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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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87
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45 Reviews
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Summit 90/- Scottish Style AleSummit 90/- Scottish Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
For Trade:
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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 60
Photo of cokes
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.7%
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 +4.4%
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 +7.7%
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 +4.6%
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 -1%
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 -7.9%
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 -2.6%
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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Photo of kruse
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lovely deep brown with a nice off-white head.
S - Very hoppy with pine and citrus notes. Also catty undertones.
T - Assertively hoppy, the malt is more subdued than I would expect in this style beer.
M - Good, but a bit thin.
D - Very drinkable. Would have liked a bit more malt to balance the hops.

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Photo of mdawson
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very deep brown that shows crimson with good clarity when held to light. Off white head disappears fairly fast.

S - Malt (nutty, biscuity, caramel and fruit) with light roast-grain and earth notes. Complex and subtle.

T - Flavor brings what the nose promises: nuanced malt with a roasty edge, earthy and herbal at the back before more round malt flavors and an unexpectedly dry-ish finish.

MF - At first I found it a bit on thin side -- it'd have to be a well-attenuated beer to hit 7% abv from the stated OG of 16.5 P. As the beer warmed in the glass, it became a bit broader but still not quite the fatness you'd expect from a Scottish ale of this gravity.

D - Definitely enjoyable, with a very nice mix of interesting and complementary flavors and aromas and an abv% that sneaks up on you. A six pack is worth the price of admission during the dark months of the year.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams glass.
I really like the sweet, smoky character of the aroma. I do seem to get a mineral quality as well (I wonder if that's a yeast thing).
Really good looking brown and garnet crystal clear. Tan head with good stamina and noisy. Attractive creamy lacing.
Tasty smoky malt up front with strong dryness. On the better half of complex. Heather and peat flavors begin to show latter in glass. Along with the heather there is a mild hop flavor. Very long finish with the dryness, malt and smokey character lingering exceptionally long. A subtle sweetness with a nutty quality.
Good feel. Ample carbonation that somehow isn't distracting even though at times it's filling, but it creates a softness that enhances the flavors and experience.
Such an interesting beer. Part of me wants to keep drinking this relatively quickly. Another part want to slow down and make it a sipper. It doesn't warm quite as well as I'd like, in fact I enjoy it most on the cooler side, but this is minor, picky stuff.
Congrats and thanks to Summit. You are 2 for 2 on the Batch series.

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Photo of maximum12
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great to see the local big-boys branching out. They made a very good Kolsch for Unchained #1, & this is one of my wife's favorite styles, so here we go.

Pours a very dark, frothy copper-red. Smells...well, let's be honest, it smells like unwiped ass. Pritheee. Yikes. Seriously. It's so awful I can't keep my nose in long enough to ID anything else. Perhaps the worst-smelling beer, ever.

Bracing myself for a sip. Bizarrely, it doesn't taste bad; not sure where the smell has gone to. There's a distinctly odd herbal taste to it, like a spice rack fell into the boil, that's actually quite pleasant. Maybe vanilla? I'm sure that's the heather, which I've never munched or drank before, & I like it. The scotchy, peaty malts come out of the shadows more as the brew warms, & the beer becomes even more palatable.

Decent enough beer. This would definitely be in the realm of "good" if not for that unholy smell. Perhaps I should give this beer more points - because if one puts a clothespin on one's nose, it's actually pretty good. Neat trick.

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Photo of morimech
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a half inch of tan head that quickly settles to a thin layer of suds. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is earthy, medicinal, and some smokey malt. The flavor likewise is very earthy like a peat bog. I feel the heather did not add much to this beer. Has a medicinal quality that I assume comes from the heather. Has the Summit flavor in the finish. Bitterness is low as expected. Has a medium body but a touch overcarbonated. Seems a little fizzy. An interesting brew to be sure but does not suit my tastes that well. Happy to see Summit doing interesting things in the Unchained series. I prefered the Kolsch to the Scotch Ale.

