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Summit Summer Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

231 Ratings
THE BROS
88
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%

capuchinpilates, Nov 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

zestar, Oct 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Beerlover, Oct 05, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev +5%
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 MadScientist
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

MadScientist, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Beer4Mike, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

silverking, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jame515, Sep 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

MammothTarantula, Sep 02, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Fridge recently got Summit Summer in CANs and The CANQuest (TM) would be slacking if I did not score one for review and inclusion.

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed [& CANned by Summit Brewing Co.] in St. Paul, Minnesota"; "Savor Summer With Every Sip"; "Mother Nature Doesn't Want Your Empties. Please Recycle."

A nice loud Crack! was just the thing to start this off! I began with an inverted Glug to empty this brimful CAN of its CANtents, but I quickly had to back off due to the creation of a lot of head. Its three-plus fingers created a dense cap of bone-white foam that resembled the top of a vanilla ice cream cone. Retention was good, but as it began to fall, sticky lacing appeared in its wake. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had notes of freshly-mown hay, grass and lemon zest. It smelled like a farm at the end of summer! The duck on the CAN's label quacked in agreement. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste opened with a grassy, Noble hop bitterness, but then I caught a splash of lemony tartness in the mouth. The malt was almost an afterthought, kind of biscuity. This all added up to a very dry finish. 4.4% ABV means that it is eminently sessionable, a strong CANdidate for a Summer cooler stuffer and with all of its flavor, it beats so many of these "Session AIPAs" now on the market which rely on aromatic hops but CAN come up short on flavor.

My original, bottle review dtd 23 Aug 2013, rating = 4.6 follows:

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.

woodychandler, Aug 27, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Act25, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

xmorgan, Aug 22, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear pale yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation

S: Light aromas of fruity yeasts and grassy hops over the top of a faint aroma of biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are very light flavors of biscuit malts with light flavors of fruity yeasts. There is also a light flavor of grassy hops in the finish that contribute a light amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The beer is easy to drink and refreshing, a nice beer for the hot summer but lacks the grape-like flavors I normally find in a kölsch.

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.

dbrauneis, Aug 22, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with hints of grassy malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little fruity and has faint bits of malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't seem like a true kölsch—I couldn't detect any grape-like flavors in the taste.

metter98, Aug 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

josephwa, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Summit Summer Ale from Summit Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.