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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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484 Ratings
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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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 bashiba


3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice Amber color with a thin white head the disappears rather quickly. Smells faintly of citris and hops. Has a medium amount of nice citrusy hop flavor with a nice dry finish. Overall a decent IPA, but not something I would seek out and drink regularly either.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 02:08:38 | More by bashiba
Photo of TeamSeinfeld


4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

wow what a great beer. My friend bought me the summit winter sampler pack for christmas. This beer was by far my favorite. Summit's was the first IPA I have ever had and I was impressed. Since then I have tried Red Hook's version and am equally impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 20:07:32 | More by TeamSeinfeld
Photo of rugger


3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thi IPA pours a dark copper with a small head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is kind of light for and IPA. The taste is a little on the unimpressive side with a nice hoppy bite up fron and then a harsh bitterness. Not an in your face IPA more of a strong pale. There is a taste of citrus hidden in there. The carbonation is a little stron, however after knocking out some of the carbonation the flavors really come out. If you get one of these and the carbonation is strong swill it out so that you can enjoy this brew. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side however a very drinkable brew. Thank you Feloniousmonk for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 20:53:17 | More by rugger
Photo of Bdc


3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from bottle. Traded with Bditty187 from NE. Pours a slightly cloudy, dark copper with a thin light-tan head and nice lace. Aroma is clean with maybe a light floral note, but otherwise too mild to be impressive. Flavor has caramel, pine, dark fruits and a lingering bitterness. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation and a harshness to the finish. Overall, a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 19:39:18 | More by Bdc
Photo of SheepNutz


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep amber color with two fingers of head. There is a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very balanced between the malt and the hops, but not too much of either going on, especially for an IPA. The taste has a little bit of maltiness and some caramel sweetness, but the taste is mostly dominated by bittering hops. A little too green tasting. It needs way less bittering hops and way more aroma and flavoring hops. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and thick. The drinkability is just fair. Just an average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 04:26:49 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of Redrover


3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at Palmers in LaGrange, IL. Palmers has a beer list of approximately 200 beers and offers 4 from the Summit line.

12oz midsize bottle with clear freshness dating.

Beer pours a nice dark bronze with copper highlights. It has a beige head with just a bit of lacing.

For an IPA, the nose is mild mannered. Some subdued citrus and pine, nice but a bit faint.

The taste is also a bit tame. A little more sweet than bitter, some malts and a bit of pine. There are no off flavors, but the existing flavors are not assertive enough. I actually prefer the Summit Pale Ale to this one.

Nice creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink. This beer did go well with the Salmon Caesar Salad I had, but it does not have enough oomph to be a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 20:33:56 | More by Redrover
Photo of alexgash


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber-copper with a sticky, light-khaki head. Smells of sugary caramel malts with a decent, albeit light, bitter hop backing. Taste starts off with a fruity malt backbone, but not overly flavorful. Hops kick in nicely, although they are mostly *just* bitter, and not too tasty otherwise. Still, I'm being a little critical, as I always enjoy a Summit--maybe because they remind me of home? Medium-bodied mouthfeel, that's just full-feeling enough to please. Always a safe bet session IPA while cavorting around the Twin Cities' house parties my old college buddies throw.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 18:18:10 | More by alexgash
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body of this brew is a nice copper with some red highlights. The head came up one finger and a nice yellowish tan color. The head left a residual lacing layer that laced down the glass. The nose is mostly of the malt and rather bland on accents. The flavor tends to be a bit sweeter and less bitter than many IPAs, especially of the American extraction. The body is medium and finishes nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 19:33:36 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of kmpitz2


3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a bit of a orange tinge. The head is not very tall, and falls quickly to cover the top of the beer. The nose is deep earthy hops with a little roasted malt in the background. The flavor is more roasted malt than I would want and not as much hop as I want. Its not bad, but not great. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for me. Drinkability suffers from the shortcomings in flavor. Its just not great all around. With all things considered, I don't think I would get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 00:37:23 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of HopHeadKen


3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit IPA - Bottle served at cellar temp (68deg. F.)

Rich clear copper color, with no trace of haze, and no sediment in the bottle.

There was a sweet hop aroma when the cap first came off the bottle,
but that did not last long.

Poured with a foamy white head, that quickly dissipated.

First taste was sweet malt, lingering taste is hop bitterness.
I am used to IPA's with more 'Front End' Aroma and Flavor hops.
A very drinkable IPA in a whole field of very drinkable IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 16:40:01 | More by HopHeadKen
Photo of skybluewater


4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 22:45:51 | More by skybluewater
Photo of allengarvin


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly deep red color, with a decent head that subsides fairly quickly. Where exactly is the aroma? There's a faint faint scent of hops and that's all. Hop bitterness is there, but not as prevalent as most IPAs. Hop taste tends toward the earthy. There is a lot of malt character, somewhat uncommon for the style, slightly sweet but well-balanced by the hops. Medium-length aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 00:47:44 | More by allengarvin
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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
Photo of granger10


3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark color for an ipa. Dark copper in color with ruby highlights. Head is small to medium in height and light tan in color. Smell is very fruity, sweet and tart at the same time. Taste is quite complex and well balanced. There's a caramel malt flavor that comes first and that is followed by a honey topped biscuit flavor. Strong citric bitter hops come next. The hops turn more floral towards the finish. But the end is very acidic and leaves a burnt hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel on this is round and sticky at times but not quite cloying. This might be a mislabeled beer as it is more british pale ale and less india pale ale, but i still really liked it. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 16:32:28 | More by granger10
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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
Photo of Mitchster


3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OG=14 degrees plato, 46 IBU, 5.8% ABV, 12 Lovibond.
Brewed with 2-row Harrington, caramel, and Special B malt. Northern Brewers, East Kent Golding, and dry-hopped with East Kent Golding.

