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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Ah yes, 1986. The first national airing of the Oprah Winfrey show takes place in Chicago. At the same time in Minnesota, a happier event occurred as a rather dodgy bloke form North Dakota enjoyed the proud moment of seeing his beloved beer served in the taverns and pubs of sunny Saint Paul. While Oprah’s show is now thankfully only available on re-run, that dodgy bloke is still at the helm of the Summit Brewing Company, he’s now just surrounded by quite a few other individuals of rather questionable character. That beer first served back in 1986, Extra Pale Ale, has now become the original and defining beer of the brewery. Produced for 25 years, EPA is a respected multiple award winner, known throughout the Midwest for its balance and drinkability. The Summit brewing team thought it only appropriate to use the classical and elegant recipe for this beer as inspiration for our Silver Anniversary Ale. What better way to celebrate 25 years than with a new, creative take on our brewery’s flagship beer.

Using the EPA malt bill and yeast strain as a foundation, we’ll retain the balance that Summit’s beers are famous for, while providing more distinctive flavors and aromas through the use of unique modern hop varieties and assertive dry-hopping. Grapefruit, passionfruit and kiwi aromas should lead to a pronounced but crisp bitterness with minimal contributions from the yeast. A clean, complex finish, underscored by a straightforward blend of pale and crystal malts.

In Minnesota back in 1986, there were very few options for the lover of craft beer. Extra Pale Ale helped change that situation. This summer, we hope you join us in raising a glass of our Silver Anniversary Ale. A pale ale for the next 25 years, that recognizes the beer that made Summit’s first 25 possible.

Sláinte! Damian McConn Brewer

Silver Anniversary Ale: OG: 14.5° P ABV: 6.5% Color: Light Bronze IBU: 80 Malts: 2-Row Harrington, Crystal 60 Kettle Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade Dry Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade Yeast: American Ale


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Reviewed from notes. Drank fresh early last year. Yellow pour with a white head. The aroma is full of orange, pine and bread. The flavor is similar with some hoppy orange and pine notes as well as some grass and a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1417) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
Pours a very lightly hazed orange color with a heavily pocked creamy head. Aroma has a strong MO type nose with a lot of cascade hops - grapefruit, light grass, light tropical fruit. Flavor is full of cascade hops and light toasted grainy malt. Body is light, mild carbonation rate, light dry finish. Okay brew. Has enough body to hold the flavors and is refreshing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
(12oz bottle) clear gold, wispy white bubbles. Nose of grapefruit skin oils, earth, and herbal. Taste of earth, grapefruit oil, bitter, with a dry bitter linger.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2012
This is an o.k. beer, to be sure, but I would much prefer if they would celebrate their anniversaries with a crazy, massive beer. But I guess we’re Minnesotans, aren’t we. Mustn’t be too coastal, too pretentious and self-absorbed. What’s here is a significantly hopped beer with a classic grapefruit/pine front and a substantial bitter finish. Normal appearance and body--clear golden with moderate carbonation. Fine. Bottle.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheHOFF43 (1674) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2012
On tap at 3 Squares at a release party. Pours kinda orange with decent hop aroma and taste. Not overly bitter and lacks a lot of what I like in an IPA but is decent. Not what I was expecting out of a 25th anniversary beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 19, 2012
THOUGHTS: Nice IPA. Decent balance and then a nice hop bite at the end. Very interesting hop profile. Especially in the aroma. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, light to medium, brownish orange with a large to huge meringue-like, off-white head that slowly diminished, kept a thick sheet and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate toasted and caramel malts; moderate to heavy passion fruit, mango, peach, apricot, sherbert and bubblegum hops; and orange creamsicle. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderate to heavily bitter with a fairly long duration. There was caramel malt, grapefruit, orange, sherbert and apricot hops. The light to medium body was oily and then dry with soft but tingly carbonation and a metallic finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2145) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of bread, roasted and nutty, pine and herbs for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with date and wood in the background. Head is average size, frothy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminshing. Color is hazy, medium amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then the long finish is lightly acidic, moderately bitter and a touch salty. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a lightly astringent finish. This is a very nice hoppy IPA, that’s both easy drinking and flavorful.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Golden with brown edges. Rocky white head that floats on top like styrofoam. Mild hop nose: lemon and orange zest and very light pine with a moderate vanilla cookie malt base. Mild stale bread flavor with bright tinges of copper amongst earthy hops and dried straw and hay. Finish is lightly bitter and short lived. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Easy drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 30, 2012
12 ounce thanks to XmnwildX12. Nicely balanced IPA thought maybe slightly closer to Pale. Slight caramel to it in malt build. I get the Centennial as a dominant hop. Nicely done in a well crafted way.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Has a nice fresh citrus pine scent and pours a nice amber color with a frothy white head. Super strong dry bitter taste, little to bitter for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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