Summit 100% Organic Ale | Summit Brewing Company

BA SCORE
61.1%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 90 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WYVYRN527 on 03-13-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
90
Liked:
55
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
9.65%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Finally! I've been tiring of all of these inorganic brews... Anyway, this stuff pours a sunset bronze-copper topped by a finger of khaki-cream foam. The nose comprises mixed greens, mild buttery biscuit, and grass. It's simple, straightforward, and surprisingly pleasant for what it is. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grass taking firm control as though 'twere a lawn belonging to a family whose vacation to Brazil was waylaid by a renegade unlicensed cab ride. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying-ish finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, though I'm wondering how much influence the organic nature of the ingredients truly had. Regardless, pretty good stuff.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, coppery-amber body with a thinner bubbly, ivory head that fades fairly quickly leaving some lacing down the glass. Aromas are sweeter with caramel, bread crust, brown sugar, herbal hop. Tastes are bready malt, caramel, toasted grain, earthy, herbal, with some brown sugary sweetness, pungent grapefruit pith for bitterness. Medium body, lower carbonation. Overall, I wasn't crazy over it at first, but it grew on me. The lower ABV makes it sessionable, and with it being organic makes me feel like I should do some gardening while drinking some of these. I do have some organic hop rhizomes to plant very soon...

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Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jera1350
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of morimech
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

I smell the C-hops immediately after the pour with citrus hints, but it does not sustain that aroma for very long and becomes bland. Some bready malt is also detected.

Solid flavor. A blend of hoppy and dry malt. Notes of citrus and herbs. Bitterness is moderate and feels all of the 60 IBUs. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Impressive feeling body. Feels much larger than the ABV would lead someone to believe. Also wonderfully carbonated.

Happy to see brewers releasing low ABV, hoppy beers. Not as good as All Day, but still a nice entry.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2013-07-21 in Maple Grove, MN

A - Pretty clear golden-amber with a 1.4-finger off-white head and moderate lacing.

S - Light floral hops and faint sweet malt. Somehow reminds me of a lightly-perfumed soap. Pretty mild.

T - Lightly roasted malt, tea, tangerine flesh and zest. Finishes dry with moderate lingering bitterness. Quite balanced until the very end. Would have liked more flavor on the front and middle of the tongue.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation.

O - Tasty for a lower ABV brew but nowhere near as dramatic as a 21st Amendment Bitter American or a Founders All Day IPA. Decent price though. A nice summer thirst quencher in a pinch.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toasty aroma with a mildly spicy hop presence.
Amber but just a little murky. Nice dense tan head.
Soft bittering right away and the lingering is not too intense either and pleasant as well. Enjoyable complexity to the hop flavors and not classic styles. Stronger malt presence than many and less sweet too, yet clearly stated.
Moderate feel and nicely carbonated.
Again, if drinkability was still listed this would be high. A nice beer of lower alcohol and good enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Ristaccia
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with a thin layer of head. There was some nice lace on the glass in spite of the thin head. The earthy hop nose might be the best part of this offering. Carmel malts are upfront in the flavor profile, but overall the taste is fairly light. The finish is pleasantly hoppy.

I'd call this a solid APA, but the brewer considers it a "sessionable" IPA. In that case, it falls a bit short.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ystazi
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a nice sized off-white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Toasty and tea-like with some floral notes and slight citrus. Nice aroma but way too mild.

Taste: Very dry malts, with toast, biscuit and tea. The somewhat bitter finish is very floral, herbal and spicy with just a hint of grapefruit and orange.

Feel: Relatively light body that is firm, crisp and dry. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: While a pleasant, good everyday beer, I can't help but compare it to other Session IPAs I have had (or American Bitters as I Ike to call them), and this comes up very short. Too innocuous.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of einman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Summit 100% Organic Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 61.1% out of 100 with 90 ratings
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