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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
85
very good

460 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

brandoman63, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of schellsbeer
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Really disappointed this year. I had this last year and it was awesome. Did they change the recipe? Very Bland tasting. Not the Winter Warmer that I remembered. Overall, Not impressed at all....and this comes from one of my favorite brewers. What happened?

Dark brown in color but nothing to write home about conderning the taste, smell, mouthfeel.

I will try another bottle here in the next week or so but then will wait until next year. Sure hope this is just a fluke and a bad year for this brew.

Over and out...

schellsbeer, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of BMos
2.5/5  rDev -33%

BMos, Feb 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into stemware in Minneapolis, Minnesota, over Thanksgiving holiday. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a solid black. Nontransparent.

Sm: Nuts and cream. That's it. A mild strength aroma.

T: A nutty body with some pleasant cream up front. No spice is present which is a bit awkward for a winter ale. Some very light candied sugar comes through - more toward the climax. The caramel is well handled. All around, it's a bit too simple. I'd like to see more boldness or inspiration, maybe some toasted malt and spice would do it well. It's well balanced, all things considered. The build is just boring.

Mf: Smooth with just enough coarseness to bring out the flavour, and rather wet. Suits the flavours to an extent, but certainly isn't tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. As my first Summit beer, it makes me want to try other brews, but I won't be getting this again unless it's on draught and there's nothing better.

C-

kojevergas, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of kmpitz2
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep mahagony color with ruby hues. A finger of tan head falls moderately slow to a full coat over top. Very pretty brew. Nose is not as great. There is a breadyness that borders on what I associate with sock-like aromas. I also get some molasses, but I really do not like the aroma of this beer. Flavor is pretty well the same as the aroma. It has a sort of fruity-spice...almost like cherry, but not in a good way, with molasses. It just rubs me the wrong way. The feel is a very light moderate with a moderate carbonation. I am very underimpressed with this brew. It does nothing to draw me in with the nose or flavor. The feel is weak and its just not all that good.

kmpitz2, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

crobinso, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/15/2008 (bottle):

Pours a dark red color body. Average cream-colored head, somewhat diminishing. Malty aroma, some strawberry. Some hoppiness and English maltIness. Not a strong aroma. Hoppy dark chocolately malt taste. Some alcohol and some toffee. Okay body, somewhat watery. Very porterish/stouty taste and palate.

jujubeast6000, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of winomark
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, almost black with a small off-white head.

Aroma: Dark roasted malt that is quite muted. Almost on aroma.

Taste: Roasted, slightly smoky malt is dominating. Some coffee tones and hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation lends to a lightness on the palate. Flavorful, lingering finish.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine. Not enough sweet malt for a winter brew, IMO. Won't try again.

winomark, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of lester619
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thick dark blackish brown. Light brown head that settles to a thin film quickly. The smell is rather understated and bland. A little sour with some burnt toast notes but mostly just kind of bland. The tasted follows suit. A hint of a sweet malty body with some smokey roasted grain flavors followed by a hint of sour at the finish. A few herbal hop flavors come out but very few. This beer just need more of something. Either more of a sweet malty taste or more of a bitter herbal hop taste or more of a burnt roasted grain coffee taste, just more of something. I usually don't like spiced beers, but maybe that's what it is missing. It was just kind of forgettable.

lester619, Dec 06, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Pours a deep chestnut/chocolate brown color with rich garnet highlights and one and a half fingers of dense tan head after a hard pour. No lacings on the glass and good retention.

There is little for the nose, with the only notes being a touch of caramel and spice, with a metallic tinge. Not promising.

Taste is much better than the aroma would suggest, with caramel and roasted malts up front, along with light notes of chocolate and light spice. Well proportioned with a filling and warming quality. Could use a bit more roasted malt quality, but still good.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a malty and bready texture, along with a smooth finish.

Drinkability is decent. For a winter brew this gets the job done, but it is easily forgotten due to the base quality of the overall pour. It lacks any defining qualities.

botham, Jul 03, 2009
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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 jasonpeckins32
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark, deep mohagany brown color with very little head. A little light barely seeps through the edges of the glass. The nose is a little weak. I notice roasted malt smells paired with maybe a slight berry smell. Nothing too strong. The taste is malty and a bit sweet with adjuncts. I've had better. The mouthfeel is also quite thin for the style. Drinkability is okay, I wont have any trouble with it, but it wont be hard to pick something else instead of this one next time.

jasonpeckins32, Nov 29, 2005
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2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is very toasted and almost smokey with coffee, toffee, and a touch of spice. The appearance is dark red brown with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma but too tangy and acidic. The palate is average for the style. Overall its OK but not that good.

nick76, Jan 14, 2009
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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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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Lanstrum, Jan 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

tbone64, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -19.6%

JohnK17, Mar 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

scottbrew4u, Oct 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

NJBeer265, Jun 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

harrylee773, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

TheBigBoy, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of jahred
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this (thanks to incongruity, again!) at my recent winter beer tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a medium head and a nice malty, hoppy (and somehow minty) scent.

Tastes of orange and piney hops, with a chalky aftertaste. I'm not quite sure what it is, but something didn't quite fit together in this beer. The beer is rather thin, and perhaps I was expecting something else from a winter/old ale (and something unknown that I can't quite describe).

jahred, Jan 10, 2004
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Dec 30, 2011
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Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.