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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
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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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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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alexgash

Connecticut

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

12 oz. bottle.

Was very excited to try this new offering from Summit. Clear ruby body with a thick, whipped, dirty khaki head. Great lacing and retention. Intriguing nose of spicy hops and earthy malts. I get notes of pepper, mown weeds, pine sap, fresh-ground coffee, and cookie dough.

Taste starts with spicy, herbal hops up front. Gently numbing pine sap settles in. Toasted malt notes mix with spicy rye bread to make up a solid malt base. Hints of roasted coffee and fruit skins near the finish. Finish shows some citrus hops and a steady, lingering, dry bitterness. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Delicious and very complex for its size. Make this a full-timer!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:47:21 | More by alexgash
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour was a bright vivid copper with a fizzy white head.

lots of spice and bitter hoppiness

the rye was very pronounced here, tons of earthy and grainy spice combined with a strong hop flavor of citrus and pine. fairly complex.

way over carbonated with micro carbonation. i found myself swirling the glass to cut it down. this allowed me to enjoy the flavor far more.

i love rye and hops, so i enjoyed trying this. the carbonation was a bit annoying however so if i came across this, i may try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 14:33:24 | More by hooliganlife
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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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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one filled up at Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a perfect pint. Pours a darker amber color with a light brown colored heading. Decent lacing didn't really stick around that much.

Smell is quick to pronounce it's toasted malty goodness. Has a quicky spicey rye aroma then a heavy citrus like hop takes over for the ending.

Taste is mostly of rye bread at first. The toasted malts cover palate instantly. After a few ticks that good old bitter hop flashes in and takes the ride over leaving the palate raped of bitter hoppy goodness. Lingers for a while.

Mouth is extremely smooth and full bodied. Not too much carbonation but a very nice tasting brew.

I am very pleased to have tried this one. Very smooth and hoppy.

Serving type: growler

09-01-2010 18:25:00 | More by TheFightfan1
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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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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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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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Seanibus

California

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

This is the most explicitly rye beer I have ever had - it has the sharp, slightly roasty character of a great rye bread.

Pours deep brown with a lively, thick, long-lasting head. The aroma has a super sharp sting, just pure rye bread. The flavor follows along, with the bitter stink of rye, but with a chocolaty, roasted malt behind it. There is a deep, coffee-like bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is firm and tannic.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 22:55:59 | More by Seanibus
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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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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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Paulny

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed amid the din of wailing bagpipers at the unveiling celebration of this limited release at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Actually got one of the first pint pours after the Summit brewmaster ceremoniously tapped the keg. A great party!

After a blissful moment nosing what seemed a pleasantly fresh hop/rye-tinged head, upon first quaff the excitement of the occasion began to slip away.

Hmmm, on the palate only a slight hint of buried hoppiness and a subtle bite of rye malt, but waaaay restrained from what was expecting. For a limited series had really hoped Summit would'a pushed the envelope a good bit farther for a change. Tasted pretty much like their standard "hop-light" Summit IPA.

Just to make sure we ordered up another pint along with a pint of everybody's local favorite IPA Surly Furious. The poor Summit RIPA completely faded into RIP oblivion on first gulp of Furious.

The owner of Summit Brewing has stated he thinks the new trend of highly-hopped "American-style" IPAs is merely a fleeting fad and has no interest in trying to make one. A pity, as I'm sure Summit could make a magnificent IPA or even a DIPA if they wanted to... Judging by my fairly wide circle of beer fanatic acquaintances and the fact nobody's bought a Summit anything the last couple years might indicate what kind of "trend" this might be.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 21:08:13 | More by Paulny
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crossovert

Illinois

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

12 oz twist off brown bottle.

It pours a dark reddish amber/brown with a thick, foamy slightly off-white head that leaves some decent lacing as it dissipates.

The smell is killer, tropical fruits and candied grapefruit peel are the main scents. There is light sweet bready scent form the malt underneath.

The taste is decent, the bitterness isn't too high up there. There is a distinct biscuity bread character that dominates the flavor. the hops are much more piney and herbal than they were in the nose.

