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Summit Meridian Session AleSummit Meridian Session Ale

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jera1350 on 05-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 127
Photo of KarlHungus
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is very earthy with a strong barnyard quality. The is hay, horse blanket, baseball glove, and honey. The taste is similar to the aroma in both character and strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had from Summit, and I've had some really good ones from them. Nothing about this beer suggests it to be as low in ABV as it is, and I'm really liking that. I see myself drinking a lot of this while it's around.

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Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clouded gold colour with an egg shell white head. a half inch in girth, it takes it time to recede and leaves some pretty lace. light spice on the nose...some lemon rind and melon esthers permeate the nostrils. taste profile is hugely fruity with an underlying dry and cracker like malt base. it's half juicy fruit and half thirst quencher...side by side with some white pepper spice and herbal hop finish. lots of mustiness, clover , honey and wheat. this is a bright and very flavourful belgian inspired ale. yeasty esthers abound, and the dry, slightly bitter end is perfect. curiously layered and complex for a low ABV session ale. the body seems bigger than it actually is with a crisp, spicy, larger than 32 IBU mouthfeel. drinkablity is off the charts...i usually find these low ABV "session" ales weak, watery and lacking character but this one is off the hook.

overall i'm floored. this is an outstanding belgian inspired session ale. full of flavour, and screams summer quencher. this would be the perfect beer to have a keg of to drink away the summer season. highly recommended. GREAT JOB SUMMIT!

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Photo of pweis909
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight hazy golden orange with decent foam out of the bottle that recedes and leaves lacing on the glass.

Slightly spicy aroma. Just the Belgian yeast character? Coriander? Not sure. Pleasant, not overbearing.

Lovely bready biscuiting malt taste. A little sweetness up front balanced by bitterness but not hoppy.

Dry finish, lightly prickly on the tongues

For me, this beer comes across as Belgian pale ale rather than Saison, but that's not really a point worth debating. I find the bready malts delicously paired with the spiciness and the pleasant sweetness, and the mouth feel at the finish washes those flavors away, demanding you to take another sip. And while maybe not a true session beer (where do you draw the line?), it's ABV is low enough that having a second is reasonable AND desirable.

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Photo of dmadsen
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Stanley's. Fresh Fresh Fresh.

I was in the mood for a good session beer and this hit the spot. The pour looks great. Bubbly with a nice golden color. The head is pillowy white, and dissipates quickly. Mild tracing on the glass.

The initial flavor surprised me. The hops are evident right away and are balanced extremely well in the beer. The flavor overall was very good. Hints of fruit and a nice dry finish.

Highly recommend this brew. With the low abv and great flavor profile you can really enjoy a couple without changing your whole day.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip glass. best before september

light, golden, with a slight haze. smell is light and yeasty: banana, clove, slight bubblegum. taste is crisp and hoppy like a pale ale, with a blast of belgian yeast at the end. feel is light, kind of syrupy, but not astringent.

has the taste of a much higher ABV beer

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottle says enjoy by 09/23/13.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lace.

Smell: A yeast forward and funky aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Lots of Belgian yeast along with hints of farmhouse funk, white peppers and clove. Bready malt with good hints of biscuit, wheat, grains, cracker, and straw. Bright and crisp smelling hints of citrus orange and lemons. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty nice yeasty Belgian style aroma.

Taste: Follows the aroma, a yeast driven spicy Belgian taste with some nice citrus notes. Belgian yeast upfront with notes of peppers, farmhouse funk, and some clove. Very bready with big notes of biscuit along with wheat, grain, straw, and crackers. Zesty and tart taste of lemon and orange citrus fruit. Light floral hop presence towards the finish. A pretty solid taste for a smaller Belgian inspired ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation, a little more full filling than expected from the low ABV. Crisp, spicy, and pretty drying.

Overall: A pretty solid spin on a Belgian style ale. Solid spice and citrus notes along with a solid body.

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Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight earthy malt, sweet malt, yeast, hops, floral, hint of spice, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight hop, citrus, slight earthy malt, hint of floral, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, great blend, and great complexity.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 11 July 2013.

Pours a medium-pale, clear orange-hued golden color. One finger plus a little more of dense whitish head. Good retention, decent lacing. Pretty.

