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Summit Gold Sovereign Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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%


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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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a hazy golden color with a rather stable single finger of creamy (and cream-colored) head that leaves large curtains of intricate lacing behind with each and every sip. A very pretty beer. Medium body and carbonation levels, soft and creamy texture.

Smells of lemon-lime and grapefruit peel primarily, with medium aroma of apricots, smaller levels of leafy mints and assorted herbals with a floral backdrop and just a dab of ginger aroma at garnish level.

Tastes of lemon-lime peel and grapefruit with a bit of zesty white pepper, coriander, biscuit malt mid-structure, herbal and grassy hopping in the finish.

Extremely bold and full flavor for such a low ABV beer. It's sad that this beer is no longer in production.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 18:35:04 | More by WastingFreetime
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: large head nearly filled the entire glass. Once it settled the body was murky and pale golden with a slight copper hue.

S: A little pungent and funky hops which smell like it does after rain or in a humid climate. citrus, mostly grapefruit and nice yeast notes.

T: This one is very zesty and spicey up front. mineral and herbal hops up front. breads, honey, cream mixed in. Bitter, floral, grassy hops in the finish.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth.

Overall: Very complex flavors and notes in the aroma. This one is certainly one of the more memorable EPAs I have had. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:30:19 | More by kylehay2004
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TTAmod

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. ----> 16.9 oz. glass

A: Hazy gold/orange with an obscene white head with really good retention.

S: Dank hops, lemon, grapefruit, touch of caramel.

T: Decidedly English. Deep, hearty roasted malt taste, touch of hops, bit of flower, lemon, leather, and very dry.

M: Medium, smooth, quite nice.

O: Very nice EPA. Traditional, balanced, hearty. Nose doesn't do the taste justice. Would be stellar with some fish n' chips...

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:40:59 | More by TTAmod
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champ103

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hanger 9 in Carbondale, IL. I don't know if this is retired or not, but this is certainly a fresh keg.

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden/orange color. A large white head forms with good retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind as well.
S: Earthy yeast, slightly sweet but finishes with a nice hops punch. Citrus, floral, grassy, herbal. Very nice.
T: Some sweetness, toasted malt, and some citrus hops in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Fairly crisp and smooth. Easy to drink, I can put back several without a thought.

A nice English Pale Ale. Though a bit high in alcohol for my liking (in the style anyway) and I wish I could try this on cask. Still very nice and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 03:42:36 | More by champ103
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:22:36 | More by marcobrau
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let this warm out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, medium sized, off white head that soon settled to a light cover and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber with lots of small bubble trails. Aroma is fruit, hop, malt. Flavor is similar to nose but with hops coming out much more along with pronounced bittersweetness and balanced by good carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and longer than average. Would've scored this higher as an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 06:26:06 | More by drpimento
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bnes09

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, golden orange ale. Thin, white head, with foamy patches and minimal lacing.

Citrus fruit aroma, oranges and lemons with a bread-like character.

Solid bready malt, delicate and fluffy, yet hearty and satisfying. Excellent citrusy hop flavor. Brilliant balance. Finishes clean and semi-dry with an orange peel flavor.

Smooth, crisp, dry, and satisfying medium body. Lively carbonation. Clean in the end yet enough texture to let the flavors linger.

Exceptional beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 03:39:14 | More by bnes09
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slightly hazy honey gold body and a thinly veiled head that retains throughout the beer. Very strong hop aromas, big candy like grapefruit and mango, both sweet and a little tart on the nose. More subtle but equal part in the character, grass, citrus, apricot? Lots going on here. Reminds me a little of sweet tarts. Again, big grapefruit on the tongue, sweet and subtly tart at first, juicy, with a very mild hop bite, toasty malt notes make up the body. Dry in the finish with lively carbonation and an all around good mouth feel, well balanced, medium, not too wet and not too dry. Loved this.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 04:29:39 | More by manitouman84
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Picked this up 'cause I had no idea what it was (and these Unchained beers have been pretty decent thus far). It pours a hazy golden amber-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises spicy white grape, light cilantro, light lime peel, lemon zest, coriander, white bread, honey, and a few minor hints of clove. The taste turns up the spice, with cilantro, light leek, clove, and black pepper really blossoming from the outset. Behind this dance some lemon zest, light caramel, cracked wheat, banana peel, and orange zest. It all comes together fairly nicely, creating a pleasant spicy/fruity melange. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, one of the more character-laden EPAs I've had in some time (it almost comes off as Belgian to me). Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:45:58 | More by TMoney2591
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 12/23/11. Poured into a pint glass. Semi-hazy dark straw color with a fizzy and small but retentive white head. Sticky, but thin lacing.

