Summit Gold Sovereign Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Gold Sovereign AleSummit Gold Sovereign Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.31%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mjryan on 03-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A gold pour with a slight haze under a 1” clingy white foam collar. S: Light malt and hops on the nose. T: Starts with caramelly malt sweetness soon joined by a spicy hop flavors and bitterness. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: Summit has captured the English Pale Ale character.

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Photo of mjryan
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Number six in Summits excellent Unchained Series. Taken from Summit's web site; "Gold Sovereign: Where the past meets the future. Combining a 19th century recipe with 21st century ingredients, Gold Sovereign seeks to emulate the pale ales of the Victorian era using ingredients that have only become available in the last few years."
This beer is well, gold in colour. Unfiltered but with brilliant clarity. Aroma is heavy with hops that smell mainly of orange marmilade. Subtle bread like malt aroma as well. Tastes great. Certainly a hop foward beer. Not typical of the hop driven beers I frequently drink. Tastes alot like orange marmalade to me. The malt base is soft and bread like. The finish is quite bitter and refreshing. Absolutly love this beer. Summit's web site does'nt list the ABV, but gives the Origianl Gravity at 1.060 so I would peg the ABV right around 6-6.3%

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with an "enjoy by" freshness date inkjet printed on the neck of the bottle.

Immaculate golden color, the yeast dropped fully at least to my eye. Head is nearly to the brim of the mug ... frothy white and sticky mass on the glass. Fresh mowed field of hay, exotic weeds and other aromatic vegetation ... the more I sniff the more I get; lemon grass, eucalyptus and hemp seeds come to mind. Extremely smooth and slightly creamy in the medium body. Hops rake across the palate, firm but not harsh with hints of marmalade and fresh cut grass. Maltiness starts and ends with a firm foundation, more sweetness to start and even in the middle but there is draw to dryness in the end. Kiss of juicyfruit in the middle. Dry grassy finish.

A truly epic brew, so much flavor is packed in this ale complex yet very drinkable ... sip after sip it grew on me.

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Photo of bnes09
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, golden orange ale. Thin, white head, with foamy patches and minimal lacing.

Citrus fruit aroma, oranges and lemons with a bread-like character.

Solid bready malt, delicate and fluffy, yet hearty and satisfying. Excellent citrusy hop flavor. Brilliant balance. Finishes clean and semi-dry with an orange peel flavor.

Smooth, crisp, dry, and satisfying medium body. Lively carbonation. Clean in the end yet enough texture to let the flavors linger.

Exceptional beer all around.

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Photo of drtth
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear dark golden color with ¼” of white head and lacing that clings to the sides of the glass in rings and speckles. The head recedes fairly slowly and sipping leaves lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is lightly bready with some grassy, floral, herbal hops and possibly a touch of citrus.

Taste: The flavors are clean and crisp with some bready sweet malt playing around with the spicy floral hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and both smooth and lightly prickly with good carbonation. The finish is moderately long with lightly bitter dry grassy finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Liked this one enough to have a second (even though I probably should have not ☺. Overall thought this was a well made beer that I’d be happy to have again and would like to see regularly available.

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Photo of plfahey
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden yellow and fairly clear. Moderate pale beige head with good retention.

Aroma-Citrusy yeast funk with hints of tart lemon and lactic acid. Bready, biscuity and slightly nutty english malt aromas make up the foundation. Earthy, grassy, and hay-like hops are layered on top. Some fruity esters with orange and lemon notes play in the background along with that same yeasty funk-not quite barnyard, but definitely a bit musty.

Flavor-Nutty, bready malt, with earthy, woody hop flavors in the mid-palate. Slight fruitiness-with a tad of orange marmalade. The finish is all earth and dirty hops with fruit and some yeast character, accompanied by moderate hop bitterness. Musty/earthy/hay flavors carry long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate, prickly carbonation. Smooth on the palate.

I really like this beer-I've had it on draft and found it to be alright, but from the bottle this beer is really special. There are some fantastic hop and malt flavors/aromas, with some funky English yeast character to back it up. This historically inspired style manages to be simple and yet elegantly complex at the same time. One of my favorites from the unchained series. Bravo.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a hazy golden color with a rather stable single finger of creamy (and cream-colored) head that leaves large curtains of intricate lacing behind with each and every sip. A very pretty beer. Medium body and carbonation levels, soft and creamy texture.

