Summit Winter Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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84
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573 Ratings
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Summit Winter AleSummit Winter Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG 14.6° Plato
36 IBUs
Malts: Harrington, Caramel, Carafa II
Hops: Willamette, Fuggle, Tettenanger

Added by Todd on 12-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
573
Reviews:
277
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
91
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 573 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of Rilesmiles
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lundste
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

summit winter ale
amber edged, clear medium brown with a light tan head of fine bubbles, lacing evident as it begins to drop.
smells of toasty malts, pretty reserved while the beer is cold.
flavors of chicory, just enough sweetness to balance, and a little astringency in the finish. quite clean and crisp for an ale. nearly schwartzbier like.
the body and carbonation are very middle of the road in a pleasing sort of way.
not as dark, mysterious, or complex as I expected but solid and serviceable.
4, 3.75, 3.75, 4, 4

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Photo of Brent_B
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briguy93
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdevo
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into a bow-tie Holland America lager glass

L - Rich dark brown with two finger head. Nice tight lacing that moves down the glass at a good pace

S - Notes of chocolate, nutmeg, caramel. Not too strong on the nose, could be due to the glass, but it is not too aromatic.

T - Chocolate cake, nutmeg, bready notes. Dark flavors dominate, not overly aggressive. Smooth as silk.

F - Smooth texture, kind of a translated Oktoberfest winter beer. Slight alcohol after taste. Soft texture with a good solid beer feel.

O - I am a bit biased because this is brewed right down the street of my grandparents, but Summit makes phenomenal beer. I have never heard of a winter warmer style until I had this and it is a very good example of the style. Nothing too fancy done to this beer, so if you just want a plain old beer for the winter time, look for further than this. Merry Cheersmas!!!!

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Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with ruby edges. The nose is nutty and malty. The flavor profile follows teh nose fairly well. The finish is semi-dry and bitter and the body is on-point.

Despite an ABV into the 6s, this is a beer that can be sessioned by the fire (as long as one is not driving anywhere afterward).

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Photo of googs509
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of krowman2652
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasty beer from a local brewery that is dedicated to presenting quality products.

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Photo of matcris
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by date of : 3/24/16. Reviewing on 11/28/15.

LOOKS: Aggressive pour into Nonic pint glass. Three fingers+ of tan head that lingers forever. Lacing down glass is superb. Very dark ruby up to the light in color. Some very small bubbles streaming up glass.

AROMA: Smells like fruit and cake. Fruitcake! I'm getting a bready, rum or sherry soaked sweet bread. Nutty, dried dark cherries or plums. And the spices you would get in a holiday cake, cinnamon and nutmeg.

TASTE: Basically the exact same qualities in the flavor. Bready and sweet, with just enough of slight bitterness that it isn't cloyingly sweet. Very malt forward brew. The beer that comes closest to this would be Deschutes Jubelale, although I don't get any chocolate in this.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to full body. Carbonation is on the lighter side, probably because of pour. Not a sticky sweet beer, but definitely not a dry beer. Probably not great for chugging.
Overall, very nice full body beer that would be at home next to the fire on a snowy night. I would recommend pouring less aggressively to retain a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks goes out to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, spices. Taste is malts, cocoa, spices, hints of fruits. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Seabass1964
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AluminumBadFalcon
4.9/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant dark chestnut under a 1” rocky light tan foam collar that provides intricate lace. S: Malty aromas with coffee and chocolate. T: Tastes drier than it smells. The foamy liquid enters the mouth and dissolves into a light chocolate with a pinch of roast. Just the right mix of chocolate and light coffee. F: Creamy smooth, a marvelous soft texture with fine soft carbonation. O: A good winter warmer. With more alcohol it could be a great one.

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Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Ssippisam
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 573 ratings.
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