Summit Gold Sovereign Ale | Summit Brewing Company

Summit Gold Sovereign AleSummit Gold Sovereign Ale
97 Ratings
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:
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Added by mjryan on 03-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale golden color with a thick two finger foam head. Receded quick and left nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops, fresh cut grass and a slight hemp smell. Sweet malts faintly underneath.

Taste: Crisp and clean, citrus and pine hops up front, followed by some sweet malts and hints of apple and dried apricot. Very unique and complex flavors to this one that keep bringing a little more with every sip. Just the right amount of hops bitterness on the finish that doesn't linger long on the tongue.

Mouth Feel: Light-to-medium-bodied. Crisp and clean with a slight bitter finish on the tongue that fades fast.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A really unique and refreshing beer with a lot going on for the smell and flavor. Another winner from the Summit "Unchained" series by the brew masters there. Well done!

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Photo of meatyard
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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 dbossman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear and golden with a thin but extremely steady head; lacing is fantastic

S: The grassy grains are first evident followed by a touch of citrus hops--but just a touch; this is mostly a fairly muted aroma with a subtle grassy, grainy hay presence

T: There is the hop bitterness I was hoping for; the flavors are subtle but there is a nice complexity here; not an overbearing amount of hops but they do create a really nice bitterness to balance the grainy undertone; a grassy, with a touch of lemon citrus, hop presence

F: Nicely carbonated; medium body; mouth feel is quite pleasant and a bit sticky

D: This is such a pleasant and drinkable beer; this is a fantastic beer--one that I could drink for a while

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Photo of bismarksays
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 cokes
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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 Jason
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 mothman
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Fades to a ring. Color is a clear bright gold.

Aroma: Pale malts and grassy floral hops. More hops than I was expecting. Not much else.

Taste: Bready and biscuit malts. A lot more malts here. Grassyand weedy hops. Has a floral touch to it.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and malty. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and weedy.

Overall, this one was a lot hoppier than I was expecting. I like the hop flavors. Decent offering from summit.

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Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Enjoy by July 8, 2011.

Appearance: Just barely hazy gold with thin white cap and minor lacing.

Smell: Very bready with some citrusy and spicy hops.

Taste: Bread and apple malt backbone that actually reminds me of an English/German hybrid. Nice hop profile that combines the traditional spicy, floral English hop taste with a little more citrus and bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium creamy body with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall: Great example of how to take a somewhat stale style (English Pale Ale) and rejuvenate through both a historical and a modern lens. Well done, Damien!

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very appealing, transparent golden hue with a light white head.

Soft fruity hops, light citrus and a bit of mineral.

As far as flavor goes, I'm not seeing how people are calling this subtle. To me, there's plenty of hop fruityness not to mention a hefty dose of bitterness. Bitterness is on the full side, but rounded off rather than sharp and lingers well through the finish. The nice pale malt underneath is a bit too obscured by heavy hopping for my preferences.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with light body and lively carbonation. It's also got a nice slight oilyness to it.

I can appreciate this as something different from your typical run of the mill Pale ale/IPA, but for me this is not something I see myself drinking too much of. Thought the appearance and feel were very nice but did not really care for the hop combination.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours slightly cloudy pale gold with a decent foam head with good retention.

Smell: Scent of lemon and bready malt with floral hops.

Taste: Crisp with a nice mild hop bitterness. Hints of honey and lemon. Slightly malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A solid version of a English Pale Ale.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Mdog
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, ok head.

Smell: First whiff is skunk, then shifts to grassy with some sweet caramel.

Taste: Definitely hoppy--piney and grassy, some sweetness comes through but buried.

Drinkability: Went down easy.