Smells of lemon-lime and grapefruit peel primarily, with medium aroma of apricots, smaller levels of leafy mints and assorted herbals with a floral backdrop and just a dab of ginger aroma at garnish level.

Tastes of lemon-lime peel and grapefruit with a bit of zesty white pepper, coriander, biscuit malt mid-structure, herbal and grassy hopping in the finish.

Extremely bold and full flavor for such a low ABV beer. It's sad that this beer is no longer in production.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a semi-clear golden color. The head is one inch in color, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing that sticks around. The aroma is of very floral with a bunch of citrus and herbs, and some grass. It is quite strong. The taste is fairly balanced, but does lean slightly toward the hoppy side. There is a bunch of floral, herbal and grassy hops, and a hint of honey. There is also a firm bitterness in the finish, and a nice dryness throughout the sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very well crafted beer. It isn't overpowering, but it isn't meant too be. I have to give Summit great props for choosing to put out this beer during the spring season as it is a great alternative to all the big malty bock styles that come out at this time. I will surely be drinking a bunch of this while it is still around.

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Photo of budgood1
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a perfect gold colour. festive thin white head and a little bit of lace. honey and lemon aroma...grassy, herbal, spicy and some sugar sweetened ice tea also invade the nose. smells very inviting. in fact i love the smell of this beer! taste follows suit...a good deal of pale maltiness, well attentuated and dry in the finish, is accompanied by a sturdy dose of bittering, herbal hops. a kaleidoscope of flavours...hay, honey, hemp and clover, sugar and spice, lemon pepper, pears, and green apples. incredibly flavourful and bright on the tongue. again, very dry and pleasantly bitter. well built body. mouthfeel a bit raspy due to the earthy hopping, but welcome as the nuances dance on the tongue and linger for a long time. great drinkability due to the fact that although i don't know the ABV, it drinks easy and there is little alcohol obviously present. as the weather warms here in the northland this could be a real quenching treat.

overall i am quite impressed with this offering. not sure i recall anything tasting quite like this English Style Pale Ale. definitely recommended. good job Summit!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: large head nearly filled the entire glass. Once it settled the body was murky and pale golden with a slight copper hue.

S: A little pungent and funky hops which smell like it does after rain or in a humid climate. citrus, mostly grapefruit and nice yeast notes.

T: This one is very zesty and spicey up front. mineral and herbal hops up front. breads, honey, cream mixed in. Bitter, floral, grassy hops in the finish.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation. smooth.

Overall: Very complex flavors and notes in the aroma. This one is certainly one of the more memorable EPAs I have had. An excellent beer.

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Photo of lstokes
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really impressed by this beer. Nice light pour with haze, a tight white head, and lots of fine-bubbled carbonation. Smells like berries, grass, and my boyfriend says "eucalyptus," which sounds right upon further reflection. Taste has a lot of spicy floral hops, sweet notes of apricot and pear, a drying yeast and grass finish.

Smooth, creamy body with fine carbonation--it's nice to have a session ale with such a complex character, and the strong English hop profile makes this distinct from the other beers I usually drink. Loved it.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Nonic

A: I am in love with this beer's appearance. The head is soft, creamy, and robust. It looks like it should be on a Guinness. The color is light golden with nice carbonation and screams refreshing.

S: a little lemony citrus, slightly floral green hop, with a clean breadiness that holds up the whole thing

T: tight bitterness, that gives up some of that citrus aroma after the first second in the mouth, hops get pretty aggressive in the finish but never go over the top, note of breadiness in the middle that gives up the ghost to the hops.

M: A little sharp at first with carbonation then really smooths out and finishes semi-dry. the experience really matches the taste.

O: I really love this beer. It is beautiful to behold and it has a complexity and kick of hops that many English Pale Ales seem to miss. Check it out

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

True to its name, it's golden hued with a large cap of gray-white suds which retain and lace well.
It packs the nose with handfuls of crushed, dried flowers, mown grass, milkweed, lemon peels, old pennies, and mineral water, and backed with honey-drizzled muffins.
That tinge of honey shows up first in the mouth, accenting a lightly toasted breadiness. Calcified and mineral rich essence of hard water prevades the middle, with a rustic, rusty pipe note to boot. Hops bring a variety of dry flowers, grasses, and herbs, scattering in brighter, rosewater/orange jelly impressions, and a subdued citric oiliness. Big, bitter, reedy finish, with echoes of mint and iron.
Sleek, medium bodied with low but steady carbonation.
This homage to English Pale Ales has character and balance, along with a minerally hoppy rustic charm that sets it apart. It's not quite what I expected, and better because of it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Enjoy by 07/22/11, no info.

