Extra Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Extra Pale AleExtra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 1,279 |  Reviews: 464
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Malty with a clear Marris Otter thread that dominates over herbaceous hops and lesser English yeast esters.

T: Begins off-dry, with grainy pale malt that includes integrated caramel and even showing some nuttiness toward the middle. Some cooked apple emerges during the middle as moderate acidity from the first act recedes. Moderate bitterness and soft welcoming earth linger in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, initially chewy in texture then becoming smooth and balanced, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer deals successfully with many elements of the archetypal English ale, while staying very approachable and well-rounded. Malt is absolutely on-show here, with hops playing only a small supporting role. The smell is definitely understated, with the potential to score higher if intensity stood its ground better. A more masterful grasp of continuity throughout the flavor profile would push this beer toward the very top of the rather small heap of American-brewed English pale ales.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MNAle
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of schoolboy
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Ri0
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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 philbertk
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summit Extra Pale Ale--12 oz. Draft at Brainard, MN Country Club Restaurant. 5.5% ABV? 35 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Nice white head.Clear bright copper bronze thinnish color. Lightly toasted delicate floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet biscuit caramel body. Dry mild crisp hop spice clean tasty end. Refreshing, quenching, and well balanced.

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Photo of mwa423
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a hazy copper color with about a half finger of head that quickly died down to a lacing.

S - A slight sweet malt aroma followed by a powerful dose of hops that is above most pale ales but slightly below most IPAs. Quite enjoyable and fresh smelling.

T - Malty backbone with a spicy hop bite that continues towards the aftertaste. Far hoppier than most English Pale's I've had. I would call this closer to an APA. Very enjoyable however.

M/D - Mouthfeel is about dead on for a good session beer, and this is about as much of an easy drinker as you can get.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DeschutesFan
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of 16thstreetoutlaw
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Morris729
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with a short white head that soon gives way to a sticky and bubbly lace. Nose is fresh citrus fruit with some strong notes of buttery malts. Medium in body with a rather fine carbonation that makes for a crisp mouthfeel. Taste begins with flavors of fresh grapefruit followed by spicy and bitter hop oils all the while balanced by a nice malt backbone. Finish is dry with a lasting bitter aftertaste. A pretty nice pale ale to be had here. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out to a pumpkin orange color with a nice dense foamy head. Low carbonation. Not much of an aromabut hops and sweetnesss present. Taste was smooth and mild, with an average hop bitterness. Some grain and malt notes mixed in for good measure. Decent mouthfeel, could've benefited from better carbonation to present the flavors a bit more. Good drinkability. Not as good as a Washington or So Cal IPA for sure. Decent.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of the winter variety 12-pack box and served into a stem-tulip in low altitude Minnesota, MN. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Head retention is decent - about 2-3 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent amber. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance of average vibrance. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws here.

Sm: Amber malts, caramel, light toasted malt, and some floral hops. Balanced, but painfully simple. Not particularly hop-forward as you'd expect in an extra pale ale. A pleasant aroma of below average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Clean.

T: Amber malts, caramalt, caramelization, light toasted malt, floral hops, and some bready/faint crusty malts. Decent balance. Painfully simple. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. Hop bitterness is quite restrained, and plays awkwardly with the malty sweetness.

A cohesive build, but not gestalt.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Decent body. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well. Decent presence on the palate. Should be softer.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, rough, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Downable stuff, but forgettable. Far from Summit's best work. I wouldn't get it again. It's very mediocre for a pale ale, and really comes off more like a fairly hoppy amber. I'll have no trouble killing this bottle and it hides its ABV decently, but it's far from great or world-class. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

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Photo of bscalt
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of rickyfinn
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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 daledeee
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sampler. This beer pours a gold/coppery color. Head dissappears quickly; but the lace stuck around throughout the entire beer.

Nose is barnyard. I do not like this. Taste is malty with a little hops and a little grapefruit on the side. Mouthfeel is OK but the head is more frothy tasting. I like carbonated bite not the taste of gargling hydrogen peroxide.

Not bad but not good. Very forgetable. Much finer offerings out there

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Photo of Kenai4
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of boyessen
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MattGrimley
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of midfel11
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber/ copper color, and thin , disappearing head. Sharp, vibrant hops abound here...citrus fruits and more, grapefruit, apricot, cinnamon, sharp cheese? Long, exciting finish, the hops mingle among the taste buds, the lips, and gums. Great bitterness on top, medium body, warm and tingly. Thoroughly satisfying, but not particularly remarkable. A reliable tasty treat.

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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a clear deep amber with a ΒΌ" thick light tan head and a soft creamy texture that leaves a sheet of foam and a nice pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass when sipping. After a while the foam recedes leaving a thin ring of foam around the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is of sweet caramel malt and is clean and crisp with the presence of fruity citrus (grapefruit) hops

Taste: As expected from the aroma the flavor is crisp fresh and clean with some sweet caramel malt and grapefruity citrus hops in balance. Through out the beer neither the malt nor the hops dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a soft creamy feel from the carbonation. The medium long finish begins with some sweetness but ends in dry hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability: I enjoyed drinking this PA and could easily see having a few on a hot summer afternoon. This is a good, well made PA, and as such worthy of a repeat if available. However, nothing about it makes it stand out as being better or more drinkable than some of the locally brewed PAs, so it will probably be a while before I drink more.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of four91
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.84/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of ThePostmaster
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber with a small white head.

S: Malty, hint of grass?

T: medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. nice hoppiness. Just the right amount of bitterness.

M: Good. Crisp and clean. Not too sweet, well balanced. Hops are strong adding to the bitterness.

D: Excellent. This is light refreshing APA that is worth a try.

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