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Summit India Style Rye Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit India Style Rye AleSummit India Style Rye Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

110 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 18
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bighuge on 02-28-2010)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chewy08rx for this!

A: pours a deep copper with some crimson highlights. Little to no head; what is there iis a bit off white.

S: some nice rye characteristics come in alongside some earthy and herbal hops. A bit of caramel maltiness.

T: a pinch of sweetness mixed with some tasty, zesty rye and a nice hop presence that's fairly punget.

M: medium body with good carbonation and a nice dryness.

D: very nice all around. I could see this being quite sessionable...If only we lived in Minnesota!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:21:00 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice one to start my day, i decided to crack this and another ipa open with lunch today. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/12/2010.

really nice pour with a thick off white head that rose to about two fingers high and left a thick coating of lacing all around the glass. a rich thick lacing ensued throughout the glass.

aroma is thick hoppy goodness, a rich aroma with a hint of spice comes through on the nose right away. really nice blended notes of pine resin, warm malts, a nice touch of buttery middle and a touch of rye. really well done and this carries over to the flavor perfectly. smooth, effortless feel on this one delivers a light hoppy goodness with hints f spiced rye and buttery malts. nice clean finish with a light dryness and a touch of kick to wind it down.

overall a really soli rye beer. a bit hoppier then most but it really, really works. very well done here.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 21:10:56 | More by mikesgroove
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking brown color and a foamy white colored head on top. The beer has a nice smelling hoppy brew with some spicy rye on the nose too. The flavor of the beer gave off some really nice flavors that were much like the nose of the beer. The mouthfeel of this beer was medium bodied and had a good drinkable quality to it. Overall I would probably drink this one again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 05:20:52 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, tan/khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace on the glass.

S - Good rye aroma with some citrus and floral notes.

T - It had a nice blend of sweet biscuity malt, rye bread, caramel and some citrusy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good brew. It's my second "Unchained" brew and I've enjoyed them both.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:43:30 | More by zeff80
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, some spice, a good amount of hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong spicy grain flavor and a hearty malt character. Then a significant but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provides balancing bitterness. There are some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, tea & citrus in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, while there's nothing outstanding in this beer, it's a very solid choice to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:22:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date ... Batch 03 of their Unchained Series.

Thick unwavering two fingers of head leaves a stodgy looking lace on the glass, dark amber brown has a glowing clarity when put up to the light. Spicy rye, citric rind and toasted grain make for an amazing aroma. Deep smoothness pops a long crispness within the medium body. Toasted bread, spicy bite from the rye and a faint yeast drops come fruit. Hops are a little aggressive, bold bitterness is followed by a citric rind and tobacco flavor. Kiss of alcohol. Finishes a little bittersweet.

Right up there with some of the killer hoppy rye ales out there, a bit reminiscent of the old school hoppy reds of the 1990's as well. Top notch!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 23:31:36 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

straight off the tap, crimson meets bronze appearance, generous and lasting, creamy off-white head.

Herbal aromatics meets slight citric fruit, nice hoppy buzz, there's a little lemon meeting the spicy tickle of the rye malt.

Taste: Big hoppy blast up front blitzes the palate, tears a trail through the tongue, then softly, slowly fades back. Juicy malt taste, mixes well with the roasty, spicy rye malt flavor.

Medium bodied, long, lingering malt finish. with a hop tingle that stays a spell, never quite leaves the mouth.

Summit used two ingredients for the first time, rye malt and Citra hops. They work well together here, and here's cheerrs to Mike Lundell for a unique creation in this third Unchained. I think I'll having quite a bit of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 04:51:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Batch 03.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, chocolate and rye. The flavor is chocolate, toffee, caramel malt and rye. The beer is fairly spicy and the rye mixes very well with the caramel and chocolate notes that I get in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 05:34:19 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Race Street Cafe, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a clear, dark bronze with reddish tints, good carbonation, and a small cap of delicate white bubbles for a head. Rye profile comes through nicely in the aroma, with scents of sweet bready malts and light herbal hops. Strong flavor, with the smooth maltiness generally taking control, bready and earthy with nice crisp floral hops and a mellow bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, full of flavor, but not thick or filling. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 16:35:24 | More by Rifugium
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a thin tan head. Dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of rye, citrus and caramel.

The taste of minty rye is very strong. It has sweet caramel mixed in, with a bitter citric hop bit in the finish. A bit of the booze shows.

It's a full-bodied brew.

It's an interesting, tasty brew. Spicy, though minty rye does become domineering as it progresses.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 00:49:36 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a short 1/2" head that hangs around a while before breaking down. Some mild lacing shows up during the session.

Smell: rye grains and a floral bitterness are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: rye is dominant here, creating a nice grainy, spicy, and earthy beer. Bitterness is moderate here but balances this out nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a mild dryness arriving late. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this beer was very quaffable and quite tasty. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 13:02:44 | More by Gavage
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a nonic.

