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Summit India Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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504 Ratings
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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADR on 02-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Replaced by True Brit IPA.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 504 | Reviews: 280
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 03/13/2014 printed on the bottleneck. Got the twelve pack on sale for something like $7.99 being that this beer is now past it's prime. Listed as retired on BeerAdvocate now, so it is now or never it seems.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a murky sienna orange colored body with some hues of red in there. One finger of quickly receding beige froth for a head. Leaves behind some okay scattered lacing.

S - The smell is much more earthy, leafy, twiggy, and caramel forward than hop forward at this point, but it is still a pleasant aroma. Notes of brown bread, toast, & nuts.

T - The taste is the same - any distinct hop profile that was here is no longer present. Instead, waves of creamy caramel / toffee have taken over in full effect.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Caramel malt, and twiggy / herbal earthiness leftover on the palate.

Overall, maybe I'm one of the few, but I don't mind a good caramel / malty IPA every so often. In all, I would say this was a fine IPA, that has held up well even five months past it's best by date. Not sure why this was discontinued, but I guess drink em if you've got em.

Summit India Pale Ale ---4/5.

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

India Pale Ale
Summit Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from bottle to pint glass---

Appearance
Foggy golden/honey, two fingers of beautiful sticky off white head, great lacing.

Smell
Soft hoppy notes, slight malt sweetness, nothing stands out.

Taste
Earthy bitter hops, hint of tart fruit, caramel backbone.

Mouth-feel
Good carbonation, good bitter, light body.

Overall
Summit loves their pale malts… and so do I. Not as hoppy as most IPA’s – however, this is not one of many popular American IPA… This is an English IPA. Still, this will not be a go-to beer for me. I’d call it a light IPA.

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours out dark orange with a tiny head that dissipates quickly. Smell is actually pretty malty with caramel and toffee. Ironically no hops in the nose that I sense. Well very faint and almost malt forward. Taste is pretty malty with what I found in the nose. Ironically there is VERY little bitterness or any hop flavor. This beer really doesn't make sense as far as the malt and hop bill are concerned. Not one to buy much Summit but surprised that it is SO malty with little bitterness. Mouthfeel is about right and a little thick. Overall this is a pretty bad IPA. It's way too malty and just let's you down on the hop bill. Is this supposed to be something else? Summit bites on this one and I'm a homer.

Photo of Hergestridge
2.67/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Summit IPA is .well.. different as far as IPA's go. It smells mild.. not a lot of hoppieness..it is refreshing but is not in the same League as Top Notch IPA's. Not even close to Stone IPA... One of my favourites. I like it ok.. but it's just not an IPA I would spend money on...

~ Carry On, Citizens!!!~
sMC

Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy copper color with a off white head that fades fairly fast but leaves a lots of lacing.

Smell: A totally original candied orange hint never encountered before and it's not bad!
A strange and original take, this candied orange peel, with core of caramel aroma and earthy hops.

Taste: Following the smell, this candied orange, citrus, track plays along with the caramel malt core shifting to a pleasant bitterness; the finish is a nice balance of caramel, malt, candied orange and hops bitter. A different IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, almost creamy, (orange creamsicle) with much carbonation

Overall: A highly original, rich and complex IPA in the European style? This is a nice change that I'd like to turn my friends on to. A good finish, and good with orange slice. Good last beer of evening.
A bit sweet.

Photo of yumyumbrew
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, Ohio - consumed on the "Enjoy By" date.

S: Hints of sweetness, reminds me almost of a really good flan (caramel!), you can tell from the aroma that there is a decent amount of hops in this brew.

T: Very balanced and average to good in terms of taste. Great, smooth malty flavor with a zing from the hoppiness. Definitely hints of bitterness but could also see myself sessioning this one on a hot summer day!

M: As stated above, easily drinkable partially due to a moderate body, very clean.

O: Very English IPA. Great balance between hops and malt. Might not satisfy major hop heads but it doesn't offend at all and is absolutely drinkable. It could probably use a hint more hop flavor to move from "average" to "pretty darn good".

Photo of EagleTalon
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a frothy buff head and copper color. Aroma is bready malt and floral hops and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Flavor is bold and balanced with biscuit malt and balancing earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium and low co2. Overall, a tasty but unassertive IPA.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. “ENJOY BY 07/13/13” is written on the neck.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is slightly hazy, golden amber. About a finger of eggshell-colored head left a dense but spotted froth and trails on the glass.

Smell: It has a big malty backbone. An aroma of caramel and toffee entice my sweet tooth, but there is also a dose of earthy or herbal hops (or whatever the hell creates that hairspray-like aroma that is common among beers from Minnesota).

Taste: A spicy surprise! It even offers a little zest. Herbal hops (thank you, Summit website!) are loud and proud up front and followed by lemon zest. The caramel and toffee slowly emerge as balance. As the beer warms, though, everything flips: the malts become more prominent while the lemon and hops add zest and spice later.

