Extra Pale Ale
Summit Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #32
Ranked #38,710
3.71 | pDev: 11.59%
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale
Notes: A pioneer in craft beer (hey, that rhymes), Summit Extra Pale Ale has been gracing the pint glasses of serious beer lovers since 1986. Bronze color. Gold medal-winning flavor. Featuring caramel, biscuity malts balanced by an earthy hop bite and juicy citrus.
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Truegent2004 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best consumed with food. A little bitter for an empty stomach but not overwhelming. I like this one more than most pale ales. Summit does make good stuff!

Dec 26, 2020
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Look - A marvelous bone white head comes towering out of the glass straight from the bottle. Eventually calms down and cascades into a crystal clear golden body that sits with a regal air.

Smell - Light butter crackers and a faint herby whiff on the back end. A delicate scent.

Taste - A fine balance between crackery malt and light fragile hoppy bitterness. This is a decent balancing act of flavor.

Feel - Thin body with a slightly prickly carbonation. Fitting for the beer but not that exciting.

Overall - Very drinkable and tasty without being in your face. I can see this entering my regular rotation.

Nov 09, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Pours copper/orange and just shy of crystal clear, with an excellent, ample foamy head that lingers quite well, and good lacing.

The aromas are somewhat muted. Fairly malty initially, with citrus, grain, and grass in the background.

The brew follows the nose in its understatement. Not boring, per se, but not remarkable either. It is well balanced, with decent malts on the front of the palate, and solid grain and vague notes in mid-stream. It finishes with hints of grassy hops.

The brew has a nice feel. Not quite medium-bodied, it has good carbonation and a decent drying finish.

The brew delivers check-the-box flavors, aromas, and feel for the style, but doesn't distinguish. Everything seems understated, even for an EPA.

Sep 28, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a tallboy can. Copper color with white head. Floral and malty smell. Medium body. Malty sweetness up front followed by floral hop flavors. A classic, and easy to find all over the Twin Cities.

Sep 06, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had Summit Pale (as we called it then) back in 1988 or 1989, possibly at La Cucaracha, St. Paul, Minnesota, or at Williams Pub on Washington, on draft, undoubtedly into tumbler, and I recently had it again at Sally’s Saloon, Minneapolis, on draft into tumbler, and at New Bohemia, Mpls., on draft into pint tumbler.

My decades-old memory of Summit EPA was not disappointed when I tried it again this month. Although it lacks the aromatic qualities of modern American pales and IPAs, well-balanced malt and bittering hops never go out of style.

Aug 19, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap Pours a nice copper colour with a reasonable head.

Taste is a nice marriage of malt and hops, with the head still lingering, finishes a little dry but not bad.

Jul 19, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an incredibly beautiful golden, bronze, orange, and amber color. A massive white head that lingers forever. Rivals the Sierra Nevada in terms of appearance. SRM of 10. (4.75)

Aroma: Vague orange citrus and flower with underlying caramel and toffee notes. A bit of nectarine. A decently strong caramel doughnut, bread, biscuit with a brown sugar, nut, and toffee glaze. Maybe some overcooked broccoli, but I sure do like broccoli. (4.00)

Flavor: The flavor here is interesting. Uniquely, the malts come first. Initial malt flavors of caramel, toasty bread, honey & toffee. All the English goodness. Then come the hop flavors of flower and orange citrus fruit with a bitterness. Yet it's not strong enough to dissolve the malts as expected for an English pale. A fantastic malt profile, but with a supporting floral bitterness and subtle caramel citrus hop profile. The orange & caramel dance together and it drinks slightly sweet with a floral bitterness (4.25)

Feel: Medium bodied. Great carbonation. Very smooth. Slight caramel and bread sweetness left on the palate. (3.75)

Compared with SN Pale Ale 4/2/20: Pours an identical appearance. Stronger aromas. More caramel and bread notes. Danker, earthier, heavier, and sweeter. Maybe even more bitter too. It's just newer and more full.
11/16/20: Pours an identical appearance. Stronger aromas. More orange vegetable and flower. Less caramel, citrus, and soap. More floral and brown bread presence. Smoother and maltier.
12/3/20: Pours a similar color. Stronger aromas with more orange, earth/flower. Less soapy caramel.
12/14/20: Pours a similar color. Stronger aromas of orange & earth/flower. Less soapy pine.

