Southern Cape | Summit Brewing Company

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Southern CapeSouthern Cape

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerFMAndy on 06-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 17
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a pale gold with lots of carbonation and a single-finger head that leaves a lot of lacing.
The aroma is weak. Perhaps a little citrus, cracker, even white grapes.
The initial taste is sharp and bitter. I get spicy and piney hops up front then a hint of citrus and a little crackery malt. There is a lingering and bitterly dry finish.
The mouthfeel is OK, medium and highly carbonated.
Overall, decent but not something I'd buy again. Too many better pale ales oth there (inc. a couple from Summit).

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Hazy honey with thick, frothy, white head.

Smell: Tropical and floral notes. Light toast and crackers.

Taste: Crackery and toasty malts, but clearly lower abv. The hops really shine, with herbal, floral and delicious tropical notes. Slight bitterness, but more dry and hoppy than bitter.

Feel: Light body with ample carbonation. Very dry and crisp finish.

Overall: Exceedingly drinkable with some really nice hop notes. Great choice for the summer and another great one-off beer from Summit.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and floral hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and cracker malt. Upfront citrus hops with hints of orange, mango, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit. Floral and earthy hop presence with hints of grass and a little pine. Pale malt with bready hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a zesty, juicy, and floral hop driven taste with good notes of citrus and biscuity malt. Citrus hops with good notes of mango, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and melon. Good floral and earthy hop notes with some pine and grass. Background of pale malt with notes of biscuit, cracker, grains, caramel, and yeast. Hops are nicely sharp and bitter. A very solid hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A very good lighter take on a hoppy brew. Its a lot like a session IPA with a unique tropical twist.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, this is great. Just what I want in a session beer: clean, tasty malts and crisp hops working in a lovely balance with a lighter body. The grassy edge and dry biscuit flavor certainly remind me of Summit's flagship Extra Pale Ale, but this is lighter and has a floral component. Frankly I also think it's a more interesting beer than EPA (which I do enjoy) with a deeper, bready malt character and unusual hops. I need to go buy more.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of morimech
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a dense two finger head that held on for a long time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is mostly hops. The smell reminds me a bit of Mosaic hops with some dankness. Some tropical fruit and grassy notes as well. Get a touch of caramel with a touch of toast from the malt.

A little bit of on the bitter side of a balance spectrum but still delivers some really nice malt flavor. Nice grain and toast notes. Not much sweetness. The hops bring the most flavor with dank, grass, herbs, and tropical fruit notes. All works very well together. Quite dry flavor.

Not effervescent but lively without being harsh carbonation. Light body. Goes down fast.

Has malt from Australia and Chile with hops from New Zealand and South Africa. Outstanding flavor and drinkability. Summit is brewing some of the best beer available in the state.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.04/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of thelargeone
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint
4.4% ABV, 10.5°P, 47 IBUs

A - They're not kidding when they call it a "sparkling ale" as carbonation streams endlessly through the clear golden yellow brew, maintaining it's tall white head. Lace leaves barb wire tattoo patters around the glass as the suds subside.

S - Summit's Southern Cape starts off with a gentle kiss of grassy earthy hops complimented by notes of balled melon and ripe pineapple, supported by toasted white bread with slight suggestions of sweet caramel. It's very light but crisp and refreshing in aroma!

T - Pale malt greets the tongue with a wonderful toast character that leads right into the earthy hops' grassiness and soft fruity nuances while maintaining a superb level of drinkability.

M - Certainly not overly carbonated, this "sparkling ale" does have some bubbles dancing on the tongue, just nothing that prickles the throat as it's smooth body and dry hop finish complete the beer with a nice kiss of bitterness.

O - I'm still not quite sure what Summit means by Sparkling Ale in terms of style - it's like a light pale ale, perfect for summer; maybe they're trying to avoid the "session IPA" label. In any case Southern Cape is a slightly hoppy, balanced hoppy brew that's quite flavorful but definitely light in alcohol and finished with a "drink me" dry bitterness that's both refreshing and quaffable.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tbone64
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of MNAle
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Straw color, perhaps a bit darker than "straw" might indicate, but still pale. Hazy with quite a bit of carbonation, nice head, white, good lacing and retention. Hops evident in the aroma. Initial taste is crisp hops, transition to some malts, but still hops are more evident, then a bitter finish. Low ABV is good if you plan on having several. Enjoyable, but not my favorite from Summit.

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Southern Cape from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 82 ratings