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

One of the six-pack I bought had gone completely bad, and tasted very yeasty and unpleasant. The bottle on that one also reeked of yeast. The rest were fine.

Pours a nice reddish, with some brown notes. Meddium head which is off white, and dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a moderate lace that lasts throughout the drink. The aroma is mostly floral, with some hints of malts and mild raisins. Generally an attractive presentation, but nothing exceptional.

The taste of this beer is a fairly standard IPA. It doesn't have any special characteristics that differentiate it from other moderate strength IPAs, but it is still a very tasty drink. The first taste, as is to be expected, is mostly a citrus/floral hit, which completely controls the front of the tounge. The middle of the drink is a nice balance of some hoppy bitterness, mingled with a reasonable share of malts. The malts are mostly generic, with no notable character to speak off. I would desrcibe them as caramel, but thats only because I lack any other term for them. The finish is all hops, with some bitterness lingering, but not for very long.

Mouthfeel is fairly generic, not to watery, and moderately carbonated. Can't fault this brew's taste, but it really isn't the best around. It doesn't go down as easy as some I've had, and I would rather have something with a little more bite. In the end, a winner, but nothing exciting.

Photo of Bruiser81
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a clear amber color with good carbonation. The head quickly dissipates to a thin sheet, good lacing. A nice aroma consisting of bready malts, bitter hops, and caramel. The taste isn't as nice as the aroma but not bad. A bit of sweet malt hits up front followed by an overpowering bitter hop flavor. IMO this isn't a very well balanced beer. Sort of one dimensional. Outside the bitterness not much is noticeable. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, a fairly drinkable brew though.

Photo of Fabric8r
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's good beer. A little more dense, and darker than most IPA's I have had, and seemed to be a little more complex in the flavors. Seemed very similar to a Scottish Wee Heavy. Plenty of hop flavor, typical for a good IPA. Not much nose, but the head stayed all the way, which was real impressive. Nice glass lace. Good flavor all the way around. Nice job Summit!

Thank you tavernjef for the bottle!

Photo of kbub6f
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is pillowy, thick, cream-colored and sticky. Sticky clumps and sheets have a deathgrip on the glass. Hazy, dark copper beer. Hops dominate the nose, but there is room for some caramel and a little chocolate. That's also how the beer starts. A touch of smoke shows in a slightly watery middle, but it turns quite malty/creamy as it warms. The finish is hoppy bitter, a little astringent when cold. And there's some kind of vegetable in the aftertaste. What is that... fresh pod peas? Yes!

This is a good, malty hoppy IPA. Very nice. Thanks again to felonious.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed copper color with a modest yet long lasting off-white head. The aroma consists of fresh baked bread smell with a citrusy hop note in the background. The taste is just a flash of the fresh baked bread and quickly transitions into the citrusy hop bite that slides into a grapefruit like bitterness. This is a light bodied brew that is just a bit on the watery side, but that’s not a totally bad thing in this Texas heat, and it finishes with a soapy dry bitter finish. Not bad! Thanks to budgood1 for this! Cheers!

Photo of frank4sail
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mustyish malt nose with a slight clean (detergent) smell. Caramel color with lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. Decent white head. The color of the brew is a little darker than most of the IPA's I've enjoyed in my day. The brew starts with some slight upfront bitterness, then some touches of sour grapefruit and a dry metalic tin foil finish. I found the finish very unappealing. Medium to light mouth. Not enough malt base to pull the brew.

Cheers to Budgood1 for the sample.

Photo of maxpower
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber-copper color, citrus nose, highly hopped, decent grapefruit and piney resin flavors, some what thin with a watery mouthfeel and a bit unbalanced it is lacking something. Not the best, there are much better IPAs out there, average for the style.

Photo of bditty187
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze hue, translucent, thick off-white head, healthy retention with thick rings of lace. The nose is mostly hoppy, light citrus & pine, caramel malt undertones, inviting. Plenty flavorful palate, largely hoppy… plenty of pine & citrus notes but there are enough (caramel) malts for support. The finish is dry and leafy. Raw oily hops dominate the aftertaste. Carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is a touch thin. This is a quality IPA that would work well as a session brew or something to serve at a BBQ. Try one… it’s tasty!

