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Summit India Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

Summit India Pale AleSummit India Pale Ale

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478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%

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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Replaced by True Brit IPA.

(Beer added by: ADR on 02-16-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 02:22:15 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavily orange-accented burnished bronze. This is one of the darker IPAs that I've seen. The pale toffee colored crown is frothy and soft. It deflates first at the edges, leaving a rounded hump in the middle, and leaves an average amount of lace in thin rings.

The primary component of the aroma is hops, but it's a soft, subdued scent that isn't as hoppy as the pale ale that I drank earlier today. There's also a little earthiness and spiciness in the nose.

Sorry, but Summit India Pale Ale isn't hoppy enough for the style. The earthy, somewhat citrusy hops are present and accounted for, but they have to compete with caramel malt. The malt become even more noticeable with warming, further obscuring hop flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is just okay because it's thinner than it should be.

Summit IPA doesn't do much for me. The brewers need to have a heavier hand with the hops and need to beef up the body. Bottom line: better than fair to middlin', but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 01:28:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a rocky head that leaves a fair bit of lacing around the pint glass

Smell: A syrupy caramel aroma dominates, along with some earthy hops

Taste: Starts out laying a thick caramel malt backbone with increasingly harsh, grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow a mellow, but expanding earthiness overwhelms the tongue with a tobacco-like quality; the finish is harsh and grainy but leaves an underlying caramel flavor on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, almost creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rich and complex IPA in the English style that is a nice change of pace,but ultimately suffers a bit from a harsh bitterness

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 01:17:43 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another ordinary brew by Summit. Not that that's all bad. I usually enjoy a session-able beer with light flavors and easily drinkable, but they must have tremendous balance and extremely low off-flavors. Summit IPA is close, but just falls into the 'ordinary'catagory. Like their Extra Pale Ale, the carbonation plays too high, causing a fizzyness in the appearance and on the toung. The malts, though flavorful and sweet, lack body--leaving the beer thin and almost watery. Hop character is high, particularly in the nose, but under the light weight, finishes coppery and metalic. Dry and crisp in the mouth, the finish whisps away with a light hop flavor and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 12:54:42 | More by BEERchitect
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3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Stub & Herb's.

Pours amber with an off white head. A bit of retention and some ringy lacing. Nose brings some light floral hops and a tad bit of citrus character. Caramel malt and some bread. Taste is not all that hoppy with some caramel sweetness and a bit of floral hops. Mouthfeel is slightly bitter. Drinkability is fairly good, as this was nice and quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 11:40:06 | More by Thorpe429
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2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a bubbly, white head.

Smell: Basic pale malts with just a faint kiss of caramel. Tired citrus fruits languish in the nose.

Taste: Pale maltiness, lightly sweet. The hops, with a taste of aged citrus, never really BRING the bitter. A few more sips, hoping they'll pump it up, only to receive soem metallic hints. Very light bitterness on the all-too abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly watery.

Drinkability: The IPA train is off the tracks!! Summit did a fine job derailing it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 04:55:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 17:23:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 22:14:32 | More by biboergosum
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4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caveat to any concerned: this is a long-time favorite, and one of the first beers I really fell in love with, long, long ago. However, I've had many other, sometimes better IPAs since, and must strive for objectivity in this examination.

Appearance: cast in a bright, ruby-red hue, with a 1/2 " layer of fizzy off-whitefoam, leaving small traces of lace.

Aroma is at first bitter, coppery, but boldened by an enticing dark fruit character, over all big and spicy, though less like a Pacific Northwest hop profile, closer to an English-style.

The tastebuds are led by the nose, urging my lips closer to the glass...Taste is bitter, yet slightly sweet, with a caramel-y essence, perhaps the malt speaking up. Tons of fruitiness, cherries, and berries, but almost candy-fied with the sweetness. Body is medium, finish more mildly bitter, but persistent, riding comfortably along on the palate, never quite quitting the mouth. A thirst-quenching, totally tasty treat, even if it's no longer my favorite IPA, I'm still plenty pleased any time I'm in it's company.

I thought that this more recent examination would cause a decline in my ratings, especially as other, hoppier offerings have seen higher rankings from me..however, I can't find find flaw in the numbers, it still pleases, and I'm always happy with it, and will quaff them aplenty, for as long as I can!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 06:10:08 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, hops, tea and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character breadiness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and tea. Then there's a strong but not overpowering hops presence that comes in and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:59:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:16:53 | More by emerge077
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4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap back in mid may in a Bostons in Grandforks ND. a different animal than the bottled effort

Pours light caramel with a a 2" white head. Light lacing & head retention

Smell: Sharp hoppyiness with fruitty malt accompanying the scent

Taste: fruitty up front & then hops ( piney & floral ) surface & take over, resulting in a snappy hop finish

MF: great balance, medium body & near perfect carbonation

Goes down too easy, an IPA that I could easily session on

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2006 04:07:48 | More by russpowell
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 03:03:54 | More by drabmuh
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3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a slight reddish tint. It had a creamy, off-white, two-finger head that left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grassy hops.

T - It has a subtle bittersweet taste. The hops provide a nice earthy flavor. There is also a burnt toast-like malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. It makes a sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 00:52:51 | More by zeff80
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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a sharp hop-fruity taste to it. It is malty with an astringency in the finish. The beer itself is clear and a dark amber color with a hint of a head. A fruity aroma with notes of currant, honey, and citrus. Finishes with a sharp bitterness, as well as a hint of smoke that seems a bit out of place but adds to the complexity. Nice and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2004 23:07:23 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copperish amber with an off-white head that becomes a wide, isolated patch. Some spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is herbal, with a resiny touch. It's a bit musty with caramel and buttered popcorn/butterscotch.

