Summit Meridian Session Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Meridian Session AleSummit Meridian Session Ale

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 05-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by rhoadsrage:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Serve in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a touch of haze to the lemon yellow body and a rocky snow white head that is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The clean malt aroma with a slight caramel malt note leads to a hominy/corn tortilla note and some fruity ester or hop note in the finish.

T- The slight sweetness of malt with some slightly juicy citrus pith that blends with a fruity esters finish.

M- This beer pours a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has an odd aroma and an interesting flavor but it is a bit soft. Easy to drink but needs a bit more character to be sessionable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with nice white cap that leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell: Hard to identify but certainly yeasty, with fruitiness, spiciness and mustiness. Some biscuit as well.

Taste: Biscuity background with bitter hop presence and an even stronger yeast presence. Musty, with a mix of dark and fleshy fruits (all very ripe) as well as lots of spice and pepper. Finish is both bitter and tart.

Feel: Crisp carbonation, light body with a very dry finish.

Overall: For a sessionable Belgian Ale, this is spot on. Not really sure that Enkel is the correct stylistic inspiration, as I would just call it a light, hoppy and tart Saison. Doesn't matter, it's delicious and perfect for when we finally decide to have some nice weather in Minnesota.

Photo of deebo
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was meaning to try this one when it first came out but never got around to it. As it's been sitting on shelves for awhile now I had to pick some up when I found it discounted for $5 for a 6 pack. Bottle with a BB date of 9/23/13.

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a thick finger of sticky, frothy white head that laces the glass very nicely. Dark golden and hazy. Bubbly.

Aromas of lemon, yeast, esters and phenols with a nice bready maltiness.

Taste is definitely Belgian-esque. Yeasty, with a fruity lemon taste and a peppery phenolic bite. That lemony, yeasty flavor gives a taste that is normally found in wheat beers. Slight bitter finish. Crisp.

Nice body for a low ABV brew. Highly carbonated that matches the back end bitterness.

Overall a flavorful session beer as advertised. A high quality beer from Summit that I'll grab some more of before it disappears.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottle says enjoy by 09/23/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lace.

Smell: A yeast forward and funky aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Lots of Belgian yeast along with hints of farmhouse funk, white peppers and clove. Bready malt with good hints of biscuit, wheat, grains, cracker, and straw. Bright and crisp smelling hints of citrus orange and lemons. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty nice yeasty Belgian style aroma.

Taste: Follows the aroma, a yeast driven spicy Belgian taste with some nice citrus notes. Belgian yeast upfront with notes of peppers, farmhouse funk, and some clove. Very bready with big notes of biscuit along with wheat, grain, straw, and crackers. Zesty and tart taste of lemon and orange citrus fruit. Light floral hop presence towards the finish. A pretty solid taste for a smaller Belgian inspired ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation, a little more full filling than expected from the low ABV. Crisp, spicy, and pretty drying.

Overall: A pretty solid spin on a Belgian style ale. Solid spice and citrus notes along with a solid body.

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer not far form the brewery in St. Paul. This is one of the best new MN beers I've had in a while. In short, it's interesting and delicious. There's a grassy citrus hops kick (not that strong, but pleasant), dry biscuity malts, and a mild Belgian spice. It's dry and lighter than most Belgians or pale ale, it's certainly session weight. I'm glad I didn't just buy a single, this is a damn tasty beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent & slightly chill-hazed amber/honey color with a thumb of cream colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Pears & green apple peels

T: Follows the nose, plus some phenolic & minty notes up front. More apple peels, a touch of orange peel, white grapes & pears as this warms with some herbal hops rounding out the taste. Finishes with sweet ( a bit too much) orchard fruit & faint phenols, plus even fainter herbal hp bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, decent balance

Drinkable, & fairly interesting, decent bang for the buck, probably one of the better beers I've had from Summit. Having said that I think I would be ready to move on after 2 of these

Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a dense finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left down the tulip glass. A very good looking beer.

One dimensional aroma that is dominated by the Belgian yeast. Smells peppery and spicy. Maybe that could also be the Meridian hops. Don't know.

Bitter bite to the flavor. Still very yeast driven flavor. More pepper and spice. Finishes bitter and dry.

Body is quite deceiving for an ABV this modest. Feels very substantial with robust, but not harsh carbonation. I like it.

I would of liked it more if the brewer used a more neutral ale yeast so I could taste what the hop, and specialty malt was like. But I guess this is not the last time we come across the Meridian hop.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed with a dull golden hue. Bright white thing head. Funky belgian yeast notes. Clove, touch of farm blanket. Some piney hoppiness and a bit of earthiness.

For what it is it's pretty good. Actually decently hoppy throughout from start to finish. Piney with just enough funk and sweetness to give you that belgian feel. I would like this as a session beer but I only found one bottle and probably wont find anymore. Faint bitterness that doesn't really build making each sip as enjoyable as the first. Faint lingering sweetness with prickly carbonation and medium bodied. Would make an awesome summer beer near the pool.

