Summit India Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit India Pale AleSummit India 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.

Added by ADR on 02-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 283 | Ratings: 511
Photo of ypsifly
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Undated 12oz twist top poured into a pint.

Deep reddish copper with a decent head that is off white and shows good retention. Ringed lace is left as it goes down.

Tart grapefruit backed by earthy malts make up the nose. Slightly piney. I can detect some yeast aroma underneath. Interesting. The hops make a strong showing, but the malt notes are not left behind.

Tastes EXACTLY as it smells. Earthy grapefruit and pine sap that has been allowed to dry. More citrus pops up in the finish which carries some malt character but ultimately yields to the bittering to dry hops.

The mouthfeel benefits from the malt. Enough body that finishes cleanly without too much carbonation.

The unique malty character (for an IPA) that balances perfectly with all the hops that an IPA should have make for an exceptional session beer.

A must try.

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.48/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clearish bright red/copper with nice looking, medium-sized off-white head with great lacing.
smell is earthy yeast, floral hops, and a hint of buttery malts.
taste- caramel and butter malt flavors, and a medium/heavy hop bitterness that is contrasted by a earthy yeast taste that reminds me of SN Celebration. Well-hopped, but not overly aggressive.
Moutfeel is medium, with a little bit of an oily texture.

Glass empty in no time. My first IPA and still one of my favorites.

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Photo of Buebie
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap fromthe kegerator.

A: Poured a dark copper with a 2 finger white head. Medium laceing on the glass, coats from the brim to the last drop and stays on the glass throught consumption.

S: Huge floral hop aroma. Smells of grass, grains, sweet malt, big clover honey scent. A swirl of the glass helps reveal that honey smell.

T: Taste is sweet up front with that malt and honey. Then mid range the surge of hops comes through. After the swallow is a dry crisp clean finish with the hops lingering. Pine, citrus-grapefruit. Some very small amounts of woody oaky flavors rifle through my tounge in the finish.

M: Thick and puffy, not creamy, just puffy. Carbonation is evenly balanced.

D: This is one of my favorites from Summit. The dry hopping of East Kent Goldings really brings out that floral hoppy aroma.
The wort boil is hopped with Northern Brewer, East kent golding's, Warrior and US golding. A nice array for a resulting delicious beer. Although the surprise is the hops dont dominate, there is still a nice punch from the malt. At 6.4 ABV it doesnt take many pints to be on your merry way.

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Photo of Chaz
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant amber with minimal visible carbonation. Bleached tan head and moderate lacing, head subsides in a matter of several minutes. Nose evinces a hop aroma that is fairly prominent for the style, yet the review preceding mine ("There was too much malt." ) reminds me of where I am, baby! There's some malt on the nose too, but not enough to tell you if its Golden Promise or Maris Otter : ) Sharp, tangy and dry on the first sip, with just a touch sweet malt. Biscuity, dry malt character counterbalanced by herbaceous hops, with a bitterness than lingers nicely. Fruity . . . a touch of banana, and I want to say lemon grass (I swear, I never tasted *that* in the draught version!) Tanginess and dry finish (alongside the biscuity malt and generous deployment of hops) pretty much define this, which is in no way a bad thing to say. Brisk, cleansing, and light on the palate, even a bit thin, but at 5.8% (I recall 6.5%?) it's substantial enough, and plenty sessionable . . . unless you throw caution to the wind. I would swear that the brewers have tweaked the recipe recently; I have had more than my fair share of this on draught (at 'two for one' price I'm sure many would follow my lead!) in the past five years, and it's always been a bit on the sweet side, with much less hop on the nose. The last twelve pack I bought was the same as the draught, and both were some months back. If they've changed this it's an improvement, at least in terms of being style-specific . . . and in a 12 pack? How many IPAs -either British or American-style- are available in 12 packs? Exceptional stuff.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light red/copper color with a very thin foamy head. The initial aroma is of floral. The first taste is 100% hops, and very pleasant. The strong hops taste stays throughout as does the slight bitterness. This is an IPA with some bite and very good flavor.