Nose is caramel and buttered toast with a bit of earthy and herbal hoppiness in the background. Slight hint of...apples? Honey and citrus notes come in as it warms. Definitely malt-forward, but fairly well-balanced.

Aroma is very bready with a hint of buttery diacetyl and biscuit. Roasted malts and a bit of a spicy finish. Somewhat grassy and herbal.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, although mildly syrupy.

Overall, this is a typical Summit product. Not totally mind-blowing, but very well done and extremely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 21:48:19 | More by Phocion
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Tone

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of grass, citrus (pomegranate?), sweet malt, slight earthy malt, and slight hop. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grass, citrus, slight earthy malt, slight hops, slight floral, and hint of dry hop. Overall, this was not a usual English Pale Ale, wit interesting citrus and floral/herbal notes. Not my personal favorite, but still glad I tried this unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 14:55:13 | More by Tone
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DogfishRyan

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I review this purely on personal taste. As I'm not exactly a fan of this type of beer, this example didn't warm me up to it at all.

This just looks like beer when poured in a glass. Golden yellow in color with a little bit of head. It seems to be decently carbonated as well.

The flavor is a combination of maltiness and hops. It's a bit bitter than expected and the bitterness lasts throughout the duration of completely drinking. It's a bit heavier in the mouth than you'd expect.

All in all, I'm just not exactly a connoisseur of English Pale Ale's. But as I like most of Summit's brews I thought I'd give it a shot. It's quite an average brew to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 13:51:12 | More by DogfishRyan
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cavedave

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mikesgroove for this delectable goodie

A heavy pour puts a pretty, cloudy, light amber liquid under a couple fingers of thick white foam. Nice sheets of finely bubbled lace complete the beautiful look.

Smells like pacman, could be wrong, I like that aroma, though some don't, good grainy smell, neutral sweet, some grassy and spicy hop, very light hints of citrus, floral, even a touch of pine in there.

Has the spicy hop of an EPA right out of the gate, (Edit: now I look I see it is listed as such) that wonderful slow burn of English hop bittering, well done and authentic, delicious. It rests on a solid foundation of bready, slight caramel malt, even merest hint of diacetyl (which is authentic, not a flaw, and adds depth here). Ends with that delicious bitter joining the yeast for a roundly refreshing and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is full body for style, med. carb., very good finish. Upper range of ABV, and it is well hidden.

Nice to try another fine American take on an EPA, something most brewers here overhop and don't flavor properly. This is yummy.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 16:51:42 | More by cavedave
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden body with a slight haziness topped by a foamy white head starting about an inch tall and tapering slowly.

S - Sharp malty aroma with a hint of hops. It has a pilsner type scent to it.

T - Hoppy bitterness is smooth tasting in a way that doesn't overwhelm my taste buds. It has a nice transition and rationing of hops throughout each pull.

M - Feel is centralized in the soft and hard realm while it offers a slight bite of texture in the beginning.

~ This is a quality beverage. I would recommend it to my friends, and I thank my wife for snaggin' me a sample from a work get-together. That being said, I wouldn't pay for a six pack bt if it were avialble at a party I would drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 00:35:58 | More by cdkrenz
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waldoiverson

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Nonic

A: I am in love with this beer's appearance. The head is soft, creamy, and robust. It looks like it should be on a Guinness. The color is light golden with nice carbonation and screams refreshing.

S: a little lemony citrus, slightly floral green hop, with a clean breadiness that holds up the whole thing

T: tight bitterness, that gives up some of that citrus aroma after the first second in the mouth, hops get pretty aggressive in the finish but never go over the top, note of breadiness in the middle that gives up the ghost to the hops.

M: A little sharp at first with carbonation then really smooths out and finishes semi-dry. the experience really matches the taste.

