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Silver Anniversary Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Silver Anniversary AleSilver 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 108
Reviews by motorhed:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber body. Massive off-white head. dense and tightly packed. Frothy lacing coats the glass.

S: Soft grapefruit and resinous pine. Slightly floral. A fair bit of semi-sweet biscuity malt background peaks through.

T: Much like the nose, a mild but multi-faceted hop profile. Grapefruit, citrus, floral notes, and pine. Solid malt base.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, perhaps leaning towards the full side of things. Bitterness is restrained, not particularly refreshing.

O: A nice IPA. Quite enjoyable. Not the top of the heap but a respectable offering nonetheless.

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Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mwilbur
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with moderate carbonation producing a 1 inch bubbly white head.
S: Nice clean and crisp hops. Hint of citrus and apple.
T: A good mouthful of bitter pine and muted citrus hops. Hint of crisp fruit. A bit off balance with such a strong hop presence and relative lack of malt.
M: Clean and crisp with a bitter hop finish.
D: I wanted to like this one, but it comes off as just a bit above average. I'd have to say I like their EPA better.

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Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a lovely head of creamy off-white foam. Tons of sticky lace cling to the side of the glass. Really nice head retention as well.

Big grassy and citrus nose with just a touch of caramel malt behind it.

Hops are definitely the highlight here. Lots of hop layers here with citrus fruit and peel. Lemon zest, orange juice and grapefruit peel. Really improving as I drink it too. Getting some grassy notes, but this is mostly citrus. Some solid bitterness, but it's not over the top. The malt is quite light, but adds just a hint of sweetness. Very crisp and fresh tasting.

Very smooth with creamy soft carbonation and a juicy and slightly oil feel.

This is a great IPA and this is a hell of a way for Summit to celebrate a 25th anniversary. What a bargain at $8 a sixer too. Probably won't happen, but this would be a huge success if they put this into the regular lineup. This has some characteristics of Odell IPA in my opinion. If that's a beer that interests you, then you will love this one. Great work Summit and congratulations on 25 great years!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summit is solid Minnesota brewery, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The beer pours handsome dark amber. The foam is not excessive, but it is sticky enough to produce lacing down the glass. A nice looking brew. The aroma is a hoppy affair--a nice interplay between pine and citrus. These same hops plow through the palate, but just a touch of caramel malt breaks through providing balance. The beer goes down smooth and it is tasty. This is a well put together brew and worthy of a silver anniversary.

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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 maximum12
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack of this when it came out & happy I did, already had a few, now it's time to sit down & record my hugely valuable thoughts over a pint glass.

Pours out a golden yellow, & I like the pop-top, too. Cap is a persistent clouded white. That distinctive Summit yeast (or water, or whatever) is mingled & partially masked by a citrusy, lemony hop twang. There's also an earthy crunchiness that's prevalent in Summit brews.

This Silver Anniversary Ale is a pleasure to drink. Mildly hopped, the floral & citrus aspects of the hop jump out, butting heads with an earthiness that borders on cooking spices. A little pine, then an HMX blast of hop bitterness as it crosses the finish line: far more bitterness than one would have expected. The strength of this beer is in the drinkability, it has a smooth, dry body that invites gulping vs. sipping. It's a hard beer to pace & I'm going to finish it at about twice the going rate.

Summit, you done some good things the past couple of years, & you've moved up on my personal pecking scale, which I'm sure gratifies your entire organization. This is very good. Now get crackin' on that next 25.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a one and a half finger coarse bubbled head. Mediocre retention but lots of lacing.
S- Piney, slightly citrus some pale malt.
T- This is one of the best tasting IPA's I've ever had. Biscuity, but then there is an abundance of layered hop flavors. There is a big herbal, slightly grassy flavor. Piney hops stay there throughout the beer.
M- Smooth, almost creamy, till a dry finish comes through.
O- A really solid IPA. Really really enjoyed it and wish they would make it more than limited.