A persistent, steady thick cream colored head sits on a clear, dark caramel color. Thick rings of lacing cover the inside of the glass like sheets. Aroma is potent blend of citrus and tropical fruits with a dark bready and malty undertone that is mildly spicy. Very thick, smooth body with light carbonation and smooth, sweet finish. Body is toasty, malty and spicy, with very nice rye flavor before the strong citrus hops take over. An excellent, full bodied and flavored rye ipa.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 20:02:01 | More by yourefragile
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Summit needs to make this year-round now. Screw their Horizon Red, that beer sucks by comparison (though really its not that bad). It appears a dark copper with a tall head and sticky lacing. The malt background has bread crust, cocoa and (surprising) coffee notes. The hops provide sharp grapefruit taste to begin his herbal citrus peel that blends with the toasty malts. The finish has a bitter, black pepper and citrus coffee taste - I like it. A lot. This is a great example of a well-made, well-balanced beer. None of the flavors or ingredients dominate the beer. Instead they work together to build a beautiful beer. I'd drink several of these. Founders Red's Rye PA is a great beer, but this is in its own league.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 00:58:32 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden.

A: The rye beer is wickedly dark. I'm used to rye being added to IPAs with much lighter results. This one is a darker copper color, still translucent, that has a syrupy brown color. A sizeable head, over two fingers on initial pour, is lacing in large patches.

S: Rye, lots and lots of dark rye. The breadiness stands out over any hop profile. I was not expecting much when I got the growler but this strength of the nose is very nice. Few beers have the rye that this one does.

T: I'm happy to report that hops are not a complete after thought in the ale. Malt-wise, the rye is chewy and bready, spicy with prominent pepper and caraway flavors. While the word 'India' is a tad misleading (this is not an IPA in my opinion), the ale does bring enough bitterness to the table. The citrusy presence is just enough to register above the richness of the rye. Caramel malts, biscuity, carry the weight when the rye passes.

M: Mmmm, rich rye. The dark spiciness, zest with a dash of pepper, is pleasant. THe over-carbonation on pour has smoothed out, leaving the ale undercarbonated by a small degree. That aids the flavor immensely.

D: A sessionable rye beer, the flavor is rich and strong, indicative of a pretty hefty dose in the malt profile. I like rye beers and this one exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: growler

05-29-2010 19:09:38 | More by akorsak
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-10-2014 07:56:57 | More by zestar
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into bells tulip

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy beige head. Decent retention with some great lace walls. Color is a dark copper brown with a slight ruby hue. Very nice looking beer.

Aroma: Lots of spices and rye. Very malty with some roasted notes and caramel. Reminds me of campfire smoke. Has some earthy hops flavor, but mainly malt here. I really like it though. Very complex.

Taste: Lots of spices again. Crushed black pepper sticks out a lot. Rye of course. I get some bitter floral hops here which add yet another level to this beer. A decent amount of roasted/smoked malts really work with this beer. I must say I am impressed.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smoked, and bitter. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a lot of spice and rye flavors.

Overall, I am very impressed with Summit. This has to be one of the best beers to come out of their brewery. I have never met Mike, but I give props to him for this creation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 04:10:18 | More by mothman
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-16-2013 01:38:59 | More by BillRoth
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark polished brown color...like deep dark wood flooring. Some reddish tints. Head is remarkable..giving the appearance a '5'. Two fingers of off-tan foam that laces evenly and soft. P-retty.

Malty spice and roasted coffee in the aroma. Baked dark chocolate and some sharp prune.

This beer is nice. The malt is just spicy enough to differentiate it from barley malt, but it doesn't intrude the palate. Dark bread and light coffee. Nicely balanced and it really shows how rye can make a beer different. It isn't a thick taste, but not thin. Strong at first but lingers in the back as the hops come into play.
A nice play of bite and spice, with the finish being a bit bold and hoppy.
Drinks very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 08:26:46 | More by Mebuzzard
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks similar to a chestnut tone, but probably more resemblant to a true sepia color. Clarity is quite good. Steady and strong tumbleweed tinged khaki head. Outstanding aroma. Blissful wafts of rye and malt along with some mild but distinct hop smells: pungency, orange, grapefruit rind. On the buds, the mastery continues. Perfection in balance and drinkability. Marbled rye malt tones mix spiciness right along side the Summit hop derived spiciness. A little dusty chocolate here and there. Orangey, citric hoppiness. Nice little bitterness that lingers. Incredibly drinkable. This beer experience is like taking a piece of high quality marbled rye bread and dunking it in a top notch IPA. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 03:43:55 | More by Bighuge
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billab914

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a dark copper color with a little bit of cherry amber highlights where the light hit it. It had some very nice head retention and left thick sheets of lacing as I drank it.

A nice bready rye is the first thing that hits me in the aroma. The hoppiness really comes through nicely as well with some good earthy and citrus flavors. A pretty nice mix of the rye and hops in the aroma.

