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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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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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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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herman77

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +8%

A: Pale yellow with a small bright white head. Some haze to it when held up to a light. Good lacing.

S: Sweet cereal malts, a bit of fruity esters. A bit of lemon zest coming through.

T: Some light, slightly sweet grains up front. Then a bit of lemon and some very mild spicy hops punch through. Nice crisp and clean finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation that is feels pretty soft.

O: Great drinkability. Nice and refreshing. Another great seasonal brew from Summit, glad it replaced the Hefe.

05-15-2012 01:11:33 | More by herman77
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8%

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass. My first Kölsch.

A - Clean golden look with a touch of haze in it. Ample carbonation feeding a bubbly white head on top. Head retains as a thick, dense cap of white foam that leaves patches of sticky lacing.

S - Simple and clean, and very summery. Crisp wheat malt, light grassy hops, with some bready notes and a subtle kick of citrus.

T - Opens up with wheat and bready malt, but as it finishes a herbal hop presence makes itself known. Very grassy, and a bit oily. Buttery malt balances the hops. Balanced, simple, and very drinkable.

M - Medium bodied with assertive but crisp carbonation and a dry, slightly bittering finish.

D - Didn't really know what to expect form this brew, as I've never had a Kölsch before. I figured I'd get more yeast and less hops; something akin to a hefeweizen. This reminded me more of an APWA, but with both more hops and malt. All in all, a tasty and drinkable summer brew from Summit.

08-26-2012 22:47:23 | More by Converge
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Act25

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

As good as it gets with American Kolsch or summer beers. Well done!
Bought in craft pack from WFM.

A: Hazed lemony gold poured at first into a Leffe Chalice, and then a second chance in a Kolsh .2l cylinder named Dom. (the right glass for this beer) In both cases a large white dense meringue like head. That head stayed a long while and laced a little. Needed the right glass!

S: I actually opened this because my Great Divide Rumble just needed more time to warm and breathe to do it justice. It's a summer day and I am dining on giant local sea scallops, sausage on a garden veggie base, including fresh cut tomatoes, truffle oil, rosemary bread and cheeses.

Summit smells of lemon, grass, back of the bakery, dough, flower and flour.

T: cracker, biscuit base with plenty of hop clean finish, neat and dry, refreshing. This is now the #1 summer beer I have tried up there with Harpoon and Wyld Organic.

F: Good carbonation tickle, great finish, great with food. I could drink these all evening. Should come in cans!

Great summer beer. Makes me want to find more from this brewer.

08-26-2013 00:18:59 | More by Act25
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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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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +5%

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy straw color, nice one finger of fizzy white head, good lacing too.
S - No real good aroma here that stands out, a little light grain, some grassy tones, a little lemon peel, maybe some biscuit.
T - Taste is mild bitterness on some biscuit malt, a little grassy and floral on the end.
M - Crisp and refreshing, light bodied.
O - Excellent summer beer, probably my favorite, easily drinkable, very refreshing. Not the most on flavor, but definitely a good example of a kolsch.

10-03-2013 02:19:07 | More by Omnium
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap at Cheese Cave.
Mild aroma that is mostly malt.
Clear yellow/gold body with white head.
Soft malt flavors with a smooth bitterness that doesn't overpower. Yeast character is in background.
Moderately light body with a soft carbonation.
This is a nice summer ale. Soft and well blended flavors. Should work for the masses, and could make a nice lawnmower beer.

05-20-2012 18:54:52 | More by garymuchow
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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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blaze8

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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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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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-02-2012 03:33:31 | More by Kunstman
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deanis30

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-01-2012 22:48:31 | More by deanis30
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olmane

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-26-2012 08:04:44 | More by bigbeers84
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ovaltine

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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BeardedAllen

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-14-2013 17:48:22 | More by BeardedAllen
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CCutch

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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shand

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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MarshMan71

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-17-2012 21:09:41 | More by MarshMan71
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tvghost

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-09-2014 10:50:04 | More by tvghost
Summit Summer Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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