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Summit India Pale Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit India Pale AleSummit India Pale Ale

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503 Ratings
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | 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.
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Photo of dali27
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear orange-red in color. Decent head which dissapates into thick sticky lace on side of the glass.

S: Malt aroma is the strongest, mixed with light hops smell.

T: Bitterness upon first taste, but not at all overwhelming afterwards. Clear caramel malty flavor that came out in the nose, with hops flavor that was wasn't as evident to me from first smell.

M: Feel is medium body, with a nice creamy-ness. I'm alright with the way this feels.

D: Nice drinkable old-world style ipa.

It is clearly evident the difference between an ipa brewed in the traditional vein, and some the hop crazy American styles I have been trying. This beer is much easier for me to drink a few of, but the experience as a whole is lacking. I remember trying this beer over ten years ago when I lived up north and not liking it at all. Now, I see that it is quite mild and enjoyable given the right circumstance.

Photo of mellowmark
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. No freshness date to be found. It's from their Spring Sampler, so it must be fresh. $14.99 for a 12-pack.

Appearance: Pours copper with a 3-finger fluffy as a cloud off-white head. Lacing in patchy clumps. Head retention is pretty good, seems to be staying around. Beer is absolutely and completely translucent. Plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the top.

Smell: Not as prominent in the hops as I would like from an IPA. What's there is grassy. Slight astringency as it warms. Mild grapefruit citrus and caramel malt. Kind of an artificial candy type fruitiness.

Taste: Hits you up front with citrus and bitter earthy hops. Sweet on the back end. Lingering bitterness with a pretty strong citrus. Again, pretty mild on the hops.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Coarse on the palate.

Drinkability: Low

It's not a bad beer, it just isn't hitting the right notes for me. The flavor is decent but simple. The mouthfeel is pretty annoying, and the astringency in the nose can be a little off-putting. For an IPA it really isn't a particularly hoppy beer, with the malt playing the major role.

Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a pint glass a clear golden color with a 1 finger white head that leaves slight lace as it settles. As I take my first smell of this I find myslef wondering where the hell are the hops?! Very slight aroma of piney hops in the nose. The taste is just as a let down as the nose with a slight sweet grain cereal start with a little pop of subdued hops. I will say that it is easy drinking and this minimal hop profile probably appeals to more of the masses than true hop heads and maybe that's what Summit was aiming for. Medium mouthfeel. Ends with the slightest lingering bitterness. In the future, I'd probably just stick with their EPA.

Photo of GBB
2.67/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Available on tap at Cubby's. Summit IPA is not what I would consider an IPA. Starting with the color, it has more of a darker reddish-brown color that is much darker then typical IPA's. The smell, which should be bursting with hop goodness is lacking. And speaking of hops, they are very subtle with hints of earthy tones and slight citrus notes but all of it plays second fiddle to the malt. The malt is a little watery with hints of roasted and English flavoring. I don't know what the IBU's but it doesn't seem much. Personally I like IPA's with hops and Summit is lacking with this.

Photo of mjryan
4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An English IPA. Bready malts and that classic EKG floral aroma. Toast and caramel give way to a big blast of hop bitterness. Finish is dry with a lingering grapefruit bite. Nice beer, not at all what I remember as its been a long time since I've had it. I think I'll have another one. Cheers!

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 plfahey
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance-Medium Copper/amber in color. Very clear. Frothy dense white head with fair retention and good lacing.

Aroma-Spicy, lightly citrusy (orange) hops. Grainy, with some bread and caramel as well. Light fruity esters. Aroma is a bit weak though.

Flavor-Somewhat sweet up front, caramel malt with hints of toffee and bread. Hop flavors are somewhat earthy and spicy. Light fruity esters accompany some orange citrus notes (which may be from hops or esters). Hop bitterness is moderate and grows to moderately high in the finish. Flavor dries a bit but still remains slightly sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body, medium carbonation. Hops are somewhat drying, but not astringent. Relatively smooth.

