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
Photo of CalhounJohn
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice, mild IPA

Appearance - A semi-deep brown beer that met my expectations.

Smell - This beer had a mild citrus aroma that didn't set the bar, yet didn't disappoint.

Taste - A nice depth of flavor and not as hoppy as you might expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel - It sat nicely as it went down and didn't disappoint. It had a nice balanced flavor that raised this beer in my eyes. I was very surprised by the depth of flavor.

Overall - Ultimately, I was happy with this beer and think it would be a nice addition to have on hand when a better than average beer is needed.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber orange with a medium white head that fades into a thin white layer. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Mild citrus and earthy hops followed by a scent of citrus. Hints of pale malt, lemon, and dried fruit.

Taste: Starts with some malty and fruity sweetness and spice. Then a nice bite of citrus and earthy hops. Also a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall: A lighter but pretty decent tasting and complex IPA.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

372nd review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz

Brewsky's in Lincoln, NE

App- Very dark amber with a one finger head. A little too dark for an IPA, especially after the GI IPA. Not a lot of lace/cling at all.

Smell- Just smelled very off to me, more in line with the malt scents from the Imperial Pumpkin porter I have had before.

Taste- This was malty, but was missing at least a small hop note to it. The taste was flat and a bit more creamy than I belive intended.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. A small flat malt feel.

Drink- A bit let down with this, I liked my first beer from summit and wanted to like this but it was flat and a bit off to me.

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Photo of zoolou
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
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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Photo of Clearce
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer as part of the spring sampler. I am very impressed with the flavor of this IPA. It had a huge foomy head that remained all the way to the bottom. I am ok with all IPAs not being the same. I like IPA with really bold flavors that stand out and I also like beers with more balanced subtle flavors. I would consider Summit IPA to be less bold of flavor, but very good tasting. I liked the balance of spice and bitterness. I am glad I tried Summit. I am new to comparing beers, but I have not had a bad IPA yet. The beers mouth feel was full enough. The drinkability was very good.

The most critical thing I can say s that if it was a choice between this Summit IPA and The excelent Summit EPA I am not sure which I would choose. Not sure how quickly I will get back to summit but I do want to get back to it. Good stuff.

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Photo of marty21
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden orange with 1 finger worth of white foamy head. Settles to a ring around the glass and left a decent amount of lacing.

S: Mild hoppy nose with some earthy tones. Almost smells likek alcohol.

T: There's some pine initially but then you get this big earthy grass taste. Finishes with a bit of bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: I don't think I would consider this an IPA there were hardly any hops. Most Pale Ales have way more hops then this.

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Photo of CanonJohn
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in to a pint glass.

A: Very nice light amber. Clear, with a nice amount of carbonation. Head was thin, but creamy. Tan, almost caramel in color. Left some nice lacing that hung high on the glass and never fell.

S: Malty, roasty, hops, citrus, perhaps a touch of dried fruit.

T: Starts malty, sweet, some fruit notes. Spicy and complex, with the hops kicking in right after. The finish is alcohol with a nice mild hoppy/bitter after taste.

M: Nice medium bodied. Coats the mouth well, leaving a lingering flavor that is very pleasant.

D: Highly drinkable. Not quite a session beer because of the ABV, but I could knock back a few easy. Also would be good with a meal. This could stand up very well against a steak and baked potato.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crisp bronze color with a large, thick, creamy, foamy, smooth, white head. Great retention finally settling in a thin, foamy lace.

S - Faint and soft on the nose. Hops provide most of the aroma, but it smells more like a hoppy pale ale than a full IPA. Touch of citrus, earthy, spicy, and grassy hops. Touches of lemon zest. A very faint pale malt and faint mineral aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. Slight English/European hops, but not enough to really convince me it is an IPA and not a pale ale. Some earthy, citrus, grassy, and earthy hops. A touch caramel and pale malt.

M - Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth and slick.

D - Pretty easy to drink although it is lacking a bit to make me want to drink more. Not offensive but it's not really tasty either.

Notes: A little too light on the hop flavor. Luckily the alcohol does really come out as for an English IPA with a lack of hops it has a pretty high ABV. Not really a true English or American IPA. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of dali27
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear orange-red in color. Decent head which dissapates into thick sticky lace on side of the glass.

S: Malt aroma is the strongest, mixed with light hops smell.

T: Bitterness upon first taste, but not at all overwhelming afterwards. Clear caramel malty flavor that came out in the nose, with hops flavor that was wasn't as evident to me from first smell.

M: Feel is medium body, with a nice creamy-ness. I'm alright with the way this feels.

D: Nice drinkable old-world style ipa.

It is clearly evident the difference between an ipa brewed in the traditional vein, and some the hop crazy American styles I have been trying. This beer is much easier for me to drink a few of, but the experience as a whole is lacking. I remember trying this beer over ten years ago when I lived up north and not liking it at all. Now, I see that it is quite mild and enjoyable given the right circumstance.

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Photo of mellowmark
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. No freshness date to be found. It's from their Spring Sampler, so it must be fresh. $14.99 for a 12-pack.

Appearance: Pours copper with a 3-finger fluffy as a cloud off-white head. Lacing in patchy clumps. Head retention is pretty good, seems to be staying around. Beer is absolutely and completely translucent. Plenty of carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the top.

Smell: Not as prominent in the hops as I would like from an IPA. What's there is grassy. Slight astringency as it warms. Mild grapefruit citrus and caramel malt. Kind of an artificial candy type fruitiness.

