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Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,171
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 19.51%
Wants: 16
Gots: 179 | 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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Reviews: 443 | Hads: 1,171
Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's darker than I expect (though it is "extra..."), beyond amber to a darker orange and murky rather than bright, though bright enough to be translucent rather than opaque. The head is small, tight and creamy, depositing equally creamy lacing in surprising density considering.
It's a little tough to catch the full aroma for a while, but there's a solid hops bouquet focusing on earthy but with some citrus and a balance from herbal and earthy malts as well. On the tap, I don't get too much grainiess underneath, and it comes together pretty well. On the tongue, the focus is also on earthier overtones with a bit of dry, not completely herbal but leafy quality, a touch mineral but not as much as many English varieties out there. It does have an almost rye-like spiciness underneath.
It's crisp in a medium body with a certain chewiness, and it's pretty smooth. It's not as clean as it could be, but it's bright and it's not especially "unclean," so to speak.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extra Pale Ale
Summit Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from bottle to pint glass---

Clear copper color, two fingers of ivory head with good retention, decent lacing.

Faint citrusy hops, more bready and grainy with a floral undertone.

This ale is led by the biscuity/caramel malts, finishes with the bitter hops.

Perfect balance of sweet malt to bitter hops. Great carbonation. Very refreshing…

This is one of my favorite beers of all time. I’ve been drinking it since… along time! Great balance, carbonation doesn’t overpower either malt or hop. Citrusy hops shine in between sips, begging more another!

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark orange/dark amber with a half finger white head with little retention. Smell is of a little caramel malt, a little toffee with a nice floral bouquet. I definitely smell some pineapple and maybe a little orange. Taste is slightly malty with a nice slightly bitter hop bill that let's a little of the nice sweet fruit in. Mouthfeel is fairly normal for the style if not a little thicker which is nice. This is the Minnesota beer almost everybody started drinking first long ago. Great beer that has been a staple for probably 20 years.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of the winter variety 12-pack box and served into a stem-tulip in low altitude Minnesota, MN. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Head retention is decent - about 2-3 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent amber. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance of average vibrance. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws here.

Sm: Amber malts, caramel, light toasted malt, and some floral hops. Balanced, but painfully simple. Not particularly hop-forward as you'd expect in an extra pale ale. A pleasant aroma of below average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Clean.

T: Amber malts, caramalt, caramelization, light toasted malt, floral hops, and some bready/faint crusty malts. Decent balance. Painfully simple. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. Hop bitterness is quite restrained, and plays awkwardly with the malty sweetness.

A cohesive build, but not gestalt.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Decent body. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Decent presence on the palate. Should be softer.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, rough, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Downable stuff, but forgettable. Far from Summit's best work. I wouldn't get it again. It's very mediocre for a pale ale, and really comes off more like a fairly hoppy amber. I'll have no trouble killing this bottle and it hides its ABV decently, but it's far from great or world-class. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

High C

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - one of the best looking beers I've seen: pale amber body topped with a tall, rocky, ivory head that holds incredible retention leaving thick lacing as it finally dissipates.
S - biscuity grain, grass, herbal, slightly musty
T - grassy, herbal hops on the forefront, biscuity grain, slightly nutty
M - creamy, medium body, sharp, semi-bitter finish
O - I had this one a few years ago and wasn't crazy about it at all, but coming back to it, it's pretty good overall. The highlight of this one was its appearance - just outstanding!

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Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy pale gold, 1 finger of soapy off white head, nice lacing.
S - Smells of nice toffee, earthy pine and grassy hop aromas, a little grapefruit.
T - Taste follows aroma very well, very uniform style. Good balance of malt and hops, but easily drinkable. The malt is a little bit sweet, could be a tad drier.
M - Single minded, clean, a little sticky.
O - Excellent represented style, good flavors, easily drinkable.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gift mix-a-6 from the in-laws and their latest road trip - into a Snake River pint shaker.

Best by Nov 25.

A: Pale orange with a finger of white-ish head but pretty good lacing on the glass.

S: Surprisingly malty, with toast, bread, and evens some nutty notes along with some faint caramel. Earthy hop undertones take a back seat.

T: Follows the nose, plenty of malt here but still lighter in the body...toasty & bready finish. Sweetness is there, but subdued...toffee flashes in and out. Again some faint earthy spice, I'm guessing from whatever hops are used.

MF: Lighter body approaching medium, more on the creamy side, smooth with a dryer finish.

O: Was not aware that this was an English Pale - makes more sense now. I was guessing ESB as I drank it. Decent brew, glad I got to try it!

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Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a nice copper color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus with malt caramel sweetness with a bit of grain and spice.

T: Taste of citrus with a mild caramel sweetness some grain and bit of spice. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth, with a bit of character and nicely balanced.

O: Nice beer for an English style Pale Ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Standard amber/copper color. Cream colored head recedes to a chunky film, good lines of lacing remain.