Drinkability: Good drinking. It is beers like this that make me wonder what real India pale ale tasted like.

Photo of ToddT
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Deep brown topped with a fluffy khaki head, that fades slowly to a ring and leaves a good bit of lace on the glass.

S- Mild citrus hops with a hint of caramel and toffee malts.

T- More malt forward, nice bread notes along with toffee and balance out with a grass floral hops note. Finish is dry and pretty clean, defiantly an English style IPA.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, and easy drinker.

O- Decent brew, well balance and not the hop bomb that a lot of the American IPA's have become. It still packs a punch at 6.4% ABV though.

Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Appearance: Caramel/amber hue with a bubbly off-white head.

Aroma: Biscuit malt and a little sweetness.

Taste: Nice caramel malt, some hop sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Good barley flavor like every English IPA should have.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I don't remember having liked Summit's India Pale Ale before, but it's definitely grown on me. It delivers the classic flavor you'd expect from an English IPA and an old school brewery. Would I drink it again? Yes, though the three that come in the seasonal 12 packs are plenty.

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is almost brown with a lot of haze, a tan head, some retention, some lacing. Low carbonation.

Aroma is a little earthy a little malty.

Beer is malty and sweet with a little bit of hops, earthy or piny variety, a mildly bitter finish and a decent feel to it. It is a fine beer but probably not a repeat for me.

Photo of Jparker37
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Another beautiful looking beer from Summit. Rocky white head is large. The beer is a shade darker than what I call golden and has perfect clarity. Left a bit of lacing to my glass.

S - Earthy/spicy hop tones are bright and foremost. I get a graininess in there also.

T - Here, malt shows up first but for a short while. Grainy base malt is early with a perceivable biscuity tone to it. Hops have a great bright flavor to them, I'm getting earthiness and a prickly pine tone as well. That flavor transitions nicely into a great backbone of bitterness. Finishes dry with spicy hoppiness that lasts for awhile into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, medium to medium-high carbonation, dry.

O - Summit has a magic touch with their beers appearance. Smell-wise I was a little disappointed in that the hops never really popped, but this beer still shows a great hop profile. Overall a good beer but not my favorite EIPA I have tried.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey.

A: Clear golden amber with three-finger, white, foamy, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Bready malt and citrus hops. Mild.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Less toasty then I would like, but it does appear in the finish. Citrus hops up front.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: I was disappointed by the smell, taste, and feel of this English IPA. I liked the Left Hand better.

Photo of jimmah120
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date

look is average amber orange typical of the style. smell is sweet caramel malt, herbal hops. taste is similar to their EPA; white cracker malt, herbal hops, slight white wine alcohol flavor. feel is a light medium, perfect amount of carbonation.

good English style IPA, though I prefer their EPA in hop flavor

Photo of blackcompg
2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of creamy eggshell head, color of the ale is a clear lite orange amber color, there is some nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Alot of bready malts, freshly baked bread, slight citrus and ripe fruit, slight floral hops.

Taste - Light minerals and slight medicinal, toasty breadcrust, grassy hops, sweet malts, pumpernickel crust, slight pepperiness, slight aspirin and chalkiness, touch of citrus pith and peel - more astringency than flavor though.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, medium carb is smooth at first but gets sharp and drying at back of the tongue. Off flavors are astringent, puckering and chalky, not very easy to drink actually, could not have more than one of these.

Overall - This seems somewhat of a mess to me. There are alot of flavors here, but they don't go very well together, very unbalanced, and this seems to get accentuated as it warms. Drinkability is pretty low due to the astringency and chalkiness. I will finish it, but I can't recommend this beer. Perhaps this is typical of an english ipa and I'm being overly critical, as others seem to enjoy this - but it is definitely not for me.

Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium off white head sits above a clear reddish amber colored IPA. The head falls into a pretty nice looking lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt mixed with darker hops that has some earthiness to it.

Roasted caramel malts blend well with the hops and seems to get better with each drink.

A medium bodied beer with a quite dry aftertaste.

Although this isn't like the west coast IPA the I really crave I still pretty much enjoyed this IPA.

A nice addition to my "I've drank that" list.

Photo of kjyost
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle donated form a mixed 12 by a friend stamped 20041017, poured ~6C into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Beer pours a rich amber with a nice head and a ton of lacing. Crystal clear body. Very light nose with a hint of earthy hops and some sweet malt character. Strong initial bitterness, yet very little hop flavours. Earthy hops are subdued, with a sweet caramel body coming out a bit. Feels good in the mouth, with a nice bitterness, but not nearly hoppy enough for an IPA. Maybe I just don't get the english IPA, but this beer is just not doing it for me.

Photo of jbsg02
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at 50 degrees

Pours a golden straw color with a nice creamy head.

Don't get too much hop aroma from this. I pick up some estery notes from the likely british ale strain used in this beer.

