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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Photo of Tucquan
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 JZ77
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheSSG
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, soapy head with nice persistence and lacing. Huge notes of grapefruit in the nose. Burnt-sienna color. Starts really bitter with big notes of grapefruit. Builds into a low-high bitterness with lingering citrus rind hops. Finish smooths a bit, a flash of malt sweetness with lingering hop bitterness.

Overall, quite a nice IPA.

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Photo of HardWater
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Maninthearena
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Light brown with slight translucency, almost looks like a root beer without as intense of a carbonation. Wonderful creamy head piled on top.

Nose- Spicy toasted malts with some subtle yeastiness in the background. Some hints of fruit sweetness unidentifiable to me.

Taste-Some dry hops lingers at the end after an earthy beginning, tastes organic (maybe a bias from the name?). With some warmth some more peppery notes shine through.

Mouthfeel- Very clean and crisp, but a little thin for my liking, especially considering the nice creamy head appearance. Openen up more once it warmed.

Overall- A refreshing and very drinkable american IPA that goes down easy on a nice spring night, I could see a pack of these going down pretty quick sitting out on a patio, etc. However, it was fairly generic tasting and fairly non-distinct compared to a lot of other beers of the style. Summit always seems to have above average beers that you know will be enjoyable but nothing really mind blowing. This beer is no exception. I'd also be curious to taste this beer at a slightly higher ABV.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of budgood1
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours out a hazed bronze/russet colour with a fluffy, pillowy tan tinged head. plentiful lace. hoppy aroma over a buttermilk biscuity malt base. piney and minty these hops are on the nose. the taste is more of the same...bashfull bitterness completes the hop profile that is a bit wet with more mint and pine like flavours tingling the tongue. the crackery maltiness is evidently light and provides just enough foundation for the bright hoppiness to shine through. lingering hop bitterness and a dry finish. really nice. the body is light here, with a crisp and bitter mouthfeel. appropriate. drinkability is quintessentially sessionable. no qualms.

what we have here is a twist on a the IPA style, although i believe it's an aggressively hopped session pale ale. easy to go down and begging to be paired with a some lighter snack fare. enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “ENJOY BY” date printed on the shoulder is “08/16/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is medium copper. A finger of dense, buttery head slowly settled, leaving trails of foam on the glass and a dense but uneven froth. That eventually dissolved to leave a thin ring around the edge and a bubbly skim in the center.

Smell: Mostly floral hops and a pretty solid malt backbone, but there are underlying scents of orange and lemon citrus. There is a little bit of chocolate and toffee, too.

Taste: It has a nice, crisp floral hop bitterness that is not over the top. It is like a British pale ale with an American accent. Relatively light citrus makes an appearance but is only a bit player. Pale malts, sweet caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. A little pine spice and lemon zest mingles with everything. Each sip leaves a lasting bitterness that coats the mouth. The aftertaste seems more citrusy than the actual beer.

Drinkability: Tasty and organic to boot. This is good stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Summit 100% Organic Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 91 ratings