Summit India Style Rye Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bighuge on 02-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy amber color. The head is a solid one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of full of spicy rye, with some grapefruit, and floral hop notes. This is rather balanced for an IPA, but it works. The taste is is hoppier than the aroma in both flavor and bitterness, but the rye is still the main component. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one fine beer. When I first heard Summit was making an India Rye Ale I thought it would turn out something like Founder's Red's Rye. Now, Red's Rye is probably my favorite beer of all time, but I am very glad Summit India Style Rye Ale is different. It is certainly an IPA, but it has considerable more Rye than Red's Rye making it a whole different monster. I really hope Summit adds this beer to there regular line up as it would be something I would buy regularly.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks similar to a chestnut tone, but probably more resemblant to a true sepia color. Clarity is quite good. Steady and strong tumbleweed tinged khaki head. Outstanding aroma. Blissful wafts of rye and malt along with some mild but distinct hop smells: pungency, orange, grapefruit rind. On the buds, the mastery continues. Perfection in balance and drinkability. Marbled rye malt tones mix spiciness right along side the Summit hop derived spiciness. A little dusty chocolate here and there. Orangey, citric hoppiness. Nice little bitterness that lingers. Incredibly drinkable. This beer experience is like taking a piece of high quality marbled rye bread and dunking it in a top notch IPA. Outstanding.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very dark amber, almost brown with a substantial creamy head, wispy lacing is left as the beer is consumed.

Aroma is dominated by citrusy hops, very pleasant.

Taste is a fantastic blend of citrus and floral hops, and a toasty malt backbone, very well balanced, no alcohol present on the palate.

Mouthfeel: perfect, creamy, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is very high, I could easily enjoy these all day long.

Overall, had a chance to sample this at the brewery tour and then promptly sought out a six pack, This is an excellent brew and by far the best I've tasted from Summit, I really hope they decide to brew this again. definitely pick this up if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= I've had this a few times now and this time I decided to post a review. Pours a nice burnt amber color with a good looking off white head rises about a finger high and sits on top of the glass thick and menecing like... just askin for me to break it. Great sticky lacing. Some of the best lacing I've ever seen.

S= Hops up front but then there is a super amount of rye in it. Rediculous how much rye you get. Nice west coast hop smell in it but the rye is super nice. Like a slice of bread.

T= Again super rye. The most rye I've ever tasted in a beer. Blows any other rye out of the water. Great west coast hop flavor to top it all off. Nice citrus and grapefruit but then there is just sooo much rye. Tastes like bread. Awesome beer. Great complements from rye to hops.

M= Nice lower carbonation for the beer. Slick coating feeling.

D= Awesome beer. This is the best thing Summit has ever made by far. Awesome beer. They should make this a year round offering.

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Photo of funkEnet
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a light, white head. Great deep burgundy color yet very clear.

S: Perfumey, smells of apricot and mango. Subtle spicey/earthy smell from the rye.

T: Exceptional, the great full rye flavor is nicely balanced with the fruity flavors that I can only describe as apricot and mango. There is a nice citrus after taste with this beer.

M: Fine for an IPA containing rye. The combination makes the beer slightly astringent. Medium body.

D: This is where I docked the beer. Compared to a lot of IPAs this is a very drinkable beer but the minimal astringency does hurt the drinkablity.

Overall: Thanks for bearing with me as it is my first review. I think this is a great beer. I think that the rye really compliments the citra hops. Not too bitter but very nice pronounced hop flavor.

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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 paco1029384756
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby color with one and a half fingers of thick, sticky white head.

Scent of sweet caramel malts, lively rye, and bitter, earthy hops. Balanced very well, the scent alone is worth the price of admission.

Taste of dry rye dominates with a hint of smoke initially, dry earthy, bitter hops, charred oak, and a hint of caramel. This is on par with, or perhaps even better than Founders' Red's Rye; more than worth a purchase.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a nice biting carbonation.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- copper penny body with a bit more red. No yeasty cloudyness. Tight whte head makes a nice contrast to the red body.

