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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Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Summit Oatmeal Stout glass (review from notes 11/11)

Look is like most IPA's: a slightly red hued orange-gold. Smell is fruity, piney hops with a warm malt background. Taste is great, this is their best IPA yet: bitter piney hops dominate with a semi-sweet caramel malt background. Feel is well carbonated, medium, and crispy.

Good representation of the style. Does nothing new but does it well.

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

A- Clear copper color topped with a thick off white head. Head fades slowly to a cap and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Grapefruit hops dominate and hints of bready malts to balance things out.

T- Bitter grapefruit hop right away, almost overpowering but not quite over the top, malt flavors come into balance things out but they never take the bitterness off of the hops. The finish is dry and with a lingering final hit of the grapefruit that is almost puckering.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated, clean for an IPA, no oily hop build up left at the finish.

O- Almost over the top with the hops, but not quit there. Not a beer for beginners, but if you are a fan of American IPAs then this is a solid effort. I was surprised by the 6.5% ABV I thought it would be a little higher, even though I never did detect a note of alcohol while drinking this.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. 12Oz bottle into point glass. Pours a golden light amber color with one finger off white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose: pine, honey, bitter citrus, orange, vegetal dankness.

Taste: sweet, honey malt, bread, pine resin, lingering bitterness.

Clean, dry, bitter finish. Overall a very well put together brew! It's not exceptional but it is very good. Would drink again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a small bottle into a tulip and a cervoise -lots of foam.

The color is golden apricot with intense glow and 4 fingers of heady cream w/ a average sized bead. Lots of lace is left on the glass. The smell is great -packed with tons of tropical and citrus with an aroma that jumps up with tangerine and mango. The nose is very hop dominant with slight grassy and floral fragrance and hint of malt in the back with a mild grapefruit and herbal tea elemnent. Mouthfeel is bitter with slight fruitiness and light sweetness with pretty dry texture w/ moderately high bitterness and prickly carbonation w/ juicy tangy finish.

The taste really came off as dry rind-like w/ slight mango juicy flavor in the front with slight tangelo notes of leafy herbal hop and slight grassy edge with a hint of tea-like astringency and mild resins coat the mouth with a hint of green pepper earty taste with mild yeast creaminess as the flavor recedes into a dry toasty and almost earthy chalky flavor in the finish

A very high quality pale with hop forward taste which resembles an imperial pale in bold hop flavor, yet is still very quaffable like a west coast IPA, well done Summit!

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger thick foam white head on a crimson with golden hues cloudy body. Excellent retention and lacing 

S: fresh hop aroma, citrus mostly orange peel and wet sock hop like aroma.

T: sweet orange peel in the beginning and then dominating the finish with a pine and herbal note midway.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one has a lot f the familiar flavors of an APA but done differently. It's fairly unique and very flavorful.

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Photo of fizzy
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DIG IT!!! My local liquor store had a clearance on this at , hold your horses, $14.00/case. Bought one, going back tomorrow, God willing, for another. As my Grandfather would have said, "what a deal"!

How about a thick creamy head on top of a wonderful amber GLASS of ale? There is no turning back! More, More, oh please give me MORE!

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Photo of charliedvrs
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Aroma is led by the citrus hops with a grapefruit pith, orange peel character that follows right on through to the taste. The malts are much more present in the taste, lending a spicy, rye bread note. The hops contribute some resin and earthy flavors. The bitterness is the most surprising aspect of this beer. It's strong from the second it hits your tongue till well after it rolls off of it, making it drink more like a stronger IPA. My only knock would be that it takes a bit away from the pleasant hop profile. Don't let the APA label at the top of this page fool you, this is a bitter beer, and a solid one at that.

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Photo of bnes09
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange color, hazy ale. Thick and creamy head, two fingers on the pour. Coats the liquid with a thick layer of cream throughout the entire drink. Lacing blankets the glass in frothy waves.

Aroma of fresh baked bread and lots of hops. Like stepping into a pine-wood forest.

Delicious flavor of rye bread in the malt. Robust hops tend to contrast the malt character. Citric, lemon, grapefruit and pine needle bite. Quite bitter and more so due to the mild malt character. I would definitely classify this as an IPA. Bitter flavor lingers into the aftertaste. Flavor seems to intensify as you drink more. A little unbalanced but this does not hurt the experience.

