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Summit Winter Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Winter AleSummit Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

449 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
OG 14.6° Plato
36 IBUs
Malts: Harrington, Caramel, Carafa II
Hops: Willamette, Fuggle, Tettenanger

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2001)
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Ratings: 449 | Reviews: 255 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Dave128:
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a Fridays at the MSP airport while connecting to Seattle. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber in color. A rigorous pour yields a 2 to 3 finger of brownish foam. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Nothing special. Grainy and slightly hoppy.

T - I don't know if I would consider this a winter warmer, the taste is like a well hopped dark amber ale. Good though.

O - It's a good ale to have in the cold, but doesn't quite live up to my winter warmer standards.

Dave128, Dec 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Turbo, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

jono0101, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of PintPiner
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight aroma of chocolate and roasted malt.

Initial big foamy tan head that quickly subsides to nice small layer of foam with good lacing.

Clear, dark mahogany when held up to the sun.

Mild carbonation.

Medium-light body.

Slight tangy spice up front, chocolate and roasted nut with a hint of coffee and burnt carmel.

PintPiner, Dec 05, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

Dark mahogany color, nearly black. Roasty nose of coffee and dark chocolate cookies with minty citric hops and a ripe fruitiness in the back. Heavy toasted malt flavor is coated with a layer of roasted grain. Hop bitterness sneaks in with a sharpness and minty citric flavor. Very nutty throughout. Some coffee and unsweetened chocolate meet the fruitiness. Beefy? Suggestions of raisins and ripe plums. Burnt sugar and more lingering coffee bean flavors middle to end.

While not the boldest or most drinkable winter seasonal, it does compensate with its own unique complexities. The wintry flavors are there, probably best enjoyed with holiday chocolates or other nutty confections.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 03, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN. Pours a dark reddish brown body with a thick light-tan head and leave good lacing. Aroma is of chocolate malt and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavor is dominated by nutty sweet malts. Good drinkability, but this is really a nut brown ale and not what I would call a winter ale.

blackearth, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of skybluewater
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet color. Chocolate milk colored head recedes and leaves minimal lace. Smell isn't very pronounced, caramelly malt mostly. Taste is very nice, soothing, with some caramelly flavors at first. Like a brown ale, there's some chocolate here, but unlike a brown, there's also a bit of spice.

I really like this brew. It's actually the one that finally got me into drinking craft beer (last winter). This one's sure too warm the soul on a howling winter night.

skybluewater, Nov 01, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahhh..Winter Ale. Pours a deep brown with hints of red and a thin head that leaves some lacing in its wake. Raisins...chocolate covered at that, hints of caramel and pine as well. Nice.

First taste is a mix of caramel and chocolate maltiness infused with hints of cherries, raisins, spices and a mellow piney hopiness as well. Roastiness hits the back of the palate. A tasty brew on a cold day.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, could you some more body on this one. However, it goes down smooth and easy and this would definetly be a good winter session brew. Worth a try!

orbitalr0x, Nov 25, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

nstroup, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +7.2%

ryancl, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Reddish chestnut brown with small off-white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Toffee, spicy English hops, molasses, cherry and plum. A rich sweet malty smell that only somewhat remains throughout.

Taste: Somewhat sweet toffee and fruit malt backbone, with notes of molasses, nuts and spicy hops. Could have used a little more spicy hops, but overall a nice malt character.

Feel: Relatively low carbonation, smooth and creamy somewhat full body.

Drinkability: Despite being called a Winter Warmer here, this is really a rich, sweet and malty Brown Ale. Summit also calls it a Brown Ale. Quite nice overall, but a little dull for a Winter Ale.

bsp77, Oct 20, 2009
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3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer came on-tap in a tall glass, and appeared cloudy brown in colour with a tannish tinge to the head. Ale smelled malty, toasty and nutty, very much in line with a standard winter ale. It tasted richly malty upfront, and then smoothly transitioned into a roasty flavour and slight hop finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste on the palate, but overall smooth and flavourful.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby/near black in color with a thin, quickly dissipating head. The aroma was chocolate with slight roasted malt. The initial chocolate flavor was replaced by roasty aftertones towards the end. The mouthfeel was smooth as velvet on the tongue and the flavor lasted forever. Another excellent offering from the folks at Summit.

ryanocerus, Aug 20, 2002
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that is almost black with a tint of ruby red and orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger lightly tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of sweet and lightly roasted malts with lots of caramel and toffee. Has some nuts and a subtle spiced quality. Also some hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Some light hints of earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Very malt forward like the nose leads. Sweet biscuity and lightly roasted malts with caramel and toffee. Hints of nuts, chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, and a bit of dark fruit. A moderate taste of earthy and grassy hops peaks through in the finish. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat sweet but finishes a bit on the dryer side. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid winter warmer. Very good use of malts. Sweet but balanced.

