Summit Extra Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by ADR on 08-31-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,241
Reviews:
455
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
230
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,241 |  Reviews: 455
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cookies
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TyFluth
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrsaffert
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of d5001986
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AleMan66
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Chritty13
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hashmads
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of jgfagerberg
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johunnic
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNAle
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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 matcris
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by: 3/25/16. Reviewing on 11/28/15.

LOOKS: Poured aggressively into a Nonic pint glass. Two inch off white head. The head slowly tapers off to a small layer on top of the beer. Leaves a very nice lacing all the way down the glass. The beer is a crystal clear amber-orange. Tiny bubbles streaming up glass.

AROMA: Really pleasant smelling beer. There is a sweetness to it I think from the dry hopping, more so than the malt. Sweet floral, like jasmine tea.

TASTE: Again a lot like the aroma with that herbal sweet tea vibe. Pine and citrus notes are more background on this one. Sweetness is up front with a nice lasting bitterness on back end. Just enough malt to add to the overall flavor.

FEEL: Light to medium with a nice medium carbonation, perfect. This is quite a dry beer through and through.
Very pleasantly surprised with this one. That herbal floral aroma and taste make it a bit unique from others I've had. Would definitely buy again. I think the overall ratings are low, maybe they've tweaked the recipe over the years.

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Photo of Josholson666
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qcbrewer
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of maedhros09
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Amber gold with a pretty nice amount of head, decent retention, and a bit of lacing
Smell: Fruity esters
Taste: Moderately sweet maltiness, fruity esters, hops seem more on the herbal/grassy side, moderate bitterness in the finish
Feel: Medium body, nice level of smooth carbonation

Overall: Honestly I tend to avoid the Summit EPA because of some bad past experiences, but now I wonder to what extent those could have been due to bad tap lines or old poorly stored bottles. Understanding that it is not a west-coast style pale ale, the malt flavors and aromas tend to dominate and hops are more of a bittering ingredient. While I do prefer the citrusy hops of west-coast style APAs like Sierra Nevada, this is a pretty respectable standby when selection is limited.

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Photo of nicksamuelson
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

draft sampler at ike's in the minneapolis-st. paul airport, oct 14 2015

a: medium amber with white head

s: herbal tea, caramel, and a pinch of grapefruity hops

t: nutty, caramel-y malt and tea leafy/herbal hop flavours. mild citrus notes

m: medium-minus feel with moderate carbonation

o: a delicious malty pale ale, i like the nutty flavours

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great hoppy aroma that's reminiscent of a west coast IPA. Pine hops dominate and bring it in just before crossing the line and into IPA territory. Why this isn't just considered a session IPA is beyond me, as the "extra" in the title would suggest something higher than its 5.3% ABV.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briguy93
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stouter88
4.93/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth, easy drinking ale. Some are fooled or confused by the PA in the name. It is an EPA and not an IPA. I love IPAs, but this one has a special place in my heart. I refer to it as mothers milk. It may not be perfect, but it is like an old pair of comfortable jeans. It just feels right for just about any occasion. Enjoy.

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Photo of invalid665
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, golden color with one-finger white head that dissipated slowly until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, there is a moderate amount of lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: citrus, caramel, bread, very subtle on the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread then a mild citrus and pine hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good pale ale and I enjoyed drinking it but there is nothing special about it and there are so many better examples of the style that I would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summit Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,241 ratings.
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