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Summit India Style Rye AleSummit India Style Rye Ale
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Summit India Style Rye AleSummit India Style Rye Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bighuge on 02-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 94
Reviews by Soilworker:
Photo of Soilworker
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark ruby brown with a two finger thick light tan with strong head retention. A beautiful beer.

S: First thing I get is a big blast of citrus hops, with maybe a bit of herbal character going on, and some grapefruit and fruity berry notes coming through. you definitely get a sense of the rye from the soury spicy malts that accompany the hops. Pretty interesting aroma going on here.

T: Strong twang of semi-spicy, sourish, roasted malts greet you right up front with this beer followed by some herbal hoppiness. The finish is quite interesting since there is a soury twang from the rye accompanied with a decent amount of hoppy bitterness.

M: Moderately carbonation and seems a bit on the chewy side but not by much. I poured this one a bit aggressively so the carbonation seemed a little lower but I estimated what it would be like with a standard and more mellow pour.

D: I wouldn't say this is the most drinkable beer that I've ever had but its certainly not the least drinkable. Seems to be about in the middle. I could have a few of these but I would probably switch to something else if I was drinking all night.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date ... Batch 03 of their Unchained Series.

Thick unwavering two fingers of head leaves a stodgy looking lace on the glass, dark amber brown has a glowing clarity when put up to the light. Spicy rye, citric rind and toasted grain make for an amazing aroma. Deep smoothness pops a long crispness within the medium body. Toasted bread, spicy bite from the rye and a faint yeast drops come fruit. Hops are a little aggressive, bold bitterness is followed by a citric rind and tobacco flavor. Kiss of alcohol. Finishes a little bittersweet.

Right up there with some of the killer hoppy rye ales out there, a bit reminiscent of the old school hoppy reds of the 1990's as well. Top notch!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Batch 03.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, chocolate and rye. The flavor is chocolate, toffee, caramel malt and rye. The beer is fairly spicy and the rye mixes very well with the caramel and chocolate notes that I get in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very well done.

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Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, rich mahogany with off-white head and lacing tendrils down the glass.

Smell: Spicy rye, caramel malts and grapefruit.

Taste: Rye galore - very spicy, slightly smoky and earthy. Nice blend of caramel and toasted malts complement the rye. Ends with a mixture of grapefruit bitterness and rye spiciness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, strangely dry finish typical of a rye heavy beer.

Drinkability: Wow! This is simply an impressive beer, whether its worth is being measured in terms of rye character, overall complexity or simple drinkability. Please, make this a year-round beer!

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of brow1901
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber almost maroon in color, with a slightly beige head. Great retention and good lacing. Clarity is perfect.

S- First thing I smell is the rye mixing with nice toasty malt. This makes to initial hop whiff seem earthy and mellow, but a second later I pick up the spicy citrusy Citra hop. It is a beautiful smell.

T- The rye is quite powerful in this beer, the taste sits at the back of the tongue. The beer is bitter, the rye almost seems to increase the perceived bitterness. Nice toasted malt backbone.

M- Quite full bodied, the rye lingers and leaves the mouth very slick.

D- I tried not to dis the beer too much on the drink but I think the rye is too much and it becomes a chore to drink more than one. I know it is a rye beer but compared to other rye beers I've had this is by far the most pronounced. Totally worthy of a try.

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze hued with a thick, whipped head of bleached sand.
The nose showcases doughy, peppery rye bread, touches of cocoa, hazelnuts, and an equally potent hoppiness with contiguous pepperiness, pine resin, and an array of dried citrus peels.
The rye grabs center stage once into the mouth. A thick slab of dark rye bread. Hugely doughy, punctuated with pepper, with undercurrents of roast and chocolate and nuts. A stony yeastiness precede an assertive hop statement. More congruent pepper. Pine tar. And a focused citricity via orange and grapefruit.
Medium bodied with a steady, low-level CO2 giving it a sense of fluffed heft. It thins just a tad as it sits and the air seeps out.
This is a fantastic Rye beer. Those looking for a hop monster might find that the Rye malt gets in the way. To me, it's the best of two world. The Rye really gets a chance to shine (and I love me some Rye), while satiating a hop fix.
This is one I hope to see rolled out again.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a glass mug.

Appearance: Clear dark brown with ruby tint. Nice tan foamy head that left nice lacing as it faded.

Smell: Hoppy and strong rye scents. A little spice and sweetness as well. Nice.

Taste: Oh man, I love the flavor of rye (rye whiskey, rye bread, etc.) and this one delivers a big rye flavor. Nicely balanced with good hoppiness and sweet malts. Delicious!

