Summit Summer Ale | Summit Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
303 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:
303
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
54
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 303 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of gatornation
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle BB 09/25/12

A- pours a light clear yellow color with a brilliant white head

S- malt floral hops bread and lemongrass

T- light floral hops with grain and bread light sweet malts

M- light on the palate low/medium carbonation

O- a session thirst quencher with mid Kolsch flavors, not my first choice for a kolsch or a summer beer for the matter

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Photo of Damian74
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of richkrull
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Summer Ale pours a bright straw color with a very small and barley lacing head. Malty and farmy aroma; pretty sweet. The taste is a bit creamy, malty, with a strange bitter bite near the end. Good body and feel. Overall, lighter for summer.

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Photo of Fargrow
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into new Summit glass.

Appearance: Bright, burnished gold with moderate head and nice lacing.

Smell: Semi-sweet malts with notes of apple and grass. Floral, spicy hops make this quite dry and bitter smelling. Aroma becomes too muted after a couple minutes.

Taste: Just slightly sweet apple, pear and fresh cut grass, countered by a nice level of spiciness. Ends primarily with a spicy hop bite and is more bitter than most Kolsch I have had. Really fresh tasting (at least when it IS fresh).

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, clean & crisp body, dry finish.

Overall: Very refreshing but with a nice amount of flavor. As far as I can remember from two years ago, this is very similar to the Summit Kolsch Unchained beer, and that is a great thing. I know they used some slightly less authentic ingredients for this one than the Unchained one (to save money and/or increase production), but I can't really tell.

Much better than their Hefe Weizen (which this replaced), but I still miss the old Scandia Ale summer seasonal.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with a small bright white head. Some haze to it when held up to a light. Good lacing.

S: Sweet cereal malts, a bit of fruity esters. A bit of lemon zest coming through.

T: Some light, slightly sweet grains up front. Then a bit of lemon and some very mild spicy hops punch through. Nice crisp and clean finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation that is feels pretty soft.

O: Great drinkability. Nice and refreshing. Another great seasonal brew from Summit, glad it replaced the Hefe.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of josephwa
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy straw color, nice one finger of fizzy white head, good lacing too.
S - No real good aroma here that stands out, a little light grain, some grassy tones, a little lemon peel, maybe some biscuit.
T - Taste is mild bitterness on some biscuit malt, a little grassy and floral on the end.
M - Crisp and refreshing, light bodied.
O - Excellent summer beer, probably my favorite, easily drinkable, very refreshing. Not the most on flavor, but definitely a good example of a kolsch.

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Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ri0
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden color into snifter with a 1.5 finger white head. A light cracker malt with some bitter hops of citrus. Light, crisp and refreshing. About what you would expect from a hoppy session ale.

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Photo of bashiba
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice bright golden yellow with a thin white head, light lacing.

The smell was a touch of grain with a bit of coppery and light grassy hops.

The flavor is very balanced with light crackery malts mixing in with a bit of lemon peel and a touch of metallic tinny flavor in the finish. Has just a bit of lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

A decent summer beer, fairly clean and easy to drink.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Summit Summer Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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