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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 KeefD
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new interpretation of their EPA, this beer was brewed with the same malts and yeast, but is kicked up with modern American hops (Citra, Centennial and Cascade) and dry-hopped with the same varieties. Can't wait to slug this one down! 80 IBU's, 6.5% ABV.

Pour is absolutely beautiful. Copper center that slowly fades to orange on the edges, with a three finger white head that fell ever so slowly, becoming quite rocky and leaving huge chunks of foam clinging to the glass with a 1/4 inch cap that stuck around the entire length. Big time hoppy aroma. Loads of citrus, a bit of pine, orange, tangerine, and maybe just a touch of sweetness. But basically, the aroma is all fresh, bright hops. Yep, flavor is right on with the nose. Big time hop flavor, but not overly bitter like I was expecting, and this is a good thing. While it has a great bitter orange rind flavor, everything is well balanced between the citrus/orange/pine, while a mild bready maltiness rounds things out and keep things in check. Solid body, moderate carbonation. Pretty much everything I look for in a beefed APA or mellower (in terms of alcohol percentage) IPA.

I listed this as an IPA since it's got that big hop flavor and a slightly higher ABV than what would be expected in an APA. Even if it fell under either style, I'd give it the same score because this truly is a great beer from a great MN brewery. Cheers to 25 years, and I hope they have another wonderful 25 and more ahead of them!

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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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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, golden body with a creamy, white head...the head was two fingers tall and receded to a full cap...there was visible carbonation and nice lacing was left behind

S - I could smell the hops as soon as I cracked the bottle...sweet citrus notes (orange and grapefruit) mixed with some bitter pine notes

T - The flavors provide a lot of bitterness actually...the piney hops dominate and the sweet citrus doesn't get a chance to come out...there is a strong caramel malt presence in the middle of the beer...it doesn't overpower the hops, rather it balances and doesn't get in the way...the hops do come back and leave bitter

M - Medium bodied...surprisingly creamy, bitter with a touch of sweetness

O - I enjoyed this Pale Ale more than their regular Pale Ale...the nose was pleasant and the flavors were nicely balanced

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 2 finger head. Thick lacing. Good retention. color is amber orange.

S. Very nice dank piney hop aroma. Really kinda suprised me. Believe it or not reminds me of Furious and Modus. Floral hop smell. A little bit of grapefruit smell too.

T.Taste also has nice piney hop flavor with a kick of grapefruit. Don't really get a whole lot of flavors other than hops, which is ok for me. Has a little bit of malt sweetness, but more of a biscuity malt flavor.

M. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Good beer. Wasnt expecting it to be this good. Nice piney hop aroma and flavor. Easy drinking. The taste kind of reminds me of Odell IPA. This should be considered for a year round release.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= pours a beautiful golden amber color with a decent sized head on it that holds for a few minutes and falls to a thin layer a ring around the rim with some spotty but solid lacing.

S= Hops and a bit of malt. Despite this supposedly being an imperial EPA it is still a bit toned down on the hops. The hops that are still there are spicey and herbal. Not the fruity hop bomb I like but still a worthy hop character.

T= The taste is similar to the smell. Hops and a bit of malt that still holds its ground. The taste is pretty nice but nothing out of this world good.

M= The mouth is similar to the EPA. Dry finish and lasting bitterness.

O= For a silver anniversary I'm pretty dissapointed honestly. This is not the style or the beer I would have brewed. It's your 25th Summit step out of the ordinary and do something fun. With that said this is still a decent beer with a lot of flavor that may actually be out of the ordinary as far as Summit is concerned.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting cap. Rings and streaks of lacing left behind.

Earthy, spicy hop aroma with some grassy pine notes balanced by some pale biscuity malt notes. There's also a bit of citrus sweetness and a nice floral character. Nothing stands out in the aroma but it smells like a solid IPA.

Medium bodied with a blast of bitter hops up front that linger over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a nice dry finish. Slightly spicy hop profile with earthy pine the prominent flavor. There's some faint citrus sweetness and biscuity malt providing nice balance but the hops shine in this one. A solid sessionable hoppy beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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