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
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 trbergman
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Rich ruby-auburn body with an inch of sticky, light tan foam.

S - Definite smell of rye bread - pumpernickel - with spicy/herbal highlights and surprisingly subtle grassy and citrus hop aroma.

T - Dense, black bread, a bit of dark fruit, and a dry hop bitterness. I was expecting something similar to Red's Rye, but this beer has a more raw, earthy quality. It's interesting, but not my favorite rye beer.

M - Medium body, with a bit of astringency.

D - It's not bad, I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not sure it's my thing. I'd probably pass on it in the future.

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Photo of Lunch
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from Batch 3 enjoyed a little while back.

Poured into ma shapely Three Floyds pint glass and this pours a golden brown. A little hazy with some off-white head that leaves some lace behind. Smell is not terribly hop forward, but I'm getting some pine and perhaps a hint (a flutter if you will, but I won't) of citrus. A bunch of rye malt is in there and steals the show. Taste is pretty much the same. Not a lot of hops, but I am enjoying the flavor and could perhaps go for another. Good mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable and rather sessionable.

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Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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 MrMcGibblets
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: chestnut brown w/reddish highlights. Hazy. Tan head and nice lacing.
S: caramel, resiny/piney hops, dark bread, vague spice, and some fruity and citrusy hops underneath.
T: dark caramelly malts of medium sweetness are more than balanced out by a big hop bitterness which is sharp and a touch astringent. Lingering bitter hoppy finish is minty and spicy. some lingering slick sweetness.
M: medium body. Decent carbonation. roundish.
D: a nice effort from summit.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this rye beer into a white wine glass, considering it was clean and available. Pouring the beer slowly, i can see that the head is easy to coax into a blooming two-finger thick beige cap atop a deep amber body with strong ruby hues. I'm liking the dark hue of this beer. Some lacing is left behind.

The aroma starts from the moment it leaves the bottle. It opens with mint and juicy fruit, then progresses to honey, then finally reveals caramel. Fantastic hop aroma followed by a clear malt backbone makes this beer an expected treat.

The taste is surprisingly malty however. One does not expect to find notes of coffee and bitter chocolate in such a beer, but voila...there it is. Slight rye spice shows up mostly towards the finish. Slight astringency. The beers caramel sweetness is mostly balanced by bitter hop oils, leaving the palate tingling, but not destroyed.

Medium body, and a smooth carbonation. Slightly astringent, drying towards the finish.

This is a good hoppy beer that remains drinkable. Rye adds just enough to leave an impression, though it is not necessarily highlighted.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby hue reminiscent of maple syrup. Small quickly falling head and little visible carbonation.

The smell is full of blood orange and various other citrusy notes. Bitter smelling musty rye and onion... are also apparent in the nose.

The taste is rye forward, grainy, rustic and earthy. The aggressive use of summit hops is smack you in the face noticeable. Onion and mildly bitter pine round out the finish and work to cover any heat. Everything fits together very well here.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and carbonation is on the low side.

Overall, solid brew. Kudos to Summit for getting ambitious and cranking out this series, I look forward to the next release.

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Photo of jcjerabek
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of jimmah120
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Race Street Cafe, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a clear, dark bronze with reddish tints, good carbonation, and a small cap of delicate white bubbles for a head. Rye profile comes through nicely in the aroma, with scents of sweet bready malts and light herbal hops. Strong flavor, with the smooth maltiness generally taking control, bready and earthy with nice crisp floral hops and a mellow bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, full of flavor, but not thick or filling. Quite drinkable.

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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 jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a thin tan head. Dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of rye, citrus and caramel.

The taste of minty rye is very strong. It has sweet caramel mixed in, with a bitter citric hop bit in the finish. A bit of the booze shows.

It's a full-bodied brew.

It's an interesting, tasty brew. Spicy, though minty rye does become domineering as it progresses.