Overall it is a decent brew, one of the better ones form this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 02:32:54 | More by crossovert
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with an amber hue; steady head with good retention; lacing is decent

S: Grapefruit and pine are present but so is a subtle spicy and dark malty quality

T: Wonderful balance between the rye maltiness and piny grapefruit hop quality

F: Good even mouth feel; does evaporate off the back end of the tongue quickly though

D: A very interesting and delicious hoppy rye--kudos Summit!

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 01:59:12 | More by dbossman
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aerozeppl

New York

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

A: Very deep and rich copper color. One of the darkest rye beers that I have seen. Poured with a half finger of white head with some decent lacing.

S: The first thing about the nose that strikes you is coffee. Then a little gingerbread. Then you get the spice from the rye. Really amazing nose.

T: Again I get the chocolate with a ton of coffee finished out by the rye. I really like his beer. The finish of the rye and the hops is a thing to behold. It is super complex while being easy enough to enjoy for being a daily drinker which this would be for me if I did not get it 4 hours from home.

M: Good carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

D: It is on the heavy side of the style and it is hot as hell right now but this went down like a champ. One of the most interesting rye beers that I have ever had. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 00:46:29 | More by aerozeppl
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with mothman. Huge thanks to Ben for a big Summit assortment to give me a fix. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a darker than expected mahogony reddish brown color with a finger of dense and creamy tan foam that lasts for a couple of minutes. It eventually falls and leaves behind some light lacing on the glass.

S - Very hoppy up front with piney aromas and a bit of grapefruit. Very spicy courtesy of the rye with some background earthiness, toasted malt and some bread. A lot going on here and pulled off very well.

T - Wow...big rye flavor is immediately noticed and very up front - spicy with some toasty flavors. Citrusy and piney hops are sharply bitter with a noticeable bite to them. Breadlike malt at the base. This is an assertive beer with plenty of flavor. Excellent.

M - Medium bodied with ample and very prickly carbonation. The carbonation really brings forward the hoppiness in this beer - seems to accentuate the bitterness. Hop resins coat the mouth and the rye spice and hop bitterness linger forever into the aftertaste.

D - I had heard some good things about this one and I came in having some high expectations. This is one of those beers that didn't let me down in any way. Great combination of flavors here all blended together very well. Glad to have tried this one. Definitely want to try to get some more before it totally disappears.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:16:08 | More by portia99
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waldoiverson

Texas

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

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: dark turbid caramel, decent head of off-white color...it looks like a rye, head retention was only OK

S: rich fruity hop, rye spice, a bit of oak, chocolate, lemon - really complex and nice

T: apple, leather, cherry, tobacco - clear hops in this that kind of jacks around with the natural rye flavors but i like the effect

M: solid and semi-dry with excellent crisp carbonation

D: the flavor is diverse enough that i can drink a few and the abv is low enough to make it so in a reasonable manner. this is a damn good beer...i just wish it wasn't a special brew

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 23:02:37 | More by waldoiverson
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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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WakeandBake

Michigan

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

A dark amber color pour with a long lasting thick foamy light tan head , leaving loads of lacing behind , medium carbonation. Aroma of spicy floral and piny hops ,toasty rye bread and dry grain , quite nice . Flavor is hoppy up front lots of floral and resiny pine , a nice malty backbone litk toasty nutty rye bread with hints of chreey and citrus , a long dry earthy resiny finish , nice level of bitterness . Seems to be quite a full body with a slightly oily texture , in a good way . Quite drinkable and pretty darn good , it was a nice treat on a warm sunny afternoon .

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 18:29:25 | More by WakeandBake
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mcdevster

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, very clear.. nice off white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.
Smell: nice rye maltiness.. touch of strawberry, a little hops..
Taste: Another nice bitter offering from summit.. this one is on the malty side.. bready.. nice spiciness or savory bread thing going on.. touch of sweetness that fades into bitterness really fast.. lingering bitter finish.. a little metalic.
mouthfeel: despite the heavy flavor the body is relatively light.. but it is certainly more hefty than other summit varieties..
drinkability: it goes down slow but it is very rewarding.
I would highly recommend this beer.. The only thing that bothers me is so many summit beers have a similar flavor that i can't put my finger on.. it is like a metalic bitterness.. that is not bad but always present in all of their products.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 04:16:19 | More by mcdevster
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kbeals

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

younger35 sent this one to me as an extra a while back.

A- Dark amber to nearly red in color. A finger of off-white eggshell head dissipates down to a thin layer leaving wonderful multi-tiered lacing.

