True Brit IPA | Summit Brewing Company

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True Brit IPATrue Brit IPA
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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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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 zeff80
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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 t2grogan
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthiness, caramel malt, slight tea, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of spicy hops. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthiness, caramel malt, slight tea, hint of rye, slight floral hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of spicy hops. Overall, good appearance, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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 hozersr
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Latarnik
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAF
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattmarka1
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zekenyce
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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 aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drpimento
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
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 morimech
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 KarlHungus
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Summit True Brit IPA pours a clear reddish-orange color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice rings of lacing down the glass. The aroma is appropriately balanced for an English-style IPA. There is a strong earthy hops presence, but there is an ample amount of malty caramel and toffee to round it out. The taste leans more on the hops with very nice earthy and floral notes. The malt provides a strong backing without getting in the way of the hops. Bitterness is relegated to the finish where it lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a good example of a style that is all too often overlooked by American brewers. I see myself drinking it often.

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True Brit IPA from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 165 ratings