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Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

Summit Extra Pale AleSummit Extra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%

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:
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(Beer added by: ADR on 08-31-2001)
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Photo of Slatetank


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's - poured chilled in a 1/2 pint.

The color is golden honey with light haze and thin cap of white with tight bead. The lace clings well. The smell is fruity with stone fruit, plum-like odors with slight biscuit scent with a herbal hop aroma and mild spice w/ gentle yeast breadiness and mild sulphur tinge. The feel is good with gentle mineral dry qualities and moderate carbonation with slightly sweet middle and med full body overall with mild bitterness.

The Ale has a very nice hop flavor which melds well with the fruitiness of the yeast and biscuit flavor in the malt with nice herbal tinge and the yeast adds a slight earthy element with nice pine accents in the hops coming through into the finish. Overall I liked this beer a lot it is a high quality british inspired beer with some nice yeast and hop flavor with a great balance overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 20:40:59 | More by Slatetank
Photo of TCMike


4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color, and produced a dense 2 finger head.
The aroma was of biscuit, light hops, light citrus.
The taste is similar, but with a bit more malt. A little hop bitterness, but still fairly easy drinking.
Light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.
Very nice MN brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 22:51:08 | More by TCMike
Photo of madeofsteel


3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

A - Pours a dark orange color, with a half inch of near-white head with varying sized bubbles. Good retention and some soapy looking lacing leave this one pretty the whole way down.

S - Bread crust, pine, earth.

T - Delicate grassy hops blend with bread and a faint spice I can't figure out.

M - Over carbonated, but nothing too outrageous.

O - This is a pretty drinkable beer, and I don't normally go for regular pales. Very balanced, clean, and would probably go well with some grilled eats.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 23:49:51 | More by madeofsteel
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a medium sized white head above a clear reddish golden colored pale.

A rich but not overdone aroma of pine and citrus hops with a little spiciness to it.

The taste is similar to the nose with nice citrus blended with a light pine and a slight sort of spiciness to it.

A medium bodied beer with a slight dry aftertaste left me wanting more of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:52:03 | More by LXIXME
Photo of BierStein711


2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into weizen

Two and a half finger head, light amber

Smells like vanilla, citrus, and pine

Tastes like apricots, grapefruits, and booze

M: Watery

I think I had an expired bottle or something, but I can't find the date on the bottle. :( I'll try this again...maybe?

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 00:50:31 | More by BierStein711
Photo of hopazoid


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has always been my go to beer at watering holes with a limited beer selection.
Pours golden in color. Smooth taste with higher then average hoppiness.
Usually purchase it Morreli's in St. Paul, where all Summit beers are under $11 for 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:09:35 | More by hopazoid
Photo of rfbenavi80


3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottle kept in fridge.

Pours a golden amber color with lots of foamy white head that is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell is some earthy pine. Yeast, Dense crusty bread. Not really getting much.

Taste follows the nose well. There is lots of malt flavor. Not as hoppy as I want it to be.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation with medium light body.

Overall this was a good choice. Picked up a six pack just to try something new. It's a good choice for a go to beer. Not any thing spectacular, just something good to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 09:53:37 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of jimmah120


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle exp printed may 2012

Golden with an amber hue, suspended sediment, and a sudsy white head. Nose is earthy hops and malt, neatly balanced. Taste is the same - bitter, grassy hops engulfed in semisweet malt. Crisp, tart almost, refreshing, and surprisingly deep flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 19:01:02 | More by jimmah120
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly clear copper/orange. Head is white and leaves a small cap. Carbonation is solid and on point.

Smell: So many pale malts. Bread crust. So very dry. Clean. Faintly grassy. A little bit of corn and some grassy notes. There's something going on, but it's pretty mellow overall.

Taste: Dry, crusty bread. Very pale, as in tons of pale malt. Crisp and clean grassy flavor over a malty base. Touches of caramel, ever so faint. Grass and corn. Faint touch of minerals.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body that leans toward thin at times. Carbonation is higher than expected.

Overall: It is what it says it is. Pale malts and then some. Barely English, but barely is enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:04:20 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of phenomenologian


4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice tan head that retains and laces a bit. Smell is definitely of wheat and of flower tones. Nice aromas. Taste is strongly of wheat which is enjoyable. Really enjoying this beer. The mouthfeel is not too carbonated but works well with the entirety of the beer. Overall, if you like anything of wheat and ales, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 02:14:22 | More by phenomenologian
Photo of tronester


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a tiny light tan head. Smells lightly of earthy flowers. Taste is initially some grapefruit, followed by a bit of caramel, finishing with some resinous, citrus bitter flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:37:10 | More by tronester
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful clear amber gold into a Lakefront pint.

