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 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 lacingĀ 

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 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 mothman
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 1 finger of khaki white head. Good retention with some lace rings. Color is clear autumn amber.

Aroma: Bready and pale malts with a touch of caramel. Floral hops with a juicey grapefruit kick. Some pineapple and lemon citrus. Hoppy and clean.

Taste: Starts out with the big grapefruit citrus kick from the nose, then right into some lemon citrus. Floral, earthy, and grassy hops are followed by some bready and pale malts. Again, I get a bit of caramel malts mixed in as well.

Mouthfeel: Fairly bitter, but it reminds me of the regular EPA. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, this was a nice offering from Summit. I am glad I grabbed a 12 pack of this as it is something I like having in the fridge. Easy drinking with a lot of flavor. I can definitely have a few of these in a night. Cheers to 25 more years!

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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 Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a pint glass, this beer poured a clear amber color, happily carbonated, with a small foamy white head that receded to a ringlet. Not too aromatic, but still detectable were notes of fresh hops set atop a basic malt base for a good balance. Lots of hops in the taste, but not strong at all. Grassy, floral, citrusy, and well-balanced with sweet malts. Medium-bodied, finished dry. Nothing outrageous, but that's not always necessary. Definitely good and very drinkable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber pour was a touch cloud and capped by a wonderful light light of white that reached a height of around of two inches before dropping down with copious amounts of side glass lacing. Rich and biting citrus hops across the nose, bitter with a sweet orange peel like zest to it. Super smooth flavor here with a nice medium bodied feel and more then ample carbonation. The biting hop note mellowed mid palate as some nice balancing came into play with light buttery like malts and a light hint of grain

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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 TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Not many better ways to kick off a Bliss tasting than a beer I've never heard of before. It pours a clear sunrise copper topped by a finger of light off-white foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, kiwi, candi sugar, green apple, light flowers, lemon zest, mandarin oranges, and some decidedly sweet caramel. This is one of the better scents I've had from an IPA in a while. The taste brings in more of the same, along with plenty of honeydew and a touch of pineapple. There's still plenty of citrus fruits and a bit o' pine in there, blasting the tongue in a tasty explosion of hops, but it's kept from going over the top with a decent amount of caramel. The balance is surprisingly pleasant, even though the caramel is clearly the weaker of the dyad. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a great IPA, something I don't encounter too often these days. I might consider stocking up on this one while it's still fairly fresh...

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Silver Anniversary Ale, 25 years of excellence. "Another Summit beer worth celebrating, Cheers to 25 years!"

Clear, and amber-toned, slim whitish head. bubbles rise briskly to the top.

Fruity, bitter hops climb up into the nose, lemon, orange peel, mango, grapefruit. Very nice.

Taste: juicy and bitter all at once, happily at play in the mouth. Lively, tingly hop action all over the palate. Those notes from aroma recur on the tongue. Drinks down deliciously, sleek and quaffable, with hops to spare. An American Pale Ale to beat them all, if you're not into thinking it an IPA.

A hopped-up version of the Extra Pale Ale, I'm guessing they stuck to the basic recipe, and substituted some of the hops and malt. You certainly get more of an American pale ale feel in this, and none of the English character in the traditional EPA.

(Extra Pale Ale, hops: Horizon, Fuggle, Cascade. Silver: Citra, Centennial, Cascade, dry-hopped with all three. A-ha! There is a difference! EPA, malt: 2-row Pale, Caramel, Silver: 2-row Harrington, Crystal 60, 45 IBU, EPA, 80 IBU, Silver. ABV, EPA: 4.2%, Silver, 6.5%...there really are few similarities.

I've heard a lot of praise for this one, heard it called their best beer ever, they should make this year round, it should replace the EPA entirely, it should replace the IPA, etc., etc., etc. All great ideas, though I doubt they'll happen.

In my humble opinion, it is one of many signs, with the unchained series, that Summit is finally catching up with the more progressive factions of the craft beer world. One more bottle left in my 6-pack, and I'm going to take it out now, after this glass is done. I know for a fact that I'll be back.

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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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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 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 tempest
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 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 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 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 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 BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Summit American tumbler pint.
Enjoy by 11/24/11 printed in black on the neck. "80 IBU, 6.5% ABV, Malts: 2-row Harrington, Crystal 60, Kettle Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade, Dry Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade, OG 14.5 Plato, 11 Lovibond, American Ale Yeast." All listed on the 6 pack.

A - Beautiful toffee orange and vibrant with clarity, Silver Anniversary is topped by a bone-colored head with superb retention and a bit of patchy lace left clinging to the pint.

S - Bold dry-hopped American hop aroma showcases the bitterness and piney-resin nose from the Centennial and Cascade. Citra comes in with a little mango fruitiness and grapefruit in tow. Crystal malt shows little toasty notes with a mellow sweetness that provides a good backbone.

T - Boldly hop-forward, this pale has a nice complimentary lightly toasted malt backing that supports the heft of the hops. Lots of pine resin and earthy tones with a sharp grapefruit citrus bite and faint fruity characteristics.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice carbonation tickle, Summit's Silver Anniversary Ale has a delicious and well-balanced hop bitterness kick to the finish. Slightly dry and pretty clean finishing, this beer has a spot-on feel.

O - Near perfection for a Pale Ale, Summit's Silver Anniversary Ale is deliciously hop-forwards but well-balanced and quite refreshing! I didn't expect much less than stellar from a brewery that produces the iconic Extra Pale Ale. Well done Summit, and cheers to another 25 years!

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Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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 xnicknj
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a copper amber color with a slight haze. Thick white head slowly fades into a layer of filmy retention. Tons of lacing all over the glass.

Bitter and piny in the nose. Hints of resin with grapefruit, leading into biscuity and bready malts. Persistent dryness.

Splash of bitterness up front with pine and sticky resin. Some softer notes of citrus juiciness underneath the hop attack. Lighter malt backbone with slick sweetness and bread. Finishes bitter and dry, lingers on the tongue.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the palate. This almost feels like a hoppy session ale, although the ABV is a bit too high for that. Either way, I'd definitely drink this again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice bronze color. The head is one inch of rocky egg shell white foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of pine resin, grapefruit, and more pine. This is one of the most piney smelling beers I have encountered. The taste is similar to the aroma with a firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really good IPA that I will drink furiously until it is gone forever.

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Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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 MattyG85
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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