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 hanco005
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 1/2/06.

A—medium amber color with about 1/4 inch head with a little lacing

S—very hoppy with a strong flowery smell and a mild pine smell

T—nicely balanced flavor of floral hops, with a little bit of pine; a light nice bitter after taste…mmm.

M—very smooth and mellow but a little too carbonated.

D—next to the EPA, this is my favorite Summit brew. Could easily have 5-6 in one sitting. To me, the after taste is the best part.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color with good inch of fuzzy head that shinks to a light film with good lacing all the way down. Smells of earthy hops, but not that strong, so not much to say about that. Taste is OK for IPA, not enough hops in my opinion, pretty stock. Good carmelized malt presense up front, a fair grassy hop presense throughout. I dont know that I'd call this an IPA, not enough hops, tastes more like an ESB. Mouthfeel is really nice, not too bitter, right body amount, and combined with the overall good taste makes this a very drinkable beer. And even though its higher ABV than a session beer, I'd still recommend it as one.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from 12oz bottle. Very clear, no yeast, golden-to-amber color.

Smelled like an IPA, but not the hoppiest variety. Pretty common stuff, really. Taste is good, maybe just a little above average. But easy to drink, smooth and not very bitter.

Middle-of-the-road IPA or better. I can recommend as a good session beer.

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Photo of ChiSox05
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear pint, a reddish color, head quickly settled at medium carbonation about 1/2 inch high. Looked clean, appetizing with fresh carbonation

Given that many of the beers I've enjoyed lately were craft American IPAs, I've been spoiled by the over the top use of the freshest hops. But I barely noticed the hops in here as much as a barley and grain scent on top of malt. Not a bad smell, just not much to smell at all.

To me it tasted like a malted up pils or a weak amber. Malts up front, then a faint hop taste. Then a metallic aftertaste, tasted like the beer was infused with the flavor of the bottlecap.

A bit thin, carbonation added character, smooth.

For the mouthfeel and decent blend of toned down tastes, one could kill a six-pack with ease, but there is a lot more out there in the world of IPAs. Maybe a bad batch, I'll give another try sometime, but of the Summit products I've tried, this is my least favorite.

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

Appearance: A nice, sturdy, darkish amber, almost the same color as government-issued school-cafeteria maple syrup. Fluffy/lumpy off-white head, like the color of old piano keys.

Smell: Quite tart, with an interesting woody edge and a bit of diacetyl.

Taste: Quite nice. Hops are the dominant flavor from start to finish, as they should be. They are piney, a little grassy, and very sharp. Caramel malts peek through just enough to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant! Lively carbonation punctuates the sassy hops perfectly.

Drinkability: Would make a fine session beer, and would match well with lighter fare (poultry, vegetables, etc.). Highly drinkable.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice amber, iced-tea but with almost no head whatsoever.

Smell: Decent floral hop aroma with some caramel and pine notes.

Taste: Surprisingly pleasant for such an affordable brew. Nice piney hop bitterness well balanced by some caramelly malts. Nice clean finish with the alcohol coming in nicely at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and nicely carbonated. Doesn't leave the mouth dry or leave an overly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Excellent. Goes down easy and the bitterness isn't too much. I could easily take down another one.

Wow, I was pleasantly surprised by this very affordable brew. The flavor reminds me of Town Hall's Masala Mama, but it is not as complex. If you live in the area, pick up a sixer or Summit's 12-pack mixer.

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Photo of sopor
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was marked "best before Aug '05" which I didn't see unitl after I poured the beer on 10/20/05. It may have suffered some lack of hops due the age, but was overall very tasty! (and I noted at least one other review noted the hops being light)

Brilliant copper with large lazy bubbles climbing to the surface to attempt to keep the tan finger of head. A hint of sweet malt underneath a bready overtone smell.

Bready malt and a spot of butterscotchy diacetyl and delicate resinous/piny hops. Hops are not enough to be an IPA in my book, more of an ESB or malty APA (IMO) but still tasty. I blame most of the light hops on being two months past the best by date.

Moderate body is just thick enough to still be very refreshing but also pleasantly thick. A very drinkable brew that I would love to try fresher, like on tap.