MattyG85, Nov 25, 2011
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3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Minnesota bro Nick for turning me on to this beer. A good winter warmer appearance, a light brown, thin head.

Taste, muted sweetness, kinda like a thin porter, but also with aspects of a red. A very enjoyable not quite maltbomb kind of beer, which is rare for me to like.

Mouthfeel, makes me think I'm getting a little cherry and tree in my beer. Very little, but its neat its there. Enjoyable to drink, relatively inexpensive. Exceeded expectations.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, its out, just in time for another snowfall...

Deep clear dark reddish brown, 1/4 inch pillow floats on top. Sweet malt aroma, spiked with a little cinnamon impression. Thick malty mouthfeel, starts heavy with a little honey/maple-like flavor, takes an upward kick into an orange pekoe, and finishes with a paprika-like hop pepperiness. Didn't notice a caramel or chocolate sensation. Body is nice, seems to me that Summit does more interesting things with its malt bill on other beers. Balance is good. Decent, not groundbreaking -- I might be in a minority but this brew has never been a huge favorite for me.

ADR, Nov 05, 2002
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep ruby brown forms a nice tan bubbly head leaves behind specks of scattered lace. Aroma has a touch of chocolate with herbal grassy hop components and an overall sense of creaminess comes to me. Taste has a solid tight flavor milk chocolate, dark roasted malts herbal bitterness touch of pine bready tones in the finish winter warmer a bit under six percent seems pretty tame overall but nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated smooth and creamy textured. Drinkability, pleasant winter ale once again just a bit mild for me to truely dig, dig.

WVbeergeek, Feb 24, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, a few months past BB date, served in a snifter.

Pours clear but nearly opaque ruby-brown. The light tan head settles down to a thick ring and partial top coat but leaves full coating on a robust looking the side of the glass.
Aroma: rather floral and unlike the flavor, a little boozy. Also more spicy than the taste.,
T: Nicely rich with chocolate, dark bread, dark fruit and a touch of coffee. More coffee in the lingering dark roasted malt aftertaste. Very good use of light spicing but a touch too sweet before the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied; very smooth with soft, medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish sometimes felt just a little too thin.

O: very enjoyable and flavorful that resembles a Belgian porter. Recommended.

chinchill, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Oelschlager, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

IchLiebeBierZu, Nov 30, 2013
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2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this ale looks like what a winter ale> Winter ale supposed to look like. Darker richer color, but I could not really get an aroma from this ale. taste was a lttle weak. I did not detect any real spices. I do detect some spearmint. Ok texture but a little watery. Theres a bit of a well roasted maltiness.

Underwhelming beer. Goes with underwhelming music. Try Wynton Marsalis' J Mood cd or Joe Walsh - Ordinary Average Guy .Maybe a recording of the radio show Prarie Home Companion by Garrison Keillor who writes about a small town in Minnesota where all the women are strong, the men are good looking and the kids are ALL ...ABOVE AVERAGE...

frankiepop, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of hughesm4
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The initial poor and smell i thought this would be a really good winter beer. Then I started to drink and I thought the taste was alright. Then I got to the aftertaste in the mouth and there was really nothing special about it. No hops, chocolate or coffee taste, or spices. I was dissappointed.

hughesm4, Jan 26, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brown head just sort of sits on top of a deep red amber colored ale.

Slight hoppy nose with maybe a little malt in the background leads into a pretty decent rich but light coffee taste.

This beer has a nice medium body that leads into a smooth and slightly bitter aftertaste.

A pretty decent beer, worthy a spot on your to do list.

LXIXME, Sep 06, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

DerekQXQX, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Shawner, Nov 10, 2013
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Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.