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Summit Black Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

150 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-31-2011)
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Reviews by Bighuge:
Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark clear auburn body. Very little light transmits through, but it does shine a nice auburn hue in the light. Thin light brown head leaves patchwork, spiderweb like lace about the glass walls as I drink. Awesome aroma of rye, chocolate malt, and grundgey pungent hops. (This is the closest aroma I've smelled to the original black IPA that was so incredible that I had 6 or so years ago...Alpha Klaus). The taste follows suit with the nose....very, very nice. Perfect blend of hop bitterness, hop flavor and roasted chocolate malt notes. This is a great one. Take note, Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA lovers.

Bighuge, Nov 30, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of wrycon
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite attractive. Very dark, near-pitch black with a healthy header of pearl-white foam. Solid lacing as the foam recedes. Smell is good and standard for a black ale - roasted malt with a piney, hop underpinning. Very smooth at the start, velvety with just a touch of bitterness. The mid is dominated by a robust, roasted malt fullness. Tastes almost smoky. Final third is hops, which blunts the roast and creates a clean, but flavorful mouthfeel. This is a great black ale. Strong character and tasty throughout.

Like It? Yes I Do

wrycon, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Opaque, nearly pitch black with a great looking tan lacing

SMELL: Dank hops, hemp seed, resin, pine, faint smoke, mild char, burnt raisins, plums

TASTE: Very smooth, medium body, brown malt, toasted bread, hop resin, spice, slightly bitter, burnt sugar, minty, drying semi-charred finish

Excellent job, this one really helps define this beer style. They should brew this one up more often.

Jason, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown (not quite black) with a moderate, light tan head and a single lacing ring.

Smell: Very tropical hops over caramel, chocolate, molasses and light smoke.

Taste: Definitely tastes more IPA than Black. The hops are fairly tropical (grapefruit, mango) but are more spicy and metallic than the aroma indicated. The malt body is relatively light with bittersweet chocolate, caramel and a touch of coffee and smoke. Fairly bitter on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Very dry. Feels like an IPA. Not as smooth as some American Black Ales.

Overall: Another winner from Summit's Unchained series, who are about 6 for 8 in my book. For a moderate alcohol Black Ale (many are really Doubles), this is among the best. I also appreciate the use of unorthodox Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand) hops.

bsp77, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: A dark brownish black with a tint of ruby red at the edges of the glass. Lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger light tan foamy head with very good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, and pine resin. Very noticeable smell of dark roasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, burnt coffee, and dark chocolate. Smells bold and balanced.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a very good combination of bold hops and dark malts. Big taste of citrus hops upfront with notes of grapefruit, orange, and mango is followed by a solid presence of pine resin. Midway the dark elements come with some roasted malts. Hints of caramel, toffee, bitter dark chocolate, and burnt coffee. The malts add a little sweetness to help balance the bitterness. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat bitter but still pretty creamy and smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A very good black ale and another great beer from Summit's Unchained series. Flavors are bold and very well balanced.

MattyG85, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +1.5%

richkrull, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle into a clear Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Deep opaque brown, almost black, in color. A slight deep ruby tint when held to the light. A one and a half finger brown foam head faded slowly and left some good sticky lacing.

Smell: Malty and a good grapefruit-pine hops aroma blend well to make it an inviting aroma.

Taste: A good hoppy bitterness up front with pine and grapefruit flavors, then it smooths out quickly with a good dark roasted malt flavor that brings our some dark roast coffee and licorice flavors. Finishes very well balanced. This is a good disappearing act for the blast of hops and bitterness that greets you right up front.

Mouth feel: Medium body. Very bitter to start, less bitter in the middle, and mellow to finish.

Overall: A good Black IPA that delivers with the hops and the blend of dark roasted malts. Another good entry in the Summit Unchained series.

ChopperSmith, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Beezee, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Poured about an ounce in the glass and the head swelled up to the top of the glass. I gave it a few minutes to simmer down a little and continued to pour slow and carefully. Pours a dark black color with a huge light tan head with lacing all over the glass.
 
S- The aroma is dark malts and some hops. The aroma seems a little diluted, I was hoping for a little more in the nose.

