Summit India Pale Ale | Summit Brewing Company

Summit India Pale AleSummit India Pale Ale
511 Ratings
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 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 rowew
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short twist off bottle. 20th anniversary label on the neck. Could not find any date information.

Appearance: Pours darker than I expected - amber/reddish in color with a nice sized head that fades slowly. Decent lacing on the top and glass.

Smell: Quite a bit of malt, with some spicy hop aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a bit of malt sweetness, then the hoppy bitterness takes over. Not a ton of hop flavor - it definitely comes through more in the bitterness.

Overall impression: Very balanced IPA - not super hoppy in flavor, but nicely bittered.

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

12oz bottle

Summit IPA is dark amber in color and has an off white head that sticks around a while, leaving some lacing behind. There is a nice light hop aroma. It starts slightly sweet an finishes slightly bitter with a light hop aftertaste. It has a good balance between the sweet malt a bitter hops. This is a medium bodied, very drinkable beer.

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

Clear reddish coppery hue. Not much head formed on the pour, maybe half a finger's worth. Some fine lacing and fine carbonation.

Some malty sweetness, mostly citrus/pine notes present. Was pleasant.

Not as bold as other microbrew IPAs. Would make a good introduction to the style or even potentially a "crossover" beer. Fairly well balanced within the style, somewhat bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness gave way to apricot/citrus/pine from the hops. Finished with a bitter, tannin-like taste.

Decent, has just enough body to realize one isnt drinking a watery flavoured beverage. Just enough carbonation to provide a slight sparkle in the mouth.

Easy to drink. Goes great with a hot day when one may want to drink a few. Would make a good session beer since its not too thickly sweet or too hoppy. Would also serve as a decent introduction to the style for those not familiar with IPAs or other hoppy beers. Ill probably drink it again, but wont go out of my way searching for it either.

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Photo of Foxman
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to me a clear amber orange, fairly carbonated, and with a thin finger of pithy light tan head that dwindled soon to mere traces. Light lacing barely illuminated the inside of the glass.

The aroma was chiefly midly sweet caramel malt, with what amounted to a wisp of hops presence, leaning toward dry citrus, but never "there" enough to pinpoint solidly.

Upon sipping, the decently sweet malt carried forth a duo of caramel and light berry fruitiness. The hops melded in right on the heels of the initial malt, bringing a mild pine and grapefruit pairing to bear, which then slid down to a muted bitterness. The finish was a touch of residual malt followed byt a slightly more strident lingering bitterness. It's basic, and not unpleasant, but neither does it especially impress.

Between light and medium bodied, the ebb and flow of malt and hops coats more capably than the flavor might anticipate.

I've always been a big fan of simple and basic, but when the basics are this thin, and simple means almost nondesript, then it's no longer a strength. That said, because the flavor is a bit sparse, but not truly bad, it is actually quite drinkable, making it a session possibility. My issue is, when it comes to ssession IPA's, there's a lot better I can lay my hands on easily, so this one is getting bumped to the has-been category.

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

Clear pumpkin orange with a thin, beige head that showed decent retention and some lace. Dull grapefruit aroma - not bad, just not vibrant. Caramel and grapefruit flavours to start, followed by a grassy, metallic bitterness in the finish that's just a little harsh. Medium/light bodied, dry, with a slightly creamy texture. Not bad, but pretty average.

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Photo of jarsh
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Barley and hops behind the summit logo.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper, almost red color with a fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Not much in the aroma, some malt there are hops, they are not screaming for attention.

Taste: Thin mouthfeel and underwhelming hoppiness which is overpowered by the malt sweetness. This is an IPA?

Overall: Passable as a pale ale, but as an IPA it doesn't do it for me. oh well.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to MeLikeBeer for this one...
Dark copper in color...less than a finger of white head. Most disappears within a few minutes and very little lacing is left behind.
Toasted malt in the nose with a decent dose of fruity hops...not overwhelming which is expected.
The taste is nice...hop profile makes itself more known and a hefty malt backbone to balance it out. Finishes quite bitter and not overly dry.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is just where I want heck of a session IPA.
Only my second or third beer from these folks at Summit...I'd definitely be a regular at the brewery if I lived nearby. At the very least, their offerings would be in constant rotation in the fridge.

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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 timtheenchanta
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper beer topped with a one finger head. Thin webby lacing dances down the glass.

Toasty pale malt aroma with some bitter and sweet hoppiness delighting the nose.

Initially sweet lighty malty tastes but finishes with very spicy and bitty hops. Dry palate that tingles delightfully.

Not a bad IPA but there's not really a lot to it. Many thanks go out to Melikebeer for tossing this one in on a trade and giving me the chance to try this beer.

