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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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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 Westsidethreat
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean looking amber with pristine feel to it. Head is small but present, the color of sand.

S: Caramel, red fruit and minor citrus

T: Begins spicy with strong caramel characteristics and minor red fruits. Not a lot of hop personality, only weak pine cone moments. Finishes earthy and bready.

M: Medium body but fluffy across the tongue.

D: This isn't an IPA, its an amber. Eh

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

Rich amber color with a 1/4 inch head that didn't last too long but did leave nice lacing down the glass as I drank it. Can l smell malt and it has a pine type hop odor. I think the bitterness with the piney hops work nice together. It seems light and not to carbonated. I think its a pretty drinkable beer. This would be a good sixer for on the golf course. As it warms it seems to be very refreshing.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The IPA pours a nice amber into my pint glass with a ½” white head that diminished quickly into a spotty skim with some lacing. The beer is rather clear, with a little bit of suspended dry hopping hops. The aroma is quite balanced, I think this falls into the English IPA instead of an American IPA, a nice change of pace. There is medium-low malt character, a bit sweet and a little bready, there is also a medium-low hop aroma, rather floral and earthy, a little citrusy. The flavor is a balance of sweet, bready moderate maltiness and a moderate hop bitterness and moderate hop flavor. The bitterness shines at the swallow, moderate-high and leaves a bit of a prickle on the tongue. The beer has a medium body, moderate carbonation, and a decent mouthfeel. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. The malt balance with the hop aroma/flavor/bitterness is well done and the offering of an English IPA in a market dominated by American IPAs is nice. I enjoy the finish, rather clean, with just a bit of hop flavor/bitterness that lingers on the tongue. I would enjoy a few more bottles if I had them and would recommend trying this beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Large rocky white head, amber body with tight bubbles

Smell - Piney hops and alcohol with a slightly metallic aroma

Taste - Nice malt balance up front followed by alcoholic maltiness and acidity of hops joining in

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation greets the palate blending into a nice sugary full finish

Drinkability - Solid IPA with emphasis on malt and woody hops giving superb hop and slightly boozy finish. A very drinkable ale that plays on the strengths of hoppy bite with a sweet backing and decent carbonation

Photo of xav33
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summit India Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, reached 01/07
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured a hazy orange brown with a small light yellowish brown mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of strong pineapple, oranges, spices, toasted bread, sweet malt.

Taste was upfront strong bitter and juicy sweet grapefruit rind and spruce followed by spruce and earthy mushroom on an average to long finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, lively carbonated with moderate astringency.

Overall, a good balance and strength in flavor of the hops and malt taste, although it feels a bit watery and average.

Photo of Ricochet
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250! 250 new tastes, great and not so great beers, new favorites, old sturdys and beers from my early beer swilling days. 250 beers now with this, a decent representation of an IPA. Second fave in a sampler pack.

It poured deeper orange, with little head that left a nice creamy lace. Smelled very floral, it was in a glass two feet away and I could smell it, not overly grapefruity, more like a brown ale. Mouth was good for the bite, with a little foam and the alcohol took a few seconds to be known and washed down with a typical aftertaste. This is a sturdy beer like the rest of the Summit beverages I've tried. This is less about the fruitiness of this IPA and more of a balanced and bitter flavor. Malts again making themselves known with very little grapefruit but a very nice bitter. I have to agree with previous reviews, this is not overly hopped-overly bitter IPA but rather a "starter" to the style that makes a good representation.

I'd get this again.

Photo of TechMyst
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malt and floral hops. Bitter / pine floral hop taste. Murky with color between amber and ruby. dry yeasty malts giving way to pine and bitter hops. I would have to say that this review might have to change. I think this beer was frozen accidentally over night in the mini-van. however, it was still a decent offering...good lord, have you seen the woman on the beer advocate cover...perfect 10 right?! very little carbonation here.

Photo of notoriousdav
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beatiful deep amber with a white head. Smells of grass and pine. Taste is malty with a huge hit of hops. Finishes with a bitter blast of hops. Overall, a really nice IPA, and certainly just about as hoppy as the style truly demands. Unfortunately, most reviewers seem to think that all IPA's should make your tongue retract into your throat because of extreme bitterness and hoppy flavor, and while I enjoy those types of beers as well, it's not the end all be all defining characteristic of a good IPA. I see alot of IPA's get trashed just because their not "out of control" on the hops, which is too bad.

Photo of surcorx
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an unusually deep copper/amber color with medium head that rapidly dissipates with fair amount of lingering lacing around glass.

Smell: Malt, caramel and mild grassy hops with an herbaceous backdrop. Other unknown unique smells? Is difficult to describe.

Taste: Begins with caramel malt with an aggressive sweetness. Very mild bitterness. This is barely an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy with mild carbonation. "Almost" watery.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It is light and refreshing. Easily could be served in a variety of situations. A good starter "American" IPA but does not compete with Sierra Nevada nor Goose Island for their more robust flavor or assertive nature. Nevertheless, I would recommend it for beginners.

