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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Photo of drpimento
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not really a good beer. Aroma has a number of things going on, many not so good - a bit of funk, hint of hop and toffee, whiff of skunk. Flavor’s dominated by bitter, some malt and a tad of hop. Palate is dominated by bitter: too much.

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Photo of matcris
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by date: 3/16/16. Reviewed on 11/29/15.

LOOKS: Poured into a Nonic pint glass, aggressive pour. About a finger of quickly dissipating white head. Tiny bubbles streaming up glass. Color is amber-to slightly red. Very clear beer.

AROMA: Cereal grains-malty, with a mild floral aroma. Touch of caramel. Almost smells like a tricked out pilsner....

TASTE: Hard one to describe. Pretty fair bitterness throughout sip and ends that way. Quite a bit of caramel to go with this sort of non descript bitterness. I'm not really picking up any familiar hops in the way of pine or citrus. A little of an earthy quality, like you find in Scotch ales and caramel and again that bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body. Not a dry beer until the (very) back end. Carbonation is medium light with this pour. I think I would pour this beer more slowly and take some added carbonation to help the flavors, over pouring fast and the small amount of head you get, and aroma.

Overall, Kind of non descript. Caramel and a mild bitterness. Not really a refreshing beer, a little heavy for that....just kind of....there.'s, above average.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 30 December 2013, per the code on the label. Tasted 21 April 2014.

Pours a clear medium amber. One finger of whiteish head, decent retention and lacing. Thin column of bubbles in the center.

Smell is warm toasted malts and herbal hops. VERY malty, so much so that I don't think I'd even peg it as an English IPA. I find it generally dull (and I like subtlety).

Taste is a shade better than the smell. Balanced, smooth, and fairly clean, though the back-end bitterness has an odd edge to it. Hops are low, and what ones there are are herbal, kinda hay-like. Malts are buoyant, full, and toasty. Just enough hop bite that I know it's an IPA.

Feel is pretty good. Medium-bodied, expansive in the mouth. Carbonation is mid-level, which is fine. Lasts a little longer than average, fading into a mildly chalky drying bitter.

A meh beer. For this style to wow me, it's got to show some subtle depth, or really nice balance, or something. This is just kinda blah.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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 delta490
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber with a nice cap of foamy white head. The aroma is almost not there, just a hint of caramel. The taste is a little more robust with just a hint of hops. The body is lighter, a little fizzy, with a light dry finish

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True Brit IPA pours a cooper color with a very small lacing head. There is no aroma. The taste is dry, has a mild maltyness, with a small earthy hop flavor. Nice flavors, nice body. Overall it is a nice beer, pretty tasty, not crazy.

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Photo of scream
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of Nugganooch
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a FW Imperial nonic glass
Notes from 03/09/14

A: Very clear dark amber body with visible carbonating bubbles. Good finger width of sudsy eggshell forms over holding position for a few moments. A few scattered dots and splashes of stick remain to the glass after each sip.

S: Malt aromatics bring forth a nice combination of warm bread and biscuit character. Spice hops and earthy hops blend together. Scent of clean mineral water. Smooth and mild but nothing terribly exciting.

T: Flavors produce a very smooth and reserved English malt character comprised of some nutty biscuit and bread crust. Floral spiced hops with some earthy qualities underneath with a low to moderate amount of bitterness to the beer. Has a nice drying crisp finish. Well balanced with the alcohol kept under the radar and pretty refreshing overall. But a fairly pedestrian type of brew.

M: Moderate body falling slightly on the lighter side. Nice smooth consistent carbonation with a bit of drying towards the finish. Very clean overall and maybe just a tick wet in the end.

D: In general the English IPA style does very little for me. I don’t see much separation from an ESB which is fine. That being said this one is done well to style and I found it to be well crafted with little flaws.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beers pours a rich copper color. On the nose I get tropical fruits and caramel, which follow through to the taste. There is a fairly heavy body here, and a nice malt backbone. Overall this is a balanced, restrained, well made IPA. However, it lacks a certain spark to make this an awesome beer. Maybe it is just too restrained, or at least to consciously restrained.

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Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

White head. Color is copper hued gold.

Just wanted to come on the fact that this is miles better than the old English ipa. It isn't as bready or biscuity. It is balanced. Floral and earthy hop profile. Has a somewhat Nobel hop flavor to it.

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter. Medium bodied.

Overall, enjoyable and much easier to drink compared to the old recipe.