This is a very good british IPA. I tend to like the american styles more, but this is nicely balanced. I pick up the hop bitterness followed by some toastiness from the malt then some of the estery character.

Great mouthfeel.

Very solid english style IPA, not my favorite, as I prefer the west coast styles.

Photo of t2thebro
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- light golden copper color. Full two finger white head. Crystal clear with bubbly active carbonation.

S- slightly biscuity, some hop tones but not much going on.

T- malts dominate, english biscuit flavors, with some slight spicy bittering hop flavor. Very balanced if you like English ales with a slight hop kick this is your beer.

M- very impressive, full crisp fresh feel, not oily or thick. Resembles a German Octoberfest mouthfeel. This makes this beer very drinkable and enjoyable.

O- decent beer. If I want to back off the hop heavy ipa's, or am in the mood for something malty and fresh with an English backbone this is when I'd drink this beer, not a regular for me though.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Orange/Amber and looking pretty clean and unfiltered. Decent amount of carbonation. Head is around 1 finger and width and leaves behind some good lacing

Smell - I can smell the hops but they're very earthy with a very mild citrus note, whereas the malts and barley used are the strongest scents above everything else.

Taste - Hops are fairly piney and stronger and the malts are slightly more balanced than they were in the nose. That's pretty much it in terms of flavor, but it all comes together fairly well

Mouthfeel - It's an average weighted beer and the carbonation is balanced out just right. Not smooth or creamy, but its easy on the palette.

Overall - It's more malty than hoppy and it has some issues in terms of balancing it's flavor, however it's still a great session beer that everyone should at least try. Good beer to have on a hot summer day.

Photo of imasloth
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

A- Orange-red with a one-finger white head. Head recedes rapidly leaving light lacing.

S- Very malt forward for an IPA, even if an English-style. A deeper whiff yields light fruit notes.

T- Strong, surprising bitterness with the fruity and malt notes coming in later. Light balanced aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied, maybe a fizzy feeling- novel.

O- Fair, but I'm not in a hurry to have again.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz twist off brown bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep copper color. Clear. Pours a nice 2 finger creamy/bubbly white head. Poor retention but good lacing.

S - The aroma is somewhat weak and soapy in character. Not much hop or malt character. It really reminded me of dishwater! Clean but dishwater.

T - The beer is actually quite sweet upfront. There are hints of orange citrus though not a hoppy flavor - it's sweet and tart. Not what I was anticipating in an IPA. The beer opens up with some caramel malts and biscuit character. Hop bitterness is mild for an IPA. Remains sweet throughout.

M - Medium modied with good carbonation. Smooth. Easily the best characteristic of this beer.

D - Too sweet to put many down.

Overall, I was caught off guard with the sweetness and tart character of this beer. Not what I expected for this English IPA. Glad I tried it. Won't be back probably.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-25-2011 02:26:46

Photo of emerge077
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely an English IPA... sweet, mellow, and tea-like.

Smells like a buttered biscuit, and has a dark copper orange body, with a thin head of white foam. Light honey sweetness in the aroma. Flavor seems driven more by the mild complexity of its specialty malt character than much hop content. Faint inkling of dried citrus peel. Some earthy grassy notes suggest hops, but its pretty muted. Overall fairly average taste and aroma, body is sturdy though. Not much here to distinguish it, an entirely average English IPA.

Photo of ncsutton
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving - Bottle

A - Rich amber color with a good head to start out with, head lasts throughout the beer

S - More of a weak smell, its of roasted malts and some light floral tones to it as well

T - Tastes highly of roasted malts with a lot less of a hop taste that you would expect from an IPA, they are present however, just weaker than most of the style

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation, maybe a bit to thick for the taste of the beer

O - Overall my review might sound as if I didn't enjoy this and that is not the case, I was reviewing it in relation to other IPA's, and in my opinion I think that Summit should have gone with a different name for this beer, it is however still a very solid beer

Photo of beagle75
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light to medium amber color with one finger of rocky off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild floral hops are the single most distinctive feature, though nothing truly distinctive stands out. Bready English malt is present in trace amounts, alongside some carbon dioxide.

T: Begins off-dry, with assertive Maris Otter malt that borders on diacetyl-like qualities. Hop aromatics are understated, earthy and herbaceous perhaps, but in conflict with sharp minerality and strong carbonic acidity. Malt presence persists through the middle, while moderate bitterness defines the finish in the absence of other features.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This ale is a rare, malt-focused example of an American-brewed IPA. It shares some features with its smaller sibling, Summit's Extra Pale Ale, but it struggles to be as successful in its style as that other beer. Perhaps its most defining feature is its bitter finish, but even that is noteworthy only in relative terms due to the lack of other dominant flavor qualities. It has no glaring weaknesses, but it does struggle to distinguish itself or be remembered.

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Summit India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.