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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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 283
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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2.15/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reddish brown. Aromas of brown sugar and burned brown sugar mixed with alcohol and subtle, peppery hops. Intensely roasty on the palate, reminiscent of roast-inflated American porter, hardly appropriate here. The point seems to be to obscure a heavy load of sweet malt. The effect is bitter and sweet, like strong, cheap black coffee with sugar stirred in.

There is nothing even vaguely "IPA"-like about this beer and it's a chore to drink besides.

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2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

Relatively clear dark amber. Off-white sticky head that stays around for a while. The smell is surprising..roasted malts and really no noted hop aroma. Earthy flavor with a metallic/chemical additive which distracts from any pleasant flavors that may be lingering here...damn hard to drink, all things considering.

Bottom line: If this is an IPA, then I have no grasp of what an IPA is.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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2.26/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

There was a clear copper color, nice foamy head and pronounced lacing along the sides of the glass. A very appealing appearance. The smell did not have the overpowering hops I would expect from an IPA, but it could be that the beer was old. The very first sip provided a strong metallic taste that then turned to an average hop bitterness. Having tried another Summit brew that also had a metallic taste I wonder if it is a problem with their brewing process.

The mouthfeel was fine, well carbonated. I said this in my last rating for a Summit brew, don't buy off the shelf marked for sale. You will almost always be disappointed. Having said that, I would definitley try this beer again, but only if I was sure it was fresh.

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2.41/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass

A: Poured a clear copper/orange color with almost a slight ruby tinge to it as well. Had a small head that dissipated quickly.

S: Smells very bready, none of the usual pine/citrus aromas. Not much going on here. The smell is a little off-putting.

T: Some caramel and the bready flavor is here too, no citrus or pine here either. Tastes kind of flat, not like a typical IPA.

M/D: Water, not a lot to it at all. Overall, not good, but looking at other reviews, I wouldn't be surprised it this one had been sitting too long. Would be willing to give it another shot.

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2.41/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I would say the look is good for an EIPA. The appears heavily carbonated and darker than most AIPAs, which it should. Head is moderate and off-white. Good for and English IPA, except I don't know about all the carbonation in an English beer.

Light crystal malt and dough in the nose with some floral though understated English hops. A wisp of alcohol comes through as it warms. I could use some more aroma hops.

Some mellow alcohol up front followed by minty hops and crystal malt. A little plastic in it as well. In the finish notes of some darker crystal and a slight astringent roastiness. Not a big fan.

Over-carbonated for an English ale of any kind IMO.

I just don't dig the balance in this brew. Bitterness is fine, but barely any aroma. The hop flavor that is there is closer to a steam beer than I feel and English IPA should be. I would be interested to know what hops they used to IPAify this one so I know not to brew with them.

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2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Old penny colored beer has no real head to speak of. The nose is caramel malt. Taste is very simple, caramel malt and bitter hop resin. Mouthfeel is sticky and fizzy. This is a refreshing beer with no real off-flavors but it is painfully boringgg. Sorry I fell asleep just thinking about it

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.52/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby amber with a huge frothy off-white head the retains and laces the glass.

The aroma is grassy vegetal hops. Not very pleasant at all.

The flavor is grassy hops leading to a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is extremely watery - it tends to wash out the flavor.

Overall, not a great example of an IPA. It has good bitterness, but it's pretty simplistic and unbalanced, and I don't care for the grassiness.

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2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Definitely the best thing about this beer is the way it looks. A pale golden color with a great head that stays throughout and leaves layers of sticky lacing up and down the glass. However, that is where the fun ends.

S - The smell that sticks out is corny/grainy, reminiscent of Budweiser. I guess a hop aroma is there, but way in the background. Very unimpressive for an IPA

T - I was expecting a big hop attack from this one, but it almost seems as if Summit's Extra Pale Ale is more hoppy than this one. Very corny/grainy tasting under the small hop undercurrent. Underwhelming and not very appetizing.

Overall I was rather disappointed with this beer. If you're trying out Summit, go for the EPA or the porter.

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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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2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle received from a friend as an extra ina trade.

I drank this about an hour ago and still have about 1/4 left in my glass. I'm really liking IPA's as of late, but this one just is not very good. It's either old, or just not a good IPA. Kind of sad considering MN produces Furious which is fantastic.

I'd recommend shying away from this poor man's IPA, especially when there are so many better offrerings out there.

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2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of creamy eggshell head, color of the ale is a clear lite orange amber color, there is some nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Alot of bready malts, freshly baked bread, slight citrus and ripe fruit, slight floral hops.

Taste - Light minerals and slight medicinal, toasty breadcrust, grassy hops, sweet malts, pumpernickel crust, slight pepperiness, slight aspirin and chalkiness, touch of citrus pith and peel - more astringency than flavor though.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, medium carb is smooth at first but gets sharp and drying at back of the tongue. Off flavors are astringent, puckering and chalky, not very easy to drink actually, could not have more than one of these.

Overall - This seems somewhat of a mess to me. There are alot of flavors here, but they don't go very well together, very unbalanced, and this seems to get accentuated as it warms. Drinkability is pretty low due to the astringency and chalkiness. I will finish it, but I can't recommend this beer. Perhaps this is typical of an english ipa and I'm being overly critical, as others seem to enjoy this - but it is definitely not for me.

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2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poor tasting IPA compared to what is available in the microbrew market. Lacks a citrusy hop character no resemblance of fruit, tarts or sweets. The bitterness makes me question the quality of hops used, it is overwhelmingly bitter and the IPA/hop bite is sharp and straight forward bitter. Recommend trying on tap but in bottle MUST be poured and still questionable as a craft beer.

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2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

IPA's are my favorite style of beer..So I was expecting good things from Summits IPA. However, I was not impressed.

Poured into a Imperial Pint. Has great color,a deep orange in my light - looked very appealing. the head was about pencil thick, and left quickly. However, a small ammount of lacing did persist.

Smell - To be honest, Im much more used to intense IPA's so it seemed a little weak. The typical gregarious ammounts of hops bitterness, a slight citris. After about half of the beer was gone from my glass the smell seemed flat as there was little to no carbonation left.

Taste - Just not too much to this IPA; about average. Not very spicy, and could stand to be a little hoppier.

Impression... I like a lot of Summits beers, but this one wasnt too hight on my list - me being a stickler for good IPA's. However, it was no where near bad. Id say its an average IPA, but not very complex.

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2.67/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Summit IPA is .well.. different as far as IPA's go. It smells mild.. not a lot of is refreshing but is not in the same League as Top Notch IPA's. Not even close to Stone IPA... One of my favourites. I like it ok.. but it's just not an IPA I would spend money on...

~ Carry On, Citizens!!!~

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