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Summit Extra Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

Summit Extra Pale AleSummit Extra Pale Ale

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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%

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 SolipsismalCat


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a two-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Citrus, grass, and toasty caramel malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and very light hop bitterness. Flavor like the nose: citrus and toasty caramel malt. Finish just slightly bitter with a good amount of malt sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Looks and smells great. Tastes good and feels really good. Great drinkability. Excellent session beer. I liked this better than Samuel Smith's Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 01:50:39 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was at a wedding where the choices were grainbelt premium and mich golden draft. I went with wine for a while, but then just felt like a beer (neither mich or GB qualify in my book). The selection at the hotel bar wasn't much better, with the only craft beer available this stuff. Sigh....

Summit pale ale pours a copper amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. Didn't pick up much on the nose, just some light sweet malt. The flavor profile replicated the nose in what was a surprisingly sweet, malty pale ale. No one is ever going to mistake this for a bottle of mirror pond or SNPA. The finish was not very good at all in this beer, as despiite the low alcohol, I still picked up some heat from alcohol. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, and the finish was malty and sweet.

Mehhh... while I was able to drink this down, I have to say it's been some time since I've had a pale ale that was this unimpressive. I guess this is a pale ale for those who don't like hops (I know it's supposed to be an english style pale ale, but I can't think of any English ale this sweet, bland and malty). Just not my cup of tea...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:28:45 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of WoodBrew


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having a summit extra pale with mi amigo....and we enjoy it only because it is classisified as an English pale ale. The color is a decent rich copper ale with good carbontation and thin white head that is lacing ok. The smell includes typical English hops and malt. The taste is a good balance between hops and malt. The mouthfeel is good. The lower ABV gives way to good sessions. Not as good as Bass, but a decent beer worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:28:43 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of JEdmund


3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light bronze body with a smallish head that takes some aggressive pouring to produce.

Aroma is pretty grassy and English malty. It’s nice aroma, yet it does lean a bit more towards sweetish malt.

Taste starts off promising but finishes weak. The initial mouthfeel is nice, but somehow it fizzles out towards the end. Same with the flavor. Initially I get a good dose of malts, then the hops come in mid-way and cut through any sweetness. Sadly, though, that bitterness doesn’t last long and I’m left wanting more.

There’s nothing offensive in the flavor; in fact, if they bumped everything up just a tad, I think it would be quite a nice English pale ale. Glad I tried it, but it’s doubtful I will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 23:27:13 | More by JEdmund
Photo of Jayhawk


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit finally hits the KC liquor store scene, so I picked up a 6 pack of the Extra Pale Ale and must confess I'm now on my second (I really like this stuff).

Poured into a tall Guinness pint glass, started off with 2 inches of head which decreased to a thin covering. Nice lacing on the glass. Smell is metallic, malty and lightly hopped. Taste is malty, almost buttery in a good way, and light hops. Mouthfeel is light, and ends with a semi-dry finish.

I could easily drink several of these - definitely a good session beer. I wish my local Irish pub had this on tap to drink while playing at my local Irish session...this would be a perfect flute playing beer.

Summit describes this as an extra pale ale, the style on this site is an English pale ale, but I'd say this is much more a an English style bitter myself.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 02:40:32 | More by Jayhawk
Photo of scratch69


3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- A very clear coppery color with little head and no lacing.

Smell- Malty with a hint of hops.

Taste- Smooth malty flavor with a slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. Very well carbonated with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- I bought this brew as part of a variety 6-pack. While I am not a big fan of pale ales I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:09:20 | More by scratch69
Photo of bnes09


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent copper color. Pours a finger of ivory head. Lacing appears than slides down the glass.

Fresh aroma of bready malt and mild hop scent.

Plenty of dense malt flavor that tastes like buttery texas toast. Fresh, earthy, herbal hop character. Perfectly balanced. Smooth on the palate.

Medium consistency with plenty of bready texture while maintaining a smooth, even feel. Well carbonated also.

