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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Silver Anniversary AleSummit Silver Anniversary Ale

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very good

108 Reviews

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 201
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KeefD on 07-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Malts | 2-Row Harrington, Crystal 60
Kettle Hops | Citra, Centennial, Cascade
Dry Hops | Citra, Centennial, Cascade
80 IBU
OG 14.5 Plato
11 Lovibond
American ale yeast
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Photo of jsprain1
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a one and a half finger coarse bubbled head. Mediocre retention but lots of lacing.
S- Piney, slightly citrus some pale malt.
T- This is one of the best tasting IPA's I've ever had. Biscuity, but then there is an abundance of layered hop flavors. There is a big herbal, slightly grassy flavor. Piney hops stay there throughout the beer.
M- Smooth, almost creamy, till a dry finish comes through.
O- A really solid IPA. Really really enjoyed it and wish they would make it more than limited.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Summit American tumbler pint.
Enjoy by 11/24/11 printed in black on the neck. "80 IBU, 6.5% ABV, Malts: 2-row Harrington, Crystal 60, Kettle Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade, Dry Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade, OG 14.5 Plato, 11 Lovibond, American Ale Yeast." All listed on the 6 pack.

A - Beautiful toffee orange and vibrant with clarity, Silver Anniversary is topped by a bone-colored head with superb retention and a bit of patchy lace left clinging to the pint.

S - Bold dry-hopped American hop aroma showcases the bitterness and piney-resin nose from the Centennial and Cascade. Citra comes in with a little mango fruitiness and grapefruit in tow. Crystal malt shows little toasty notes with a mellow sweetness that provides a good backbone.

T - Boldly hop-forward, this pale has a nice complimentary lightly toasted malt backing that supports the heft of the hops. Lots of pine resin and earthy tones with a sharp grapefruit citrus bite and faint fruity characteristics.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice carbonation tickle, Summit's Silver Anniversary Ale has a delicious and well-balanced hop bitterness kick to the finish. Slightly dry and pretty clean finishing, this beer has a spot-on feel.

O - Near perfection for a Pale Ale, Summit's Silver Anniversary Ale is deliciously hop-forwards but well-balanced and quite refreshing! I didn't expect much less than stellar from a brewery that produces the iconic Extra Pale Ale. Well done Summit, and cheers to another 25 years!

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

I am loving this beer. One of the best since the original!

A: Clean amber orange in color. Nearly flawless lacing. 1 finger white foamy head.

S: Hop! Some savory notes weave through the citrus and resin. A caramel/biscuity malt is a firm back aroma.

T: This is nearly as good as it gets. What a way to celebrate 25 years of excellence. A very sturdy malt backbone offers flavors of dark bread, yeasty qualities, some sweet cereal grains, and a note of dried tone fruit. The hops are agressive but don't over dominate the palate. Delicious. Good grapefruit and grassy elements.

M: Crisp and clear with enough viscosity to make it interesting. Carbonation is enough to cut hop aggression but still understated.

D: This is the kind of beer that thousands of small breweries can only dream of creating. On top of an already mpressive profile, Summit knocks it out of the aprk on this one. Well done. I hope we don't only get this beer for one year!

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Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear bronze/copper colour with a respectable off white head. plenty of retention for some pretty lace. citrus hop bomb aroma...a fantastic smelling brew with the three C's of NW hops abounding in all its citrusy glory. a bit of crackery malt props up the hop profile. taste is front and center hop centric...citrus rind, lemon zest, orange, grapefruit and tangerine all tied together in a resiny pine tar package. very tasty. the crackery maltiness is well attentuated, providing an extremely dry finish and a higher ABV. of course this lets the hop profile to burst forth with flavour with a good deal of bitterness....really impressive. medium body on this one with a dry and slightly coarse mouthfeel due to the lack of any residual sweetness. again...all to let the hops shine through. drinkability is off the charts; for an 80 IBU IPA....this offering is almost criminal in its deliciousness. i bought two cases a few days ago and it's almost gone.

overall this silver anniversary ale is fantastic in its simplicity. a NW hop lovers dream beer...and at a cheap price. it's my opinion that this should be bought and consumed very soon while it's fresh and before any degredation of any hop character happens. congrats to summit!!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles and a huge four foot white head that seemed to still be growing a good minute after pouring. Great retention and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is a big burst of hops. Citrus hops, and herbal earthy hops with plenty of pine. Also a good amount of caramel and toffee malts. Smells like a big west coast IPA. Very inviting aromas.