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Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Taybeh
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now I remember why I don't miss Summit's old IPA all that much (but keep the Saga coming...). This is made well enough, toasty, biscuity malts and nicely balanced, but other than that, it is pretty unexceptional. The hops (some faint citrus and mellow earthy spicy notes) aren't very interesting and it has none of the great round complex flavors of good IPAs in the English style. It is okay, but somehow their EPA is a significant step up from this, in my book.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been out for a while, but just now geting around to trying one as part of the winter variety pack. A nice IPA pour and light head. A nice simple taste, you can tell this one is just trying to be an IPA. Hard to recall my British working years, now decades ago, but the taste seems right. light carbonation, better as it warms and smooth aftertaste from the hops. I'm not seen this one outside the variety packs, but even then would only seek it out once in a while. Good back porch beer with a meal from the grill.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a good english ipa makes me happy, but it seems like nobody is drinking them these days, and because the trends have changed, less brewers are making them. its nice to find a good one like this, which is a little different in the style, but really tasty as they go. its a little lighter on the malt, not into that crystal and caramel color range, but with a robust biscuity grain complexion and enough body without the sweeter and richer malts. its also pretty hoppy as they go, more than just the grassy bitter finishing hop we are used to in the style, and seemingly more than the magnum and fuggles hop profiles that seem to dominate the style. i instead get a more aromatic hop here, a pinch of dried citrus, and an overall more oily and fresh nature to the hops that i am used to. almost like a northwestern pale meets an english ipa. the yeast is subtle here too, and the beer is very clean in that regard. nice medium body, plenty dry, and carbonated like a soda, it really drinks easy for the style, and i think is a good microcosm of what summit is all about, which in my head at least, is keeping the old school alive a little bit, but making beers with broad appeal to both old and new generations of craft beer drinkers. i really dug this one.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a date. not just a name change, but a slight reformulation of their old eipa.

look is a slightly cloudy orange-amber, silky white suds. smell is sweet malt and stinky hops. taste is a big improvement over the previous version. you can taste the old beer in there, but it seems like the malt is sweeter and the hops are more bitter. there's also a juicy american ipa hop twist that wasn't there before.

more bitter-er and better-er

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Photo of DamageCase76
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A) Medium deep copper with a frothy head that held on for a few sips. Nice stream of carbonation and moderate lacing

S) Medium intensity, aromas of grain, sort of a crystal malt, caramel thing, not a lot of hops in the aroma, a faint pine.

T) Malty with a more pronounced, earthy hop flavour and a bitter apple finish. Still a little subdued, like the nose.

M) Nicely balanced carbonation, medium body and pretty well balanced between the sweeter malts and bittering hops.

O) A pretty good rendition of a British IPA, much as anticipated, this is not like a hop bomb like an American IPA, but more about the bittering hops on the palate than the aromatics.

I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy copper, half finger of head, decent lacing

Smell is herbal, pine, a little citrus rind, toffee and caramel, raison, with a bread backing

tastes is pretty piney and herbal, a little grapefruit peel, bready malt, a big blast of bitterness but it goes away a lot quicker then most American styles

mouthfeel is pretty light and sharp, nice and dry but again not as much so as American style IPAs

Decent beer here, would I ever grab it over Saga? No way! Would I ever turn it down? No way!

It is a nice English style IPA, that being said I think I will stick my American styles!

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Photo of Phocion
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint. EB date of October 10, 2014. Medium gold/light amber body with a very retentive frothy off-white head. After about 5 minutes, the head finally settles into a single finger, leaving thick and chunky strings of lacing.

Aroma is very well-balanced. Caramel and subtle crackers in the malts combine with a floral, spicy, and slightly woody hoppiness. Slightly toasted. Very subtle frutiness, though I can't tell if that's esters or hops.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Assertive hop bitterness with a caramel and bready malt backbone. More hop-forward than the aroma suggested. Decent amount of earthy/floral and particularly grassy hops, which is definitely a product of the dry-hopping. Clean, dry, and just slightly bitter finish.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry, clean mouthfeel.

Overall, this is much better than Summit's old "IPA." The hoppiness is definitely assertive and it's overall fairly well-balanced for an English IPA. Caramel and 2-Row lend to a relatively boring malt profile, however, with none of the distinctive English toffee and biscuity aromas typical of the style. Still good, but one of Summit's weaker offerings.

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Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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 MNAle
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Earthy, fruity aroma. Clear amber, moderate carbonation, 3/4 inch slightly off-white thick head, leaving sticky lacing. Earthy taste, following the aroma, with mild bittering from the hops in the middle and finish. Plenty of malt thickness in the mouth feel and taste in the foundation; well-balanced, plenty of earthy and floral flavor from the hops and bready flavor from the malts. Enjoyable and well-brewed. Much better than I recalled from a couple of years ago when I had my last True Brit. My memory is of a harsh beer, but this one is very nice... nicely balanced, nice hop flavor, just the right amount of bittering to balance the malts, and nice earthy, bready malts. This beer came along for the ride in Summit's IPA Collection box, and without that, I probably would never have bought another True Brit. Now, I'll likely be buying this again from time to time all on its own.

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh man, this beer is begging to be served on cask (I have a bottle). Smooth floral earthy hops roll over your tongue without any standout bright notes and there's an underlying brown toasty malt base. Mild fruit notes of a British ale play into the hops. A touch dry in the finish, and a little lighter bodied.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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 MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the 12oz brown bottle in a mug chilled.

The color is a clear golden with thick cream of 2 fingers with fine bead and lasting retention.
The aroma is fruity from the yeast ester with a more herbal hop scent and slight malt smell. The feel is more bitter than the aroma lets on with mild malt backing that adds some sweetness with a spicy hop profile.

The taste is very good - plenty of hop flavor without a lot of malt to obscure with a peppery flavor and slight yeast with a pear-like taste that is complimentary. This is not as according to style as you may expect considering the name, but I think it is a very good IPA regardless.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
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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