Summit India Style Rye Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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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)

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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
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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

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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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