Summit Frost Line Rye | Summit Brewing Company

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85
very good
208 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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Summit Frost Line RyeSummit Frost Line Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by vespahulb on 01-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of CraigP83
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminded me a little bit of a red ale. Rye notes as expected, a little spiciness but nothing overly memorable

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Photo of maedhros09
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Burnt caramel, clear with lacing
Smell: Rye and Summit hops
Taste: Rye bitterness, spicy, malty, slightly acidic, moderate hops bitterness Feel: Smooth, medium body
Overall: An interesting brew - Nicely balanced and goes well with food. However, it didn't make a very strong impression. I thought of it very much as a Rye EPA - besides the rye it seemed very similar to Summit's standard pale ale, which I don't much care for.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks : creamy, fizzy cap on top, about 2 fingers. Off-white. Body is a dark "root beer barrel" candy caramel color.

It smells : Hop comes out first in a big way, with baked dark grains (presumably rye?) trailing behind it. More lemon peel like hop at the end.

It tastes : Caramel malts in a big way, yet appropriately balanced by an abundance of hop. It's a powerful beer all around - powerful malt and powerful hop. Bread crusts, spiced hop, coriander, more caramel breadiness. A touch of brown rice. Somewhat rotten in overall flavor though.

Mouthfeel : medium bodied, creamy, appropriately carbonated. Ends semi dry.
Overall : it's a little different, but I guess that's the point. I don't think I'd have it again, it is a little off-putting. A bit dark and garbagey, the malts are a tad on the rotten side and the hop is pretty intense. Meh.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit "Frost Line Rye"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 05/08/15"

Summit's "Frost Line" delivers a rich, darkly caramelish and malty ale with a fairly distinct note of spicy rye, and some gently citrusy hops in the background. It's not particularly strong as a winter ale at just 5.8% abv., but it also follows on the heels of their standard "Winter Ale" at a slightly more respectable 6.2%, so that kind of makes sense; and it's full-flavored, and satisfying enough that it's name shouldn't need to be questioned once tasted. A solid bitterness backs it to the point that it's bitter and dry while still allowing the malt to stand out with just an edge of sweetness which is blanketed by a light cloak of floral and mildly citrusy hops, and then ultimately balanced and livened by the spiciness of the rye. Nicely done!

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Photo of MNAle
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber, 1 inch slightly off-white head. Dissipates fairly slowly with some lacing. Odor is very good, a bit grassy, with subtle spice. Relatively highly carbonated. Bitter hoppy initial taste and bitter aftertaste. This is quite a bitter beer - a spicy bitter, but still bitter. Substantial mouth feel, with a difficult to describe malt foundation behind the spicy bitterness.

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Photo of Piercan
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Phocéen said it better than I ever could. My rating will be as close to his as it could be, and I can only copy and repeat his review :
《 Pours a dark amber-brown with a couple fingers of foamy off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.
Aroma is a good balance of malt and hops. Chocolate malts are pretty evident with a big, roasty flavor. Actually, this is a fairly complicated malt bill; aside from the chocolate and spicy rye, there's a decent caramel kick as well. Malts dominate, but barely; a distinctive Citra citrus hoppiness along with some pine resin also comes through. There's something else in there giving big, earthy, tobacco and grassy flavors that seems quite bizarre, but very appealing.
Flavor mostly follows the nose, but a lot cleaner and crisper than expected. Spicy (hoppy and rye) and floral with a decent amount of Citra hoppiness. Dark malts are neither astringent nor chalky, but nonetheless give a decent roasty flavor. Very clean and well-balanced finish...
Crisp, refreshing, yet substantial.
(...) Well-balanced and also in-between-styles; delicious and frighteningly drinkable. 》

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Photo of Icarus
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SF_Posse
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very surprising beer. A pleasant suprise from MN.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours brilliant brown with a spicy nose with a touch of roast. The palate is creamy with light roast, a hint of chocolate and spicy rye flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Ilafan
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerBeast
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of four91
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phocion
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle dated enjoy by 5/18/15, consumed 2/6/15. Pours a dark amber-brown with a couple fingers of foamy off-white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Aroma is a good balance of malt and hops. Chocolate malts are pretty evident with a big, roasty flavor. Actually, this is a fairly complicated malt bill; aside from the chocolate and spicy rye, there's a decent caramel kick as well. Malts dominate, but barely; a distinctive Citra citrus hoppiness along with some pine resin also comes through. There's something else in there giving big, earthy, tobacco and grassy flavors that seems quite bizarre, but very appealing.

Flavor mostly follows the nose, but a lot cleaner and crisper than expected. Spicy (hoppy and rye) and floral with a decent amount of Citra hoppiness. Dark malts are neither astringent nor chalky, but nonetheless give a decent roasty flavor. Very clean and well-balanced finish.

Medium body and moderately carbonated. Crisp, refreshing, yet substantial.

I can't believe I didn't try this when it came out last winter (or spring, or "in-between-seasons" as Summit calls it). Very well-balanced and also in-between-styles, but delicious and frighteningly drinkable. Worth a shot.

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Photo of dsgraham1
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear with a deep amber cooler. Nice frothy persistent white head. Light English hop aroma with carmel and chocolate malt aromas. Flavor profile similar to a English brown with rye on the clean finish. Good brown ale with a hint of rye. Like all Summit beers, it is worth a try.

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Photo of DaveMiller
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wer34truh
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taybeh
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a single into an imperial pint

A: dark rich amber/copper with a thick 1 finger head that dissipates within a minute leaving a bit of lacing
S: warm bread and a very faint hint of spicy rye
T: a few layers of bready malt, some gently lively rye spiciness, some herbal hops but not much of an edge here...pretty smooth and even a little woodsy
M: medium carbonation, a bit chewy and somewhat full body though not heavy...really no bite or bitterness to the hoppy notes, which I kept looking for.

Overall: Didn't match my memory from last year, which I remembered being more spicy and hoppy... even so, this was enjoyable, and I'll drink it more than once. I love rye, and a lot of the better rye beers out there seem to bring a certain amount of citrus into the mix, which I'm fine with. This one doesn't, though, and it doesn't need to...it is solid, as is. (Thinking about rye beers makes me miss Schell's Emerald Rye though...)

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Photo of Lambdon
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopazoid
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of hseldon15
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Bravak
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Summit Frost Line Rye from Summit Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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