Taste: Hits you up front with citrus and bitter earthy hops. Sweet on the back end. Lingering bitterness with a pretty strong citrus. Again, pretty mild on the hops.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. Coarse on the palate.

Drinkability: Low

It's not a bad beer, it just isn't hitting the right notes for me. The flavor is decent but simple. The mouthfeel is pretty annoying, and the astringency in the nose can be a little off-putting. For an IPA it really isn't a particularly hoppy beer, with the malt playing the major role.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a pint glass a clear golden color with a 1 finger white head that leaves slight lace as it settles. As I take my first smell of this I find myslef wondering where the hell are the hops?! Very slight aroma of piney hops in the nose. The taste is just as a let down as the nose with a slight sweet grain cereal start with a little pop of subdued hops. I will say that it is easy drinking and this minimal hop profile probably appeals to more of the masses than true hop heads and maybe that's what Summit was aiming for. Medium mouthfeel. Ends with the slightest lingering bitterness. In the future, I'd probably just stick with their EPA.

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Photo of GBB
2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Available on tap at Cubby's. Summit IPA is not what I would consider an IPA. Starting with the color, it has more of a darker reddish-brown color that is much darker then typical IPA's. The smell, which should be bursting with hop goodness is lacking. And speaking of hops, they are very subtle with hints of earthy tones and slight citrus notes but all of it plays second fiddle to the malt. The malt is a little watery with hints of roasted and English flavoring. I don't know what the IBU's but it doesn't seem much. Personally I like IPA's with hops and Summit is lacking with this.

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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 plfahey
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance-Medium Copper/amber in color. Very clear. Frothy dense white head with fair retention and good lacing.

Aroma-Spicy, lightly citrusy (orange) hops. Grainy, with some bread and caramel as well. Light fruity esters. Aroma is a bit weak though.

Flavor-Somewhat sweet up front, caramel malt with hints of toffee and bread. Hop flavors are somewhat earthy and spicy. Light fruity esters accompany some orange citrus notes (which may be from hops or esters). Hop bitterness is moderate and grows to moderately high in the finish. Flavor dries a bit but still remains slightly sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body, medium carbonation. Hops are somewhat drying, but not astringent. Relatively smooth.

Solid, easy drinking English style IPA. Not exceptional, but definitely drinkable. As with many of Summit's beers, I don't find this one very interesting, but I'm happy to drink it. A good, higher-alcohol session beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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 BeerEndevour14
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$8.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright deep copper body topped with a small loose off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving light sticky lace and a thin bubbly cover. Really expect more lace and a bigger head from the style.

S: Very weak citrus aroma with hints of floral hops and a sweet caramel aroma in the background. Solid, but weak overall.

T: Bready backbone and citrus hop flavor. Balanced, but definitely won't appeal to an IPA enthusiast. Very light bitter aftertaste. Extremely simple flavor profile overall, not nothing off-putting.

M: Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Slight carbonic bite and moderate hop oil smoothness. Very little bitter tingle on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability. Very approachable IPA and an obvious stepping stone to more aggressive examples. Flavor is solid if not assertive and will appeal to a wide audience.

O: Summit is generally very solid, and this is a perfect example of what I have come to expect. A well balanced, and approachable take on the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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 jera1350
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe it has taken this long to review this beer, but here goes.

Lovely copper color with a one finger tan head that leaves all kinds of sticky lace on the glass.

A balanced nose of caramel and honey malt along with citrusy hops. Rather pleasant.

Balanced flavor as well. Caramel malt sweetness, a bit of toffee perhaps. The hop profile is earthy, piney and lightly citrusy. Really offers a nice hop bite, but has plenty of malt to even it out.

Smooth, mostly soft carbonation, lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied.

A very enjoyable beer. I think this is spot on for the style. I really should take advantage of this beer more often. I could consume a couple of these with relative ease.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of LikaThaHops
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into Pint glass

A- Hazy, golden pour with a dense white head.

S- Super strong floral smell. Hops too, of course, but much more floral.

T- Taste was as good as any everyday IPA, nothing bad about it, but nothing mind blowing either. A little citrusy.

M- The feel was great. It stuck to the palate rather well, no bad after taste, no unwanted extra bitterness.

D- I could drink this beer all night if it were the only brew available. It's a good variation of the style, but just not my personal favorite.

Good show, and good work!

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Photo of stephens101
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy and active off a medium pour. Pale amber in color. Has a one-finger off-white head that has good retention and leaves a thick sheet of lace behind. Smells grainy and slightly sweet with little in the way of hop notes. A little fruit may exist in the very back. Tastes malty and fruity up front with a somewhat nondescript middle and a chalky aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. Not bad, but not a lot going on here.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber into my pint glass with about one finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly with minimal lacing.

S - Combination of toasted malts and floral hops. Somewhat grassy and herbal, yet there is a caramel sweetness, as well as some fruity notes peaking though.

T - Caramel and toffee malts are the first to arrive on the palate, followed by some grapefruit citrus hops. Pretty clean finish with just a slight by of bitterness lingering on the palate.

M - Really nice, smooth and creamy, medium body and just the right amount of carbonation.

D - This is an easy drinker and I really enjoy it, it's just not that exciting or anything that really stands out. However, it is quality and worth drinking without a doubt.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a big fluffy white head. The aroma is negligible, at least at first, though it come out malty and bready as it warms. But the flavor is mild, pleasant and malty. The hops are mild, english style. The mouthfeel is prickly. This is a perfectly decent english style IPA though not memorable.

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Summit India Pale Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 511 ratings.
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