Smells piney, bready, and a bit sharp.

Taste is pine, bread, toffee, earthy and finishes with a little nice grapefruit bitter bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is full and nice.

This is a beer I am glad I can get for $12 a 12 pack. It is good for sessions, just having a couple or mixing it up. If you can get Summit, this is one of the better flagship beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:54:34 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of EmergingZymurgy


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle a nice copper color with a thick, creamy white head that persisted throughout. Also had decent lacing.

S: Smells of citrus up front, specifically grapefruit and maybe a hint of orange. Has a nice caramel sweet aroma at the second whiff and bits of toasted bread.

T: Very bready and a bit toasty. Has a hint of caramel to it, but not too overpowering. The citrus hop flavor is there in the mid taste. The bitterness is pleasant and balances the malt profile quite well. It tastes pretty balanced.

M: Has a nice, medium body, but also a little creamy. It dries out slightly in the end, but leaves some residual sweetness which is quite nice.

O: Wasn't expecting too much from this and picked it up on a whim in the winter variety pack, but was actually surprised by the beer. It remains in balance while being flavorful. I would buy and drink this beer again. I am anxious to try the other brews in the pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:51:00 | More by EmergingZymurgy
Photo of cyclonece09


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into 9 oz glass. Pours a nice dark yellow with a decent size head with some staying power. Smells of hop aroma, with not much else. Tastes of sweeter malts with hops, but not overpowering. Is a little over-carbonated, but it is still a good beer to have. Good for those who like pale lager to get into craft.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:00:25 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle of Pale Ale was had in a shaker pint.

Appearance- This one has a honey-gold and hazy body. The head is very dense and bright white, maybe half a finger in width.

Smell- This one is slightly floral and has a nice honey-malt sweetness. There really is no hop presence here. Maybe some wheat is pushing through too.

Taste- Some hop flavor showed up and is paired with the sweet honey right away. The floral quality is much diminished but mixes in as the drink progresses.

The finish lingers sweet and slightly wheaty. This pale has a balanced palate of flavors. None are really sticking out more than any others.

Mouth feel- This body is on the lighter side, but it goes down smooth and feels creamy; pretty nice!

Overall- This balanced pale errs on the sweet side and does not worry about the hop factor. It was an enjoyable easy drinker with a smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 00:36:07 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of KevinBrewer


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale amber with some dark golden hues. Fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin covering, leaving spiderweb lacing behind.

N- Biscuity malt, fresh baked bread, and toasted grain. Nice full malt aroma with a subtle hop presence as well.

T- Toasty, bready maltiness with a nice grainy character to it. Just a hint a caramel sweetness. Tastes like it could be crisp if it had more carbonation. The malt flavor is pretty light, which allows the minerals from the water to come through. Mild to moderate grassy bitterness is appropriate for a light, dry beer such as this. The finish is dry and moderately bitter with grassy hops and toasted grain lingering into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body, slightly sticky with malt. Low carbonation and a fairly dry, grainy finish.

O- A nice little session beer. Delicate and elegant in its simplicity. Great malt flavors, nice subtle hop presence, and a refreshing mineral character make me crave another as soon as I finish the last drop. Really cohesive as a whole, all the different elements balance in harmony.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 07:56:13 | More by KevinBrewer
Photo of NuclearDolphin


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Pint Glass

Appearance - Light Brown & Amber color with a slightly cloudy look to it. Head is about 1 finger width with an aggressive pour that appears slightly off-white

Smell - Bready and Yeasty smell along with some barley. It's got this biscuit and freshly baked bread smell to it, which comes off as quite pleasant. There's also a slightly grassy aroma to it along with some malty notes.

Taste - Pretty Yeast and Barley like, it's got a nice bready flavor to it, along with some faint floral hops in the back of the palette. Malty notes are pretty good here, and it adds to the overall flavor of it.

Mouthfeel - Body is a bit on the heavier side for an English Pale Ale, and the carbonation packs quite a bite which gives it some intensity.

