops and a faint sweetness (citrus like) all hit your noise right away.

T - Hops and a nice bitterness all hit your mouth during this one. There is also a faint sweetness that is apparent in this one that gives it a nice balance between the hops and the bitterness

M - Hops and sweetness early on followed by a smooth bitterness towards the finish.

D - This a rather easy beer to drink. The only downside is the bitterness this beer finishes with. I could have a few in a sitting.

Photo of nick76
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is hoppy with a citrus type hop. The malt is very strong too giving it a nice balance. The appearance is amber gold with a small but foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a nice herb-bread like taste. The palate is smooth but thin. Overall this is a good beer.

Photo of Strix
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange-amber with a decent head.

Smells hoppy, with a grainy component, a bit weak.

Tastes of caramel malt building to grapefruit hops, bitter citric rind finish.

Mouthfeel and carbonation medium.

For me, this really didn't stand out, but it was a solid APA. I'd have it again.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Im sampling 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp.
The beer pours a clear chestnut to amber color with a fizzy eggshell white head of 1 inch foaming up and fading to a sturdy edge layer fairly rapidly. The edge layer does leave tight lattice as the beer is swirled.
Aroma is mild grainy malt and some general malt sweetness, caramel etc. Also a bit of a roasted note that is unexpected. I also get faint floral hops in there as well. Some decent complexity for a mild smelling beer.
First sip reveals a lite body and fine tingly carbonation. A little on the watery side.
Flavor is grainy and caramel malt with just a hint of floral to earthy hops on the finish. no hint of abv. A fairly easy drinking beer that doesnt seem like it would be very filling either.
Decent but not great.

Photo of lhaqq
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold body with a white head with great lacing.
S: Not too much smell. Subdued hops and a bit of sweet malts.
T: Taste isn't too strong either, but is similar to the smell; starts off with some hoppy bitterness then finishes with a bit of sweetness.
M: Crisp and refreshing.
D: Good session beer and great to have with food--had it with a Jucy Lucy at Matt's Bar in Minneapolis.

Photo of Bockrules
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Northern Grill at the St. Paul airport

A - Pours a dark copper with a nice one finger head. Head stays intact almost all the way down the glass. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Not a whole lot here. Just an earthy hop smell on a honey-malt body. Not bad.

T - A little bit of alcohol on the nose. The body was very well balanced with cascade hops over a sweet honey flavored body. A hint of hop flavor in the finish with a dry, oily aftertaste. Not nearly as hoppy as expected.

M - Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Suits the style well although could be a bit thicker.

D - This was a good drinking APA that went well with the hot wings I ate with it. Highly drinkable with a nice honey body, although not nearly enough hop flavor. A good choice, but not especially memorable.

Photo of DocTheDJ
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Short Brown 12 oz bottle (in open top six pack)

Sounds Delicate upon opening & pouring a very good sign!

Looks Good on it's pour has a nice clean amber/orangish color. Nice 3/4 inch head holds surprisingly well nearly a minute or more before slowly turning into a nice ring, lacing never realy seems to go away (real good for an extra pale).

Smell: Not as strong as I anticipated, but good. Definately smells like an uperclass pale ale with it's tangy brown sugar? and lightly smokey/berry head with a light toasty yeast smell (a bit woody to but realy not sure what type).

Taste: Surprisingly good and matches taste and smell fairly well, until you swallow and then boom! after notes are much stronger than it's smell and initial taste, a nice smoked wood/sugar combination. Not to sweet and not to bitter (would like a bit more) but both these are tooned down and I think make a nice match. Not to salty and not to strong at first bite either. Just bitter enough for a good session.

MouthFeel: Carbonation may be to much for some drinkers but I didn't think it was to aggresive. An almost delicate carbonation which was quite nice. A bit watery but is an extra pale and I would say is good for it's style.

Not to sweet also providing a great session. Would be a great beer for those who are looking for good flavor but not so much bitter and not so much sweet (&salty) Love it's aftertaste/smell and it's undertones. Tastes good both cold and warm very nice! Kept upgrading it's likability as I drank and typed!
Lots of Positive reviews here and I must say I a came back to re-edit My Review to ask why people are not giving it a hire rating?

Had to come back again to upgrade it's drinkability again. It seems I cannot stop! mmm... yummy...

Coming back one more time after (instructing) a bartender to give me a very large warmed pilsner galss with this beer in it from the tap. It was better on tap surprisingly. Its sticky resin and herbal smell came out a bit stronger than from the bottle. (Turns out the KEG WAS fresher than what I bought in the bottle!)

Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber/orange color. A creamy beige head forms and leaves some sticky rings of lace.
S: Grapefruit and citrus hops. A musky, grainy, malty aroma. Fairly standard. Though a little nondescript.
T: Similar to the nose. A little bitter grapefruit and citrus hop flavor. Some sweet grainy malt to balance.
M/D This has a light to medium body. A clean and crisp carbonation that makes for a refreshing beer to drink. A session beer for sure.

A decent Pale Ale. Nothing to complicated, but pleasant. I would drink this again, though there are plenty of other good pale ales around that I would go to first.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/9/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden brown colored body, with a small whitish head that is somewhat diminishing. Has a hoppy aroma, also malty. Some fruitiness in the nose too. Not very strong. Nutty taste. Some grain. Light taste. Carbonated. Okay taste.

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.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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