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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

444 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 9
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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Photo of Gusler
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an enormously deep garnet color; the head is medial in size, creamy in texture, the color a light tan, as it evanesces the lace forms a covering sheet upon the glass. Malt dominates the lightly sweet nose, fresh and clean to the senses, with the start nicely malt and somewhat sweet, top middling in feel. Finish has a pertinent acidity, the hops deliberate in their spiciness, very dry lingering aftertaste. Quite a nice drinkable beer from a brewery that is new to me, and my thanks goes to feloniousmonk for this bottle and several other all waiting in the fridge to be sampled, my friend, this beer is gladly quaffed in your honor.

Gusler, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of paceyourself
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's april 7th and i'm watching what is supposed to six inches of snow falling, so i figured it would be a good time to kill off the winter brews.

Pours very appealing dark brown in color with a small tan head. The sweet mild aroma of caramel and malts seems ordinary for this winter ale. Butterscotch and chocolate just begins to describe the malt presence here. This is a nice brew but it lacks something to spice up the malts. Thanks Feloniousmonk for my first taste of a Summit brew, i look forward to more of Summit Brewing offerings.

paceyourself, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark overall with some amber colors showing through the light. Pretty malty, good mix of flavors, hardly noticeable taste of hopps. . The head was off white, but disappeared pretty quickly. Not my favorite that ive had in a while, but deffinately worth checking out.

Tballz420, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a deep rich red copper color with no head that leaves a nice smooth lace behind. The smell of malts and caramel along with a mild hop aroma. It is a light bodied beer that reveals a mild hop flavor that really is not strong. High carbonation is kills the maltiness that is trying to get out from the shadow of the carbonation. This is not a good as I was anticipating, but it is still good.

Cheers

kunzbrew, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby hue with brilliant clarity evident when held to light. Light beige, well retained, uniform, one fingered head manages loose lace. Dark caramel, raisiny fruitiness, w/ mellow chocolate and mild butterscotch in aroma. Understated floral hop nose, with a whiff of earthiness as well. Tame, yet quite pleasant aromawise. Cocoa laced sweetness upfront in flavor yields to drying notes of biscuit and moderate hop bitterness. Clean, rounded dark caramel with a roasted edge emerge mid palate along with a lightly spicy hop flavor. Subdued hints of molasses complement both caramel malt derived and residual unfermented sweetness. Lightly bodied, with a passably smooth, lightly dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry, with suggestions of anise and baker's chocolate. For such a light beer, this brew packs a wallop of flavor. It's certainly not a strong ale, but a damn tasty brew that I could drink all night. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the bottle.

marc77, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of purplehops
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This Winter Ale pours a deep chestnut brown with a rich volcanic tan head that last for a while and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is a pleasing balance of chocolate, black malt, and macerated fruit. The taste starts with a weak blend of caramel malt and black malt. Then finishes with a better balance of malt sweetness, black malt bitterness, and an earthiness from the Willamette and Fuggle hops. The aftertaste is earthy, slightly sweet and just a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to weak and out of place for a winter ale IMHO.
Overall an ok ale but I think there are better and bolder versions of winter ale out there. Perhaps this would make a nice cross over or first time beer for someone having the style for the first time.

purplehops, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a unique ruby-red, near brown color. Initial smell is of caramel and sweet roasted malts. The taste of caramel and slightly burnt malts stays on the palate throughout; however, there is very little if any aftertaste or bite as would be expected in this style. This beer also lacks body, I expected more for a "winter ale". The best part of this brew is the smoothness, highly drinkable on frigid winter nights.

Notes. Yet another fine offering, not the best, from Summit Brewing Company.

GeoffRizzo, Feb 07, 2003
Photo of zerk
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a thin but persistent head that leaves behind some lace. Sweet aroma of caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Flavor was dominated by sweet malt, with some backing spices... nutmeg was quite noticeable. Has a very viscous body, which, combined with the sweetness, lowers the drinkability. Not one of the best seasonal offerings, but a decent winter brew.

zerk, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once upon a time, this was my winter long staple brew, deviating only for other seasonal specialties, ie Anchor et al. Nowadays, variety is my everyday spice of life, but I have to pay homage to this brew, every year.
Dark as a Minnesota night, with a small brownish head that leaves too soon. Aroma is light, delicate, with no dominant flavors. Toffee, chocolate, roasted coffee and spice are all hinted at.Texture is smooth with a little hop bite. Balance is excellent; malt stands up, but doesn't stick out.

