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 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 WakeandBake
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber color pour with a long lasting thick foamy light tan head , leaving loads of lacing behind , medium carbonation. Aroma of spicy floral and piny hops ,toasty rye bread and dry grain , quite nice . Flavor is hoppy up front lots of floral and resiny pine , a nice malty backbone litk toasty nutty rye bread with hints of chreey and citrus , a long dry earthy resiny finish , nice level of bitterness . Seems to be quite a full body with a slightly oily texture , in a good way . Quite drinkable and pretty darn good , it was a nice treat on a warm sunny afternoon .

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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 kbeals
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

younger35 sent this one to me as an extra a while back.

A- Dark amber to nearly red in color. A finger of off-white eggshell head dissipates down to a thin layer leaving wonderful multi-tiered lacing.

S- Good complexity of toasted grains and grapefruit. A bit of a caramel like sweetness to it, but the aforementioned flavors really dominate.

T- Very bitter and roasted up front, but much different from a coffee or hop bitterness. The roasted grains really stand out in this one. Citrusy hops also play an enormous role. Once again, well balanced.

M- Light body with plenty of prickly carbonation. Near perfect for it's style.

D- An easy drinker on a hot summer day. I really enjoyed the balance between the grains and hops, very unique from other beers that I've had. Thanks again for this one, Dan! It was a real treat.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks is due to Buebie for sending this as an extra in a recent trade.

a- pours a dark amber with a very persistent cream colored head. leaves some very nice lacing, too.

s- wow, an excessive amount of rye was used in this one. not getting much from any hops in there. some heavy rye spice and earthiness combines with some toasted malts to almost resemble some coffee like roasted characteristics. a very unique rye ale.

t- I'm almost convinced there is some roasted malts used in this one. the rye is still strong with the spice, but the hints of roasted coffee just seems too prevalent for it to be a combination of the rye and toasted malts. whatever it may be it is very enjoyable, surprising, and smooth.

m- light bodied. moderately carbonated ale. smooth with no alcohol to be found.

d- I could take down quite a few of these. it has that "what exactly is that?" component that keeps you sipping and trying to grasp everything going on in this brew. a unique ale that I'm glad to get to try

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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 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 number1bum
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color that's almost more like a brown. It's not translucent at all, although it's dark enough that it's not cloudy, it's just dark. An inch plus of tan head settles to a thin lace with a ring of stick and some other webbing on the sides.

Smell is not super hoppy, but there are earthy, pine and some spicy hop aromas going on. It's very complex in the malt department though, with aromas of chocolate, dark caramel, rye, and some nuts. It's just so complex; every time I drink this beer I marvel at how complex the nose is.

Taste packs a bit more punch from the hops without losing any of the complexity from the nose. There is just a ton going on here. Like the nose I get dark caramel and even some chocolate, plus a good deal of spicy rye. There is a nuttiness in the finish as well. The hops are earthy and resiny, with a touch of citrus flavor as well. There is a good smack of hop bitterness in the finish which goes nicely with the spicy rye.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy. The substantial hop bitterness makes it somewhat dry in the finish, but doesn't take away from the smoothness. Carbonation is appropriate.

I am thoroughly enjoying a case of this beer, which sadly is now halfway gone. I hadn't tried it yet when I bought it but I saw the good reviews, and have always enjoyed hoppy rye beers, so I figured it'd be good and it certainly hasn't let me down. It's not as hoppy as Red's Rye, but has a ton of malt complexity and enough hops to make it true to the "India Rye" moniker. A really well done beer from Summit. Best I've ever had from them.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty surprise from number1bum. Cheers Josh!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Off-Centered Ale glass, the beer is a deep, dark amber color. Despite the easy pour, there's an inch+ worth of white, foamy head sitting on top of this fine looking brew. The retention is decent, and the lacing is impressive.

Smell: Despite allergies blocking up my schnoz, I'm getting a big whiff of bitter hops and sharp rye. I'm really impressed with the beer so far, I have a feeling it's going to be good.

Taste: The taste virtually mirrors the smell, lots of bitterness from the hops mixed with some big rye flavor. Not a lot of malt going on, and I'm not complaining. Though the flavors aren't really complex, they are robust and that does go a long way.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit light, but the body is a nice medium- to full- and the texture is good.

Drinkability: This beer is big on flavor, one of the better rye's I've had. I could see myself drinking a few of these in an evening, but I think the strong flavors of this beer might start to wear thin after a while. If you like rye's, give this one a shot. Hell, even if this isn't your style of beer I'd give it a try anyway. Definitely recommend, thanks again Josh!

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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 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 nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pretty Dark amber color with a light tannish colored head. Head has great retention and good lacing.

S- I picking up some rye, toasted malts, spicy citrusy hops. Very good balance here.

T- The rye really jumps out in this one. Great balance between the hops, malts and rye. Really surprised by this one and thought it was great.

