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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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Reviews: 448
Hads: 1,190
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 19
Gots: 195 | FT: 1
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Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

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: 448 | Hads: 1,190
Photo of jwilli7122
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber. moderate head. good lacing. lots of carbonation.
smells clean and citric, quite spicy, a little malty sweetness.
taste is clean bitter grapefruit, with some chewy malt. big hops, even for the style - theyre definitely less floral, and more citric/spicy.
mouthfeel is soft and chewy but medium in thickness. slightly overcarbonated.
in my experience, better from a bottle than on tap. a decent beer.

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Photo of daledeee
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sampler. This beer pours a gold/coppery color. Head dissappears quickly; but the lace stuck around throughout the entire beer.

Nose is barnyard. I do not like this. Taste is malty with a little hops and a little grapefruit on the side. Mouthfeel is OK but the head is more frothy tasting. I like carbonated bite not the taste of gargling hydrogen peroxide.

Not bad but not good. Very forgetable. Much finer offerings out there

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Photo of Morris729
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with a short white head that soon gives way to a sticky and bubbly lace. Nose is fresh citrus fruit with some strong notes of buttery malts. Medium in body with a rather fine carbonation that makes for a crisp mouthfeel. Taste begins with flavors of fresh grapefruit followed by spicy and bitter hop oils all the while balanced by a nice malt backbone. Finish is dry with a lasting bitter aftertaste. A pretty nice pale ale to be had here. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New review: 7/16/04 - Ok so I give this a shot occassionally so see if my thoughts and taste have changed or perhaps the beer, I think perhaps the beer. Summit has made some minor changes it seems. This years O-fest was one of the better ones as was the Maibock. Now the EPA seems to have come around. While at a small restuarant with little choices, the EPA was in bottles so I figured what the hell and I'm glad I did. The flavors and feel has improved I think. Or it did last night when I actually enjoyed 3 or them. After drinking the first I thought, "How could this be, its better then the last time I had it." The taste is more crisp and balanced then I remember from before. The hops were quite nice, Goldings I think, do there job well, smooth pale like malt thats a bit sweet and a touch fruity as well in some regards somewhere and a refined little bitterness thats mildly pleasant. The feel is what really made a difference, I've always thought that the body was textured in a weird way along with an astringency that carried through sip after sip. But now its a bit more crisp, smoother texture and warm welcome light/medium body. Even a bit buttery in a way. This was the first time in a long time that the EPA made me want to drink more. Now I'm curious as to what the tap version may be like. Tapped has always had a edge up in my book due to a cleaner texture in the past. But now if the bottle has changed some...maybe the tapped too.

11/27/03- Color is a hazy honey yellow with a thin, white bubbly head of froth, just over a finger high. Smells of citrusy spiced hops and light caramel, super rich in the hop notes with an overall dryness and floralness. But this is where it takes a turn for me, is the taste. Its way to dry and bitter, very unpleasant to me and harshly raw in the hops and carbonation, the malts uneven, I just don't know what it is about the taste, but I just can't seem to get by it. As before, its just to drying and overly hoppy bittering. Unbalanced for me to enjoy any more then a half bottle before it gets tiresome with the carbonation that suits a soda pop. But from what I get from the bottle seems a tad smoother then tap, which I find weird, whatever...
taste -3
mf -2.5
d- 2.5

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange rust color. Pure white head, that is very big at first, and lingers for most of the beer. Taste is a little muted at first, bu sitck around and is very tasty when swallowed. Not one of the stronger showings in the sampler, but still worth tasting.

Update 7-10-2004 I was vastly mistaken in my first review of the EPA. Since I developed a love of hops I must include this on the short list of my favorite PA's. Very tasty, I feel guitly for the weak review I initially gave it.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see a larger craft brewer whose flagship brand is not the usual pale pilsner. And nice to see that it's readily available on tap in the Twin Cities, where I tasted this (it's even on a few taps here in Chicago). A pleasing amber/copper color, toasty malty sweetness and a refined hop spiciness... definitely not IPA level, but enough to tell the novice beer drinker there's another world out there. Great with those Matt's hamburgers with the cheese fried inside the patty (a Minneapolis tradition my brother introduced me to)!

