Summit Silver Anniversary Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Silver Anniversary AleSummit Silver Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts | 2-Row Harrington, Crystal 60
Kettle Hops | Citra, Centennial, Cascade
Dry Hops | Citra, Centennial, Cascade
80 IBU
OG 14.5 Plato
11 Lovibond
American ale yeast

Added by KeefD on 07-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 108
Reviews by mnstorm99:
Photo of mnstorm99
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Summit Unchained glass. Nice light amber pour with an inch head that disipates a bit but never completely.

Aroma is where it is at in this beer, malt is VERY summit EPA, but with a great citrus hop aroma that keeps you coming back for more.

Taste on this one is good, maybe just a bit more bitter than I expected which is fine. I actually get a sense of both EPA and Torpedo in this one which makes sense with the ingredients used. Hop flavor is there with a touch of tangerine and citrus fruit from the hops as well as a nice carmel background.

Mouthfeel looses just a bit on me because of the bitterness (which I like, it's just a TOUCH out of balance for me) which leaves a touch of burn on my tongue.

Overall, I will be buying this beer, and it is probably the second or third best beer in Summit's wonderful lineup for me (behind the IRA and maybe Oatmeal Stout), I would be happy if this became a regular.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Raise your glass to Summit’s 25 years! Heady beginning, bright copper color. Hoppy nose of citric zest, mint, dank blond tobacco, hemp seeds and peppercorn. Creamy from the first sip. Hops don’t play around but get right to business with a puckering bitterness and heavy-handed citric rind flavor. Alcohol warms, slightly estery. The malt character struggles but makes due, keeping this beer somewhat balanced. A solid brew all around.

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Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally rating a very good special release from Summit in celebration of their 25th anniversary. From my stash brought back after my roadtrip to Minnesota last August.
Beautiful appearance in my Deschutes tulip. Nice deep bronze color decent head. Flowery, balanced up front finished with hop bitterness that reminds me that it's an IPA.
Delicious. I am very glad I had the opportunity to experience this beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by 11/24/2011.

Appearance: Clear, light amber with moderate off-white frothy head and minor lacing.

Smell: Very standard IPA aroma, with orange, grapefruit, pine and toasted & caramel malts. Standard, but fairly persistent.

Taste: Strong hop taste of orange, grapefruit and light tropical notes (pineapple, mango) over a fairly complex malt backbone of caramel and toast. Ends quite bitter with some pine, spiciness and lingering citrus.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Smooth and creamy overall.

Overall: My first thought was that this is a very standard IPA, and I almost gave it a lower score. Then I realized that while there are many similar IPAs out there, this one is done exceptionally well, as it is very bitter but somehow still balanced, with a great smooth mouthfeel. Like many of their Unchained beers, this should be in the regular lineup. Summit is capable of such greatness with these one-off beers, but I know their mission with their regular lineup is to reach the mainstream, not us beer geeks.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles and a huge four foot white head that seemed to still be growing a good minute after pouring. Great retention and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is a big burst of hops. Citrus hops, and herbal earthy hops with plenty of pine. Also a good amount of caramel and toffee malts. Smells like a big west coast IPA. Very inviting aromas.

Taste: Hops are even stronger in the taste. Big burst of citrus grapefruit hops and piney earthy hops. A good amount of caramel malts and toffee form a solid bready backbone. Hints of spices, maybe a little mesquite pepper? Tastes full and bitter enough to almost be a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Bitter but still smooth. Slightly dry.

Overall: An outstanding American IPA that holds up with pretty much anything from the west coast. Cheers to Summit for 25 years.

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Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chicagobill13
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summit Brewery don't like at all, however this beer hasn't change my tune towards them. To me, asides their seasonals beers, taste all the same. It doesn't matter on the style. Within the last year, this brewery has done different things that has been turning heads. This beer is one of the head turner. They took their EPA as a base to make this beer and change it.

