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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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 94
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 zeff80
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, tan/khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left a little lace on the glass.

S - Good rye aroma with some citrus and floral notes.

T - It had a nice blend of sweet biscuity malt, rye bread, caramel and some citrusy hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good brew. It's my second "Unchained" brew and I've enjoyed them both.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Poured into bells tulip

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy beige head. Decent retention with some great lace walls. Color is a dark copper brown with a slight ruby hue. Very nice looking beer.

Aroma: Lots of spices and rye. Very malty with some roasted notes and caramel. Reminds me of campfire smoke. Has some earthy hops flavor, but mainly malt here. I really like it though. Very complex.

Taste: Lots of spices again. Crushed black pepper sticks out a lot. Rye of course. I get some bitter floral hops here which add yet another level to this beer. A decent amount of roasted/smoked malts really work with this beer. I must say I am impressed.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smoked, and bitter. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a lot of spice and rye flavors.

Overall, I am very impressed with Summit. This has to be one of the best beers to come out of their brewery. I have never met Mike, but I give props to him for this creation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chewy08rx for this!

A: pours a deep copper with some crimson highlights. Little to no head; what is there iis a bit off white.

S: some nice rye characteristics come in alongside some earthy and herbal hops. A bit of caramel maltiness.

T: a pinch of sweetness mixed with some tasty, zesty rye and a nice hop presence that's fairly punget.

M: medium body with good carbonation and a nice dryness.

D: very nice all around. I could see this being quite sessionable...If only we lived in Minnesota!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized rye malts, some spice, a good amount of hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with a strong spicy grain flavor and a hearty malt character. Then a significant but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provides balancing bitterness. There are some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, tea & citrus in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, while there's nothing outstanding in this beer, it's a very solid choice to drink for a long time.

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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 billab914
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a dark copper color with a little bit of cherry amber highlights where the light hit it. It had some very nice head retention and left thick sheets of lacing as I drank it.

A nice bready rye is the first thing that hits me in the aroma. The hoppiness really comes through nicely as well with some good earthy and citrus flavors. A pretty nice mix of the rye and hops in the aroma.

The taste really shows the bready rye malt flavor nicely, even more so then most Rye IPA's I've had. Like the nose the hops also come through pretty well in the taste. It has some of the citrus hoppy flavors up front and finishes with more of the earthy and spicy hop flavors. The spiciness of both the rye and hops in the finish really meld nicely together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, I usually love rye in a beer and this one showcased it very nicely. The rye had a very bready quality to it that was very nice. One of the better hoppy rye beers I've had.

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

straight off the tap, crimson meets bronze appearance, generous and lasting, creamy off-white head.

Herbal aromatics meets slight citric fruit, nice hoppy buzz, there's a little lemon meeting the spicy tickle of the rye malt.

Taste: Big hoppy blast up front blitzes the palate, tears a trail through the tongue, then softly, slowly fades back. Juicy malt taste, mixes well with the roasty, spicy rye malt flavor.

Medium bodied, long, lingering malt finish. with a hop tingle that stays a spell, never quite leaves the mouth.

Summit used two ingredients for the first time, rye malt and Citra hops. They work well together here, and here's cheerrs to Mike Lundell for a unique creation in this third Unchained. I think I'll having quite a bit of this one.

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Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a short 1/2" head that hangs around a while before breaking down. Some mild lacing shows up during the session.

Smell: rye grains and a floral bitterness are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: rye is dominant here, creating a nice grainy, spicy, and earthy beer. Bitterness is moderate here but balances this out nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a mild dryness arriving late. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this beer was very quaffable and quite tasty. Definitely an enjoyable 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 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 BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a nonic.

A persistent, steady thick cream colored head sits on a clear, dark caramel color. Thick rings of lacing cover the inside of the glass like sheets. Aroma is potent blend of citrus and tropical fruits with a dark bready and malty undertone that is mildly spicy. Very thick, smooth body with light carbonation and smooth, sweet finish. Body is toasty, malty and spicy, with very nice rye flavor before the strong citrus hops take over. An excellent, full bodied and flavored rye ipa.

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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 maximum12
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a six of this new Summit brew at the Eagan Cellars last week, a good, friendly beer store fairly close to my house. Looking forward to this one - Summit has always made steady brews & you can count on finding it in places with nothing good (in fact this happened on Saturday evening!). But with the release of Red Horizon they went up a notch, & I'm enjoying the new Unchained Series, the Kolsch was very good.

Enough, on to the main event. Pours a deep reddish copper color, reminds me of...never mind. Smell is wild, a vicious clash of civilizations involving good hops & spices. IPA meets Christmas beer with good Midwestern dirt sprinkled on it.

Summit Rye makes good on the promise embedded in the name. This is knife-edge balanced between the hops & the rye. Spicy rye slams the palate & the hops rush in behind, providing a bitter, citrus-laced counterpoint to the rye. That's it, but that's plenty. The flavors meld together really nicely, providing that edgy IPA kick we all crave with a unique rye slap.

Very, very easy to drink. I tend to sip straight-up IPAs to preserve my sanity & palate, but the retraint rye smooths it out & allows me to take nice slugs. Pints of this would be in serious danger around me.

Well, I declare this pairing of ingredients meets my approval & furthermore, this is an excellent beer. I hope we see more like it in the future, both from Summit & the world at large. Yum.

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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 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 champ103
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Melange in Carbondale Illinois.

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. Nearly opaque. A two finger beige head slowly rises, and has good retention. Rings of sticky, spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Just a great aroma. At first some spicy, citrus, and floral hops. A big rye bread aroma for a near perfect balance. Toasted malt that is lightly sweet. Lots of layers with excellent balance.
T: Big spicy, citrus, and floral hops again. A nice bready balance as well. Some sweetness. Very nice.
M/D: A medium to full body that has crisp carbonation. Though creamy and smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. The bottle was gone in no time, and I can enjoy this all night.

I love rye beers, and this is a really good one. Plenty of balance, and nuance. I am very happy I found some. Another really good beer from Summits Unchained Series. Highly recommended.

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

A-Burnt orange color...nice frothy egg white head..

S-Rye crackers...Rye Bread...very spicy....mild notes of weedy hops...also some dark cocoa notes..

T-The rye is front and center but there is a nice spicy hop dimension that complements perfectly. A little dark cocoa too..

M-Medium to full creamy texture..dryish finish

D-Highly enjoyable...great job with the rye on this...a little too big in flavor and body to be a big session beer but I often kick back two or three in a row no problem...My second favorite Unchained beer behind the Kolsch..

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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
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