S- Good complexity of toasted grains and grapefruit. A bit of a caramel like sweetness to it, but the aforementioned flavors really dominate.

T- Very bitter and roasted up front, but much different from a coffee or hop bitterness. The roasted grains really stand out in this one. Citrusy hops also play an enormous role. Once again, well balanced.

M- Light body with plenty of prickly carbonation. Near perfect for it's style.

D- An easy drinker on a hot summer day. I really enjoyed the balance between the grains and hops, very unique from other beers that I've had. Thanks again for this one, Dan! It was a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 00:30:49 | More by kbeals
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Freethyhops

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks is due to Buebie for sending this as an extra in a recent trade.

a- pours a dark amber with a very persistent cream colored head. leaves some very nice lacing, too.

s- wow, an excessive amount of rye was used in this one. not getting much from any hops in there. some heavy rye spice and earthiness combines with some toasted malts to almost resemble some coffee like roasted characteristics. a very unique rye ale.

t- I'm almost convinced there is some roasted malts used in this one. the rye is still strong with the spice, but the hints of roasted coffee just seems too prevalent for it to be a combination of the rye and toasted malts. whatever it may be it is very enjoyable, surprising, and smooth.

m- light bodied. moderately carbonated ale. smooth with no alcohol to be found.

d- I could take down quite a few of these. it has that "what exactly is that?" component that keeps you sipping and trying to grasp everything going on in this brew. a unique ale that I'm glad to get to try

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:46:13 | More by Freethyhops
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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

Poured into a pint glass. Batch 03 if that means anything. Thanks to either Buebie or davedahl for this one.

4.0 A: Nearly dark amber/brown color. One and a half fingers of thick creamy off white head with average retention and plentiful lacing.

4.0 S: Spicy, earthy rye gives off an almost coffee like aroma. Also a bit hit of graininess. Simple, but nice.

4.0 T: Taste is just like it smells. Earthy rye foremost with a graininess equally powerful. Medium bitterness. I thought the "india" thing would translate to "hoppy" but that isn't the case. Other than the bitterness, there is just a slight touch of herbal hops. This isn't a problem as the beer still tastes pretty good, but why make it look like something it isn't?

4.0 M: Medium body. A touch too much carbonation. Otherwise, fairly smooth and moderately creamy.

4.0 D: A straightforward rye beer. Tasty with no flaws.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 03:45:57 | More by DavoleBomb
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thetomG

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly translucent copper brown with a small bit of head that leaves nice lacing up the glass. Aroma has strong spruce notes. The flavor is similar with a surprising amount of spice and smokey flavor with bitterness that lingers. With regard to the body, I'd say this is on the lighter side of medium with some bubbly carbonation.

Definitely an interesting beer and something I'm glad I tried, but probably not one that I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 00:48:35 | More by thetomG
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color that's almost more like a brown. It's not translucent at all, although it's dark enough that it's not cloudy, it's just dark. An inch plus of tan head settles to a thin lace with a ring of stick and some other webbing on the sides.

Smell is not super hoppy, but there are earthy, pine and some spicy hop aromas going on. It's very complex in the malt department though, with aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, rye, and some nuts. It's just so complex; every time I drink this beer I marvel at how complex the nose is.

Taste packs a bit more punch from the hops without losing any of the complexity from the nose. There is just a ton going on here. Like the nose I get dark caramel and even some chocolate, plus a good deal of spicy rye. There is a nuttiness in the finish as well. The hops are earthy and resiny, with a touch of citrus flavor as well. There is a good smack of hop bitterness in the finish which goes nicely with the spicy rye.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy. The substantial hop bitterness makes it somewhat dry in the finish, but doesn't take away from the smoothness. Carbonation is appropriate.

I am thoroughly enjoying a case of this beer, which sadly is now halfway gone. I hadn't tried it yet when I bought it but I saw the good reviews, and have always enjoyed hoppy rye beers, so I figured it'd be good and it certainly hasn't let me down. It's not as hoppy as Red's Rye, but has a ton of malt complexity and enough hops to make it true to the "India Rye" moniker. A really well done beer from Summit. Best I've ever had from them.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 02:51:02 | More by number1bum
Summit India Style Rye Ale from Summit Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.