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

Sharp hoppyness in both the aroma and in the flavour. I think the hops throw this beer a bit out of balance, the rest of the beer (particularly the malt) is a bit thin in comparison to the amount of hops, its not bad, theres enough flavour in this one, its just the balance and the enjoyabiltity factor that i didn't particularly enjoy. Reminded me of Schlafly Winter ESB, but perhaps not as strong. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for this!

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

Super nice color of opaque darkish caramel-orange, coppery glow with a nice inch high head of off-white creamy thick foam, very thick and lucsiously rich looking with major hefty staying power. Lots of bigger bubbles dotted in its thickness and many areas of grouped spotty tight lace patches.
Soft pleasant nose of floral hops with some citrus and peach, nice sweet malt backing and a note of musty grass. Freshness abound, nice sniffer.

Taste is quite brillantly done soft but biting hops, a bit piney with a great mild earthy toned bitterness. The malt note picked up in the smell seems to never show up in the taste, but obviously there to keep this from being to hop heavy, which it is, but not in a bad way. Great dryness thats a bit smokey in the very late finish, nice!
Feel is pretty full and solid medium body with excellent bittering drynesses in levels.
What a great surprise - another brew from Summit I can gloat about locally, this is what should take place of the EPA that seems to be everywhere.
Solid American IPA, great job.

Thanks to all the local BA boys for talking it up recently, otherwise I would have never even touched the stuff.

Photo of elmocoso
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't rouse much of a head out of this one. The slight one i did get didn't last for long, though there was a decent collar around the edge of the glass until i finished the drink.

A very nice color, though: A reddish copper with a slight haze.

There is a modest nose here, but what is present is very well balanced. A good maltyness set against the smell of hops. A trace of alcohol is also present.

There is a great bitterness here, as expected in an IPA. Very crisp with a citrus twang and a full blunt hop attack on the sides of the tongue

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. Just the right speed for throwin back a couple.

Photo of jackndan
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Summit IPA: Is it just me, or are the Summit beers overrated? This was just not a tasty IPA. The color was a bit of a shock, very deep in color, much more so than is typical for the style. Head, well they’ll get some points there, thick foamy, off-white, nice lace. As suggested above however, the taste is simply not worth paying for this brew. The hops were noticeable, but seemed a little flat (in a brand new sixer). The aftertaste was not all that pleasant, either. Basically, I’ve had a lot better IPA’s.

Photo of Tballz420
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer. We got about an inch of a creamy white head here, with a bit of lacing. NIce dark amber color. There is a nice blast of hops in this beer. A nice taste of caramel as well. This is a good IPA to compare with others. Another good installment from Summit.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep burnished copper color on the pour, the head prodigious in size, frothy in its texture, the color a winsome light tan and the resultant lace a fine silky sheet to conceal the glass. Light hop floral aroma, sweet malt, crisp, fresh and clean a real treat for the nose, the start is malt, somewhat sweet, the top slender in its feel. Finish has a perky acidic bite, the hops pertinent but not overpowering, drinkable and a nice middle-of-the-road IPA.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown glass bottle, capped, no date.

This IPA poured a beautiful amber-red color with creamy, slightly yellowish foam that left a nice coat down the glass. There was a nice effervescence of tiny bubbles. The smell was mostly floral hops with a hint of malt. The taste was (not surprisingly) hops, hops, hops, both bitter and floral. Some malt sweetness did manage to poke through, but was dominated by the hops. The mouthfeel was initially a bit astringent, but later got a bit smoother. The body was medium and the carbonation was good. This was a very fine IPA with a good, long lasting flavor.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle!

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

Summit IPA pours a pleasant amber-orange with a good size off-white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is a touch of malt with plenty of East Kent Golding odors. The taste starts with some caramel malt flavors up front followed by hop bitterness balanced with some citrus like flavors. The finish is crisp and hoppy with just a hint of malt flavor. The aftertaste is pure Northern Brewer and East Kent Golding flavors with a wee bit of malt flavor trying to sneak in. The mouthfeel is medium with a nice balance of carbonation.
Overall a nice IPA more in line with the British version IMHO. Well balanced flavors and aromas with a bit of alcohol to boot.

