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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

95 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
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Buebie

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 22:47:07 | More by Buebie
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Summit Gold Sovereign Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.