Taste: Hops are even stronger in the taste. Big burst of citrus grapefruit hops and piney earthy hops. A good amount of caramel malts and toffee form a solid bready backbone. Hints of spices, maybe a little mesquite pepper? Tastes full and bitter enough to almost be a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Bitter but still smooth. Slightly dry.

Overall: An outstanding American IPA that holds up with pretty much anything from the west coast. Cheers to Summit for 25 years.

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Photo of tapman
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium, bright orange body with small, though thick, just off-white head. Clear and filtered.

HOOSH! Large, meaty, skunky, resinous, piney, earthy, mushroom-like hop aroma. Hints of fresh grilled tuna in the hops; I know, I know... but the hops are so pungent that this brew reeks of the new taste bud sensation, UMAMI!

Taste is similar to the smell; what separates the taste from the aroma, besides a slight lessening of the overall pervasive earthiness, is the large amount of raw alpha acids from dry hopping. Regardless, bitterness is moderate. Malt is mostly pale malt with a balanced mid-range toastiness.

Slightly dry, but with enough unfermentables (maltose sugar, hop oil) to have a decent body. Carbonation is moderate and gives enough bite without being harsh.

I can describe this brew in one word: balanced. A big, hop bomb of a beer and it is super balanced. Highly Recommended.

note: hops are really stinky, so if you only like the bright, citrus hops, this one may rub you the wrong way.

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Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally rating a very good special release from Summit in celebration of their 25th anniversary. From my stash brought back after my roadtrip to Minnesota last August.
Beautiful appearance in my Deschutes tulip. Nice deep bronze color decent head. Flowery, balanced up front finished with hop bitterness that reminds me that it's an IPA.
Delicious. I am very glad I had the opportunity to experience this beer.

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Photo of Phocion
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Translucent and light amber color with a foamy and very resilient white head. Excellent lacing all around.

Lots of grapefruit in the nose. Lots. Light floral and piney aromas as well. Slight hints of toasted malts and caramel in the background. Somewhat tangy...sort of a lemon zest scent as well. All in all, this smells like something from the West Coast, not St. Paul.

Flavor is very dry and piney. Grassy and citrus as well, with the same bready and toffee malt flavors from the EPA that I am all too familiar with. This thing is definitely bitter, but the malts take the edge off perfectly.

Body is somewhat thin, but very well carbonated. All in all, this thing is a lot better than I had anticipated. I've been told it was essentially a hopped-up EPA, and that's just what it tastes like.

EPA has been a staple in my refrigerator since moving to Minnesota and the Unchained series has been pretty solid. This, however, shows this brewery's true potential. And at $7.99 a sixer here, this is a no-brainer. Even for a couple bucks more I'd buy again.

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Photo of fizzy
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DIG IT!!! My local liquor store had a clearance on this at , hold your horses, $14.00/case. Bought one, going back tomorrow, God willing, for another. As my Grandfather would have said, "what a deal"!

How about a thick creamy head on top of a wonderful amber GLASS of ale? There is no turning back! More, More, oh please give me MORE!

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Photo of shand
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours an amber color with two fingers of head and tight lacing. Aroma is exactly what I want from a single IPA, plenty of citrus hops, with some tropical fruits and caramel malts. The taste is great, this is a hop kick at first, then it gets a bit cleaner as the finish comes in with some piney aspects. Malts are undetectable. The mouthfeel here is a little hard to review, it feels like it's a bit thin, but it works with the clean middle. Drinkability is great. Overall, this is a quite good single IPA, one I'd recommend highly.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Not many better ways to kick off a Bliss tasting than a beer I've never heard of before. It pours a clear sunrise copper topped by a finger of light off-white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, kiwi, candi sugar, green apple, light flowers, lemon zest, mandarin oranges, and some decidedly sweet caramel. This is one of the better scents I've had from an IPA in a while. The taste brings in more of the same, along with plenty of honeydew and a touch of pineapple. There's still plenty of citrus fruits and a bit o' pine in there, blasting the tongue in a tasty explosion of hops, but it's kept from going over the top with a decent amount of caramel. The balance is surprisingly pleasant, even though the caramel is clearly the weaker of the dyad. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a great IPA, something I don't encounter too often these days. I might consider stocking up on this one while it's still fairly fresh...