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Photo of petercmartin1
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a while I had shyed away from Summit. Always thought their labels gave them the look of a cheap brewery trying to impress with overly colored, overly done labels. If their IPA is any indication of their other beers, boy was I wrong. This is a wonderful beer, though I might hesitate to call it an IPA. First off the color is anything close to what I am used to in an IPA, but it is a beautiful light copper and orange color, crystal clear and topped with a nice dense head that disappears rather slowly leaving a nice lace around the glass.
The aroma is rather more malty than I would expect, but it smells great. Lots of malt vying for space with the essence of pine and a hint of citrus, both from the hops.
The is rather more balanced than most IPAs. Sure the hops are there and in full force, but they don't beat you over the head, like with so many IPAs. The lighter bitterness allows the flavors of the malt to just sneak through with a slight flavor of toasted grains, before hitting with this wonderful resin flavor, and slight hints of bitter grapefruit rind.
Lightly carbonated, this beer is a great session beer. Easy to drink and quite thirst quenching with its crispness.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
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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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good stuff here folks. Poured out to a nice amber orange color with a nice foamy head and levels of lace around the perimeter of the glass. Lower carbonation. Aromas of hops, pine and citrus fruits with an earthy overtone. Smell could've been stronger, but what I noted was nice. The taste is really quite nice; flavors of pine, citrus, hops and a smoke element all meshed very well. Smooth and mildly bitter finish. Smooth and light mouthfeel. I'd have this again, no problem, but this brew sparked interest in Summit Brewing, and I'd like to try their other offerings first. Recommended

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Photo of edbeered
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best Summit beers all have a certain crispness, which, once experienced, is addictive. This beer has it in spades. What it does not have is an overwhelming hop presence. What it has is a resiny piney hop profile and a subdued malt flavor. Is it bitter enough? For someone expecting a West Coast IPA, probably not. Nonetheless, I like it.
The color is an eye-pleasing dark amber, with sufficient lace on the glass to show that ingredients weren't scrimped upon.The smell imparts a mild bitterness, but is not distinctive. The taste? That incomparable Summit crispness along with a distinct hoppiness(dry hopped according to Summit)makes this a winner in my books. It goes down smoothly. Another, please!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Clear amber liquid, with a thick off-white rocky head. Good retention, and a fair amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Citrusy and floral hop aroma. Slight caramel smell. Slightly toasty malt followed by a good amount of bitterness. Citrus and floral flavors. Could use a bit more solid malt flavor. A bit thin, but a respectable IPA.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.52/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Undated 12oz twist top poured into a pint.

Deep reddish copper with a decent head that is off white and shows good retention. Ringed lace is left as it goes down.

Tart grapefruit backed by earthy malts make up the nose. Slightly piney. I can detect some yeast aroma underneath. Interesting. The hops make a strong showing, but the malt notes are not left behind.

Tastes EXACTLY as it smells. Earthy grapefruit and pine sap that has been allowed to dry. More citrus pops up in the finish which carries some malt character but ultimately yields to the bittering to dry hops.

The mouthfeel benefits from the malt. Enough body that finishes cleanly without too much carbonation.

The unique malty character (for an IPA) that balances perfectly with all the hops that an IPA should have make for an exceptional session beer.

A must try.

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Photo of putnam
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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Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bronze color with ruby hues. The head is small and white. The aroma is hoppy with caramel notes, nothing too strong. The taste is hoppy and crisp. It's a bit straight forward, but nice and refreshing none the less. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, as a Minnesotan, I am ashamed to say that this is my first time tasting this beer. It is certainly worthy of a spot in my refrigerator.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this time about cellar temperature. Big slightly off-white head on the pour, fluffy and lasting. Body is a dark maroon/brown, clear without much carbonation. Sweet citrus and bubblegum hops, not as bright and strong as many IPAs. This beer does have the IBUs to pay the bills, though. Very nice bitter flavor, that leaves a pleasent aftertaste (opposite of Budweiser Select, I know). This is a pretty good IPA, with no off flavors, and even fairly affordable ($6.99 a 6). Try it, and most likely you will enjoy it.

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Photo of Brent
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This struck me as having a more British than American take on the style. Hopping was substantial, but rather blunt and one-dimensional in bittering. Smooth caramel malt in the background to help balance the hops load, which I would rate as being about "average" in IBU's for the British IPA. Even though I'm a confirmed, "strip the enamel off your teeth" hophead, my preference is for this brewery's lesser hopped but overall more flavorful Extra Pale Ale.