T- The taste is dark roasted malts with a nice amount of hops in the finish. The taste is definitely more flavorful than the weaker aroma would suggest.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, a decent brew but not something I would purchase again.

cjgator3, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a good. A little research shows this is the same brewer that made up the very very tasty India Rye Ale last year. This beer does what many dark ales fail, or at least fail to master, the balancing the lighter upfront hoppy notes with the rich dark malts. This beer smells like fresh grapefruit and citrus fruit sitting on top of toasty cocoa barley. Yum. The flavor follows up with a bigger malt kick and hint of wheat and caramel sneaking in as the pine and orange peel build on the chocolate malt throughout the finish. This is one of the best black IPAs I've had, right up with, maybe above, Deschutes' Hop in the Dark.

tempest, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of kristenrae8
3/5  rDev -23.9%

kristenrae8, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of bondebonde
4/5  rDev +1.5%

bondebonde, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mobius387
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass

appearance: pours a dark brown thats actually slightly transluscent, medium sized brown head that dissipates shortly after.

aroma: i dont get much hop scent, but a nice malty chocolate thats on the lighter side of smells

palate: you feel the hop presences as this stings your mouth, not too carbonated and the flavor is strong while its sits inside. medium-full body

taste: nice roasty flavors, slight chocolate taste, and it would be very very good except for a lignering irony after taste that kind of brings things down

overall: a solid beer thats worth a pick up it you like roasty flavors. the iron after taste keeps this from being a top beer for me, but its still a nice choice with some good dark flavors.

mobius387, Nov 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

reyolb, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big ups to andrenaline for including this in our last trade
A - a dark yet clear black/brown, tower of tan head retained endlessly leaving lots of sticky lacing
S - big malty aromas up front of roasty and chocolate, resiny and piney hops come through later
T - much like the nose with roasty, chocolate, and smoky malts, backed up with resin and grapefruit rind hoppiness, with malty flavours lasting stronger through finish
M - more than medium body, slightly creamy start moving to a balanced hop dryness
O - a very solid brew all around that adds up to something great, hoping this style continues to gain favour with brewers everywhere

joemcgrath27, May 09, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Date 03/18/12 on neck of bottle. Dark color and appears black in the glass. Not so dark that light cannot find its way through. Two fingers of head forms and has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is something I am becoming accustomed to in Black Ales. Sort of a resiny, herbal mix with some citrus thrown in. Cannot really come up with any dark malt.

Flavor is quite hop forward. Hops dominant the front end with citrus and herbal bite. The malt finally makes its presence known in the finish with some nice roasted qualities. Quite bitter and relatively dry.

Solid body with a fine carbonation. Feels like it carries the ABV nicely.

One of my requirements of a Black Ale is that I can taste the black. I can in this beer but I would of liked more. Some chocolate and a little more roast would of set this in the exceptional range. As is it is better than most in this style.

morimech, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kunstman, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from somewhere, wish I had another now...
Poured into a pint, it's a dark mahogany in the light, glinting brown highlights in a black body. Creamy layer of lighter tan foam that leaves dripping arcs of lace inside the glass. Retention is good.

Piney aroma, light malt sweetness, some yeast, a little bit muted.

Medium bodied and plenty bitter, dark roast, charred black malt and coffee. Some piney hop notes, somewhat resiny, dry feel. It has a moderate level of hoppy bitterness that meshes well with the bitter roast malt flavors. Dark bakers chocolate. Overall a good Black Ale, fairly standard and well put together, but not quite as unique in the hop department as some others. Sublimely Self Righteous and New Glarus Black Top are still my personal favorites.

emerge077, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of benholmen
3/5  rDev -23.9%

benholmen, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of matjack85
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a build-your own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. No freshness date.

The beer poured a very dark brown color with a huge 4-finger fast rising tan head, so be careful with the pour. Frustratingly long retention with an incredible amount of lacing on the glass.

Nice roasted malt aroma with some orange citrus in the background.

Dry cocoa powder flavor along with roasted malt and lots of citrusy orange hops.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. More on the dry side than sweet.

A very hoppy and bitter black ale. Decent, but not my favorite beer of this style.

matjack85, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

bigbeers84, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

FreshmanPour77, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of trstar87
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

trstar87, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of bwiechmann
4/5  rDev +1.5%

bwiechmann, Nov 14, 2011
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Summit Black Ale from Summit Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.