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Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a lovely head of creamy off-white foam. Tons of sticky lace cling to the side of the glass. Really nice head retention as well.

Big grassy and citrus nose with just a touch of caramel malt behind it.

Hops are definitely the highlight here. Lots of hop layers here with citrus fruit and peel. Lemon zest, orange juice and grapefruit peel. Really improving as I drink it too. Getting some grassy notes, but this is mostly citrus. Some solid bitterness, but it's not over the top. The malt is quite light, but adds just a hint of sweetness. Very crisp and fresh tasting.

Very smooth with creamy soft carbonation and a juicy and slightly oil feel.

This is a great IPA and this is a hell of a way for Summit to celebrate a 25th anniversary. What a bargain at $8 a sixer too. Probably won't happen, but this would be a huge success if they put this into the regular lineup. This has some characteristics of Odell IPA in my opinion. If that's a beer that interests you, then you will love this one. Great work Summit and congratulations on 25 great years!

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Photo of KeefD
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new interpretation of their EPA, this beer was brewed with the same malts and yeast, but is kicked up with modern American hops (Citra, Centennial and Cascade) and dry-hopped with the same varieties. Can't wait to slug this one down! 80 IBU's, 6.5% ABV.

Pour is absolutely beautiful. Copper center that slowly fades to orange on the edges, with a three finger white head that fell ever so slowly, becoming quite rocky and leaving huge chunks of foam clinging to the glass with a 1/4 inch cap that stuck around the entire length. Big time hoppy aroma. Loads of citrus, a bit of pine, orange, tangerine, and maybe just a touch of sweetness. But basically, the aroma is all fresh, bright hops. Yep, flavor is right on with the nose. Big time hop flavor, but not overly bitter like I was expecting, and this is a good thing. While it has a great bitter orange rind flavor, everything is well balanced between the citrus/orange/pine, while a mild bready maltiness rounds things out and keep things in check. Solid body, moderate carbonation. Pretty much everything I look for in a beefed APA or mellower (in terms of alcohol percentage) IPA.

I listed this as an IPA since it's got that big hop flavor and a slightly higher ABV than what would be expected in an APA. Even if it fell under either style, I'd give it the same score because this truly is a great beer from a great MN brewery. Cheers to 25 years, and I hope they have another wonderful 25 and more ahead of them!

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Photo of SurlyZach
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=nice amber color, with a nice white head

S=nice fresh smell combo of malt, hops, and some citrus

T=an amped up EPA...good malt (bready) taste, with a strong hop finish, the dry hopping really gives it some zing

M=goes down very smooth, with some real bitterness

O=I love this brew. growing up in MN, Summit EPA was my first exposure to hops and craft beer. This is a great take and improvement on the classic Summit EPA recipe. Cheers, Summit!

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Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by 11/24/2011.

Appearance: Clear, light amber with moderate off-white frothy head and minor lacing.

Smell: Very standard IPA aroma, with orange, grapefruit, pine and toasted & caramel malts. Standard, but fairly persistent.

Taste: Strong hop taste of orange, grapefruit and light tropical notes (pineapple, mango) over a fairly complex malt backbone of caramel and toast. Ends quite bitter with some pine, spiciness and lingering citrus.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Smooth and creamy overall.

Overall: My first thought was that this is a very standard IPA, and I almost gave it a lower score. Then I realized that while there are many similar IPAs out there, this one is done exceptionally well, as it is very bitter but somehow still balanced, with a great smooth mouthfeel. Like many of their Unchained beers, this should be in the regular lineup. Summit is capable of such greatness with these one-off beers, but I know their mission with their regular lineup is to reach the mainstream, not us beer geeks.

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Photo of TheDTrain
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had some mixed emotions about Summit coming out with an anniversary ale. Not because I don't think their worthy of celebrating 25 years, but because I found many "anniversary" brews disappointing. After all, if it was good, why wouldn't you brew more than once every quarter century? But....I was mistaken. This is an exceptional ale!

Pours a light golden pale orange color with great retention. Taste was a combination of a fresh cascade hop avalanche & crisp dry orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and earth tones reminiscent of a beautiful summer day in St. Paul, MN. The touch of pine & bitterness round out this truly perfect summer brew. One of the D-Train summer favorites. Well worth hitting the tracks to pick this up while you can get it....

