Another IPA - Summit Brewing Company

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Another IPAAnother IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

80 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 08-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by soju6:
Photo of soju6
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, some fruit and grassy. Taste of pine up front with some malt and bit of caramel sweetness with a bit of nut. Nice bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, crisp, smooth and well balance. Has an unexpected malt character for an IPA. Enjoyable beer. Nice twist on being just another IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Towering head, very sticky lacing. Hazed copper hue. Earthy, fruity, toasted bread, pears, nutty, dried grass, mild esters and slight leafy hop in the nose. Very smooth, toasty, oily hop, balanced bitterness, mild caramel, ripe pears, bread crust, walnut pith, herbal, mildly peppery, faint orange rind, light alcohol warmth, hoppy drying finish.

To style and drinkable, just hoped it was a bit cleaner ... regardless this is a great pick if looking for an English Style IPA.

Photo of bsp77
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber with decent off-white head.

Smell: Tea, biscuit, cherry and floral & light citrus notes.

Taste: Similar to the aroma and very English. The malt base is strong with tea, biscuit, caramel and some fruitiness, such as cherry. The hops, while strongly bittering, do not have as much flavor, with mostly the expected floral, herbal and spice notes present in an English IPA. There are hints of citrus but not much. Finish is bitter.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish. Solid mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a disappointment for me. I loved Mike Lundell's first two Unchained beers (the Rye IPA and the Black Ale), but this is a middle of the road English IPA. Even worse, it seems that this was aggressively hopped like an American IPA but using an English IPA hop profile. It unfortunately doesn't really work.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
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 12/27/13. (2nd batch)

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A spicy, earthy, and fairly nutty aroma that is hop forward but very balanced. Big hints of earthy hops with good herbal and floral hints. Good hints of pine resin spice along with some grass. Citrus hints of orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. Solid bready malt balance with hints of grains, tea biscuit, caramel, toffee, rye spice, cracker, and toast. Smells English with an American style hopping. Solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, very earthy and hoppy with a good bready biscuit malt backing. Upfront bitter hops with big earthy, herbal, and floral notes. Spicy pine resin along with some grassy notes. Citrus fruit notes of orange, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Good bready malt balance with notes of biscuit, grains, toffee, caramel, tea biscuit, toast, cracker, and some rye like spice. Definitely more hoppy than a typical English style IPA, but the malt profile is very English. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp and fairly bitter with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the English IPA style. More hoppy than the typical English style but the biscuit tea like malt presence is still there.

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has the Enjoy by 12/27/13 date so this is the slightly lighter version of this IPA.

Pours a light golden color with a slight haze. An attractive head forms and slowly settles to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

A lot of hop aroma. Very herbal and spicy. The malt is detectable but mostly overpowered from the hops.

What I really like about this beer is the malt. Has a toasted, nutty quality. Definitely more highly hopped than a typical IPA from England. Bitterness is high and combines with the dry character of the beer making it slightly astringent. I would probably enjoy this beer more if its hops were cut by a third.

Light body with sufficient carbonation.to really liven the body without adding any harshness or thinning the beer.

Target hops are not my favorite English hops so I knew I would not be blown away with this beer but it still is a good effort. Now I have to track down the other version and compare it to this one.

Brief review of the 12/13/13 bottle date version.

Certainly darker in color. Clear amber color with a beautiful head. Looks like a winner. Not much difference in the aroma. Still very herbal and spicy. I think there is a big difference in the flavor. Tastes much more balanced and the hops actually are more bearable and compliments the malt which has a nice English characteristic. Much preferred this version of the beer but still over hopped. I would give it 4's straight across.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
5.6% ABV, 60 IBUs

A - poured without hesitation, this lightly hazed golden honey IPA has a long-lasting off-white head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass as it drops.

S - Intoxicating upon first whiff, this IPA is immediately unique with it's abundance of English hops; tropical fruits emerge enveloped in earthiness, presenting themselves unlike any American hops have. Wood and lemongrass meld well with the light biscuity, honey drizzled malt.

T - Toasted biscuit brings a nice honey sweetness with it before being swept away by bitter English hops; floral and earthy with suggestions of mango rind and a trickle of grapefruit juice.

M - Another IPAs smooth body turns wonderfully dry and with it, the hop profile becomes even drier, finishing with moderate bitterness and lingering flavor.

O - Summit's Another IPA showcases toasted, biscuity English malts perfectly with bold English hops. They present themselves like American hops might with a strong presence but are completely unique in aroma and taste. Just wonderful!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a finger of fine white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of floral citrus and grassy hops and biscuit malt. Flavor is rich biscuit malt with grassy hops with a grapefruit rind aftertaste, citrus; finishes with lingering intense citrus hop bitterness without much herbal flavor. Medium bodied with pleasant carbontation. An interesting take on the English IPA style, more bitter than the traditional ones, but appropriate for a domestic IPA. I enjoyed trying a hop profile that is quite different than domestic IPAs. A nice change of pace IPA from a impressive brewer.

Photo of pweis909
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As far as I can tell, this is a single hopped, single malt IPA using Golden Promise malt and Target hops. The beer is delicious, a nice thirst quencher. I must say that it is not very much like any English or American IPAs that I am accustomed to drinking. More than anything else, this beer reminds me of a German pilsner. The malt comes through as a saltine cracker with a touch of sweetness that is more than compensated for with hop bitterness. I have used Target hops in my homebrewing as a bittering hop but I am not familiar with its aroma. The aroma these hops contribute is spicy and floral (geraniol?) and remind me of Hallertau hops. The finish of the beer is dry, and a little minerally. There even seems to be a bit of sulfur. It is the type of beer where the next sip is always welcome.

Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earthy hop aroma and a faint ground like malt character.
NIce full off-white head. Slightly cloudy light amber with lots of swirling action in my SA glass.
Nice mix of earthy, slightly spicy british hops - with a tasty bittering close and a long finish. Good solid and firm malt rounds out the drink.
Moderate feel and carbonation.
Solid drink. Great british ale flavors in hops and malts.

Photo of zeledonia
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like trying Summit's Unchained series, even though I think they ripped off the name from New Glarus. Best by 13 December 2013. Tasted 21 August 2013.

Pours a cloudy medium amber with orangey tones. One finger of off-white head, decent retention, nice lacing. Some floaties, but I think that's my fault for a careless pour.

Smell is earthy, spicy, herbal, and lightly fruity. Interesting, and very unlike the many aromatic-dominated IPAs I often drink. Only a touch of hop acid detectable back there.

This is really tasty, in a surprising way. Starts out earthy and spicy, with pepper zinging around. Then it drifts to a dry bitterness that becomes more and more dominant. Somehow the bitterness in this beer is more enjoyable than in many others, though I can't put my finger on exactly why. It's shades of gray rather than bright colors, but I'm really liking it.

Feel is excellent. It's medium-bodied, a touch sticky, but the carbonation really brings out the best of the beer. Rising rising rising and then a crash, but at the peak it's lively and prickly, like pop-rocks, keeping the flavors in motion.

I'm really enjoying this beer, despite my bias against the style. I find many English IPAs just bland and bitter, but this has some really nice subtle things going on. It's quite nice to have a flavorful IPA that's not just whack-you-over-the-head hoppy.

Photo of jimmah120
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a clearly printed freshness date

Look is a pale yellow-orange with tons of sediment. Smell is sweet malt with herbal and citrus hop notes. Taste follows with sweet toffee malts at first, baked bread, chesnut /oak, and a grapefruit dominated hop finish.

Sweet and malty, with a powerful hop finish. Tastes American to me.

Photo of Mdog
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, tons of particles, good head.

Smell: Earthy, bit of sweetness.

Taste: Caramel/toffee sweetness balanced by earthy/tea-like hops. Bit of citrus makes an appearance.

Overall: This is a decent English pale ale, probably more "to-the-style" than Summit's EPA--the EPA is much more citrusy, where this one hits the usual toffee/tea flavors of most English pales. Unfortunately, I don't prefer the English style so it's not a favorite.

Photo of jjanega08
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 12/13/13

A= Pours a nice deep hazy amber color with an off white head that rises to a half finger and holds great retention and excellent lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is fresh bright hops. Nice earthy floral hops at that.

T= The taste is a nice and hoppy with a little grainy sweetness to it. Nice grassy earthy floral hops that are ideal for the English IPA.

M= Solid mouth.

O= This is an Americanized super hopped up version of an English IPA. A little more hop forward than I would figure a typical English IPA to be but still solid. I think it may be the second best IPA attempt from Summit besides the Rye.

Photo of jera1350
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper bodied, sudsy head of foam with a bit of lacing. The nose has a bit of a rye character with bread crust and some earthy hops. Very different from any ipa I've ever had. Lots of bread crust again with the hops giving a spicy rye component and lots of earthiness. Moderate bitterness, but plenty of malt too. Medium feel with a dry finish. Very British and different from the American style everyone is used to around here. Not my favorite, but fits the British ipa style. If that's your thing, go for it. If not, you won't miss much more than likely.

Photo of barnzy78
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle; enjoy by 12/13/13
A - cloudy with plenty of yeast particulates, amber color, frothy ivory head fades rather quickly leaving a spattering of lacing at the top of the glass
S - very earthy aroma, faint bready malt and herbal hops, a bit spicy
T - spicy, earthy, herbal, bready, pine, nice balance
M - medium body, fairly creamy but is resiny on the finish with lingering piny bitterness
O - good example of an English IPA, but I wasn't crazy over it.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from August 2013:
Appearance: Yesterday, I had a bottle that had been purchased at room temperature and chilled for only about an hour. The beer poured into the glass was clear. Today, I pour a bottle that had been in the fridge for 21 hours, and here is the haze. Dark amber coloring, nearly bronze. Creamy white head starts big, slims to a tight ring.

Aroma: Mild bitterness, softly emerging citrus notes, followed by slightly sweet caramel tones. An intriguing mix, just enough complexity to entice. Very likable.

Taste: Right away, a burst of hoppy flavors, and that mix of bright fruit flavors and darker malt complexities. Medium-bodied, with a long finish. Bitterness remains moderate but appreciable and stays long on the palate. This is what we want in an IPA. Flavor delivers throughout the length of the drink, and the lingering on the palate keeps it on the tastebuds and in the mind long enough to keep you wanting more.

When I had that bottle last night, I wasn't sure whether I like it or not. Edging towards "not". Ready to call this Unchained a wash-out, a disappointment, a failure, even. And really, it's name was not helping. This is brewer Mike Lundell's 3rd entrant in the series and his third IPA, and keeping in mind that Summit already makes both an English-style IPA and an American style IPA, it makes you really wonder why, "another IPA?"

Getting through this bottle, and enjoying it's contents more and more, I think it actually is unique enough to justify it's existence. The malt used seems considerably different from the original British IPA, and significantly lighter, lacking it's earthy, herbal quality, and the hops shine a light of their own.

I've always had a soft spot in my beer heart for Summit, since they were the first American craft brewery I ever liked, since the first EPA I ever had. Their IPA, introduced in 1992, was the first of that variety I'd ever had, and I fell swiftly in love with it. In the intervening years, however, my taste, along with so many others, has turned to the newer American style of IPA. I'm thinking this has fallen into favor with me because it bridges the two so well.

Another IPA from Summit Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.