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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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971 Ratings
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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 61 | 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 KarlHungus


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, but not very strong. The taste thankfully is fuller than the smell. Big and fruity with a mildly hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer. It is always a top notch standby, as it is carried by most drinking establishments in the Minnesota area.

07-18-2005 22:46:38 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Higravity


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

A nice amber colored beer with a decent head. Smells of fragarnt fruity hops and a twinge of citrus fruit. It has a metallic taste to it that I wish wasn't there, but it is still a nice light malty brew with a refreshing splash of hops that livens up the palate. A good session brew if only I didn't taste the metal as much.

06-13-2005 19:12:32 | More by Higravity
Photo of Brent


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

I really liked the way this beer was put together - the overall effect was very satisfying. I sampled this back-to-back with Summit's IPA, the the hopping difference was striking. The IPA hopping was rather blunt, whereas this extra pale ale had a very nice dimension of fruityness in the hops. A very long flavor profile - the hops hit early and carried through to the end of the taste, a bit flowery up front but then thinning and going a bit lemony citric toward the end, with some sourness developing that was very engaging. Very good, not in a knock-your-socks-off sort of way, but in an easy-drinking session ale way.

06-09-2005 17:57:13 | More by Brent
Photo of tiodan


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: pours a modest half-inch head that quickly dissipates, leaving a fair amount of lacing around the glass. color is a pleasing, golden copper.

Smell: light cascadey hop aroma- nothing to write home about.

Taste: mild malt presence is quickly overcome by an assertive, but not aggressive, typical APA hop twang that lasts until a good little while after i swallow. the flavor rounds and mellows as the beer warms, allowing the malt to assert itself. it's well balanced, flavorful enough to satisfy serious beer fans but mild enough to please the timid.

Mouthfeel: light, nothing stunning.

Drinkability: eminently drinkable and always enjoyable. works just fine with food or as session beer.

Summit never blows me away, but never fails to please. considering the low price, this is always worth it and makes a good stock beer.

05-21-2005 22:57:43 | More by tiodan
Photo of BeerBob


4/5  rDev +8.1%

Summit “Extra Pale Ale” pours a dark copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle. Head goes to over two fingers then settles down to a nice cap of foam with a fair amount of lace.

Nose is a hoppy grapefruit barley malt. Palate is a major grapefruit citrus and dominates the entire brew. A creamy malt is present to make for a pleasant mouthfeel as the sweet barley malt pokes through the grapefruit citrus. Any bitter from the hops is in the background, the hops are there, but the palate recognizes the citrus first and foremost.

I like this brew for its taste, its looks, and for the warm glow that it leaves me with...

04-08-2005 03:06:41 | More by BeerBob
Photo of bucko


4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

Summit Extra Pale is a great local pour. Copper in color with a small white head. The hops give it a grapefruit/citric aroma and it's balanced out quite well by the malt. Since it's local and available in the Twin Cities, it's a great, reliable session beer. Perhaps I'm a bit biased, but I think this is one of the best APAs around.

03-31-2005 21:40:36 | More by bucko
Photo of Gruntlumber


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Seems like everyone got the Summit variety pack. While I liked them all, the Extra Pale impressed me the most compared to what I was expecting. I anticipated an easy drinking lighter beer with little flavor; however, this is one of the more flavorable Pales I've had recently. Nicely balanced with a touch of hops. It wouldn't be hard to drink a bunch of these.

03-18-2005 15:36:23 | More by Gruntlumber
Photo of BigRedN


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Final beer I had from the four beer sampler pack. I think I saved the best for last.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, this beer has a copper/orangeish, appearance, a bit hazy, with a thin white head, about 1/4 inch. Head collapsed to a thin layer covering about half the top of the liquid with solid ring aroung the glass. Decent lacing to the finish.

Smell: Hops jump the the forefront, but the scent seems a bit subdued from the IPA, and there is a bit of maltyness that is detectable (although only slightly or I may still be smelling the Grand). The beer has a slightly citrusy aroma.

Taste: While I thought the Grand was mostly malt, and the IPA mostly hops, this beer strikes a good balance between hoppy bitter by providing a bit of malty sweetness. It is not overpowering in either way, but subtle. The taste is also slightly citrusy, although I am not sure if this is caused by the hops or the malt backing.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body than some APA's I can remember and lightly carbonated. Thisone also has a good clean finish with no flavors lingering too long on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very good, a decent enrty level APA for someone just entering the world of better beer (I think I said about the same for the IPA). Not over-the-top hoppy, or too malty, well balance beer IMO.

03-11-2005 06:04:43 | More by BigRedN
Photo of slyke


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

Summit EPA pours out a copper-orange color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Broken, but consistent lacing as the beer disappears. There is nothing special in the aroma of this beer, which is the weakest point of this brew. It is a tasty beer with a clean, hoppy flavor. Good, solid mouthfeel and very drinkable.

