Summit Extra Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Extra Pale AleSummit Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ADR on 08-31-2001

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Ratings: 1,243 |  Reviews: 457
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice light copper/dark straw color, good off white head that laces very well.

Smell is very light biscuit malt, very mild hop undertone, well done.

Taste is a great balance of mild malt sweetness and biscuit/bread flavors with a good solid bitter, slightly piney, finish.

The mouthfeel is great on this beer, hits the tongue well, good carbonation.

Overall, very well done brew, the scent is a touch undertone but its followed by solid mouthfeel and taste.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Clear, orange honey color, one finger of head with not much retention and nice lace.

S: Pine and citrus hops notes, subdued but nice, some sweet malt underneath. A little light fruit also. As the beer warms, more of the citrus aroma comes out for a while, but later yields to the fruity malts.

T: Still subdued, but good flavors. Again, pine and citrus in the hops up front, semisweet biscuity malt, then more pine on the dry finish. Soft minerals in the finish as well. As with the smell, more of the citrus flavor comes forth as the beer warms. All these flavors come together nicely to form a coherent whole.

M: Light side of medium body, carbonation gives a good creaminess.

O: Understated without being bland, this is a refresing beer that I would look forward to having again. Mellow and calm, without being boring.

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Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden pale-copper with an off-white head leaving heavy lace.

Smell is lightly sweet malt and grassy hops.

Taste is pretty good, a nice biscuit malt flavor, hint of sweetness tempered by the bitterness of the grassy hops, which are pretty well integrated, but unmistakable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, just a touch dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a clean, well balanced English style pale ale. Not a style I generally enjoy, this one went down just fine.

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Photo of BasementBer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit has made a great name for twin cities brewing, and I appreciate most of the styles they work with. This has always been a favorite of mine, lets hop nostalgia doesnt guide my senses.

A: Copper to red in color with a good head on it and mild lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: roasty but generally grassy hop. A sweetness in the aroma balances well.

T: again, the sweetness keeps this from going closer to an IPA or american pale. But the bitter is very present and slightly rests in the pockets.

M: Lack of carbonation keeps this one from jazzing about, but the bitter is whats prominent here with a drying quality but not excessive.

D: I tend to go back to this one in a bar that doesnt serve furious and im ok with that. Thanks summit!

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance-Copper with a thin white head. Head dissipates very quickly, leaving little to no lacing.

Smell-Floral, Piney, Earthy smell. Can also pick up some light citrusy hops.

Taste-Flavors are there, but theres something in there that tastes different, something thats covering up all the flavors.(Tastes like Apple Cider, but not bad) Once you get past that there is some sweet citrusy hops and some spice as well.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation.

Overall-Very average EPA. Sessionable beer yes, but not all to thrilled by it

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange body, up + down head, no lacing

S: hint of pine/grass, some malt too

T: clean grass/earthy taste with slight mellow bitter finish

M: med/light, big carbonation feel

O: solid, but nothing special. nice session beer, could drink quite a few in a sitting. there are better english pale ales.


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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a big white head that has a tint of tan. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: A nice blend of pale malt sweetness and floral hops with a bready biscuit scent.

Taste: Floral hop bitterness up front followed by sweet malt and bread. Bitterness is noticeable but mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated. Very smooth.

Overall: A tasty and very easy drinking pale ale. A classic here in Minnesota.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice crisp copper color with a larger than average, frothy, thick, creamy, off-white color. Really good retention leaving a nice lace.

S - Nose is a little soft. Some nice tart lemon zest along with a caramel, toffee, and slightly bready malt aroma. A nice citrusy, floral and herbal hop undertone.

T - A grainy flavor is pretty dominant with a musty wheat flavor. Some lemony zest and astringent herbal/floral hops toward the finish.

M - Light to medium body with above average carbonation. Crisp with a refreshing finish.

D - Average beer that isn't bad to drink, but nothing that makes me reach for another. Musty grain and a bitter biting hop finish.

Notes: Decent beer with a nice hop finish. Grain is a little off though. Decent easy drinking beer for a low price, but there are choices I'd pick over this though.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tall mug. Clear amber body with a one-finger egg-shell white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

Light aroma featuring mostly bready malt notes along with just a hint of bittering hops.

The flavor steps it up a notch. Tasty blend of bready and caramel malt and a bitter hop flavor that finishes well. The descriptor that comes to mind is "earthy" in the overall flavor mix, and in this instance, that's a good thing.

Light to moderate mouthfeel that is easy to drink. A very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft beer. Average body for an EPA. Two fingers of white, foamy head that goes down slowly. Low-medium lacing. Rich gold appearance. Clear.