The taste really shows the bready rye malt flavor nicely, even more so then most Rye IPA's I've had. Like the nose the hops also come through pretty well in the taste. It has some of the citrus hoppy flavors up front and finishes with more of the earthy and spicy hop flavors. The spiciness of both the rye and hops in the finish really meld nicely together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I usually love rye in a beer and this one showcased it very nicely. The rye had a very bready quality to it that was very nice. One of the better hoppy rye beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 23:40:21 | More by billab914
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dirtylou

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped a sixer from jenny street

"unchained" release #3

appearance: poured in great dane imperial pint glass - dark amber body, huge fluffy dirty beige cap and fluffy lacing. nice

smell: really nice hop aroma up front - bitter grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, yeast and rye. Aroma focuses on hops for me

taste: great complexity here - big spicy rye dominates, pulpy grapefruit, bitter pine, yeasty and doughy. I really dig the contrast between spicy doughy rye and biter pine/grapefruit. easily the best summit beer i have ever had

mouthfeel: really nice - slick and oily from the hops, bitter and spicy, coats the palate

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:32:36 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6-pack of this along with Summit Kolsch in Lake Zurich a few weeks ago. I've been enjoying them both periodically since then, not committing thoughts in written form.

This beer is clear, dark auburn color, about 25 on the SRM scale. The tan-white foam is initially 1.5 inches thick, then slowly dimishes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing in it's original position. The aroma is rye + chocolate, equal portions of both. I'm a little surprised at the amount of cocoa, the beer is lighter than I'd expect for that aroma.

The beer tastes spicy and tasty, again equal measures of rye and cocoa, really a good combination that I've never had before. Maybe some graininess in the aftertaste but the rye takes more of a lead even there. The body's average, no problems. I could drink this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:05:33 | More by TurdFurgison
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep auburn copper color and semi clear bodied with a tall inch capping of ivory tinted firmly lathered foam. The head keeps its seat planted like a weed in a rose bush. It eventually fades, slowly, to a super thick remaining topping, not quite a skim, but slim and tons of thick curtained lace coat the glass.

Booming aroma, could smell it while pouring and can smell it from a distance while it percolates in the glass. Big toasty rye which gives off a nice rounded center of something similar to pumpernickle with a spritzed slicing of citrus that's seemingingly lemony orange but also pulls in white grapefruit, unripe mango, and leafy/weedy cannibus. Upon bringing it closer just before it enters the lips I swear there's a bit of coffee and cocoa to it too. Quite the wiffer!

Oooo...yah...taste is quite the display of crunchy toned rye; crisp, rounded with a seepingly smooth and sweet after thought of roasted grains, coffee, cocoa, and dried caramel. Hops dash in towards the end as it gets a smack of something citric(dried and crushed orange and grapefruit peels) and leafy fresh cannibus. Smokey and weed-like whole hop cone and off-the-vine leaf tones of dryness tenderize a very intiguing mix of the rye and hops as it softens lightly into a welcome finish of bitterness that encourages another sip. And another...

Crisp, nearly full bodied with a smooth smack of malts while a crunchy nip sits perfectly at the front with the rye. Hops then get all up in there and create some complex earthy, smokey tones while lightly floating off into a calmly twisted, toasty bittered finish. Drinks down with good ease but those rye toned hop burps catch up to ya.

A surprise to say the least, wasn't expecting they'd pull this one off so well. But damn; fitting in quite well with the whole 'Unchained' series that Summit has been putting some real craft and thinking into. Looking forward to picking up more of this and the next in the series.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 22:30:30 | More by tavernjef
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Burnt orange color...nice frothy egg white head..

S-Rye crackers...Rye Bread...very spicy....mild notes of weedy hops...also some dark cocoa notes..

T-The rye is front and center but there is a nice spicy hop dimension that complements perfectly. A little dark cocoa too..

M-Medium to full bodied....rich creamy texture..dryish finish

D-Highly enjoyable...great job with the rye on this...a little too big in flavor and body to be a big session beer but I often kick back two or three in a row no problem...My second favorite Unchained beer behind the Kolsch..

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 22:54:56 | More by ZAP
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claspada

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful amber with good clarity, a nice white head sits on top of the glass and takes a while to die down, above average lacing as well.

Aromas of spicy malted rye is the first thing I notice, scares me at first but then I can also note the delicious bready and almost sweet malts. Other earthy/fruity notes of hops also fight to stand out, with some grapefruit/pine as well; complex to say the least.

Delicious, delicious, delicious. The taste follows the nose brilliantly. The rye malts come off quite spicy and bread like, but never to that pallate-desensitizing level; a little semi-sweet with a nice hoppy finish.

Medium bodied and creamy; well carbonated.

Drinkability is dangerously high on this beer for me. I could easily finish a 6-pack and ask for more. Not sessionable by ABV terms but by taste, heck yeah!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 18:17:53 | More by claspada
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Summit India Style Rye Ale from Summit Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.