This is clearly a top IPA and a great offering for Summit. A good sit down beer, maybe with some munchies.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caveat to any concerned: this is a long-time favorite, and one of the first beers I really fell in love with, long, long ago. However, I've had many other, sometimes better IPAs since, and must strive for objectivity in this examination.

Appearance: cast in a bright, ruby-red hue, with a 1/2 " layer of fizzy off-whitefoam, leaving small traces of lace.

Aroma is at first bitter, coppery, but boldened by an enticing dark fruit character, over all big and spicy, though less like a Pacific Northwest hop profile, closer to an English-style.

The tastebuds are led by the nose, urging my lips closer to the glass...Taste is bitter, yet slightly sweet, with a caramel-y essence, perhaps the malt speaking up. Tons of fruitiness, cherries, and berries, but almost candy-fied with the sweetness. Body is medium, finish more mildly bitter, but persistent, riding comfortably along on the palate, never quite quitting the mouth. A thirst-quenching, totally tasty treat, even if it's no longer my favorite IPA, I'm still plenty pleased any time I'm in it's company.

I thought that this more recent examination would cause a decline in my ratings, especially as other, hoppier offerings have seen higher rankings from me..however, I can't find find flaw in the numbers, it still pleases, and I'm always happy with it, and will quaff them aplenty, for as long as I can!

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Photo of budgood1
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

summit IPA pours out a thin head and looks like dark iced tea. very little lacing. the english hop aromas blend with northwest "grapefruit" notes and make your mouth water. medium bodied; a medium malt load and a very dry hop tinge make this a very flavorful brew. quite bitter, and quite tasty. the maltiness doesn't quite hold up to the hop profile, and finishes relatively dry. the hop aftertaste lingers quite awhile on the palate. if there was such a thing as "hop tea", this would be it. for hop heads, this is a can't miss brew. a unique twist on the IPA style, and quite recommended.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. 12 oz. No freshness date on bottle. No matter, this is hoppy and well preserved. Burnt orange color, some nice webbing on the glass.

S. Sports a floral, hoppy nose with a slight herbal tinge.

T. Taste is very well rounded. Caramel malt body delivers a slightly sweet note, and the hop poses the opposite reaction of bitterness. Fresh leafy and oily hop flavor. Malt has a slight roasted edge.

M. Mouthfeel is solid. Medium bodied, decent level of carbonation. Crisp.

D. This brew is a solid choice of IPA and does not dissapoint. It delivers the hops, whats not to like with this? A modernized english IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown glass bottle, capped, no date.

This IPA poured a beautiful amber-red color with creamy, slightly yellowish foam that left a nice coat down the glass. There was a nice effervescence of tiny bubbles. The smell was mostly floral hops with a hint of malt. The taste was (not surprisingly) hops, hops, hops, both bitter and floral. Some malt sweetness did manage to poke through, but was dominated by the hops. The mouthfeel was initially a bit astringent, but later got a bit smoother. The body was medium and the carbonation was good. This was a very fine IPA with a good, long lasting flavor.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle!

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Photo of ryantupy
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definatly one of my favorite IPA's when it comes to drinking a ton of beers in one night. This beer is a great beer to bring along to a party since it is drinkable all night with out getting boring.

A: Pours a bright reddish hue almost mohgany (I know its spelt wrong). With a moderate sized fuzzy head and mild lacing.

S: Bold and bitter with fruity undertones and maybe even some spice.

T: Malt sweetness at first but then bitter with caramel and plenty of sweet/bitter fruit.

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Photo of bditty187
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze hue, translucent, thick off-white head, healthy retention with thick rings of lace. The nose is mostly hoppy, light citrus & pine, caramel malt undertones, inviting. Plenty flavorful palate, largely hoppy… plenty of pine & citrus notes but there are enough (caramel) malts for support. The finish is dry and leafy. Raw oily hops dominate the aftertaste. Carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is a touch thin. This is a quality IPA that would work well as a session brew or something to serve at a BBQ. Try one… it’s tasty!