Aroma: Malty sweetness blends with spicy herbal hops.

Taste: Toasted grains and sweet malts up front. Hops kick in, faint citrus, lemon peel, subtle piny hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty standard, but not unlikable at all.

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Photo of ToddT
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L- Clear golden orange with a nice fluffy head, the head sticks around for a while and leaves some nice stringy lace on the glass.

S- Mild aroma of pine malts and caramel malt.

T- Caramel malt with hints of citrus hops mixed throughout. Finish is crisp and refreshing a nice one for a hot summer day.

M- Light in body ad well carbonated.

O- Very refreshing summer session beer, the 5.3% ABV works well for it with that in mind,.

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Photo of silverking
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Orange/amber with lots of active carbonation. Off white head with excellent retention and poor lacing. Lacing improves as the head starts to diminish

S- Citrus, malt, hops. Not too complex.

T- Malt up front with lemon peel, fading into a dry and bitter grapefruit finish.

M- Medium/light body with a nice dose of carbonation. The carbonation comes across a little prickly.

O- It's nice, and not too complex. It's just a straight-forward, easy-drinking Pale Ale.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours awesome golden color with orange tones…tons of bubbles on the inside…off white head about the width of my thumb…overall, a very enticing look…(4.25/5)

Smell: Grassy and barley malts…very crisp with classic pale malts…(3.75/5)

Taste: Sweet and bready at first then citrusy and piney hops…nothing is too strong, a very balanced taste…some bitterness towards the end…crisp and refreshing…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light with mild carbonation…it comes and goes very smoothly only leaving a bit of bitterness across the palette after swallowing…(3.5/5)

Overall: A very nice and refreshing pale ale…the flavor is fantastic and well balanced, not the normal hopfest that I usually stray towards…the extra pale malts & barley really bring about a taste that is noticeably different from an ordinary pale ale (as it should, I guess)…super drinkable, this brew is perfect for all occasions and comes recommended…(4/5)

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Photo of tut2528
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

My uncle told me that he picked this up as "make your own six pack"... Excellent thought, but I find that these are dreadfully old and well past their prime.... lets see how it this one is

A: pours a light orange-brown, with minimal head formation. spotted lacing is observed. when held up to the light it becomes very transparent

S: huge biscuit notes, malt, hops, walnut and slight spices. I strongly feel that this one is too old to be appreciated.

T: hops, grains, slight malt, water. no balance whatsoever.

M: very light, flat, leaves a hoppy dryness on the palate. no carbonation whatsoever.

O: I can only assume that this brew is not exactly meant to be consumed at this time. Its so damn flat. I tried to be as generous as I could with my review.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter sample. Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours crystal clear copper, with good white foam atop. Light bready malt nose. Soft flowery malt taste, buttery throughout. Minor hop in the back. Simple/refined pale ale. Good sessionable beer. Solid flavor.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light reddish golden with a minimal head. Bubbly enough. Thin-looking.
I got mostly breads and grains out of the smell, but quite nice.
This is a nice taste of light hops and then balanced malts. I don't believe I've ever had an English style ipa. Bitter throughout. Pleasant, rich for a lighter brew. Not complex. Nice for what's there.
Nice bitter linger and a decent mouthfeel.
Overall I did dig this. I'm not picky and this makes me curious as to what other English ipa styles taste like.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi-clear amber, with a nice, thick head of carbonation. Lace is lovely thick cobweb-like.

Nose says more amber ale, as I get more toasty grains than hops.

Flavor echoes this. Seems sweetly malty, pleasant, with a touch of citrus hops later on the palate. Expect a well-done English-style pale ale, rather than a hoppy American pale, and you'll be alright.

That said, this is solid and sessionable, for certain, but not one I'd look to again.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Medium sized white head recedes to a small cap of foam. The color is golden with near perfect clarity.

S - Real nice balance between hops and malt. The malt has a nice husky/grainy character, light but distinct. Hops are a little bit of citrus with a touch of spiciness to it.

T - Quick glimpse of those biscuity base malts withhold any sweetness. The malt holds a little background for the hops mid-pallete. Hops have a nice earthy flavor to them. Little bit of hops finish up the flavor and last moderately into the aftertaste.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, dry.

O - Great session beer for a hop head. I appreciate the balance of malt and hops but still showcasing traditional hop qualities. Very drinkable and what I would think to be perfect for a spring cookout.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this EPA on tap, in a pint glass. This Pale Ale poured a dark orange/amber color. It produced a very nice white head, nice retention and excellent lacing. The aroma of this beer was mild, malted grain, fresh bread and some floral hops. Light in body, malted grain base, cereal grains, and a mild hop bite. Semi dry finish- excellent representative of the style. Great, session ale, would be a wonderful entry level craft beer for a Bud drinker. Overall, this is not the best English Style Pale Ale, but it is above average and worth a try.

