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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: 498
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Replaced by True Brit IPA.

(Beer added by: ADR on 02-16-2002)
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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
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

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of hylton44
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Offers up a floral and fresh smell. Pours a glowing, orangy brown and leaves a caramel-colored, soft head that lingers. The fruity, toasty bitterness hits you like a bite out of a grapefruit rind, and gives the roof of your mouth and nasal cavities something to think about as it finishes and the vapors rise. Very enjoyable!

hylton44, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of ryantupy
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definatly one of my favorite IPA's when it comes to drinking a ton of beers in one night. This beer is a great beer to bring along to a party since it is drinkable all night with out getting boring.

A: Pours a bright reddish hue almost mohgany (I know its spelt wrong). With a moderate sized fuzzy head and mild lacing.

S: Bold and bitter with fruity undertones and maybe even some spice.

T: Malt sweetness at first but then bitter with caramel and plenty of sweet/bitter fruit.

ryantupy, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Summit is a great company, and I like just about every beer they make. Their IPA is a solid enstallment in their series, but doesn't stand out. It has the standard qualities of an IPA, good for drinking on warm afternoons or with spicy food. I really like IPA's, and tend to go for the fruitiest, hopped up ones, but this beer falls a little short of my "stand-out" standards. It has a bit more malty of a flavor.

dfried, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

ggaughan, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

weeare138, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper body, with lively carbonation streams, topped by three fingers of oatmeal froth which cleared the rim. A few nice lace trails.

Unexpectedly, nose is a mixture of bakery and meadow, with just the faintest hint of citrus.

Good semi-sweet caramel foundation. then fruity hops descend on the tongue from all sides in a cleansing fury. Nice gentle hop linger as it all fades away.

Good medium mouthfeel. Fine drinkablity.

It may not be the peak, but a solid plateau of an ipa.

RonfromJersey, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of hero27
2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

Relatively clear dark amber. Off-white sticky head that stays around for a while. The smell is surprising..roasted malts and really no noted hop aroma. Earthy flavor with a metallic/chemical additive which distracts from any pleasant flavors that may be lingering here...damn hard to drink, all things considering.

Bottom line: If this is an IPA, then I have no grasp of what an IPA is.

hero27, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle dated, "Enjoy by Dec 31," may be past it's prime in the 2nd week of February, 2006.

A-It poured pure amber, transparent, with a perisitent dense foam.

S-Hops are noticeable, but also has a bit of breadiness going on.

T-The malt is light, sweet enough to be just noticed. Hop flavor is also apparent, before the bitter finish. These flavors of malt and hop are a bit subdued. The bitter, while not overwhelming, doesn't seem balanced enough by the other flavors. There is a slight metallic taste, but not off-putting.

M-Neither thick nor thin. Call it just right.

D- This is not my favorite, but it's not bad either. I might not ever buy it again, but will not turn my nose when it is the best available offer.

pweis909, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium thick beige/orange head that has pretty good retention. Minimal lacing except toward the bottom of the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and pine. Medium-bodied with a nice hoppy and nutty flavor, with a decent malt foundation. The finish is hoppy and lasting, with a bitter aftertaste. This beer is not trying to blow anyone’s mind but it is a good example of a well-made entry of the style.

Dogbrick, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 1/2/06.

A—medium amber color with about 1/4 inch head with a little lacing

S—very hoppy with a strong flowery smell and a mild pine smell

T—nicely balanced flavor of floral hops, with a little bit of pine; a light nice bitter after taste…mmm.

M—very smooth and mellow but a little too carbonated.

D—next to the EPA, this is my favorite Summit brew. Could easily have 5-6 in one sitting. To me, the after taste is the best part.

hanco005, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color with good inch of fuzzy head that shinks to a light film with good lacing all the way down. Smells of earthy hops, but not that strong, so not much to say about that. Taste is OK for IPA, not enough hops in my opinion, pretty stock. Good carmelized malt presense up front, a fair grassy hop presense throughout. I dont know that I'd call this an IPA, not enough hops, tastes more like an ESB. Mouthfeel is really nice, not too bitter, right body amount, and combined with the overall good taste makes this a very drinkable beer. And even though its higher ABV than a session beer, I'd still recommend it as one.

objectivemonkey, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from 12oz bottle. Very clear, no yeast, golden-to-amber color.

Smelled like an IPA, but not the hoppiest variety. Pretty common stuff, really. Taste is good, maybe just a little above average. But easy to drink, smooth and not very bitter.

Middle-of-the-road IPA or better. I can recommend as a good session beer.

TurdFurgison, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of ChiSox05
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear pint, a reddish color, head quickly settled at medium carbonation about 1/2 inch high. Looked clean, appetizing with fresh carbonation

Given that many of the beers I've enjoyed lately were craft American IPAs, I've been spoiled by the over the top use of the freshest hops. But I barely noticed the hops in here as much as a barley and grain scent on top of malt. Not a bad smell, just not much to smell at all.

To me it tasted like a malted up pils or a weak amber. Malts up front, then a faint hop taste. Then a metallic aftertaste, tasted like the beer was infused with the flavor of the bottlecap.

A bit thin, carbonation added character, smooth.

For the mouthfeel and decent blend of toned down tastes, one could kill a six-pack with ease, but there is a lot more out there in the world of IPAs. Maybe a bad batch, I'll give another try sometime, but of the Summit products I've tried, this is my least favorite.

ChiSox05, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of soulgrowl
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice, sturdy, darkish amber, almost the same color as government-issued school-cafeteria maple syrup. Fluffy/lumpy off-white head, like the color of old piano keys.

Smell: Quite tart, with an interesting woody edge and a bit of diacetyl.

