Summit Summer Ale - Summit Brewing Company
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Reviews by mothman:
United Kingdom (Wales)
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours a finger of beige head. Good retention and lace. Color is a clear golden yellow.
Aroma: Very earthy and green. Citrus fruits with some bready malts. Almost smells like a hopped up pils.
Taste: Lemon citrus and bready malts. Also has a pale malt flavor. Earthy and green. Fairly floral.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.
Overall, this is a great offering from Summit and something I will be having in the fridge this summer. Very easy to drink, yet provides a nice flavor.
06-06-2012 23:26:40 | More by mothman
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Summit Summer Ale from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.