A low hop aroma hops. Malt, earthy, low fruity.

T malt is present along with bittering hops. Some citrus and pine. Finishes low on body with a decent aftertaste.

All-around infinitely better that American light lager or adjunct lager. A good staple beer.

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Photo of wrightro07
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: An amber orange color with a little white head that dissipates quickly.
S: A slight smell of piny hops with a little sweet malt backbone
T: A light bitterness with a little twinge at the end. The taste was revolutionary when this beer came out in the 80's but now is not ground breaking at all.
M: Very carbonated. Not the best mouthfeel at all unless you are a soda fan.
O: This is a very seasonal beer for lawn mowing and fishing on a boat. I love this history of this beer and what it did for the micro brewing industry. Overall I love this beer for being very seasonable.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a beautiful, clear amber color with a frothy, tan head. Excellent head retention, stays for whole glass. Decent clinging lace.

Nose is of hops. Mild, floral and very pleasant smelling.

Nice taste, good malt backbone but it's all hops up front. Mild and herbal but good hop taste nonetheless.

Medium bodied in the mouth and rather smooth with simple carbonation.

Very easy drinking, works great under the sun at the spring training game.

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Photo of shand
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Oh lawd, this one makes me thirsty just looking at it. A nice golden colour with a generous three inches of head that has great retention and leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma is nice as well, pale malts and floral hops on the nose, with a little bit of biscuit. The taste is quite nice and relaxed, floral hops and citrus over the nice pale, slightly biscuit-y malts. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but could probably stand to be a bit more carbonated, and the drinkability is great. A solid English Pale that I could see being a big regional favourite.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two on draft at the MoA Hooters, then grabbed this bottle at the hotel bar. Poured this 12-oz. twisty into a hotel tumbler.

Nice clear copper colored ale, with a thin off-white head that disappears fairly quickly. Pleasant to observe in the glass.

Pleasant malty sweetness in the aroma marries nicely with a nice hop spice. A mild earthiness is the overall effect. Taste is some hops up front, malty sweet turning bitter as it progresses. Finishes with a beautifully bitter alcohol laced sweetness that is an oxymoron as I type it.

Nice medium bodied EPA, eminently drinkable.

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Photo of JMad
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my glass mug...

The beer was a deep golden, amber color with a thin, bubbly, white head. It smells good, lots of floral hops, some bready malt and honey. The taste has a slightly bitter lemon hop bite, there are some flavors of honey and buttered biscuits. The carbonation bites at the tongue but it's not overpowering. The body is light and the beer has a solid dry finish. I thought the Summit Extra Pale Ale was a well rounded, sessionable beer. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite! I am very biased on this one so I won't give an in depth review but I highly recommend everyone try this beer.

In fairness, this was the first craft brew I ever had and it is brewed in my hometown.

That being said, I love how balanced, full and floral this beer is. Not a hop bomb by today's standards but really delicious and complete.

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Photo of mellowmark
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. No freshness date to be found. It's from their Spring Sampler, so it must be pretty fresh. $14.99 for a 12-pack.

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color with a 2-finger frothy white head. Completely transparent. Wow, they really filter the hell out of these. Occasional rings of lace cling to the glass. Decent retention, leaves a thin coat on top.

Smell: Lemon and caramel malt. Not much else I can make out. The nose is not very prominent, but pleasant. There's a slight fruity aroma in there as well.

Taste: Bitter earthy hops up front. Malt sweetness to balance it out in the middle. Citrus takes over at the end. Very biscuity. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with medium to high carbonation. Very dry, as it should be.

Drinkability: High

I wish it had a little more hop presence, but it's a tasty beer. Faithful to the style.

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Photo of Charlotte09
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, head was about a finger length thick, creamy white and faded pretty quick. Color was amber/orange and pretty clear.

S: Smell is pretty balanced between hops and malt. Not very potent, but semi sweet of roasted malts with some citrus ending.

T: Fairly balanced taste, I can taste grainy malts with a slight bitter/citrus hoppy after-note.

M: Starts of smooth and bubbly with a slight bitter finish, but over all enjoyable and not harsh.

D: Very nice beer, easy to drink, very approachable, nice sessional beer. Goes down nice without being harsh and offensive but still has nice flavor!

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Photo of SummitVA
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light amber pour with thick head and excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

S - More malt here--biscuity with sweet caramel underneath. Floral hops with plenty of citrus, as well.

T - Crisp bitterness upfront followed by bready malt and sweet caramel malt flavor. Some resiny hop character, although this is restrained. Herbal and citrus flavors melding well with the bitterness and malt.

