Summit 100% Organic Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by WYVYRN527 on 03-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A= Pours a beautiful amber color with a finger of head on it that holds really well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S= The aroma is of bright hops and a nice sort of poopy malty yeasty smell.

T= The taste is absoloutly great. It is on par with some of the other IPAs of lower ABV that have been coming out of late. Daytime IPA and the Founders IPA to name the two I'm thinking of. This is a smooth slightly watery tasty beer with a nice hop punch to it that holds up great before fading away after a few moments making you want another drink.

M= The mouth is a bit light but totally expected for such a low ABV.

O= This is an amazing beer to be brewed by summit. The went with some brigher hops and to be totally organic is amazing. Keep up the good work Summit. You're killin it.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle says enjoy by 08/02/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nice earthy hop driven aroma with grass and citrus esters. Earthy hops up front with good hints of grass, pine, and perfume like floral hops. Hints of citrus orange peel, lemon, and apricot. Soft bready malts with hints of biscuit, cracker, toast, caramel, and yeast. Not an aggressive or strong aroma, but plenty of nice hop esters are here. Smells like an American Pale Ale.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a hop forward taste of floral and citrus esters with soft malts. Blend of hop flavors up front with notes of grass, pine, flower, and perfume. Citrus taste of orange, lemon, apricot, and mild grapefruit. Soft bready toasted malt presence with notes of biscuit, cracker, caramel, toast, and yeast. Laid back taste for a IPA as expected, but for a session ale style the hop presence is very good.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Fairly oily and prickly. Very drying.

Overall: A very good take on a "session" IPA. Very good hop taste for the low alcohol.

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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at the Highland Grill, St. Paul, MN. Apparently, Summit brewed a special variation with lemon peel for Highland Grill's 20th anniversary.
Appearance: The beer had about an inch of lovely dark beige foam. It was clear and medium copper in color and had a small amount of lacing.
Smell: There was bold hops presence, mostly citrus and some pine with a tiny bit of flower. The smell was a highlight of this beer.
Taste: The hops had a tasty grapefruit flavor. A touch of malt--just enough to support the hops, but this beer was not about the malt. If there was lemon peel in the beer, it blended so perfectly with the hops that it didn't stand out. Instead it reinforced the lovely hops flavor. There was not a lot of sweetness, just a tiny bit. Overall, the beer was nicely balanced with a pleasantly dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with satisfying body and light effervescence.
Overall: A great tasting brew with delightful flavor. Definitely enjoyable and very drinkable.

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4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazed copper body with a massive head of rocky foam that leaves lots of lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

The nose is moderately complex which is making it hard to describe. Actually has a slight belgian yeast character to it, grainy malt, earthy hops with some citrus and pine needle notes.

Balanced flavoring up front with the hops coming out on top the rest of the way. Mild malt sweetness, grassy, leafy and citrusy with a solid bitterness from the hops. The finish has a slight hop linger, but is mostly clean.

The body feels bigger than the 4.5% abv it is. Plenty of carbonation with a palate that is left dried out in the end.

I am extremely happy that there is a local all organic beer option. Hell, I can't remember the last time I've seen an organic beer period with the exception of Eel River which is not available in MN anymore. To me, this drinks like a hopped up pale ale more than an IPA, but either way it is highly drinkable and sessionable. Has more flavor than the abv suggests also. Not a knock your socks off beer, but one that does not disappoint especially with spring and outdoor beer drinking right around the corner.

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4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Holy Hound in York PA, served chilled in a standard pint.

The color is deep copper/bronze with translucent clarity and thin beige cap with tight bead and good retention. The smell is a nice blend of toasty malt odors with a mild herbal hop ester with some mild yeast fruitiness in the aroma. The feel is good with balance of grain and light tangy yeast with some light bitterness from the hops with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The flavor is very good lots of herbal and pine elements from the hops with slight citrus accent and mild toastiness in the malt flavor with a supporting yeast flavor which brings out the qualities of both in a good way. Overall I was very pleased with how drinkable this is - possibly the best Organic ale I have ever had.

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4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Pours a dark copper hue with a slight chill haze. 3/4" of white head slowly settles to a thin crown on the surface, leaving sticky lace on the glass.

S: A hint of caramel malt up front, followed by grassy, floral hop notes.

T: Much like the smell. At first, caramel and toast, with some fruity undertones, but enveloped with grassy, floral hop overtones. Also a touch of citrus and pine. Fishes dry and very clean, but not short-lived.

M: A touch thin, but expresses the lighter body one of these "session" IPAs should have. Resinous hops lead to a long finish, but not palate-wrecking.

O: I haven't been too keen on the last couple of Unchained series releases by Summit, but this one hits the spot. It has the perfect balance of flavor and body, as well as low ABV. A great session brew. I'm glad to see more of these brews popping up, and this one is no slouch. I'll be enjoying this one throughout its availability.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Organic Ale, Unchained Batch No. 12.

Why is this called 100% Organic Ale. Prior to now, Organic Ales did not include organic hops, because they were just not available, and those beers were still called organic and given a pass. No more, now there are plenty of organic hops around, and Summit brewer Gabe Smolley went to town with them. I cracked open a bottle, and here's what I had to say:

Clear, dusky bronze coloration, solid, lasting, creamy head.

Aroma: nice and hoppy. Piney, spicy, lively as heck.

Taste: Even more vibrant hoppy presence on the tongue than in the nose. Excellent bitterness, with people of malt, to boot. A touch of carmel in the malt, a sliver of sweetness, a bit of rye malt spice flavor comes through, though I'm not sure that it's there. Tasty and downable. Hey, let's look at some stats, viewable on the 6-pack box:

Style: Session IPA.

Color: Light copper

100% Organic Malt: Pale. Munich, C-120, Carafa II

100% Organic Hops: Palisade, Cascade, centennial

IBU: 60

ABV: 4.5%

Hey, I like these organic session IPAs. Thanks, Gabe Smolley!

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Summit 100% Organic Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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