Photo of marc77
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish bronze in hue, topped by a uniform off white well retained one fingered head. Lace is left. Bright, red licorice laced berry like fruitiness hits the nose at first, then is ensued by a lightly earthy, wilted flower petal like Kent Goldings hop nose. Malt in aroma is of medium lovibond caramel and faint biscuit. Mellow diacetyl butterscotch adds richness aromawise. Fruit laced caramel malt sweetness is perceived initially, then is ceded by moderate hop bitterness and diacetyl. Mellow notes of dryish, bready malt and minerally hard water. A nearly perfect 1:1 ratio of hop bitterness and malt sweetness persists from start to finish, lending excellent drinkability to this brew. Hop flavor is both earthy and lightly citrusy, but is nonetheless overshadowed by both caramel malt and reddish berry fruit. Somewhat light in body, but with sufficient dextrins to keep the palate interested. Finishes lightly bitter, w/ quickly fading hints of dry well baked biscuit. Summit has made a unique and tasty IPA . Its emphasis on fruity esters and relative diminished citrusy hop character help it stand out from the crowd. Quaffable. It's akin to a Fuller's ESB / Anchor Liberty Ale hybrid. Thanks, Feloniousmonk, for this fine IPA. I'd drink this alot if it were available here in KS...

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

Interesting copper/amber color is darker than the majority of IPAs. A finger's worth of creamy head tops this mostly clear brew; foam reduces quickly with some lacing that persists through the entire glass. Smell is pleasantly hoppy with more floral notes than some. Sweet (even caramely), malty aroma is also present. Hops bitterness hits the tongue immediately but is quickly washed away by a nice blast of malty sweetness that then fades back into a bitter finish. Taste is pleasant but not as exciting as many IPAs; texture is likewise somehow not as substantial as I like in an IPA. Good mouthfeel and drinkability nonetheless.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light red/copper color with a very thin foamy head. The initial aroma is of floral. The first taste is 100% hops, and very pleasant. The strong hops taste stays throughout as does the slight bitterness. This is an IPA with some bite and very good flavor.

This is clearly a top IPA and a great offering for Summit. A good sit down beer, maybe with some munchies.

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

Very clear reddish amber..does not look ale like....some sweet floral hops...and some bready like maltiness on the nose...very nice...Taste is defintely more of an English IPA...Not much of a citric hop bite...more of an herbal hoppiness with a nice bready malt backbone....mouthfeel is firm...pretty easy drinking...a good IPA...their EPA is better in its class in my opinion...

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

Most definitely an English IPA... quite a bit of English hops in there. Translucent copper color with a thin head that leaves some lace. Aroma is quite floral and grassy with malt and spice undertones. Flavor begins with bread-like malt and is a bit sweet... then becomes more bitter and grassy. Medium bodied with a rough mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable. A good IPA.

Photo of cokes
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More UK than USA (as it is listed here).
Pours out a lovely deep copper with a hefty and durable yellow-hued head.
Aroma is mostly of the english hop variety (goldings I presume). Not alot here, and sort of onesided, but pleasant nonetheless.
Taste is big on the snobby british hops. Once again, I am lead to believe there is alot of EK goldings in here. And Summit squeezes every last ounce of bitterness out of them. Not puckering the way some IPA are just very bitter, in a metallic, alum, coarse grassy sort of way. Malt is left unattended. Slightly bready, and just lightly sweet. It is certainly here, but I would like to see a little more in terms of flavor presence.
Hefty medium bodied. Wraps the mouth with bitter onslaught. Rugged at times. Hopheads only.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit’s India Pale Ale pours to a nice bronze color, with a creamy off-white head. It has a spicy, citrus hop aroma probably from the use of Cascade hops. The flavor is dominated by the citric hop flavor with a hint of malt in the background. It has a nice bitter, dry finish. Overall, this is a good IPA, not over-powering with the bitterness. This high, but not excessively high hop rate, makes for a bitter but easily drinkable IPA.

Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strangely soft aroma overall, with some complexity of typical hops, citrus and grassy/herbal notes. Mild backing of malt. And as noted by Bighuge an oily quality. Head was thin and gone rather quickly, but showed some lace upon drinking. Amber color and clear. Full hops flavor start to finish, and as with the aroma with some complexity, with citrus noted as well as more traditional bitterness. Most bite comes as the end with fairly long finish and some astringency. Nice malt support helps round out the flavor, but not enough. Medium to thin body with carbonation the same. Lacked a smoothness I hope for in an IPA that helps round off the bitterness.

Photo of Bighuge
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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