Summit 100% Organic Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 24
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Greggy
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a 1 finger khaki head which recedes into a miniscule cap after a couple of minutes. Lacing present itself as I drink further into the glass.

I get some toasty malt notes as well as some earthy hops. Given the hop bill, Palisade, Cascade and Centennial, I'm surprised I'm not getting more hop presence here. I get mostly some palisade notes (Grassy, lemongrass with maybe the faintest touch of apricot.)

Starts out with some malty notes and some very subdued floral notes, a touch of pine and some of the grassy lemongrass notes with apricot in the finish which slowly dries out.

Carbonation is lively but appropriate. The finish reminds me of EPA, the yeasty notes shining through.

Overall, this beer confuses me. I've seen it marketed as a session IPA but I'm definitely not getting IPA characteristic here. It tastes more like a pale ale to me with some English influence.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of lonewolfcry
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is just above average at best. Small head - decent lacing
The smell is almost non existent - I pick up some of the malt (Belgian yeast?) not much of anything else.
The taste is where this one shines. Very good & much more balanced than I would expect from the low ABV. The hops are present - but far from what I like in a IPA.
The mouth feel is adequate as well. Again, more than what I expected.
Overall this is an above average session - though not quite a true IPA, IMO.

Would drink again, depending on what else was available & the pricing.
Good summer beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of abuss2
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JamesMN
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/2/13. Really nice to see that printed on the bottle because I don't think Summit usually dates their bottles.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light amber hue with a one finger foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Some bready grain and hints of citrus. Smells more like a Pale Ale than an IPA.

Taste: Very similar to their EPA but less bitter/harsh. Starts with a bready and slightly peppery malt flavor that carries through the finish. Sort of an earthy hop character throughout as well that delivers light bitterness to the palate. The low 4.5% ABV is actually surprising because I'd guess this one would be a percentage or so higher based on the amount of malt flavor. Finish is more of the same, bread and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body which is the most interesting thing about this beer. Nice and smooth carbonation. The brewer, Gabe Smoley, has somehow managed to make a very full feeling beer with a low ABV. The only downside is that it would make it more difficult to session.

Final Thoughts: Enjoyable but nothing I couldn't live without. I'm actually a little disappointed because I was expecting a big citrus kick from this one based on the hops that were used (and the description on Summit's website). But alas, what we have here is an above average Pale Ale with a modest ABV that'll make any beer geek smile. Would I drink it again? Yes, the other five in the sixer but I won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of marlow
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of sonata2008
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of jera1350
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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 jjanega08
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Summit 100% Organic Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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