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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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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 05-02-2013)
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Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

jaydoc, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Knapp85, Nov 24, 2013
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?

TMoney2591, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

emerge077, May 28, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +7%

zeff80, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 21, 2013
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

russpowell, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

tempest, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

mothman, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Tone
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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.

Tone, Aug 17, 2013
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.

LiquidAmber, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

vfgccp, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +7%

enelson, Oct 14, 2013
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.

KarlHungus, May 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

bpfrush, May 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

morimech, May 05, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Whiskeydeez, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Summit:
"Summit kicks off the new limited-release Union Series with Meridian Session Ale. Inspired by Belgian Enkel (single) style ales. Drinkable yet distinctive. Simple in design yet complex in character. Brewed with a single malt, Concerto Pale, that’s a rising star in the UK and a new hop variety called Meridian that was actually discovered by accident in Oregon (more on that story below). Of course, we called it Meridian Session Ale for a reason. So don’t let the whole single-minded thing keep you from ordering another round."

Very pale straw yellow with a slight haze. Thinner head of foam, but nice amount of lace is left sticking to the glass.

Belgian yeast comprised of floral, perfumy, spicy and mildly funky notes. Farmhouse like smell.

Like a light Saison/Farmhouse. Spicy, moderate hop presence, biscuity, floral and perfume. Very flavorful. Finishes with plenty of belgian yeast, spice and hop bitterness.

Lighter, dry body with soft carbonation.

The session IPA thing was kind of wearing on me. This is a session beer that is unique in the fact that it has a ton of belgian flavor with hops. More of a hoppy sessionable farmhouse ale that is executed wonderfully. I could drink this year round.

jera1350, May 02, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jbaker67, Feb 08, 2014
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.

garymuchow, May 05, 2013
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Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.