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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 Monkeypaws
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is your basic, unassuming session IPA - it won't rock your socks with hops, their presence is more subtle. It has a nice deep color for an IPA, and the aroma, while lacking the hops kick a top of the line IPA, is agreeable. It drinks well, and isn't too strong in alcohol. I usually let these warm up to near rom temperature, which seems to make a marked improvement in richness of taste.

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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 JohnGalt1
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brought home to Boise from understanding coworkers... poured into a shaker pint.

Thick lite tan head atop an amber/lite copper brew.

Smell is spicy hops.. but not enough to fight the big malts... uninspiring.

Good bitterness... but out of balance.. needs more body and sweetness.... metallic.. needs more hop flavor.. reminds me of a macro amber... exposed to too much air... oxidized finish.

This may not be a fair review, but I will try to make up... it needs more of everything! If it is going to be an English IPA, then hit me with the EKG's! But on the same note, it needs alot more body and complex malt notes... I've had this beer before a couple of times... picked it up in Nevada, and always figured the distance between brewery and destination had something to do with my not liking it... Sorry, but this is not the case.

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Photo of Kiwano
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass.

A: After being poured into a glass had a light amber color with a nice fluff white head that stayed for a while and left traces on the sides of the glass.

S: Hoppy and caramel. A little bit of malty caramel at first but then has a hint of a mettalic and bitter taste

T: A little bit of malty caramel at first but then has a hint of a metallic and bitterness.

M: Medium body not heavy at all with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Didn't expect the bitterness but liked the contrast between the first taste and then when the bitterness hit. The taste has a nice longevity to it.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back on the 8th of June 2007, Summit had a firkin event at the Eclectic Cafe in Brainerd, Minnesota.

The beer presented was their India Pale Ale. Gravity fed, the brew poured out a loose finger of foam over a very cloudy orange brew with a lot of visible suspended particles. As the night wore on and the brew settled, these particles were much less evident. The nose was malty and bready, with marmalade and herbal hop notes. The flavor was sweet-ish malt balanced with herbal hops and spices. The finish was grassy hop, and the mouthfeel was round and mellow. There was a marked difference between this live version of their IPA and the stuff Summit sells in bottles. They are both good, of course, but you can't beat cask ale for depth and complexity. Good stuff!

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Photo of happygnome
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: amber color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving an average amount of lacing
s: caramel aroma with hints of floral hops
t: the malt dominates the taste at the begininning but the hops dominates the finish
m: medium bodied with average amount of carbonations nice

overall, no this isnt a premier ipa but it is a very nice beer

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Photo of becktone
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: This brew looks good. Its got a nice light brown color, just a shade lighter than the bottle it was packaged in, also nice head and lacing.

Nose: Huge malt backbone on this brew. Nice floral hop aromas help to balance it out. This is not the typical IPA nose here, then again this is an English IPA, not the American which I am more familiar with.

Tongue: Hop flavor hits the palate first floral and a bit grassy, then a nice strong malt backbone balances the initial hop flavors. As it diminishes the hop flavors come back through. After a while-consecutive sips- the hop flavors really start to dominate the beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium bodied beer with carbonation that is fine. Nothing all that great about the feel, average I'd say. This is a brew that I'd not be opposed to buying again, but it is more on the average side as opposed to stellar. Again average, however if it is the only IPA at a shop then I'll buy it but if I've a choice I'll try something new or go with something better, like SNCA, Stone, Two-Hearted Ale,... well the list could go on and on. Basically its just average, nothing special, nothing condemning.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, no off-flavors or anything, but it leaves me pining for more hops flavor. There just isn't much to speak of. The malt profile is strong with a dry caramel barley taste. That's paired with somewhat harsh hops that are nice, but would be so much better if they were more of a taste than just a feeling.

SIDENOTE: I had this on cask with Armarillo hops and the beer blew me away. Completely different and incredibly tasty. I'd have to give that about a 4.1. Avoid the bottles, look for it on cask.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clean looking amber with pristine feel to it. Head is small but present, the color of sand.

S: Caramel, red fruit and minor citrus

T: Begins spicy with strong caramel characteristics and minor red fruits. Not a lot of hop personality, only weak pine cone moments. Finishes earthy and bready.

M: Medium body but fluffy across the tongue.