This is one of my regular brews in the fridge and the beer I use in recipes calling for "beer." I like this beer and although it is not perfect, it is darn tasty and satisfying to most of the craft brew drinkers I know.

02-27-2005 20:51:10 | More by slyke
Photo of chilidog


4.4/5  rDev +18.9%

The numbers say it well, I like this Summit. The Extra Pale pours a good looking amber-copper. A rich thick chewy look as a slight haze appears with it. The head is pillow like, solid and retains well. Lace is great all glass long as a white web follows the brew of liquid. The aroma is citric, sweet and of a slight hop. The taste is a well balanced mix of sweet malt and citric hop. The mouth is left crisp as a slight hop lingers on awhile. The drinkability, oh ya! A good mix that goes well with itself and a meal. Its malts are sweet enough and its hops are crisp, clean and provide a good blend of tastes.

02-19-2005 02:56:45 | More by chilidog
Photo of Bierguy5


3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

Slightly hazy copper/amber color. Thick white head, very good retention, with some patchwork lace on the glass. Citrusy hop nose, not much else. Slightly toasted malt, combined with citrusy and floral hop flavor. Not a great amount of either. Why is this Xtra pale? Seemed a bit thin, althoug carbonation was ok. Overall, I thought this was a decent beer. Not Xtra pale, more like English pale. Still decent.

02-12-2005 04:01:42 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of BrewMaster


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

Served with a nice reddish color with a golden tint to it. A frothy white head on top with unevenly sized bubbles as it thins out. Not great head retention save for a ring of foam around the top. As the beer is consumed it leaves good lines on the side of the glass. The aroma is crisp and sweet and even in a regular pint glass a lot of aroma reaches the nose. Pale malt scents with some citrus as well.

The flavor is a well balanced malty base with some biscuity flavors mixed in. There's some fruity sweetness in the beer and some citrus notes (lime?). The beer ands with a nice bitter ending that shows a pretty good balance of hops to malt. No individual flavors jump out but they each work well together.

I found this beer to be a very drinkable beer. In fact I had about 6 pints of it over the course of 2 days in the Minneapolis area. A very solid selection if you're in the area.

01-28-2005 16:57:45 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of niknar


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours out a deep amber with a distinctly orangish hue. Very small off-white head that nearly instantly disappeared, though I believe I may have under-aggressively poured this one. Some small amounts of lacing down the side of the glass, but limited due to the low head generation. Smell is yeasty with some clear citrus notes. Also a very small amount of hop floral character as an understated backdrop. Pleasant, but not overwhelming. Taste is of well balanced maltiness up front, followed by distinctly bitter hop tones. The bitterness seems to also have notes of orange peel or other citrus-generated bitterness. Finishes dry and somewhat sour. Overall, a very good, very complex balance of flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, and carbonation is quite high. Not quite beyond the line into over-carbonation, but definitely on the high side. This offering seems to be fairly drinkable, and would welcome the opportunity to have more. A worthy choice!

11-16-2004 23:11:50 | More by niknar
Photo of alexgash


3.7/5  rDev 0%

Medium copper body with a slim, off-white head.
Aroma is mostly citrus hops with a light metallic edge, but there’s also a lean, soapy malt presence.
Taste has a lean malt backing—crisp, clean. Hops are citrusy (grapefruit) and refreshing. Not bad, but could benefit from some added malt character. Light-medium bodied; snappy and drinkable. I’ve had Summit EPA on-tap countless times (as it’s often the best choice at many Twin Cities/suburban restaurants), and I must say it’s definitely better that way. The hops seem fresher and the malt more substantial. I guess I’ll have to do a separate review…

10-27-2004 18:14:12 | More by alexgash
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Nearly translucent orange-amber, by far more orange than amber, topped by a good looking cap of sticky beige foam that started out at three fingers and is slowly deflating. Better than average lace in disrupted sheets. The nose is slightly underpowered, but isn't that far out of line for the style. It's an enticing mixture of fruity-herbal (peaches, nectarines) and citric hops, slanted more toward the former.

This is a decent, respectable version. It's well-balanced with caramel malt and hops playing off one another nicely. Malty sweetness is cut by hoppy bitterness, assuring that neither one makes much of a statement. I would call it bland and boring, but there's a bit too much flavor for that to be the case. It is a rather generic APA though. Modestly dry, flinty finish. The body and the amount of carbonation are neutral, as middle-of-the-road as the rest of the beer.

Summit's version of a pale ale isn't bad, but neither does it stand out in any way. Even the label is unexciting. I hate to be too hard on this beer, but it screams 'average'. (Yeah, my average is greater than 3.0, so sue me. Yours is too).

10-22-2004 14:49:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of rdailey76


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a nice coppery amber with a minimal head that disipates quickly. A small amount of lacing as the brew goes down. A definitive citrus aroma whafted from this beer. Not really what I expected I guess. Nice initial mouthfeel with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Could definitely turn this into a very nice session beer. I like a little more hoppiness...have always been a fan of Alpha King, but this is a nice alternative.

