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Summit Summer Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Hopstout, Jun 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Kunstman, Nov 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

sgttibbs, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of GTB
3/5  rDev -16.7%

GTB, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Beerlover, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of herman77
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

herman77, May 15, 2012
Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

oldvines, May 25, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

DaftPatrick, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of mmulebarn
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

mmulebarn, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Omnium, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

MNBeerGeek, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of jjanega08
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jjanega08, May 06, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Kahlerbock, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Mdog, Jun 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Eric908, May 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

deadliest, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

TheBigBoy, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

HoistinBrews, May 19, 2012
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3.16/5  rDev -12.2%

Basoos1, Nov 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Cramerican, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light straw color with about a finger of white head that dissipated rather quickly but left some lacing. The nose is wheat-like. The taste is light but pleasantly dry. There was a touch of tingling bitterness on the finish which is the highlight of this offering.

57md, Jul 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

plumcrazyfx, May 12, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 3 cans into a German boot glass.

A slightly hazy golden straw colored body holds a white sea foam head with decent retention. Light rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is malt based with grains and lemongrass coming through. The taste is clean, grassy, and a bit more hoppy in the finish. Bright and citrusy. Mouthfeel is medium to light.

Overall, a nice refreshing summer ale.

JuicesFlowing, May 26, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from laymansbeerfan (gracias) poured into a standard pint glass from the Ram.

A: Hazy light gold with a fizzy white head that leaves minimal lace.

S: Tangy wheat...sweetness and breadyness of pale malt...yeast esters...slight fruitiness as well, hops lending some lemon peel/citrus notes with undertones of banana and apricot (probably not from the hops)...touch of grassyness.

T: Good initial kick of flavor and carbonation, again there are some substantial wheat notes and a very light impression of banana, sweet bread and malt are the backbone of the flavors...notes of lemon again with grassy and floral notes. Refreshing.

MF: Light and drinkable, thin and watery body with just enough carbonation. Pretty refreshing here too.

O: Coulda sworn this was an APWA as I was sipping, maybe I was imagining all of the wheaty notes...its definitely not very heavy at all, and its not a heff, but its a light malty drinkable summer beer.

Thanks Aaron!

Scotchboy, Aug 24, 2012
Summit Summer Ale from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.