This beer look is not really good but the smell of the hops and the taste is something else. A very nice hoppy and smooth after taste. I really love how I can say this. This beer to me is a strong pale ale that could be IPA. I believe this should be their EPA everyday. I really speak highly of this beer and hop heads need to try this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of bif_fat_sellout
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of optimator705
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear brassy golden hued with a sizeable, rocky, pale beige head that sags quickly and laces in rings.
Toasty, biscuity malts and a multi-colored hop attack from grapefruit, pine, pineapple and milkweed star in the aroma, with a slightly sweet backing honey note.
Biscuity and toasty at its onset in the mouth. A touch grainy as it transistions to hops. The Citra notes are expressed more clearly here, though never exclusively featured or solely focused on, with their grapefruit, pineapple, and lime. Bitterness is large and thorough, both via pine resin and pulpy weeds.
Medium plus bodied, tautly carbonated throughout. Bitter and slaking enough to ensure drinkability with enough balancing maltiness to round it out.
Given the price, I'm sure to see a heavy rotation of this while its available.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Clear deep amber color with a two finger off-white foam head that left nice sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Pine and herbal hops up front, with a hint of malty sweetness beneath. Smells inviting.

Taste: Citrus and Pine hops are the immediate flavors, followed by a decent malt sweetness to balance it out. Malts give it a nice caramel and toffee flavor to offset all the hops. It's like a hoppier and maltier Summit Extra Pale Ale, and that's a good thing. All the flavors of the Pale Ale are turned up to eleven, and it all works.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and crisp and clean on the tongue. Slightly dry and good carbonation.

Drinkability: A very good American IPA, with good hop profile and a great balance of sweet and caramel malts. Could easily session with this one, if I can find more. It's selling out in all the stores near me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit Silver Anniversary Ale
12 oz. bottle; $1.49 @ Joe Canal's, Egg Harbor Twnshp., NJ

I didn't see any descriptor on the label (which was a little weird) so I wasn't sure of what to expect. (Maybe they had the label approved and printed before they figured out what style they were going to do). Upon pouring it, however, I knew it was hoppy with lots of citrus notes!

The body is a deep amber in color, with orange highlights. The frothy white head holds well and leaves very nice lacing upon the glass.

The nose is piney and citrusy with notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and some minor tropical fruit. The hops are bright and only a hint of maltiness slips through.

The malt does show up in the flavor though. It's got a good malt base to it, and its caramel and bready notes support the hops nicely. It's also balanced by a bracing bitterness that pulls everything together. Without that combination it would just fall apart as the pungent, piney, juicy, and citrusy hops took over. Surprisingly, it's a fairly short finish, and the bitterness fades readily with only a little bit of pine left behind.

I couldn't put this one down at first, it was really compelling. The hops just kept pulling me back for more, and the bitterness and malt weren't doing anything to stop me - it's really easy to drink if you're a hop head. I find it very nicely balanced with so much hop in the aroma, and then perfectly blended into the malt in the flavor. It's just a little bit bigger than some, and it's really nicely done without going overboard. I could find this on a regular basis I'd definitely make a habit of it. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of NoahPrice
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint.

A: Body is light golden in color, with a good amount of haze. Lacing is light and sticky. A white head has lower formation and retreats to a thin layer.

S: Aroma is medium intensity for style. Hoppy elements of pine, citrus and passion fruit. Malt is low but shadowed by fresh malt essence.

T/M: Big hop character, with light malt body and a American yeast zing on the finish. The layered bitterness is in its height on the front and subdued by the hoppy pine resins present. Lingering dryness is strong of Citra. Malt promotes a smooth mouthfeel and a good level of creaminess.

O: Overall this is a very nice and multi-dimensional brew. Very nice blend of hops.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit kicked ass with this one. The smell is AMAZING!!! Definitely worth trying for all those hop heads in the land. The appearance is a very nice copper with thin white head that is lacing well. The scent has spice and citrus bouquet. The taste is definitely powered by grapefruite and spice. The bitterness comes at the end but then dissapates quickly. The mouthfeel is quite nice and could session this for a while. Worth a shot!!