Pours out to a clear, dark-amber with ruby highlights, forming a poofy, whipped light-tan head with very good retention and very nice lacing. This is certainly darker than any other IPA I've had and makes for an interesting look. Aroma is not as hoppy as I would expect, but has generous amounts of mildly herbal/woodsy/earthy English Hops, a small amount of diacetyl and an interesting touch of caramel malt. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Mouthfeel is pleasantly sharp at first, with a smooth malt body and woody finish. Medium-firm body. Taste begins with very nice spicy flavor hops, complimented by a firm malt body and some residual sugars that linger. The malts are well-balanced by a mellow bitterness level, and the hops pick up a little more steam for the finish. The finish is semi-woody and tart. No appreciable off-flavors, and the diacetyl isn't noticeable. Alcohol is perceptable in a peppery middle. The hops are at times citric and herbal, but more often earthy and floral.

I was surprised by this one. The dark-amber color piqued my interest, and the weak hop aroma was immediately replaced by a gratifying, well-balanced, flavorful woody beer. Kudos to Summit for making me believe I am a British Colonist. As authentic an IPA as I can imagine.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 01:19:22 | More by Mitchster
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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
Photo of marburg


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Did someone swap my IPA out for a bock? This is awfully dark and raw looking. Through the light, it's almost looks like it's a pure red hue. Thinnish head. Pretty nice hop aroma, though perhaps I'm getting used to the sharper west coast hops since this seems a bit dull and floral rather than crisp and hoppy.

Starts malty, but that's quickly overtaken by a throbbing hop bitterness that itself is overtaken by another level of hops in the finish. Quite intense and acidic. Not at all punctuated, this beer's hoppiness is lingering and deep -- sandpaper-on-the-tongue rawness meets delicate fruity hops. It's pretty damn good, but it's a bit much for the long haul.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 20:09:31 | More by marburg
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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
Photo of BeerResearcher


3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle No freshness date.
It pours the darkest orange-tinted amber of any IPA I tried to date.
This IPA has an upfront sweet caramel malt aroma with a citrusy hop and floral background.
The sweet caramel and biscuity malt flavors possess and nice taste of fresh wheat bread.
Lemony citrus bitterness and a faint metallic tang, along with a hint of green apples start and finish bold.
The color is certainly different for the IPA style and it lacks the assertive hop aroma normally associated with the style. It's not a "must try", but it is definitely a "should try" IPA.
Thanks to Feloniousmonk!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 03:04:51 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of Morris729


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty amber color with a tall and foamy light tan head that slowly dissipates in chunks leaving a thick and rocky lace. Nose is sweet malt and lightly floral hops with some underlying notes of fresh pine. Moderate in body yet it is a bit thinner than it at first led me to believe. Taste begins sweet with notes of caramelized malts followed by some dry biscuity flavors. A lot of acidic and bitter grapefruit soon follows, but there’s still enough of a malt backbone to prevent too much of a hop bite. A pretty nice IPA here. More closely resembles a UK version of the style rather than an American interpretation. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 03:42:06 | More by Morris729
Photo of stegmakk

New York

4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance...great red copper color...nice tan head stayed for a bit and good lacing too...
Aroma...grass hop with a healthy amount of roasted malt mixed in...
Taste...real good blend of hops and malt...piney hops then to roasted malt with a clean finish...nice
Mouthfeel...nice and slick
Overall I liked this one alot...very tasty...
Thanks PhantomVoodoo for this nice brew

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 03:05:53 | More by stegmakk
Photo of jwilli7122


4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clearish bright red/copper with nice looking, medium-sized off-white head with great lacing.
smell is earthy yeast, floral hops, and a hint of buttery malts.
taste- caramel and butter malt flavors, and a medium/heavy hop bitterness that is contrasted by a earthy yeast taste that reminds me of SN Celebration. Well-hopped, but not overly aggressive.
Moutfeel is medium, with a little bit of an oily texture.

Glass empty in no time. My first IPA and still one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 05:24:55 | More by jwilli7122
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper to amber in color with a light tan head that left some lace.
Aroma of piney, grassy hops with toasty malt underneath.

Taste shows a solid grassy, piney hop bite. Toasty, toffee malt that falls short of balancing out the hops. An English feel to this one. Hop resins linger on the palate a bit at the finish.

Good mouthfeel.
Drinkability suffers just a bit due to the lingering bitterness.

Overall, a good, tastey, well-bittered IPA. Would be especially good if you like English style IPA's.
Big thanks to Jeffboo for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 23:01:19 | More by PhantomVodoo
Summit India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.