Smell is big, fruity, and Belgian. Stunningly aromatic for a session ale, and even more remarkable that so much of it is coming from malts and yeast. Has that classic Belgian pale grainy-fruity-spicy-sweet smell, clean and pure. Citrus and spice. Fantastic.

Taste is kinda like watered-down version of the smell. It's still quite good, but it's lacking the spunk of the smell, and I find the bitter in the finish distracting. Less spice, less fruit, more grain. But it's clean and enjoyable. Definitely declines as it warms.

Feel is fine, if a little on the flat side. Medium-bodied, the tiniest hint syrupy. Needs more carb (and it doesn't need all that much).

I am really really enjoying this beer. I wish the taste had more going on, but the smell keeps me coming back for more. Great combination of fruit, spice, and Belgian goodness. I will definitely be picking up more of it before it disappears from shelves.

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Photo of jera1350
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Summit:
"Summit kicks off the new limited-release Union Series with Meridian Session Ale. Inspired by Belgian Enkel (single) style ales. Drinkable yet distinctive. Simple in design yet complex in character. Brewed with a single malt, Concerto Pale, that’s a rising star in the UK and a new hop variety called Meridian that was actually discovered by accident in Oregon (more on that story below). Of course, we called it Meridian Session Ale for a reason. So don’t let the whole single-minded thing keep you from ordering another round."

Very pale straw yellow with a slight haze. Thinner head of foam, but nice amount of lace is left sticking to the glass.

Belgian yeast comprised of floral, perfumy, spicy and mildly funky notes. Farmhouse like smell.

Like a light Saison/Farmhouse. Spicy, moderate hop presence, biscuity, floral and perfume. Very flavorful. Finishes with plenty of belgian yeast, spice and hop bitterness.

Lighter, dry body with soft carbonation.

The session IPA thing was kind of wearing on me. This is a session beer that is unique in the fact that it has a ton of belgian flavor with hops. More of a hoppy sessionable farmhouse ale that is executed wonderfully. I could drink this year round.

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Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with nice white cap that leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell: Hard to identify but certainly yeasty, with fruitiness, spiciness and mustiness. Some biscuit as well.

Taste: Biscuity background with bitter hop presence and an even stronger yeast presence. Musty, with a mix of dark and fleshy fruits (all very ripe) as well as lots of spice and pepper. Finish is both bitter and tart.

Feel: Crisp carbonation, light body with a very dry finish.

Overall: For a sessionable Belgian Ale, this is spot on. Not really sure that Enkel is the correct stylistic inspiration, as I would just call it a light, hoppy and tart Saison. Doesn't matter, it's delicious and perfect for when we finally decide to have some nice weather in Minnesota.

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Photo of Mdog
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, slight yeast haze, ok head but kind of small for a "Belgian".

Smell: Lots of yeast in the aroma, some cloves.

Taste: Starts bready and mildly sweet. Very tingly feel. Yeasty flavors including black pepper and clove complement the bread and a mild citrus hop note finishes it up.

Overall: A nice and easy drinking Belgian pale ale. Maybe a little more hop influence than most BPA's. A reasonable alternative for a easy summer drinker.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer not far form the brewery in St. Paul. This is one of the best new MN beers I've had in a while. In short, it's interesting and delicious. There's a grassy citrus hops kick (not that strong, but pleasant), dry biscuity malts, and a mild Belgian spice. It's dry and lighter than most Belgians or pale ale, it's certainly session weight. I'm glad I didn't just buy a single, this is a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of deebo
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was meaning to try this one when it first came out but never got around to it. As it's been sitting on shelves for awhile now I had to pick some up when I found it discounted for $5 for a 6 pack. Bottle with a BB date of 9/23/13.

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a thick finger of sticky, frothy white head that laces the glass very nicely. Dark golden and hazy. Bubbly.

Aromas of lemon, yeast, esters and phenols with a nice bready maltiness.

Taste is definitely Belgian-esque. Yeasty, with a fruity lemon taste and a peppery phenolic bite. That lemony, yeasty flavor gives a taste that is normally found in wheat beers. Slight bitter finish. Crisp.

Nice body for a low ABV brew. Highly carbonated that matches the back end bitterness.