The taste is of herbal bitterness with caramel sweetness to offset it. It is grainy, especially in the middle. There's a hint of butterscotch in it. There's a classic "English ale" dryness to it in the finish.

It is a bit watery/thin with carbonation rather on the high side for an English (or any) IPA. It has a certain buttery slickness to it.

It's a decent stab at an English IPA, lands between classic English bitter and English IPA (with abv - though hidden - leaning it towards the latter). Compared to many other (American or English IPA's), it's not that interesting, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 01:20:06 | More by jwc215
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3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 16:32:59 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours an crytsal clear orange color with a 2" head that slowly fades. Some thick lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, ripe fruits, and some bread are easy to detect and pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, bready malt, golden apples, pears, and a decent bitterness makes up a nice English styled IPA.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Some dryness arrives late. Aftertaste is short lived. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: serious session IPA here. Definitely more bready and less hoppy than other American styled IPAs. Nice beer here.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:23:19 | More by Gavage
Photo of tempest


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

Not a bad beer, no off-flavors or anything, but it leaves me pining for more hops flavor. There just isn't much to speak of. The malt profile is strong with a dry caramel barley taste. That's paired with somewhat harsh hops that are nice, but would be so much better if they were more of a taste than just a feeling.

SIDENOTE: I had this on cask with Armarillo hops and the beer blew me away. Completely different and incredibly tasty. I'd have to give that about a 4.1. Avoid the bottles, look for it on cask.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 20:04:14 | More by tempest
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2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes taken over Thanksgiving holiday. Not paired with food. Expectations were low given the style.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a transparent textbook copper.

Sm: Lightly toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lightly toasted malt, cream, and barley. Light hops. It's surprisingly restrained for an IPA. A bit simple, but pleasant. Fairly balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch too thick. It suits the flavours generally.

Dr: Decently drinkable, but it's far from special. I wouldn't have it again. Even IPA fans might not like this too much as it isn't horribly hoppy.



11/29/13: Truncated notes from a bottle serving.

Hoppier than I remember it, with plenty of floral hop character and bitterness. Somewhat balanced by the pale malts, but the balance is far from ideal. Quite cohesive, but not gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated, even a bit biting. Decent thickness and body.

Drinkable and enjoyable but far from world class. A decent little IPA from Summit that I see no need to buy again.


Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 23:34:56 | More by kojevergas
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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears an orange colored amber with a small scattered lacing around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, sweet malt, and piney hops.
Taste is of the same aromas with a bitter hop blast.
Mouthfeel is too malty and sweet with a bitterness that sticks out towards the end of the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 04:10:51 | More by weeare138
Photo of Bighuge


3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There are some oily, herbal hop notes on the nose, but they are slight for an IPA. Pours a beautiful deep copper with a slight white head. Pretty good blast of hops on the first sip. Rustic and raw. More of an English slant rather than American for an IPA. Fairly sharp bitterness. Nice malt tones too. Pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2002 20:43:00 | More by Bighuge
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New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear Bengal-orange with a 1 finger frothy dirty white head that was well lasting. A splotchy lacing, faint, broken, and fairly weak barely clings to the sides of the glass while a barely faint whisper of effervesce is dully noted.

S: soft fresh oranges and lemons. The aroma was faint to say the least, almost non-existent of any hoppiness. Their pale delivered a finer more detectable then this so called ipa. Without snorting any beer up my nose I sniffed and I sniffed but still failed to detect anything remotely resembling hops. Overall, disappointing, not impressed with the hops being MIA.

T: The flavor does deliver a slimmer of hope of what the nose failed to produce. Dry and floral grapefruit hops did exist, but only moderate in strength. While not initially appreciated a moderate display of dry lingering floral citrus notes does linger well after the swallow gently closing things out and perhaps saving this from being a bust. Light hints of dry buttered toast offers some sweetness which wasn't hard to detect with the light showing of hops here. Overall found the flavor to be rather bland and ordinary per style, lacked complexity and was average as an ipa.

M: light bodied, dry and lightly bittered with a gentle carbonation that fails to bring out the hoppy nature. Overall found it to be rather bland in the mouth, boring with its best aspect being the lingering dry hopping found on the swallow.

D: Drinkable for most, but fans of the style will find this to be rather mundane and disappointing with the exception of the dry lingering hop fade. A party ipa that lacks bite and I would recommend their pale over this.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 22:53:52 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. 12 oz. No freshness date on bottle. No matter, this is hoppy and well preserved. Burnt orange color, some nice webbing on the glass.

S. Sports a floral, hoppy nose with a slight herbal tinge.

T. Taste is very well rounded. Caramel malt body delivers a slightly sweet note, and the hop poses the opposite reaction of bitterness. Fresh leafy and oily hop flavor. Malt has a slight roasted edge.

M. Mouthfeel is solid. Medium bodied, decent level of carbonation. Crisp.

D. This brew is a solid choice of IPA and does not dissapoint. It delivers the hops, whats not to like with this? A modernized english IPA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 21:48:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pumpkin orange with a thin, beige head that showed decent retention and some lace. Dull grapefruit aroma - not bad, just not vibrant. Caramel and grapefruit flavours to start, followed by a grassy, metallic bitterness in the finish that's just a little harsh. Medium/light bodied, dry, with a slightly creamy texture. Not bad, but pretty average.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 00:48:33 | More by DrJay
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Summit India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.