Medium bodied and very dry. Descent carbonation.

I like this beer a lot. Fairly complex and stimulating. If you are in the mood for an intense hop experience, look no further.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 katan
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden with a light bit of orange highlights. Very strong, frothy white head. Lots of lacing. Opaque and thick but not much for floaties.

S - Strong citrus hop note, a little bit of spiciness. Comes off a bit dry.

T - Starts off with a strong citrus note, heavily hopped. Mid-stream gets more piney, resinous, earthy- really tangy. Some bitterness comes into the finish and a return of the citrus notes. A hop bomb if you want to classify this as an APA.

M - Strong bodied but comes off creamy, a very balanced carbonation. A sticky bitter finish hangs onto the tongue.

O/D - A very strong APA - but an excellent usage of strong citrus hop varietals. ABV is strong for the style, but almost sessionable. A bit hefty, feels like a great cooler weather beer.

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Photo of happygnome
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating 25 years as one of the best breweries in the great state of Minnesota!

Poured a 12oz bottle into a sam adams pint glass.

A: Pours a golden color with about a half inch of white head which disappears slowly leaving a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the beer.

S: The aroma is of strong citrusy hops, there is a solid lightly roasted malts

T: Nice comlex play of citrus, floral hop bitterness and sweet lightly roasted maltiness.

M: Medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

Overall, this is one is really good. I wish Summit would brew this one for longer.

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Photo of mentor
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger lacy head over a brilliant ambered golden liquid. Smells grassy from use of fresh hops. Hop aroma is piney, lemony, pink grapefruit pith, green onion, orange zest.

Tastes strongly of clean hop bitter and hop flavors on mild wet. Hop flavor is grapefruit pith, lemon, green onion, and baby aspirin. Noticeable clean alcohol sting. Lingering pithy aftertaste with resiny hop bitter. The few esters come across as peach and there is no distinct grain flavor, just a undertone of sweet.

Tasty, but much more an IPA than an APA. Perhaps I am old and still stuck in the days before extreme IPA hopping. A bit too much carbonation for my preference.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks Andy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a golden orange hue. Produced a nice off-white cap of froth. Great retention and lots of lacing.

(S)- Not much on the nose. Some sweet caramel malt and dry, almost earthy biscuit bits. Very subtle pine.

(T)- Totally backwards from the smell. A big piney citrus up front. Bits of lemon and grapefruit with lots of pine. Finishes lightly sweet with bits of honey and caramel.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A touch heavy in the pine department, but overall, a solid feel to it.

(D)- Overall, its a solid little pale ale that would put most run of the mill IPA's to shame with how much pine is in this guy.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy.

Mostly clear golden amber. Small light beige head. Solid amount of citrus and pine. Hint of malt and a strange chalky tone. Flavor is quite bitter. Resiny hops with a bit of pineapple and grapefruit. That chalky hint rears it's head. Medium body mild carb. Overall just another APA in my book.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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 MDDMD
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-slight pine and citrus nose with hints of floral

T-citrus and pine with a hint of floral and decent hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth feel

O-a decent IPA with nice flavor

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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Anniversary! 25th anniversary limited edition ale that is a hopped up version of Summit's classic and iconic American pale ale. Burnt amber pale ale with a fluffy off white head that hangs in there for most of the beer. Big grapefruit and hop spice over a moderate malt. Can really smell the EPA underneath the strong hoppiness that Summit added to this ale. Hops linger on the tongue with a sharp bitterness at the sides. Slightly sweet finish but the hop is still there off the back. Same mineral taste that is the classic EPA, the smaller malt bill let the hops shine through the lighter (but by no means thin) body.

A very fun "interpretation" of the EPA, as stated on Summit's website, and an excellent homage to the legacy and role that Summit has played in the development of craft beer. Cascade hops are the common element. Horizon and Fuggles are swapped out for Citra and Centennial hops (plus a dry hop) to create the anniversary ale. The changes give a clearly American tint to the beer compared to the English character of the EPA.