Overall a flavorful session beer as advertised. A high quality beer from Summit that I'll grab some more of before it disappears.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “ENJOY BY” date printed on the neck is “09/14/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass (as recommended on the beer’s webpage). The label says the color is “hazy sunset gold” and I would agree. About two fingers of dense, white foam developed and settled slowly, leaving trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Very spicy and a little funky. It reminds me of saison or Belgian white. Very peppery, and there are also hints of clove. It has an astringent, lemony zest and there are hints of banana, bubblegum, and apple. Floral hops provide a nice meadow-like grassiness. This beer seems to have a little of everything.

Taste: It mostly mirrors the smell, but I want to say the flavor is maltier — or at least the tail is — and the bubblegum and esters are mostly nonexistent. The pepper spice dominates and is backed by clove. Along with the spice, there is an overarching farmhouse funk and lemon tartness.

Drinkability: It is very flavorful and aromatic. However, it is not what I have in mind when I think of session ale. I respect the twist and ingenuity, though. I am not a fan of spicy funk, but I am eager to try the next edition of the series.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Serve in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a touch of haze to the lemon yellow body and a rocky snow white head that is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The clean malt aroma with a slight caramel malt note leads to a hominy/corn tortilla note and some fruity ester or hop note in the finish.

T- The slight sweetness of malt with some slightly juicy citrus pith that blends with a fruity esters finish.

M- This beer pours a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has an odd aroma and an interesting flavor but it is a bit soft. Easy to drink but needs a bit more character to be sessionable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a thick white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, bubblegum, banana, hints of root beer spices, unusual and intriguing. Flavor quite different; biscuit malt, citrus, grassy hops with faint hints of Belgian yeast and spicing. Leaves a lingering ginger, banana and grassy hop flavor. Light to medium bodied with nice active carbonation. An interesting light ale that leans in profile towards am American pale ale, but has some light Belgian hints. Refreshing, interesting and nicely made.

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Photo of steveh
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happened on this one by chance and the "session" in the title caught my eye.

Clearly marked ink-jet on the trademark(ed) Summit shorty bottle: Enjoy by 09/23/13.

Meridian hops grown in the USA. Concerto pale malt from the UK. Hmm, okay.

A -- Pale, hazy golden color with a great, dense, long-lasting, white meringue head. Ought to be more clear, but I like the cap.

S -- Mild DMS in the nose with a light touch of sweet malts and spicy phenols from Belgian yeast.

T -- Fruity, spicy and malty right up front -- all in the typical Belgian ale manner. There's a great hop bitterness as a backbone that keeps the sweetness from fruit esters and malt from getting out of hand. The finish is a touch of malt and sweetness from the yeast and the aftertaste is a blend of hop and phenol spiciness.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp and spritzy with a light-medium body.

O -- This is a very nice, flavorful, refreshing -- interesting -- beer at 4.5%. The Belgian characters from the yeast is bigger than I expected and quite delicious. I was looking for something light on the palate and refreshing for a quiet afternoon and found it.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 09/23/13

A= Pours an ever so slightly hazy color with beautiful active carbonation and a nice bright white finger of head. This is a beautiful beer in all honesty. I can't think of a time recently that I've been so happy with the appearance of a beer.

S= The smell comes off with a nice belgian yeasty aroma. The hop profile comes in right behind with a unique sort of way. It's not really what I would call citrusy but it's not quite grassy either. It's a sort of balance. Maybe a little flowery. The yeast however plays the dominate role. There is also a defined malt character that hides in there with a nice caramelly sweetness.

T= The taste is about where I expected from the nose. The dominate character is a Beligan yeastyness. Sort of a bubblegum breadyness. Actually I would say this is very bubblegummy. The hop taste is simiar to the nose with a bit more bitterness than the nose lead me to believe. There's little malty sweetness from what I'm picking up.

M= The mouth is not as active as it looks in the glass and coats the palate very well.

O= This is another win for Summit for sure. Unfortunatly I'm not bit into the bubblegum belgian yeast thing. For those of you who love belgians this is a home run. Me it's a little much but hey I knew what I was getting into. This is for sure packed with flavor for being a lower ABV beer. I can see me drinking a few of these on a hot summer night. Check this beer out if you like belgians for sure. Summit has been killing it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summit Union Series Meridian Session Ale, Meridian Hops grown in the USA, Concerto Pale malt grown in the United Kingdom…Belgian-style Session Ale. Limited Edition Craft Brew. 4.5 % Alc by Vol. 32 IBU. Enjoy by 9/28/13.

