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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit 90/- Scottish Style AleSummit 90/- Scottish Style Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Heather.

Added by bsp77 on 11-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...Originally had at a 3/6 DC tasting thanks to Tom (CaptainCougar on RB).

a - An amber color with very little head and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, some roasted malts, and toffee. Almost a sticky sweet smell.

t - Taste is again of of chocolate and toffee. More hints of malts.

m - Moderate carbonation and medium body. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

d - Overall not a bad scotch ale. I enjoyed the chocolatey smell and taste, as well as the smooth feel of the beer.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last bottle of a 6 pack. I'm not a huge fan of scottish ales, but they arent' bad in the cold winter months.

A: Dark mahogahny and brown. Ruby red hues. The head dies quickly into nothingness. Medium carbonation.

S: Sweet, toffee, malty and herbal. Maybe a hint of scotch like aromas. Not a ton of aroma however.

T: Lots of toffee and rich maltiness. A hint of roast. The hop and bitterness profile is very herbal and slightly earthy. Finishes with a touch of medicinal flavor. The malts definitely predominate, but the hops and heather balance it out nicely.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp, clean and flavorful. Carbonation may be a bit high for the style but ok.

D: A pretty easy to drink scotch ale. Lots of flavor without a ton of body makes it pretty easy to drink. Definitely not my favorite style in the world, but this is a worthy example.

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Photo of Rayek
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Thistle.

A: The beer's glaring weak spot. Deep chestnut brown with nice clarity. However, a small and fizzy cream head struggles to form, retreats to a ring quickly and leaves no lace.

S: Lots of baking chocolate in the nose, plus some charred wood. There's a slightly minty herbal note way in the back.

T: Starts out with heavily caramelized sugars and dark chocolate. Bitterness is very low and quite floral. The beer gets better and more herbal as it warms. Finishes with a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor.

M: The medium body is dry and had about the right amount of fizz.

D: I was hoping that the heather would come through more, but it's pretty tame. A nice beer overall. A stronger look would have helped a lot.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A. 2 finger head. Color is dark cola brown. Good retention. Decent lacing.

S. Toasted malt, caramel, toffee, heavy malt smell.

T. Roasted malt, caramel, toffee. Tastes good. Something that is hard to pin down or describe, maybe this is Heather? Graininess to the taste. Almost spicy. This is unique.

M. Medium bodied. Clean finish. Medium carbonation.

D. Drinkability is high. This is a pretty tasty, unique beer. Should be a regular offering.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immediately striking in the glass...a pillowed, frothy tan head that sits like cream on top of a deep burgundy-rust color. Yowza...

Aroma doesn't thrill like others in this category, lacking much of that smoke/peat/toast vibe, and being mostly of a weaker fruit type smell...pomegranate; red grape; raisin. An herbal/black tea thing comes in as well, adding a bit more character.

A fair bit of smoked grain, even a peat-like essence, comes through in the flavor, which is nice. Also heavy vibes of toasted bread, grape, raisin and watered-down chocolate milk. A pervasive burnt grain character dominates the finish. I don't know enough about heather to comment, although there is a flowery/herbal kind of spice here, but it lingers far in the background.

The mouthfeel is interesting...it almost makes it into the milky/creamy area, and I wish it would've, but it ultimately leans to the watery side, despite the carbonation that tried to prop it up. Not bad, certainly interesting, just a little unsure of itself in this department.

I like this beer...it's not a Scotch Ale to make me fall in love all over again with the style, but it does remind me well enough why I like it. Thanks a ton to mnwags for the assist!

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoyed prior to departure for a ski trip in Lutsen, MN.

A-Deep, dark brown beer, very, very dark. Dark tan head rises off the pour, but dissipates slightly quickly.

S-Toasty, slightly roasted malt, sweet and caramel, slightly toasty booziness.

T-Choco-toasty maltiness, toffee and burnt sugar, making for a very hearty and full flavor. Bitterness is present, but allows the malts to control the ride. Finishes with a sweet, toast-roast. Delightful.