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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mcdevster
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, very clear.. nice off white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.
Smell: nice rye maltiness.. touch of strawberry, a little hops..
Taste: Another nice bitter offering from summit.. this one is on the malty side.. bready.. nice spiciness or savory bread thing going on.. touch of sweetness that fades into bitterness really fast.. lingering bitter finish.. a little metalic.
mouthfeel: despite the heavy flavor the body is relatively light.. but it is certainly more hefty than other summit varieties..
drinkability: it goes down slow but it is very rewarding.
I would highly recommend this beer.. The only thing that bothers me is so many summit beers have a similar flavor that i can't put my finger on.. it is like a metalic bitterness.. that is not bad but always present in all of their products.

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Photo of crossovert
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist off brown bottle.

It pours a dark reddish amber/brown with a thick, foamy slightly off-white head that leaves some decent lacing as it dissipates.

The smell is killer, tropical fruits and candied grapefruit peel are the main scents. There is light sweet bready scent form the malt underneath.

The taste is decent, the bitterness isn't too high up there. There is a distinct biscuity bread character that dominates the flavor. the hops are much more piney and herbal than they were in the nose.

Overall it is a decent brew, one of the better ones form this brewery.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice looking brown color and a foamy white colored head on top. The beer has a nice smelling hoppy brew with some spicy rye on the nose too. The flavor of the beer gave off some really nice flavors that were much like the nose of the beer. The mouthfeel of this beer was medium bodied and had a good drinkable quality to it. Overall I would probably drink this one again sometime.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark beer, off white head that is really creamy. There's a red hue, and the beer is fairly clear. Good lace.

S: Sweet rye bred type aroma, perhaps some hops, but a varietal that I'm unfamiliar with. Sharp, but interesting.

T: Less sharp than the bottle version of this beer, but still ryeish. Very identifying for the style to me. Super interesting beer.

M: Light and sharp

D: This is a definitely acquired taste.

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Photo of thetomG
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly translucent copper brown with a small bit of head that leaves nice lacing up the glass. Aroma has strong spruce notes. The flavor is similar with a surprising amount of spice and smokey flavor with bitterness that lingers. With regard to the body, I'd say this is on the lighter side of medium with some bubbly carbonation.

Definitely an interesting beer and something I'm glad I tried, but probably not one that I'd seek out again.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark burnt ruby color with a nice lasting just off white head. Aroma is the only thing that falls a bit short here as the hops are in the back somewhere. I am not getting Summit and/or Citra hops here at all. The aroma does have a touch of burnt caramels which is coming through from the rye. The taste in this one is like I have never had before. Definatew rye in there and I am now getting a touch of the citrus hops which seem to play nicely, but combine for a nice tobacco flavor that needs a little getting used to. Nice smooth and thick moutfeel and this is a very drinkable beer. Nice job on this one, just missing a little on the aroma end for what I was expecting. American yeast and ingredients, but it is hopped more like an english IPA.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Batch 03 if that means anything. Thanks to either Buebie or davedahl for this one.

4.0 A: Nearly dark amber/brown color. One and a half fingers of thick creamy off white head with average retention and plentiful lacing.

4.0 S: Spicy, earthy rye gives off an almost coffee like aroma. Also a bit hit of graininess. Simple, but nice.

4.0 T: Taste is just like it smells. Earthy rye foremost with a graininess equally powerful. Medium bitterness. I thought the "india" thing would translate to "hoppy" but that isn't the case. Other than the bitterness, there is just a slight touch of herbal hops. This isn't a problem as the beer still tastes pretty good, but why make it look like something it isn't?

4.0 M: Medium body. A touch too much carbonation. Otherwise, fairly smooth and moderately creamy.

4.0 D: A straightforward rye beer. Tasty with no flaws.

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

pours a slightly hazy copper/brown color with a beige ring and a nice 1 finger head with nice looks good and fresh..the smell is spices and hops and malt and toffe and yeah there is rye the taste is smooth it has hops and malt a big rye taste is this a brown a winter warmer maybe a scotch ale..all those flavors are present..the mouth feel is medium bodied plus its robust full of flavor and again very smooth..batch 3 is my favorite from the unchained series so far.... a good brew from a brewery that is not necessarily my go to brewery..i recommend this one

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