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Summit Winter Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Winter AleSummit Winter Ale

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516 Ratings

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 12
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-08-2001

OG 14.6° Plato
36 IBUs
Malts: Harrington, Caramel, Carafa II
Hops: Willamette, Fuggle, Tettenanger
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Ratings: 516 | Reviews: 268
Photo of Vylo
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dhank
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Metalsnota
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSSG
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soapy, tan head that laces madly. Citric hops and toasted malt aroma. Deep, deep burnt umber color. Starts with a toasted malt, a touch of sweet malt, and a little citric hop bitterness. A flash of more citrus as it builds to a low medium bitterness. Then toasted malt comes back to meld with the hops i the finish.

This is pretty good. A nice subtle version of the style; sweet, hoppy, toasted flavors are balanced off one another pretty well. The only thing that really surprises me is the slightly thin mouthfeel.

Photo of kkmiller76
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjb27
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikepmeier651
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark toffee brown color with a very webby lacing from the head, which is cream colored and very fluffy. Looks darn close to a root beer float.

Aroma: Cranberries, a little spiced dried currant, banana peel. Heavy toffee and caramel malt aromas. A little bit of honey biscuit/caramel roll going on there too. As the head recedes there is a slight hop aroma.

Taste/mouthfeel : very creamy, and then a sharp stabbing rush of carbonation livens up the brew. It's hard to describe the taste... definite earthy flavors, very root-y, some dried plum and orange, honey, followed by a grassy hop. I'm really at a loss for words. It IS good, though.

Overall : this is a decent beer, and although I am at a loss for words in describing it, it's something I'd have again. It's very fruity and earthy. A nice Belgian dark ale.

Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black, with a touch of red so a lot like mahogany. The 1/2" light tan head soon recedes to leaves a ring, a thin layer of foam and speckles and legs of lacing when sipping.

The aroma is a nice mix of dark fruits, light spices and malt character but without any one thing standing out from the others.

As expected from the nose, the flavors are lightly sweet with good malt character, some molasses, and those touches of fruit and spice.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a touch of crispness from the moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and lightly spicy leaving a lingering spice note that fades away or that disappears with the next sip.

Overall this is a nice balanced beer that doesn't go overboard in any direction but still lets you know it is well made. Unlike some spiced winter warmers the spices are an integral part of the flavor rather than something that dominates it. That said, however, if I were going to stock up on a Winter Warmer I think I'd still give the Lancaster Brewing Winter Warmer the nod in preference to this one, if only because I like the way Lancaster Brewing have used both British and American hops and because of the the greater warmth from the higher ABV.

Photo of Giesch
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruddy chestnut body with tight 1 finger head that fades too fast, but laces well.

S: Nose of a light porter (just finished Sierra N porter). But less powerful, and more is expected from a winter warmer. Malty, roasted barley, dark caramel, a bit of faint hop grass... lacks power and depth.

T: More carob and weak coffee, and some plum in addition to the aroma profile. Malty, roasty, and prune juice. evens out in the grassy, hop addition of the finale.

F: Too light for the style, not as clean finishing as I'd like. SN Porter blows this away.

Summit Porter is better.

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brewqueno
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Is Summit CANning everything that they make? As the founder of The CANQuest (TM), a CANcerted effort to drink and review EVERY CANned beers in existence, I certainly hope so!

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed in St. Paul, Minnesota"; "Cozy Up to a Dark, Nutty Brew with Hints of Cocoa and Spice"; "Mother Nature doesn't want your empties. Please recycle."

I am watching the inaugural College Bowl Championship Game tonight in the grip of a Winter day. The tab fought me, briefly, but the Crack! was deafening. I got a light spritz as a result and now my curiosity was piqued to CANduct an inverted Glug. The pseudo-cascade came up pretty quickly, requiring that I back off, but not before the formation of three fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with obvious clarity and garnet highlights. Nose had a definite cocoa/chocolate bent, underlain by a light cinnamon spiciness. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium with a softness approaching creaminess. Interesting x 2. The taste was cocoa sprinkled with cinnamon and infused with peppermint. I had one of these recently at Starbucks! I am not trying to be funny or ironic, but this reminded me very much of their Winter Peppermint Mocha. Finish was semi-dry, thanks to its inherent spiciness, but I could also called it semi-sweet just as easily. A brilliant way to wrap up the day just as the first quarter ends!

Photo of skaboom420
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johnroby
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical winter ale nothing really stands out

Photo of WMbeer
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can into an imperial pint glass

A: Deep brown/black with tinge of ruby at the edges when held to the light, and a finger of khaki foam that subsides in a minute or two
S: toffee and roasted dark malts, faint dark chocolate, some tinges of citrus hops (orange maybe)
T: follows the nose, though there's also quite a bit of nuttiness and even some raisins in there, midway; the earthy and very faintly citric hops give a little zesty liveliness to the lingering back; nothing too complex, but very pleasant.
M: medium carbonation, wet, for the style this is fairly light and very easy to drink.

Overall: Like Summit's other standards, I've been drinking this one with gratitude for many years...alongside of the EPA, the Great Northern Porter, and the Maibock, it is an old dependable when out and about at places that aren't beer-centric. Good stuff.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour, dark tawny amber with a light mocha head.
Malty with a slight vanilla edge on the nose.
Taste is malty with a nice toasty element on the aftertaste. Finishes dry, toasty.
Crisp, smooth, average body.
Great seasonal, along the lines of a toasty brown ale.

Photo of JimSteiner
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MNAle
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip pint. Dark brown, 1/2 inch tan head with a "drippy" lacing. Moderate to light carbonation. Pleasant malt-fruit-tinged aroma. Thickish body and mouth feel. Take a drink and the hops bitterness hits first, followed by lightly roasted malt flavor. Then more bitterness comes through, but not overly so. This remains a nicely balanced ale front to back. Aftertaste is a mild lingering bitterness fading on the tongue.

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Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.