Summit Winter Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Winter AleSummit Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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Photo of powellmg
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown color with an off-white, creamy head. Malty, nutty aroma. Rich, nut and coffee taste. Some caramel sweetness balanced well by hops bitterness. Slight harshness in the taste. Moderate-low carbonation.

Overall, a very enjoyable, very seasonal beer.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark brown and/or amber color into a pint glass. Produced a good, creamy head which eventually dissipated during the drink and left behind solid lacing.

Smell: Earthy, nutty, maybe some caramel or chocolate in there as well. Certainly a good smelling brew!

Taste: Excellent taste with a complex flavor. Roasted flavors, caramels, nuts, and maybe even chocolate spice the taste of this beer. I was highly impressed with the taste.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium weight brew. Not super heavy, but not light either.

Overall: I believe this is an excellent brew. I was a little unsure of it when I picked it to round out my mix-and-match sixer, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had no idea it was as dark as it was and was caught off guard after the pour. When I smelled this beer, the complex aroma really hit me, and I was impressed. I would certainly recommend this beer.

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Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of thisladyluck
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ShwarzAl3r
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of ncsutton
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

A - Rich dark amber color

S - Earthy undertones with some toffee and caramel scents

T - Tastes like a good winter ale should, it has some good caramel tastes and some good roasted malts as well

M - Medium bodied brew, some carbonation but not a ton

O - To me this is a good brew, it has the warming affect that a winter ale should it taste a lot like a normal ale with some caramel undertones

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Photo of Simo5301
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bnes09
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with deep ruby hues when held to light. Pours a creamy head than recedes to a thin film and forms sticky lines of lace.

Mild roasted aroma of almonds, light roast coffee and grilled duck.

Flavor of beef stock is highly apparent. Some roasted flavor. Hint of molasses sweetness. No spices as some examples of the style have. Fairly well balanced.

Low carbonation. Smooth feel. Medium body.

Not bad. Beef flavor is a little weird but it is still pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of StupidFlanders
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a tea brown color with an impressive ecru head; leaves some dots of lacing behind

Smell: Earthy malt tones with a hint of caramel and chocolate; somewhat nutty

Taste: Caramel, up front, with a hint of malted milk underneath; by mid-palate, both nuts and earhty hops make an appearance; a bit more hops appear in the finish but this is primarily about the malt bill

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have a hunch that the recipe for this might have changed as older reviews characterize this as an amped-up porter; this year's version is much more like a moderately-hopped nut brown ale; rather enjoyable, overall

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

The beer is a deep ruby mahogany. The head is off-white, and very thick and creamy. It slowly dissipates, leaving lots of sticky lacing.

The beer smells delicious -- sweet caramel, roasted malts, cinnamon and a hint of cherry?

The taste is complex with roasted malts, toffee, caramel all coming through with a slight bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall I'm really impressed with this one. It has a great flavor profile, appearance, and it doesn't over use the spices.

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Photo of shutupandcook
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Vashtar
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pours without much head, but had nice lacing. The appearance is dark brown with a slight orange.

The smell is sweet with lightly roasted malts and strong presence of caramel and toffee.

It's a nice taste. It's bitter and isn't wintery, but it's okay.

The mouthfeel is like air.

Overall, it's an interesting beer. I think it would satisfy a party of people who only like light beers with the other half only liking dark beers. bleh

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Photo of mmitgang
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Dave128
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at a Fridays at the MSP airport while connecting to Seattle. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber in color. A rigorous pour yields a 2 to 3 finger of brownish foam. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Nothing special. Grainy and slightly hoppy.

T - I don't know if I would consider this a winter warmer, the taste is like a well hopped dark amber ale. Good though.

O - It's a good ale to have in the cold, but doesn't quite live up to my winter warmer standards.

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Photo of mscott1975
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like a pour of coke less the ice and bubbles. Dark rich color.

S: Nothing too over powering, some light coffer and chocate with some hints of roasted malts.

T: A little sweeter than I thought it would be. Chocolate is stronger than the scent would lead you to believe and adds a nice sweetness.

M: Medium bodym not to dark with a very light carbonation.

O: Nice winter ale, nothing too special here though.

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Photo of bondebonde
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Ejayz
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of YogiMN
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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