Summit India Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

Summit India Pale AleSummit India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.53/5
511 Ratings
Summit India Pale AleSummit India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
283
Ratings:
511
pDev:
13.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bitters and hops. Grainy texture. Pale appearance and taste. Grass and controlled carbonation. Malty start and bitter aftertaste. A solid member of the IPA family. More like a European and not the newer American IPAs but drinakble quite the same. In fact, smelled like European hops. Thanks, Feloniousmonk, for this fine IPA.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another ordinary brew by Summit. Not that that's all bad. I usually enjoy a session-able beer with light flavors and easily drinkable, but they must have tremendous balance and extremely low off-flavors. Summit IPA is close, but just falls into the 'ordinary'catagory. Like their Extra Pale Ale, the carbonation plays too high, causing a fizzyness in the appearance and on the toung. The malts, though flavorful and sweet, lack body--leaving the beer thin and almost watery. Hop character is high, particularly in the nose, but under the light weight, finishes coppery and metalic. Dry and crisp in the mouth, the finish whisps away with a light hop flavor and bitter.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint right in front of my gate at Minneapolis-St Paul's airport terminal.

This beer appears a clear medium amber hue, with one finger of creamy, foamy ecru head, which leaves some layered rings of lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of bready caramel malt, some faint lemon and orange citrus, and pine hops. The taste is more bready caramel, a bit of vanilla nougat, grassy, piney hops, and a mild tinge of booze. The carbonation is average, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too prickly to be considered outright smooth. It finishes off-dry, with warm citrus creamed maltinesss.

Not too shabby an IPA, a bit too zingy, but overall easy to drink. Just don't do it at the airport for damned near a sawbuck per pint.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in St. Paul, Minnesota. Reviewed from notes taken over Thanksgiving holiday. Not paired with food. Expectations were low given the style.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a transparent textbook copper.

Sm: Lightly toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lightly toasted malt, cream, and barley. Light hops. It's surprisingly restrained for an IPA. A bit simple, but pleasant. Fairly balanced and decently built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch too thick. It suits the flavours generally.

Dr: Decently drinkable, but it's far from special. I wouldn't have it again. Even IPA fans might not like this too much as it isn't horribly hoppy.

2.8

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11/29/13: Truncated notes from a bottle serving.

Hoppier than I remember it, with plenty of floral hop character and bitterness. Somewhat balanced by the pale malts, but the balance is far from ideal. Quite cohesive, but not gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated, even a bit biting. Decent thickness and body.

Drinkable and enjoyable but far from world class. A decent little IPA from Summit that I see no need to buy again.

C

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Photo of emerge077
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Definitely an English IPA... sweet, mellow, and tea-like.

Smells like a buttered biscuit, and has a dark copper orange body, with a thin head of white foam. Light honey sweetness in the aroma. Flavor seems driven more by the mild complexity of its specialty malt character than much hop content. Faint inkling of dried citrus peel. Some earthy grassy notes suggest hops, but its pretty muted. Overall fairly average taste and aroma, body is sturdy though. Not much here to distinguish it, an entirely average English IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a rocky head that leaves a fair bit of lacing around the pint glass

Smell: A syrupy caramel aroma dominates, along with some earthy hops

Taste: Starts out laying a thick caramel malt backbone with increasingly harsh, grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow a mellow, but expanding earthiness overwhelms the tongue with a tobacco-like quality; the finish is harsh and grainy but leaves an underlying caramel flavor on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, almost creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rich and complex IPA in the English style that is a nice change of pace,but ultimately suffers a bit from a harsh bitterness

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a slight reddish tint. It had a creamy, off-white, two-finger head that left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grassy hops.

T - It has a subtle bittersweet taste. The hops provide a nice earthy flavor. There is also a burnt toast-like malt flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. It makes a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium off white head sits above a clear reddish amber colored IPA. The head falls into a pretty nice looking lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt mixed with darker hops that has some earthiness to it.