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 09/14/13

Pale gold, thin layer of white foam on the surface with a collar of fine lacing around the edges of the rim. The head ebbs away leaving a floating island of skim in less than a minute.

Earthy and spicy Belgian yeast and wet raw grain dominate the aroma. Sort of smells like a multivitamin cracked in half, minerals and dirt. Simple, but that's what a Belgian Singel is supposed to be.

Slightly astringent and bitter, floral notes seem to dominate with a little bit of wet hay and subdued hop bitterness. Sort of tangy, medium bodied and well carbed. The astringency and prickly carbonation is a dealbreaker for me.

Can't say I love it, but it covers the style well enough. That said, glad I only got a single and not six of these, the Belgian yeast wears on you if it's not your thing.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a thick white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, bubblegum, banana, hints of root beer spices, unusual and intriguing. Flavor quite different; biscuit malt, citrus, grassy hops with faint hints of Belgian yeast and spicing. Leaves a lingering ginger, banana and grassy hop flavor. Light to medium bodied with nice active carbonation. An interesting light ale that leans in profile towards am American pale ale, but has some light Belgian hints. Refreshing, interesting and nicely made.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy blonde with a nice full white head. Aroma carries plenty of esters and has obvious Belgian yeast character. Banana and lemon aromas stand out. Flavor starts out mild and builds, with the yeast again as the main feature. Lemon, spicy clove, a bit of toasty malt with a mild bitterness tying things together nicely at the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with mild carbonation. No discernible alcohol.

A bit heavier feeling than I’d like for this kind of beer, but I like what the approach they took here with newer malt/hop combo used in a smaller beer. Good start to the new Union Series.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Sunburnt light peach color. Thick white head that calms to a film. Noticeable lacing.

Aroma: Bubblegum sweetness and yeast, some dry breadiness.

Taste: Sweetness up front with faint banana and bubblegum. Transitions into more hoppy finish adding balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I appreciate the low ABV but this is not a beer I want up session. My least favorite Summit beer.

Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 9/23/2013.

Appearance: Light golden body with visible effervescence but not quite translucent. Poured a three finger pillow white head that is slowly dissipating, leaving lacing.

Aroma: Wasn't sure what to expect here but surprised to find an obvious Belgian Ale quality. Sort of a pear, fig, and biscuit mix. Smells a tad dry but otherwise nice.

Taste: Drinks like a light beer that was fermented with belgian yeast. No defined malt flavor but this area is helped greatly by all the esters from the yeast: pear, pepper, clove, etc. There is actually a good amount of bitterness to the flavor that comes in right near the finish. The Meridian hops utilized here are similar to Willamette as explained on Summit's website. The earthy, slightly lemony character of the hops make them a good pair for the malt and yeast. At 4.5% ABV it definitely has flavor but it's too bad they couldn't have gone for a lower ABV and made this a true session ale.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with aggressive carbonation and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: For the first release in a new series of beers by Summit, Meridian Session Ale is sort of a let down. If you like Belgian Ales then you'll enjoy this beer but don't get your hopes up too high. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

Photo of pweis909
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight hazy golden orange with decent foam out of the bottle that recedes and leaves lacing on the glass.

Slightly spicy aroma. Just the Belgian yeast character? Coriander? Not sure. Pleasant, not overbearing.

Lovely bready biscuiting malt taste. A little sweetness up front balanced by bitterness but not hoppy.

Dry finish, lightly prickly on the tongues

For me, this beer comes across as Belgian pale ale rather than Saison, but that's not really a point worth debating. I find the bready malts delicously paired with the spiciness and the pleasant sweetness, and the mouth feel at the finish washes those flavors away, demanding you to take another sip. And while maybe not a true session beer (where do you draw the line?), it's ABV is low enough that having a second is reasonable AND desirable.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “ENJOY BY” date printed on the neck is “09/14/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass (as recommended on the beer’s webpage). The label says the color is “hazy sunset gold” and I would agree. About two fingers of dense, white foam developed and settled slowly, leaving trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Very spicy and a little funky. It reminds me of saison or Belgian white. Very peppery, and there are also hints of clove. It has an astringent, lemony zest and there are hints of banana, bubblegum, and apple. Floral hops provide a nice meadow-like grassiness. This beer seems to have a little of everything.

Taste: It mostly mirrors the smell, but I want to say the flavor is maltier — or at least the tail is — and the bubblegum and esters are mostly nonexistent. The pepper spice dominates and is backed by clove. Along with the spice, there is an overarching farmhouse funk and lemon tartness.

Drinkability: It is very flavorful and aromatic. However, it is not what I have in mind when I think of session ale. I respect the twist and ingenuity, though. I am not a fan of spicy funk, but I am eager to try the next edition of the series.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House.

Man, if nothing else, "Meridian" just sounds cool to me. I dunno. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, very light greens, and very light grass. The taste brings in more of the same, though brighter and with a firm contingent of sweet flowers. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an alright little beer, but one that's too evanescent for its own good. At least it's not offensive, but that's not the greatest compliment in the world, is it?

