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India Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Replaced by True Brit IPA.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 283
Reviews by motorhed:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Summit beer and I must say it is not bad. The smell is subtle biscuit and bland aroma. i was afraid there would be no hops! The taste assuaged me with a hop presence but not focus. This beer is very balanced and easy to drink. I drink so many hop-bombs that its refreshing to find a balanced IPA that I actually like.

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Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a purplish hue, this one has no head whatsoever. A few bubbles around the collar are all that I see.

Malty and dank nose with a faint hint of dirty earth and a nice hop note. This smells warmer and more malty than I would have expected.

The taste is very very malty for an IPA. Sweet, earthy, and slightly citrusy. This is strange for the style, not bad though....I like it alot. I taste weet plums and raisins (maybe some chocolate too) backed by some mellow hops.

This seems more like an English bitter or soemthing, rather than an IPA. It is very unique and very tasty. I really like the warm malty notes that comliment the hops, I'm just confused as to what it is trying to be. I would happily have this again!

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

From notes.

Appearance: Caramel/amber hue with a bubbly off-white head.

Aroma: Biscuit malt and a little sweetness.

Taste: Nice caramel malt, some hop sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Good barley flavor like every English IPA should have.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I don't remember having liked Summit's India Pale Ale before, but it's definitely grown on me. It delivers the classic flavor you'd expect from an English IPA and an old school brewery. Would I drink it again? Yes, though the three that come in the seasonal 12 packs are plenty.

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Photo of xmahns
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sweet, slight cheesiness to the hops, unbalanced beer. The beer had an oxidized aroma, with a sour tang on the tongue in the back of the flavor profile. Thin bodied and watery. I was on the road and so drank directly from the bottle, so aroma could have been off because of that, very hard to tell a good aroma from bad sometimes straight from the bottle. But overall, did not drink well.

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Photo of MarshMan71
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of demcorhip
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish coppery hue. Not much head formed on the pour, maybe half a finger's worth. Some fine lacing and fine carbonation.

Some malty sweetness, mostly citrus/pine notes present. Was pleasant.

Not as bold as other microbrew IPAs. Would make a good introduction to the style or even potentially a "crossover" beer. Fairly well balanced within the style, somewhat bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness gave way to apricot/citrus/pine from the hops. Finished with a bitter, tannin-like taste.

Decent, has just enough body to realize one isnt drinking a watery flavoured beverage. Just enough carbonation to provide a slight sparkle in the mouth.

Easy to drink. Goes great with a hot day when one may want to drink a few. Would make a good session beer since its not too thickly sweet or too hoppy. Would also serve as a decent introduction to the style for those not familiar with IPAs or other hoppy beers. Ill probably drink it again, but wont go out of my way searching for it either.

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Photo of bscalt
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of jscottku21
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of tomhartnett
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of climax
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a clear nice copper color, orange to the light, head was small and didn't hang around long, hugged the side of the glass with some delicate lace

s - not too hoppy for being an IPA, slightly sweet, nutty and good malt presence

t- not overly hoppy but a very nice, wouldn't turn off someone who disagreed with liberally hopped beer. very crisp and finished with citrus

m - light and smooth, hoppy aftertaste, nothing extraordinary

d - very crisp and easy to drink, fantastic with rold gold honey mustard twists if your a little hungry

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Photo of GarbageMan
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of TechMyst
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malt and floral hops. Bitter / pine floral hop taste. Murky with color between amber and ruby. dry yeasty malts giving way to pine and bitter hops. I would have to say that this review might have to change. I think this beer was frozen accidentally over night in the mini-van. however, it was still a decent offering...good lord, have you seen the woman on the beer advocate cover...perfect 10 right?! very little carbonation here.

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Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Twist off 12er.

Malty nose, slight hop. Smells like it will be sweet and a little bitter.

Pours a deep copper color with yellow highlights, good clarity, mild head with milder retention.

First sip brings me a tart, malty palate plagued with borderline-harsh & metallic bitterness. After 6-7 more sips the bitterness falls to a more tolerable level. Moderate sticky sweet malt. Softer earthy, floral, herbal hop

I couldn't recommend this one. It's always exciting seeing new beers on the local shelves, but it's sad when I don't much like them. I wonder if the ESB or Oktoberfest is better.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Large rocky white head, amber body with tight bubbles

Smell - Piney hops and alcohol with a slightly metallic aroma

Taste - Nice malt balance up front followed by alcoholic maltiness and acidity of hops joining in

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation greets the palate blending into a nice sugary full finish

Drinkability - Solid IPA with emphasis on malt and woody hops giving superb hop and slightly boozy finish. A very drinkable ale that plays on the strengths of hoppy bite with a sweet backing and decent carbonation

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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of JEdmund
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper hued with a thick white head. Retention is good and it leaves proper lacing.

Smell is underwhelming, but to be fair it is English style. Aroma features berry, mint, wood, toffee, caramel notes.

Taste is pretty well balanced with a lean towards hops in the finish. Hops definitely not PacNW. They're a bit earthy and slightly minty. I like the bitter flavor. It's subtle compared to the American IPAs I'm used to. Body has good texture, and there's a fine amount of carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable beer but not particularly striking. And it doesn't hold a candle to Goose Island's English style IPA.

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Photo of Ryen
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with an attractive two-fingered head that has great retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Plenty of sticky lacing left on the glass surface.

The smell is a combination of citrus hops and caramel malt. Neither overpowers the other. I didn't know if I should be worried by the lack of hop power at this point.

The taste is also a combination of the hops and malt in an IPA in the English fashion. The hops are not powerful like they are in American IPAs but more balanced with the malt. I would compare this to a hopped-up American amber ale. This has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. I rate the drinkability high as ABV is relatively low, tastes great, and is affordable. Definately a often purchase for myself when I don't want to punish my tastebuds.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, cotton candy, sweet malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, hops, and slight citrus. Overall, an average English IPA at best.

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Photo of Jimboe
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 511 ratings