M - Let and crisp, despite the malt complexity.

D - Could drink pitchers of this--and have done so on many occasions.

Overall - Such a fantastic pale ale. Summit deserves far more love outside of MN than it gets.

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Photo of abrand
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

This pours an orange to copper color with a nice two finger pure white head that has great retention. Smell is not overpowering but plenty of malts, hops, biscuits, and floral notes. Quaff is also subtle but smooth. A nice sweet fruity taste up front with a nice hop finish. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is slightly watery but smooth. Drinkability is pretty high. A very sessionable beer from a new brewery for me. Will look for more offerings from them.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Light orange-copper pour with a thick off-white head. Excellent clarity with good retention and sticky lace

S - Bright citrus aroma with hints of toasted bread, light fruitiness and orange zest

T&M - Lighter bodied and crisp with a lighter hop bite; predominantly lighter orange based citrus flavors with a touch of lemon. Good dose of toasted malt makes itself well known with a slightly sweet edge. Do I detect a hint of diacetyl? This feels very well balanced to me; if anything I'd just like there to be a little more intensity of flavor, but for just over 5%...not bad at all. Finish is mostly clean with a very light astringency and mild fruity sweetness.

D - Lighter bodied and easy to take down flavors make for a very drinkable ale...a fine beer.

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Photo of dali27
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark gold color with hints of red, yellow and orange. Thick foamy head which produces sticky lacing down side of glass.

S: Light floral and fruity hops and grain.

T: I consider the taste to be a pretty good balance between hops and malt. Summit has done a great job making a completely non-offending pale ale.

M: Solid, nice carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink either on its own, or as a change of pace between or after other beers.

This is not a beer that I get too excited about, but if included in a sampler, as they usually are, I have no problem at all drinking down three of these.

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Photo of manzilla86
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I live in St. Paul (home of Summit Brewery) and so it's pretty common to have this stuff on hand at most bars and pubs. I was worried I would be biased by my love for local breweries, but I really didn't like this that much. Here is my review.

Reviewed 1/10/11 from a pint glass out of a 750mL bottle.

(A) The beer poured a nice golden with hints of red color but was pretty cloudy with a thin head. The head that remained had pretty bad retention. Their looks like a lot of carbonation bubbles.

(S) I can note a little citrusy hop scent as well as some malt sweetness. Not that strong of a scent, but noticeable.

(T) The hop bitterness comes through mid drink but the finish doesn't kill your tongue. I am not sure what the IBU's are, but it's a good flavor if you are looking for something between a regular beer and an IPA.

(M) It has a thin mouthfeel. A little bit of smoothness from the carbonation.

(D) I am not sure what I would do differently about the beer if I had a chance, but it does have drinkability. You could probably drink a lot of it in a sitting though because it isn't overly sweet or hoppy. I guess that means it is fairly well balanced.

I have had a lot of great beers from Summit but I don't care too much for this EPA. Sorry local brewery!

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Photo of plfahey
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance-Pale copper in color, brilliantly clear, moderately large, nearly white, dense frothy head with moderately good retention and some lacing.

Aroma-Malt is in the forefront here-biscuity, with notes of caramel and toast. Light floral/herbal hops. Very slight fruity esters in the aroma.

Flavor-Well balanced between malt and hops. Caramel and biscuity malt up front blend well with moderate floral, herbal, and somewhat piney hop flavors. Hop bitterness if moderate and grows in the aftertaste to give a crisp, dry finish. Slight to no fruity esters. Very subtle mineral note, which is not unpleasant, but adds another layer of complexity.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium high carbonation. Crisp, clean finish. No astringency.

Maybe it's because this was one of the first real craft beers I ever drank, maybe it's because I've drank so damn much of this, or maybe it's just because I'm Minnesotan, but I think that Summit's EPA is one of the more drinkable beers out there. Is it my favorite? No. Is it astounding or groundbreaking? No. However, it's a very well balanced pale ale with a crisp, refreshing finish that leaves you wanting to drink more of it. This is one of my go to session beers, and it's great to have around for when you want to drink something decentthat doesn't require any focus or thought, and won't weigh your palate down.

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Photo of happygnome
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice caramel orange brown color with about a half inch of head that disappears steadily but not overwhelmingly fast. there is a good amount of sticky lace on the edge of the glass and top of the beer

s: caramel malts, there are bready and citrusy aromas. the malts are balanced nicely with piny hop bitterness

t: sweet caramel and biscuity malts

m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a solid predictable beer

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Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,243 ratings.
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