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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 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.

jtierney89, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Bighorn
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Bighorn, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

jaydoc, Aug 06, 2013
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.

powerss13, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

MrMcGibblets, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of bismarksays
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

bismarksays, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of shamrock1343
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

shamrock1343, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

sgttibbs, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Ilafan
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Ilafan, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Whiskeydeez, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of josephwa
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

josephwa, Jul 24, 2013
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.

pweis909, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of stpjames
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

stpjames, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of JSchock7
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

JSchock7, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Joey1566
4/5  rDev +7%

Joey1566, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Cramerican, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Chucker17
2/5  rDev -46.5%

Chucker17, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of MickeyD
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

MickeyD, Jul 15, 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 zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

zeledonia, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of kguard
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

kguard, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of mkh895
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

mkh895, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of vidguy17
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

vidguy17, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

vfgccp, Jun 24, 2013
Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.