A - Gold it certainly is! And brilliantly clear to boot! Highly carbonated, the billowing white head stays afloat for quite some time while leaving thin, wispy lace on the glass.

S - A bouquet of English hops add a mild aroma of floral, lightly herbal notes to the crisp beer. Pale and pils-like malt comprises the grist and a noticeable Burton-on-Trent mineral water finish completes the ensemble.

T - The hops step up the game in this unchained brew offering quite a lot more herbal, floral notes which actually push right past the pale malt base. Mineral finish completes it's authenticity once again.

M - Medium-light in body and crisp with a well-carbonated, spritzy finish. Slightly dry and bitter from the hops with a nice crisp, clean finish of well-balanced minerals and salt.

O - Crisp, refreshing, and easily drinkable, this is a fantastic English session ale with nuanced complexity and pure deliciousness. Well done Damian McConn!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale dusty gold hue with a small compact lingering white foam the keeps its seat well and tons of lace coats the glass.

Aroma of light white peppery spice twisted with a dull citrusy notion of lemon marmalade and lemon grass. Biscuity malts underneath. Closing in on a good Pils type nose.

Solid taster! Firm, sturdy tones of peppy spice to start, peppery spicey hoppyness with pale malts adding a somewhat salted cracker or biscuity underside with some hints to butter and honey sweetness. Nice lingering finish of floral spice, drying ale yeast, spruce mint, and dusty, fluffy hoppyness. Damn nice. Quite complex with a simple subtlty that pulls together very well.

Body is a slender yet firm, crisp, and peppy medium body. Nearly creamy in its malted, light sweet nature, while keeping a big puff of yeast, spice, and hops always brimming at the edge and lasting in the finish.

Even with its complexity and firm spicey tone, its smoothness over takes most of its fulfilling drinkability. Making for an easy drinking experience that will be enjoyed to the end of each empty glass. Another solid link in the Unchained series by Summit. Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of meatyard
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly clear, golden hue with a 1-finger, white head that has decent retention and leaves good a amount of lace. There are a lot of carbonation streams visible.

The smell is citrus, lemon zest, pepper spiciness, and grass.

The taste has the mild citrus and grassiness as the aroma but includes a mellow malt taste and a faint bitterness and spiciness.

Mouthfeel is light, well-carbonated, crisp and dry.

Overall: This seems to fit to style about as well as one could expect. I don't think of myself as much of a Pale Ale guy but this is a very pleasant, easy drinking beer suitable for anytime but especially spring & summer. This is the best Pale that I've had.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summit's next installment in the Unchained Series is a Pale Ale of the English variety. It pours true to is name: golden and clear. A dense cap of white foam left plenty of clingy lacing down the glass. An attractive brew.

A bitter waft of hops mixed with pale malt comprises the aroma. The hops are a combination of pine and lemony citrus. The flavor is more bitter than I expected, but pleasantly so. Cracker malt lays a strutting for the hops to ride on. Bitter hops are prevalent throughout. A little more pine and citrus in the hops.

This beer has plenty of flavor, but still goes down easy. Summit has produced a wonderfully balanced beer. A refreshing brew that will couple well with a sunny day. Unfortunately, here in springtime Minnesota, those warm sunny days are slow to arrive.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First heard of Gold Sovereign on the Summit tour, but it was sadly not on the tasting list. Out for a local sixpack. Very light straw gold color that is extremely reflective and pretty in the tulip glass I'm using. White head dissipated immediately leaving malt and spice in the nose. Clean, refreshing bite in the taste with a lingering spicy bite. While light and clearly out of the wanting of some beer geeks, it had a solid though ephemeral taste in the mouth with pleasant aftertaste with a lingering hop presence. I wouldn't eat or mix this with much else--might ruin it. Needs to sit in the mouth and allowed to assert itself and its qualities come through. Glad I got the six pack to enjoy a few more.

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Photo of Pooter
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this at lunch at the Royal Mile in Des Moines, the Unchained series hasn't been found in Iowa City since their excellent 1st Kolsch.

