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Summit Summer Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 05-04-2012)
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Reviews by ZAP:
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%

Excellent summer offering from Summit. 4.9% makes it a great drinker..tastes pretty similar to the unchained Kolsch from a few years back although perhaps just a little less malt forward and definitely has more of a puckering dry finish.

This has a nice gentle grainy maltiness...some light yeasty fruitiness and a pretty substantial dry finish. Body is light to medium...crisp....

Overall this is not as good as the Unchained Kolsch that came out a few years back but that was a truly elite offering. This is definitely solid and will be a nice summer beer. I plan on doing a blind taster with this and four other Kolschs to see how it stands... Schells Zommerfest,Alaskan Summer, and Goose Island Summer. Right now I would say that matchup is a toss up with perhaps a slight edge to GI...we'll see...may update this when I do that.

05-26-2012 19:44:24 | More by ZAP
More User Reviews:
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Turbo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%

10-06-2013 00:45:04 | More by Turbo
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MadScientist

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

A: A pale golden beer with a slight haze and a thin white head.

S: Not a lot in the nose but a faint sweetness and a light lemon ester. The fermentation esters are pretty clean and lager like in there absences that is.

T: A medium bitterness and faint sweetness in the middle but becoming a very dry beer. A moderate lemon, citrus flavor. The balance is slight towards the bitter and the finish is dry.

M: A little fluffy, being a slightly creamy beer with a medium-light body and a medium level of carbonation

O: A very good Kolsch. It's a style I struggle to describe because when it's done right is a light dry beer with some potential fruitiness that is great a Summer session beer, much like what we have here with Summits Summer Ale.

09-25-2013 00:26:40 | More by MadScientist
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jono0101

Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-19-2013 15:51:10 | More by jono0101
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.29/5  rDev -8.9%

Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass.

Pours a pale straw color with a huge, foamy head that slowly dissipates and leaves som scattered lacing.

The aroma is of lemon, grass and a little sour funk in the background that seems a bit off.

The taste is lemon first, then a bit of bitter with a grassy, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp, a bit bubbly with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a decent kolsch although, to me, something seemed slightly off. The can is fresh so that's not the issue. Not the best example of the style that I've had.

07-08-2014 20:58:48 | More by SD-Alefan
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-18-2014 20:09:58 | More by DaftPatrick
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +8%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

LOOK: Clear yellow hue, decent lacing

SMELL: Herbal, green peppercorn, fresh crackers, faint mint, very clean

TASTE: Very crisp, wet, dry pull, oily hop resin, herbal, leafy, fresh grass, slightly biscuity, clean, long dry finish

Immensely drinkable, fresh malt flavors from start to finish. Hoppiness balances and shows off a little. Summit has certainly brightened up my summer a bit more with this one.

08-01-2012 02:27:28 | More by Jason
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ryancl

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-02-2012 21:22:47 | More by ryancl
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +8%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into new Summit glass.

Appearance: Bright, burnished gold with moderate head and nice lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet malts with notes of apple and grass. Floral, spicy hops make this quite dry and bitter smelling. Aroma becomes too muted after a couple minutes.

Taste: Just slightly sweet apple, pear and fresh cut grass, countered by a nice level of spiciness. Ends primarily with a spicy hop bite and is more bitter than most Kolsch I have had. Really fresh tasting (at least when it IS fresh).

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, clean & crisp body, dry finish.

Overall: Very refreshing but with a nice amount of flavor. As far as I can remember from two years ago, this is very similar to the Summit Kolsch Unchained beer, and that is a great thing. I know they used some slightly less authentic ingredients for this one than the Unchained one (to save money and/or increase production), but I can't really tell.

Much better than their Hefe Weizen (which this replaced), but I still miss the old Scandia Ale summer seasonal.

05-18-2012 21:55:28 | More by bsp77
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10%

09-17-2012 22:30:04 | More by NilocRellim
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white foam head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp and malt forward aroma. Bready pale malts and wheat grains with good hints of biscuit and crackers. Hints of lemongrass. Also some floral German hops in the mix along with some grassy aromas. Smells pretty refreshing and crisp.

Taste: Like its smells, a nicely bready and crisp beer. Sweet pale malts and wheat grains. Pretty bready taste with notes of cracker and biscuit. Good notes of lemon and some light hints of other citrus fruit. Nice backing of floral and grassy German hops. Well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and somewhat creamy. Nice body for a lighter style. Very smooth, refreshing, and drinkable.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Kolsch. Its everything you would expect from the style. Very good summer beer.

06-01-2012 06:58:11 | More by MattyG85
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blaze8

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-17-2012 20:27:31 | More by blaze8
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KirkFrancis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10%

07-02-2014 03:34:14 | More by KirkFrancis
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-12-2012 14:14:13 | More by mrosenfeld32
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-27-2014 20:42:23 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-10-2012 18:46:20 | More by sgttibbs
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-13-2014 23:34:18 | More by LXIXME
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-05-2014 23:08:06 | More by acurtis
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optimator705

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-29-2012 15:15:13 | More by optimator705
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Helgy

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-07-2014 17:39:11 | More by Helgy
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augustgarage

California

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Best before 9/25/2012. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic kolsch glass.

Perfectly clear, very pale straw/maize liquid with a lasting finger of active ghost white foam. Delicate creamy lacing; superior retention.

Aromatics are subtle to the point of abstraction. Perhaps a hint of winter fruit or wheat, but it's difficult to discern.

Gentle malt flavor is accompanied by a low bitterness and faint (noble?) hop taste. Some wheat peaks through towards the finish which is mineral-rich and medium-dry with hints of biscuit dough.

Soft bodied, pillow-y, and refreshing.

A bit lacking in character, but clean, and a reasonable approximation of the style.

06-01-2012 04:29:37 | More by augustgarage
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2012 23:34:03 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Cooper

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10%

08-01-2012 18:16:34 | More by Cooper
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured a slightly hazy blond in my pint glass with a two-finger head that leaves intermittent lacing.

Mmm. Reminds me a bit of Summit's Kolsch from a couple summers back. The slight earthy mineral note is subdued, but there's still a wonderfully subtle character of bready malts, mellow citrus hops, and light fruit esters. Complex, yet drinkable, what a fine beer. It opens with fresh-baked bread and finishes with a dry grassy bitterness. I'll have another.

06-07-2012 01:16:04 | More by tempest
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barongearmu

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-29-2014 01:26:57 | More by barongearmu
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Summit Summer Ale from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.