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Summit 100% Organic Ale - Summit Brewing Company

Summit 100% Organic Ale
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.65%


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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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toasty aroma with a mildly spicy hop presence.
Amber but just a little murky. Nice dense tan head.
Soft bittering right away and the lingering is not too intense either and pleasant as well. Enjoyable complexity to the hop flavors and not classic styles. Stronger malt presence than many and less sweet too, yet clearly stated.
Moderate feel and nicely carbonated.
Again, if drinkability was still listed this would be high. A nice beer of lower alcohol and good enjoyable flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:50:09 | More by garymuchow
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57md

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 20:29:05 | More by 57md
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-07-21 in Maple Grove, MN

A - Pretty clear golden-amber with a 1.4-finger off-white head and moderate lacing.

S - Light floral hops and faint sweet malt. Somehow reminds me of a lightly-perfumed soap. Pretty mild.

T - Lightly roasted malt, tea, tangerine flesh and zest. Finishes dry with moderate lingering bitterness. Quite balanced until the very end. Would have liked more flavor on the front and middle of the tongue.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation.

O - Tasty for a lower ABV brew but nowhere near as dramatic as a 21st Amendment Bitter American or a Founders All Day IPA. Decent price though. A nice summer thirst quencher in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:00:30 | More by Tucquan
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, soapy head with nice persistence and lacing. Huge notes of grapefruit in the nose. Burnt-sienna color. Starts really bitter with big notes of grapefruit. Builds into a low-high bitterness with lingering citrus rind hops. Finish smooths a bit, a flash of malt sweetness with lingering hop bitterness.

Overall, quite a nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 00:25:43 | More by TheSSG
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Maninthearena

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 00:45:16 | More by Maninthearena
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours out a hazed bronze/russet colour with a fluffy, pillowy tan tinged head. plentiful lace. hoppy aroma over a buttermilk biscuity malt base. piney and minty these hops are on the nose. the taste is more of the same...bashfull bitterness completes the hop profile that is a bit wet with more mint and pine like flavours tingling the tongue. the crackery maltiness is evidently light and provides just enough foundation for the bright hoppiness to shine through. lingering hop bitterness and a dry finish. really nice. the body is light here, with a crisp and bitter mouthfeel. appropriate. drinkability is quintessentially sessionable. no qualms.

what we have here is a twist on a the IPA style, although i believe it's an aggressively hopped session pale ale. easy to go down and begging to be paired with a some lighter snack fare. enjoyable and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:02:03 | More by budgood1
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Organic Ale, Unchained Batch No. 12.

Why is this called 100% Organic Ale. Prior to now, Organic Ales did not include organic hops, because they were just not available, and those beers were still called organic and given a pass. No more, now there are plenty of organic hops around, and Summit brewer Gabe Smolley went to town with them. I cracked open a bottle, and here's what I had to say:

Clear, dusky bronze coloration, solid, lasting, creamy head.

Aroma: nice and hoppy. Piney, spicy, lively as heck.

Taste: Even more vibrant hoppy presence on the tongue than in the nose. Excellent bitterness, with people of malt, to boot. A touch of carmel in the malt, a sliver of sweetness, a bit of rye malt spice flavor comes through, though I'm not sure that it's there. Tasty and downable. Hey, let's look at some stats, viewable on the 6-pack box:

Style: Session IPA.

Color: Light copper

100% Organic Malt: Pale. Munich, C-120, Carafa II

100% Organic Hops: Palisade, Cascade, centennial

IBU: 60

ABV: 4.5%

Hey, I like these organic session IPAs. Thanks, Gabe Smolley!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 05:34:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:34:50 | More by TheQuietMan22
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, coppery-amber body with a thinner bubbly, ivory head that fades fairly quickly leaving some lacing down the glass. Aromas are sweeter with caramel, bread crust, brown sugar, herbal hop. Tastes are bready malt, caramel, toasted grain, earthy, herbal, with some brown sugary sweetness, pungent grapefruit pith for bitterness. Medium body, lower carbonation. Overall, I wasn't crazy over it at first, but it grew on me. The lower ABV makes it sessionable, and with it being organic makes me feel like I should do some gardening while drinking some of these. I do have some organic hop rhizomes to plant very soon...