S-Moderately fuller body, but not too thick or viscous. Carbonation is nice and easy, feeling just right.

D-Very drinkable, and will surely get you a bit tipsy as a result (due to medium-high ABV).

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GoldenJet from trade

Pours a relatively clear chocolate brown which appears relatively still and little to no head. Smells surprisingly fruity, caramel , toffee, nice scotch ale yeast aroma adds to the fruitiness.
Taste very similar to aroma, more caramel / toffee flavor than it smells of. Some heather mixing with the scotch ale yeast flavors create a great combining flavor. This is a very tasty brew, would stock up on it if it were sold locally. Drinkability is very high, might be one of its strongest points. Great brew!

Medium to light carbonation which seems to be the norm for the style.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes rather quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and note much else. It has a very simple aroma. The taste is like the aroma. It has nice strength, but again no complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are better Scotch/Scottish Ales out there. Still, kudos to Summit for trying something different. I can't wait for Unchained #3.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with a crimson tinge. Head is cream colored and thick at first, but dissipates quickly to a fine film on the surface.

S: Some chocolate, roasty malt notes, along with some caramel. There is a slightly floral note ligering in the backround.

T: Very roasted character, almost earthy. Caramel and molasses are most prominent. Finish is dry, with floral notes that I can't tell whether they are from the hops or the Heather. Hops do add a slight fruitiness to the finish as well.

M: Full mouthfeel with great viscosity. Dry finish makes this beer very balanced.

D: Excellent American take in this style. I find it very easy to drink, and with every sip it grows on me even more. This could be my favorite release put out by the fine folks at Summit.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Bud American Ale glass.

Pours almost a finger of light tan head. Fades to a thin layer and then it has good retention. Leaves slight splattered lace. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: Lots of roasted/burnt malts. Some caramel and light toffee notes. Some grassy hops, but mainly tons of malts.

Taste: Again, lots of malts, more roasted than burnt here. Some caramel malts as well. I have no idea what heather tastes like, so I can't comment on that. Grassy hops with slight toffee in the background. I get almonds in the aftertaste.

Moutheel: Roasted and slightly smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, not a bad offering from Summit, but it is too roasted for me. I have had others in the style and the malts weren't so roasted, but it still isn't that bad. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Finally got around to trying this, before it's gone forever.

Pours a brown color similar to other Scotch ale's I've had. Even after a fairly aggressive pour, only a half finger of off-white head is produced, and it fizzles out to nothing rather quickly. Only occasional spots of lacing appear from here on out.

The aroma is very malty, with a strong caramel malt backbone. Grassy hops are in the background, along with an earthy/grassy/floral character that I can only assume is heather.

The taste builds on the already solid nose by adding fruit characters to the solid malt base. Grassy hops and the earthy heather character are in the taste as well, with toffee and caramel notes also. Tastes pretty dang good actually.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, with a creamy smooth texture to it. Drinkability is great for this one, definitely high for the style.

I really enjoyed this one, and considering I liked the first unchained beer I can't wait for the third installment.

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Photo of Buebie
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just getting around to trying one of these, better late then never.

Poured from a brown stubby twist off into a pub glass. A rigerous pour produces a smallish less then half inch off white head. Extremely fast to recede, leaving a few misc bubble islands and a tiny collar of retention. Lace is spotty and mostly non existent.
Color is brown with auburn highlights.

Some failry big grain aroma here, quite fresh in that respect, with a just mashed aroma. Mild wiffs of chocolate grains also present. Caramel malt sings here with some mild fuggle like leaf hop aroma and a touch of grassyness. Faint smoky aroma too.

