Summit Winter Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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3.73/5
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586 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#27,388
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
586
pDev:
10.72%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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13
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Photo of Marvicsin
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ta_hagen
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjccmd
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich toasty malts, and piney hops. Sweet smelling. Hints of darker fruits. Cinnamon raisin bread. Out of season, but hops are still present. Piney and almost minty. Cracker basemalt is noticeable.

Pours dark ruby/brown. Good clarity. Decent sized off white head with good lacing and retention.

Juicy malts. Pumpernickel bread. Caramel and brown sugar. Some raisin but less present in the flavor than the nose. Less hop character on the palate, but still some balancing bitterness. Complex malt character. Juicy and full with a nice cracker base.

Medium full body with medium carbonation. I know I've said juicy twice already...but fairly dry finish. Lingering hop bitterness and toasted bread.

Complex and rich but surprisingly drinkable. Has held up quite well.

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

Photo of Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has all the hallmarks of a winter warmer appearance, light brown, lesser brown head 1/2". Aroma was nutty, mildly boozy, some brown malt.

Taste mildly sweet, mildly boozy, mildly hoppy. Plenty of malt, smooth. Even some tree like dark fruit note. Good format, cheap, solid option here.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave2234
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kayakbrewer
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Carmel flavor is upfront. Bold flavors and medium feel. Good for one or two.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with minimal light penetration. There's a half inch of tightly packed beige resting on top. Light lacing on the glass. Aroma is comprised of caramel and chocolate. I taste plenty of dark chocolate and light malt. The mouth is lightly silky and smooth.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lundste
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briguy93
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdevo
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
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 +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Winter Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 586 ratings