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 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 FreshHawk
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very crisp, clear copper color. Average sized foamy, light, sticky, fluffy white head. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - There is a strong biscuity malt along with some herbal notes. This is mixed with the C hop aromas with grapefruit citrus and resinous pine being the dominant hop aromas with notes of pineapple and lemon. Smells like a mix of an English pale ale and a west coast American IPA.

T - Much more hop heavy on the taste than the nose. Strong bitter flavor, especially on the finish. Bitter grapefruit rind, lemon, pine, and hints of sweet grapefruit/pineapple are all present throughout. The Citra hops are a bit covered up but provide a nice background fruitiness. Subtle herbal and biscuit flavors a la the EPA, more herbal than malty. A nice sweetness shows up on the finish occasionally as well.

M - Full side of medium body with good carbonation. Full feeling with a slightly drying finish. Lingering bitterness.

D - Pretty easy to drink. A touch on the bitter side, but overall fairly well balanced. Nice mix of EPA and west coast IPA with the IPA winning on the taste. Could easily put a couple back in a night.

Notes: Definitely could taste a west coast hopped version of the EPA. Great body and pretty tasty. A little on the bitter side, but it was pretty refreshing. Enjoyed the beer quite a bit, especially for the price.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Allen (Mid), my hook in MN.

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very attractive copper/amber color with a nice one finger froth head and real nice lacing. Very good looking beer.

Smell: The smell is rather soft...minimal amount of grass, some hops, and some fruit in the background, but it's rather subdued.

Taste: Now here is where this brew really shines. It has a great hoppy flavor, but a nice rich malt back to support the grapefruit punch. Real nice.

Mouth: This beer has a great mouthfeel. Rather creamy, with a little bit of bitter and drying effect.

Drink and overall: Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I haven't been drinking alot of IPA's lately, so I felt my palate enjoyed the change of pace. Solid beer.

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

12oz bottle to Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours an amber color with two fingers of head and tight lacing. Aroma is exactly what I want from a single IPA, plenty of citrus hops, with some tropical fruits and caramel malts. The taste is great, this is a hop kick at first, then it gets a bit cleaner as the finish comes in with some piney aspects. Malts are undetectable. The mouthfeel here is a little hard to review, it feels like it's a bit thin, but it works with the clean middle. Drinkability is great. Overall, this is a quite good single IPA, one I'd recommend highly.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Enjoy by 11/24/11.

A: Bright, clear gold, w/ 1-1/2" cream-toned, fluffy head that clings in large splotches as the glass is drained.

S: Hops galore -- fresh grass & citrus, esp. tangerine and grapefruit.

T: resinous & citric, toasty, w/ gradually building bitterness that lingers, leaving a dry finish.

M: Rich and full, moderate carbonation, quite crisp

O: While not a big fan of past Summit samplings, this has caused me to reconsider their line. If they were looking to make an impression for their 25th anniversary, mission accomplished. Satisfying for a hop seeker not put off by some bitterness. A delicious IPA that is also a very good value.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a transparent amber orange with a huge head.  Head settles to a thick ring and big globs of foam which float atop.  Good lacing.

Nice, clean tropical and citrus hops up front.  I get tangerines and melon mostly.  Sweet caramel malt in the background.

Immediately I taste a nice balance of hops and malt.  I actually feel like this is somewhat malt forward, but the palate is quickly taken over by a smack of pine hops.  The resiny, piney bitterness dominates and finishes with a good grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.  As noted before, hop oil coats the palate.

This is a nice IPA, west coast in style.  Nothing mind blowing, but I'd drink it again for sure.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweetwillyrolbar for this extra. Pours a light hazy amber with a minimal head. This is a pretty hop forward beer in both nose and taste. Has a wonderful piney, grapefruit allocation. This is one tasty beer. Can't wait to have this again. Good stuff.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch. Strangely, I am the first to review this on-tap, all the way down in Florida. Anyhow, the brew pours a brassy golden-orange hue, is capped with some off-white froth, and leaves a smattering of lace as the glass drains; typical (good) appearance. The nose and flavor offer a big dose of candied tangerine and lemon atop a sugar cookie-esque malt. The brew is reminiscent of NGs Moon Man or FFF's Gumballhead in terms of hop profile, though it does not have the catty-ness of the former, nor the sweet and toothy body of the latter. Nevertheless, this is a nice representation of the Midwest PA/IPA as typified by the aforementioned brews as well as Daisy Cutter; it can hang with them all. Overall, I am impressed, and this is definitely the best Summit beer I've had.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summit is solid Minnesota brewery, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. The beer pours handsome dark amber. The foam is not excessive, but it is sticky enough to produce lacing down the glass. A nice looking brew. The aroma is a hoppy affair--a nice interplay between pine and citrus. These same hops plow through the palate, but just a touch of caramel malt breaks through providing balance. The beer goes down smooth and it is tasty. This is a well put together brew and worthy of a silver anniversary.