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Photo of Herky21
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It's straw-gold and has nice white lacing. The body is clear and exceptionally attractive.

Smell: Smells a little hoppier, not as aromatic as you would think, considering all the IBUs. It smells sharp instead of flowery and aromatic.

Taste: Here it is, a beautiful, sharp and twisted IPA. Well, not twisted in flavor, but in design. It really hits you in the face with hops. There isn't a strong sweetness to balance it back, sort of like extra salty chicken. It's bold and keeps you coming back, like MSG.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel plays off the bitterness. It makes you salivate and seems almost more carbonated.

Overall: This is a beer alright. It's a great commemoration to Summit and I love it. The bitterness is like a wall, but a good wall. If you love IPAs and have always been looking for a commercial beer that almost seems to go to far, almost like they spilled an extra hundred pound of hops in the tank, this is the one.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice bronze color. The head is one inch of rocky egg shell white foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of pine resin, grapefruit, and more pine. This is one of the most piney smelling beers I have encountered. The taste is similar to the aroma with a firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really good IPA that I will drink furiously until it is gone forever.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit Silver Anniversary Ale
12 oz. bottle; $1.49 @ Joe Canal's, Egg Harbor Twnshp., NJ

I didn't see any descriptor on the label (which was a little weird) so I wasn't sure of what to expect. (Maybe they had the label approved and printed before they figured out what style they were going to do). Upon pouring it, however, I knew it was hoppy with lots of citrus notes!

The body is a deep amber in color, with orange highlights. The frothy white head holds well and leaves very nice lacing upon the glass.

The nose is piney and citrusy with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and some minor tropical fruit. The hops are bright and only a hint of maltiness slips through.

The malt does show up in the flavor though. It's got a good malt base to it, and its caramel and bready notes support the hops nicely. It's also balanced by a bracing bitterness that pulls everything together. Without that combination it would just fall apart as the pungent, piney, juicy, and citrusy hops took over. Surprisingly, it's a fairly short finish, and the bitterness fades readily with only a little bit of pine left behind.

I couldn't put this one down at first, it was really compelling. The hops just kept pulling me back for more, and the bitterness and malt weren't doing anything to stop me - it's really easy to drink if you're a hop head. I find it very nicely balanced with so much hop in the aroma, and then perfectly blended into the malt in the flavor. It's just a little bit bigger than some, and it's really nicely done without going overboard. I could find this on a regular basis I'd definitely make a habit of it. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch. Strangely, I am the first to review this on-tap, all the way down in Florida. Anyhow, the brew pours a brassy golden-orange hue, is capped with some off-white froth, and leaves a smattering of lace as the glass drains; typical (good) appearance. The nose and flavor offer a big dose of candied tangerine and lemon atop a sugar cookie-esque malt. The brew is reminiscent of NGs Moon Man or FFF's Gumballhead in terms of hop profile, though it does not have the catty-ness of the former, nor the sweet and toothy body of the latter. Nevertheless, this is a nice representation of the Midwest PA/IPA as typified by the aforementioned brews as well as Daisy Cutter; it can hang with them all. Overall, I am impressed, and this is definitely the best Summit beer I've had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Silver Anniversary Ale, 25 years of excellence. "Another Summit beer worth celebrating, Cheers to 25 years!"

Clear, and amber-toned, slim whitish head. bubbles rise briskly to the top.

Fruity, bitter hops climb up into the nose, lemon, orange peel, mango, grapefruit. Very nice.

Taste: juicy and bitter all at once, happily at play in the mouth. Lively, tingly hop action all over the palate. Those notes from aroma recur on the tongue. Drinks down deliciously, sleek and quaffable, with hops to spare. An American Pale Ale to beat them all, if you're not into thinking it an IPA.

A hopped-up version of the Extra Pale Ale, I'm guessing they stuck to the basic recipe, and substituted some of the hops and malt. You certainly get more of an American pale ale feel in this, and none of the English character in the traditional EPA.

(Extra Pale Ale, hops: Horizon, Fuggle, Cascade. Silver: Citra, Centennial, Cascade, dry-hopped with all three. A-ha! There is a difference! EPA, malt: 2-row Pale, Caramel, Silver: 2-row Harrington, Crystal 60, 45 IBU, EPA, 80 IBU, Silver. ABV, EPA: 4.2%, Silver, 6.5%...there really are few similarities.