S- like a bakery, yeasty rye is exploding from this glass. Also a touch of fresh roasted African coffee.

T- still like a bakery, but with a great bitterness that wraps all the way around your tongue. Loads of pine on the finish.

M- Big boned with a hoppyness that knocks my socks off. Good stuff!

D- A little too chewy to get full marks on the drinkability. Fantastically complex and enjoyable, but not what I'd say is the most drinkable.


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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Was very excited to try this new offering from Summit. Clear ruby body with a thick, whipped, dirty khaki head. Great lacing and retention. Intriguing nose of spicy hops and earthy malts. I get notes of pepper, mown weeds, pine sap, fresh-ground coffee, and cookie dough.

Taste starts with spicy, herbal hops up front. Gently numbing pine sap settles in. Toasted malt notes mix with spicy rye bread to make up a solid malt base. Hints of roasted coffee and fruit skins near the finish. Finish shows some citrus hops and a steady, lingering, dry bitterness. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Delicious and very complex for its size. Make this a full-timer!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the third in Summit's Unchained Series. The first two have been very nice, so I have high expectations.

The brew pours a dark caramel color with thin wispy head above it, which, amazingly, left ample lacing.

The aroma above this beer is intriguing. Hops are the first thing that is noticed. A mixture of citrus and flowers form the hop bouquet. There is an earthiness here. Musty mixed with rye notes, along with the hops, form an interesting aroma.

This is a full bodied and full flavored beer. It begins with the rye. Toasted grain, but not in a cloying way, is distinct in the flavor profile. The beer moves through a juicy center to reach the hoppy goodness at the end. Pine and citrus grapefruit combine with some more spice to leave a lingering flavor of hops on the palate. An underlying earthiness is the tie that binds; the thing that brings this complex beer together.

I like this brew. Summit did not disappoint.

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

Had this one tap at Whistle Binkies on the Lake today. Lovely dark brown pour with amber/ruby highlights around the edges, finger tall eggshell white head that left huge rings of lacing down the glass. This is how beer should look. Aroma is surprisingly bready and malty upon the first waft, with a solid herbal, minty, and lightly grapefruity hop aroma in the back. Spicy rye bread is also present. First taste of this brew has me surprised again. It deliciously complex with intermingling flavors of chocolate, toffee, maybe even some light coffee, spicy rye, and bitter grapefruit rind to balance this one out. That's the perfect word to describe this brew: Balance. It's unbelievably drinkable and oh so tasty. Medium body with light carbonation, but the low carb WB's MO. This is one fine, delicious, and superbly balanced beer. Easily my favorite beer ever created by Summit. Well done folks!

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Photo of number1bum
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color that's almost more like a brown. It's not translucent at all, although it's dark enough that it's not cloudy, it's just dark. An inch plus of tan head settles to a thin lace with a ring of stick and some other webbing on the sides.

Smell is not super hoppy, but there are earthy, pine and some spicy hop aromas going on. It's very complex in the malt department though, with aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, rye, and some nuts. It's just so complex; every time I drink this beer I marvel at how complex the nose is.

Taste packs a bit more punch from the hops without losing any of the complexity from the nose. There is just a ton going on here. Like the nose I get dark caramel and even some chocolate, plus a good deal of spicy rye. There is a nuttiness in the finish as well. The hops are earthy and resiny, with a touch of citrus flavor as well. There is a good smack of hop bitterness in the finish which goes nicely with the spicy rye.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy. The substantial hop bitterness makes it somewhat dry in the finish, but doesn't take away from the smoothness. Carbonation is appropriate.