Taste: Quite nice. Hops are the dominant flavor from start to finish, as they should be. They are piney, a little grassy, and very sharp. Caramel malts peek through just enough to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant! Lively carbonation punctuates the sassy hops perfectly.

Drinkability: Would make a fine session beer, and would match well with lighter fare (poultry, vegetables, etc.). Highly drinkable.

soulgrowl, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber, iced-tea but with almost no head whatsoever.

Smell: Decent floral hop aroma with some caramel and pine notes.

Taste: Surprisingly pleasant for such an affordable brew. Nice piney hop bitterness well balanced by some caramelly malts. Nice clean finish with the alcohol coming in nicely at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and nicely carbonated. Doesn't leave the mouth dry or leave an overly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Excellent. Goes down easy and the bitterness isn't too much. I could easily take down another one.

Wow, I was pleasantly surprised by this very affordable brew. The flavor reminds me of Town Hall's Masala Mama, but it is not as complex. If you live in the area, pick up a sixer or Summit's 12-pack mixer.

jamesdergen, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was marked "best before Aug '05" which I didn't see unitl after I poured the beer on 10/20/05. It may have suffered some lack of hops due the age, but was overall very tasty! (and I noted at least one other review noted the hops being light)

Brilliant copper with large lazy bubbles climbing to the surface to attempt to keep the tan finger of head. A hint of sweet malt underneath a bready overtone smell.

Bready malt and a spot of butterscotchy diacetyl and delicate resinous/piny hops. Hops are not enough to be an IPA in my book, more of an ESB or malty APA (IMO) but still tasty. I blame most of the light hops on being two months past the best by date.

Moderate body is just thick enough to still be very refreshing but also pleasantly thick. A very drinkable brew that I would love to try fresher, like on tap.

sopor, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of petercmartin1
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a while I had shyed away from Summit. Always thought their labels gave them the look of a cheap brewery trying to impress with overly colored, overly done labels. If their IPA is any indication of their other beers, boy was I wrong. This is a wonderful beer, though I might hesitate to call it an IPA. First off the color is anything close to what I am used to in an IPA, but it is a beautiful light copper and orange color, crystal clear and topped with a nice dense head that disappears rather slowly leaving a nice lace around the glass.
The aroma is rather more malty than I would expect, but it smells great. Lots of malt vying for space with the essence of pine and a hint of citrus, both from the hops.
The is rather more balanced than most IPAs. Sure the hops are there and in full force, but they don't beat you over the head, like with so many IPAs. The lighter bitterness allows the flavors of the malt to just sneak through with a slight flavor of toasted grains, before hitting with this wonderful resin flavor, and slight hints of bitter grapefruit rind.
Lightly carbonated, this beer is a great session beer. Easy to drink and quite thirst quenching with its crispness.

petercmartin1, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of trekbiker3000
2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

There was a clear copper color, nice foamy head and pronounced lacing along the sides of the glass. A very appealing appearance. The smell did not have the overpowering hops I would expect from an IPA, but it could be that the beer was old. The very first sip provided a strong metallic taste that then turned to an average hop bitterness. Having tried another Summit brew that also had a metallic taste I wonder if it is a problem with their brewing process.

The mouthfeel was fine, well carbonated. I said this in my last rating for a Summit brew, don't buy off the shelf marked for sale. You will almost always be disappointed. Having said that, I would definitley try this beer again, but only if I was sure it was fresh.

trekbiker3000, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good stuff here folks. Poured out to a nice amber orange color with a nice foamy head and levels of lace around the perimeter of the glass. Lower carbonation. Aromas of hops, pine and citrus fruits with an earthy overtone. Smell could've been stronger, but what I noted was nice. The taste is really quite nice; flavors of pine, citrus, hops and a smoke element all meshed very well. Smooth and mildly bitter finish. Smooth and light mouthfeel. I'd have this again, no problem, but this brew sparked interest in Summit Brewing, and I'd like to try their other offerings first. Recommended

Frozensoul327, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of edbeered
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best Summit beers all have a certain crispness, which, once experienced, is addictive. This beer has it in spades. What it does not have is an overwhelming hop presence. What it has is a resiny piney hop profile and a subdued malt flavor. Is it bitter enough? For someone expecting a West Coast IPA, probably not. Nonetheless, I like it.
The color is an eye-pleasing dark amber, with sufficient lace on the glass to show that ingredients weren't scrimped upon.The smell imparts a mild bitterness, but is not distinctive. The taste? That incomparable Summit crispness along with a distinct hoppiness(dry hopped according to Summit)makes this a winner in my books. It goes down smoothly. Another, please!

edbeered, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Clear amber liquid, with a thick off-white rocky head. Good retention, and a fair amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Citrusy and floral hop aroma. Slight caramel smell. Slightly toasty malt followed by a good amount of bitterness. Citrus and floral flavors. Could use a bit more solid malt flavor. A bit thin, but a respectable IPA.

Bierguy5, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.53/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Undated 12oz twist top poured into a pint.

Deep reddish copper with a decent head that is off white and shows good retention. Ringed lace is left as it goes down.

Tart grapefruit backed by earthy malts make up the nose. Slightly piney. I can detect some yeast aroma underneath. Interesting. The hops make a strong showing, but the malt notes are not left behind.

Tastes EXACTLY as it smells. Earthy grapefruit and pine sap that has been allowed to dry. More citrus pops up in the finish which carries some malt character but ultimately yields to the bittering to dry hops.

The mouthfeel benefits from the malt. Enough body that finishes cleanly without too much carbonation.

The unique malty character (for an IPA) that balances perfectly with all the hops that an IPA should have make for an exceptional session beer.

A must try.

ypsifly, Aug 23, 2005
Summit India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.