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
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Alacy
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: pours with about a 2 inch head

S: this was my favorite part, nice citrus hop aroma actually kind of excited for this one

T: pretty bitter, really dry finish similar to their EPA this finish is the worst part to me. This beer does not make me want to keep drinking it.

M: average, nothing special

O: I tried not to be too harsh in my review as I am not typically a fan of summit EPA and in my opinion this is basically EPA with a slightly better hop aroma. The dry bitter finish kills this one for me, really doesn't make me want to take another sip.

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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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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of azdback
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
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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3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
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 zdk9
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
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 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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Photo of Chaz
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant coppery-golden in color, topped with a rich off-white head and plenty of sticky lacing. Excellent head retention.

Nose is what I've come to expect from the style: pine-resiny goodness mainly, but plenty of citrus (I get lime-rind) as well. Sort of reminds me of a gin and tonic! A touch of sweet malt and just a whiff of Summit's ale yeast adds some complexity to the surging hops here.

Sweet/sharp on the first sip, with a brisk scrubbing sensation (carbonation?), ending with a long-lasting bitterness. The sweetness impresses me as being on the lighter side as the beer warms, and bitterness becomes the center of attention. There's some nice hop/malt interplay throughout, particularly with respect to aromatics. Though this isn't a terribly strong beer (it is probably a fairly average strength for the style these days), the alcohol becomes very subtly warming toward the end of the drink. Clean finish, and strikes me almost as an aperitif beer, or at least a 'palate-cleansing beer'.

If there was ever a textbook definition for contemporary American IPA, Silver Anniversary would be it (or it's damn-near close at any rate). Altogether it's a solid beer and one with very good balance and drinkability.

Served in a Summit Oatmeal Stout pint ; )

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Photo of Humulus85
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Rogue pint glass. A strong pour produced a dense one-finger head that dissipated quickly but left some nice lacing.

The smell is nothing special, basically what you would expect from a standard IPA. Some citrusy hops, not much malt, and a kind of yeasty funk that came as a bit of a surprise.

Again, the taste is good, but nothing exceptional. It lacks the complexity I was expecting for an "Anniversary" release. It tastes a bit like a lesser Furious. Hop forward, with citrus and some pine. Mainly bitter in the middle with a bit of malt at the end. It hits everything it needs to, but it lacks a certain something special.

Nice mouthfeel, with great carbonation. Very light and drinkable, but flavorful, like a good IPA should be.

Overall this is a GOOD beer. To be honest I'm a bit disappointed, as this is Summits 25th Ann. release and they went with a standard IPA that isn't even as good as Furious. Summit seemed to be on a nice ambitious streak with their "Unchained" series; I thought they would really push the boundaries for their 25th Ann. Summit EPA is one of the beers that got me into craft brews, so there is a special place in me for Summit. But they're going to have to start stepping it up to compete with the new breed of craft brewers. Cheers!

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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 Syzygy00
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a frosted pint glass. Poured a light gold-amber color. Taste was medium hoppy but with a hint of grapefruit. Smooth drinking and had good flavor, but not one I would search out and stock up on - like some of Summit's Unchained series.

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Photo of Duff27
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half inch of white head. Beer is an amber color. Nice lacing. Head retention isn't optimal.

Kind of a stanky smell for whatever reason :/

Real clean tasting. Like a mega hopped pils really...good solid malt backbone.

Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation.

A far cry from your common IPA. Worth a try for sure, just because its something different.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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