D: This isn't an IPA, its an amber. Eh

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Photo of CFbeermaker
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with a 1/4 inch head that didn't last too long but did leave nice lacing down the glass as I drank it. Can l smell malt and it has a pine type hop odor. I think the bitterness with the piney hops work nice together. It seems light and not to carbonated. I think its a pretty drinkable beer. This would be a good sixer for on the golf course. As it warms it seems to be very refreshing.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The IPA pours a nice amber into my pint glass with a ½” white head that diminished quickly into a spotty skim with some lacing. The beer is rather clear, with a little bit of suspended dry hopping hops. The aroma is quite balanced, I think this falls into the English IPA instead of an American IPA, a nice change of pace. There is medium-low malt character, a bit sweet and a little bready, there is also a medium-low hop aroma, rather floral and earthy, a little citrusy. The flavor is a balance of sweet, bready moderate maltiness and a moderate hop bitterness and moderate hop flavor. The bitterness shines at the swallow, moderate-high and leaves a bit of a prickle on the tongue. The beer has a medium body, moderate carbonation, and a decent mouthfeel. Overall I really enjoyed this brew. The malt balance with the hop aroma/flavor/bitterness is well done and the offering of an English IPA in a market dominated by American IPAs is nice. I enjoy the finish, rather clean, with just a bit of hop flavor/bitterness that lingers on the tongue. I would enjoy a few more bottles if I had them and would recommend trying this beer.

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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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Photo of xav33
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summit India Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, reached 01/07
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured a hazy orange brown with a small light yellowish brown mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of strong pineapple, oranges, spices, toasted bread, sweet malt.

Taste was upfront strong bitter and juicy sweet grapefruit rind and spruce followed by spruce and earthy mushroom on an average to long finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, lively carbonated with moderate astringency.

Overall, a good balance and strength in flavor of the hops and malt taste, although it feels a bit watery and average.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250! 250 new tastes, great and not so great beers, new favorites, old sturdys and beers from my early beer swilling days. 250 beers now with this, a decent representation of an IPA. Second fave in a sampler pack.

It poured deeper orange, with little head that left a nice creamy lace. Smelled very floral, it was in a glass two feet away and I could smell it, not overly grapefruity, more like a brown ale. Mouth was good for the bite, with a little foam and the alcohol took a few seconds to be known and washed down with a typical aftertaste. This is a sturdy beer like the rest of the Summit beverages I've tried. This is less about the fruitiness of this IPA and more of a balanced and bitter flavor. Malts again making themselves known with very little grapefruit but a very nice bitter. I have to agree with previous reviews, this is not overly hopped-overly bitter IPA but rather a "starter" to the style that makes a good representation.

I'd get this again.

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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 notoriousdav
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beatiful deep amber with a white head. Smells of grass and pine. Taste is malty with a huge hit of hops. Finishes with a bitter blast of hops. Overall, a really nice IPA, and certainly just about as hoppy as the style truly demands. Unfortunately, most reviewers seem to think that all IPA's should make your tongue retract into your throat because of extreme bitterness and hoppy flavor, and while I enjoy those types of beers as well, it's not the end all be all defining characteristic of a good IPA. I see alot of IPA's get trashed just because their not "out of control" on the hops, which is too bad.

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Photo of surcorx
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an unusually deep copper/amber color with medium head that rapidly dissipates with fair amount of lingering lacing around glass.

Smell: Malt, caramel and mild grassy hops with an herbaceous backdrop. Other unknown unique smells? Is difficult to describe.

Taste: Begins with caramel malt with an aggressive sweetness. Very mild bitterness. This is barely an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy with mild carbonation. "Almost" watery.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It is light and refreshing. Easily could be served in a variety of situations. A good starter "American" IPA but does not compete with Sierra Nevada nor Goose Island for their more robust flavor or assertive nature. Nevertheless, I would recommend it for beginners.

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Photo of Chaz
4.39/5  rDev +24.4%
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 supercolter
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is really not what I was looking for in a good IPA.
There was too much malt. When I think of IPA, I want a hoppy lopsided flavor in this direction and the flavor, although the smell did, did not deliver. It was overshadowed by too much dry malt. Mouthfeel was good, decent body. Drinkablity was average.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The summit IPA poured darker than any IPA Ive had before with minimal head and lacing. The aromas were dark fruits and a slight hop profile. At first taste, didn't seem like an IPA at all; a very fruity malt and an almost hidden hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was heavy and chewy, with a syrup-like feel on he tongue. There was a small head and hardly any lacing. Overall more of a dark ale with dark fruits than a true IPA, but a decent beer drinkable for its subtle flavors.

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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 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 Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at the Streets of London pub in Denver. Nice pour of amber, a bit hazy and good head.
Smell was hard to pin down. Some hops but I couldn't get past the fish and chips the guy next to me was eating.
Taste was average; some citrus, metallic hints and a bit of corriander. Kinda thin, but it did finish crisp.

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Photo of Beaver13
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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Photo of ElGordo
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-amber color topped by a thin, lightly creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt, a touch of mild fruity hops, and not much else. Taste is again mostly light roasted malt, fruity hops, and a touch of smokiness. Medium body is a touch dry, but has decent character. Still, though, I don't know how anyone would call this an IPA. It's a straight-up amber ale, all the way. What the hell?

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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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