Unchained #18: Hop Silo
Summit Brewing Company

Unchained #18: Hop SiloUnchained #18: Hop Silo
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IPA - Imperial
3.98 | pDev: 8.04%
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Unchained #18: Hop SiloUnchained #18: Hop Silo
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is an old can I found on a shelf tucked away; dint know was there. Nevertheless, decent caramel hop nose. Sticky malt hop flavor with a boat load of bitter to stand up to the sticky malt. Thick fluffy head slowly settles. Bitter finish, but nice. Well done, guys, well done.

Sep 02, 2016
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DabblinWiscCraft from Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a four-pack of 16 oz cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau. The "enjoy by" date suggests this one is about two weeks past its prime. Poured at cellar temperature into my Red Eye conical pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy orange blossom honey amber with about three fingers of off-white head that dissipates to a healthy film and ring after a minute or two. Substantial lacing on the glass and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit hop notes are most prominent--grapefruit, orange, and mango come across clearly. There's a bit of earthiness and herbal quality, as well. Caramel and bread-like malts round out the bouquet.

T: Caramel malts--more robust than I was expecting--are there at the front, along with a citrus hop presence that registers as blood orange and ruby red grapefruit. The hops aren't exactly assertive--they're pretty well balanced out with the malts at the start. The middle sees an increase in the hop bitterness, tasting much more of citrus rind here. There's a bit of an earthy/herbal thing happening, as well. From the end of the middle through the back end, there's some clear alcohol coming through. The close is decidedly bitter--of the citrus rind variety--but the malts are still making their presence felt.

F: Medium-bodied, this one has some creaminess to it in the middle. Though not syrupy, it has a good deal of stick, as that bitter aftertaste hangs around for quite some time. Solid level of carbonation on this one.

O: I always hate to review beers that are past their prime, and I will try to find a fresher batch of this in the future. I will echo what others have said in stating how well-balanced this beer is. That being said, I wish the hops popped a bit more, the alcohol was better masked, and the close wasn't quite so bitter.

Aug 16, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine and tropical fruits. Sweet toasted caramel with pineapple, orange and grapefruit flavors. Nice bitter finish.

Jul 11, 2015
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OStrungT from California

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color with an orangish yellow head. The thick head fades slowly, leaving a lot of lace.

This beer smells rather mild for a Double IPA. I get some floral aroma. Some citrus as well. It has a very subtle sweet caramel smell too.

As with the aroma, this beer tastes a bit tame to be a DIPA. Citrus and earthy flavors with a little caramel.

This beer leaves a floral aftertaste. It is just a little high on carbonation.

Overall this beer was pretty good. I like it for what it is more so than as a DIPA though. Thanks to Sarah for this one.

Jun 07, 2015
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zeledonia from Washington

4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can, tasted 14 March 2015.

Pours clear deep amber-brown. One finger of off-white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell doesn't bowl me over with hops, but impresses me with its balance. Some citrus, delightful earthy tones, and a solid caramel malt backing. It's like an APA with just the right parts turned up a notch. Super smooth in the nose, with all the elements in harmony.

Taste is a lot like the smell - a smooth hop soak, rather than a hammer. This is a restrained DIPA; they clearly worked on the mix, rather than just dumping a ton of hops into it. Earthy, with a pleasing sweetness filling it out, zesty lemon zing, and plenty of clean bitterness finishing it off.

Feel is outstanding. Full body, juicy in the mouth. Carbonation swells up like a wave, then slowly recedes. Persistent, but nicely dry in the finish.

I really like this. It's not your typical DIPA, overflowing with hop aromas or bitterness. It's just really well balanced, really well put together. Nice job, Summit.

Jun 03, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Never drops bright, good head retention & lacing

S: Orange peel & little bready

T: Follows the nose, powdery dryness, a little pineyness, but a bit of astringency up front. Woody & citrusy hops, pears, breadyness, lots of grapefruit, plus a little pine once warm, some biscuitty malt dryness. Finishes slightly sweet, dry with pineyness & citrusy goodness

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, not a bad take on the style at all

May 15, 2015
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Wikimisch from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tall tulip on draft... Deep opaque Amber, lots of citrus on the back end here. For 8.3% it doesn't hide the alcohol well at all. This ones spicy, drinks like its higher

May 13, 2015
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Weathered copper orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with a thick, sticky, dense white foam with good retention. Medium low resinous hop aromas, orange rind and lemon zest. A hint of pleasant booziness at the back end. No malt aroma. On the heavy side of medium bodied with a smooth feel and medium low carbonation. Medium high hop bitterness with citrus orange and tangerine flavors and a pleasant warming boozy heat at the finish. Finished semi-dryly with lingering hop bitterness and definitive, but not unpleasant, alxoholic hear. Malt flavor is low but provides a nice balance to the assertive bitterness and hop flavors. No astringency. A well constructed, easy drinking DIPA. Hop aromas were a bit subdued.

