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Summit 100% Organic Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit 100% Organic Ale
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84
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WYVYRN527 on 03-13-2013)
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Reviews by JamesMN:
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3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/2/13. Really nice to see that printed on the bottle because I don't think Summit usually dates their bottles.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light amber hue with a one finger foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Some bready grain and hints of citrus. Smells more like a Pale Ale than an IPA.

Taste: Very similar to their EPA but less bitter/harsh. Starts with a bready and slightly peppery malt flavor that carries through the finish. Sort of an earthy hop character throughout as well that delivers light bitterness to the palate. The low 4.5% ABV is actually surprising because I'd guess this one would be a percentage or so higher based on the amount of malt flavor. Finish is more of the same, bread and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body which is the most interesting thing about this beer. Nice and smooth carbonation. The brewer, Gabe Smoley, has somehow managed to make a very full feeling beer with a low ABV. The only downside is that it would make it more difficult to session.

Final Thoughts: Enjoyable but nothing I couldn't live without. I'm actually a little disappointed because I was expecting a big citrus kick from this one based on the hops that were used (and the description on Summit's website). But alas, what we have here is an above average Pale Ale with a modest ABV that'll make any beer geek smile. Would I drink it again? Yes, the other five in the sixer but I won't be seeking it out again.

JamesMN, Mar 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of lionnusmb
4/5  rDev +7.2%

lionnusmb, Jun 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

thaghost, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a nice sized off-white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Toasty and tea-like with some floral notes and slight citrus. Nice aroma but way too mild.

Taste: Very dry malts, with toast, biscuit and tea. The somewhat bitter finish is very floral, herbal and spicy with just a hint of grapefruit and orange.

Feel: Relatively light body that is firm, crisp and dry. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: While a pleasant, good everyday beer, I can't help but compare it to other Session IPAs I have had (or American Bitters as I Ike to call them), and this comes up very short. Too innocuous.

bsp77, Apr 05, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle says enjoy by 08/02/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nice earthy hop driven aroma with grass and citrus esters. Earthy hops up front with good hints of grass, pine, and perfume like floral hops. Hints of citrus orange peel, lemon, and apricot. Soft bready malts with hints of biscuit, cracker, toast, caramel, and yeast. Not an aggressive or strong aroma, but plenty of nice hop esters are here. Smells like an American Pale Ale.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a hop forward taste of floral and citrus esters with soft malts. Blend of hop flavors up front with notes of grass, pine, flower, and perfume. Citrus taste of orange, lemon, apricot, and mild grapefruit. Soft bready toasted malt presence with notes of biscuit, cracker, caramel, toast, and yeast. Laid back taste for a IPA as expected, but for a session ale style the hop presence is very good.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Fairly oily and prickly. Very drying.

Overall: A very good take on a "session" IPA. Very good hop taste for the low alcohol.

MattyG85, Mar 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

sgttibbs, Apr 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Cooper, Mar 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

stpjames, Aug 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

I smell the C-hops immediately after the pour with citrus hints, but it does not sustain that aroma for very long and becomes bland. Some bready malt is also detected.

Solid flavor. A blend of hoppy and dry malt. Notes of citrus and herbs. Bitterness is moderate and feels all of the 60 IBUs. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Impressive feeling body. Feels much larger than the ABV would lead someone to believe. Also wonderfully carbonated.

Happy to see brewers releasing low ABV, hoppy beers. Not as good as All Day, but still a nice entry.

morimech, Mar 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

coreycc, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

HardWater, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

olmane, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

bigbeers84, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

MN_Beerticker, Mar 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

ystazi, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

JZ77, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

gatornation, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Cramerican, Apr 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

marlow, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Maninthearena
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Light brown with slight translucency, almost looks like a root beer without as intense of a carbonation. Wonderful creamy head piled on top.

Nose- Spicy toasted malts with some subtle yeastiness in the background. Some hints of fruit sweetness unidentifiable to me.

Taste-Some dry hops lingers at the end after an earthy beginning, tastes organic (maybe a bias from the name?). With some warmth some more peppery notes shine through.

Mouthfeel- Very clean and crisp, but a little thin for my liking, especially considering the nice creamy head appearance. Openen up more once it warmed.

Overall- A refreshing and very drinkable american IPA that goes down easy on a nice spring night, I could see a pack of these going down pretty quick sitting out on a patio, etc. However, it was fairly generic tasting and fairly non-distinct compared to a lot of other beers of the style. Summit always seems to have above average beers that you know will be enjoyable but nothing really mind blowing. This beer is no exception. I'd also be curious to taste this beer at a slightly higher ABV.

Maninthearena, Jun 22, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “ENJOY BY” date printed on the shoulder is “08/16/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium copper. A finger of dense, buttery head slowly settled, leaving trails of foam on the glass and a dense but uneven froth. That eventually dissolved to leave a thin ring around the edge and a bubbly skim in the center.

Smell: Mostly floral hops and a pretty solid malt backbone, but there are underlying scents of orange and lemon citrus. There is a little bit of chocolate and toffee, too.

Taste: It has a nice, crisp floral hop bitterness that is not over the top. It is like a British pale ale with an American accent. Relatively light citrus makes an appearance but is only a bit player. Pale malts, sweet caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. A little pine spice and lemon zest mingles with everything. Each sip leaves a lasting bitterness that coats the mouth. The aftertaste seems more citrusy than the actual beer.

Drinkability: Tasty and organic to boot. This is good stuff.

TheQuietMan22, May 04, 2013
Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with a thin layer of head. There was some nice lace on the glass in spite of the thin head. The earthy hop nose might be the best part of this offering. Carmel malts are upfront in the flavor profile, but overall the taste is fairly light. The finish is pleasantly hoppy.

I'd call this a solid APA, but the brewer considers it a "sessionable" IPA. In that case, it falls a bit short.

57md, Aug 08, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Finally! I've been tiring of all of these inorganic brews... Anyway, this stuff pours a sunset bronze-copper topped by a finger of khaki-cream foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, mild buttery biscuit, and grass. It's simple, straightforward, and surprisingly pleasant for what it is. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grass taking firm control as though 'twere a lawn belonging to a family whose vacation to Brazil was waylaid by a renegade unlicensed cab ride. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying-ish finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, though I'm wondering how much influence the organic nature of the ingredients truly had. Regardless, pretty good stuff.

TMoney2591, Apr 03, 2013
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Summit 100% Organic Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.