Solid, easy drinking English style IPA. Not exceptional, but definitely drinkable. As with many of Summit's beers, I don't find this one very interesting, but I'm happy to drink it. A good, higher-alcohol session beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received courtesy of depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity!
A vigorous pour produces a slightly hazy amber/copper colored beverage with a one finger fluffy white head that slowly recedes to lace on the side of the glass. Smells of bread biscuit and caramel. Very malty aroma almost void of hops with a faint earthy/citrus hop aroma in there. I really shouldn't have to search for the hop aroma in an IPA should I? Taste is sweet malty with lots of caramel, bread, light citrus and herbal tea. lingering herbal tea in the finish. Medium body and carbonation level. I guess this could be a gateway IPA for someone who has not yet embraced the ways of beer geekdom. I found this rather pedestrian and would consider this a bitter or pale ale personally. It would be a pretty good brew if it were Summit Pale ale, but as an IPA I have to ding this one pretty hard for being out of style.
One other thing is I have no idea if this is a fresh bottle as there is only a convoluted code number on the label that I can barely read.

Photo of BeerEndevour14
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poor tasting IPA compared to what is available in the microbrew market. Lacks a citrusy hop character no resemblance of fruit, tarts or sweets. The bitterness makes me question the quality of hops used, it is overwhelmingly bitter and the IPA/hop bite is sharp and straight forward bitter. Recommend trying on tap but in bottle MUST be poured and still questionable as a craft beer.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright deep copper body topped with a small loose off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving light sticky lace and a thin bubbly cover. Really expect more lace and a bigger head from the style.

S: Very weak citrus aroma with hints of floral hops and a sweet caramel aroma in the background. Solid, but weak overall.

T: Bready backbone and citrus hop flavor. Balanced, but definitely won't appeal to an IPA enthusiast. Very light bitter aftertaste. Extremely simple flavor profile overall, not nothing off-putting.

M: Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Slight carbonic bite and moderate hop oil smoothness. Very little bitter tingle on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability. Very approachable IPA and an obvious stepping stone to more aggressive examples. Flavor is solid if not assertive and will appeal to a wide audience.

O: Summit is generally very solid, and this is a perfect example of what I have come to expect. A well balanced, and approachable take on the style.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe it has taken this long to review this beer, but here goes.

Lovely copper color with a one finger tan head that leaves all kinds of sticky lace on the glass.

A balanced nose of caramel and honey malt along with citrusy hops. Rather pleasant.

Balanced flavor as well. Caramel malt sweetness, a bit of toffee perhaps. The hop profile is earthy, piney and lightly citrusy. Really offers a nice hop bite, but has plenty of malt to even it out.

Smooth, mostly soft carbonation, lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied.

A very enjoyable beer. I think this is spot on for the style. I really should take advantage of this beer more often. I could consume a couple of these with relative ease.

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of LikaThaHops
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into Pint glass

A- Hazy, golden pour with a dense white head.

S- Super strong floral smell. Hops too, of course, but much more floral.

T- Taste was as good as any everyday IPA, nothing bad about it, but nothing mind blowing either. A little citrusy.

M- The feel was great. It stuck to the palate rather well, no bad after taste, no unwanted extra bitterness.

D- I could drink this beer all night if it were the only brew available. It's a good variation of the style, but just not my personal favorite.

Good show, and good work!

Photo of stephens101
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy and active off a medium pour. Pale amber in color. Has a one-finger off-white head that has good retention and leaves a thick sheet of lace behind. Smells grainy and slightly sweet with little in the way of hop notes. A little fruit may exist in the very back. Tastes malty and fruity up front with a somewhat nondescript middle and a chalky aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. Not bad, but not a lot going on here.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber into my pint glass with about one finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly with minimal lacing.

S - Combination of toasted malts and floral hops. Somewhat grassy and herbal, yet there is a caramel sweetness, as well as some fruity notes peaking though.

T - Caramel and toffee malts are the first to arrive on the palate, followed by some grapefruit citrus hops. Pretty clean finish with just a slight by of bitterness lingering on the palate.

M - Really nice, smooth and creamy, medium body and just the right amount of carbonation.

D - This is an easy drinker and I really enjoy it, it's just not that exciting or anything that really stands out. However, it is quality and worth drinking without a doubt.

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

Pours amber with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is negligible, at least at first, though it come out malty and bready as it warms. But the flavor is mild, pleasant and malty. The hops are mild, english style. The mouthfeel is prickly. This is a perfectly decent english style IPA though not memorable.

Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle...another fine Summit offering provided to me in a trade with mothman. Thanks Ben! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a mostly clear, deep amber color. Only a very thin head attempts to form, finally giving up and leaving a small island in the center of the glass and a small ring of white around the edge of the glass. This small layer persists thru the entire glass but leaves no lacing to speak of.

S - Grassy, herbal and floral hops - quite perfumey in nature. Lightly metallic, fruity with some biscuity malt trying to break thru it all with only partial success.

