Summit India Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4/5 rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12oz brown screw top, nice label. FINALLY got a hold of one of these, and it's even date-stamped. The only problem is, it's a little over 2 months out of date. However, considering that this was by far the freshest I could find in central IL (the others were 6 months plus) I'll take it, as I've been wanting to try this English-style offering for awhile now.
Appearance: Just slightly hazed burnt orange beer, capped with a large, creamy dark ivory head which shows good retentino and some nice lacing.
Smell: Even though it's a bit long in the tooth, this is still fairly hop-forward, though it's definitely an 'English' hoppiness, full of dark, herbal, and earthy notes. In support of the hops is a nice, biscuity, ever-so-slightly-toffee-like malt backbone. Straightforward, but I'm definitely digging it.
Taste: Pretty much in keeping with the aromas, though there's not much in the way of hop flavor. I'm assuming a lot of this is due to the age; all I get here is some very mild fruity hop flavor. Mild English-style fruity esters, a fairly strong, lightly tannic/tea-like bitterness (I'd guess maybe 50-60 IBUS?) and some nice light caramel notes from the malt. This tastes darn good now; I bet it'd be great fresh.
Mouthfeel: Medium; quite drinkable
Overall: I need a fresh sample (why is that so hard to get??) If I could, I'd definitely pick up an (in date) sixer of this now and again. Nice English-style IPA!
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2011 03:07:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.31/5 rDev -6.5%
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---
Foggy golden/honey, two fingers of beautiful sticky off white head, great lacing.
Soft hoppy notes, slight malt sweetness, nothing stands out.
Earthy bitter hops, hint of tart fruit, caramel backbone.
Good carbonation, good bitter, light body.
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2013 04:23:59 | More by Kevin-Wieken
Summit India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.