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Photo of mjryan
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An English IPA. Bready malts and that classic EKG floral aroma. Toast and caramel give way to a big blast of hop bitterness. Finish is dry with a lingering grapefruit bite. Nice beer, not at all what I remember as its been a long time since I've had it. I think I'll have another one. Cheers!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid amber brown with murkiness caused by a high level of yeast floating around.

Smell: Nice honey and a good deal of pine hops. I usually notice caramel in some IPAs, so this honey provides a great change of pace.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Like with the smell, you initially taste honey that creates a relaxing warming sensation. After this, I get a nice balance of pine hops in the background. Mouthfeel is very creamy and excellent overall. Alcohol is evident.

Drinkability: A heavy IPA, but easy to drink.

Overall: An excellent IPA that a comforting feel to it. Great winter beer.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a lovely dark amber-I could look at this brew all day! Fairly good head retention, nice lacing all the way down the glass. Malty sweet smell. The taste is pretty low key compared to other IPAs. It has a nice caramel flavor, with a pleasently bitter finish. There's maybe a little wood (oak?) there. I would have no problem downing a few of these in one sitting.

I don't quite know if this is an IPA-it seems more like a bitter. Then again, what do I know. This is a darn good beer, no matter what style it falls under.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going to work on two bottles, poured into a Samuel Smith's imperial pint glass. $7.99 a sixer. One bottle from the fridge and one from the "cellar" blended to just about the right temperature.

Dense cream colored cap on a dark amber beer. A little bit of haze suggests some body to it. Head holds well, and laces healthily.

Smell of spicy English hops. Toffee, biscuity malt. Earthy, minerally notes. Touch of orange peel.

Heavily hopped, but having the decidedly English hop profile makes this far more interesting than some of the IPAs I've had recently. Also not afraid to show the malt, with a lot of toffee presence giving sweetness. Vanilla, toasty grain. Still, this is expertly balanced with spicy bitterness, perhaps more spice than outright bitterness. Likely way too malty for some (especially after a good few sips), but I find it refreshing. As I go, buttery notes show at warmer temps, and more fruit than before.

For the strength of the beer, this has quite a full body. Smooth enough. I read complaints about the carbonation. Pour harder next time. Problem solved.

Now this is an ale. Great effort by Summit. What I imagine maybe Sam Smith's beer might taste like fresh. I've really enjoyed the English-style IPAs, and even the one English-style IIPA I've had. Better yet, this is only $7.99 here, which is a rare price for a beer anywhere near this good. Repeat buy for me, and recommended to anyone who isn't offended by malt presence in an IPA.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super nice color of opaque darkish caramel-orange, coppery glow with a nice inch high head of off-white creamy thick foam, very thick and lucsiously rich looking with major hefty staying power. Lots of bigger bubbles dotted in its thickness and many areas of grouped spotty tight lace patches.
Soft pleasant nose of floral hops with some citrus and peach, nice sweet malt backing and a note of musty grass. Freshness abound, nice sniffer.

Taste is quite brillantly done soft but biting hops, a bit piney with a great mild earthy toned bitterness. The malt note picked up in the smell seems to never show up in the taste, but obviously there to keep this from being to hop heavy, which it is, but not in a bad way. Great dryness thats a bit smokey in the very late finish, nice!
Feel is pretty full and solid medium body with excellent bittering drynesses in levels.
What a great surprise - another brew from Summit I can gloat about locally, this is what should take place of the EPA that seems to be everywhere.
Solid American IPA, great job.

