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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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 201
Photo of Alacy
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
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 -25.3%
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 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 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 jjanega08
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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 -15.3%
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 -14%
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 -13.5%
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 -13.3%
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 -13.3%
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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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 Tone
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight grass, slight wet hops, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight pine, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good aroma and appearance, but the bitterness level hurts the enjoyment of the body.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Deli in State College, PA.

A - Light to medium yellow/orange colour with a small amount of white head.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit, some sweet caramel. Not overly bitter on the nose but the bitterness is defintiely noticeable.

T - Citrus and light tropical fruit notes with a bood but not overpowering bitterness from the hops. A sweet caramel malt backbone balances it out.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of maximum12
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
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 brewdub17
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gorgeous golden, bronze and orange mixture that is nicely transparent. The head is very frothy and dense, a deep beige color.

Smell: Flora at first but citrus, orange and lemon come in play with a hint of spicy notes towards the back. No room for much malts in this citrus hop bomb.

Taste: Similar to the smell, there is an onslaught of citrus, grapefruit, lemon and orange. The hop flavors linger long after but are melted well with the malty flavors. Each sip is better than the last, however the flavors are not something I would favor over many other A-IPA'S

Mouthfeel: Flavors linger long and hard but are across the palate cleanly without too many harsh and not any unwanted or unexpected flavors.

Overall: I am glad Summit released a silver anniversary beer, however I wish it would have been a different style or different interpretation of the style. This, I can openly say, is not my favorite beer from Summit and probably not one I would drink too much more of.


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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 tone77
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Erish
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. beer into a nonic pint glass. No freshness date.

A: hazy orange-golden color, an aggressive pour produced a decent cream-colored head which quickly fell into a thin but persistent cap with good lacing.

S: at its heart there is a dank herbal/funky aroma that is reminiscent of wet grass, along for the ride is a decent caramel and biscuit malt aroma, playing supporting roles are citrus zest, pineapple, and tropical fruit.

T: the herbal/grassy hop introduction pairs with a biscuit and cracker malt, the citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal notes dominate the middle, and the finish is decidedly grassy and bitter. There are no discernible flaws, just not enough going on here to make this beer memorable.

M: light-medium bodied, slick, lightly oily texture, and moderate carbonation.

O: a good enough IPA, and certainly worth giving a try.

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Photo of crossovert
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 25th anniversary beer.

It pours a nice color for an IPA, a middle of the road orangeish gold. The head is foamy and slightly off-white and produces some nice lacing.

The smell isn't bad. It has some citrus and that herbal hop scent that you get form sniffing fresh cones, and for that I give it a plus.

The flavor is decent. It is a much, much better version of their extra pale ale. The hop flavors bring more balance to the malt. IT has a nice bitterness, but it is still a balanced brew.

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Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with two fingers of lofty and persistent eggshell-colored foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and an isolated bubble occasionally creeps uncertainly up through the column.

S: Aromatic hops start out intense, made more pungent by the English malt in attendance, but prove to be brief in duration. Fruit is slightly vinous in the aftermath, with a noticeable carbon dioxide presence that is not entirely without some floral and citrus hop influences remaining.

T: Begins off-dry, with early bready malt and richly fruity hop aromatics amidst mild acidity. In the middle the hops lose ground to the malt as they become diminished in depth and intensity. Minerality becomes intense, with a vitamin tincture quality, transitioning into similarly aggressive bitterness in the finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is a fine example of the style, neither disappointing nor standing out amongst those of the West Coast pack. It reminds of beers like Stone IPA or Racer 5--while respectable comparisons, the difference is that those are year-round releases while this is intended to be remembered forever as the celebration of Summit's 25th year. In that light it loses a bit of its luster, causing the drinker to wonder what might have been.

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Photo of steveh
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice to see another Micro Pioneer celebrating a milestone (hey look, another IPA).

A -- Clear, dark gold - almost copper color with a firm and dense off-white head.

S -- Mellow spicy and piny hops. Vaguest earthiness back.

T -- Spicy, piny hops right up front. A mellow biscuit, caramel malt back adding a decent backbone. Some mild, citrus fruit esters in the finish and the spicy, bitter, resiny hops dominate the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a light-medium body.

O -- Overall a well-made American IPA, but -- another IPA? There's been discussion about this on the forums and I'm of the opinion that we don't need one more IPA on shelves; and while this version from Summit is very well done, there are 4 or 5 more just as good on shelves in my area -- let alone nation wide. Overall: been there, done that. Bring me something unique.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 09/19/11
12oz to pint glass

A: Pours a clear yet dull brassy color with a 1-2 finger deep layer of the khaki stuff leaving curtains of lace down the glass. Bubbling away ever so nicely.

S: Nose is light with florals, some leafy greens, and sweet bready pale malts.

T: Slightly dominant with a nutty caramel malt base but with a real nice citrus and pine hop bitterness. Dry clean crisp finish. Nice balance. Very quaffable.

M: Light body and creamy texture. Good mod carbonation. Slight resiny hops coat the tongue. Crisp dry finish.

D: Very sessionable. Drinks more like a hoppy Pale Ale I would say but real nice balance. Classic citrus/pine combo. Lacks some wow factor but I could drink this all day, any day.

Similar profile to that of a SNPA with a little more hops to it.

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Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sheffield's. Served in a pint glass.

A - Looks like a typical IPA. A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and thick collar, leaving a few patches of lace behind. Transparent golden body.

S - Grapefruit, orange, a hint of onion or chive, and surprising dankness for a beer made with Cascade, Centennial and Citra. Unfortunately the malt base has a weird lotion and icing sugar flavor going on.

T - Taste is mostly citrus zest with a bit of pithy grapefruit, and a touch of herbal character. More grapefruit than orange, which is a surprise considering the hop bill. Icing sugar malt backdrop, and slight astringency in the finish. Bitterness is surprisingly high, and lingers for quite a while.

M - Active carbonation, that is slightly harsh and unpleasant. Medium body, with an extremely dry and resinous finish. The carbonation made me feel bloated after only 8oz.

D - A solid hoppy brew and better than I expected from Summit. Could use a few more aroma hops and a few less bittering hops. Dialing down the carbonation and the bitterness would improve the session potential for this one.

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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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