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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 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 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 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 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 Mdog
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber/light brown, big head, good lacing.

Smell: A bunch of citrus hops and some spicy rye notes.

Taste: The rye makes a big impression here, very spicy and bready, with some citrus bitterness and dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, dry finish.

Drinkability: Tasty stuff, not quite a session beer but a couple in a sitting is not too bad.

The latest in the Summit unchained series is another good one. Spicy rye dominates this beer with enough hops to give another dimension. Good stuff and worth seeking out.

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

Been waiting for this one for a while. Was impressed but not blown away with the first two installments, so this one should be solid as well.

Pours a surprisingly dark amber color, albiet clear. A huge, three finger frothy head sits on top. Great retention and leaves nice sheets of lacing. The color throws me off, but this is a nice looking beer.

The nose is very hoppy, you can tell this is fresh. I get resiny bitter hops, and not so much cirtus or floral, although they are there. This is hopped just like most other Summit beers, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just what came to mind.

Tastes just like the nose, with a solid resiny and piney bitterness. Floral and citrus hops are present, but hide in the background. A spicey rye character comes out more as it warms, and adds a nice complexity to it. I really dig this brew, it tastes great.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a crisp carbonation and a bitter bite. Drinkability is great.

Overall, probably my favorite hoppy Summit beer that I've ever had. They make some good brews, but nothing special, and this one seems memorable to me. I heard good things about this and I'm glad to say I fully support them. Excellent brew!

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from Heritage. 12 oz. bottle poured into my RR glass.

A: Dark crimson-brown with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. Leaves a nice white film on the surface. Lacing is decent.

S: Smell is unlike any rye beer I have tried. Slightly spicy nose with caramel, toast, and floral/herbacious qualities.

T: A bit like the smell, but way more intense. Spicy, with toast, caramel, and some dried fruit. Hops lend flavors of citrus, some pine, and spring meadow.

M: Medium bodied, and has a long finish, but I do believe it could be just a bit thicker.

D: Yeah! Summit has done it again! This Unchained series has really brought more appreciation to the brewery, and this one may be my favorite yet.

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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 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 jera1350
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful mahogany color with a thin layer of fluffy tan head.

Yep, it's a rye beer. The nose is absolutely dominated by the huge rye profile. There is a bit of the hops coming through, but the rye is so up front.

Oh, this is tasty. The big funky rye is the highlight here, but there is an awesome hop compliment present as well. The hops add a nice bitter citrus that really polish off the rye flavor nicely.

I would call this medium bodied. It is lightly chewy and creamy. Nice and smooth.

Great drinkability. I'm having trouble setting this one down. This has to be Summit's best beer after their oatmeal stout. Just a great model of what a rye beer should be. I think I'll have another!

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Photo of Buebie
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6 pack for roughly $8. A bit steep, but worth the limited availability of this 3rd installment of the unchained series.

Poured from a brown stubby twist off bottle into pub glass. The pour produces a billowing 2" head off the first bottle. The 2nd bottle was poured a bit more rough, forming an over the walls of the glass 3" er. So on the third bottle I opted to pour it a bit more tap like and soft, producing about an inch of light brown head. Receding to leave a sticky coating of lace coverage, leaving drapes all the way down.
Color is a touch brown with mahogany laced reddish hues, transparent in a filtered look, which is fine. The color is very nice, this is actually quite a bit darker then I would have imagined.

Aroma is a mix of things. First you have an English style IPA aroma with floral hops and cereal grains. 2nd, there is a special b likeness, to mild coffee and bitter chocolate grains.
As well as a touch of toffee sweetness and just a bit of burnt toffee following along.
Finally the rye is providing some nice spicie aroma with a bready pumpernickel.
So a few opposites that now attract, making a great impression on the nose.

First sip brings in floral hops, pine, earthy flavors as well as spice from the rye and an even dose of special b with coffee and bitter chocolate grain.
I have to admit my first bottle was more hop like with floral ipa likeness. But now the third bottle has perhaps obliterated my pallet not allowing me to taste the hops as much. Because now its mostly bitter grains, coffee and chocolate.
Finishing with plenty of cereal grain, burnt toffee, bittering floral hops and an earthy rye laced spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is lacking a bit, its quite thin and one dimensional. Watery almost with an overly thin quality. Carbonation is great, not overly strong or biting.
Some cara10L would have done wonders for this beer.
So drinkability is high, but for me I like to have a bit more feel to a beer other then carbonation and light as air feel.
But for the masses, this is a bit hoppier then what summit normally produces, I hope people like it. For me I think this could be the best Beer summit has made. I know its my favorite so far in the unchained series. I would really like to see this become part of their regular lineup....says the guy with the summit tuns in his avatar.

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

Pristine golden amber. Thin, white head that fades rather quickly, leaving some heavy patches.
Nice, assertive aroma, with piney hops and rye on the forefront. Strong malt presence as well, with some faint citrus accompanying.
Hops and rye dominate the taste. Probably the most rye-centric tasting beer I've had. Biscuity flavor on the finish. Very intense and unique tasting beer.
Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh.
Good drinkability. Excellent beer overall.

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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 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 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 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 mjryan
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

India style rye ale. Well they got the rye part down. Profound malt aroma reminiscent of toasted pumpernickel bread. If there are any hops in the aroma, I couldnt find them. Dry, bready malt in the flavour with a touch of roast that finishes with an aggressive blast of hop bitterness. Very nice stuff, with more rye than I think Ive tasted in a beer, but where is the India part? Aside from the hefty hop bitterness,there isnt much in the way of hops at all. With Summit and Citra hops as the two varities listed for this beer, I really expected huge tropical fruit aroma and flavour, but they just arent there. That being said, this beer is fantastic for what it is....a rye monster!

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