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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle, pours a clear, golden body with orange hue and a fine, white foam head. Aroma of pale malts, floral and grapefruit hops, orange citrus, and kiwi. Flavor is more on the bitter hop side, aspirin-like and a bit astringent with hints of grapefruit. Lightly carbonated. Long bitter, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildfan (8) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011 does not count
A great amped up Summit EPA. Lots of hops, bitterness, and a very fresh/refreshing taste. Cheers on 25 years Summit!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Billowing white head, lasting with great lacing, on top of a clear golden copper pour. Aroma is bready caramel, sweetish, with huge grapefruit, pineapple, citrusy hop profile. Light pine resin backing. Light vanilla notes. Taste is big citrus hops up front, moving to light bready malts, and pine resin bitterness, with some great pine bitterness that lingers. Also some nice smooth vanilla notes, which blend nicely with the caramel malt notes. Slightly sweet finish, but slightly thin at the same time. Not a bad beer, one I will likely get again, but nothing crazy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2011
12oz bottle from Downer Wine & Spirits. Pours a clear, amber color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is citrus, hoppy, grapefruit. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is a nice balance of sweet and bitter, with a nice hoppy flavor and a clean, bitter finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4822) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Copper color with a medium head. Monster tangerine and citrus aroma, with plenty of pine and dank following up. An unexpectedly herbal-hop flavor up front, and very bitter. The hops move into spicy mode and only at the end switch back to citrus dominated. Slight grainy/toasty character, but not much compared to the hop. Personally I would have gone for a more citrus character (maybe it was over hopped? blasphemy!), but this was really, really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1505) - Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 The hoppy aroma faded immedeiatly but it was great while it lasted a few seconds.Spice herbal remains Maybe my wide mouthed samual smilth tulip pint glass didnt do aroma justice.Am noting some pine wafting before taking a drink,heavily hopped beer grassy piney resinoy good hop flavor sharp bitterness with sweetness along for the ride ending with more sharp bitterness with a fading sweetness struggeling to survive the heavy bitterness,lingering bitterness with a bit of malt taste.Very good example of an IPA.Ive liked all of the specialty beers they offer so far ,unchained series... I really like the mouthfeel and over hop/robust grapefruit toasty taste and overall flavor of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (5547) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Dry pine and grapefruit in the while the flavor is similar to the aroma. Decent IPA, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2011
A lightly bitter aroma with a bit of soapiness. Crisp orange body with white head. The body is typical of my favorite ipa’s but superbly done. Very bitter with the right amount of malt and a dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Big aroma of citrus, pine, and peppery alcohol. Grapefruit, toasted biscuits, and sweet toffee. Hoppy bitterness lingers in a long spiced finish. A supercharged IPA and a bigger offering from Summit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors, in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear light golden amber colored brew with a thick and rocky off-white head that has some excellent retention and thick lacing. Aroma of multi-hop character that is both floral and citrus. Taste is medium to full bodied, plenty of hop bitterness with citrus, grassy hops, grapefruit and a hint of brown sugar. Finish is semi-dry and mildly bitter that lingers after the finish.

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