O: I really love this beer. It is beautiful to behold and it has a complexity and kick of hops that many English Pale Ales seem to miss. Check it out

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 22:11:32 | More by waldoiverson
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a brilliantly clear golden color, a lot like a gold bullion bar with a white head that quickly diminishes and leave bits of lacing. The aroma is moderately malty, some biscuit and toasted grains and a background of floral hops. The flavor is balanced between grainy, toasted malts and floral hop flavors and moderate hop bitterness, with a pleasant soft hop bitterness lingering on the palate. The carbonation is medium-high with a medium boarding on medium-thin body. I'd prefer if the body was a tad fuller or carbonation a bit less. Overall a well executed beer, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:55:47 | More by uwmgdman
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 17:22:18 | More by BeerFMAndy
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First heard of Gold Sovereign on the Summit tour, but it was sadly not on the tasting list. Out for a local sixpack. Very light straw gold color that is extremely reflective and pretty in the tulip glass I'm using. White head dissipated immediately leaving malt and spice in the nose. Clean, refreshing bite in the taste with a lingering spicy bite. While light and clearly out of the wanting of some beer geeks, it had a solid though ephemeral taste in the mouth with pleasant aftertaste with a lingering hop presence. I wouldn't eat or mix this with much else--might ruin it. Needs to sit in the mouth and allowed to assert itself and its qualities come through. Glad I got the six pack to enjoy a few more.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:25:33 | More by FightingEntropy
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack from Binny's, something around $10. I'm pretty much a sucker for the Unchained series, I bought this without hesitation. It pours a clear golden color with about a finger of foam. Very bready aroma, sweet smelling with toasted malts and some fresh mowed grass.

Very nice flavor, initially sweet with loads of pale malt character, ending with a crisp and bitter aftertaste. Some yeasty esters in the middle, fruit flavors remeniscent of a Fullers cask I had in Toronto a few years ago, Mr. Hairy? Very tasty.

Well carbonated, a nice beer that I bet would be even better on cask.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 03:24:54 | More by TurdFurgison
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 01:35:29 | More by drtth
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pdeme

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried a sample at the liquor store and liked and bought a 6 pack. After pouring a bottle into the mug, I wasn't as impressed.
The apperance was fine, lacing wasn't that good.
The smell is very tea like, not hoppy enough for me.
Taste too sweet tasting for my liking and too much carbonation.
Overall I would buy their other beers ahead of this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 15:31:03 | More by pdeme
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argock

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No decipherable freshness date. Provided as part of a massive beer haul from by brother Greg.

A: Clean, clear golden-amber with short, 1/2-1 finger of off-white, big-bubbled head with decent retention but no real lace down the glass.

S: Tea-like, grassy aroma which is too light, even for an English pale ale. I get more bready, yeasty maltiness than hops.

T: The flavor is a good, soild example of the English pale ale style with a good marriage of tea-like, herbal hoppiness with soft, complex, bready, yeasty, light caramel maltiness.

M: This brew leaves a nice coating feel with medium-body and a light-handed carbonation.

O: A solid offering from Summit that really personifies the style well. It is nothing earth-shattering, but it gets the job done for the EPA lovers out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:50:24 | More by argock
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow to amber with a white head with some retention, moderate lacing and some carbonation. Looks like beer.

Aroma is bready and sweet with a mild herbal notes.

Beer is tea-like in the floral notes on the midpalate nice yeast but the finish is also mildly bitter. Carbonation is decent on the palate and the body is medium with a nice finish. It is an OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:38:23 | More by drabmuh
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lstokes

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed by this beer. Nice light pour with haze, a tight white head, and lots of fine-bubbled carbonation. Smells like berries, grass, and my boyfriend says "eucalyptus," which sounds right upon further reflection. Taste has a lot of spicy floral hops, sweet notes of apricot and pear, a drying yeast and grass finish.

Smooth, creamy body with fine carbonation--it's nice to have a session ale with such a complex character, and the strong English hop profile makes this distinct from the other beers I usually drink. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 19:37:54 | More by lstokes
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mryuk

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours golden unfiltered with very little head.

smell is slightly hoppy and slightly spiced.

taste is sour and bitter all the way through.

mouth is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

drinkability was not great. this beer was nether interesting nor a very good example of the type.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 16:18:50 | More by mryuk
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Summit Gold Sovereign Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.