Summit Meridian Session Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House.

Man, if nothing else, "Meridian" just sounds cool to me. I dunno. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, very light greens, and very light grass. The taste brings in more of the same, though brighter and with a firm contingent of sweet flowers. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an alright little beer, but one that's too evanescent for its own good. At least it's not offensive, but that's not the greatest compliment in the world, is it?

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Photo of wrayjustin
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Draft
Location: Holy Hound Taproom, York, PA

Clear as day and as yellow as...well you know. But seriously if your bathroom visits are this yellow you should drink more fluids. The head is surprising, lasting the entire session.

A sweet yet metallic scent, with hints of clove and spice.

A slightly sweet, bitter, hoppy flavor. Easy on the taste buds, but not so weak you forget your drinking a craft brew.

Light, exactly what you'd expect from a session beer. So smooth and so light you can drink it all night.

A really nice session beer, refreshing enough you're going to have a good night, and at 4.5% that nights going to last a long time, I'm sure your girlfriend will be... Satisfied.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 9/23/2013.

Appearance: Light golden body with visible effervescence but not quite translucent. Poured a three finger pillow white head that is slowly dissipating, leaving lacing.

Aroma: Wasn't sure what to expect here but surprised to find an obvious Belgian Ale quality. Sort of a pear, fig, and biscuit mix. Smells a tad dry but otherwise nice.

Taste: Drinks like a light beer that was fermented with belgian yeast. No defined malt flavor but this area is helped greatly by all the esters from the yeast: pear, pepper, clove, etc. There is actually a good amount of bitterness to the flavor that comes in right near the finish. The Meridian hops utilized here are similar to Willamette as explained on Summit's website. The earthy, slightly lemony character of the hops make them a good pair for the malt and yeast. At 4.5% ABV it definitely has flavor but it's too bad they couldn't have gone for a lower ABV and made this a true session ale.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with aggressive carbonation and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: For the first release in a new series of beers by Summit, Meridian Session Ale is sort of a let down. If you like Belgian Ales then you'll enjoy this beer but don't get your hopes up too high. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent & slightly chill-hazed amber/honey color with a thumb of cream colored head. Great lacing & average head retention

S: Pears & green apple peels

T: Follows the nose, plus some phenolic & minty notes up front. More apple peels, a touch of orange peel, white grapes & pears as this warms with some herbal hops rounding out the taste. Finishes with sweet ( a bit too much) orchard fruit & faint phenols, plus even fainter herbal hp bitterness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, decent balance

Drinkable, & fairly interesting, decent bang for the buck, probably one of the better beers I've had from Summit. Having said that I think I would be ready to move on after 2 of these

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Sunburnt light peach color. Thick white head that calms to a film. Noticeable lacing.

Aroma: Bubblegum sweetness and yeast, some dry breadiness.

Taste: Sweetness up front with faint banana and bubblegum. Transitions into more hoppy finish adding balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I appreciate the low ABV but this is not a beer I want up session. My least favorite Summit beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed with a dull golden hue. Bright white thing head. Funky belgian yeast notes. Clove, touch of farm blanket. Some piney hoppiness and a bit of earthiness.

For what it is it's pretty good. Actually decently hoppy throughout from start to finish. Piney with just enough funk and sweetness to give you that belgian feel. I would like this as a session beer but I only found one bottle and probably wont find anymore. Faint bitterness that doesn't really build making each sip as enjoyable as the first. Faint lingering sweetness with prickly carbonation and medium bodied. Would make an awesome summer beer near the pool.

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Photo of MickeyD
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into a clean pint glass

A: translucent golden brown with slight carbonation, head was less than one finger.

S: typical Belgian, grapefruit and bananas

T: bananas with a lively crispness

M: very light, smooth and thin.

O: This is a good representation of the style. I have had others and this one was a little better than most. I would say that is because it is not as aggressive. Belgian beers are not really my favorite but this is a good one.

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden brown with a foamy, fleeting one inch cream head.

Bready malt, wheat, and belgian yeast funk start the aroma. Estery notes of peach and pear accompany clove and pepper.

Bitterness and bready malt, with notes of popcorn and an underlying yeast funkiness form the flavor profile. There's a lot of minerally tones and earthy hops. Peach, pear, and clove esters emerge.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation that is exacerbated by the metallic and yeast characters.

Wish that metallic character weren't there. Decidedly bitter and earthy, with substantial belgian yeast funkiness and muted esters. One of the more hoppy bpas I've had in a while.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Meridian Session Ale pours a golden color, with a nice large lacing head. There is a mellow sweet yeasty aroma with hints of lemons. The taste has yeasty notes, nice mellow Belgian candies, and sweet lemon notes. Very crisp nice body, on the lighter side. Overall a nice mellow easy to drink Belgian ale.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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