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 19:29:33 | More by barnzy78
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle marked enjoy by august

Cherry amber look, thin white foamy head. Fine sediment throughout. Smell is dank pine, caramel, lemon. Taste is similar; piney hops start off, toasted biscuit malt, citrus finish. Finish is bitter and somewhat flat tasting. Feel is light, more astringent than it should be.

Tasty herbal, hoppy brew. It's like a muted saga. I won't miss it once it's gone, but it was worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 21:58:54 | More by jimmah120
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bsp77

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 03:57:53 | More by bsp77
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 18:09:34 | More by TMoney2591
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a good head.

Smell: Starts with some citrus then switches to a dry cracker with lemon pith smell.

Taste: Dry crackers mixed with lemon. A little bit of pine. Citrus rind dryness. Bitter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light feel.

Overall: I recently had Founders All Day, which is another light hoppy beer, and I prefer Summit. Both have the characteristic of being dry and bitter, but Summit is not as astringent. Both are pretty decent options for a hop fix without being too boozy.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:18:59 | More by Mdog
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 21:50:20 | More by morimech
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 06:36:03 | More by MattyG85
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AndyP612

Illinois

3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into St. Feuillien tulip

A- Pours a dark copper hue, much darker than I expected from a session IPA, with a finger of off white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Slightly dull hop scent leads with a bit of a malt.

T- Dry, semi hoppy, I would have thought there would have been more of a hop bite as they are coining it as an IPA but really not much going on here.

M- Dry ale, light medium bodied and a little flat. Interesting to say the least because of how fresh this is supposed to be as it was released maybe 2 weeks ago.

O- Meh. I tried Founder's Session IPA yesterday and after a pint of it I wanted more. Unfortunately for Summit, after a pint of this organic ale, I want another pint of the Founders. I come to expect this from Summit now though... Middle of the road beers for middle of the road Minnesotans afraid to try something new. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 04:02:53 | More by AndyP612
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a 1 finger khaki head which recedes into a miniscule cap after a couple of minutes. Lacing present itself as I drink further into the glass.

I get some toasty malt notes as well as some earthy hops. Given the hop bill, Palisade, Cascade and Centennial, I'm surprised I'm not getting more hop presence here. I get mostly some palisade notes (Grassy, lemongrass with maybe the faintest touch of apricot.)

Starts out with some malty notes and some very subdued floral notes, a touch of pine and some of the grassy lemongrass notes with apricot in the finish which slowly dries out.

Carbonation is lively but appropriate. The finish reminds me of EPA, the yeasty notes shining through.

Overall, this beer confuses me. I've seen it marketed as a session IPA but I'm definitely not getting IPA characteristic here. It tastes more like a pale ale to me with some English influence.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 20:40:06 | More by Greggy
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is just above average at best. Small head - decent lacing
The smell is almost non existent - I pick up some of the malt (Belgian yeast?) not much of anything else.
The taste is where this one shines. Very good & much more balanced than I would expect from the low ABV. The hops are present - but far from what I like in a IPA.
The mouth feel is adequate as well. Again, more than what I expected.
Overall this is an above average session - though not quite a true IPA, IMO.

Would drink again, depending on what else was available & the pricing.
Good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 22:11:58 | More by lonewolfcry
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JamesMN

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 22:56:11 | More by JamesMN
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazed copper body with a massive head of rocky foam that leaves lots of lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

The nose is moderately complex which is making it hard to describe. Actually has a slight belgian yeast character to it, grainy malt, earthy hops with some citrus and pine needle notes.

