Summit India Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit India Pale AleSummit India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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.
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Reviews by Hergestridge:
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 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!!!~

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Old penny colored beer has no real head to speak of. The nose is caramel malt. Taste is very simple, caramel malt and bitter hop resin. Mouthfeel is sticky and fizzy. This is a refreshing beer with no real off-flavors but it is painfully boringgg. Sorry I fell asleep just thinking about it

Photo of skybluewater
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a lovely dark amber-I could look at this brew all day! Fairly good head retention, nice lacing all the way down the glass. Malty sweet smell. The taste is pretty low key compared to other IPAs. It has a nice caramel flavor, with a pleasently bitter finish. There's maybe a little wood (oak?) there. I would have no problem downing a few of these in one sitting.

I don't quite know if this is an IPA-it seems more like a bitter. Then again, what do I know. This is a darn good beer, no matter what style it falls under.

Photo of Beaver13
2.52/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby amber with a huge frothy off-white head the retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is grassy vegetal hops. Not very pleasant at all.

The flavor is grassy hops leading to a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is extremely watery - it tends to wash out the flavor.

Overall, not a great example of an IPA. It has good bitterness, but it's pretty simplistic and unbalanced, and I don't care for the grassiness.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off, nice brown bottle. This beer pours much darker than the IPA's I have had in the past. Not bad, just darker. Head is superb. Smell is of sweet malted barley, a little more full bodied than I would have expected. Tastes medium bodied, heavier than IPA's I've had. There is a lot of hoppiness. Feels very sweet and heavy in the mouth, goes down smooth. Overall, as you have probably guessed so far, I dod not get the feeling that I was drinking a IPA. I would recommend Summit's Extra Pale Ale if you want a more traditional brew.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to MeLikeBeer for this one...
Dark copper in color...less than a finger of white head. Most disappears within a few minutes and very little lacing is left behind.
Toasted malt in the nose with a decent dose of fruity hops...not overwhelming which is expected.
The taste is nice...hop profile makes itself more known and a hefty malt backbone to balance it out. Finishes quite bitter and not overly dry.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just where I want heck of a session IPA.
Only my second or third beer from these folks at Summit...I'd definitely be a regular at the brewery if I lived nearby. At the very least, their offerings would be in constant rotation in the fridge.

Photo of bsp77
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Very clear burnished amber, with off-white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Very fruity, with some bread dough, caramel and light English hops.

Taste: Some caramel, toast and fruit, but strong spicy bitterness comes through especially at the finish. However, there is not much actual hop taste to back up the bitterness.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: A little too much bitterness in comparison to the flavor profile. But still a good example of an English IPA.

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

Appearance is a slightly hazy orange with ruby highlights. Two fingers of foam appear on pouring into a pint glass then settles to a thin layer for the duration. Aroma is of sweet malt with faint smells of grassy and piney hops and a little bit of fresh yeast. Taste is of malt up front balancing nicely with moderate hop bitterness. Hop flavors of grass and pine are delicious and linger into the medium-dry finish. I liked this English IPA better than I thought I would because of the balance and it's pretty true to style for an English IPA (more malt and hop bitterness but restrained hop aroma). It could use some more English hops in it since I detected some distinct American hops, but alas, English hops are so difficult to come by. Still worth a taste if your looking for a good example of English IPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber orange with a medium white head that fades into a thin white layer. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Mild citrus and earthy hops followed by a scent of citrus. Hints of pale malt, lemon, and dried fruit.

Taste: Starts with some malty and fruity sweetness and spice. Then a nice bite of citrus and earthy hops. Also a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall: A lighter but pretty decent tasting and complex IPA.

Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continues the Summit tradition (so well done in their Pale) of massive citrus/chew amounts of is an IPA but I think they let it get a little out of balance here, there's a lot of "grapefruit"...nice presentation, though, good strength, color, mouthfeel and no off or conflicting tastes..

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper amber body large tan caramel head leaves intricate even lacing. Aroma: Roasty caramel edged malts are present along with an earthy pine hop tone. Taste: Earthy and pine cone hop flavor brings hop burps along with a mild roasty sweetness and strong welcomed bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied grips to the palate a bit evenly carbonated not too spritzy. Drinkability: Tasty hoppy IPA not the most flavorful or aggressive but definitely a solid offering for Minnesota standards it's sad compared to Masala Mama but it's all good or least okay.

Photo of brow1901
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Summit IPA pours light orange amber color with a small head after a violent pour. Head retained throughout the entire drink with good lacing.

The hops character doesn't jump out at you like some IPA's but I do smell more malt than I expected. I smell a hint of bread dough in there too.

The taste isn't really anything impressive, some bittering hops, ok. But not really anything citrus or complex in there. It has a taste more along the lines of regular APA, I would compare the hop character to Sierra Nevada PA. There is a nice balance of sweetness to go with what hops it has though, and this makes it go down pretty easily.

Summit makes some good beers their IPA isn't their best in my opinion. I like the Extra pale ale alot, but for the same price I would buy a two hearted or crooked tree.

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sharp hoppyness in both the aroma and in the flavour. I think the hops throw this beer a bit out of balance, the rest of the beer (particularly the malt) is a bit thin in comparison to the amount of hops, its not bad, theres enough flavour in this one, its just the balance and the enjoyabiltity factor that i didn't particularly enjoy. Reminded me of Schlafly Winter ESB, but perhaps not as strong. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for this!