Feel: Medium-full bodied with about the right level of carbonation for such a flavorful brew. Finishes clean on the tongue with big rye aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is good stuff! I like it better than the year-round Summit IPA. I wish they would make this available year-round. I'm going to have to stock up with a case or two before it's gone. The best of the 'Unchained' series so far!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped a sixer from jenny street

"unchained" release #3

appearance: poured in great dane imperial pint glass - dark amber body, huge fluffy dirty beige cap and fluffy lacing. nice

smell: really nice hop aroma up front - bitter grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, yeast and rye. Aroma focuses on hops for me

taste: great complexity here - big spicy rye dominates, pulpy grapefruit, bitter pine, yeasty and doughy. I really dig the contrast between spicy doughy rye and biter pine/grapefruit. easily the best summit beer i have ever had

mouthfeel: really nice - slick and oily from the hops, bitter and spicy, coats the palate

drinkability: good

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Summit needs to make this year-round now. Screw their Horizon Red, that beer sucks by comparison (though really its not that bad). It appears a dark copper with a tall head and sticky lacing. The malt background has bread crust, cocoa and (surprising) coffee notes. The hops provide sharp grapefruit taste to begin his herbal citrus peel that blends with the toasty malts. The finish has a bitter, black pepper and citrus coffee taste - I like it. A lot. This is a great example of a well-made, well-balanced beer. None of the flavors or ingredients dominate the beer. Instead they work together to build a beautiful beer. I'd drink several of these. Founders Red's Rye PA is a great beer, but this is in its own league.

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Photo of dbossman
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with an amber hue; steady head with good retention; lacing is decent

S: Grapefruit and pine are present but so is a subtle spicy and dark malty quality

T: Wonderful balance between the rye maltiness and piny grapefruit hop quality

F: Good even mouth feel; does evaporate off the back end of the tongue quickly though

D: A very interesting and delicious hoppy rye--kudos Summit!

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour was a bright vivid copper with a fizzy white head.

lots of spice and bitter hoppiness

the rye was very pronounced here, tons of earthy and grainy spice combined with a strong hop flavor of citrus and pine. fairly complex.

way over carbonated with micro carbonation. i found myself swirling the glass to cut it down. this allowed me to enjoy the flavor far more.

i love rye and hops, so i enjoyed trying this. the carbonation was a bit annoying however so if i came across this, i may try it again.

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Photo of nickd717
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Batch 03.

Pours a very nice clear deep dark amber-reddish-brown with an inch of beige foam that lasts.

The aroma is very big on black tea, along with spicy rye, roast, and sweet malt. Very herbal hop profile, and a pinch of Skoal.

The flavor is big on rye and black tea. Some roast in there as well, along with sweet caramel malt and cereal grains. Herbal hop bitterness. The finish is big on tobacco, as if I had just popped in a pinch of Copenhagen. Most tobacco I've ever gotten from a beer, or anything other than tobacco itself for that matter.

Medium-bodied with soft carbonation and not much in the way of hop resins.

India style? Yeah, maybe the actual country of India. It sure isn't as hoppy as I thought it would be. Not a bad beer though, other than the excessive tobacco notes.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark amber brew with tan head and intricate lacing. Spicy tangy and floral hoppy notes on teh nose. The brew is full of flavor, with a roasted malt as well as tart spicy rye complimenting a full-on hoppy bitterness. Long finish. Excellent beer, thanks to tizzod my midwestern beer connection!!

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Photo of Shumista
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single for 2 bucks, looked interesting. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head. Smells earthy, hoppy, and spicey from the rye which is extremely present. Taste follows from here. Nothing subtle about the rye in this one, one of the most rye forward tasting rye beers I have had. Earthy hops and a lingering dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, somewhat chewy, I think the dry bitterness deserves a mention in mouthfeel as well. Fairly drinkable, I could go through a six pack probably without a lot of difficulty. Great rye ipa.

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Photo of morimech
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark reddish amber color with a large tan head. Excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Smell- No mistake, this is a rye beer. Wonderful rye aroma. Smells like fresh rye bread. A little citrus from the hops.

Taste- Rye malt flavors front and center. Spicy and bready. Citrus hops in the finish. Bitterness is on the lower side of moderate. This beer will get compared to Founder's Red Rye, this one is not as bitter as Founder's and slightly sweeter.

Mouthfeel- Medium body but slightly overcarbonated that hurts the texture. Still very pleasing to drink.

Drinkability- An exceptionally well crafted beer that features the rye instead of pussy-footing around it like many brewers are guilty of. Summit outdid themselves with this beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden.

A: The rye beer is wickedly dark. I'm used to rye being added to IPAs with much lighter results. This one is a darker copper color, still translucent, that has a syrupy brown color. A sizeable head, over two fingers on initial pour, is lacing in large patches.