I've heard a lot of praise for this one, heard it called their best beer ever, they should make this year round, it should replace the EPA entirely, it should replace the IPA, etc., etc., etc. All great ideas, though I doubt they'll happen.

In my humble opinion, it is one of many signs, with the unchained series, that Summit is finally catching up with the more progressive factions of the craft beer world. One more bottle left in my 6-pack, and I'm going to take it out now, after this glass is done. I know for a fact that I'll be back.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a small bottle into a tulip and a cervoise -lots of foam.

The color is golden apricot with intense glow and 4 fingers of heady cream w/ a average sized bead. Lots of lace is left on the glass. The smell is great -packed with tons of tropical and citrus with an aroma that jumps up with tangerine and mango. The nose is very hop dominant with slight grassy and floral fragrance and hint of malt in the back with a mild grapefruit and herbal tea elemnent. Mouthfeel is bitter with slight fruitiness and light sweetness with pretty dry texture w/ moderately high bitterness and prickly carbonation w/ juicy tangy finish.

The taste really came off as dry rind-like w/ slight mango juicy flavor in the front with slight tangelo notes of leafy herbal hop and slight grassy edge with a hint of tea-like astringency and mild resins coat the mouth with a hint of green pepper earty taste with mild yeast creaminess as the flavor recedes into a dry toasty and almost earthy chalky flavor in the finish

A very high quality pale with hop forward taste which resembles an imperial pale in bold hop flavor, yet is still very quaffable like a west coast IPA, well done Summit!

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Photo of bnes09
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange color, hazy ale. Thick and creamy head, two fingers on the pour. Coats the liquid with a thick layer of cream throughout the entire drink. Lacing blankets the glass in frothy waves.

Aroma of fresh baked bread and lots of hops. Like stepping into a pine-wood forest.

Delicious flavor of rye bread in the malt. Robust hops tend to contrast the malt character. Citric, lemon, grapefruit and pine needle bite. Quite bitter and more so due to the mild malt character. I would definitely classify this as an IPA. Bitter flavor lingers into the aftertaste. Flavor seems to intensify as you drink more. A little unbalanced but this does not hurt the experience.

Medium bodied and very dry. Descent carbonation.

I like this beer a lot. Fairly complex and stimulating. If you are in the mood for an intense hop experience, look no further.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit Brewing Co.
Silver Anniversary Ale 25 yr.
DFH signature glass
No bottle date, but think it is some what fresh

A: Beautiful clear orange amber color. Carbonation ROLLING off bottom of glass! 1/2 finger bright white head. Nice lacing. Great looming ale.

S: Great nose. Tons of over ripe peach and grapefruit. Some citrus notes as well, pineapple too.

T: Hop assault on the tongue! Love it. You get a good amount on the tip of the tongue, but this lives on the center of the tongue. Great bitter finish too. Crisp and clean. I got those peach and grapefruit astringency that I smelled. Just a really nice brew!

M: It's a medium bodied IPA. Nice hop bitterness coats the mouth,

O: A very impressive beer here. Completely surprised by this one. Wasn't sure what to expect, buy this is a very hoppy delicious ale. Cheers to Summit!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very crisp, clear copper color. Average sized foamy, light, sticky, fluffy white head. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - There is a strong biscuity malt along with some herbal notes. This is mixed with the C hop aromas with grapefruit citrus and resinous pine being the dominant hop aromas with notes of pineapple and lemon. Smells like a mix of an English pale ale and a west coast American IPA.

T - Much more hop heavy on the taste than the nose. Strong bitter flavor, especially on the finish. Bitter grapefruit rind, lemon, pine, and hints of sweet grapefruit/pineapple are all present throughout. The Citra hops are a bit covered up but provide a nice background fruitiness. Subtle herbal and biscuit flavors a la the EPA, more herbal than malty. A nice sweetness shows up on the finish occasionally as well.

M - Full side of medium body with good carbonation. Full feeling with a slightly drying finish. Lingering bitterness.

D - Pretty easy to drink. A touch on the bitter side, but overall fairly well balanced. Nice mix of EPA and west coast IPA with the IPA winning on the taste. Could easily put a couple back in a night.

Notes: Definitely could taste a west coast hopped version of the EPA. Great body and pretty tasty. A little on the bitter side, but it was pretty refreshing. Enjoyed the beer quite a bit, especially for the price.

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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.