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 ggaughan
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, a hazy amber color with a thick white head that ran away quickly. A sweet malty and floral hops nose to this beer. The taste is citrusy hops and a bit nutty and malty. The beer has a medium body and not much in the line of lingering taste. No my favorite IPA but not bad.

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint right in front of my gate at Minneapolis-St Paul's airport terminal.

This beer appears a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of creamy, foamy ecru head, which leaves some layered rings of lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of bready caramel malt, some faint lemon and orange citrus, and pine hops. The taste is more bready caramel, a bit of vanilla nougat, grassy, piney hops, and a mild tinge of booze. The carbonation is average, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too prickly to be considered outright smooth. It finishes off-dry, with warm citrus creamed maltinesss.

Not too shabby an IPA, a bit too zingy, but overall easy to drink. Just don't do it at the airport for damned near a sawbuck per pint.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.41/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass

A: Poured a clear copper/orange color with almost a slight ruby tinge to it as well. Had a small head that dissipated quickly.

S: Smells very bready, none of the usual pine/citrus aromas. Not much going on here. The smell is a little off-putting.

T: Some caramel and the bready flavor is here too, no citrus or pine here either. Tastes kind of flat, not like a typical IPA.

M/D: Water, not a lot to it at all. Overall, not good, but looking at other reviews, I wouldn't be surprised it this one had been sitting too long. Would be willing to give it another shot.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit- IPA

A- Golden amber brown with a thick head. Thick messy lacing along the top of my glass.
S- Good deep toasted bready malt grains with buttery shortbread.
T- Solid grainy malt, crusty bread, and shortbread cookies with a touch of sweet juicy pine hops.
M- Very grainy and dry throughout. Sweet thick malt gives way to a sugary sweet pine hop finish.

Overall- Nice solid Eng. IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of cokes
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More UK than USA (as it is listed here).
Pours out a lovely deep copper with a hefty and durable yellow-hued head.
Aroma is mostly of the english hop variety (goldings I presume). Not alot here, and sort of onesided, but pleasant nonetheless.
Taste is big on the snobby british hops. Once again, I am lead to believe there is alot of EK goldings in here. And Summit squeezes every last ounce of bitterness out of them. Not puckering the way some IPA are just very bitter, in a metallic, alum, coarse grassy sort of way. Malt is left unattended. Slightly bready, and just lightly sweet. It is certainly here, but I would like to see a little more in terms of flavor presence.
Hefty medium bodied. Wraps the mouth with bitter onslaught. Rugged at times. Hopheads only.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly copper colored and clear. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Small head with little retention after poured.

Smell: Not much at all going on here besides hops, which I would expect from an IPA.

Taste: Lots of pine and hops flavor with a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste. Not enough malts to balance the bitterness. Finishes with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Watery and thin. Heavily carbonated.

Drinkability: I've had better IPA's and would have no reason to seek this one out again. It's very average and a little too bitter for my liking. Would have been better if they balanced it a little.

Serving suggestion: Standard pint glass.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bitters and hops. Grainy texture. Pale appearance and taste. Grass and controlled carbonation. Malty start and bitter aftertaste. A solid member of the IPA family. More like a European and not the newer American IPAs but drinakble quite the same. In fact, smelled like European hops. Thanks, Feloniousmonk, for this fine IPA.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a purplish hue, this one has no head whatsoever. A few bubbles around the collar are all that I see.

Malty and dank nose with a faint hint of dirty earth and a nice hop note. This smells warmer and more malty than I would have expected.

The taste is very very malty for an IPA. Sweet, earthy, and slightly citrusy. This is strange for the style, not bad though....I like it alot. I taste weet plums and raisins (maybe some chocolate too) backed by some mellow hops.

This seems more like an English bitter or soemthing, rather than an IPA. It is very unique and very tasty. I really like the warm malty notes that comliment the hops, I'm just confused as to what it is trying to be. I would happily have this again!

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid amber brown with murkiness caused by a high level of yeast floating around.

Smell: Nice honey and a good deal of pine hops. I usually notice caramel in some IPAs, so this honey provides a great change of pace.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Like with the smell, you initially taste honey that creates a relaxing warming sensation. After this, I get a nice balance of pine hops in the background. Mouthfeel is very creamy and excellent overall. Alcohol is evident.

Drinkability: A heavy IPA, but easy to drink.

Overall: An excellent IPA that a comforting feel to it. Great winter beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep copper with a reddish cast despite its bottle conditioning. The full, frothy head is a light tan that holds quite well and leaves rings of thin lace at the outset of the glass. Caramelish malt and yeasty berry-like fruitiness dominate the nose backed by leafy, earthy, grassy and lightly floral hops. The body is medium and slightly dextrinous with a very fine carbonation that gently caresses the palate. The carbonation level seems slightly restrained for the style but it works well in lending to its malty character. In the flavor a malty sweet, caramelish side appears upfront, followed by some fruitiness at mid-palate before the hop flavor and bitterness rise at the swallow. It finishes dry with lingering notes of bready malt and leafy, mildly citrusy hops amidst a soft bitterness. Interesting, satisfying, and very drinkable.

Photo of ElGordo
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-amber color topped by a thin, lightly creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt, a touch of mild fruity hops, and not much else. Taste is again mostly light roasted malt, fruity hops, and a touch of smokiness. Medium body is a touch dry, but has decent character. Still, though, I don't know how anyone would call this an IPA. It's a straight-up amber ale, all the way. What the hell?

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Summit India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.