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True Brit IPA | Summit Brewing Company

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True Brit IPATrue Brit IPA

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The classic Summit India Pale Ale without the Special B malt and 33% increase in dry hopping.

Added by morimech on 02-04-2014

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 145
Reviews by bwiechmann:
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very fruity aroma, with some bread dough, caramel and light English hops. The taste has some caramel, toast and fruit, with a spicy, herbal bitterness that comes through especially at the finish. Moderately high carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Good example of an English IPA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although I'm not sure I've tried this style of IPA before, I'm sure I'll be in for a treat. Or a surprise. Or...

Appearance : The head is gelatinous and huge, three fingers, capping off the top of the glass. It recedes to 1 finger and leaves lots of evidence of its prior height. The body is dark orange/iced tea colored, mostly opaque probably about 80%.

Smell : Lots of fresh cut orange, perhaps even a touch of Mandarin. A good dose of grapefruit flesh minces in, with a faint slap of dirty hop and sweat sock. Bouquet is medium to strong. I like the fruit in the nose.

Flavor : Holy smokes, this is actually REALLY good. Orange Julius-like smoothie flavors, both at the forefront and the end, (by and large very creamy and fruity) and the hop is not intense but present with a sharpness and slight bitterness. The resolve has ghostly remnants of hop bitterness, but mostly just the leftovers of an orange peel at the roof of the mouth. It is really not too hoppy or too bitter, but balanced and calm. The bitter comes from orange peel mostly.

Feel : Creamy, and honestly I felt pulp on the first sip? Could be my imagination, but I wasn't expecting it, so take that for what its worth. A very orangey, fruity, creamy beer. The end is slightly dry but mostly still wet and creamy.

Overall : This beer kicked ass. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12 Oz bottle into a beer mug.
Look: Hazy and a light gold, with a thick two-finger white head that leaves a heavy lacing.
Smell: Bright and mildly hoppy, very sweet with strong bread malt.
Taste: Light floral and citrus hops are quickly overtaken by a sweet malt reminiscent of bread yeast. Light but still flavorful, light on the IBUs unlike some IPAs. decent hop body and fantastic integration of sweet and bitter.
Feel: Very easy to drink this 6% beer. It avoids an unpleasant dryness in the aftertaste that many IPAs suffer from. Perfect for hot days like today.
Overall: Very solid beer. Semi-strong ABV, light but flavorful, pleasantly malty, and refreshing. Even better on tap. Recommended to anybody, even those not huge on American IPAs.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thin and creamy off-white head that leaves sheets of lace down the glass.
The aroma is toffee and biscuit with spice and a hint of lemon.
The taste is bracingly bitter followed by some medium sweetness and juiciness with a finishing bitter kick.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky.
Enjoyed this take on an English IPA.

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Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle L: Pours gold with a light copper tint, 1” foam cap, has a bit of haze. S: Spicy light fruit and biscuit with a trace of earthiness. T: Fruit and spice sweetened by caramel. F: Medium to medium light body and medium carbonation. O: this is an easy drinking beer with a real British character.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: An earthy and toasty balanced English style aroma with a nice mix of spicy hops and malt. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass, pine, and spice. Light citrus hints of lemon and orange. Toasted malt with bready hints of biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a well balanced mix of earthy and floral hops with sweet caramel malt. Floral and earthy hops with some notes of grass and pine along with a little spice. Subtle citrus hop notes of lemon zest and orange. Bready toasted malt with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, yeast, and cracker. A nice balanced English taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on an English style IPA. Good balance of spicy hops and sweet malt.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of roostor07
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrew8626
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of GrantJM
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of barongearmu
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Summit uses Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, Target, and Fuggle hops but yet it does not have the English hop aroma that I adore. There are floral, herbal, and earth notes but nothing really stands out. I would of preferred mostly East Kent Golding. Still quite malt driven as was the old Summit IPA.

Summit upped the hop levels but I have a hard time distinguishing a specific hop flavor. Nothing really stands out. Slightly medicinal, floral, and herbal flavor. Malt is definitely drier than the old IPA with more of a bready touch. A definite bitterness increase. Slight fruit yeast esters but tastes very clean for an English style ale.

Medium body with great carbonation. Enough carbonation for life but still lets a smooth texture develop.

Not necessarily better than the old IPA. The hops just did not come through for me. But at least now people should know what they are getting when they grab one of these bottles.

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Photo of kbeck001
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great! Highly recommended! A great IPA!

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Photo of MoyaHoya
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AleMan66
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a golden with a white one finger head. It's less bitter and less fruitier tha most IPAs. That's what sets it apart. It's solid!

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Photo of scream
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look; Pours a brassy yellow w a decent head
Smell: Little aroma-I pick up a hint of the orange another rater mentioned
Taste: meh !
Feel: To me this is missing the roundness I am familiar w from true British IPAs
Overall: I was expecting better. I think that their Saga is a much better beer even tho a different style.

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True Brit IPA from Summit Brewing Company
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