Overall - It's a beer that plays it safe by not straying too far from what a beer should be in terms of flavor. It's rich bready flavor gives it a certain charm that many beers try to recreate, but only some have success with doing so. It's not a beer with too much complexity, but that's what makes it so good!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 01:53:14 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of azdback


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. A very clear and bright orange color. Medium amount of large carbonation bubbles lead to a small two finger sea foam colored and frothy head. Lace looks great for now and sticks beautifully to the end.

Smell is sour bananas, biscuits and grass. Maybe even a green apple.

Taste is about the same as the smell. A very earthy, biscuity, musty tasting brew. This is an English Pale and it delivers with the english malts and yeasts that I can't stand.

Mouth is crisp and carbonation round. Body is medium and the finish fades quick and is on the dry side.

Overall I am grading this on it's style but I must say, I hate the style. If I ever want to taste soggy, musty bread, I will go buy a cup of chicken and dumpling soup. On line for the style though. If this is the style of beer you enjoy, then this is a must try for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 08:14:28 | More by azdback
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra Pale Ale pours a golden color with a good lacing white head. The smell is a bit weather but its hoppy, maybe a hint of hunny too. The taste is a bit on the lighter side, starts of hoppy and has a nice dry taste, but finishs a bit wet. Nice carbonation and I enjoy the inital dry flavor. Overall this is a nice beer, it would be better if it was more consistly dry, instead of trying to be fancy and complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 02:24:40 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of B967ierhunter177


3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, bold gold with half-inch head and lace that lasts to the end. The aroma is citrus with hints of vanilla and grass. The flavor has notes of grapefruit, pine, and a slight hop tang. The mouthfeel is light. Summit Extra Pale Ale is a good beer, crisp, dry, and drinkable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:24:48 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of syrupjoe


3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy light amber-gold color with a 1.5 finger cream white head. Great, consistent lacing throughout.

Honey, malt, sweetness very present in nose, with a hint of dried fruit.

Not getting much in the way of hops for the taste on this one, but do get sweet, honey grain notes with a low but balanced bitterness.

Very creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation, well balanced.

Not a very flavorful beer, but pretty spot on with style when it comes to pales. Will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:59:24 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of zdk9


3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light orange with a bit of cloudiness. Pretty head and pretty lacing.

S- Smells a little musty, a good deal of sweet orange, caramel,

T- The taste has way more pine, combined with some mineral characteristic. Nice hoppiness in the back of my mouth.

M- There's a bunch of heavy/dulling elements to the taste that seem to weigh down the beer- the mineralness, a creamy aspect, the bitterness. I almost wish for more carbonation and a little lighter drinker for the flavors.

O- Good. Not great, but good.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 07:37:33 | More by zdk9
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like your typical amber color, slight haziness, half a finger of white head that dissipates completely in 60 seconds, no lacing, smells of toffee / caramel to a medium level with an overtone of earthen hopping...taste has put the emphasis completely on the earthern hopping notes, as they show up just about at the same levels throughout all parts of the sip, standard english light malt, not complex at all but also not broken, lighter bodied than I would have expected but also not in a bad way...a fairly nice (if unremarkable) english pale, could have used at least a *little* bit of citric hopping elements to round things out however.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 19:17:10 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of NODAK


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has a heavy caramel quality to it, along with a toastiness as well present. I had remembered this as an American Pale Ale, but now I can definitely see this is an English version.

Pours a dark golden color in my glass with a pretty fair head to it.

Taste seems more malty than anything, with a caramel and candied sugar sweetness to it alongside a small floral hoppiness...as if a small west coast APA quality is trying to peek through, but it's second fiddle here. A small toastiness is present near the finish....with a bit of a hoppy finish.

Pretty delicious...I love the style, and I really like the balance in this one. It was very easy to put down. It's funny how memories of a beer can change over many years.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:19:14 | More by NODAK
Photo of adman08


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear amber color with decent white head that leaves good lacing on the glass.
S-Aroma is slightly sour with vegetables and a hint of herbs and citrus.
T-Balanced malt and hop flavor. Slightly sweet with a good mix of herbal and a hint of citrus hop flavor.
M-Starts slightly sweet and finishes slightly dry. Decent carbonation.
Overall, the name is deceptive. When I hear extra pale ale I think it's going to be beyond a standard pale ale and this is not, it is very much a typical pale ale. That being said it is a very good pale ale. Very solid hop flavors and a good malt body. This really is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:44:18 | More by adman08
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.