Summit Extra Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

Summit Extra Pale AleSummit Extra Pale Ale
BA SCORE
52.9%
Liked This Beer
3.7 w/ 1,248 ratings
Summit Extra Pale AleSummit Extra Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADR on 08-31-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,671
Reviews:
458
Ratings:
1,248
Liked:
660
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
11.89%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
240
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,248 |  Reviews: 458
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable pale that went with turkey and grilled veggies for a most wonderful lunch. Light cream head and some cream in taste that was otherwise dry, with citrus hops taste and dry aftertaste.Thanks feloniousmonk for the sample.
Had 4.5 years later on tap at Bue Nile, was a bit better -noticed aroma, golden orange colour with white head and lots of lace.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i was relatively unmoved by this one, but i had high hopes because their great northern porter was so well done. this is a very malty pale, but still seemingly very thin in body, a strange combination, especially with extra pale in the name, i expected a much more refreshing beverage. its a shade less red than copper, but bronze or caramel describe it well. there is almost an inch of white foam on the pour from the tap, but it settles very quickly into patchy bubbles around the edges of the pint glass. it smells and tastes less english, more just grain forward. there isnt much of a yeast complexion to this, but the maris type and crystal malt profile make it way more grain driven than hop driven. the hops provide some mild bitter and grassy notes, but i think are a tad under dosed for the style. it tastes to me as much like an esb as anything else, save the yeast irrelevance. im making it all sound bland and negative. the beer actually tastes pretty good, its just not as advertised i dont think, and it got a little heavy in the belly with an already heavy meal, instead of being a crispy refreshing palate cleanser. the context may have spoiled it a bit for me, but this was just much less exciting and awesome than their porter.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"Extra" Pale Ale...Is this the new word for "Weak" Pale Ale? If so, then this review will be easy. This beer is a watery Sierra Nevada Pale Ale--end of review. I guess they brewed a regular old Pale Ale and threw in twice as much water, then market it as something special. Genius! Actually, the beer tastes fine from the tap, but the under-malted, under-hoped, blandness lets metalic, grain, grassy, fizzy character show from the aroma to the finish. I can drink it, but really prefer better.

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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.

High C

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear copper color and a modest head that, nevertheless, drapes lacing like a champ

Smell: Grainy aroma with a hint of toffee

Taste: Grainy flavor at the outset but adds a bit of floral hop by mid-palate; also arriving just before mid-palate is a a budding toffee sweetness that, after the swallow, blossoms to provide a distinct sweet tone in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but definitely a middle of the road beer; also, I wasn't enamored with the grainy aspect

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a orange/amber color with a tan, soapy, two-finger head. It left good trails of lace.

S - It smelled quite grassy and floral. A mild malt nose, too.

T - It has a grassy/hoppy taste with a nice blend of roasted malt. It has a bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Nothing extraordinary about this one. But is a nice choice at restaurants that serve nothing but BMC.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a medium sized white head above a clear reddish golden colored pale.

A rich but not overdone aroma of pine and citrus hops with a little spiciness to it.

The taste is similar to the nose with nice citrus blended with a light pine and a slight sort of spiciness to it.

A medium bodied beer with a slight dry aftertaste left me wanting more of this stuff.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/22/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, apple, floral, grass, toast, biscuit, light caramel, and floral/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with balanced malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, floral, grass, toast, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice English pale ale. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a bright varnish brown. Pours a decent layer of head, leaving nice lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops and citrus notes.

Taste is a little less on the floral hops, but way stronger with the flavor of citrus.

Mouthfeel is bitter at first, but then it fades away and goes down smooth. A medium level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Drinkability is solid and the cost is just right. Definitely something I will be purchasing again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, orangish-gold body reveals plumes of slow-rising tiny bubbles beneath a creamy, off-white head. The retention is good, and it retains a thin creamy surface covering throughout most of the pint. Some spotty lace also adds to its appearance. The nose offers a pleasant and welcoming combination of gently citrusy hops and soft, caramel-tinged malt. The body is medium; and it's gently crisp in the mouth due to an exceptionally fine, median carbonation. A solid bitterness is present at the outset; wrapped in a thin blanket of sweetish, caramel laced malt and grassy/mildly lemony citrus hops. It finishes with a lingering maltiness that fades to reveal a long-lasting bitterness that lays at the back of the throat. Very well done!

