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 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 NWer
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally rating a very good special release from Summit in celebration of their 25th anniversary. From my stash brought back after my roadtrip to Minnesota last August.
Beautiful appearance in my Deschutes tulip. Nice deep bronze color decent head. Flowery, balanced up front finished with hop bitterness that reminds me that it's an IPA.
Delicious. I am very glad I had the opportunity to experience this beer.

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Photo of Herky21
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It's straw-gold and has nice white lacing. The body is clear and exceptionally attractive.

Smell: Smells a little hoppier, not as aromatic as you would think, considering all the IBUs. It smells sharp instead of flowery and aromatic.

Taste: Here it is, a beautiful, sharp and twisted IPA. Well, not twisted in flavor, but in design. It really hits you in the face with hops. There isn't a strong sweetness to balance it back, sort of like extra salty chicken. It's bold and keeps you coming back, like MSG.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel plays off the bitterness. It makes you salivate and seems almost more carbonated.

Overall: This is a beer alright. It's a great commemoration to Summit and I love it. The bitterness is like a wall, but a good wall. If you love IPAs and have always been looking for a commercial beer that almost seems to go to far, almost like they spilled an extra hundred pound of hops in the tank, this is the one.

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

Poured into a warbled mug.

Appearance: Clear pale amber pour with a tall, creamy ivory head that is very reluctant to settle. There is excellent, thick head retention, and the lacing is left in huge chunks of thick heavy foam, and some thick rings later down the glass.

Smell: Great floral hops and fruity esters, a nice citrus grapefruit aroma. The layers of fruit and floral notes are very nice.

Taste: Nice caramel malts along with a good dose of citrus. Nice balance, slightly bitter, resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, coating feel; the body is on the thicker side of medium, with medium carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish. A very nice IPA.

Overall: In my opinion this is a solid IPA and well done at that. Would love to see this made regularly after the anniversary brewing ends.

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

Sampled from a bottle – best by January 16, 2012. Copper orange in color with a deep haze. Poured with a big frothy off white head that reduced to a soapy cap leaving trails of sticky lacings on the glass. Big citrus orange and grapefruit aromas with pine and floral hop hints as well as sweet maltiness beneath. Medium bodied with a buttery smooth feel. Citrus grapefruit and orange hop flavors upfront with pine flavors through the middle and to the finish. The hops overwhelm the malt flavors beneath as they are barely detectable. Finishes with a lingering, earthy pine hop bitterness. The label on the bottle provides no clue that this is an IPA. But from beginning to end, there’s no denying that this was a very good IPA.

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Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with just a hint of amber/bronze to it. Fluffy off white head.

S: Bright floral and lemon zest hops with some sweet fruitiness to it as well. Kiwi? Some carmel maltiness as well.

T: Decent kick of floral, lemony, grapefruit and slightly sweet fruity hops at the start. It becomes a bit grassy next with some carmel malt in the mix as well. Finishes crisp and refreshing.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, pretty standard.

O: Nice drinkability, its hoppier than the EPA, but more smooth as well. Too bad its not a regular offering from Summit. It will be missed.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a orangish color with a finger of foam. Aroma is quite hoppy, grapefruit and citrus hops dominate the nose.

First sip is a nice quick sharp hoppy bitter kick, followed by a nice grapefruity hop flavor, and finished by a substantial bitterness. A very nice IPA. There is a good amount of body to balance the bitterness, but hops certainly dominate.

A very pleasant surprise. I only bought this 6 pack on the recommendation of my local beer guy, and I'm very glad I did.

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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 callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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 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 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 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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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint.

A: Body is light golden in color, with a good amount of haze. Lacing is light and sticky. A white head has lower formation and retreats to a thin layer.

S: Aroma is medium intensity for style. Hoppy elements of pine, citrus and passion fruit. Malt is low but shadowed by fresh malt essence.

T/M: Big hop character, with light malt body and a American yeast zing on the finish. The layered bitterness is in its height on the front and subdued by the hoppy pine resins present. Lingering dryness is strong of Citra. Malt promotes a smooth mouthfeel and a good level of creaminess.

O: Overall this is a very nice and multi-dimensional brew. Very nice blend of hops.

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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 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 samie85
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark orange/light copper color with two fingers of pillowy, white head.

S-Loads of sweet and juicy pineapple and pine resin hop notes with some light caramel.

T-Little bit of bitter pine with sweet pineapple, a healthy caramel malt backbone and more drying pine notes on the finish.

M-Smooth and very slick in the mouth with low carbonation, medium body and a lingering dryness in the throat.

D-A very nice, and easy drinking beer. Very balanced between the malt and the hops, so if that's not your thing, you might want to look elsewhere.

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Photo of aficionado
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rapid carb bubbles rise to the surface of a transparent golden orange body. Tons of thick sticky lacing and a 1/2 finger head that remains steady.

Aroma is citrusy, piney, tropical, clean, fresh, vibrant, and zesty. I smell pineapple too. Dryhop is nice, though it could've been even more extreme.

Taste is the exact same as the aroma along with a blast of biscuity dry, yet very smooth pale malts. A fabulously clean, balanced, dry, and drinkable IPA. Perfectly bittered. This tastes like a Cali IPA. However a small amount of the caramel 60 malt flavor does pop through. Has a huge drying sensation on the finish and more of the bitterness comes through.

Mouthfeel is on point. The high carbonation doesn't interfere with the drinking experience oddly enough. Nice medium body and an oily coating feeling in the mouth.

Edit: October 13th...

One thing I noticed about this IPA is that after many weeks, the flavor still remains on point, unlike some IPAs which fade fairly quickly. The downside is that I take this beer for granted. I got a lot of it for cheap and spoiled myself!

On sixer case:

2-row Harrington, Crystal 60
Kettle: Citra, Centennial, Cascade
Dryhop: Citra, Centennial, Cascade
American Ale Yeast
80 IBU
14.5 Plato

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Photo of jsprain1
4.55/5  rDev +14%
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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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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