Extra Pale Ale
Summit Brewing Company

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #31
Ranked #36,373
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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Photo of cardfan212
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of detgfrsh
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.

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Photo of BigGold
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.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
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.

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Photo of defunksta
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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. (3.75)

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 (4.00)

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.

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.

Overall: A great English pale ale. Great orange & caramel spice malt flavors. Nice bitter floral hops. Rounded out with a good body too. 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: 3.96)
*Compare to 40th Anniversary Ale*

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
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.

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Photo of rickyfinn
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.

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Photo of Chris_Roberts
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
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.

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Photo of Tomdrichmond
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.

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Photo of Ri0
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.

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Photo of keithcyrilbistodeau
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
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.

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Photo of TH28
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.

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Photo of greasyguy61
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.

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Photo of beerguy04
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of delta490
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.

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Photo of pat61
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.

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Photo of AleMan66
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

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Photo of MNAle
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A favorite since I arrived in the Twin Cities. A solid pale ale, more in the British style than American. Deep Amber with a 2 inch thick, creamy, off-white head that recedes slowly, leaving behind lacing down the glass. Nice aroma, hops faintly fruity, a little malt evident. Mild initial taste with a bit of bittering, mild in the middle, with a nice bitter finish. The hops add a slight fruit balance to the malts along with the bittering. Well balanced malts with hop bitterness on the initial taste, and throughout. Mouth feel is substantial for the style, with the carbonation adding a tingle to the oberall body. This is an excellent example of the traditional Pale Ale. If you are looking for the juciness or resiness of the near-IPA-pale ales (e.g. pseudoSue), you won't find that here, but this is an excellent beer for the style it is seeking. This beer is significantly underrated on this site. It is a step ahead of SNPA with more hops bittering and better flavor, and it is way ahead of Mirror Pond, which is nearly timid in its use of hops.

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Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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