Summit Gold Sovereign Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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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 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 ferrari29
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head style pint glass

A - Orange colored body; hazy and not very clear; beer poured with a 1/2 finger white colored foam; held well and has some lacing form on the sides of the glass

S - Orange/citrus; sour malt back-end; biscuit; subtle hints of pine; kind of soapy

T - Bitter-pine aftertaste; pineapple sweetness; slightly fruity; kind of sweet

M - Thin body; not very bubbly or active on the palate; bitter taste and nose during retro-olfaction

D - Good beer; enjoyable with food; packed with good IPA flavor; nothing that's going to overwhelm the senses

Photo of falloutsnow
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Stub & Herb's while visiting Minneapolis for a conference.

A: Golden straw colored, lager-like. Visible carbonation, moderate pace to top. Eggshell white head, fades to swirl around glass. Lacing along sides of glass, somewhat persistent.

S: Light, fruity apples and peaches at the forefront, with citrus and bittering hops in the end. Slightly like lemon iced tea at times.

T: Fairly balanced, leaning slightly to side of bittering, citrus hops. Pleasantly fruit in the background, hints of tart peaches and apricots. Aftertaste is of continuing bitterness from the hops.

M: Carbonation a bit too aggressive for the thin to medium body.

Overall, a good pale ale, very sessionable.

Photo of Mosca
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack at Wegman's Wilkes-Barre. I dunno, tasted skunked to me, I drain poured it and opened something else. Maybe it was mishandled? Checking some other reports here, it seems that is the way it's supposed to taste. Hmm. Odd choice, I think.

Light golden and clear, big head that quickly dissipates, crisp initial hit and then the off-putting (to me) sour/bitter. I'll drink the rest, but only when it's what's left in the fridge.

EDIT: It appears first bottle WAS "off". The next couple have been pretty decent. I'm still not "on the train", but the stuff is drinkable enough, and enjoyable.

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

Pours a very clear golden yellow with a one-finger whitish head that shows decent retention and lacing. The clarity allows me to see the streams of rising bubbles.

Smell is nice, but there's so much packed into a fairly small package that it's hard to pick things out. Very earthy and grainy, with some light malts coming through clearly, and a bit of gentle hops tingling the nose.

Taste starts out with grainy light malts and earthy tones, then shifts into bitter resiny hops. The flavor is very much a balance, with neither the malts nor the hops taking center stage. It's well-balanced, but I don't find it especially remarkable. Bitterness lingers in the mouth until I'm ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is heavier than I expected, with medium carbonation. The body gives the beer a robustness that it's otherwise lacking, and I like that. Holds flavors in the mouth for a long time.

A solid beer all around - a very balanced, fairly smooth pale ale that plays both malts and hops up quite well. I'd like more complexity in the flavor, though.

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 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 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

Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass a clear, uncloudy golden color with a 1 finger slightly offwhite head of thick foam. Very clean aroma with hints of slight florals, some orange, and a sweetness like honey. Medium mouthfeel. Nice lace on the glass. Soft sweet orange upfront with a slightly building of bitterness that ends not long after you finish your drink and doesn’t linger. Very easy drinking and lack any overt flavors or alcohol notes.

Photo of Chaz
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant gold in color, with a slight chill haze. Topped with a frothy, lighter tan head.

The nose seems to be focused on the hop character, being floral and lightly-citric. There's a hint of pungent yeast and a fairly sturdy malt profile backing-up that hop profile, and at any rate I expect a similar character in the drink.

In the nose there's notes of pineapple/candied pineapple and lemon zest, a really nice hop choice which seems like a perfect complement to the malt.

Head falls after a few minutes and leaves behind plenty of lace as it does so. There's still a good bit of film covering the surface as I go to take my first sip...

Bright, lemony hop-meets-malt profile on the first sip, backed up with lighter pine-resin and candied pineapple. Much drier than I'd expected, and fairly light across the palate. Some softer biscuit malt notes linger toward the end of the palate, along with a very intricate hop bitterness -- very well balanced.

The citrus aspect of the hop(s) here reminds me a bit of Cascade, but it's different, exhibits much more finesse. Really excellent aromatic qualities here, with soft/biscuit malt notes lingering in equal part to the hop.

This one drinks briskly across the palate, and not due principally to carbonation. As such, there's a very good mouthfeel and drinkability here and a very nice beer overall.

Notes/thoughts in parting: I'm glad to see Summit throwing a few curve balls by way of the Unchained series, and have enjoyed taking a crack at each new brew in succession.

I'm just as glad to see BeerAdvocates who live in Summit's home market playing "Fantasy Brewery" on threads here, but would be very surprised to see Summit throw caution to the wind with respect to the critical success of the Unchained series here at Beer Advocate.

Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saddened I didn't get to review the previous one (pumpkin porter), but I'm back in the game with this one.
Fruity and slightly tart start with hints of hops and yeast. Seem very british somehow. Pleasing.
Firm dense white head. Golden heavy looking body with lots of bubbles rising from the SN tulip glass. Heavy lacing (cool).
Equally complex flavor to aroma with a little burst of dryness on the finish that intermixes with the hops. Very nice. Solid malt flavor, with bits of fruit and green hops intermingling. Yeast character develops with warmth.
Fully moderate body with a full soft carbonation that rounds out the feel nicely. There is some girth to this.
This is a nice drink. Complex without being heavy. Full without fullness. Light enough for the season (good for spring, may be a bit big for summer heat - but it wouldn't be bad for that).

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 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 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 ToddT
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden topped with a fluffy off white head. Head falls slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Bright malt and hops, very crisp and clean aroma.

T- Bitter wash of hops from beginning to the finish, not over powering but prevalent. Malt balances this out to a degree but the hops carry the show. Slight fruit note at the finish which is dry, crisp, and clean.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated, has a little fizz to it.

O- Nice drinkable beer, the ABV isn’t listed but it feel like 5-6% to me. This could be a decent session candidate.

Solid beer, not my favorite style but this one is nice and refreshing.

Photo of Pooter
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this at lunch at the Royal Mile in Des Moines, the Unchained series hasn't been found in Iowa City since their excellent 1st Kolsch.

This was a really great pale ale, but what I'm not reading in the comments is that it had a funky kind of horsey smell in the aroma, which reminded me of some Belgians. That was a good thing, and it quieted down and the relatively mild English hops took over... made for a very interesting beer though, I recommend it.

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden semi-cloudy body, 2 finger fluffy head, artistic lacing

S: hint of citrus, clean grassy/pine,

T: sweet malt front, firm mother earth middle, soft calm dry bitter finish

M: medium body, hint of slick oil, dry finish

O: WELL DONE, SUMMIT! I have enjoyed this brewery in the past, but not been amazed. This is quite good; fine session beer or flavor punch sipper.

TREAT YOURSELF, TRY THIS BEER!

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 brewdub17
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden Orange base with fading yellow tones towards the outskirts of the glass. Thick, white, airy head.

Smell: Fruity somewhat, with dry hints that are accented by bits of alcohol-malt notes. Different sorts of vegetable-like smells are noted as well.

Taste: Dry, malty-sweet and slightly fruity but all is cut by a small alcohol tinge towards the end. In the finish it becomes dry and almost sour. The hops are pleasantly earthy and a good balance of subtle bitterness

Mouthfeel: Dry from the beginning with tart features that linger in the mouth.

Overall: By my pallet, it does not obtain a lot of qualities that are in my favorite beers. With that said, I think the style is a little different than the average English Pale Ale. Not an overly impressive brew, but something worth trying, being a part of the Unchained Series.

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 6 of the unchained series. No freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice golden color as the name would suggest. The head on it is a nice finger and a half high and an off white color. The head holds some steady retention and solid lacing on the side of the glass. Not a bad looking beer. Pretty to style for an EPA.

S= Nice earthy hops. Flowery and herbal. Not as much of the citrus pine blasts that are the American style hops. This is a great representation of the hops across the pond. There is a little underlying biscuity maltyness.

T= The taste is again the herbal earthy flowery kind of hop that you don't come across much anymore. This is a great change up from in your face American hops. The hops are still the dominate note but more subtle somehow. The biscuity malt comes through a little less than the smell.

M= Pretty spot on for the style. Medium carbonation and mouth.

O= Another solid beer from Summit. This is a really nice representation of the style. Great use of English hops. Worth checking out.

Photo of budgood1
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a perfect gold colour. festive thin white head and a little bit of lace. honey and lemon aroma...grassy, herbal, spicy and some sugar sweetened ice tea also invade the nose. smells very inviting. in fact i love the smell of this beer! taste follows suit...a good deal of pale maltiness, well attentuated and dry in the finish, is accompanied by a sturdy dose of bittering, herbal hops. a kaleidoscope of flavours...hay, honey, hemp and clover, sugar and spice, lemon pepper, pears, and green apples. incredibly flavourful and bright on the tongue. again, very dry and pleasantly bitter. well built body. mouthfeel a bit raspy due to the earthy hopping, but welcome as the nuances dance on the tongue and linger for a long time. great drinkability due to the fact that although i don't know the ABV, it drinks easy and there is little alcohol obviously present. as the weather warms here in the northland this could be a real quenching treat.

overall i am quite impressed with this offering. not sure i recall anything tasting quite like this English Style Pale Ale. definitely recommended. good job Summit!

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 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!

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