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Summit Summer Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
298
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
54
For Trade:
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 298
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with hints of grassy malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little fruity and has faint bits of malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn't seem like a true kölsch—I couldn't detect any grape-like flavors in the taste.

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Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2+ fingers of egg-shell colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Grassy, crackery notes

T: Follows the nose, some lemony notes too up front. As this warms mostly grassyness & a touch of pear & dryness. Finishes fruity, crisp & dry

MF: Light bodied, soft carbonation, crisp

An alright Kosch, like most of Summit's offerings; decent, drinkable, but not memorable. Fairly true to style

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Photo of TheSSG
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice, soft, white head. Nice, floral hop aroma. Golden color. Smooth, crisp floral hops and malt meld together perfectly. A touch of spicy hops in the finish.
Very straightforward brew. A touch of spicy hop atop malt with a bubbly, refreshing carbonation.

Great summer session bier.

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Photo of MickeyD
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured into a clean pint glass

Appearance: Very light, golden in color lots of carbonation, very small head with good lacing

Smell: Almost no smell, very faint hops with no discernible malt.

Taste: Very light, slight hop but barely noticeable

Mouth feel: Very thin but goes down smooth.

Overall: Slightly above average beer. Goes down really easy. Not much taste however. I assume that this is true to the style after reading the description. This is my first experience with this style.

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Photo of ChasterBlaster
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What a disappointment. Here's why: I LOVE SUMMIT. And having such high expectations led me to expect too much from this incredibly mediocre brew.

Grabbing on of these guys and popping it open, pouring it into my pint glass was a nice experience. Downhill from there.

The smell is fine.

The taste starts off alright, crisp and refreshing. But the aftertaste is like licking a rusty piece of metal. Strong, unpleasant metallic tastes linger still (5 minutes since last sip)

The mouthfeel was ok because it was refreshing, but kind of gross at the same time, much like taking a swim with a bunch of hairy old men.

Overall, it did its job but nothing more. Definitely wont buy again, although I remain a fan of summit's other brews.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Converge
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass. My first Kölsch.

A - Clean golden look with a touch of haze in it. Ample carbonation feeding a bubbly white head on top. Head retains as a thick, dense cap of white foam that leaves patches of sticky lacing.

S - Simple and clean, and very summery. Crisp wheat malt, light grassy hops, with some bready notes and a subtle kick of citrus.

T - Opens up with wheat and bready malt, but as it finishes a herbal hop presence makes itself known. Very grassy, and a bit oily. Buttery malt balances the hops. Balanced, simple, and very drinkable.

M - Medium bodied with assertive but crisp carbonation and a dry, slightly bittering finish.

D - Didn't really know what to expect form this brew, as I've never had a Kölsch before. I figured I'd get more yeast and less hops; something akin to a hefeweizen. This reminded me more of an APWA, but with both more hops and malt. All in all, a tasty and drinkable summer brew from Summit.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a pale golden color with a big billowy white head. The head has a pretty decent retention lasting for a few minutes eventually fading to leave a moderate amount of lacing

Smell – The aroma is of a bready wheat malt and some lemon citrus and a light herbal aroma.

Taste – The taste begins crisp with a nice blend of wheat malt as well as some light citrus fruit notes. Some floral flavors come to the tongue, and with an increase in the lemon citrus, end up lightly bittering the taste. Toward the end a very light grassy flavor mixes with the others and leaves a clean taste on the tongue at the end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light with a higher level of carbonation. A refreshing effervescent brew that is very easy to drink.

Overall – A good summer session beer. It is very easy to drink with its smooth body, light abv and more simple but flavorful crisp taste.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from laymansbeerfan (gracias) poured into a standard pint glass from the Ram.

A: Hazy light gold with a fizzy white head that leaves minimal lace.

S: Tangy wheat...sweetness and breadyness of pale malt...yeast esters...slight fruitiness as well, hops lending some lemon peel/citrus notes with undertones of banana and apricot (probably not from the hops)...touch of grassyness.

T: Good initial kick of flavor and carbonation, again there are some substantial wheat notes and a very light impression of banana, sweet bread and malt are the backbone of the flavors...notes of lemon again with grassy and floral notes. Refreshing.

MF: Light and drinkable, thin and watery body with just enough carbonation. Pretty refreshing here too.

O: Coulda sworn this was an APWA as I was sipping, maybe I was imagining all of the wheaty notes...its definitely not very heavy at all, and its not a heff, but its a light malty drinkable summer beer.

Thanks Aaron!

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

LOOK: Clear yellow hue, decent lacing

SMELL: Herbal, green peppercorn, fresh crackers, faint mint, very clean

TASTE: Very crisp, wet, dry pull, oily hop resin, herbal, leafy, fresh grass, slightly biscuity, clean, long dry finish

Immensely drinkable, fresh malt flavors from start to finish. Hoppiness balances and shows off a little. Summit has certainly brightened up my summer a bit more with this one.

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Photo of MNAle
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light color. Very crisp aroma. Subtle hop presence, consistent with the style. Refreshing, easy drinking. The 4.5% ABV (note: the 4.9% ABV shown with the listing here is not current) and crisp, refreshing taste means you could pound back more than a few of these on a hot summer evening.

