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Summit Summer Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Summer AleSummit Summer Ale

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231 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

jono0101, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

mrosenfeld32, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

barongearmu, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a clear straw color with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Semi-sweet pale malt that gives a bready aroma with hop compliments of grass and black pepper.

Slightly sweet bready malt base. Hints of green apple, grass, and pepper. Finishes slightly spicy. More bitter than just about any other Kolsch on the market.

Light to medium body with some nice carbonation. Lively without being harsh.

Enjoyable summer brew that is different from boring hot weather beers. I did not enjoy it as much as the Unchained Kolsch from a couple years ago, but being produced on a larger scale, I understand that compromises had to be made.

morimech, May 20, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ebenicr, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

A- pours a 1.5 finger white head over a straw yellow body with extremely fine sediment. After about a minute, the head recedes to a thin cap with thicker lacing ringing the glass.

S- Fresh and floral notes pop from this brew. Lemon pastry comes through as well as fresh hop notes.

T- Starts off with a light floral grainy flavor and then quickly transitions into dry, almost astringent notes. The finish extends this out a long way.

M- Medium carbonation works well per style.

O- Overall, a nice kolsch. Very reminiscent of the german kolsch's I've had in the past in the mineral taste. I look forward to having more of this during the summer.

Greggy, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

banderson, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

elec, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

AmandaSchaefer, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Twotonsandwich, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

JakeBarnett, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Beer4Mike, Sep 22, 2013
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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.

mothman, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

inbierveritas, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Joe_Beer, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Gamblor14, Mar 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

plumcrazyfx, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

pep, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ChopsMeister, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

karlt, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

capuchinpilates, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Localdrinklax, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ponbon63, Jun 09, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

pours out a pale straw yellow colour with a frothy egg shell white head at least an inch high and not showing any signs of receding. plenty of chunky lace. pale malt aroma...some herbalness with lemongrss accents and hints of herbal hopppiness. the taste is frontal with the spiciness and herbal and lemongrass notes. a sturdy wheat and barley malt presence provides the impetus for all the impending flavours to take hold and lay down a foundation. it's a bit dry, and definitley has a quenching aspect to it, and i enjoy that after a hot day in the sun at work. well received body with a bit "rough around the edges" mouthfeel make this a unique kolsch. drinkability is quite nice...i like takes on a summertime style that exudes character.

overall i would say that summit has hit upon something good here, after messing around with the hefe and scandia. not sure where this rates compared to those two, but the ultimate comparison will be to see how this stands up to the schell zommerfest as go to summer slammers for my drinking pleasure. stay tuned...

budgood1, Jun 05, 2012
Summit Summer Ale from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.