T - Bready malt, fruity/estery British yeast derived flavors, toffee, lightly bitter, earthy and lightly metallic, British hops. Not amazing, but solid for the style.

M - On the thin side of medium bodied with medium carbonation level that gives a light prickly feel.

D - A good, seesionable English IPA. Good flavor, probably goes better with food than standing on its own, but still enjoyable. Probably would move on to try something else, but it wouldn't kill me to have another right now either.

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 twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with some sort of ridiculously small, unreadable freshness code. Pour is a superbly clear, light copper color with a creamy cap of off-white head. Retention is decent, but the lacing is very nice...leaves nice sheeting all the way down. Good looking brew here.

Nose is toffee malts with a leafy hop presence. Balanced, and might even lean a bit towards the malty end of the spectrum.

There is a nice interplay of bold caramel, toasty malts usually reserved for amber ales and a bitter, slightly grassy hop presence that lingers awhile. Not necessarily all the malt is upfront either, it kinda goes back and forth. Perfectly carbonated, and has a non-descript mouthfeel that is just about right for the style. Not all IPAs have to be in-your-face west coast hop bombs...this one has a nice, traditional charm to it that I find appealing.

Photo of evanackerman
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful pale orange with large off-white head, very appealing.

Aroma, not as intense as most IPAs, grainy with a floral hop bouquet.

Taste is dominated by hops as is typical of the style, some lemon character, malt backing is perhaps a bit too mild.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side but not bad at all.

Overall, a very tasty but mostly unremarkable beer, I enjoy this as part of the Spring Sample Pack, probably wouldn't buy a twelve pack on its own. Worth a try for sure but not one of the top-tier IPAs.

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

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, cotton candy, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, hops, and slight citrus. Overall, an average English IPA at best.

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

Going to work on two bottles, poured into a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. $7.99 a sixer. One bottle from the fridge and one from the "cellar" blended to just about the right temperature.

Dense cream colored cap on a dark amber beer. A little bit of haze suggests some body to it. Head holds well, and laces healthily.

Smell of spicy English hops. Toffee, biscuity malt. Earthy, minerally notes. Touch of orange peel.

Heavily hopped, but having the decidedly English hop profile makes this far more interesting than some of the IPAs I've had recently. Also not afraid to show the malt, with a lot of toffee presence giving sweetness. Vanilla, toasty grain. Still, this is expertly balanced with spicy bitterness, perhaps more spice than outright bitterness. Likely way too malty for some (especially after a good few sips), but I find it refreshing. As I go, buttery notes show at warmer temps, and more fruit than before.

For the strength of the beer, this has quite a full body. Smooth enough. I read complaints about the carbonation. Pour harder next time. Problem solved.

Now this is an ale. Great effort by Summit. What I imagine maybe Sam Smith's beer might taste like fresh. I've really enjoyed the English-style IPAs, and even the one English-style IIPA I've had. Better yet, this is only $7.99 here, which is a rare price for a beer anywhere near this good. Repeat buy for me, and recommended to anyone who isn't offended by malt presence in an IPA.

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

Appearance: Medium golden in color with carbonating head that is fairly persistent.
Smell: Floral hops, subdued in comparison to West-Coast style IPAs. Light biscuit base with a touch of caramel aroma as well.
Taste: Hops take a moment to appear, but then pleasantly arise with notes of citrus (grapefruit esp.). Again, the malts are forming the base with caramel and biscuit tones. Finish is clean.
Mouthfeel: Moderate body with slight tingle from the carbonation.
Drinkability: Non-oppressive IPA, moderate in impact and ABV.

Good example of the English IPA style

Photo of EJNibs
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice, deep amber/brown with one and a half fingers of head that holds very nicely, leaving, to my eye, great lacing.

In the nose the hops aren't super intense and the malt comes through a bit more, but it seems fitting for the style

Very subtle bitterness with a nice balance of malt. Unfortunately, not terribly complex hop notes in the finish.

Before I pass judgment on this beer I should note that I'm not a huge fan of English IPAs. I think the taste is very style appropriate, but to my palate, it's a bit blase', so I'm not rating it higher than average. I also usually try not to reed other reviews before writing my own, but on this one I did, and I have to agree with tapman that it's too aggressively carbonated for an English IPA; for any English beer really. Still, it's not an English beer clone, but rather the flagship IPA for this brewery which just happens to be an English style rather than American style, so I think it would be unfair to be tooo harsh on them for not exactly cloning the style down to the carbonation.

Summit India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.