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Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear dark brown color with some red hues and a beige ring..i smell earth and peat in this one with some roasted malts a little toffee..lot of spices in this one from cinnamon to fig and nutmeg and vanilla ..the taste is outstanding im tasting smoky earthy tastes with all of the b4 metioned smells with roasted and toasted chewy malts with some nice hops there is alot going on in this wee heavy its very tasty i really liked it one of my favorite brews from summit

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark chestnut body. Thin beige head. Lacing is sporadic. Love the aroma of this beer. Real earthy. A little smoky. Maybe a little peat. And also wafts of fudge like maltiness. Real earthy feel to the flavor as well. This has got some character. Fudge like malt base with some light roasty bitterness. A little bit of an herbal touch to it as well. Nice little lingering flavor of sweet malt. Body is medium-full and the carbonation level is quite moderate. This is quite a nice beer. Just like #1 in this series, the Kolsch, this beer is flavorful and has a lot of character.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a deep deep amber color when it's not held up to the light it looks straight brown color. The head is a small one finger head that falls fast into a super thin skin and leaves super spotty lacing almost nothing.
S= pungent. After my pour I could smell it from a few feet away. smells like a nice malty scottish. There is some medicinal odor to it which I assume is from the heather tips... this is my first heather beer so I wouldn't know for sure. A nice caramel toffee smell as well as some light smoke to it. pretty good.
T= Up front you get a lot of nice caramel malt and toffee to this one. There is a light bitterness that isn't a hop bitterness so I assume that's what heather is... The finish is quite smokey actually. Sweet and malty deliciousness.
M= a little bit of a let down here. Very very little carbonation. Too coating for the lighter flavor I think.
D= pretty good. Not a bad beer by any means for the second unchained summit beer. I'm really happy they made something a little bit out of the ordinary. I actually like this more than the Kolsch however I do not think it is on par with the style as much as the Kolsch was. It reminds me more of a really nice brown ale. I'll be buying a lot of this in the coming weeks and it's sooo good on a dark drizzly fall day like today. I can't wait to see how this baby is gonna drink with thanksgiving dinner. Solid brew and another great job by summit.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany with an overall dark tone of heavy syrup. A thin capping of brown rice hued foam laps up quickly and leaves just as quick. A partial ring remains present as miniscule lacing in a few tiny spots and threads hang onto the glass.

A keeper of a nose with deep saturated whole grainyness with a slim toasted edge as its bolder darker sweetness of malt rings true of dark caramel, roasty dried fig, slightly smokey bacon, raisin jam, and maple. Nice earthy herbal hints to vanilla, spearmint, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Damn nice nose!

Taster city! Nice mirror image from the nose to the mouth with deep, dark, rich settling whole grain malt sweetness that teeters into caramel and maple tones as it sinks with a long steeping chewy/cloying notion of malt that touches to the earthy stuff of vanilla, heather, smoked bacon, and cinnamon. Quite dandy!

Body is a bold medium body with a decent malty chewyness that has a bit of stick on the palate. It lathers the palate well with a smooth, way easy going clean profile and slick carbonation.

Summit did this one right and is brother to their O-fest. Very nice stuff and drinkable by plenty. Just watch out for the sneaky Scottish seven percent that'll lift you kilt before you know it.

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know it says "Scottish Style" but this is a 90 shilling and Summit has also referred to it as a Wee Heavy, so it should be listed as Scotch Ale.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, rich mahogany with very thin head but leaves bubbly legs after each sip.

Smell: Smoke, peat, caramel, and a strange herbal scent that I must assume is due to the heather.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel and cherry malts upfront with a hint of smoke, and then turns towards a strong peat flavor and a touch of heather spiciness. Overall, fairly smoky, malty and spicy.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium body (light for a Scotch Ale), somewhat smooth with a mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: One of the easiest drinking Scotch Ales I have had, while still having a decent (but not huge) amount of flavor.

Nice job Summit - 2 for 2 with the Unchained Series.

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Summit 90/- Scottish Style Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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