Summit Meridian Session Ale | Summit Brewing Company

Summit Meridian Session AleSummit Meridian Session Ale
BA SCORE
58.3%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 127 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by jera1350 on 05-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
127
Liked:
74
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
13.48%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of mfl620ks
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of wrayjustin
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Appearance:
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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.

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

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

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

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Overall:
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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 vette2006c5r
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Bighorn
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of powerss13
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bismarksays
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of shamrock1343
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Ilafan
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of josephwa
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of pweis909
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
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 stpjames
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JSchock7
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Joey1566
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Chucker17
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of MickeyD
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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 zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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 kguard
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Summit Meridian Session Ale from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 58.3% out of 100 with 127 ratings
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