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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Capone's. Served in a Russian River pilsner glass.

Pour yields a light golden-colored brew with a single-finger white head and a bit of spotty lacing as it goes down. Retention is decent. Nose is quite plan with a bit of bread and some mild floral and herbal hops. The flavor has a bit more going on. The floral hop presence is nice, and there's a bit of a grainy bite in the background. Mildly-bitter finish. Light body and good carbonation. Not something I'd seek out again, though it'd be a nice warm-weather beer.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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 TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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 Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a chance to try this at Cobblestone's last night -served chilled in a pils glass.

The beer is downright beautiful, dare I say elegant looking in the glass? The Pale is brilliant golden with amber hues and has great clarity with thick sturdy cap of snow white. The lace clings in rings and bead is fine, good retention all around. the smell is inviting, a nice amount of herbal notes with some fruity tinges from the yeast. Mainly hop aromas dominate which are only mildly citrus in nature with light sweet malt accent. The feel is the only area I would say isn't excellent -it is definitely above average with agressive bitterness for the style and moderately high carbonation with slight sweetness to balance the hop acidity with a low amount of alcohol and semi-dry finish.

This is a very tasty English style IPA, lots of hop flavor that doesn't try to dismantle your palate but is there in ample supply to outdo the malt which is slightly caramel influenced and hast a slight sweet edge that lasts after the mild bite of hops subsides. I find the yeast to do a good job of supporting with a mild fruit tinge which is woven into the almost lemony hop taste and the alcohol is very faint if even noticeable at all. I really like the fact they stuck to the style pretty well, not overly English in yeast or hop flavors, but adheres for the most part and is a very qauaffable ale -I recommend this.

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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

Freshly tapped, freshly poured. Irish-born, British-trained brewer Damian McConn turned to an old English pale ale recipe, and substituted the original ingredients with new ones, some only recently approved by the FDA.

Clear, pale golden color, smallish, but staying white head.

Lightly spicy, lots of fruit, citrus-y, bready malt. Lemon and lime, apple pie.

Tasting it. Crisp and bitter. Nice, juicy hop bite up front, all the aromatic flavors return and spill about the palate. After the bitter, smooth and easy drinking. Easily sessionable, classic English pale ale profile with plenty of hoppy punch to make it stand out.

This will really be welcome when the weather gets better.

Photo of mothman
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Fades to a ring. Color is a clear bright gold.

Aroma: Pale malts and grassy floral hops. More hops than I was expecting. Not much else.

Taste: Bready and biscuit malts. A lot more malts here. Grassyand weedy hops. Has a floral touch to it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and malty. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and weedy.

Overall, this one was a lot hoppier than I was expecting. I like the hop flavors. Decent offering from summit.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: sweet caramel malts, some citrus / pine hops

taste: sweet malts up front with a dry bitter finish in the back end

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: a decent brew but there are better beers in the style.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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

Pale dusty gold hue with a small compact lingering white foam the keeps its seat well and tons of lace coats the glass.

Aroma of light white peppery spice twisted with a dull citrusy notion of lemon marmalade and lemon grass. Biscuity malts underneath. Closing in on a good Pils type nose.

Solid taster! Firm, sturdy tones of peppy spice to start, peppery spicey hoppyness with pale malts adding a somewhat salted cracker or biscuity underside with some hints to butter and honey sweetness. Nice lingering finish of floral spice, drying ale yeast, spruce mint, and dusty, fluffy hoppyness. Damn nice. Quite complex with a simple subtlty that pulls together very well.

Body is a slender yet firm, crisp, and peppy medium body. Nearly creamy in its malted, light sweet nature, while keeping a big puff of yeast, spice, and hops always brimming at the edge and lasting in the finish.

Even with its complexity and firm spicey tone, its smoothness over takes most of its fulfilling drinkability. Making for an easy drinking experience that will be enjoyed to the end of each empty glass. Another solid link in the Unchained series by Summit. Keep 'em coming!

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Enjoy by 07/22/11 printed on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod color. Produced a solid white frothy head with great retention behind it. Plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- A biscuit-like dryness. Yeasty with a mild hoppy citrus pine character.

(T)- Far more hoppy than expected; plenty of piney flavors with bits of citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very bitter and hoppy; more reminiscent of an IPA.

(D)- Decent, but nothing special. I can appreciate trying to make new styles, but I am not sure how well this fits it. Definitely more over the top than I had expected.

Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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 maximum12
2.17/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unchained #6 in a series that's yielded some really good beers. Grabbed a single to chew & find out if it's worth an investment in six of these stubbies. Split into two cute little .2L chalices with my wife on a sleepy Saturday night.

Pour mirrors the name a clear, golden pour. It smells...not good. Stale hops & rotting leaves overpower whatever else might be there. Dank & unappealing.

Gold Sovereign doesn't taste as bad as it smells, thank goodness, but there's not much to cheer about here. Grassy hops with a touch of pungent weeds, light sweet malts, breadiness, more than a touch of must, green apple. Lots of tastes going on, but that touch of fall rot infects the taste, too; I've never been a fan of the 'dank' side of hops, I just don't get it, & I'm getting too much of that here. If you enjoy that, this will be your bag for sure. Nice & crisp.

Not a bad beer, just disagrees with me rather violently. I see how people would enjoy it. My wife concurs & is calling for something else. I agree.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a semi-clear golden color. The head is one inch in color, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing that sticks around. The aroma is of very floral with a bunch of citrus and herbs, and some grass. It is quite strong. The taste is fairly balanced, but does lean slightly toward the hoppy side. There is a bunch of floral, herbal and grassy hops, and a hint of honey. There is also a firm bitterness in the finish, and a nice dryness throughout the sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very well crafted beer. It isn't overpowering, but it isn't meant too be. I have to give Summit great props for choosing to put out this beer during the spring season as it is a great alternative to all the big malty bock styles that come out at this time. I will surely be drinking a bunch of this while it is still around.

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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