This is a new one for me. Summit broke from their shell of the same ol' tried and true with the Unchained Series, and now this new Union Series that I don't fully understand. Not sure what the aim is with this. No matter, I'll just step right into it an see what the beer is all about…

Lightly hazed, golden yellow appearance, nice snowy white head, leaving lace.

Aroma: fresh and lively, lightly spicy, slightly fruity, giving the general sense of a witbier/BPA. Gorgeous, actually. Mm.

Taste: Hmmm. Pale malt, some wheat? ( not sure…), we've got the fruit and the spice and a little bit of hops. Nice stuff. It's a drinker, plenty of special Belgian-style flavorings. Nicely consumable. Plenty of flavor, plenty of pleasure.

Thanks, Summit, I'll have another.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The yeast character is very forward in this beer and it reminds me of the esb yeast I used a couple of years ago while making a couple of english ales. Seems to be a bit of crossover in flavors in the two (whatever one Summit uses for this ale). A slight spiciness from the hops, but it is largely yeast. Hints of the pale malt in the background.
Smallish head for style and rather white and pretty good lacing. Cloudy gold straw.
Taste is yeast forward too. Quite drying with a bit of hop left on the tongue. A slight creaminess to the malt character and holding a toastiness.
A surprisingly heavy body for such a slight beer, aided by the aforementioned creaminess. This seems to take away some from any thirst quenching aspects, no mind to me. Seems to thin some as warms and then feels more as would be expected, but it is still good.
A nice beer and a good alternative to BMC for the summer. Nice having a sessionable beer with some flavor that can make those long summer nights even longer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy blonde with a nice full white head. Aroma carries plenty of esters and has obvious Belgian yeast character. Banana and lemon aromas stand out. Flavor starts out mild and builds, with the yeast again as the main feature. Lemon, spicy clove, a bit of toasty malt with a mild bitterness tying things together nicely at the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with mild carbonation. No discernible alcohol.

A bit heavier feeling than I’d like for this kind of beer, but I like what the approach they took here with newer malt/hop combo used in a smaller beer. Good start to the new Union Series.

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Photo of powerss13
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Light golden hue; not completely transparent; light head

S: light and bright aroma; get some peach and little of pine from the hops

T: Light taste (being a session ale); definitely get the dry hop flavor up front; finishes smooth and light not making your mouth overwhelmed with too much flavor making you want more.

MF: Bitter and dry up front; light flavors at the finish; bitterness sticks with you on the side of the tongue

O: Impressed and want more. Great session ale for warmer weather. If you can get, give it a try.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 09/14/13

Pale gold, thin layer of white foam on the surface with a collar of fine lacing around the edges of the rim. The head ebbs away leaving a floating island of skim in less than a minute.

Earthy and spicy Belgian yeast and wet raw grain dominate the aroma. Sort of smells like a multivitamin cracked in half, minerals and dirt. Simple, but that's what a Belgian Singel is supposed to be.

Slightly astringent and bitter, floral notes seem to dominate with a little bit of wet hay and subdued hop bitterness. Sort of tangy, medium bodied and well carbed. The astringency and prickly carbonation is a dealbreaker for me.

Can't say I love it, but it covers the style well enough. That said, glad I only got a single and not six of these, the Belgian yeast wears on you if it's not your thing.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Kind of seems like a standard bpa with some hops thrown in the mix. Kind of muddy, almost. Earthy. Rustic. Pretty good. Probably a little too rustic for my tastes, and it almost seems a bit watery and thin. It is consistent though, which I can appreciate.

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Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a dense finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left down the tulip glass. A very good looking beer.

One dimensional aroma that is dominated by the Belgian yeast. Smells peppery and spicy. Maybe that could also be the Meridian hops. Don't know.

Bitter bite to the flavor. Still very yeast driven flavor. More pepper and spice. Finishes bitter and dry.

Body is quite deceiving for an ABV this modest. Feels very substantial with robust, but not harsh carbonation. I like it.

I would of liked it more if the brewer used a more neutral ale yeast so I could taste what the hop, and specialty malt was like. But I guess this is not the last time we come across the Meridian hop.

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Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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