Balanced flavoring up front with the hops coming out on top the rest of the way. Mild malt sweetness, grassy, leafy and citrusy with a solid bitterness from the hops. The finish has a slight hop linger, but is mostly clean.

The body feels bigger than the 4.5% abv it is. Plenty of carbonation with a palate that is left dried out in the end.

I am extremely happy that there is a local all organic beer option. Hell, I can't remember the last time I've seen an organic beer period with the exception of Eel River which is not available in MN anymore. To me, this drinks like a hopped up pale ale more than an IPA, but either way it is highly drinkable and sessionable. Has more flavor than the abv suggests also. Not a knock your socks off beer, but one that does not disappoint especially with spring and outdoor beer drinking right around the corner.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 01:13:48 | More by jera1350
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ENJOY BY
08/02/13

A= Pours a beautiful amber color with a finger of head on it that holds really well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S= The aroma is of bright hops and a nice sort of poopy malty yeasty smell.

T= The taste is absoloutly great. It is on par with some of the other IPAs of lower ABV that have been coming out of late. Daytime IPA and the Founders IPA to name the two I'm thinking of. This is a smooth slightly watery tasty beer with a nice hop punch to it that holds up great before fading away after a few moments making you want another drink.

M= The mouth is a bit light but totally expected for such a low ABV.

O= This is an amazing beer to be brewed by summit. The went with some brigher hops and to be totally organic is amazing. Keep up the good work Summit. You're killin it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 23:18:09 | More by jjanega08
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Pours a dark copper hue with a slight chill haze. 3/4" of white head slowly settles to a thin crown on the surface, leaving sticky lace on the glass.

S: A hint of caramel malt up front, followed by grassy, floral hop notes.

T: Much like the smell. At first, caramel and toast, with some fruity undertones, but enveloped with grassy, floral hop overtones. Also a touch of citrus and pine. Fishes dry and very clean, but not short-lived.

M: A touch thin, but expresses the lighter body one of these "session" IPAs should have. Resinous hops lead to a long finish, but not palate-wrecking.

O: I haven't been too keen on the last couple of Unchained series releases by Summit, but this one hits the spot. It has the perfect balance of flavor and body, as well as low ABV. A great session brew. I'm glad to see more of these brews popping up, and this one is no slouch. I'll be enjoying this one throughout its availability.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:51:41 | More by WYVYRN527
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Holy Hound in York PA, served chilled in a standard pint.

The color is deep copper/bronze with translucent clarity and thin beige cap with tight bead and good retention. The smell is a nice blend of toasty malt odors with a mild herbal hop ester with some mild yeast fruitiness in the aroma. The feel is good with balance of grain and light tangy yeast with some light bitterness from the hops with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The flavor is very good lots of herbal and pine elements from the hops with slight citrus accent and mild toastiness in the malt flavor with a supporting yeast flavor which brings out the qualities of both in a good way. Overall I was very pleased with how drinkable this is - possibly the best Organic ale I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 13:54:47 | More by Slatetank
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sonata2008

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at the Highland Grill, St. Paul, MN. Apparently, Summit brewed a special variation with lemon peel for Highland Grill's 20th anniversary.
Appearance: The beer had about an inch of lovely dark beige foam. It was clear and medium copper in color and had a small amount of lacing.
Smell: There was bold hops presence, mostly citrus and some pine with a tiny bit of flower. The smell was a highlight of this beer.
Taste: The hops had a tasty grapefruit flavor. A touch of malt--just enough to support the hops, but this beer was not about the malt. If there was lemon peel in the beer, it blended so perfectly with the hops that it didn't stand out. Instead it reinforced the lovely hops flavor. There was not a lot of sweetness, just a tiny bit. Overall, the beer was nicely balanced with a pleasantly dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with satisfying body and light effervescence.
Overall: A great tasting brew with delightful flavor. Definitely enjoyable and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 18:19:47 | More by sonata2008
Summit 100% Organic Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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