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Summit Extra Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Extra Pale AleSummit Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ADR on 08-31-2001

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Reviews: 450 | Ratings: 1,202
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 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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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of TCMike
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of madeofsteel
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of BierStein711
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
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?

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Photo of hopazoid
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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, spicy finish.

One of my favorite beers. When I first had it, all I could taste was pine needles. Now it's almost too malty for me.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of tjhuot
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good IPA. In the Twin Cities they serve it on tap in many restaurants and bars. If they have it, I will usually select it. Most of the time it has been excellent although I am not sure it ages well. I have had a number of them that have not tasted that fresh. When fresh on tap, it is an excellent choice for an IPA lover. The appearance is a somewhat light and clear pale ale, but a pretty good balance of hops to barley. It has a decent aroma, but is not the best I have had. One good thing is that it has a fairly full body, but doesn't get you loaded after one or two pints.

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Photo of EmergingZymurgy
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.