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Photo of deebo
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/27/12 poured into a pint glass.

A-An aggressive pour provides a heady 3 fingers of pillowy white head that leaves some lace and has good staying power. Perfect clarity with lots of carbonation noticed, color is golden with an amber tint.

S-Bready malt with hints of hops (piney resin, citrus)

T-Slightly toasted but clean barley malt quickly overtaken with hops which taste like they smell.

M-Medium bodied with lots of carbonation with a bitter long finish.

O-Credit goes to Summit for brewing a beer in the 80s that stands up to the craft brewing boom that is all the rage today. Although not a beer that is a favorite of mine this is a well made brew with a large fan base in the Twin Cities.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep golden-amber color with a big off white head. The head fades relatively fast to give a medium level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is rather light but nice. It consists of some bready malt and some caramel as well as a small hop presence of some pine and a little bit of apple.

Taste – The taste begins with a light sweetness and a good bready base. As the taste moves on the caramel sweetness that was present in the beginning gets stronger and a presence of hops becomes more pronounced. While the breadiness gets lighter toward the end, the citrus and pine hop flavors develop further to the end of the taste, and when combined with the sweeter caramel and a light fruit flavor leave a bitter-sweet taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly above average with the carbonation level being on the lower side. The body is rather fitting, but the carbonation is a bit lower then would be ideal with a greater level likely giving it a bit more of a refreshing and exiting feel.

Overall - A nice session brew with a nice flavors.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an orange-tan color, clear, one finger head that didn't last long and left so-so lace.

Smell is caramel malts, biscuit malt, bready, with some floral and grassy character, and a decent piney hops presence.

Taste follows the smell but the hops are much more pronounced. It's quite tasty, the hops come through nicely. The malts are all still there, especially the bready and caramel notes.

Body is pretty light and has a great hops bite to it. Carbonation is somewhat light for a pale ale, but still good.

Overall it's pretty good. Would prefer it in cans so as to take it fishin'.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-translucent straw/copper hue. Two finger soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Pale malt and a little sweetness. Not much else there.

Taste: Hop forward with malt filling in all the blank spots on the palate. Slightly bitter throughout with a nice hop kick right in the middle. Not getting any citrus which is usually present in APAs and EPAs, but that flavor is not missed at all. The malt really rounds out the hops nicely.

Mouthfeel: Good effervescence and highly drinkable/sessionable.

Final Thoughts: One of Summit's best offerings, their flagship Extra Pale Ale can please both novices and beer enthusiasts alike. It has a good level of complexity while remaining very easy to enjoy on all levels.

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Photo of MNAle
4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A favorite since I arrived in the Twin Cities. A solid pale ale, more in the British style than American. Pours an amber color, with a white head with good lacing. Well balanced malts with hop bitterness on the initial taste, and throughout. English hops (to my taste anyway) without the overbearing citrus or pine of American hops.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stub and Herb's. For three bucks during happy hour, it was hard to turn down.

Came in a pint glass, showing a copper, hazy orange body with some darker gold hues. About 3/4 inch of fluffy, white head. Decent retention, and pretty good lacing.

Aroma is a bit unassuming. Biscuity, bready notes dominate, but there's some citrus (grapefruit) underneath. A bit of pine, and a dose of caramel malt. Reminded me of Fat Tire, but toned down a bit.

Flavor brings it back with more bread, healthy amounts of citrusy and piny hops (far more than in the nose), a touch of caramel, and some wheat/straw. Seems pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is lively, in part from the carbonation but also the prominent citrus. Smoother towards the end when the malt shows through, but finishes very dry. It does leave me wanting another sip, but primarily out of need to re-wet my palate.

Overall, a great beer. While it may not be "exceptional" in all categories, it's well put together and worth coming back to. I'll definitely be drinking more in the near future.

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Photo of Converge
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a clean rusty-amber hue with a frothy head of slightly off-white foam. Little carbonation. Nice presentation, with the stubby bottle, embossed logo, and unique-to-beer cap. The label art isn't half bad either. Always like it when a brewery does those little things. Head settles to a thin soapy cap, but doesn't lace particularly well.

S - Pretty much dominated by the malt profile. Lots of toasty caramel malt sweetness, toffee, and some buttery biscuit notes. Nice bready quality to it as well. Some subtle citric and grassy hops, but they're all but buried under the malt.

T - Follows the nose closely, but with a bit more hop presence than the aroma. Lots of toasty caramel malt, bready notes, toffee, and a touch of spice and vanilla. Slight lingering hop bitterness, grassy and earthy. Slight citric quality as well. Overall, a balanced pale ale, leaning towards the maltier side of the spectrum.

M - Crisp but fine carbonation with a light-to-medium body.

D - A simple, tasty, and overall very drinkable pale ale. I usually enjoy my pale ales with a little more hop bite, but I suppose this being an English variety, the malt-forward profile is appropriate, and done quite well in this case.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.