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Photo of doctormo
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Summit Pale Ale is a wonderful every day ale. It is extremely drinkable with low carbonation. It does not meet the requirements of a fine hoppy ale but I keep returning to it. It runs $11-$12 per twelve pack (less on sale) and you can not drink just one. It is on tap in many decent bars in the Minneapolis St.Paul area and is a better choice the Sam Adams for those who like ale best.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight musty malt nose. Nice white head on the pour leaves a sticky white friend on the glass. Very filtered peach colored look. Some decent bubble action in the pint glass. Nice rounded flavors with great balence. The malt base light and sweet but this is evened out with a sting of gree grassy hop bitterness. Just enough of a hop finish to make you want to drink more. A solid pale ale with good drinkability.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber color (not very pale) with a nice starting head that diminishes quickly, and a good presence of lace. A hoppy aroma, initially, and then of bread and some caramel. Smooth mouth feel, a light (slightly sweet) taste with a dry finish. Not a very distinctive or memorable taste, but a good mouth feel, and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Squat looking 12 ounce bottle, with a predominantly dark orange colored neck and main labels. Titled as ‘Extra Pale Ale’, and lists the ingredients as ‘Water, Malted Barley, Hops & Yeast’ – a simple if somewhat self deprecating list, but a nice honest touch!

Appearance: A very attractive amber color with orange-golden hints, lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the thin off-white head, with a thick collar rim, refrains from breaking completely and leaves a resilient covering. Good carbonation rebuilds the head when swirled; I like that.

Nose: I found the nose a tad light in strength, but what it lacked in muscle it made up for in style. A rather enticing mix of hops, caramel malts and some ‘bitterness’ traits.

Taste: 12 fluid ounces is hard to judge this beer by as it so damn drinkable. I found myself polishing off well over half of the beer before I had chance to really concentrate on it, a good sign perhaps. Bitterness is what I note and remember the most though, even in the last drops. It starts and remains bitter throughout, indeed bitterness is the thread to which caramel malts, lightly roasted malts, hops and a hint of freshly peeled citric zest is attached, but it does, as it should, finish with a mighty fine astringent bitter ending that lingers and rolls on the tongue & cheeks. Wow, very nice indeed!!

Mouthfeel: The carbonation aids the presence, and adds a sense of medium proportion about the mouthfeel. Just right for a serious session beer.

Drinkability: Excellent, a very smooth drinking ‘Bitter’, clean tasting, that at 5.1% ABV would make a perfect Session beer, indeed, the 12 fluid ounces that I had - just did, albeit a very short session though - damn. I am sure this would be awesome on Cask.

Overall: An excellent Pale Ale, ‘Extra’ or otherwise, I am not one to bother about style faux pas, well not too much, but this is just a damn fine Pale Ale all round. It reminded me very much in style (oops!) of some high grade Premium Bitters that I drank in the UK (and that tend to be in the 4.8% – 5.5% range). That last statement is not meant to draw on the style, but merely state that this EPA has exceptional qualities that would endear it to a Cask format and the “10 Pints at Lunchtime Session” crowd in the UK, and it would probably still leave you wanting more. Superb.

Thanks to BigHuge for this one, this bottle was definitely bone-dry before it got recycled!

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Photo of Kongquistador
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice amber, as though it were the definition of the color. Shortish head, but fairly endurant, and it leaves a decent lacing with some substance throughout the whole drink. The smell is pretty much dominated by citrusy hops, without much complexity or character. There appear to be some malty notes in the background, but they really aren't sticking up for themselves. Overall not terribly exciting on the pour, but not too poor either.

First taste is a little muddled, with no discernable character one way or the other, until a mild, smooth finish. The taste seems to blend together well, but no real distinctive flavors are coming through even as I look for them. The citrus is really the only thing going for this beer, and it seems to cover over the mild mlat character that is concealed deep in the middle of the cups. Finish is also less than impressive, with some hop bittering to remind you that you are indeed drinking a pale ale, but it disperses quickly, and I can only imagine that this beer would be completely covered if it was mixed with any food.

Can't complain about the drinkability of this though. A very smooth ale indeed, and it would make a very passable session ale for a session when no one involved intends to drive any time soon. Warms to a taste just like the pour, or possibly even more watery and muddled. The mouthfeel is very smooth indeed, with an excellent amount of carbonation balancing the liquid. Overall an alright beer, and I certainly wouldn't say no to one, but not a clear winner.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A small off-white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and slightly cloudy.The hue of this beer was copper and the lacing was fair.The nose was hoppy, fruity, sweet and malty.The flavor was very bitter and it had a fore and an aftertaste that lingered.The mouthfeel of this beer was tingly on the tongue, smooth, thin and watery.

