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Summit Meridian Session Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Meridian Session AleSummit Meridian Session Ale

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87
very good

34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
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: 34 | Hads: 127
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Union Series Meridian Session Ale, Meridian Hops grown in the USA, Concerto Pale malt grown in the United Kingdom…Belgian-style Session Ale. Limited Edition Craft Brew. 4.5 % Alc by Vol. 32 IBU. Enjoy by 9/28/13.

This is a new one for me. Summit broke from their shell of the same ol' tried and true with the Unchained Series, and now this new Union Series that I don't fully understand. Not sure what the aim is with this. No matter, I'll just step right into it an see what the beer is all about…

Lightly hazed, golden yellow appearance, nice snowy white head, leaving lace.

Aroma: fresh and lively, lightly spicy, slightly fruity, giving the general sense of a witbier/BPA. Gorgeous, actually. Mm.

Taste: Hmmm. Pale malt, some wheat? ( not sure…), we've got the fruit and the spice and a little bit of hops. Nice stuff. It's a drinker, plenty of special Belgian-style flavorings. Nicely consumable. Plenty of flavor, plenty of pleasure.

Thanks, Summit, I'll have another. (992 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of wrayjustin
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Draft
Location: Holy Hound Taproom, York, PA

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Appearance:
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Clear as day and as yellow as...well you know. But seriously if your bathroom visits are this yellow you should drink more fluids. The head is surprising, lasting the entire session.

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Smell:
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A sweet yet metallic scent, with hints of clove and spice.

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Taste:
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A slightly sweet, bitter, hoppy flavor. Easy on the taste buds, but not so weak you forget your drinking a craft brew.

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Mouthfeel:
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Light, exactly what you'd expect from a session beer. So smooth and so light you can drink it all night.

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A really nice session beer, refreshing enough you're going to have a good night, and at 4.5% that nights going to last a long time, I'm sure your girlfriend will be... Satisfied. (789 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meridian Session Ale pours a golden color, with a nice large lacing head. There is a mellow sweet yeasty aroma with hints of lemons. The taste has yeasty notes, nice mellow Belgian candies, and sweet lemon notes. Very crisp nice body, on the lighter side. Overall a nice mellow easy to drink Belgian ale. (304 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of powerss13
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of pweis909
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of MickeyD
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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 (712 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden brown with a foamy, fleeting one inch cream head.

Bready malt, wheat, and belgian yeast funk start the aroma. Estery notes of peach and pear accompany clove and pepper.

Bitterness and bready malt, with notes of popcorn and an underlying yeast funkiness form the flavor profile. There's a lot of minerally tones and earthy hops. Peach, pear, and clove esters emerge.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation that is exacerbated by the metallic and yeast characters.

Wish that metallic character weren't there. Decidedly bitter and earthy, with substantial belgian yeast funkiness and muted esters. One of the more hoppy bpas I've had in a while. (674 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
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? (631 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, slight yeast haze, ok head but kind of small for a "Belgian".

Smell: Lots of yeast in the aroma, some cloves.

Taste: Starts bready and mildly sweet. Very tingly feel. Yeasty flavors including black pepper and clove complement the bread and a mild citrus hop note finishes it up.

Overall: A nice and easy drinking Belgian pale ale. Maybe a little more hop influence than most BPA's. A reasonable alternative for a easy summer drinker. (454 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clouded gold colour with an egg shell white head. a half inch in girth, it takes it time to recede and leaves some pretty lace. light spice on the nose...some lemon rind and melon esthers permeate the nostrils. taste profile is hugely fruity with an underlying dry and cracker like malt base. it's half juicy fruit and half thirst quencher...side by side with some white pepper spice and herbal hop finish. lots of mustiness, clover , honey and wheat. this is a bright and very flavourful belgian inspired ale. yeasty esthers abound, and the dry, slightly bitter end is perfect. curiously layered and complex for a low ABV session ale. the body seems bigger than it actually is with a crisp, spicy, larger than 32 IBU mouthfeel. drinkablity is off the charts...i usually find these low ABV "session" ales weak, watery and lacking character but this one is off the hook.

overall i'm floored. this is an outstanding belgian inspired session ale. full of flavour, and screams summer quencher. this would be the perfect beer to have a keg of to drink away the summer season. highly recommended. GREAT JOB SUMMIT! (1,122 characters)

Photo of dmadsen
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Stanley's. Fresh Fresh Fresh.

I was in the mood for a good session beer and this hit the spot. The pour looks great. Bubbly with a nice golden color. The head is pillowy white, and dissipates quickly. Mild tracing on the glass.

The initial flavor surprised me. The hops are evident right away and are balanced extremely well in the beer. The flavor overall was very good. Hints of fruit and a nice dry finish.

Highly recommend this brew. With the low abv and great flavor profile you can really enjoy a couple without changing your whole day. (560 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,300 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (805 characters)

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Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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