I am thoroughly enjoying a case of this beer, which sadly is now halfway gone. I hadn't tried it yet when I bought it but I saw the good reviews, and have always enjoyed hoppy rye beers, so I figured it'd be good and it certainly hasn't let me down. It's not as hoppy as Red's Rye, but has a ton of malt complexity and enough hops to make it true to the "India Rye" moniker. A really well done beer from Summit. Best I've ever had from them.

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

Absolutely wonderful sweet citrus aroma, like fresh oranges with a spicy spritzy backing. Superb! Just a touch of malt rounds it out nicely.
Dark and very clear amber of dark reds and oranges with browns noted too. Rocky head forms after an initial pour of a dense almost tan head, then showing a thinner drippy lacing.
Interesting mix of flavors and they all show simultaneously. Bitterness is what surprised me the most and it's rather full in intensity and very long in length (like a grapefruit). Firm malt with the spiciness of the rye blending in apparently (this increases in presence as the beer opens up with time and adds nicely overall). A very brief fruit sweetness shows initially that is both malty and hop flavored (similar to the orange of the aroma). Oooo, that's nice! As it warms a really nice toasty flavor appears...there, that rounds this off really nicely.
Slightly light in body with ample carbonation.
Temperature is a big deal on this one. You have to get that toasty flavor, that's what's bumped this one up for me. Now that it's where it needs to be, the bitterness is less assaulting and the drinkability increases to "can I have another, right now".

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

Summit's newest pours a lovely reddish-copper color with a white head. The head could have lasted a bit longer, but there was nice lacing. Moderate hop aroma. Taste has a spicy and peppery bite from the rye. Hop flavor is also at the forefront with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel good. Overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: dark turbid caramel, decent head of off-white looks like a rye, head retention was only OK

S: rich fruity hop, rye spice, a bit of oak, chocolate, lemon - really complex and nice

T: apple, leather, cherry, tobacco - clear hops in this that kind of jacks around with the natural rye flavors but i like the effect

M: solid and semi-dry with excellent crisp carbonation

D: the flavor is diverse enough that i can drink a few and the abv is low enough to make it so in a reasonable manner. this is a damn good beer...i just wish it wasn't a special brew

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Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep auburn copper color and semi clear bodied with a tall inch capping of ivory tinted firmly lathered foam. The head keeps its seat planted like a weed in a rose bush. It eventually fades, slowly, to a super thick remaining topping, not quite a skim, but slim and tons of thick curtained lace coat the glass.

Booming aroma, could smell it while pouring and can smell it from a distance while it percolates in the glass. Big toasty rye which gives off a nice rounded center of something similar to pumpernickle with a spritzed slicing of citrus that's seemingingly lemony orange but also pulls in white grapefruit, unripe mango, and leafy/weedy cannibus. Upon bringing it closer just before it enters the lips I swear there's a bit of coffee and cocoa to it too. Quite the wiffer!

Oooo...yah...taste is quite the display of crunchy toned rye; crisp, rounded with a seepingly smooth and sweet after thought of roasted grains, coffee, cocoa, and dried caramel. Hops dash in towards the end as it gets a smack of something citric(dried and crushed orange and grapefruit peels) and leafy fresh cannibus. Smokey and weed-like whole hop cone and off-the-vine leaf tones of dryness tenderize a very intiguing mix of the rye and hops as it softens lightly into a welcome finish of bitterness that encourages another sip. And another...

Crisp, nearly full bodied with a smooth smack of malts while a crunchy nip sits perfectly at the front with the rye. Hops then get all up in there and create some complex earthy, smokey tones while lightly floating off into a calmly twisted, toasty bittered finish. Drinks down with good ease but those rye toned hop burps catch up to ya.

A surprise to say the least, wasn't expecting they'd pull this one off so well. But damn; fitting in quite well with the whole 'Unchained' series that Summit has been putting some real craft and thinking into. Looking forward to picking up more of this and the next in the series.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Minnesota Brewers Guild tulip pint.

