Summit Gold Sovereign Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Gold Sovereign AleSummit Gold Sovereign Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.31% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mjryan on 03-16-2011)
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Reviews by Buebie:
Photo of Buebie
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium pour from the bottle into a pub glass. About an inch of white froth, settles to a medium cap with generous frothy collar. Color is a transparent pale golden, transparent. Was expecting it to be a bit more cloudy, as summit had a press release stating it was not going to filter this one.

As I popped the new bottle opener necessary cap, aroma of pungent bitter hops fill the air. The hops have some other less then desirable qualities that remind me of somthing else. Now, because thi is really fresh beer that was just bottled the other day, I can rule out that this is skunked. But the aroma hops do remind me a bit of a skunked Heineken, except much more potent hops and with more of a hemp aroma.
Aroma is hop forward, more earthy pine bitters, with dried hay and spicy onion. Other than that aroma is slightly lacking, with just a small amount of caramel.

Taste starts out slow with mild hop bitters, much more earthy, pine, aspirin and bittering hemp. Very minimal malt flavors. Finishing dry with a light peppery aspirin forward hop profile. As it warmed there is an awkward and distance bubblegum flavor in the far deep reaches of the background. Alongside more of that skunky old Heineken flavor.
Mouthfeel is watery and thin with moderate carbonation.

I guess its best not to read press releases prior to trying a beer. I feel a bit let down actually. I anticipated a well balanced hoppy and caramel filled ipa with more pungent floral and citrus hops. What I am getting is a watered down slightly bitter ipa with what basically comes down to is hop water that has been carbonated and colored with yellow 6. It seems more like a SMaSH. But if this is wht they drank back in the day, then beer surely has come a long way. To me it resembles an English style ipa that has been amped up with much more hop flavor.

Happy to try it, congrats to Summit for brewing somthing new, no disrespect to the brewers but I cant see myself revisiting this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with an "enjoy by" freshness date inkjet printed on the neck of the bottle.

Immaculate golden color, the yeast dropped fully at least to my eye. Head is nearly to the brim of the mug ... frothy white and sticky mass on the glass. Fresh mowed field of hay, exotic weeds and other aromatic vegetation ... the more I sniff the more I get; lemon grass, eucalyptus and hemp seeds come to mind. Extremely smooth and slightly creamy in the medium body. Hops rake across the palate, firm but not harsh with hints of marmalade and fresh cut grass. Maltiness starts and ends with a firm foundation, more sweetness to start and even in the middle but there is draw to dryness in the end. Kiss of juicyfruit in the middle. Dry grassy finish.

A truly epic brew, so much flavor is packed in this ale complex yet very drinkable ... sip after sip it grew on me.

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Enjoy by July 8, 2011.

Appearance: Just barely hazy gold with thin white cap and minor lacing.

Smell: Very bready with some citrusy and spicy hops.

Taste: Bread and apple malt backbone that actually reminds me of an English/German hybrid. Nice hop profile that combines the traditional spicy, floral English hop taste with a little more citrus and bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium creamy body with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall: Great example of how to take a somewhat stale style (English Pale Ale) and rejuvenate through both a historical and a modern lens. Well done, Damien!

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours slightly cloudy pale gold with a decent foam head with good retention.

Smell: Scent of lemon and bready malt with floral hops.

Taste: Crisp with a nice mild hop bitterness. Hints of honey and lemon. Slightly malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A solid version of a English Pale Ale.

Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

True to its name, it's golden hued with a large cap of gray-white suds which retain and lace well.
It packs the nose with handfuls of crushed, dried flowers, mown grass, milkweed, lemon peels, old pennies, and mineral water, and backed with honey-drizzled muffins.
That tinge of honey shows up first in the mouth, accenting a lightly toasted breadiness. Calcified and mineral rich essence of hard water prevades the middle, with a rustic, rusty pipe note to boot. Hops bring a variety of dry flowers, grasses, and herbs, scattering in brighter, rosewater/orange jelly impressions, and a subdued citric oiliness. Big, bitter, reedy finish, with echoes of mint and iron.
Sleek, medium bodied with low but steady carbonation.
This homage to English Pale Ales has character and balance, along with a minerally hoppy rustic charm that sets it apart. It's not quite what I expected, and better because of it.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale golden color with a thick two finger foam head. Receded quick and left nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops, fresh cut grass and a slight hemp smell. Sweet malts faintly underneath.