Taste is actually quite good, plenty more cereal grain flavors, non husky though. Loads of malt, caramel, a touch of dried fruit, caramel flavors sweetening into the swallow. A mild bittering of burnt toffee, this is good. No warming in flavor, but a mild esophageal warmth with each swallow.
Hops linger into the finish with an earthy note.
All the mention of caramel, but not overly sweet. Good balance in sweetness and semi smokey roasted grain flavors flavors, with a mild hop bittering, leave this one well balanced.
A mild specie flavor lingers into the finish in a bread laced rye pumpernickel flavor.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Not overly heavy, but a fuller feel to it, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability in flavor is high, its not tastebud pounding, but quite delicious and easy to take a few down. Although I have just this one bottle, I will soon be grabbing more of this. Very good beer Summit, nice job.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed the first beer in this series. I hope the second continues a trend of quality.

A Scottish ale here, a bit of a Wee Heavy. The beer displays a rich dark brown color with a few centimeters of sticky foam that left plenty of lacing down the glass. A handsome brew.

The aroma is composed of dark notes, but balanced by the freshness of heather. Dark malt, peat, oak and just a hint of fruit all contribute.

The beer flows with a full body. Rich roasted malt leads into a center filled with those Scotch flavors of smoky peat and oak. It finishes quickly with a touch of heater. As the glass is emptied, an accumulative warm of the chest signals a beer appropriate for the winter months.

For the potential heaviness of this brew, it is really drinkable. I greatly appreciate that the beer is not overtly sweet, like many beers of this style. It embraces traditional flavors and balances them well.

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Photo of Atron67
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale brewed with heather, ok so its a scottish style ale brewed with a lil bit of heather, which while Scotland pioneered heather, isnt so much common for the style.

A dark brown with a light tan tiny head, not much more head than a film though, looks a beautiful amber through. kind of coppery red through the light

malty start, with a little bit of smokiness, peatish maybe, a little bit of heather at the finish, which blends nicely with the carmel malt flavors

pretty nice drinker, not super heavy, but with a good amount of heft

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Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly syrupy deep garnet brown. Thin light tan head on top. No lacing.

Roasty, caramel, smoky, peat, herbal, and scotchy smelling.

Light on the scotch taste, but heavy on the sweet roasted malt. Lightly bitter with some toffee in the aftertaste.

Somewhere between medium and full bodied. Smooth with some prickly carbonation.

Perfect beer for a chilly evening. This really doesn't remind me of a scottish ale which is just fine with me. It's more roasted malt than the overly sweet peat that some scottish ales have. This is just a really nice malt heavy beer that I would have again.

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Photo of cokes
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, clear, ruddy mahogany with a compact beige head that retains excellently and leaves the glass filthy with lace.
The nose is somewhat closed, but does exude prune and toffee note on top of a firm dark breadiness. Some chalky/minerally astringency comes forward (especially right away, then it fades) as it does in several Summit beers. The heather is slight, but peeks out late with it lightly sweet florals.
It rolls toffee across the mouth first, darkening a bit with smoky roasted notes. Blackberries and prunes resume it in a sweeter direction. Heather again pops up in the background. A mineral note arises midway, but to a lesser degree than the nose suggested. Hopping is minor and not particularly notable, just there for balance and dryness. It lingers a bit with smoked honey, figs, and carob.
Medium-ish bodied, with a trickling, steady CO2. Perhaps less rich than it needs to be, but it's slick rather than sticky. This isn't a woolen malt blanket, but something a bit more nimble. It can be a bit subtle- almost shy- at times, but the layers are there upon inspection. As such, it begs for continued investigation and additional sips/bottles.

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

Was happy to see this one this snowy morning. Seems like the perfect brew to enjoy in the northwoods this holiiday season. A nice, deep mahogany in hue. A tan head formed on the pour, and while not large is displaying nice retention. As such a decent collar was left behind.

Main aromas are rich toffee and floral heather. Its quite nice. Some stone fruit is also present, as well as a touch of spicy phenols, reminiscent of clove and a touch of cinnamon. Quite nice.

Well done, taste is much like the nose suggests. Only the faintest hint of smoke, and its quite nice.

Medium bodied. Quite well attenuated, despite the rich malts there is very little residual sweetness. Nicely balanced, between the malts, heather, and hint of phenolics and smoke.