Compared with Bent Paddle's 14* ESB 4/13/20: Pours a light color. Stronger aromas. More flower citrus, and smooth caramel notes. Less bitter nuts, Belgian spice, and phenolic qualities. Finishes slightly dryer.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's 40th Anniversary Ale 7/9/20: Pours a similar, but slightly darker color. More sweet caramel/toffee malt that is spiced with orange rather than the other way around. Less orange citrus, soap, pine, and classic SN flavor. Less of a bite and more malty and sweet.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest 2020 12/14/20: Pours a darker color. Stronger aromas of earthy and flower caramel with some earthy orange too. More earthy, flowery and earthy orange. Less sweetened orange.

Compared to Fulton's Sweet Child of Vine IPA 11/12/20: Pours a lighter, more orange color with a similar head. More smooth caramel and citrus aromas. Less burnt brown bread, red citrus, and pine.
2/22/21: Slightly lighter. More smooth orange and caramel flavors. Less toasty.
On a spectrum there is Summit Extra English Pale Ale, Sweet Child of Vine, and Furious IPA.

Compared to New Belgium's Fat Tire 12/3/20: Pours a similar, but slightly hazier color. Stronger aromas/flavors. More earthy orange, caramel. Less red fruit.

Compared to Surly's Periscope Pale Ale 12/3/20: Pours a similar color. Stronger earthy caramel orange and flower. Less juicy aromas of citrus, stonefruit, peach cinnamon. Similar English Biscuit malt.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale 4/6/21: Pours a lighter color. More earthy caramel and dank herbs. Less citrus and pine. Similar caramel profile. More smooth with less dark and toasted malts.

Compared to New Glarus Moon Man Pale Ale 4/6/21: Pours a similar color. Slightly juicier, but less orange and malty aromas. More grassy and earthy flavors. Similar malty smoothness.

Overall: A great English pale ale. Great earthy orange vegetable, & caramel spice malt flavors. Nice bitter floral hops. Rounded out with a good body too. Lots of EARTHY/ORANGE CARAMEL here. And at the same time it looks as sexy as the Sierra Nevada pale ale. I will need to compare this to Goose Island's English pale. (Final Rating: 4.17)
Compare to a hoppy brown ale & need to compare again to SN Pale Ale again*
*Compare to Anchor Steam or SN Oktoberfest*

Jul 14, 2019
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, Ruby-Orange with a thin, white head.
Smells of malty hop. Big carmel and candied citrus.
Taste follows the nose. great carmel malt that finds a way to combines great with the hop bitterness. Some spice with the pine resin. Actually, better than I was expecting.
The mouthfeel representative of a good English Pale Ale.

Jul 07, 2019
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rickyfinn from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden, very slight haze. Dense head with heavy lacing. Neutral smell, neither fruity nor floral, just barley. Clean taste with not much depth, mainly hop bitterness and biscuit. Light feel for an IPA. Overall, light enough to drink more than one a a sitting. Leaves a light aldehyic or grassy after taste.

Nov 07, 2018
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Chris_Roberts from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden pale in color with a slight haze. Frothy head with decent lacing. Aroma was slightly sweaty to me. More carbonation by feel than by look. Taste was slightly bitter. Left a slight dryness in the mouth with a medium finish. Good drinkability.

Oct 17, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Best by date is stamped on can bottom as '01/12/19'.
Clear, deep gold colored body. Pour creates a two finger white head, which sticks around a foamy, creamy cap. Leaves behind a good coverage of lacing on the glass.
Aroma is lightly roasted malts and floral hops. Quite malty overall.
Taste is a balance of lightly roasted malts and floral, spicy hops. Has a distinct bitter aspect, especially at the end of the taste profile.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Overall this beer is quite crisp and refreshing, with the snap of the bitter hops. I first drank this beer in 1986, but I quickly switched over to the Northern Porter and then the Summit IPA when it was introduced in the early 1990's. I remember the spread of the availability of Summit beers throughout the Twin Cities, which was quite impressive for such a new enterprise.

Oct 07, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear honey yellow with a thick white head that lingers and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is light malts and floral hops. Flavor is spicy floral hops, biscuit, and malt. Feel is medium light, well carbonated. An adequate beer, but not mind blowing.