Both are good, but I like the Silver Anniversary Ale better. However, I don't think comparison is really the point. The lighter, hop forward American style of the anniversary ale compared to the maltier, English character of the EPA is a harbinger of the changing beer world from the Old to the New. While European beers still have a lot to offer (and I still intend to travel to see for myself just how much), the heart and soul of the beer world is transplanting to the US--if it hasn't already. Emerging beer countries like Japan and Australia, among others, look to the cooperative yet individualistic model of US craft brewers rather than the style based approach for much of Europe. Belgium, a country less tied to styles, seems to be the leader in following the lessons learned in the creation of the US craft industry. The very existence of a one of my favorite new styles--Belgian IPA--is almost prima facie proof of the seismic shift.

Get a six pack of the Silver Anniversary Ale, enjoy the flavor, celebrate the accomplishments of Summit, and joyously anticipate the future of the craft beer industry right in our own backyard.

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

A: Golden brown, with a big soapy white head and excellent retention.
S: Nice showing of hops with bright floral and citrus over a pale malt.
T: Lots of citrus and pine initially followed by a toasted biscuit malt. Sharp, heavy grapefruit bitterness lingers through a lengthy dry finish. Potent punchy hops flavors are somewhat abrasive while lacking a bit on the softer fruit flavors that could fill out the full spectrum.
M: Medium bodied, slightly oily with full but soft carbonation. Well done.

Seems like a modified version of Summit’s EPA with some additional hop varieties. A nice beer as long as you are expecting more of a bitter toasty pale ale rather than a fruity IPA. Nice to see Summit step outside their typical safe approach (targeting the broad consumer range) and go a little edgier on occasion.

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Photo of zdk9
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A pretty pour with a finger of uniform creamy white head the slowly turns into a halo of foam around the sides of the glass. Beer is orange.

S- Hoppy, musty, stale bread, caramel, orange.

T- Hoppy, grapefruit pith, lime pith, musty, earthy, dusty, wood mulch

M- Not too bitter, but reaching that point.

O- An ok IPA, but not one to write home about. This one could use more flavor, more interest, more power, just more.

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Photo of azdback
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler. Clear, coppery orange color. Superfine carbonation bubbles lead to a one finger head that is rocky and bright white.

Smell is sweet and citrusy. There are some sweet malt smells but mostly the sweet is citrus of like an orange or pink grapefruit.

Taste is fairly bitter, more like a yellow grapefruit. There is just a hint of biscuit or bread. This fairly one dimensional. It has the kind of a weak attempt at some bitter citrus hops and that's about it. There isn't much else to this.

Mouth is crisp with the carbonation being a bit spritzy. Body is light and the finish is quick to average and very dry.

Overall I didn't hate this but I didn't really like it either. For the silver anniversary I think they could have done a bit better. With that being said it's a decent IPA and worth a shot if you run into it. Thanks to my Minnesota hook-up TIMMYJ21 for this extra.

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Photo of ahq514
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours an golden orange color. Seems to have moderate to high carbonation. Head is very minimal. Decent specks of lacing around the glass.

Aroma is pretty much all hops. Some nice citrusy and floral hops with a tad bit of caramel malt. Not much else I can detect.

Right up front is a little bit of those citrus and flroal hops nicely complemented by some caramel malt. The beer finishes with a drying and bitter hop quality that I think really takes away from the drinkability of the beer.

A little bit too much carbonation for me, but it has a nice medium body.

I am a big fan of nicely balanced ipas. I thought the bitterness on the finish of this beer wasn't really balanced out by the malt. It reminds me of my first homebrewed ipa. Had some nice citrus qualities but the malt didn't come close to balancing out the hops. If you like bitter ipas with not much in the way of malt, you'll probably like this ipa.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light copper body, tons of carbonation, topped by four level fingers of snow white froth. Good lacing.

Impressive pine aroma backed by citrus fruits. Grapefruit sort of slips by the pine at the end of the sniff.

Firm semi-sweet malt digs a quick fox hole before waves of pine and juicy fruit crash on top of it. Big bitter punch.

Tingly mouthfeel.

A nice new ipa to celebrate the anniversary of a terrific brewery.

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