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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 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 bigbeers84
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

bigbeers84, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +7.2%

herman77, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +7.2%

rolltide8425, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

sgttibbs, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Mealhouse
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Mealhouse, Apr 14, 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 jimmah120
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.

jimmah120, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of PingBob
4/5  rDev +7.2%

PingBob, Apr 07, 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 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 WallE89
4/5  rDev +7.2%

WallE89, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of ChopsMeister
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ChopsMeister, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Mdog
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.

Mdog, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of koes0024
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

koes0024, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of mnphish
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mnphish, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +7.2%

fuzzcherry, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

plumcrazyfx, Mar 26, 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 SortaAmbivalent
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

SortaAmbivalent, Mar 23, 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 AndyP612
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.

AndyP612, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

sparx1100, Mar 21, 2013
Summit 100% Organic Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.