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at a reception in the art gallery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

A solid but unremarkable PA.
Moderately bitter with plenty of hoop flavor for style.
Somewhat complex hop flavor mix.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some honey.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character that is followed by some sweet flavors of honey, caramel and a bit of citrus. The hops presence is decent and is more subdued than the smell leads you to expect, but it brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer wroth drinking for a while.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light caramel with a 2 fingers+ offwhite head. Very good lacing & good head retention

Smell: Piney hops & fruitiness

Taste: Nice up front bitterness followed by big fruttyness & malt. Finishes bitter & satisfying

MF: Great balance & carbonation, good heft to it

Really sessionable ale IMHO. Pretty impressed I must say

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly translucent orange-amber, by far more orange than amber, topped by a good looking cap of sticky beige foam that started out at three fingers and is slowly deflating. Better than average lace in disrupted sheets. The nose is slightly underpowered, but isn't that far out of line for the style. It's an enticing mixture of fruity-herbal (peaches, nectarines) and citric hops, slanted more toward the former.

This is a decent, respectable version. It's well-balanced with caramel malt and hops playing off one another nicely. Malty sweetness is cut by hoppy bitterness, assuring that neither one makes much of a statement. I would call it bland and boring, but there's a bit too much flavor for that to be the case. It is a rather generic APA though. Modestly dry, flinty finish. The body and the amount of carbonation are neutral, as middle-of-the-road as the rest of the beer.

Summit's version of a pale ale isn't bad, but neither does it stand out in any way. Even the label is unexciting. I hate to be too hard on this beer, but it screams 'average'. (Yeah, my average is greater than 3.0, so sue me. Yours is too).

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

Is Summit CANning everything that they make? As the founder of The CANQuest (TM), a CANcerted effort to drink and review EVERY CANned beers in existence, I certainly hope so!

From the CAN: "Proudly Brewed in St. Paul, Minnesota"; "An Award-Winning Classic Since 1986"; "Mother Nature doesn't want your empties. Please recycle."

I wonder if the bridge depicted on the CAN is the one that collapsed several summers ago. The CAN Crack!ed open loudly, revealing another brimful craft CAN. I celebrated with an inverted Glug to get things moving, resulting in three fingers of dense, tawny head that began to fall almost as soon as it stopped rising to the lip of the glass. I get funny looks when I do it, but it really releases the esters, plus it annoys the heck out of #TheOldLady, who thinks that I am just doing it to make a big mess. The nose had a pine hop quality, but there was also a lot of caramel malt sweetness. It reminded me of some DIPAs, but with a lower ABV. Color was a hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Mouthfeel was thin and soft. The taste was definitely malt-forward, although the hops lurked in the background. Finish was semi-sweet, more sweet than hoppy, but not enough to be cloying. I have had far worse in the style, although this really is not my bag generally.

My original, apparently Draft, review follows:

This came with a good, white head that produced decent retention throughout. It was a deep yellow/light gold in color. The nose had a lightly grassy hop smell. I noted a medium mouthfeel with a good mix of malt and hops on the tongue. The finish was slightly bitter, but still pleasant. Definitely a good drinking beer and with the relatively low ABV, a candidate for a session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass and served right out of the fridge

A - Poured a nice deep orange tinted amber which actually took me a bit by suprise as I did not think it would be as dark as it was. There was a nice two finger high head of white foamy lace on top which gradually settled down and left behind a thin veil of lace across the top and a good amount of residual side glass lace throughout the session. Adequate carbonation was visible streaming up from the bottom throughout the session.

S - The aroma was light at first, had to give it a few minutes to really warm and soften up to let the aroma out. The smell was very grainy, lots of malts here with a nice bready feel to it, very light though, nothing overwhelming by any means. A nice light hop kick to it in the back end lightened it up a bit and deepend the profile providing a much needed contrast to the grain. Not bad overall and essentially what you would expect from a pale ale.

T - The flavor was light, again about what one would expect given the style. A nice big grainy base was again clearly evident. Lots of bready and cereal malty flavors were the first thing that came across and following them was a nice earthy flavor that mellowed a tad. There was a nice little bit of hop bite that started to come though now and again this was very welcomed. Nice light floral hops, hints of orange and lemon were there, but way in the back, you had to search for them, just enough to lighten up the flavor a touch. The finish was decent, clean, quick and dry with no real long lingering flavors.

M - Very light bodied ale, as again one would expect given the style. Nice carbonation lasted throughout the entire session giving it a nice refreshing like feel to it. The finish was very crisp and clean, again giving this more of a light and refreshing type feel to it. Very much typical for the style.

D - Outstanding sesion ale. The flavors were light, but good, low ABV, and nice carbonation meant this one could be drank all day long with no issue. I could have easily thrown down a six pack without blicking an eye. Not the best pale ale, but definitly drinkable.

Overall this was pretty much a standard pale ale, a little nice kick to it, but pretty standard. Nothing I could call out for being bad in anyway, just seemed to not have enough to put it over the top. I dont know that I would seek this out, but it would certainly not be a bad one for gameday six packs or barbecues. A good call would be how I would rate this.

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.9% out of 100 with 1,248 ratings
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