Summit Summer Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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84
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306 Ratings
Summit Summer AleSummit Summer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jera1350 on 05-04-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
306
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
57
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 306 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of psychotia
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of matcris
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one looks like a beer I'd want to drink in the summer. A nice golden, slightly hazy, with a finger of white lingering head. Good lacing, and a moderate amount of bubbles rising. It has a nice sweetness to the aroma, some grass and grain. Almost a grain of paradise note in the background. Same with the flavor. Doesn't seem like a 4.4%'er. Has a nice amount of carbonation and medium body, not watery at all. Very nice brew, and the price is right, around here. Good stuff.

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Photo of willyburz
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frutter24
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent summer offering from Summit. 4.9% makes it a great drinker..tastes pretty similar to the unchained Kolsch from a few years back although perhaps just a little less malt forward and definitely has more of a puckering dry finish.

This has a nice gentle grainy maltiness...some light yeasty fruitiness and a pretty substantial dry finish. Body is light to medium...crisp....

Overall this is not as good as the Unchained Kolsch that came out a few years back but that was a truly elite offering. This is definitely solid and will be a nice summer beer. I plan on doing a blind taster with this and four other Kolschs to see how it stands... Schells Zommerfest,Alaskan Summer, and Goose Island Summer. Right now I would say that matchup is a toss up with perhaps a slight edge to GI...we'll see...may update this when I do that.

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Photo of Valentno7
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olelion
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Very clear, near water look with pale yellow tint, slightly lighter than domestic light beer from the white malts used. Nice white two or three finger head
S- Floral hoppy smells with crisp light maltiness.
T- Starts with a crisp malt flavor with an ever so slight bitterness. Pleasant dry floral, piney, and kind of tangy hop flavor lingers long after drinking.
F- Light bodied with fairly high carbonation, perfect for a nice summer day.
O- Great summer beer. Could be argued that it lacks flavor, but I think this ale provides the perfect amount of flavor for a hot sunny summer day, especially with its mellow bitterness, crisp malt flavor, nice carbonation, and light body. Highly recommend to pick up a six pack for a day on the lake! Pairs very well with guacamole and chips which I happen to be eating while drinking.

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Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear straw yellow color with a clean white head of fluffy foam. Nice lacing.

The smell is very clean and fruity with some bread dough. A little bit of green grass from the hops.

Light honey sweetness, the hops are lightly grassy and spicy, but the key is light. Crackery finish on the palate.

Lots of pillowy carbonation in a body that feels somewhere between light and medium. Dry finishing. Very nice feel.

This would be extremely easy to put back several. Very clean and refreshing, yet has enough depth as to not get boring. This makes a great summer drinker.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, an American Kolsch. Remember when these were sort of trendy?

This one, I'm happy to report, is done pretty darn well.

The pour is marvelously effervescent, with thick, champagne-like bubbles and a fluffy white head.

The aroma is dry, malty, and lightly vinous, with light nodes of hay. Very crisp and refreshing.

Tastes like the aroma led me to anticipate--dry and clean enough to be confused for a solid offering from Germany. Grass and hay up front, light grape flavors in the middle, and a dry finish.

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Photo of Graetzj
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy blond in my pint glass with a two-finger head that leaves intermittent lacing.

Mmm. Reminds me a bit of Summit's Kolsch from a couple summers back. The slight earthy mineral note is subdued, but there's still a wonderfully subtle character of bready malts, mellow citrus hops, and light fruit esters. Complex, yet drinkable, what a fine beer. It opens with fresh-baked bread and finishes with a dry grassy bitterness. I'll have another.

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Photo of Mdog
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow-gold, ok head.

Smell: Bready at first, then more grassy.

Taste: Nice grassy, crisp flavor. Dry cracker malt flavor and grassy.

Mouthfeel: Tingly and light.

Overall: I like this one, tastes like a light bodied pilsner with an emphasis on the hops. I should get the summer sampler to compare this side by side with their pilsner, reminds me a lot of it right now.

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Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jono0101
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of barongearmu
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Pours a clear straw color with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Semi-sweet pale malt that gives a bready aroma with hop compliments of grass and black pepper.

Slightly sweet bready malt base. Hints of green apple, grass, and pepper. Finishes slightly spicy. More bitter than just about any other Kolsch on the market.

Light to medium body with some nice carbonation. Lively without being harsh.

Enjoyable summer brew that is different from boring hot weather beers. I did not enjoy it as much as the Unchained Kolsch from a couple years ago, but being produced on a larger scale, I understand that compromises had to be made.

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

Poured 3 cans into a German boot glass.

A slightly hazy golden straw colored body holds a white sea foam head with decent retention. Light rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is malt based with grains and lemongrass coming through. The taste is clean, grassy, and a bit more hoppy in the finish. Bright and citrusy. Mouthfeel is medium to light.

Overall, a nice refreshing summer ale.

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Photo of ebenicr
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

A- pours a 1.5 finger white head over a straw yellow body with extremely fine sediment. After about a minute, the head recedes to a thin cap with thicker lacing ringing the glass.

S- Fresh and floral notes pop from this brew. Lemon pastry comes through as well as fresh hop notes.

T- Starts off with a light floral grainy flavor and then quickly transitions into dry, almost astringent notes. The finish extends this out a long way.

M- Medium carbonation works well per style.

O- Overall, a nice kolsch. Very reminiscent of the german kolsch's I've had in the past in the mineral taste. I look forward to having more of this during the summer.

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Photo of banderson
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Twotonsandwich
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Summit Summer Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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