#6 in the unchained series definitely tastes like a English pale to me, but with more hops than your usual English PA. However, my personal tastes just don't match up with English pale ales, even highly hopped ones. A good beer but the single is probably all I'll have.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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 morimech
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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 zulufactor
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours wheat field gold with a fairly tall white head that never full leaves. Smell is good, mostly hops and grains. The taste is citrus and hopy at first fading to malt and ending with a light hop bitterness. Good carbonation but doesn't feel light. This isn't a beer I would give to a no craft beer drinker partly because of the hops and partly because of the nuances that wold be missed. However and new craft drinker that has had a few pints of introduction would get a kick out of it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshly tapped, freshly poured. Irish-born, British-trained brewer Damian McConn turned to an old English pale ale recipe, and substituted the original ingredients with new ones, some only recently approved by the FDA.

Clear, pale golden color, smallish, but staying white head.

Lightly spicy, lots of fruit, citrus-y, bready malt. Lemon and lime, apple pie.

Tasting it. Crisp and bitter. Nice, juicy hop bite up front, all the aromatic flavors return and spill about the palate. After the bitter, smooth and easy drinking. Easily sessionable, classic English pale ale profile with plenty of hoppy punch to make it stand out.

This will really be welcome when the weather gets better.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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 WYVYRN527
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just came in today, so I decided to pick some up. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Deep golden hue with a fluffy white head that settles somewhat quckly. Lacing is a bit thin, but still present.

S: Honey and biscuit notes up front, with some fruity elements. Floral, grassy notes round out the aroma.

T: Malty taste ast first, with some honey and hints of fresh bread from the oven. Hops lend hints of lemon peel and spring greens, while at the same time giving the beer a drying, bitter finish.

Notes: While the beer itself is light to moderate in body, the flavor lends much more than the mouthfeel does. My only complaint is just that. I expected the beer to have a little more body and a longer finish. Crisp and refreshing, this beer was released just at the right time as it would make a great backyard sipper. Now if only the weather would cooperate.

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Photo of Buebie
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium pour from the bottle into a pub glass. About an inch of white froth, settles to a medium cap with generous frothy collar. Color is a transparent pale golden, transparent. Was expecting it to be a bit more cloudy, as summit had a press release stating it was not going to filter this one.

As I popped the new bottle opener necessary cap, aroma of pungent bitter hops fill the air. The hops have some other less then desirable qualities that remind me of somthing else. Now, because thi is really fresh beer that was just bottled the other day, I can rule out that this is skunked. But the aroma hops do remind me a bit of a skunked Heineken, except much more potent hops and with more of a hemp aroma.
Aroma is hop forward, more earthy pine bitters, with dried hay and spicy onion. Other than that aroma is slightly lacking, with just a small amount of caramel.

Taste starts out slow with mild hop bitters, much more earthy, pine, aspirin and bittering hemp. Very minimal malt flavors. Finishing dry with a light peppery aspirin forward hop profile. As it warmed there is an awkward and distance bubblegum flavor in the far deep reaches of the background. Alongside more of that skunky old Heineken flavor.
Mouthfeel is watery and thin with moderate carbonation.

I guess its best not to read press releases prior to trying a beer. I feel a bit let down actually. I anticipated a well balanced hoppy and caramel filled ipa with more pungent floral and citrus hops. What I am getting is a watered down slightly bitter ipa with what basically comes down to is hop water that has been carbonated and colored with yellow 6. It seems more like a SMaSH. But if this is wht they drank back in the day, then beer surely has come a long way. To me it resembles an English style ipa that has been amped up with much more hop flavor.

Happy to try it, congrats to Summit for brewing somthing new, no disrespect to the brewers but I cant see myself revisiting this.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 msjacilynn
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear deep orangey yellow with white foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: musty hops, a bit of citrus and yeast.

T: immediately struck by a mild floral hops that fads into a malty middle and lasting bitter aftertaste.

M: thin and well carbonated.

D: I like this entire series from Summit but this is my least favorite so far. keep in mind it is a very well done beer but I didn't care for the bitter finish. might pick up a 6er when in bottles but probably not something I will seek out.

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Photo of mjryan
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Summit Gold Sovereign Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 97 ratings
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