A: Solid dark ruby red color. Mahogany tones. The slightly off-white head is strong at 2 inches at first but dies to nothing more than an 1/8th inch lace. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Pine, citrus (grapefruit zest), spiciness at first. This is followed by a solid bready aroma and tons of toffee. A faint fruitiness in the end. Very aromatic. Very appealing.

T: Once again the pine and grapefruit zest are right up in your face. This is followed by some great rye flavors. Breadiness is there. There is a nice toffee component as well. The malts are horribly sweet (something that happened when I used crystal rye once), which is very nice. Ends with a nice herbal character. The bitterness really seems to linger with pine and citrus zest behind it. It may just be a slight bit too astringent for me, otherwise it would be a 5. I will say that as it warms the astringent flavors die down.

M: Light bodied to medium. Crisp and clean. Finishes really sticky. Carbonation is right on.

D: This is an exceptional beer. Nice job Summit. Add this to the regular line-up or at least as a seasonal. Very drinkable and flavorful ale for a hop lover. I love the rye. This beer really brings it out while others just have a touch in the background. Fantastic.

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Photo of Fitzgerald
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I got a pint of this Summit India style rye ale at the Muddy Pig, served in a pint glass nice mahogany color fairly clear with a two inch foamy head.
S- A lot of big malty rye with just a little bit of the hop coming through.
T-This is very good, some huge bready rye with some caramel maybe toffee and bitterness a lot of complex taste going on between the hops and rye.
MF-Very full not a thin ale here some carbonation a little oily nice dry finish.
D-Love this beer, I have enjoyed all of Summits different beers and like the idea of this unchained series.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery - Champaign, IL

Pours a rusty, brownish orange with a foamy khaki colored head with tons of chunky lacing as it slowly dissipates to a thin layer of foam atop the ale. Aromas are nutty, toasted rye bread, with some floral hops. Tastes are freshly baked rye bread, citrus, pine, and tobacco with a full-bodied mouth-feel that is followed by a sharp, bitter, astringent, peppery finish that leaves the palate bruised, so to speak. Alcohol is well concealed. Overall, this was a great treat! One of the best ryes I've had to date!

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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 Mebuzzard
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark polished brown deep dark wood flooring. Some reddish tints. Head is the appearance a '5'. Two fingers of off-tan foam that laces evenly and soft. P-retty.

Malty spice and roasted coffee in the aroma. Baked dark chocolate and some sharp prune.

This beer is nice. The malt is just spicy enough to differentiate it from barley malt, but it doesn't intrude the palate. Dark bread and light coffee. Nicely balanced and it really shows how rye can make a beer different. It isn't a thick taste, but not thin. Strong at first but lingers in the back as the hops come into play.
A nice play of bite and spice, with the finish being a bit bold and hoppy.
Drinks very well.

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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 portia99
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with mothman. Huge thanks to Ben for a big Summit assortment to give me a fix. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a darker than expected mahogony reddish brown color with a finger of dense and creamy tan foam that lasts for a couple of minutes. It eventually falls and leaves behind some light lacing on the glass.

S - Very hoppy up front with piney aromas and a bit of grapefruit. Very spicy courtesy of the rye with some background earthiness, toasted malt and some bread. A lot going on here and pulled off very well.

T - Wow...big rye flavor is immediately noticed and very up front - spicy with some toasty flavors. Citrusy and piney hops are sharply bitter with a noticeable bite to them. Breadlike malt at the base. This is an assertive beer with plenty of flavor. Excellent.

M - Medium bodied with ample and very prickly carbonation. The carbonation really brings forward the hoppiness in this beer - seems to accentuate the bitterness. Hop resins coat the mouth and the rye spice and hop bitterness linger forever into the aftertaste.

D - I had heard some good things about this one and I came in having some high expectations. This is one of those beers that didn't let me down in any way. Great combination of flavors here all blended together very well. Glad to have tried this one. Definitely want to try to get some more before it totally disappears.

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Summit India Style Rye Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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