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight earthy malt, sweet malt, yeast, hops, floral, hint of spice, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight hop, citrus, slight earthy malt, hint of floral, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, great blend, and great complexity.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.66/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is very earthy with a strong barnyard quality. The is hay, horse blanket, baseball glove, and honey. The taste is similar to the aroma in both character and strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had from Summit, and I've had some really good ones from them. Nothing about this beer suggests it to be as low in ABV as it is, and I'm really liking that. I see myself drinking a lot of this while it's around.

Photo of MickeyD
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into a clean pint glass

A: translucent golden brown with slight carbonation, head was less than one finger.

S: typical Belgian, grapefruit and bananas

T: bananas with a lively crispness

M: very light, smooth and thin.

O: This is a good representation of the style. I have had others and this one was a little better than most. I would say that is because it is not as aggressive. Belgian beers are not really my favorite but this is a good one.

Photo of powerss13
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Light golden hue; not completely transparent; light head

S: light and bright aroma; get some peach and little of pine from the hops

T: Light taste (being a session ale); definitely get the dry hop flavor up front; finishes smooth and light not making your mouth overwhelmed with too much flavor making you want more.

MF: Bitter and dry up front; light flavors at the finish; bitterness sticks with you on the side of the tongue

O: Impressed and want more. Great session ale for warmer weather. If you can get, give it a try.

Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The yeast character is very forward in this beer and it reminds me of the esb yeast I used a couple of years ago while making a couple of english ales. Seems to be a bit of crossover in flavors in the two (whatever one Summit uses for this ale). A slight spiciness from the hops, but it is largely yeast. Hints of the pale malt in the background.
Smallish head for style and rather white and pretty good lacing. Cloudy gold straw.
Taste is yeast forward too. Quite drying with a bit of hop left on the tongue. A slight creaminess to the malt character and holding a toastiness.
A surprisingly heavy body for such a slight beer, aided by the aforementioned creaminess. This seems to take away some from any thirst quenching aspects, no mind to me. Seems to thin some as warms and then feels more as would be expected, but it is still good.
A nice beer and a good alternative to BMC for the summer. Nice having a sessionable beer with some flavor that can make those long summer nights even longer.

Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 11 July 2013.

Pours a medium-pale, clear orange-hued golden color. One finger plus a little more of dense whitish head. Good retention, decent lacing. Pretty.

Smell is big, fruity, and Belgian. Stunningly aromatic for a session ale, and even more remarkable that so much of it is coming from malts and yeast. Has that classic Belgian pale grainy-fruity-spicy-sweet smell, clean and pure. Citrus and spice. Fantastic.

Taste is kinda like watered-down version of the smell. It's still quite good, but it's lacking the spunk of the smell, and I find the bitter in the finish distracting. Less spice, less fruit, more grain. But it's clean and enjoyable. Definitely declines as it warms.

Feel is fine, if a little on the flat side. Medium-bodied, the tiniest hint syrupy. Needs more carb (and it doesn't need all that much).

I am really really enjoying this beer. I wish the taste had more going on, but the smell keeps me coming back for more. Great combination of fruit, spice, and Belgian goodness. I will definitely be picking up more of it before it disappears from shelves.

Photo of jimmah120
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip glass. best before september

light, golden, with a slight haze. smell is light and yeasty: banana, clove, slight bubblegum. taste is crisp and hoppy like a pale ale, with a blast of belgian yeast at the end. feel is light, kind of syrupy, but not astringent.

has the taste of a much higher ABV beer

Photo of steveh
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happened on this one by chance and the "session" in the title caught my eye.

Clearly marked ink-jet on the trademark(ed) Summit shorty bottle: Enjoy by 09/23/13.

Meridian hops grown in the USA. Concerto pale malt from the UK. Hmm, okay.

A -- Pale, hazy golden color with a great, dense, long-lasting, white meringue head. Ought to be more clear, but I like the cap.

S -- Mild DMS in the nose with a light touch of sweet malts and spicy phenols from Belgian yeast.

T -- Fruity, spicy and malty right up front -- all in the typical Belgian ale manner. There's a great hop bitterness as a backbone that keeps the sweetness from fruit esters and malt from getting out of hand. The finish is a touch of malt and sweetness from the yeast and the aftertaste is a blend of hop and phenol spiciness.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp and spritzy with a light-medium body.

O -- This is a very nice, flavorful, refreshing -- interesting -- beer at 4.5%. The Belgian characters from the yeast is bigger than I expected and quite delicious. I was looking for something light on the palate and refreshing for a quiet afternoon and found it.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Kind of seems like a standard bpa with some hops thrown in the mix. Kind of muddy, almost. Earthy. Rustic. Pretty good. Probably a little too rustic for my tastes, and it almost seems a bit watery and thin. It is consistent though, which I can appreciate.

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Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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