Good pale ale. Tasty and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:19:59 | More by bnes09
Photo of FreshmanPour77


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-6-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a finger of foam, decent lacing ring, nice dark copper color. Carbonation is present

S – Malt’s, slight hop aroma

T/M – Medium to lighter bodied. Nice malty brew with a slight hop back bone. Nice smooth flavor

D – Easy drinker from Summit. Another good well rounded brew from them. A good brew for the warm weather months here in Minnesota. I recommend this brew and will have this again

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 17:46:03 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of nicksta


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a light brown orange. There is minimal lacing and a thin head of foam inside my Guinness pint glass (which I pretty much use for all reviews). The smell is big up front on the hops. Roasted ones. There is also some sweet, orange-citrus. Hints of malt yeast round out the smell. The taste is real up-front with its bitter, floral and roasted hops. There's lime and orange citrus with just a hint of that fruit sweetness and a smooth malt quality that finishes things up. The beer is smooth enough, but the carbonation gets to me at least. Sip.

I've been on a APA/AIPA kick recently and this one was pretty middle of the road. Okay, not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 02:58:51 | More by nicksta
Photo of beagle75


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malty with a clear Marris Otter thread that dominates over herbaceous hops and lesser English yeast esters.

T: Begins off-dry, with grainy pale malt that includes integrated caramel and even showing some nuttiness toward the middle. Some cooked apple emerges during the middle as moderate acidity from the first act recedes. Moderate bitterness and soft welcoming earth linger in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, initially chewy in texture then becoming smooth and balanced, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer deals successfully with many elements of the archetypal English ale, while staying very approachable and well-rounded. Malt is absolutely on-show here, with hops playing only a small supporting role. The smell is definitely understated, with the potential to score higher if intensity stood its ground better. A more masterful grasp of continuity throughout the flavor profile would push this beer toward the very top of the rather small heap of American-brewed English pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 21:40:38 | More by beagle75
Photo of JoeBCBC


2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark orange color. Poured down the middle and still barely any head. Dissipated quickly leaving a slight film of bubbles on top.

S- Smell of pale malt and some hops. Not too impressed with this one. Barely there.

T- Tasted dry with slight bitterness. Not much complexity. The malt taste was lacking which made the hop flavor too puckering.

M- A little under carbonated. Good aside from that though.

O- Didn't do anything for me. Just my taste I guess. Won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:07:48 | More by JoeBCBC
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some honey.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character that is followed by some sweet flavors of honey, caramel and a bit of citrus. The hops presence is decent and is more subdued than the smell leads you to expect, but it brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer wroth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:14:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Buggies


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I'm not sure what makes this an English Pale. They use American malts, and the majority of hops are American as well with the exception being Fuggle. But whatever I suppose.

Aromas of caramel and biscuit. Hints of citrus too. Taste follows the nose. Really light and drinkable. For the most part, a nice dry finish with just a hint of lingering bitterness.

Overall, a very nice crisp refreshing beer. I could see me drinking a pile of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 19:50:22 | More by Buggies
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber in color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt. In the taste, gingerbread like malt and just a hint of pine hops. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry gingerbread malt like aftertaste. Decent pale with big gingerbread malt.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 20:04:55 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice light copper/dark straw color, good off white head that laces very well.

Smell is very light biscuit malt, very mild hop undertone, well done.

Taste is a great balance of mild malt sweetness and biscuit/bread flavors with a good solid bitter, slightly piney, finish.

The mouthfeel is great on this beer, hits the tongue well, good carbonation.

Overall, very well done brew, the scent is a touch undertone but its followed by solid mouthfeel and taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 00:23:06 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of AmericanGothic


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Clear, orange honey color, one finger of head with not much retention and nice lace.

S: Pine and citrus hops notes, subdued but nice, some sweet malt underneath. A little light fruit also. As the beer warms, more of the citrus aroma comes out for a while, but later yields to the fruity malts.

T: Still subdued, but good flavors. Again, pine and citrus in the hops up front, semisweet biscuity malt, then more pine on the dry finish. Soft minerals in the finish as well. As with the smell, more of the citrus flavor comes forth as the beer warms. All these flavors come together nicely to form a coherent whole.

M: Light side of medium body, carbonation gives a good creaminess.

O: Understated without being bland, this is a refresing beer that I would look forward to having again. Mellow and calm, without being boring.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:03:41 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of ccrida


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden pale-copper with an off-white head leaving heavy lace.

Smell is lightly sweet malt and grassy hops.