This was a really great pale ale, but what I'm not reading in the comments is that it had a funky kind of horsey smell in the aroma, which reminded me of some Belgians. That was a good thing, and it quieted down and the relatively mild English hops took over... made for a very interesting beer though, I recommend it.

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Photo of morimech
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale golden color with two fingers of dense head that had excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left down the entire glass.

Aroma is peppery, lemon, citrus, with a slight cracker smell.

I was a bit underwhelmed by the aroma but the flavor came back strong. I would compare it to an excellant pils that has been fermented with an ale yeast. All the spicy, peppery hops, with some citrus and ale esters thrown into the mix. The malt gives a dry, cracker like flavor. Both complex and subtle. A very well crafter beer.

Light body with almost adequate carbonation. Could of used a little more carbonation.

A lot of brewers do not do subtle well, but this one was done to almost perfection.

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Photo of bismarksays
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a nice thick head which laces well. A promising start.
Smells are floral at first, maybe with a hint of hay. On second pass, I think I smell just a touch of lemon. Hmm. Interesting
Much strong hop presence in the flavor profile then I was expecting, but it matches the malt base very well. Biscuit flavoring with floral notes with a touch of a bitterness, very nice. Creamy and rich mouthfeel.
Summit is a brand I associate with solid but unspectular beers. This was the first beer I have ever had by them that was a wow.
Good job.

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Photo of Phocion
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with an "enjoy by" date of 12/23/11. Poured into a pint glass. Semi-hazy dark straw color with a fizzy and small but retentive white head. Sticky, but thin lacing.

Nose is caramel and buttered toast with a bit of earthy and herbal hoppiness in the background. Slight hint of...apples? Honey and citrus notes come in as it warms. Definitely malt-forward, but fairly well-balanced.

Aroma is very bready with a hint of buttery diacetyl and biscuit. Roasted malts and a bit of a spicy finish. Somewhat grassy and herbal.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, although mildly syrupy.

Overall, this is a typical Summit product. Not totally mind-blowing, but very well done and extremely sessionable.

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Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mikesgroove for this delectable goodie

A heavy pour puts a pretty, cloudy, light amber liquid under a couple fingers of thick white foam. Nice sheets of finely bubbled lace complete the beautiful look.

Smells like pacman, could be wrong, I like that aroma, though some don't, good grainy smell, neutral sweet, some grassy and spicy hop, very light hints of citrus, floral, even a touch of pine in there.

Has the spicy hop of an EPA right out of the gate, (Edit: now I look I see it is listed as such) that wonderful slow burn of English hop bittering, well done and authentic, delicious. It rests on a solid foundation of bready, slight caramel malt, even merest hint of diacetyl (which is authentic, not a flaw, and adds depth here). Ends with that delicious bitter joining the yeast for a roundly refreshing and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is full body for style, med. carb., very good finish. Upper range of ABV, and it is well hidden.

Nice to try another fine American take on an EPA, something most brewers here overhop and don't flavor properly. This is yummy.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely golden color with an eggshell white colored foamy head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Getting a light bready smell with a big hop presence. The hops add some tropical fruit, citrus and apricot notes.

The hops are the highlight here, but there is a light bread/pale malt presence that adds sweetness and some balance. The hops are very fruity. Both citrus and tropical fruit flavors with a sharper bitterness to finish. Very clean taste.

Light to medium bodied, lightly crisp and plenty smooth. The carbonation is soft and right on target.

A really nice hop forward beer that drinks easily. Not sure what the ABV is, but I'm not getting any alcohol notes and this one is sliding down quickly. Another winner from the Unchained Series. I hope they make some of these permanently or at least bring them back again at some point. Great job Summit!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saddened I didn't get to review the previous one (pumpkin porter), but I'm back in the game with this one.
Fruity and slightly tart start with hints of hops and yeast. Seem very british somehow. Pleasing.
Firm dense white head. Golden heavy looking body with lots of bubbles rising from the SN tulip glass. Heavy lacing (cool).
Equally complex flavor to aroma with a little burst of dryness on the finish that intermixes with the hops. Very nice. Solid malt flavor, with bits of fruit and green hops intermingling. Yeast character develops with warmth.
Fully moderate body with a full soft carbonation that rounds out the feel nicely. There is some girth to this.
This is a nice drink. Complex without being heavy. Full without fullness. Light enough for the season (good for spring, may be a bit big for summer heat - but it wouldn't be bad for that).

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