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

Appearance: red-orange in color with a finger of beige foam

Smell: Citrus/Lemon nose - pretty good aroma

Taste: Biscuit-like with a hint of lemon - finishes with a little more malt than hops

Mouthfeel: Hearty - not too thin, not too thick.

Drinkability: Not bad, this is a tasty beer but I don't usually drink more than two of these in a sitting. That fact may be more a statement about my "lightweight" status and less of a statement about the beer itself.

This was the first IPA I tried. It introduced me to the style. I've found better IPAs, but this one is pretty good and it is local so I'll buy it again.

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

Appearance: Dark amber. Hazy. Off white head, nearly tan. Gone in a blink. Good lace production in the aftermath.

Smell: Mostly bready maltiness. Is that the most vague inuendo of a hop bouquet? Not really I'm affraid. Surely grain dominated.

Taste: Malt. Dry. Done. Done well. This is another IPA with an accent. Very centered and well balanced flavour. The hops seem to be kept a secret with no evidence in the nose, and just an anonomous telltale dryness in the finish. Very humble. The taste is pretty decent though. Just a bit ambiguous.

Mouthfeel: Grainy body. The darker colour of the beer comes through in the mouthfeel, leaving a heavier than expected sensation on my palate.

Drinkability: I could drink on these. This is not really a definitive india pale ale though. It has the framework.

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Photo of Higravity
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very tepid, average IPA. It has a good light amber color and holds a nice white head that leaves lace all the way down. It has a bready smell augmented with spicy hops smell with notes of floral. The taste is mild but somewhat complex as the malt starts out very soft and boldens and carries the very slight hopness. The hops are under used and the taste could have been a little more but it has a decent bittering to it. There is also a taste of some metal salts that takes away from the enjoyment, but it is a decent session beer if mostly weak for the style.

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Photo of proc
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a amber/copper in the glass with a moderate-sized head. Aroma is that of pine and malt. The taste is very good, with pine, citrus and caramel followed by a hop bitterness on the finish. Overall, a solid, but not spectacular IPA, but one worth seeking out if you are new to the style.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a rocky ivory head. Carbonation cascades through the body of this brew.

Smell: Light floral hop aroma with some yeasty notes in the background. Nothing too exciting but interesting.

Taste: Bitter hops with some wheat bread mixed in. A pretty one dimensional beer. Just a touch of carmel mixed in and a little bit of citrus but it takes a few sips to pick that up.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied to light. A tight, dry finish.

Drinkability: I guess a good entry point for a "rookies primer on IPA's". Still, the hop bitterness definitely cuts down on the drinkability. You can do this without amping up the bitter so much. Don't think I'll be visiting this one again.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my least favorite IPA's. I figured I would give it a try since my regular store closed early, and this was the only IPA available at the chain grocery store I had to resort to. The appearance is on par with a nice deep, slightly hazy amber color with a thin white cap. The smell, on the other hand, was kind of a let down. It seems to use the same hops as the Dogfish Head Shelter Pale, which I am not particularly fond of as an aroma hop. The taste also seemed maybe a bit off. It seemed to taste more like roasted malts than hops. Almost like a thinned out version of a porter mixed with an ESB. I probably won't try this again, but there are still some other Summit products that I have interest in trying.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer found in the sampler pack (12 beers, four styles, 3 beers each style) purchased March 2004.

Appearance: Dark copper/orange color as it is poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy, thin white head (about 1/4-inch) sits upon the liquid before giving way, leaving a ring around the glass. Some lacing to the finish.

Smell: Typical for an IPA, hops, I really don't detect any malt. For this offering I found the aroma to be somewhat floral.

Taste: A nice hoppy beer, but not overpoweringly so. Slightly bitter. I do detect a small amount of malt balance on the finish, tempering the hop bitterness, perhaps this is why I don't feel overpowered by the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Tight, with no lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: This is very easy to consume for the style. Not overpoweringly hoppy, it is a good beginner IPA.

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Photo of lokicat444
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An excellent reddish-orange, with a very creamy (and lasting) head when poured. Smell is refreshing and citrus-y, though nothing spectacular. Taste is satisfyingly hop-filled, with a certain lingering bitterness. Reminds me of a grapfruit, in a good way. Mouthfeel is rich and satifying. The hop content is well-chosen, and is not too overwhelming in a way that would reduce drinkability. I notice a pleasant alcohol warmth after taking a sip, even though the ABV is only 5.8. A good example of an IPA

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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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