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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: KeefD on 07-23-2011)
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Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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!!

budgood1, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus rind.

Taste: Dry cracker breadiness followed by a dry, lasting citrus bitterness. It's bitter and dry, but not to an extreme.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, I could have a few instead of EPA if it was on draft instead.

Picked up a 6er of Summit's 25th anniversary. It's a more bitter and much drier version of their EPA to my taste buds. Pretty tasty and an example of what Summit does; they make "drinkable" beers. Not too exciting, but a solid beer.

Mdog, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= pours a beautiful golden amber color with a decent sized head on it that holds for a few minutes and falls to a thin layer a ring around the rim with some spotty but solid lacing.

S= Hops and a bit of malt. Despite this supposedly being an imperial EPA it is still a bit toned down on the hops. The hops that are still there are spicey and herbal. Not the fruity hop bomb I like but still a worthy hop character.

T= The taste is similar to the smell. Hops and a bit of malt that still holds its ground. The taste is pretty nice but nothing out of this world good.

M= The mouth is similar to the EPA. Dry finish and lasting bitterness.

O= For a silver anniversary I'm pretty dissapointed honestly. This is not the style or the beer I would have brewed. It's your 25th Summit step out of the ordinary and do something fun. With that said this is still a decent beer with a lot of flavor that may actually be out of the ordinary as far as Summit is concerned.

jjanega08, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 2 finger head. Thick lacing. Good retention. color is amber orange.

S. Very nice dank piney hop aroma. Really kinda suprised me. Believe it or not reminds me of Furious and Modus. Floral hop smell. A little bit of grapefruit smell too.

T.Taste also has nice piney hop flavor with a kick of grapefruit. Don't really get a whole lot of flavors other than hops, which is ok for me. Has a little bit of malt sweetness, but more of a biscuity malt flavor.

M. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Good beer. Wasnt expecting it to be this good. Nice piney hop aroma and flavor. Easy drinking. The taste kind of reminds me of Odell IPA. This should be considered for a year round release.

siradmiralnelson, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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...

TMoney2591, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of tvv375ia
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into pint glass.

A-Pours a orange/copper color with about a fingers worthofhead that dissapates fairly quickly and leaves a little lacing

S-a lot of citrus hops

T-Hops up front maybe bit of grapefruit citrus

M-good carbonation finishes pretty dry

O- This is my first official review and I am not a huge IPA fan but since this is a 25th anniversary ale I thought that I would use it start my reviewing, for an IPA I actually like it, I probably can't drink more than one a night but like I said I am not a IPA fan but maybe this will start me down that road.

tvv375ia, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  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.

MattyG85, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grimmy gold hue capped well with a dusty white foam building to about a finger high in height. Keeps a solid skim always present and tons of very thick patchy moth-holed sheets of lace.

Aroma is a mix of some of the big C's of hops; Cascade, Citra, and Centennial all seem to be in there doing their thing with a meld of citrusy pep along with some resinous qualities. Some dulled woodish dry hops are noted as well as lightly toasted maltyness. Dry, hoppy, and quite West Coast rendered.

Taste is solid with a nice complex hoppyness that tips the tongue with a well-checked white grapefruit bitterness and squeezed in pale malt and light biscuity dryness. Crisply set, yet, firm with a good tone of sweet malt background keeping those busy buzzing hops in check. Nice finisher with a nice twinge of hoppy resin, citrusy bitterness, and little floral graprefuity burps.

Firm medium body with a nice touch of sweet malt underneath while hops stir the tasting pot with remarkably well-rounded citrusy dryness and bittering bite.

A solid hoppy ale for Summit to have finally created, and just in time to celebrate 25 years going strong. Congrats! Keep these new brews coming!

tavernjef, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Buebie
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After 2 weeks of search and being dissapointed I finally nailed this one down. Paid $14.24 fter tax at Blue Max today.

Off the pour a 2 inch dense white frothy head forms, slow to recede. Leaving a whipped topping consistency head, super generous cap. Solid coats of lace line the glass.
Color is a brilliant pale copper, transparent.
Aroma is more then better of what I expected. Pungent dank hops, citrus, floral leafy sweet candied hops. caramel malt tones. Refreshing, inviting aroma.
Flavors are sweet and malt filled at first with mild bready caramel, transition into bittering hops. Bitters take over into the finish lingering with pine, rind and hempy hop oils.
Distant aspirin and leafy mint.
Mouthfeel is crisp and mildly slick.

This is a fantastic AIPA from Summit. If the beer was placed infront of me on a blind tasting I would never had expected it was from Summit. Kudos to you on 25 years!

Buebie, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Congrats to Summit for 25 years of bring solid, affordable and flavorful beers to the great upper midwest.
Really nicely hopped aroma with classic pacific northwest hops. Sweet, fruity, citrus, touch of resin and a solid malt support.
Rich dense head covers clear amber gold body. Lacing marks some drink lines.
Boy, they do like the hops at Summit. Full on with flavor, but especially the bitterness - long, tart and drying in the finish. Nice shot of malty sweetness to start, and only a small amount of the toastiness that so clearly represents the flagship EPA. Complex hop flavors with resin, grapefruit, sourness, bitterness, grassiness, oiliness pushing to the excess (cheesy) flavor that I find off-putting, but others don't seem to mind.
Body is very nice, moderate body with ample soft carbonation which offers a soft smoothness and pleasing feel.
There are many good pieces to this beer, and one point of excess. I'll drink it again and I"ll enjoy it. Just some takes will I have a jolt of flavor I can do without.

garymuchow, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

KarlHungus, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Alacy
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: pours with about a 2 inch head

S: this was my favorite part, nice citrus hop aroma actually kind of excited for this one

T: pretty bitter, really dry finish similar to their EPA this finish is the worst part to me. This beer does not make me want to keep drinking it.

