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Summit Summer Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Summer AleSummit Summer Ale

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | 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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5/5  rDev +38.1%

06-21-2014 16:35:48 | More by tbone64
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North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

05-19-2012 14:02:18 | More by dizztracted
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4.7/5  rDev +29.8%

No freshness dating on the bottle but I think this is a pre-release bottle.

A= Pours a beautiful golden yellow color with a finger of head on it thats a nice white color and despite the "loose" look to it it holds some solid retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is of nice lemon zest and a bit of a flowery summer smell. Little sweet malt character and a small amount of hop spice to it. Really just smells like summer.

T= A totally summer taste to it. Excellent lemon zest and a slight hop spice to it that gives it a little extra brightness. This my friend is summer in a glass.

M= Nicely carbonated with a good amount of carbonation and zest.

O= This is a home run from Summit. A well made "summer" beer. I don't care the style or the flavor this is an all around awesome summer beer. I'll be drinking a ton of this over the summer and enjoying every last drop. Seek this beer out and enjoy the hell out of it. I know I will be.

05-06-2012 02:01:40 | More by jjanega08
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4.6/5  rDev +27.1%

As summer begins to wind down and school has reopened, I am ready to wind down with this beer.

An aggro head netted me two pillowy fingers of dense, bone-white head that took forever to fall even in the day's humidity. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of Noble hops with a lemony tartness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very lemony in the mouth. Boy, did I pick the right one for this humid evening! It was like lemon sorbet in its taste as well as its refreshing, thirst-quenching nature. Finish was semi-dry, still quite lemony and very tasty.

08-27-2013 23:58:29 | More by woodychandler
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

07-28-2012 02:23:46 | More by MNAle
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

09-07-2012 18:56:47 | More by djbulbasaur
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

11-24-2012 06:31:02 | More by Ejayz
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4.43/5  rDev +22.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cylinder glass.

A: Golden in color with a fluffy white head that slowly settles. Great lacing and decent head retention.

S: Slightly fruity on the nose at first, with floral hops and plenty of fresh grainy malt.

T: Cracker-like malt lends a hint of sweetness up front, with some fruity notes as well. Mid-palate is dry, with grassy, floral hop undertones. The finish is very clean, and quite dry.

Notes: Light in body, with subtle flavor and great balance. Glad they decided to try something different this Summer. Quite tasty, and very easy to drink. A textbook example of the style. Well done!

05-18-2012 04:35:18 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-24-2014 23:34:56 | More by kristenrae8
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

11-10-2012 21:52:16 | More by largemouthdmb
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-12-2012 19:14:06 | More by jcjerabek
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

05-19-2012 03:28:43 | More by HoistinBrews
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Clear, pale gold colour. Lasting, sticky head. Fresh bread, honey, hay and flowers in the nose, very gentle. Crisp flavour. A bit of soft, grainy malt up front is followed by an intising, floral/haylike hop character. Noticeable hop bitterness for a dry, curt finish. Carbonation is prickly, but not overdone. Sub 5% abv makes this a beer you can reasonabley consume in quantity. Well done. A perfect summer beer that really seems to capture the essence of the season.

05-06-2012 22:34:11 | More by mjryan
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

07-14-2012 22:47:08 | More by ssjkyle
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

10-05-2013 00:00:04 | More by Beerlover
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-08-2014 23:50:01 | More by 322wingedfoot
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

01-06-2013 19:55:41 | More by Lukass
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-09-2012 02:20:39 | More by psychotia
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4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

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
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4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

Crystal clear straw yellow color with a clean white head of fluffy foam. Nice lacing.

The smell is very clean and fruity with some bread dough. A little bit of green grass from the hops.

Light honey sweetness, the hops are lightly grassy and spicy, but the key is light. Crackery finish on the palate.

Lots of pillowy carbonation in a body that feels somewhere between light and medium. Dry finishing. Very nice feel.

This would be extremely easy to put back several. Very clean and refreshing, yet has enough depth as to not get boring. This makes a great summer drinker.

05-04-2012 20:35:09 | More by jera1350
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

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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4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance: Yellow-gold, ok head.

Smell: Bready at first, then more grassy.

Taste: Nice grassy, crisp flavor. Dry cracker malt flavor and grassy.

Mouthfeel: Tingly and light.

Overall: I like this one, tastes like a light bodied pilsner with an emphasis on the hops. I should get the summer sampler to compare this side by side with their pilsner, reminds me a lot of it right now.

06-09-2012 23:01:56 | More by Mdog
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

10-06-2013 00:45:04 | More by Turbo
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

06-19-2013 15:51:10 | More by jono0101
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Summit Summer Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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