Spicy and warm, but still mellow and soothing. Seems to lack an "oomph " from years ago, or maybe my tongue has tempered.

feloniousmonk, Dec 26, 2002
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown, mahogany color with a tan head. Aroma is of a heavily malted beer. This beer is slightly big and heavy with the roatsed malts dominating the flavor up front. Slight alcohol warming effect is noted. Hops balance the beer and keep the finish fairly neutral until the hop bitterness and alcohol really show themselves in the very end. Finish slightly effects the drinkability, but still good overall. A solid winter ale with a big malt character.

PhantomVodoo, Dec 17, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with copper highlights and has a small light tan head. The smell is a faint slightly sweet malty aroma. Very nice, but too faint. Very nice flavor revealing a nice roasted malt and light buttery background. It is hoppped perfectly for a nice blend and slightly dry bitter finish and just slightly warming. Very nice winter brew IMO, as it drinks down very easy. Nice choice sent to me by our very own BA budgood1. I recommend this brew!
Cheers!

BeerAngel, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of BitteBier
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an intriguing dark ruby-brown color with shallow but tight head that dissipates almost immediately other than at the edges. Nose is a mix of alcohol warmth and a roasted, spicy scent. Taste is dominated by a mix of sweetness and spicy alcohol warmth, both of which don't persist as long as one would like. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but that's not uncommon in this sort of beer. Drinkability, on the other hand, is a bit better than one might expect.

BitteBier, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a mahogany color, with a light-brown head that lasts. The nose is of roasted malt. Flavors are toasted malt, with hints of chocolate. There is also a spiciness to the flavor as well. It is a rich beer that is light-medium in body, with light carbonation, and a slight alcoholic warmth. Overall, it is a well balanced beer.

BeerBuilder, Nov 26, 2002
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
Photo of ryanocerus
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
Photo of Wingman65
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe it. I just bought a 6-pack last night (August 5th) for $2.49. NEVER HAD A BETTER DEAL IN MY LIFE! This has kept very well. As I was watching the thunderstorms pass I enjoyed 2 bottles - and I must say REALLY enjoyed! I was surprised at how dark and beautifully it poured. A firm, but not long-lasting creamy caramel head. A complex, malty aroma that teased me with subtle wiffs of everything I was about to taste. Very smooth taste. A flavor of chocolate, a bit of coffee roast and spice notes made this very enjoyable. It had a smooth feel around my mouth and tickled with the roasted spice hints on the way down. Very drinkable -I will savor the last 4 bottles, and hope that last 6 pack I saw at the store will still be there in a few days!

Wingman65, Aug 06, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark burgandy/mohagony hue. Some very nice roasted notes in this brew. A warming presence is also noticed. Chocolate notes accent this malty brew.

Bighuge, Mar 26, 2002
Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rerate 2003: I am far less impressed with this than I have been in the past. More roasty and more chocolately, but shallower flavorwise. Remarkably similar to a American brown ale. Lightly spicy hopping. Quite drinkable, but where did all the nuance go?
Run of the mill winter seasonal. Not one I'll go looking for any more.

2001:
As winter winds to a close, I saved the review one of my favorite winter seasonals until the very end.
Pours the deepest scarlet imaginable. Small off-white head doesn't stay long, but never fully vanishes. Great full malt smell.
Complex malts. Chocolate, raisins, caramel, and (to a lesser extent) vanilla, and maybe even some cherries. Not highly hopped for compared to some Summit's (I believe last year's had a bigger hop profile). Nonetheless, you wouldn't want anything to compete with the rich malt textures.
It is also not as potent as some other winter brews in terms of ABV%. This is all the better as it leaves you wanting more.
As the last drop of this exceptional winter brew disappears from my glass, I can't help but feel just a little saddened that I will have to wait another year to have this treat again.
Then again...I guess it is a neccessary sacrifice for some warmer temps.
Still, this beer makes you embrace the cold months of the year.

cokes, Mar 19, 2002
Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-Rich chocolate malt taste...sweet malty aroma...minimal hops...not overthick or oversweet, but very tasty..not as much hop as previous years...creamy...one of my favorites...could drink this every night for the length of the winter...my type of beer...highly recommended...and outstanding seasonal from an outstanding brewery.

Additional Note..I am readjusting this rating after enjoying many this winter...It is still outstanding and my comments stand but not a "5"

ZAP, Dec 08, 2001
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Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.