M: average, nothing special

O: I tried not to be too harsh in my review as I am not typically a fan of summit EPA and in my opinion this is basically EPA with a slightly better hop aroma. The dry bitter finish kills this one for me, really doesn't make me want to take another sip.

Alacy, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of mnstorm99
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Summit Unchained glass. Nice light amber pour with an inch head that disipates a bit but never completely.

Aroma is where it is at in this beer, malt is VERY summit EPA, but with a great citrus hop aroma that keeps you coming back for more.

Taste on this one is good, maybe just a bit more bitter than I expected which is fine. I actually get a sense of both EPA and Torpedo in this one which makes sense with the ingredients used. Hop flavor is there with a touch of tangerine and citrus fruit from the hops as well as a nice carmel background.

Mouthfeel looses just a bit on me because of the bitterness (which I like, it's just a TOUCH out of balance for me) which leaves a touch of burn on my tongue.

Overall, I will be buying this beer, and it is probably the second or third best beer in Summit's wonderful lineup for me (behind the IRA and maybe Oatmeal Stout), I would be happy if this became a regular.

mnstorm99, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle with BB 122011

A- pours a clear golden amber color with a 1 finger head that sticks around with good lacing

S- is pine,citrus,floral hops,a touch of tropical hops,caramel malts and baked bread

T- a plethora of hops here 1st is pine hops up front,then a dose of tropical hops ,citrus hops but very smooth and tasty , i get some toasted caramel malts,with some baked bread and grass

M- well carbonated smooth and creamy with loads of hops that never overwhelm this brew but are very much in charge just a tasty ipa/pa

O- a great ipa/pa..tasty smooth but also with a bitter hop profile

gatornation, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

jera1350, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

bsp77, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 12/27/2011. Clear amber color with a large, rocky head that had excellant retention. The head slowly settled to a thick cap. Almost the entire glass ended up with lacing on the surface. This beer definately is a looker.

Hoppy aroma with plenty of pine, citrus, tropical fruit qualities. Not much of anything from the malt.

Hard to pin down exactly what it is about the flavor of this beer that fails to excite me. Very bitter approaching Imperial IPA levels if not smack dab right into that style. The Citra hops plays behind the Cascade and Centennial hops that makes up most of the flavor. Malt flavor is very muted with just a touch of toasted qualities. One dimensional. Maybe if it was less bitter and has more malt precence, I would enjoy it more. I am sure hopheads will absolutely love this beer.

One of the nicer carbonated IPAs on the shelves. Just wish it had a little more depth of body.

A great buy at $7.99 a sixer. That is a lot of hops for that price. I am sure I will be buying a lot of this even though it is not my favorite IPA on the shelf. All the locals who were clamoring for Summit to brew an extreme IPA, they got their wish.

morimech, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper hue with a thick off-white head that slowly settles, producing sticky lacing on the glass. Carbonation is quite lively, making for some awesome head retention. On the nose at first is a blast of hops. The citra is definitely present. Notes of grapefruit, some pineapple, spice and cedar give way to aromas of caramel and toast. On the palate, the hops are spicy and pungent, with notes of citrus, pine, and grass. Malt nicely balances the beer with hints of caramel, and a bit of honey. Finish is dry and very pleasant.

This well-balanced, medium-bodied brew is quite good. Alcohol is hardly noticeable, making it extremely easy to drink. An awesome brew, and perfectly fitting for a special anniversary release.

WYVYRN527, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of exonthebottle
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell solid beer the cascade, citra and centennial hops are featured reasonable in this pale ale although the citra does overpower a bit cold as it warms cascade and centennial comes out with more grapefruit citrus. Looks similar to the Summit EPA nice head but fades. A bit bitter taste but kinda one note hoppy it smells better than it tastes. Goes down smooth this is better than Torpedo which is bit too heavy. Nice pale ale worth the price but not sure I'll buy it again.

exonthebottle, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of darky
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looked for a hoppy ale to enjoy this weekend since the wife is gone (she prefers low IBU malt-heavy brews) and decided to bring this home since Summit is not known to disappoint and this one weighs in at 80 IBU. Pours a great copper/amber hue with a moderate head that fades fairly quick to just a thin veil. One-third in and its showing some very nice lacing on the sides of my New Belgium 1554 pint glass. The nose is all hops as is the initial taste with primarily grapefruit on the back end. Call me jaded, or just simple-minded, but to a large extent, an IPA is an IPA. That said, this one is not nearly as harsh or boozy as the numbers would lead you to believe. Again, As as I get further down the road the lacing is still present and lasting, always a plus. Overall, a solid IPA/APA, as was expected, not unique in anyway, which is slightly dissappointing. A-

darky, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of KeefD
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

KeefD, Jul 23, 2011
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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale from Summit Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.