Taste: Crisp and clean, citrus and pine hops up front, followed by some sweet malts and hints of apple and dried apricot. Very unique and complex flavors to this one that keep bringing a little more with every sip. Just the right amount of hops bitterness on the finish that doesn't linger long on the tongue.

Mouth Feel: Light-to-medium-bodied. Crisp and clean with a slight bitter finish on the tongue that fades fast.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A really unique and refreshing beer with a lot going on for the smell and flavor. Another winner from the Summit "Unchained" series by the brew masters there. Well done!

Photo of Snow81
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden

Head: Little white head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Little grass with a clean hop and subtle light malt

Taste: Hops right up front with a small about of malts and a hint of a tin comes off the palate

Weight: Light body with a medium carbonation

Finish: Very dry with a nice hp back note

Photo of plfahey
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden yellow and fairly clear. Moderate pale beige head with good retention.

Aroma-Citrusy yeast funk with hints of tart lemon and lactic acid. Bready, biscuity and slightly nutty english malt aromas make up the foundation. Earthy, grassy, and hay-like hops are layered on top. Some fruity esters with orange and lemon notes play in the background along with that same yeasty funk-not quite barnyard, but definitely a bit musty.

Flavor-Nutty, bready malt, with earthy, woody hop flavors in the mid-palate. Slight fruitiness-with a tad of orange marmalade. The finish is all earth and dirty hops with fruit and some yeast character, accompanied by moderate hop bitterness. Musty/earthy/hay flavors carry long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate, prickly carbonation. Smooth on the palate.

I really like this beer-I've had it on draft and found it to be alright, but from the bottle this beer is really special. There are some fantastic hop and malt flavors/aromas, with some funky English yeast character to back it up. This historically inspired style manages to be simple and yet elegantly complex at the same time. One of my favorites from the unchained series. Bravo.

Photo of msjacilynn
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear deep orangey yellow with white foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: musty hops, a bit of citrus and yeast.

T: immediately struck by a mild floral hops that fads into a malty middle and lasting bitter aftertaste.

M: thin and well carbonated.

D: I like this entire series from Summit but this is my least favorite so far. keep in mind it is a very well done beer but I didn't care for the bitter finish. might pick up a 6er when in bottles but probably not something I will seek out.

Photo of dbossman
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear and golden with a thin but extremely steady head; lacing is fantastic

S: The grassy grains are first evident followed by a touch of citrus hops--but just a touch; this is mostly a fairly muted aroma with a subtle grassy, grainy hay presence

T: There is the hop bitterness I was hoping for; the flavors are subtle but there is a nice complexity here; not an overbearing amount of hops but they do create a really nice bitterness to balance the grainy undertone; a grassy, with a touch of lemon citrus, hop presence

F: Nicely carbonated; medium body; mouth feel is quite pleasant and a bit sticky

D: This is such a pleasant and drinkable beer; this is a fantastic beer--one that I could drink for a while

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mikesgroove for dropping bombs on my palate during Hobo Cookout #1 and sharing this with me! Batch 06! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grain, wheat, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, grain, bread, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Not one of the better ones I had at the Hobo Cookout but still quite drinkable and enjoyable. It was really refreshing though. Definitely worth trying/ticking if you get the opportunity.

Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale golden color with two fingers of dense head that had excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left down the entire glass.

Aroma is peppery, lemon, citrus, with a slight cracker smell.

I was a bit underwhelmed by the aroma but the flavor came back strong. I would compare it to an excellant pils that has been fermented with an ale yeast. All the spicy, peppery hops, with some citrus and ale esters thrown into the mix. The malt gives a dry, cracker like flavor. Both complex and subtle. A very well crafter beer.

Light body with almost adequate carbonation. Could of used a little more carbonation.

A lot of brewers do not do subtle well, but this one was done to almost perfection.

Photo of marcobrau
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a decent amount of carbonation that forms an off-white head that settles to a collar of foam. A pretty good amount of lace is left behind on the sides of the glass. Very complex pale ale. Light citrus (especially lemon) aroma. Reading other reviews the smell is likely diminished due to age. Bold, hoppy citrus flavors up front with a somewhat forgettable middle, then a stretched out, vibrant, bitter, citrus-laced hop finish. The malt is merely in a supporting role here, but perhaps contributes a slight cookie-like flavor. A light body allows this beer to e quaffed, but at it's strength its's probably not such a good idea.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Enjoy by 07/22/11, no info.