S: Rye, lots and lots of dark rye. The breadiness stands out over any hop profile. I was not expecting much when I got the growler but this strength of the nose is very nice. Few beers have the rye that this one does.

T: I'm happy to report that hops are not a complete after thought in the ale. Malt-wise, the rye is chewy and bready, spicy with prominent pepper and caraway flavors. While the word 'India' is a tad misleading (this is not an IPA in my opinion), the ale does bring enough bitterness to the table. The citrusy presence is just enough to register above the richness of the rye. Caramel malts, biscuity, carry the weight when the rye passes.

M: Mmmm, rich rye. The dark spiciness, zest with a dash of pepper, is pleasant. THe over-carbonation on pour has smoothed out, leaving the ale undercarbonated by a small degree. That aids the flavor immensely.

D: A sessionable rye beer, the flavor is rich and strong, indicative of a pretty hefty dose in the malt profile. I like rye beers and this one exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Yulles
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a nice one to start my day, i decided to crack this and another ipa open with lunch today. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/12/2010.

really nice pour with a thick off white head that rose to about two fingers high and left a thick coating of lacing all around the glass. a rich thick lacing ensued throughout the glass.

aroma is thick hoppy goodness, a rich aroma with a hint of spice comes through on the nose right away. really nice blended notes of pine resin, warm malts, a nice touch of buttery middle and a touch of rye. really well done and this carries over to the flavor perfectly. smooth, effortless feel on this one delivers a light hoppy goodness with hints f spiced rye and buttery malts. nice clean finish with a light dryness and a touch of kick to wind it down.

overall a really soli rye beer. a bit hoppier then most but it really, really works. very well done here.

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Photo of olmane
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dogfish curved pint, full, creamy khaki head retains well atop the maple syrup colored beer

s: great spicy-sour rye profile, a bit meaty, roasted malts with a firm backing of cocoa-rolled toffee, earthy citrus hop profile asserts itself but generally compliments the malt aromas, sort of a rye-based alteration of a rich brown ale

m: carbonation light-moderate, medium bodied, approaches creamy but there's still a bit of an edge here

t: roasty backbone with a moderate toffee sweetness, the finest point of this beer is that the rye adds a generous level of its own complexity while fully complimenting the beer as a whole, dries quickly to leave a full citric bitterness and lingering roasted rye

out of curiosity I researched the malts used: harrington, rye, crystal rye, chocolate rye, and flaked rye - hence the combination of great complexity and full rye character

d: no problem - a favorite amongst the sub-style

thanks dirts, you're al(rye)ght

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Photo of Paulny
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed amid the din of wailing bagpipers at the unveiling celebration of this limited release at The Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Actually got one of the first pint pours after the Summit brewmaster ceremoniously tapped the keg. A great party!

After a blissful moment nosing what seemed a pleasantly fresh hop/rye-tinged head, upon first quaff the excitement of the occasion began to slip away.

Hmmm, on the palate only a slight hint of buried hoppiness and a subtle bite of rye malt, but waaaay restrained from what was expecting. For a limited series had really hoped Summit would'a pushed the envelope a good bit farther for a change. Tasted pretty much like their standard "hop-light" Summit IPA.

Just to make sure we ordered up another pint along with a pint of everybody's local favorite IPA Surly Furious. The poor Summit RIPA completely faded into RIP oblivion on first gulp of Furious.

The owner of Summit Brewing has stated he thinks the new trend of highly-hopped "American-style" IPAs is merely a fleeting fad and has no interest in trying to make one. A pity, as I'm sure Summit could make a magnificent IPA or even a DIPA if they wanted to... Judging by my fairly wide circle of beer fanatic acquaintances and the fact nobody's bought a Summit anything the last couple years might indicate what kind of "trend" this might be.

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Photo of dizztracted
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful amber with good clarity, a nice white head sits on top of the glass and takes a while to die down, above average lacing as well.

Aromas of spicy malted rye is the first thing I notice, scares me at first but then I can also note the delicious bready and almost sweet malts. Other earthy/fruity notes of hops also fight to stand out, with some grapefruit/pine as well; complex to say the least.

Delicious, delicious, delicious. The taste follows the nose brilliantly. The rye malts come off quite spicy and bread like, but never to that pallate-desensitizing level; a little semi-sweet with a nice hoppy finish.

Medium bodied and creamy; well carbonated.

Drinkability is dangerously high on this beer for me. I could easily finish a 6-pack and ask for more. Not sessionable by ABV terms but by taste, heck yeah!

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Summit India Style Rye Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 118 ratings