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:
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Added by Bighuge on 02-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Grabbed a single for 2 bucks, looked interesting. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear dark brown with a frothy light tan head. Smells earthy, hoppy, and spicey from the rye which is extremely present. Taste follows from here. Nothing subtle about the rye in this one, one of the most rye forward tasting rye beers I have had. Earthy hops and a lingering dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, somewhat chewy, I think the dry bitterness deserves a mention in mouthfeel as well. Fairly drinkable, I could go through a six pack probably without a lot of difficulty. Great rye ipa.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped a sixer from jenny street

"unchained" release #3

appearance: poured in great dane imperial pint glass - dark amber body, huge fluffy dirty beige cap and fluffy lacing. nice

smell: really nice hop aroma up front - bitter grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, yeast and rye. Aroma focuses on hops for me

taste: great complexity here - big spicy rye dominates, pulpy grapefruit, bitter pine, yeasty and doughy. I really dig the contrast between spicy doughy rye and biter pine/grapefruit. easily the best summit beer i have ever had

mouthfeel: really nice - slick and oily from the hops, bitter and spicy, coats the palate

drinkability: good

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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 garymuchow
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely wonderful sweet citrus aroma, like fresh oranges with a spicy spritzy backing. Superb! Just a touch of malt rounds it out nicely.
Dark and very clear amber of dark reds and oranges with browns noted too. Rocky head forms after an initial pour of a dense almost tan head, then showing a thinner drippy lacing.
Interesting mix of flavors and they all show simultaneously. Bitterness is what surprised me the most and it's rather full in intensity and very long in length (like a grapefruit). Firm malt with the spiciness of the rye blending in apparently (this increases in presence as the beer opens up with time and adds nicely overall). A very brief fruit sweetness shows initially that is both malty and hop flavored (similar to the orange of the aroma). Oooo, that's nice! As it warms a really nice toasty flavor appears...there, that rounds this off really nicely.
Slightly light in body with ample carbonation.
Temperature is a big deal on this one. You have to get that toasty flavor, that's what's bumped this one up for me. Now that it's where it needs to be, the bitterness is less assaulting and the drinkability increases to "can I have another, right now".

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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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Photo of jwinship83
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a beautiful ruby red colored body with good clarity. a finger of tightly knit head sits on top of the glass and takes a while to die down. even rings of lacing are left on the sides of my glass. cant ask for anything more.

S- spicy malted rye is the first thing i notice. very bready and almost sweet. lots of hops packed into this one. grapefruit mostly, with some pine as well.

T- the taste follows the nose. the malts come off as very spicy and bread like. semi-sweet. a nice hoppy finish. lots of grapefruit and pine. somewhat bitter.

M- medium bodied and creamy. well carbonated.

D- easy enough to finish and almost sessionable in strength. i didnt give summit much of a chance before i started seeing their unchained series. ill make it a point to get to their regular lineup soon.

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Photo of KeefD
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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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 camp0474
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark copper color with a tan frothy head. Good lacing.

S: Up front with toasty rye bread flavor, which adds some spicy black pepper flavor. Sweet caramel malt and citrus hops in the background.

T: Tastes like it smells. Toasted rye with fresh black pepper balanced well with sweet malt and citrus hops. Very unique, but very good. All the flavors add to the character of this beer.

M: Medium smooth body and perfect amount of carbonation.

D: Very well balanced. A great display of all the components of this beer. Very unique, but very drinkable. This beer goes down smooth and easy. Too bad the Unchained Series won't be brewed again once they're gone. I would gladly drink this over Summit EPA.

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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 CHSLBrew
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Summit Unchained Series pint glass.

A-Pristinely clear copper brew. Frothy, 2-finger head, tan in color. Head sustained ok, slowly receding to a thin, but consistent, layer.

S-Spicy rye-bready malt took over, hints of black pepper, with additional aroma of citrus-spicey hops.

T-The rye pepper-spice translates nicely into this flavor profile. It's akin to taking a bite out of a hearty rye loaf. Hop flavors are herbal, slightly citrusy later in the flavor, melding nicely with the rye spice. This is all bracing for a firm hop bitterness balancing an already relatively dry maltiness.

M-Moderate body, feels fuller with everything that's going on in the flavor. Slight carbonic bite, though carbonation level feels moderate, appropriate.

D-Very tasty and unique brew, a big departure, I think, from the typical summit, which is in line with this Unchained Series of brews. It goes down very smoothly, so this characteristic, paired with the plasant taste, makes this one drinkable.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Minnesota Brewers Guild tulip pint.

A: Solid dark ruby red color. Mahogany tones. The slightly off-white head is strong at 2 inches at first but dies to nothing more than an 1/8th inch lace. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Pine, citrus (grapefruit zest), spiciness at first. This is followed by a solid bready aroma and tons of toffee. A faint fruitiness in the end. Very aromatic. Very appealing.

