MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy citrus aroma, easy drinking pale, clean taste.
GPyott (67) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very clean Pale Ale, but it is also a bit light for my taste. The hops are there, but not in the normally bold and robust form found in many other dominate PAs. Definitely a good and refreshing beer, but kind of the middle road as far as APAs are concerned.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 Hoppy, but not very bitter. Easy to enjoy with a sweetish finish for an APA.
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 7, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great, great Pale Ale. It’s sweeter than most Pale Ales, but that sweetness is combined with a very full body and just the right amount of carbonation.
heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice take on the pale ale. Unique hop aroma. Used to think this beer tasted like hangover, but quality and flavor have improved since moving to the new brewery.
This beer continues to improve. Several recent samplings both on tap and in the bottle have tasted incredible. Just the right amount of caramel sweetness to balance a blast of tasty hops. If you’ve had this one before and did not care for it, resample out of a fresh bottle (new label matches picture at left) you will not be disappointed.
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 6, 2002
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2003 Very bitter and flat. Not totally refreshing. Drinkable though. Not as much head as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Other than that it is exactly the same.
jazz88 (2577) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. A wonderful beer from St. Paul, MN. This beer has a nice rich bronze color and a hoppy and almost sweet flavor. This would replace Sierra Nevada if I were able to get it more frequently.
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Summit Extra Pale Ale is great in the bottles and fantastic on tap. I prefer it to the more expensive Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It’s hoppier and cleaner overall. This is the number one beer in our fridge year round because it’s so appropriate and drinkable almost any time.
noy-zee (63) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bigdave99 (2) - USA - FEB 12, 2002 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
perfect minnesota beer. never boring, great poured or in the bottle, best out of a good fresh tap, a great example of what a small commercial beer can be.