Thanks to all the local BA boys for talking it up recently, otherwise I would have never even touched the stuff.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap back in mid may in a Bostons in Grandforks ND. a different animal than the bottled effort

Pours light caramel with a a 2" white head. Light lacing & head retention

Smell: Sharp hoppyiness with fruitty malt accompanying the scent

Taste: fruitty up front & then hops ( piney & floral ) surface & take over, resulting in a snappy hop finish

MF: great balance, medium body & near perfect carbonation

Goes down too easy, an IPA that I could easily session on

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Photo of jjanega08
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= copper amberish color, decent head with some spotty lacing. Very typical of a summit
S= some earthy hops, lemon, slight malt notes for a little sweetness
T= great balance which is why I like summit as an everyday beer. Good hop bitterness but its countered with the smooth malt flavor, some lemon notes just great. Very basic but very good
M= good carbonation with a good smoothness, very nice!
D= awsome! Great beer. Yet another by summit. I think the summit brewery is one of the best in the midwest to keep the k.I.s.s. idea (keep it simple stupid). Good beer and its one of my go to's

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Photo of Norsebrew
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer many times in bottles and on tap.

A: Red clear color with a 1 finger head and great lacing.

S:Sweat malts with fresh leaf hops and grass.

T: Fresh crisp IPA with an intense hop heavy flavor that packs a lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Highly carbonated with tingling tastebuds from the bitter hops.

D: I love this highly hopped crisp beer, but it can get overbearing at times due to the bittering hops they use. this is definitely not a beer to introduce your newbie friends to the wonderful world of American IPA's, but for the seasoned hopheads out there, I recommend this one.

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Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

wow what a great beer. My friend bought me the summit winter sampler pack for christmas. This beer was by far my favorite. Summit's was the first IPA I have ever had and I was impressed. Since then I have tried Red Hook's version and am equally impressed.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep amber/ light copper color body with good clarity and an impressive head. Thorough lacing left behind on my glass

S- Lightly toasted, biscuit-like, floral and a touch spicy

T- Excellent American take on an English IPA. Somewhat dry, a bit fruity, and definitely bitter, this beer is "balanced" - meaning it doesn't burn your tongue.

M- Well done, low pH water type characteristic of a traditional English IPA. Excellent carbonation - active without being irritating.

D- Tasty craft brew for the same price as Sierra Nevada - which doesn't have an English IPA... but many American IPA's.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another beer found during my trips to the midwest this summer...

It pours a deep clear amber creamy khaki head. There's a lot of lacing on the glass. The nose is full of herbal and floral hops. It's a wonderful sweet aroma.

Very herbal hops in the flavor, some hints of loose tea from the hops as well. The body is crisp but lightly sweet malt comes through and it finishes with the low-level herbal hops. The hops linger in the aftertaste.

A nice surprise. A well-balanced and tasty regular IPA. I've been pretty impressed with Summit so far. They make solid, tasty beers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep copper with a reddish cast despite its bottle conditioning. The full, frothy head is a light tan that holds quite well and leaves rings of thin lace at the outset of the glass. Caramelish malt and yeasty berry-like fruitiness dominate the nose backed by leafy, earthy, grassy and lightly floral hops. The body is medium and slightly dextrinous with a very fine carbonation that gently caresses the palate. The carbonation level seems slightly restrained for the style but it works well in lending to its malty character. In the flavor a malty sweet, caramelish side appears upfront, followed by some fruitiness at mid-palate before the hop flavor and bitterness rise at the swallow. It finishes dry with lingering notes of bready malt and leafy, mildly citrusy hops amidst a soft bitterness. Interesting, satisfying, and very drinkable.

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Photo of edbeered
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best Summit beers all have a certain crispness, which, once experienced, is addictive. This beer has it in spades. What it does not have is an overwhelming hop presence. What it has is a resiny piney hop profile and a subdued malt flavor. Is it bitter enough? For someone expecting a West Coast IPA, probably not. Nonetheless, I like it.
The color is an eye-pleasing dark amber, with sufficient lace on the glass to show that ingredients weren't scrimped upon.The smell imparts a mild bitterness, but is not distinctive. The taste? That incomparable Summit crispness along with a distinct hoppiness(dry hopped according to Summit)makes this a winner in my books. It goes down smoothly. Another, please!

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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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