May 10, 2015
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NickTheGreat from Iowa

4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.5) - Beautiful golden orange with a thick fluffy white head
S (4.25) - Nice hops aromas here. More of the floral type, than the piney/fruity ones.
T (4.5) - This is what an Imperial IPA should be like. Deep malt flavors with massive hop presence. I like lots of malt and this delivers.
F (4.25) - Great mouthfeel. Kinda creamy, kinda bubbly, easy drinking.
O (4.25) - I really like this beer. Granted, this is one of my favorite styles, but it's like an IPA, but not so one-dimensional. When I am Emperor of Beer, IPA will be banished and these will be the beer de jour.

May 04, 2015
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GOBLIN from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good beer . . . A bit malty, but in a good way. Taste is piney, malty, sweet and finishes dry. Pleasant level of carbination. I like this one And you will too. It won't be a perfect 5 but you'll enjoy it . . . I guarantee

Apr 28, 2015
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright golden hue, with an impressive, flowering, creamy white head. Very inviting.

Aroma: lively hop presence hits the nose first. Citrus notes foremost, with pine behind. Tropical tints, too. Slight sweetness, here and there. Also inviting. So far, a likable brew.

Taste: Here come the hops in spades, with a truck load of bitterness to drop onto the tongue. Orange and lemon lead the attack, with tropical fruits also landing on the palate. This one isn't too anything, and it's ably assembled, like just about every brew out of Summit. Just the right amount of delicious hops at play in the mouth, the proper dose of booze, as well. Medium-bodied, long bitter finish, having themselves a non-stop party in the mouth. And you're invited.

Brewer Eric Harper honorably avoided the route of naming the beer after some atrocious hop pun. It was a clever twist to put it in a pint can, another first for Summit, and name it for the notion of a tall cylindrical container for hops. Here's hoping they have a hit on their hands with this one.

Apr 21, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A good looking pour, with a brilliantly clear amber color and a nice foamy head; reasonably good lacing, too

Smell: Big caramel malt aroma; earthy and piney hops underneath

Taste: As in the aromatics, the malts are dominant; lots of chewy caramel with a slight veer into fruity territory; earthy and piney hops add some balance, in the middle, but the finish returns to the malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More like an English DIPA than an American but still way too malty for the style

Apr 18, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yay cans. Thanks to irish-hawkeye (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a nice fizzy fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing, crystal clear amber orangered color.

Nose brings hops, floral spicy, with generic fruit, candied tree fruit, touch of sap and resin pine, a sweet caramel amber malt with touch grainy.

Taste is pretty fruity, generic tree fruit, little citrus, with spicy grassy chewy hops, quite bitter with the heavy hops mostly later. Sweet amber reddish malts attempt to balance, caramel malt, and touch grainy. The sweetness adds a little candy flavor, but the malts disappear on the dry finish, a little warming booze shines through with big heavy spicy chewy hop bitterness smashing the finish.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, slightly syrupy, nice carb, little warming booze especially late.

Overall eh, nothing special just a big bitter spicy chewy hop big malt sweetness dipa. Doesn't do anything fun with either hops or malts, maybe a good dipa years ago but boring now.

Apr 11, 2015
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caveat: I'm attempting to rate this beer to style, but this is not my favorite style. Anyway, it pours a good-looking golden amber. Nice cream-colored head with plenty of lacing as it recedes. Wonderful citrus odor, piney. The look, head, and aroma are very inviting; building anticipation. Active carbonation, largish bubbles. Good mouth feel. Somewhat thick feel (for an IPA). Hops bitterness hits right away, in the face, but the beer has a good malt foundation and body. . Piney flavor, with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. For me, personally, this is too bitter, even though it is well balanced. To style, this is a wonderful beer. I imagine this beer will be snapped up quickly by the IPA/DIPA fans. This is a worthy offering from Summit to the DIPA drinker. Surly and TG fans should give it a try. Summit should consider making a version of this a regular, at least a seasonal.

Apr 09, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

1 PINT can
Served in a tulip glass

It pours a beautiful amber color. It is crystal clear. Several inches of off-white head cap this beer leaving a little lacing on the side of the glass

I smell some mild citrus and caramel malt.

Once again I get some mild citrus with a bitter finish. I taste plenty of caramel malt.

Medium mouthfeel

This must be an old can. It tastes like a run of the mill pale ale. I see no markings at the canning date.

Apr 06, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tall-boy 16 oz. can that might have problems fitting into an airplane without kneeing the can in front of him. I might bring a few of these into the BWCA this summer if it’s good.