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Photo of chicagobill13
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summit Brewery don't like at all, however this beer hasn't change my tune towards them. To me, asides their seasonals beers, taste all the same. It doesn't matter on the style. Within the last year, this brewery has done different things that has been turning heads. This beer is one of the head turner. They took their EPA as a base to make this beer and change it.

This beer look is not really good but the smell of the hops and the taste is something else. A very nice hoppy and smooth after taste. I really love how I can say this. This beer to me is a strong pale ale that could be IPA. I believe this should be their EPA everyday. I really speak highly of this beer and hop heads need to try this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice beer for Summit's 25th anniversary, more well-rounded and polished than Summit's normal IPA. Sweet lightly toasty malt, with sharp citrus hops on the back. All around this is a very good beer, I would like it to replace Summit's other IPA, but I don't hold out hope that this will happen.

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Photo of tapman
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium, bright orange body with small, though thick, just off-white head. Clear and filtered.

HOOSH! Large, meaty, skunky, resinous, piney, earthy, mushroom-like hop aroma. Hints of fresh grilled tuna in the hops; I know, I know... but the hops are so pungent that this brew reeks of the new taste bud sensation, UMAMI!

Taste is similar to the smell; what separates the taste from the aroma, besides a slight lessening of the overall pervasive earthiness, is the large amount of raw alpha acids from dry hopping. Regardless, bitterness is moderate. Malt is mostly pale malt with a balanced mid-range toastiness.

Slightly dry, but with enough unfermentables (maltose sugar, hop oil) to have a decent body. Carbonation is moderate and gives enough bite without being harsh.

I can describe this brew in one word: balanced. A big, hop bomb of a beer and it is super balanced. Highly Recommended.

note: hops are really stinky, so if you only like the bright, citrus hops, this one may rub you the wrong way.

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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 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 TheDTrain
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had some mixed emotions about Summit coming out with an anniversary ale. Not because I don't think their worthy of celebrating 25 years, but because I found many "anniversary" brews disappointing. After all, if it was good, why wouldn't you brew more than once every quarter century? But....I was mistaken. This is an exceptional ale!

Pours a light golden pale orange color with great retention. Taste was a combination of a fresh cascade hop avalanche & crisp dry orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and earth tones reminiscent of a beautiful summer day in St. Paul, MN. The touch of pine & bitterness round out this truly perfect summer brew. One of the D-Train summer favorites. Well worth hitting the tracks to pick this up while you can get it....

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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 inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Summit Brewing Co.
Silver Anniversary Ale 25 yr.
DFH signature glass
No bottle date, but think it is some what fresh

A: Beautiful clear orange amber color. Carbonation ROLLING off bottom of glass! 1/2 finger bright white head. Nice lacing. Great looming ale.

S: Great nose. Tons of over ripe peach and grapefruit. Some citrus notes as well, pineapple too.

T: Hop assault on the tongue! Love it. You get a good amount on the tip of the tongue, but this lives on the center of the tongue. Great bitter finish too. Crisp and clean. I got those peach and grapefruit astringency that I smelled. Just a really nice brew!

M: It's a medium bodied IPA. Nice hop bitterness coats the mouth,

O: A very impressive beer here. Completely surprised by this one. Wasn't sure what to expect, buy this is a very hoppy delicious ale. Cheers to Summit!

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

Clear brassy golden hued with a sizeable, rocky, pale beige head that sags quickly and laces in rings.
Toasty, biscuity malts and a multi-colored hop attack from grapefruit, pine, pineapple and milkweed star in the aroma, with a slightly sweet backing honey note.
Biscuity and toasty at its onset in the mouth. A touch grainy as it transistions to hops. The Citra notes are expressed more clearly here, though never exclusively featured or solely focused on, with their grapefruit, pineapple, and lime. Bitterness is large and thorough, both via pine resin and pulpy weeds.
Medium plus bodied, tautly carbonated throughout. Bitter and slaking enough to ensure drinkability with enough balancing maltiness to round it out.
Given the price, I'm sure to see a heavy rotation of this while its available.

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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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