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Summit 100% Organic Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit 100% Organic Ale
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BA SCORE
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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Photo of TMoney2591
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
Photo of Slatetank
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.

Slatetank, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
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!

feloniousmonk, May 25, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +7.2%

rolltide8425, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
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...

barnzy78, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

KarlHungus, Oct 27, 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
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of jera1350
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.

jera1350, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of garymuchow
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.

garymuchow, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Tucquan
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.

Tucquan, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Herky21, May 11, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
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
Photo of jsprain1
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

jsprain1, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

gatornation, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of budgood1
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.

budgood1, May 28, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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

ystazi, Jul 14, 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
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

bacher468, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Localdrinklax, May 03, 2014
Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Hopstout, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +7.2%

herman77, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

sgttibbs, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of jjanega08
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.

jjanega08, Mar 14, 2013
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Summit 100% Organic Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.