Aug 26, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a restaurant. The beer has a slight amber appearance but has a clear gold look and a very creamy head and lacing. Faint aromas. Honestly can’t smell much. In terms of taste, the beer has a very light bitter flavor. The mouthfeel was light but creamy. Overall, this was nice, just wish aromas had dimension.

May 10, 2018
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Tomdrichmond from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent local brew, refreshing taste and very drinkable. Not going to blow you away with flavor, but nice and hoppy. New rebranding makes it more presentable.

Mar 04, 2018
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Copper orange with a 1 finger white head. Thick collar and some lacing. Fruity and piney hops along with a nice sweet malt. Starts off with sweet malts, bread and some caramel, moves into the hops which are citrus and pine. Finish has some bitterness. Medium to light feel with nice carbonation. A nicely hopped English PA with a excellent malt backbone.

Nov 05, 2017
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keithcyrilbistodeau from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an average tasting beer. It is a nice EPA but it is nothing over the top or to turn into your go-to beer. It does have very nice color, taste, and finish, but I definitely prefer other EPAs over this one.

Aug 28, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a glossy pale orange with a finger’s worth of a smooth white level head. As the head dissipated, stringy lacing stuck around the sides. The smell had a cooked caramel aroma with a slight burnt pale citrus hops about it. The taste was basically bitter with a side of caramel running about it in the background. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was mild but somewhat there. Overall, it’s an extra pale ale that fits the bill for the style and is okay to me.

Jun 24, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So what we have here is a pretty good American pale.

It pours nice and golden with nice lacing and little fizzies. The aroma is a weakfish slightly funky smell.

The taste is bitter and malty on the side, but also a little funky. The aftertaste also has a little something funk in it.

Not recommended.

Jun 05, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 4/21/17 best by date. Appearance: Deep golden with a touch of orange, hazy, and a moderate thick off white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Grainy, toasted bread, with an orange rind citrus hop note and a bit of resin. Taste: Grainy, toasted bread, and a touch of caramel maltiness. Moderately strong bitterness brings some grapefruit and herbal notes. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Finish: very dry with some sticky hop resin on the finish. Bitterness really stands out and lingers here. Overall: A nice, easy drinking pale ale. Has the malt character of an English pale ale, but the hop character of an APA. Has the malt backbone to balance the aggressive hopping, but finishes with a strong lingering bitterness.

Mar 12, 2017
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greasyguy61 from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delicious beer.
Light color but beautiful yellow.
Taste is better than I expected.
Wonderful taste that is not overwhelming.
Can feel it in your mouth but not hard to put back.
They did something right here.

Mar 03, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a white head. Has a citrus smell. Tastes citrus hops. Bitter at first, but you get used to it. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, a good summer or after work beer.

Jan 14, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper in color, it hits those sought after 1/2" white head and uniform lace after good retention notes. The aroma definitely stresses the "extra" pale ale aspect as there is a very light malt, almost corn like feel to it with minimal hop notes.

Taste keeps that toasted pale malt and 2 row vibe going. Cascade hops. Plenty of carbonation for the lighter mouth feel. Plenty serviceable come summertime, especially when you have someone who doesn't like abrasive or in your face bitterness or hop flavors.

Oct 14, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey-amber with a thick cap of foamy off-white head. There is great retention and soapy small lacing. The aroma is mild, slightly citrus-y hops and grains. The taste is about the same. It has a medium light body, with a moderate amount of carbonation and a drier finish.

Sep 07, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours bright gold amber from a 22 oz bottle into a Libbey craft pub glass producing a moderately persistent 1” off-white foam cap.

S: It starts with nice biscuit and caramel aromas but then I start getting a garlicky onion aroma from the hops. I have had this before and not noticed this.

T: Starts with bread crumb and light caramel and then stone fruit, herbs, earthiness leading to a moderate hop bitterness in the finish. More orange flavors come through as it warms.

F: Very effervescent, medium body.

O: I don’t know where the onion garlic aromas came from but overlooking that, the beer drinks well and has nice flavor.

Jul 06, 2016
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AleMan66 from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: nice color, slightly cloudy
Smell: pleasant malty smell, not sweet like many beers
Taste: the first few tastes are very bitter but the tongue quickly adjusts, really nice after taste
Feel: nicely carbonated, kind of bouncy for an ale
Overall: one of my favorite ales

Jan 29, 2016
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