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Summit Winter Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

506 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 11
Gots: 42 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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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
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
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
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MNAle
3.73/5  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.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Winter Ale pours a dark amber color with a small but lacing head. There is a mild spicy aroma. The taste is very full, good sharp malty backbone, with some noticeable hints of sweet spices. Good feel, good body. Overall a nice easy drinking warmer.

Photo of Wer34truh
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_G
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Soneast
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of digital952
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good seasonal with balanced taste. On tap at Crooked Pint Ale House in Apple Valley...nice place.

Photo of inbierveritas
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of orion320
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraigP83
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep amber color, good head. Fairly hoppy with slight spices

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Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.