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light straw color with about a finger of white head that dissipated rather quickly but left some lacing. The nose is wheat-like. The taste is light but pleasantly dry. There was a touch of tingling bitterness on the finish which is the highlight of this offering.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thank you goes out to cpolking form sending this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts. Taste is bready malts, some grains, a touch of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summit Summer Ale. No information at all on the 12 ounce bottle's label, just a picture of Minnehaha Falls and the promise of an ale for summer. So, let's check it out.

Clear and yellow, with a small white head.

Floral aromas, light citric nose, without a twang, bright, wide open and pretty.

Taste: Clean entry on the palate, very light in body, with a short finish. Whispers of wheat below the surface, but not much. Smoothness personified, but at what price?
Expertly consumable, and tasty, too. Before too long, along comes a hit of sour, and just the merest kiss of hops.
Next time it's in the 90's, this will go down great, but, so does water. I'm not trying to knock Summer Ale, because it's not aimed at me, but I will miss the Hefe Weizen considerably, if this is it's replacement.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a semi-clear golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of herbal, spicy hops with an underlying breadiness. It is rather weak though, and I have to try really hard to detect it. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice balance of bready malt, and spicy, herbal hops. Again, like the aroma, it is weak even for the style. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I really don't think highly of this beer. I'm a big fan of the Kolsch style. However, this is a weaker example of the style, I can't see myself drinking again.

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Photo of bashiba
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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 chilidog
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in the summer pack. Poured a clear golden yellow. Nice soft white head.

Aroma of grass and stail bread.

Taste of a grassy start then malts kick in and a nice citric hop finish.

Mouth is left a bit dry. A earthy feel follows.

Overall a good summer brew.

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Photo of Mdog
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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 tempest
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 mothman
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of beige head. Good retention and lace. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Very earthy and green. Citrus fruits with some bready malts. Almost smells like a hopped up pils.

Taste: Lemon citrus and bready malts. Also has a pale malt flavor. Earthy and green. Fairly floral.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this is a great offering from Summit and something I will be having in the fridge this summer. Very easy to drink, yet provides a nice flavor.

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Photo of steveh
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been a Summit fan for a long time, never tried the Summer. Opted for a well-priced 12 pack after I took note that there were no "extras" added to this brew -- imagine my delight when I see BA is calling this a Kölsch (though Summit refrains from a label).

A -- Slightly hazy golden color with a delicate, persistent white head.

S -- Bright balance of citrus and spiciness in the nose.

T -- Light graininess up front with a light, mildly tart fruitiness following, finishing with a crisp bitterness. The aftertaste is a good balance of hop bitterness, light citrus fruitiness, and a dry graininess -- though after a couple there is a distinct tart vegetal character in the aftertaste that I find prevalent in many midwestern micros.

M -- Light smooth body, crisp and dry mouthfeel.

O -- A great addition to light and refreshing summer beers with a nicely bitter hoppiness when the craving hits. I was looking for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on sale and this beer filled my craving for something light and hoppy at the same time. I just wish that tart vegetal character wasn't so prominent.

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Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a pale straw yellow colour with a frothy egg shell white head at least an inch high and not showing any signs of receding. plenty of chunky lace. pale malt aroma...some herbalness with lemongrss accents and hints of herbal hopppiness. the taste is frontal with the spiciness and herbal and lemongrass notes. a sturdy wheat and barley malt presence provides the impetus for all the impending flavours to take hold and lay down a foundation. it's a bit dry, and definitley has a quenching aspect to it, and i enjoy that after a hot day in the sun at work. well received body with a bit "rough around the edges" mouthfeel make this a unique kolsch. drinkability is quite nice...i like takes on a summertime style that exudes character.

overall i would say that summit has hit upon something good here, after messing around with the hefe and scandia. not sure where this rates compared to those two, but the ultimate comparison will be to see how this stands up to the schell zommerfest as go to summer slammers for my drinking pleasure. stay tuned...

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Photo of jimmah120
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date.

Pours a golden yellow with a sudsy 1-finger head. Smell is wheat, lemongrass, and pine. Light smelling. Taste is light grains/wheat, coriander, sage, lemon, and clove. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Perfect summertime brew.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white foam head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp and malt forward aroma. Bready pale malts and wheat grains with good hints of biscuit and crackers. Hints of lemongrass. Also some floral German hops in the mix along with some grassy aromas. Smells pretty refreshing and crisp.

Taste: Like its smells, a nicely bready and crisp beer. Sweet pale malts and wheat grains. Pretty bready taste with notes of cracker and biscuit. Good notes of lemon and some light hints of other citrus fruit. Nice backing of floral and grassy German hops. Well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and somewhat creamy. Nice body for a lighter style. Very smooth, refreshing, and drinkable.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Kolsch. Its everything you would expect from the style. Very good summer beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 9/25/2012. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a generic kolsch glass.

Perfectly clear, very pale straw/maize liquid with a lasting finger of active ghost white foam. Delicate creamy lacing; superior retention.

Aromatics are subtle to the point of abstraction. Perhaps a hint of winter fruit or wheat, but it's difficult to discern.

Gentle malt flavor is accompanied by a low bitterness and faint (noble?) hop taste. Some wheat peaks through towards the finish which is mineral-rich and medium-dry with hints of biscuit dough.

Soft bodied, pillow-y, and refreshing.

A bit lacking in character, but clean, and a reasonable approximation of the style.

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