Quite drinkable, everything is well integrated and balanced. A very good ale for a wintery day. Summit has always been a solid brewery in my opinion, and this brew only adds to that impression. Recommended, and one that i hope to drink again, it would benice to see something like this become a seasonal.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Clear dark ruby body with a small, wispy, light beige head. Some lacing. Nose of sweetish caramel, toffee, and plums. A little woody, earthy, and flinty. Pleasant perfume-y, herbal component (heather?) as well.

Mildly toasty malt up front followed by chewy caramel, and sweetish plums. Earthy tobacco and licorice mix in nicely. Slight peaty quality. Bread pudding and slightly bitter herbal hop/heather flavor in the finish. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Nice!

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark, dark brown color with a small, foamy, khaki-colored head. It left soapy/sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled malty and earthy. Notes of caramel and toffee were present.

T - Great blend of rich, sweet malts and bready/toasty flavors. A nice grassy/earthy hop profile round this one out.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - I really like this one from Summit. Kudos on the Unchained series!

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Photo of dbossman
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear, orangish-brown color with a thick, bubbly off-white head; that has decent retention with below average lacing for the style

S: Sweet and malty; bready with subtle caramel and raisin aromas; also a subtle burnt quality that works well with the other scents

T: A balanced sweetness of malty caramel; biscuits and a little bit of raisins also are prevalent

F: A bit thin but carbonation works well for the style

D: A nice beer from Summit's Unchained Series; not as good as their first but this is a very smooth, drinkable, and tasty brew.

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Photo of slyke
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit 90/- pours a clear mahogany with a finger of off-white head that falls to a thin cap and laces a bit.

The smell has an aroma of alcohol, some fruit and bit of grassiness.

The taste has a great malt backbone with notes of wild grasses and a touch of hop.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with little aftertaste.

This beer is pretty drinkable While too strong to session, I'd have a couple without hesitation. Nice to get a beer of this style made close to home, if only for a short time. Recommended.

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Photo of happygnome
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice deep burnt orange color with about a quarter inch of head that doesn't disappear quick. there is a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass
s: caramel toffee balanced with nice piny hop bitterness. There is a kind of a biscuit malt aroma as well
t: sweet caramel and toffee malt sweetness with piny hop backbone balances
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this one a good solid brew

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Photo of ZAP
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another quality effort in the unchained series....not as outstanding as the Kolsch(which was exceptional) but still a fine beer.

Deep burnt orange color with decent clarity...

Aroma is sweet but subtle...caramel...bready....some earthy notes...

The taste is candyish sweet but the earthy notes keep it from becoming cloying. Lighter caramel and molasses

Body does not feel like a wee heavy....not that I'm complaining because it is highly drinkable...but this is not a sipper in my opinion....more of a drinker...

An enjoyable beer...another one that would make a great addition to their regular lineup although I still would love to see that Kolsch replace the Scandia... The Kolsch was the better of the two so far.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this pours out a darker than usual brown colored body with a small cream colored head that vanishes before my eyes. little to no lacing left behind.

S- semisweet earthy/smoky malts. caramel and toffee as well. a faint hint of alcohol. unusually strong odor coming from this one.

T- the taste is just as strong as the nose. strong caramel, toffee, and earthy malts upfront. smoke in the middle along with something vaguely medicinal that i cant put my finger on.

M- medium to full bodied with a low level of carbonation. slight warming from the alcohol.

D- different than most of the style ive had. the price makes it appealing, but not something i will seek out again. glad to see something different coming out of summit.

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Photo of Mdog
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown, good head.

Smell: Deep caramel sweetness, earthy, hint of smoke?

Taste: Sweetness, raisins and caramel, slight earthiness.

Drinkability: Somewhat light for being a little strong, the alcohol is hidden well though.

The unchained #2 beer is a decent scotch ale. Not a lot of smoky/peaty flavors-more sweetness than I expected. The alcohol is well hidden though. I think I prefer the 1st unchained beer a little better.

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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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