Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 159 | FT: 1
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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: 1,138 | Reviews: 448
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of marc77
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

Photo of AudioGilz
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of John
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber/ copper color, and thin , disappearing head. Sharp, vibrant hops abound here...citrus fruits and more, grapefruit, apricot, cinnamon, sharp cheese? Long, exciting finish, the hops mingle among the taste buds, the lips, and gums. Great bitterness on top, medium body, warm and tingly. Thoroughly satisfying, but not particularly remarkable. A reliable tasty treat.

Photo of zerk
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and copper with a very thin head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops over biscuity malt. Flavor begins with some carmel malt, and a bit of citrus... followed by some herbal tea spiciness. Somewhat prickly mouthfeel with a thin to medium body. Pretty well balanced, and a solid English Pale Ale, but no real outstanding qualities.

Photo of Viking
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear and deep amber body. Faint traces of CO2 drift lazily toward the surface. Starts with a nice, soft head that fades to a pretty thick lace and leaves plenty clinging to the glass. Smells of bready caramel malt with a heavy dose of hops - earthy and floral. Bitter, biscuity, caramel flavor, with a slightly oily hop finish. Rough mouthfeel on this one, but still a pretty good brew.

Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently had this beer on tap. 4 of them in succession. (It was 2 for 1 at the time). And it was better than my previous experience from a bottle. These jottings are off the top of my head.

It had a nice appearance (even though the mug was frosted). Sniff was hoppy, but not quite as hoppy as I like. The taste was nice overall. I still think that this beer has been reworked over the past couple of years. I remember more of a citric hop presence and bitter aspect a few years ago. That said, it was an enjoyable brew. Drinkability was high (as my 4 in an hour can attest to). Very enjoyable.

Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointed with this beer: looks great, smells good, and tastes lame. I was expecting a hopped up American style IPA, what I got was a hopped Coors red. Very under whelming flavor from this beer, the only remarkable thing there was a slight hop flavor in the aftertaste. I did not feel like hunting for taste, and therefore I can’t give this a thumbs up.

Photo of cokes
2.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Attractive deep golden brew, bordering on amber. Sizeable off-white head settles to a substancial film with solid lacing.
Funky aroma of herbal/floral hops and lots of musty yeast. Nasty.
Taste is in the hop direction, with a good amounts of slightly spicy, grassy hues. The grassiness really jumps out and throws this one off. Biscuit maltiness lingers in the background, but never asserts itself. Lingering grassy hop aftertaste. Quite bitter.
Moderately thin in the mouth. Ok, but far from dazzling.
This is not awful, but I couldn't drink more than one or two. That should certainly not be the case for a pale ale.

Funny...I actually remember thinking fairly highly of this. But it has been awhile, something must have changed, either in my palette or this beer..or both.

Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this one a couple of times on tap on a recent trip. It is an attractive dark amber color with an off-white colored head. The head has a decent retention and produces small bits of lace. There’s an appealing, floral, West-Coast hop aroma. Nice balance between a sweet start and lingering bitter finish. Not great, but potential to be a good, regional session beer.

Photo of brakspear
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear amber color with a nice white head that lingers slightly with some lacing. The smell is of crisp citrus hop aroma with some malty freshness. Taste is tipped in favor of hop bitterness that lingers long in the mouth. Mouthfeel in this bottle has slight "soapiness" to it. Overall a very drinkable beer

Photo of stoutman
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gently yeasty and fruity aroma is an attractive greeting, followed immediately by a full-bodied, tangy taste that lingers and satisfies. It becomes increasingly integrated, with the hops continuing to predominate, as they should. The hop bitterness complements the grain undertow of this pale ale that finishes satisfyingly smooth.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber/copper body. Fluffy white head which settles into thin top coat. Leaves good lace behind. Very hoppy, very citric 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. If this beer is as popular in Minnesota as I've heard, it speaks well for the taste of the state.

Photo of packetknife
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one a bit better than the IPA. A bit hoppier, nicer color, stronger smell, still very drinkable.

Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the beer that started my expedition into the unexplored. pours out a beautiful dark amber, and a dense head which sticks as rings as you gulp it down. nice cascade hop aroma, moderate body and the taste is a perfect balance of caramel malt and hops. a bit of spicy hop to provide a clean and crisp finish. absolutely delicious. i've had sierra nevada pale ale and this is better. more body and hop depth. i may be biased but i'm not stupid. my ultimate fall-back brew. please note 5.1%abv.

Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light pleasant hop aroma. Good steady head. Nice brownish amber color. Steady hop taste through and through with the malt more in the background. Enjoy the mouthfeel. Long dry finish. I like how the bitterness mellows as it warms. This is a good beer, I guess I just enjoy others versions of pale ale better.

Photo of ADR
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely the grapefruity-chewy ale of choice for me, frankly clobbers Sierra Nevada in my book...nice aroma and a clear medium amber color. I'm currently living in Minnesota but I wasn't looking for a beer this good when I moved here. A really distinct example of an American Pale...hoppy, to be sure, but with a good deal of nutty malts, superior fruitiness, and a complexity all the way to the aftertaste...a very refreshing beer on tap, but with enough guts to last through Fall...

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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