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

This is my favorite rye beer. Summit should add this to their lineup as a full-time beer. The color is wonderful - so clear and goldern brown. Very nice smell with a bit of spice to it. The taste is great. There is such a nice balance in this beer. There is a nice hop bite that is overtaken by the smooth, almost a bit chocolaty rye. I'm glad I stocked up on this one before they discontinued it. The age on it doesn't seem to hurt the drinkability a bit.

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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 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 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 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 TheFightfan1
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one filled up at Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a perfect pint. Pours a darker amber color with a light brown colored heading. Decent lacing didn't really stick around that much.

Smell is quick to pronounce it's toasted malty goodness. Has a quicky spicey rye aroma then a heavy citrus like hop takes over for the ending.

Taste is mostly of rye bread at first. The toasted malts cover palate instantly. After a few ticks that good old bitter hop flashes in and takes the ride over leaving the palate raped of bitter hoppy goodness. Lingers for a while.

Mouth is extremely smooth and full bodied. Not too much carbonation but a very nice tasting brew.

I am very pleased to have tried this one. Very smooth and hoppy.

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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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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 TurdFurgison
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6-pack of this along with Summit Kolsch in Lake Zurich a few weeks ago. I've been enjoying them both periodically since then, not committing thoughts in written form.

This beer is clear, dark auburn color, about 25 on the SRM scale. The tan-white foam is initially 1.5 inches thick, then slowly dimishes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing in it's original position. The aroma is rye + chocolate, equal portions of both. I'm a little surprised at the amount of cocoa, the beer is lighter than I'd expect for that aroma.

The beer tastes spicy and tasty, again equal measures of rye and cocoa, really a good combination that I've never had before. Maybe some graininess in the aftertaste but the rye takes more of a lead even there. The body's average, no problems. I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the most explicitly rye beer I have ever had - it has the sharp, slightly roasty character of a great rye bread.

Pours deep brown with a lively, thick, long-lasting head. The aroma has a super sharp sting, just pure rye bread. The flavor follows along, with the bitter stink of rye, but with a chocolaty, roasted malt behind it. There is a deep, coffee-like bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is firm and tannic.

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

A: Brown with an amber hue; steady head with good retention; lacing is decent

S: Grapefruit and pine are present but so is a subtle spicy and dark malty quality

T: Wonderful balance between the rye maltiness and piny grapefruit hop quality

F: Good even mouth feel; does evaporate off the back end of the tongue quickly though

D: A very interesting and delicious hoppy rye--kudos Summit!

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

A: Very deep and rich copper color. One of the darkest rye beers that I have seen. Poured with a half finger of white head with some decent lacing.

S: The first thing about the nose that strikes you is coffee. Then a little gingerbread. Then you get the spice from the rye. Really amazing nose.

T: Again I get the chocolate with a ton of coffee finished out by the rye. I really like his beer. The finish of the rye and the hops is a thing to behold. It is super complex while being easy enough to enjoy for being a daily drinker which this would be for me if I did not get it 4 hours from home.

M: Good carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

D: It is on the heavy side of the style and it is hot as hell right now but this went down like a champ. One of the most interesting rye beers that I have ever had. Seek this one out.

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