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've found with Summit's IPA (and EPA) for that matter...that the complexities of the beer truly come out after a few minutes in the glass...
That being said-
Pours a dark, nut-brown color in the glass with about a half inch of foam.
The lacing is nothing spectacular, but definitely lingers.
This beer was one of my first IPAs, so I may be biased here...the aroma is great- a light fruitiness, and definitely that hoppy bitter aroma, sweet caramels and malts.
The aroma is rivaled only by the flavor....mmm...sweet caramely hops, cherry(?) fruit flavors, a bitterness that follows from the first sip to the swallow. Very nice IPA.
Great beer to seek out with dinner or in the Minneapolis area if you find yourself with few other options.
There are definitely hoppier IPAs available, but I like to think of those as extremes of the style, if you want an IPA true to form, Summit's the beer for you.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown color. There's little visible carbonation, though there was a nice tan head that soon fizzled out into a thin lace.

Smell: Smell is if light hops and strong caramel. Seriously, this beer smells just like flan with caramel sauce.

Taste: This beer is quite bitter, from start to finish. Reminiscent more of an english bitter than a pale ale. Hops dominate, but a persistent, malty, caramel-y base is clearly discernable.

Mouthfeel: Lack of carbonation makes this beer really smooth, almost too smooth. Feels a little thin on the palate.

Drinkability: Average. Maybe this should have been consumed at a colder temperature. That would have at least made it a bit more refreshing.

This might be a nice hop fix in a pinch, but there are better IPAs available at the same price.

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Photo of SethB2
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Pours darker than normal for an IPA which is a nice surprise. Deep transparent amber color with a small head. Good look brew. Smell, well, there isn't much going on there. Some piney hops, a little floral as well, and maybe a hint of fruit sweetness. But overall, it is a very light smell. Taste is much like the smell. I light (by IPA standards) hoppiness hits up front but that's about it. Not complex, nothing special. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery and there is some funky metallic aftertaste going on. That said, this isn't a bad brew. It's pretty much average and very drinkable. This could be called a lawnmower IPA if there is such a thing.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
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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Photo of hylton44
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Offers up a floral and fresh smell. Pours a glowing, orangy brown and leaves a caramel-colored, soft head that lingers. The fruity, toasty bitterness hits you like a bite out of a grapefruit rind, and gives the roof of your mouth and nasal cavities something to think about as it finishes and the vapors rise. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of ryantupy
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
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 dfried
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Summit is a great company, and I like just about every beer they make. Their IPA is a solid enstallment in their series, but doesn't stand out. It has the standard qualities of an IPA, good for drinking on warm afternoons or with spicy food. I really like IPA's, and tend to go for the fruitiest, hopped up ones, but this beer falls a little short of my "stand-out" standards. It has a bit more malty of a flavor.

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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 ggaughan
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, a hazy amber color with a thick white head that ran away quickly. A sweet malty and floral hops nose to this beer. The taste is citrusy hops and a bit nutty and malty. The beer has a medium body and not much in the line of lingering taste. No my favorite IPA but not bad.

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Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears an orange colored amber with a small scattered lacing around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, sweet malt, and piney hops.
Taste is of the same aromas with a bitter hop blast.
Mouthfeel is too malty and sweet with a bitterness that sticks out towards the end of the finish.

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

Crystal clear copper body, with lively carbonation streams, topped by three fingers of oatmeal froth which cleared the rim. A few nice lace trails.

Unexpectedly, nose is a mixture of bakery and meadow, with just the faintest hint of citrus.

Good semi-sweet caramel foundation. then fruity hops descend on the tongue from all sides in a cleansing fury. Nice gentle hop linger as it all fades away.

Good medium mouthfeel. Fine drinkablity.

It may not be the peak, but a solid plateau of an ipa.

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Photo of hero27
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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Photo of pweis909
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle dated, "Enjoy by Dec 31," may be past it's prime in the 2nd week of February, 2006.

A-It poured pure amber, transparent, with a perisitent dense foam.

S-Hops are noticeable, but also has a bit of breadiness going on.

T-The malt is light, sweet enough to be just noticed. Hop flavor is also apparent, before the bitter finish. These flavors of malt and hop are a bit subdued. The bitter, while not overwhelming, doesn't seem balanced enough by the other flavors. There is a slight metallic taste, but not off-putting.

M-Neither thick nor thin. Call it just right.

D- This is not my favorite, but it's not bad either. I might not ever buy it again, but will not turn my nose when it is the best available offer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium thick beige/orange head that has pretty good retention. Minimal lacing except toward the bottom of the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and pine. Medium-bodied with a nice hoppy and nutty flavor, with a decent malt foundation. The finish is hoppy and lasting, with a bitter aftertaste. This beer is not trying to blow anyone’s mind but it is a good example of a well-made entry of the style.

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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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