Taste is pretty good, a nice biscuit malt flavor, hint of sweetness tempered by the bitterness of the grassy hops, which are pretty well integrated, but unmistakable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, just a touch dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a clean, well balanced English style pale ale. Not a style I generally enjoy, this one went down just fine.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:14:53 | More by ccrida
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance-Copper with a thin white head. Head dissipates very quickly, leaving little to no lacing.

Smell-Floral, Piney, Earthy smell. Can also pick up some light citrusy hops.

Taste-Flavors are there, but theres something in there that tastes different, something thats covering up all the flavors.(Tastes like Apple Cider, but not bad) Once you get past that there is some sweet citrusy hops and some spice as well.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation.

Overall-Very average EPA. Sessionable beer yes, but not all to thrilled by it

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:22:40 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of BeerLover99


3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange body, up + down head, no lacing

S: hint of pine/grass, some malt too

T: clean grass/earthy taste with slight mellow bitter finish

M: med/light, big carbonation feel

O: solid, but nothing special. nice session beer, could drink quite a few in a sitting. there are better english pale ales.


Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 19:36:29 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of MattyG85


4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a big white head that has a tint of tan. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: A nice blend of pale malt sweetness and floral hops with a bready biscuit scent.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up front followed by sweet malt and bread. Bitterness is noticeable but mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated. Very smooth.

Overall: A tasty and very easy drinking pale ale. A classic here in Minnesota.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 04:56:41 | More by MattyG85
Photo of FreshHawk


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice crisp copper color with a larger than average, frothy, thick, creamy, off-white color. Really good retention leaving a nice lace.

S - Nose is a little soft. Some nice tart lemon zest along with a caramel, toffee, and slightly bready malt aroma. A nice citrusy, floral and herbal hop undertone.

T - A grainy flavor is pretty dominant with a musty wheat flavor. Some lemony zest and astringent herbal/floral hops toward the finish.

M - Light to medium body with above average carbonation. Crisp with a refreshing finish.

D - Average beer that isn't bad to drink, but nothing that makes me reach for another. Musty grain and a bitter biting hop finish.

Notes: Decent beer with a nice hop finish. Grain is a little off though. Decent easy drinking beer for a low price, but there are choices I'd pick over this though.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:30:27 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of wrightro07


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: An amber orange color with a little white head that dissipates quickly.
S: A slight smell of piny hops with a little sweet malt backbone
T: A light bitterness with a little twinge at the end. The taste was revolutionary when this beer came out in the 80's but now is not ground breaking at all.
M: Very carbonated. Not the best mouthfeel at all unless you are a soda fan.
O: This is a very seasonal beer for lawn mowing and fishing on a boat. I love this history of this beer and what it did for the micro brewing industry. Overall I love this beer for being very seasonable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:52:20 | More by wrightro07
Photo of shand


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Oh lawd, this one makes me thirsty just looking at it. A nice golden colour with a generous three inches of head that has great retention and leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma is nice as well, pale malts and floral hops on the nose, with a little bit of biscuit. The taste is quite nice and relaxed, floral hops and citrus over the nice pale, slightly biscuit-y malts. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but could probably stand to be a bit more carbonated, and the drinkability is great. A solid English Pale that I could see being a big regional favourite.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:59:27 | More by shand
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two on draft at the MoA Hooters, then grabbed this bottle at the hotel bar. Poured this 12-oz. twisty into a hotel tumbler.

Nice clear copper colored ale, with a thin off-white head that disappears fairly quickly. Pleasant to observe in the glass.

Pleasant malty sweetness in the aroma marries nicely with a nice hop spice. A mild earthiness is the overall effect. Taste is some hops up front, malty sweet turning bitter as it progresses. Finishes with a beautifully bitter alcohol laced sweetness that is an oxymoron as I type it.

Nice medium bodied EPA, eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:41:41 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of JMad


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my glass mug...

The beer was a deep golden, amber color with a thin, bubbly, white head. It smells good, lots of floral hops, some bready malt and honey. The taste has a slightly bitter lemon hop bite, there are some flavors of honey and buttered biscuits. The carbonation bites at the tongue but it's not overpowering. The body is light and the beer has a solid dry finish. I thought the Summit Extra Pale Ale was a well rounded, sessionable beer. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 05:17:09 | More by JMad
Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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