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Summit ESB - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit ESBSummit ESB

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Tballz420 on 06-28-2006)
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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 99 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Monsteruss:
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The foam was semi-bubbly and wheat in color. Dissapated quickly with small ring till the end. Color was a deep amber and brick red with orange highlights in the light. Smell was bitter (just like the bottle says), fruity, caramel undertones, a nice hops balance with a little wheat aroma. Taste was fruity, verry bitter a little wheaty w/ great hops balance - typical microbrew overall taste. Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and smooth. Drinkability - good for the most part, but bitterness brings it down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 16:49:12 | More by Monsteruss
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium sized off white slowly settles into a decent lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

A light sweet caramel malt aroma with some added spices sneaking in there.

The spices that weren't very noticeable in the aroma make a bigger presence in the taste with the light sweet caramel malts very much welcome.

A medium bodied beer with a warming bitter dry aftertaste.

A very worthy beer, I wish I could find these in west Texas or New Mexico

Serving type: bottle

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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish amber in color, very clear, with a modest, dense cream-colored head with good retention. Small streams of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface. The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Earthy nutty aromas dominate the aroma, although there is a mild, pleasant herbal hop note.

Taste: Opens with tart and earthy malts, these carry the taste from opening to the close. Besides the earth notes, there are also nut and dark bread notes. As for the hops, they are there, but it is all about the malt, as it should be.

Mouth feel: Smooth and velvety, very nice.

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Presentation: Packaged in a custom, short twelve-ounce glass bottle with a pop-off rown, served in a Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 11:07:59 | More by Pegasus
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber into a pint glass, with very little head and no lace. Caramel, malty aroma with very little else. The taste was a very malty, chocolate ginger, with a modest chocolate finish. The feel was smooth and medium-bodied, with no carbonation. Sessionable, but needs more fruit flavor to balance out the malt.

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08-03-2010 21:44:11 | More by donniecuffs
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3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep orange and copper color, looks like a DIPA. Small light tan head. Good lacing. Clarity.

S: Carmel malt and slight sweet grains, nothing else really.

T: Semi-sweet malt up front and then the hops try to punch through, but they are pretty weak. This is no longer made, so I'm not sure how old it is, pretty old I'm sure. It does go a little bitter at the end like a english bitter.

M/D: Light to medium body. Mild carbonation. Drinkability is so-so. Not my favorite style, but it could be a lot worse.

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06-13-2010 22:47:05 | More by herman77
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like an IPA; light orange/gold with amer hue, lighter thn other ESBs I have had. Head is off-white and a moderate head leaves adequate lacing.

Fruit from british ae yeast and floral hops. Raisin charater comes through,but is it from from the darker crystal malt, which I don't see in the color, or from the English yeast?

Little bit of sweet malt and a grap-flavored sweetnes that comes from a low-attenuating British malt Is this the London ESB ale strain? The super flocculent one? Anyways the malt comes through and the hops are mild yet meld well with the fruity yeast.

Pretty light and closer in feel to a bitter, I believe that I have had ESBs with this same drinkability so potentialy at the low end of the style. Dry.

Not too bad, actully. Fits the style well enough, just not mellow enough to b a GREAT example of the style A fine session brew if you like that crystal 120 raisin charater.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 05:30:09 | More by tapman
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with average light tan head. Head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Not too much to the aroma, some malts that seems sweet.

Taste is of malt. Sweetness of front with a slight citrus middle and a slight bitter finish.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth with mild carbonation.

Fairly drinkable ESB. Just above average but I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 17:39:22 | More by dstc
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly darker than medium color with head that stands for a while. Active carbonation for several minutes after the pour.

Smell: More of a malty, caramel aroma here with a touch of hops. No great amount of aroma.

Taste: Quick bite of hops followed by a smooth caramel quality in the malts. Also can notice a little raisin. Balance leans toward the hops, but not by much. Slight metallic character towards the end of the taste. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Mildly thin. Finish is smooth and not too dry.

Drinkability: Easy drinking ESB with a little more hop character than others I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:30:41 | More by coalcracker
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the process of trying 90/- Scottish Ale, I figured I'd finish out all the Summit brews that I haven't reviewed.

Pours a red amber with a soft carbonation. About a half finger of off-white head is produced on the pour, with decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is big on the malts, big lightly toasted malt aromas up front. A nice biscuity breadyness to it as well, and a nice fruity hop addition.

Taste is like the nose, with a more pronounced hop character. I get citrus fruits that blend nicely with the biscuity sweetness of the malts and the lightly toasted character from the nose. A fairly complex ESB.

Light in body with a low carbonation. Drinkability is ok, nothing special going on here.

This is a pretty hopped up ESB, which I'm more used to being a malty beer. I understand that "bitter" is in the name but most, if not all, ESB's I've had so far have been extremely malt based, with the hops being only the side show. This is definitely a cross between a malty ESB and a hoppy red/amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 07:59:45 | More by Mistofminn
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4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice effort by Summitt. Dark-gold-amber with a thin tan head. Malty aroma with just a hint of hops.

Excellent taste. Caramel malt and raisiny sugar notes. Good hop bitterness and flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is right on. Very chewy, sticks to your palate. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Outstanding drinkabilty and good for a session, too.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 02:23:34 | More by joedon
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Summit ESB from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.