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's. Mmm. It's great to finally get a good American IPA from Summit. It reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA. There's a big, biting citrus-pine hop hit right off the bat, but as it fades fruitier notes, like hints of pineapple, come out. I like that the body is a little lighter than many IPAs. I think it helps add an edge to the bitterness and doesn't make it too filling. My only gripe is that the aroma doesn't stand up to the rich, hoppy taste. I'd take more and hope this becomes a staple of Summit's line.

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Photo of bashiba
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice hazy bright amber with a thin soap ring head, mild retention and thin lacing.

The smell is a bit on the malty side for IPA, a bready and biscuit dominated nose with a mild bit of piney hops.

The flavor is a bit thin with a light bit of crackery malt and a long lingering floral pine finish, balanced but boring.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin with a dry finish.

Nothing special to see here, another mediocre IPA in an already over saturated category, so why bother?

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Photo of Magic
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 12/27/2011. Clear amber color with a large, rocky head that had excellant retention. The head slowly settled to a thick cap. Almost the entire glass ended up with lacing on the surface. This beer definately is a looker.

Hoppy aroma with plenty of pine, citrus, tropical fruit qualities. Not much of anything from the malt.

Hard to pin down exactly what it is about the flavor of this beer that fails to excite me. Very bitter approaching Imperial IPA levels if not smack dab right into that style. The Citra hops plays behind the Cascade and Centennial hops that makes up most of the flavor. Malt flavor is very muted with just a touch of toasted qualities. One dimensional. Maybe if it was less bitter and has more malt precence, I would enjoy it more. I am sure hopheads will absolutely love this beer.

One of the nicer carbonated IPAs on the shelves. Just wish it had a little more depth of body.

A great buy at $7.99 a sixer. That is a lot of hops for that price. I am sure I will be buying a lot of this even though it is not my favorite IPA on the shelf. All the locals who were clamoring for Summit to brew an extreme IPA, they got their wish.

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Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to cpolking for sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is very hoppy, some grapefruit, considerable bitterness throughout. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citra, eh? Love me some of that.

Pours into a pint with some generous fluffy foam on top, sticky with a meringue sheen to the surface. Bright orange gold with a slight haze and visible carb trails. Fuzzy halo of lacing inside the glass. Lasting head retention.

Big citrusy nose, fairly straightforward with orange and grapefruit notes. Flavor has a bit more specialty malt caramel and herbal bitterness, though there are citrus pith/peel elements from the Citra. Smooth with a dry bitter grapefruit peel finish. Medium to light body, easygoing carbonation levels. Easily sessionable.

Overall pretty tasty and seemingly simple, though it has some nice hop nuances to it.

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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours cloudy golden orange with a 1 finger head that decent retention and left spotted lacing

smells very west coast - pine grapefruit and nothing else

taste has less pine and grapefruit then i would have thought from the nose but both are still there for sure more floral with a bitter ashy aftertaste - kinda of a west coast 2hearted

mouthfeel - medium/full body still crisp great carbonation

overall a very solid ipa - and would be a great one if there was just a little malt

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Photo of pBRale
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a warbled mug.

Appearance: Clear pale amber pour with a tall, creamy ivory head that is very reluctant to settle. There is excellent, thick head retention, and the lacing is left in huge chunks of thick heavy foam, and some thick rings later down the glass.

Smell: Great floral hops and fruity esters, a nice citrus grapefruit aroma. The layers of fruit and floral notes are very nice.

Taste: Nice caramel malts along with a good dose of citrus. Nice balance, slightly bitter, resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, coating feel; the body is on the thicker side of medium, with medium carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish. A very nice IPA.

Overall: In my opinion this is a solid IPA and well done at that. Would love to see this made regularly after the anniversary brewing ends.

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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 201 ratings