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

Pours a sticky froth capped apple cider--at least that's what it looks like in my plastic Holiday Inn cup, slummin' it tonight boys. Nose of lemon spritzed grain husks and the wrapper from one of those caramel candies with the cream center. Hefty malt spine hints at dry-roasted peanuts until up-staged by a long citric hop finish. Full and creamy body. A fine session or hotel beer.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a light amber color, with a very good head that slowly receded. Lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of hops and malt. Good carbonation. Taste is hoppy and lightly sweet. From start to finish this is a very good, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly hazed copper color with a nice off-white creamy head. It has a very nice aroma consisting of fresh baked bread and a musty earthy grain topped with hot melted butter. The taste mimics the smell with a heavier musty tone and a mild well-balance citrus hop. This light bodied brew is a little on the thin side yet drinks down really easy and finishes lightly dry. A nice refreshing summer beverage! Cheers!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one a million times, just never got around to reviewing it. I found it to be a decent APA. It pours to a golden/orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of citric hops. The flavor is fruity, that of citrus and lemon zest. It also has a bit of bready malt flavor. It finishes dry and bitter. I very drinkable APA, very crisp. This is a brew I go to because of its availability; I can find it at any liquor store around the area.

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

This is the second beer from Summit that I've tried (thanks again, Mr. Monk). As with the IPA, this is a good, tasty ale. Nice appearance, with some foamy head and lacing. Nice citrus hop smell and taste. Finishes a bit thin and decidedly bitter, but I would imagine that is just what they intended. As American micro ales go, I like Summit. Hoppy yes, but the citrus flavors still find their way through. I look forward to trying more of their styles.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, orangish-gold body reveals plumes of slow-rising tiny bubbles beneath a creamy, off-white head. The retention is good, and it retains a thin creamy surface covering throughout most of the pint. Some spotty lace also adds to its appearance. The nose offers a pleasant and welcoming combination of gently citrusy hops and soft, caramel-tinged malt. The body is medium; and it's gently crisp in the mouth due to an exceptionally fine, median carbonation. A solid bitterness is present at the outset; wrapped in a thin blanket of sweetish, caramel laced malt and grassy/mildly lemony citrus hops. It finishes with a lingering maltiness that fades to reveal a long-lasting bitterness that lays at the back of the throat. Very well done!

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Photo of marc77
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light copper hue with brilliant clarity. Puffy, soft peak cream white head leaves loose lace. Waft of doughy malt and mellow light caramel along with soft, floral hops with a tinge of citrus. Pleasant, understated aroma. Rounded, moderate hop bitterness grabs the palate at first, then tapers to allow judicious caramel malt sweetness to provide contrast. Tame, yet faceted hop flavor is comprised of floral, citrusy and mildly earthy components. Lightly bodied, with an agreeably crisp mouthfeel a notch above thin. Finishes dry, slightly bready and clean. Although a tad underwhelming in overall character, Summit EPA exhibits excellent balance and thus superb drinkability. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark gold color. Good size head, fluffy and white. Tastes like a nice pale ale, not as hoppy as some, nothing too complex going on with this drink. Know that it tastes good, and it would be tough to be disappointed with it. A nice MInnesota brew.

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

The color as it sets in the glass a transpicuous deep amber, the head hefty in size, creamy in texture and a very light tan in color and the residual lace a thick and glutinous sheet to meld with the glass. Nose is sweet buttery malt, fresh and clean quite pleasing to the senses, start is sweetly malt, the top middling. Nice mild acidity on the finish, the hops perky in their bite, nice dry aftertaste, once again a beer that would be great on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber-bronze hue, lucent, quick to withdraw white head, soapy retention, negligible lace. Uneventful nose, grainy, some hoppiness, pleasant toasty-caramel malt notes underneath. Decent palate, moderately bitter… balanced nicely, caramel malt, hint of grain. Mild hoppy aftertaste; quick finish… clean with little oily residue. Medium-light body, typical carbonation. EPA is a very drinkable beer, honestly nothing is noteworthy but it is worth a try, nothing to seek out though. Overall, I do like it.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a gold/copper with a very thick small head, stays throughout. A very pleasant "bubblegum" smell, somewhat fruity. The initial taste is sweet hops, and a bit dry. Mouthfeel is also dry, hoppy and a bit grainy, but this is a great pale ale, and very drinkable, anytime.

Notes. Rare for me to issue 2 fives, but the smell is just awesome and the drinkability is right on target, this suits me fine. I'm tryin' not to base my judgement on just visiting the Summit Brewery either!

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copperish brown with not much of head but what is there is fluffy. This beer is pretty hoppy with a citrus twang. The bitterness comes through on the palate solidly, but is not overdone. It's pretty smooth with a thin, carbonated mouthfeel. It's a solid pale ale, not exciting, but not bad either and can be an enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of John
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color. Thin but persistent layer of off-white foam. Aroma is pine resiny hops with Wonder bread dough beneath. Flavor is unmistakably hoppy and crisp. Not at all over the top, just very solid. A nice session pale that could easily be a fall back brew a la Sierra Nevada pale.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.