Picked it up via the Midwest Taster. It was probably my favorite out of the six samples.

10-01-2004 03:23:26 | More by rdailey76
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

This beer pours out a dark honey/amber with a small head of off-white foam. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice lacing layer. The nose displays light hops and some malt aroma. The flavor is good but finishes with a good deal of harsh bitterness and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. The body is light and a bit thin. Overall it's a decently drinkable brew.

09-30-2004 18:34:57 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of mobyfann


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Paid $15 even for the Midwest Taster...

The appearence was an amber-copper color with a small white head, good retention and a nice lacing effect. The aroma was really just average, a hint of citrus and that's about it...

The taste is quite nice, not heavy citrus and malt hints with a good aftertaste. The beer was a little bitter but for an APA it is alright. The mouthfeel is light to the palette and smooth the whole way, man what a rush! The drinkability is way up there, clearly a high quality session beer and the 5.1% abv is unnoticed while drinking.

Final Thought: This is a pretty damn good APA from the Midwest, not a Burning River or Alpha King, but it is a solid contender.

09-30-2004 03:40:56 | More by mobyfann
Photo of karengarys


3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

This pours a rich deep amber and leaves a nice head which is retained for quite a while. Smells nice and floral sweet. This beer is real nice so far.

As it is drunk, it has a reasonabally good mouthfeel. I prefer a more fizzy or coarse mouthfeel, but this is not bad.

Then, the taste. Truthfully, I am not an extra pale or ipa kind of person. I prefer a more malty beer or dry hopped beer. Based on my tastes, I really do not like this flavor - but - if you like pale ales, this is really worth trying. (I've rated it per what I would expect from the style, not per my tastes).

It has a slippery finish with a slight sweet flavor that hits the back of the tougue right before its gone.

Unfortunately it has left a bit of a bitter aftertaste in my mouth.

In any case, if you want a beer that is fairly available that is really good, and if you like this more bitter hoppy style, then this is definitely worth buying.

09-24-2004 00:05:42 | More by karengarys
Photo of RushLimbmalt


5/5  rDev +35.1%

This is my hands down favorite beer. I buy more of this amber ambrosia than any other beer. The aroma and familiar taste keeps me warm during the winter and cool during the summer. It is like my security blanket. I love the hop and malt balance... it makes my head spin... or is that the alcohol... If you like a pale ale that is drinkable and not trying to out-hop the next brew, then you will probably enjoy this great Minnesotan ale.

09-20-2004 19:59:45 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of soper2000


3.18/5  rDev -14.1%

Sampled from my Midwest sampler pack thanks to World Class Beverages. Pours a copper color with a head that quickly dissapears leaving only small rings of foam around the sides.
Smell is very malty with just a faint note of citrusy hops. Taste is very indistinct. It's not very hoppy or malty, sort of bland. Mouthfeel is decent, however drinkability suffers a little because there's nothing that leaves me wanting to try (or buy) one again. This might be a good crossover beer to convert some macro-loving friends and it's good in a pinch, but with so many other options available I'll seek out something else.

08-31-2004 02:29:16 | More by soper2000
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -10%

Pours a medium copper color with a 1 finger head and ok lace. Smells were very faint but I did pick up some citrusy hops, and a bit of caramel malt. Taste is much hoppier than its smell leads you to believe. Its not too hoppy but enough to make a nice APA. Fairly well balanced for the style with some nice swwet malt and caramel flavors. Slightly spicy. Clean and crisp, finishes dry. I could drink several of these. Don't let the faint smells fool you.

08-30-2004 00:39:08 | More by sabrills70
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

12 oz bottle,no type of freshness dating evident. Golden copper, moderate head,carbonation and lacing. Nose is slight hoppyness. middle of the road is how this APA strikes me. moderate hoppyness, grainy,citric and also piney qualities. Medium malt base, adds up to a nicely balanced,if fairly dull brew. Crisp and pleasing, this one will do just fine,but really nothing too exciting here.

08-24-2004 02:35:17 | More by Billolick
Photo of skybluewater


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

Nice golden color, little lacing. I love the smell of this one-I get a whiff of citrus, mostly grapefruit. The taste is very much the same, mostly grapefruity citrus. This is darn good beer, one to give to your macroswilling buds to get them turned onto craft beer.

08-21-2004 22:51:54 | More by skybluewater
Photo of soilguy


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Bright copper color - a thin white head. Aroma is noteworthy - A nice citrusy american hop aroma. Based on the aroma, I was expecting the beer taste hoppier than it did. Flavor was domiknated by a dry maltiness, with a nice balance of hops but certainly not highly hopped. It was a nice setup beer for the evening, prepping my tastebuds for some serious IPA's.

08-21-2004 00:23:19 | More by soilguy
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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