Summit Meridian Session Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Meridian Session AleSummit Meridian Session Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jera1350 on 05-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
13.47%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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 vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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 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 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 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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 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 mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jzlyo
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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