A - Gold it certainly is! And brilliantly clear to boot! Highly carbonated, the billowing white head stays afloat for quite some time while leaving thin, wispy lace on the glass.

S - A bouquet of English hops add a mild aroma of floral, lightly herbal notes to the crisp beer. Pale and pils-like malt comprises the grist and a noticeable Burton-on-Trent mineral water finish completes the ensemble.

T - The hops step up the game in this unchained brew offering quite a lot more herbal, floral notes which actually push right past the pale malt base. Mineral finish completes it's authenticity once again.

M - Medium-light in body and crisp with a well-carbonated, spritzy finish. Slightly dry and bitter from the hops with a nice crisp, clean finish of well-balanced minerals and salt.

O - Crisp, refreshing, and easily drinkable, this is a fantastic English session ale with nuanced complexity and pure deliciousness. Well done Damian McConn!

Photo of Yulles
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a really nice way to start off the night. we cracked this one open right away but quickly we were moving on to much bigger and badder things/

nice light amber pour, lots of carbonation with a huge head of white foam that quickly overtook the glass and left a considerable amount of lacing down the sides.

aroma is light grains, touches of fresh grass, heather? something herbal picking up as it warms with a light touch of herby hops pulling through in the end. crisp, clean, and a really, really great feel here. it was damn near perfect with the cleanness of the profile. sweet malts, light hops and a smooth and immensly satisfying finish.

overall about as solid of a session ale as you could get. really just very nicely done, really cool.

Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bismarksays
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a nice thick head which laces well. A promising start.
Smells are floral at first, maybe with a hint of hay. On second pass, I think I smell just a touch of lemon. Hmm. Interesting
Much strong hop presence in the flavor profile then I was expecting, but it matches the malt base very well. Biscuit flavoring with floral notes with a touch of a bitterness, very nice. Creamy and rich mouthfeel.
Summit is a brand I associate with solid but unspectular beers. This was the first beer I have ever had by them that was a wow.
Good job.

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dizztracted
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GeezLynn
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very appealing, transparent golden hue with a light white head.

Soft fruity hops, light citrus and a bit of mineral.

As far as flavor goes, I'm not seeing how people are calling this subtle. To me, there's plenty of hop fruityness not to mention a hefty dose of bitterness. Bitterness is on the full side, but rounded off rather than sharp and lingers well through the finish. The nice pale malt underneath is a bit too obscured by heavy hopping for my preferences.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with light body and lively carbonation. It's also got a nice slight oilyness to it.

I can appreciate this as something different from your typical run of the mill Pale ale/IPA, but for me this is not something I see myself drinking too much of. Thought the appearance and feel were very nice but did not really care for the hop combination.

Photo of drtth
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear dark golden color with ¼” of white head and lacing that clings to the sides of the glass in rings and speckles. The head recedes fairly slowly and sipping leaves lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is lightly bready with some grassy, floral, herbal hops and possibly a touch of citrus.

Taste: The flavors are clean and crisp with some bready sweet malt playing around with the spicy floral hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and both smooth and lightly prickly with good carbonation. The finish is moderately long with lightly bitter dry grassy finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Liked this one enough to have a second (even though I probably should have not ☺. Overall thought this was a well made beer that I’d be happy to have again and would like to see regularly available.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color,Thick frothy white heading.Crazy amounts of lacing through every sip a tremendous looking site. Alot of bubbling action going on here.

Nose is mostly biscuit malt. Light grains and light fruits with a touch herbal medicinal notes really sum up this brew.

Taste is superb.Same as the nose very fresh grain touches down first with a nice bitter kick to the chops.A soft juicy middle in which leads to a very clean,hoppy finish.

Mouth is medium bodied slightly thicker in the mouth then first anticipated.Tremendous carbonation.

This one is a dandy.I was a bit hesitant on getting this one at first but I am glad I did.Simply awesome.

Photo of gatornation
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a mostly clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head that dissapates quickly but leaves a fresh collar and minimal lacing

S- was floral ,and citrus up front.with lemon grass and hops a bit of baked bread malts

T-was bitter at first but it gave way to a floral citrus tastes of lemon and oranges some grain and malts with a touch of grass a dash of spice

M- tart crisp a litter bitter with medium carbonation

O- a nice crisp pale ale that had some bittering hop but a great citrus profile ... i found it quite refreshing and flavorful

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Summit Gold Sovereign Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.