Roasted caramel malts blend well with the hops and seems to get better with each drink.

A medium bodied beer with a quite dry aftertaste.

Although this isn't like the west coast IPA the I really crave I still pretty much enjoyed this IPA.

A nice addition to my "I've drank that" list.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mothman
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a copper amber cooler. A decent layer of head with light splattered lacing.

The smell is of grassy hops. There is some hint of a citrus fruit, but I cannot determine what kind. Taste is bitter with floral hops. Lots of caramel and bready malts. Too much malts show.

Mouthfeel bitter but creamy. Taste of alcohol is present after awhile. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, not a very good IPA. A very affordable beer, but not worth it. Way too malty for an ipa.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +17%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, hops, tea and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character breadiness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and tea. Then there's a strong but not overpowering hops presence that comes in and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Stub & Herb's.

Pours amber with an off white head. A bit of retention and some ringy lacing. Nose brings some light floral hops and a tad bit of citrus character. Caramel malt and some bread. Taste is not all that hoppy with some caramel sweetness and a bit of floral hops. Mouthfeel is slightly bitter. Drinkability is fairly good, as this was nice and quaffable.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a bubbly, white head.

Smell: Basic pale malts with just a faint kiss of caramel. Tired citrus fruits languish in the nose.

Taste: Pale maltiness, lightly sweet. The hops, with a taste of aged citrus, never really BRING the bitter. A few more sips, hoping they'll pump it up, only to receive soem metallic hints. Very light bitterness on the all-too abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly watery.

Drinkability: The IPA train is off the tracks!! Summit did a fine job derailing it.

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

Heavily orange-accented burnished bronze. This is one of the darker IPAs that I've seen. The pale toffee colored crown is frothy and soft. It deflates first at the edges, leaving a rounded hump in the middle, and leaves an average amount of lace in thin rings.

The primary component of the aroma is hops, but it's a soft, subdued scent that isn't as hoppy as the pale ale that I drank earlier today. There's also a little earthiness and spiciness in the nose.

Sorry, but Summit India Pale Ale isn't hoppy enough for the style. The earthy, somewhat citrusy hops are present and accounted for, but they have to compete with caramel malt. The malt become even more noticeable with warming, further obscuring hop flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is just okay because it's thinner than it should be.

Summit IPA doesn't do much for me. The brewers need to have a heavier hand with the hops and need to beef up the body. Bottom line: better than fair to middlin', but not by much.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received courtesy of depechemode1983, thanks for the opportunity!
A vigorous pour produces a slightly hazy amber/copper colored beverage with a one finger fluffy white head that slowly recedes to lace on the side of the glass. Smells of bread biscuit and caramel. Very malty aroma almost void of hops with a faint earthy/citrus hop aroma in there. I really shouldn't have to search for the hop aroma in an IPA should I? Taste is sweet malty with lots of caramel, bread, light citrus and herbal tea. lingering herbal tea in the finish. Medium body and carbonation level. I guess this could be a gateway IPA for someone who has not yet embraced the ways of beer geekdom. I found this rather pedestrian and would consider this a bitter or pale ale personally. It would be a pretty good brew if it were Summit Pale ale, but as an IPA I have to ding this one pretty hard for being out of style.
One other thing is I have no idea if this is a fresh bottle as there is only a convoluted code number on the label that I can barely read.

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

Appearance: Copper amber body large tan caramel head leaves intricate even lacing. Aroma: Roasty caramel edged malts are present along with an earthy pine hop tone. Taste: Earthy and pine cone hop flavor brings hop burps along with a mild roasty sweetness and strong welcomed bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied grips to the palate a bit evenly carbonated not too spritzy. Drinkability: Tasty hoppy IPA not the most flavorful or aggressive but definitely a solid offering for Minnesota standards it's sad compared to Masala Mama but it's all good or least okay.

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