T: Once again the pine and grapefruit zest are right up in your face. This is followed by some great rye flavors. Breadiness is there. There is a nice toffee component as well. The malts are horribly sweet (something that happened when I used crystal rye once), which is very nice. Ends with a nice herbal character. The bitterness really seems to linger with pine and citrus zest behind it. It may just be a slight bit too astringent for me, otherwise it would be a 5. I will say that as it warms the astringent flavors die down.

M: Light bodied to medium. Crisp and clean. Finishes really sticky. Carbonation is right on.

D: This is an exceptional beer. Nice job Summit. Add this to the regular line-up or at least as a seasonal. Very drinkable and flavorful ale for a hop lover. I love the rye. This beer really brings it out while others just have a touch in the background. Fantastic.

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Photo of kenito799
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark amber brew with tan head and intricate lacing. Spicy tangy and floral hoppy notes on teh nose. The brew is full of flavor, with a roasted malt as well as tart spicy rye complimenting a full-on hoppy bitterness. Long finish. Excellent beer, thanks to tizzod my midwestern beer connection!!

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Photo of paco1029384756
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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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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Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great looking dark ale. A deep, dark, brown yet clear body sits under a generous whipped pale tan head that is displaying great retention. Gobs of sticky lace are already evident as the head slowly subsides, and stick around as i enjoy this brew.

A hint of toffee and spicy rye grain nicely compliment the very floral hop nose with a prominent citrus presence of orange zest and ruby red grapefruit. Good stuff.

This is a very nice beer. Whole grains, rye, and a touch of toffee are just slightly overpowered by the tasty hops. Very clean citrus hop profile as described above. It would be awesome to see something like this as a seasonal or year round offering.

Amazing body, very well attenuated, medium bodied with slightly creamy feel. Bitter, and a touch resinous. Hoppy, but certainly not insanely so.

Pretty drinkable. Rye is evident but the hops manage to sneak to the fore. A hoppy rye has been done before and done quite well by the likes of Founders and Two Brothers. But this manages to distinguish itself with its dryness and very clean hop profile. An excellent beer that i will be trying to acquire more of. Thanks to Chonyr for the bottle!

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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 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 kruse
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit's newest pours a lovely reddish-copper color with a white head. The head could have lasted a bit longer, but there was nice lacing. Moderate hop aroma. Taste has a spicy and peppery bite from the rye. Hop flavor is also at the forefront with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel good. Overall a very drinkable beer.

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

Pours a lovely copper with a nice, fluffy bone white head, good lasting power, spider-webbing lacing up and down. The aroma definitely has a nice hop bill, a pronounced rye malt, very good. Similarly lots of hops on the tongue, the rye is great, there are some nice spices and the mouth is great, smooth, clean, carbonation is just right. A lovely beer, another great addition to the Unchained series.

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

12 oz aggressive pour into a goblet yields a one finger head with lacing that seems to last forever as the head recedes. Color is a vibrant auburn with excellent clarity.

Aroma is of strong rye first, followed by piney hops.

As with the aroma, rye dominates the taste with good balance of malt backbone & hops finish. The rye adds an overall lingering, spicy character, that coupled with the hops bitterness, is somewhat astringent but pleasing.

The medium body helps the rye taste stick around, especially on the way down. Highly drinkable, as the alcohol is not at all noticeable. 2-3 of these in an hour wouldn't be problem.

Overall, a great offering that definitely lived up to the hype. Well done Summit.

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Photo of herman77
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown/dark amber with a creamy thick light khaki head. Clear appearance. Lots of thick, sticky lacing.

S: Carmel malt, rye bread. A hint of citrus hops in the background.

T: Huge rye up front with hops. There is a little bit of sweet maltiness to it too. Finishes with a spicier rye malt taste that lingers for a long time. This is different, but very good!

M/D: Medium body, feels nice and smooth. The carbonation seems right on, not too much, not too little. Very drinkable. I like the slightly higher abv too. I wish this was not a one and done. I like it a lot more than the EPA and Horizon Red!

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper red color with a huge thick bubble head. The appearance here is phenomenal. The head leaves a ton of lacing down the glass as it subsides.

Smell is very fresh, earthy notes with some rye malts and hops in the background. Very crisp in the nose, I think this beer is going to be tasty.

Oh yeah, that's good. Lots of rye comes through, followed by a bitter bite from the hops. This beer tastes terrific, would be very well suited for a nice summer night, at least in my opinion. The bitterness really comes through as it warms, best in the unchained series so far I'd say.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, medium to high carbonation as well.

Very delightful beer, do yourself a favor and seek this out.

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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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Summit India Style Rye Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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