Photo of Chaz
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant amber with minimal visible carbonation. Bleached tan head and moderate lacing, head subsides in a matter of several minutes. Nose evinces a hop aroma that is fairly prominent for the style, yet the review preceding mine ("There was too much malt." ) reminds me of where I am, baby! There's some malt on the nose too, but not enough to tell you if its Golden Promise or Maris Otter : ) Sharp, tangy and dry on the first sip, with just a touch sweet malt. Biscuity, dry malt character counterbalanced by herbaceous hops, with a bitterness than lingers nicely. Fruity . . . a touch of banana, and I want to say lemon grass (I swear, I never tasted *that* in the draught version!) Tanginess and dry finish (alongside the biscuity malt and generous deployment of hops) pretty much define this, which is in no way a bad thing to say. Brisk, cleansing, and light on the palate, even a bit thin, but at 5.8% (I recall 6.5%?) it's substantial enough, and plenty sessionable . . . unless you throw caution to the wind. I would swear that the brewers have tweaked the recipe recently; I have had more than my fair share of this on draught (at 'two for one' price I'm sure many would follow my lead!) in the past five years, and it's always been a bit on the sweet side, with much less hop on the nose. The last twelve pack I bought was the same as the draught, and both were some months back. If they've changed this it's an improvement, at least in terms of being style-specific . . . and in a 12 pack? How many IPAs -either British or American-style- are available in 12 packs? Exceptional stuff.

Photo of supercolter
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is really not what I was looking for in a good IPA.
There was too much malt. When I think of IPA, I want a hoppy lopsided flavor in this direction and the flavor, although the smell did, did not deliver. It was overshadowed by too much dry malt. Mouthfeel was good, decent body. Drinkablity was average.

Photo of kernalklink
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The summit IPA poured darker than any IPA Ive had before with minimal head and lacing. The aromas were dark fruits and a slight hop profile. At first taste, didn't seem like an IPA at all; a very fruity malt and an almost hidden hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was heavy and chewy, with a syrup-like feel on he tongue. There was a small head and hardly any lacing. Overall more of a dark ale with dark fruits than a true IPA, but a decent beer drinkable for its subtle flavors.

Photo of xmahns
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sweet, slight cheesiness to the hops, unbalanced beer. The beer had an oxidized aroma, with a sour tang on the tongue in the back of the flavor profile. Thin bodied and watery. I was on the road and so drank directly from the bottle, so aroma could have been off because of that, very hard to tell a good aroma from bad sometimes straight from the bottle. But overall, did not drink well.

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 Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at the Streets of London pub in Denver. Nice pour of amber, a bit hazy and good head.
Smell was hard to pin down. Some hops but I couldn't get past the fish and chips the guy next to me was eating.
Taste was average; some citrus, metallic hints and a bit of corriander. Kinda thin, but it did finish crisp.

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 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?

Photo of brentk56
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

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

Presentation: 12 oz short twist off bottle. 20th anniversary label on the neck. Could not find any date information.

Appearance: Pours darker than I expected - amber/reddish in color with a nice sized head that fades slowly. Decent lacing on the top and glass.

Smell: Quite a bit of malt, with some spicy hop aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a bit of malt sweetness, then the hoppy bitterness takes over. Not a ton of hop flavor - it definitely comes through more in the bitterness.

Overall impression: Very balanced IPA - not super hoppy in flavor, but nicely bittered.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Summit IPA is dark amber in color and has an off white head that sticks around a while, leaving some lacing behind. There is a nice light hop aroma. It starts slightly sweet an finishes slightly bitter with a light hop aftertaste. It has a good balance between the sweet malt a bitter hops. This is a medium bodied, very drinkable beer.

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

Clear reddish coppery hue. Not much head formed on the pour, maybe half a finger's worth. Some fine lacing and fine carbonation.

Some malty sweetness, mostly citrus/pine notes present. Was pleasant.

Not as bold as other microbrew IPAs. Would make a good introduction to the style or even potentially a "crossover" beer. Fairly well balanced within the style, somewhat bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness gave way to apricot/citrus/pine from the hops. Finished with a bitter, tannin-like taste.

Decent, has just enough body to realize one isnt drinking a watery flavoured beverage. Just enough carbonation to provide a slight sparkle in the mouth.

Easy to drink. Goes great with a hot day when one may want to drink a few. Would make a good session beer since its not too thickly sweet or too hoppy. Would also serve as a decent introduction to the style for those not familiar with IPAs or other hoppy beers. Ill probably drink it again, but wont go out of my way searching for it either.

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

It came to me a clear amber orange, fairly carbonated, and with a thin finger of pithy light tan head that dwindled soon to mere traces. Light lacing barely illuminated the inside of the glass.

The aroma was chiefly midly sweet caramel malt, with what amounted to a wisp of hops presence, leaning toward dry citrus, but never "there" enough to pinpoint solidly.

Upon sipping, the decently sweet malt carried forth a duo of caramel and light berry fruitiness. The hops melded in right on the heels of the initial malt, bringing a mild pine and grapefruit pairing to bear, which then slid down to a muted bitterness. The finish was a touch of residual malt followed byt a slightly more strident lingering bitterness. It's basic, and not unpleasant, but neither does it especially impress.

Between light and medium bodied, the ebb and flow of malt and hops coats more capably than the flavor might anticipate.

I've always been a big fan of simple and basic, but when the basics are this thin, and simple means almost nondesript, then it's no longer a strength. That said, because the flavor is a bit sparse, but not truly bad, it is actually quite drinkable, making it a session possibility. My issue is, when it comes to ssession IPA's, there's a lot better I can lay my hands on easily, so this one is getting bumped to the has-been category.

Photo of DrJay
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.

Photo of jarsh
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Barley and hops behind the summit logo.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper, almost red color with a fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Not much in the aroma, some malt sweetness..it there are hops, they are not screaming for attention.

Taste: Thin mouthfeel and underwhelming hoppiness which is overpowered by the malt sweetness. This is an IPA?

Overall: Passable as a pale ale, but as an IPA it doesn't do it for me. oh well.

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 it...one 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.

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