The pour is a golden orange, like a sunset seen through a translucent brite tank. Nose is a bit of light fruits, perhaps apricots, along with citrus & light bitterness. Nice start, Summit.

Hop Silo has a broken ankle & malt crutches. There’s a gentle hoppiness in the front row, mild bitterness that veers into my least favorite hop leavening: dankness. Dank, earthwormy, herbs, with only a low stink of the pine that I love. Mid-palate brings a malt landslide of caramel, sweetness, grainy as a photo of my grandma Gen. Surprisingly boozy, which I’ve never had from a Summit brew. The malts make it sticky & sweet. Split the can with my wife: ‘tis OK with me.

I was really hoping to love this, but the malt is too strong in this one, the hops too George McFly (pre-Biff-knockout version). Pretty good.

Apr 05, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pig & Fiddle,
A: Hazy gold under a very vinely bubbled off white ½” lacy foam cap. Produces thick lace.
S: Light grassy hops, traces of fruit and biscuit.
T: Starts with malt, fruit, orange, melon, light caramel leading to a big hop finish. The hops are minty, herbal grassy. The hops are juicy and provide a herbal bitterness.
M: Creamy, medium body and carbonation. The finish has a slight, herbal astringency from the hops.
O: A big bold beer with big hops that are not harsh.

Mar 30, 2015
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma was a mix of dank hops but also citrus and pine.
The color was a clear amber with a nice head though by the end it liiked like a glass of tea.
The taste was good being a mix of sweetness upfront with a dry bitter finish.
Not as tasted as I was expecting.
All in all a solid beer

Mar 29, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is pine, spices, fruit and yeast. The flavor is grapefruit, slightly nutty malts, dank hops, fruit, thick body and a mix of bitter and mild honey sweetness in the finish.

Mar 28, 2015
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 16oz can into snifter.

A - Golden amber with a bit of haze and 2.5 finger dirty white foamy head. Retention is impressive as is the thick lacing.

S - A bit earthy with a good amount of hops that produce aromas of citrus and lemon bar. Some pine with a healthy does of caramel sweet malt.

F - A nice biting citrus bitterness with some lemon zest notes. Pine and earthy hops blend with the semi sweet caramel malts.

M - Sticky and well carbonated with a dry finish and medium feel.

O - A cool IIPA from summit using hop extract to yield a nice flavor.

Mar 27, 2015
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RacerDad from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Redish color. Pine and hops aroma. tastes dry and piney and good full mouth burst of pine/hops flavor. Reminds me of Laguinta Sucks but quite as smooth. Very good bitter hops Double IPA.

Mar 27, 2015
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not quite sure if this is a big IPA or a small DIPA but it is not solidly in either. The aroma is more like an IPA. Nice fresh citrus and fruit but not quite as intense as the next size up. Very good looking, but again more like an IPA. Very clear and amber with a nice full head that drippy and sticky lacing.
The flavor pushes more to DIPA with heavy ups up front and a nice assault of bitterness. Holds enough malt to carry the hops and doesn't seem to cross the excess hop oil line - which I really appreciate. I like the hop flavors. They seem very American - citrus, some fruit (less than aroma) a little grassy. Temperature seems important as too cold I didn't find this that enjoyable but a better hop profile shows with it slightly warmed. Mixed impression of the lingering bitterness. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don't. There is just a little touch of sweetness which is nice.
Feel is inbetween again. Not all that heavy or sticky but a tad bigger than moderate. Some softness.
A solid offering.

Mar 21, 2015
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

mostly clear golden color with adequate white and lacing
Pine resin and citrus smells slight tropical wiffs
touch of semi bitter pine flavors with a citus zing finishes with some sweet malts
medium carbonation with with a slight hop bitterness in the finish
a slight 2ipa it is sessionable ABV well hidden this one is drinkable and good

Mar 15, 2015
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An easy drinking DIPA that I would view as sessionable although at 8% that might be a stretch....sessionable in the flavor department as this has a nice peach, apricot flavor to it but not an immense amount of concentrated hop bitterness or flavor....definitely a balanced DIPA with some english notes to it both with the malt and the hop flavors.....

Listen....this is not an all-time great, but it is an enjoyable easy drinking ale...most DIPA fans will find it underwhelming...

Mar 15, 2015
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Mostly clear amber, big head.

Smell: Citrus with some malt behind it.

Taste: Moderate sweetness and fruitiness, then lots of citrus behind it. Mostly sweet & hoppy, moderate bitterness.

Overall: Summit finally made a double IPA so I grabbed a 4 pack. It's a good representative of the style, plenty of malt backbone behind a big pile of hops. Nice fruitiness and citrus flavors. Hopefully Summit will try a barleywine soon!

Mar 15, 2015
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 172 ratings