M- Maybe a bit dry, medium in body and carbonation is right on.

D- I was pretty shocked by this one. A great beer and very easy to drink.

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

a: dogfish curved pint, full, creamy khaki head retains well atop the maple syrup colored beer

s: great spicy-sour rye profile, a bit meaty, roasted malts with a firm backing of cocoa-rolled toffee, earthy citrus hop profile asserts itself but generally compliments the malt aromas, sort of a rye-based alteration of a rich brown ale

m: carbonation light-moderate, medium bodied, approaches creamy but there's still a bit of an edge here

t: roasty backbone with a moderate toffee sweetness, the finest point of this beer is that the rye adds a generous level of its own complexity while fully complimenting the beer as a whole, dries quickly to leave a full citric bitterness and lingering roasted rye

out of curiosity I researched the malts used: harrington, rye, crystal rye, chocolate rye, and flaked rye - hence the combination of great complexity and full rye character

d: no problem - a favorite amongst the sub-style

thanks dirts, you're al(rye)ght

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

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's for around $2. Best enjoyed by 08-09-10. Uncapped and poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a clear, deep golden copper color with a good inch of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of pine, sweet bread, caramel, spicy rye malt, white and red grapefruits, citrus. Sharp, bitter and a tad sweet. Really flavorful overall. Maybe a little better than medium bodied with ample carbonation and a slick bitter finish. Certainly worth picking up.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from a trade with millah- thanks for this unexpected little gem.

A: Pours a deep ruby red with great clarity, tons of sticky lacing and a thin layer of dense white head- good retention

S: a huge resinous piney hop presence dominates the front and it melds perfectly into the aroma of fresh rye bread

T: the front has lots of piney and citric hops, some caramel and spicy malts and a nice presence of rye. Slightly bitter on the finish, very well balanced

MF: high carbonation, medium body

D: this beer caught me by surprise. I've had some good hoppy rye ales recently (Hophead Red, Cane & Ebel, Founders Red Rye) and this one is among the best that I've tried.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy amber color. The head is a solid one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of full of spicy rye, with some grapefruit, and floral hop notes. This is rather balanced for an IPA, but it works. The taste is is hoppier than the aroma in both flavor and bitterness, but the rye is still the main component. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one fine beer. When I first heard Summit was making an India Rye Ale I thought it would turn out something like Founder's Red's Rye. Now, Red's Rye is probably my favorite beer of all time, but I am very glad Summit India Style Rye Ale is different. It is certainly an IPA, but it has considerable more Rye than Red's Rye making it a whole different monster. I really hope Summit adds this beer to there regular line up as it would be something I would buy regularly.

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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 Shaw
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown/amber in color with a big foamy light brown head.

The aroma is toasty and smells of rye bread and hops. Nice.

Roasted malt flavors mix with rye notes and a good bitterness and big citrus hop flavors. This is good stuff.

Smooth body with just enough heft.

Overall this is a very nice beer. I think it's my first Summit brew. I'm very impressed. Seek this one out. It combines porter and IPA qualities to great effect.

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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 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 BeardedBoffin
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the third in Summit's Unchained Series. The first two have been very nice, so I have high expectations.

The brew pours a dark caramel color with thin wispy head above it, which, amazingly, left ample lacing.

The aroma above this beer is intriguing. Hops are the first thing that is noticed. A mixture of citrus and flowers form the hop bouquet. There is an earthiness here. Musty mixed with rye notes, along with the hops, form an interesting aroma.

This is a full bodied and full flavored beer. It begins with the rye. Toasted grain, but not in a cloying way, is distinct in the flavor profile. The beer moves through a juicy center to reach the hoppy goodness at the end. Pine and citrus grapefruit combine with some more spice to leave a lingering flavor of hops on the palate. An underlying earthiness is the tie that binds; the thing that brings this complex beer together.

I like this brew. Summit did not disappoint.

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

Dark bronze hued with a thick, whipped head of bleached sand.
The nose showcases doughy, peppery rye bread, touches of cocoa, hazelnuts, and an equally potent hoppiness with contiguous pepperiness, pine resin, and an array of dried citrus peels.
The rye grabs center stage once into the mouth. A thick slab of dark rye bread. Hugely doughy, punctuated with pepper, with undercurrents of roast and chocolate and nuts. A stony yeastiness precede an assertive hop statement. More congruent pepper. Pine tar. And a focused citricity via orange and grapefruit.
Medium bodied with a steady, low-level CO2 giving it a sense of fluffed heft. It thins just a tad as it sits and the air seeps out.
This is a fantastic Rye beer. Those looking for a hop monster might find that the Rye malt gets in the way. To me, it's the best of two world. The Rye really gets a chance to shine (and I love me some Rye), while satiating a hop fix.
This is one I hope to see rolled out again.

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