Summit Meridian Session Ale - Summit Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
05-18-2013 18:47:22 | More by TheQuietMan22
4.23/5 rDev +12.8%
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
05-10-2013 08:15:05 | More by jimmah120
4.66/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
05-09-2013 01:53:38 | More by KarlHungus
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
Enjoy by 09/23/13
A= Pours an ever so slightly hazy color with beautiful active carbonation and a nice bright white finger of head. This is a beautiful beer in all honesty. I can't think of a time recently that I've been so happy with the appearance of a beer.
S= The smell comes off with a nice belgian yeasty aroma. The hop profile comes in right behind with a unique sort of way. It's not really what I would call citrusy but it's not quite grassy either. It's a sort of balance. Maybe a little flowery. The yeast however plays the dominate role. There is also a defined malt character that hides in there with a nice caramelly sweetness.
T= The taste is about where I expected from the nose. The dominate character is a Beligan yeastyness. Sort of a bubblegum breadyness. Actually I would say this is very bubblegummy. The hop taste is simiar to the nose with a bit more bitterness than the nose lead me to believe. There's little malty sweetness from what I'm picking up.
M= The mouth is not as active as it looks in the glass and coats the palate very well.
O= This is another win for Summit for sure. Unfortunatly I'm not bit into the bubblegum belgian yeast thing. For those of you who love belgians this is a home run. Me it's a little much but hey I knew what I was getting into. This is for sure packed with flavor for being a lower ABV beer. I can see me drinking a few of these on a hot summer night. Check this beer out if you like belgians for sure. Summit has been killing it.
05-08-2013 20:26:21 | More by jjanega08
4.21/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
05-08-2013 06:48:15 | More by MattyG85
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
05-05-2013 18:19:44 | More by morimech
3.81/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-05-2013 16:29:34 | More by garymuchow
4.09/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
05-03-2013 21:13:22 | More by bsp77
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
"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.
05-02-2013 02:34:33 | More by jera1350
Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.