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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale

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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Truly one of the most complex, well-balanced IPAs that I have yet to savor! A BIG smack in the mouth from the hoppy hit up front but it is quickly smoothed down a notch from the sweet caramel undertones. A fine brew that I would quickly pair up with some oysters and mussels. The finish on this beer can be described as crisp, clean, bold and refreshing. This 25th anniversary ale is one that comes highly recommended! Summit truly has some fine brews in their line-up! As this brew slowly warms the flavors become more enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick lasting cap. Rings and streaks of lacing left behind. Earthy, spicy hop aroma with some grassy pine notes balanced by some pale biscuity malt notes. There’s also a bit of citrus sweetness and a nice floral character. Nothing stands out in the aroma but it smells like a solid IPA. Medium bodied with a blast of bitter hops up front that linger over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a nice dry finish. Slightly spicy hop profile with earthy pine the prominent flavor. There’s some faint citrus sweetness and biscuity malt providing nice balance but the hops shine in this one. A solid sessionable hoppy beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle from the Majestic on Pioneer. Light orange pour with a white head. Aroma is sappy, caramel, and a little fruit. Taste is mostly tree sap and pine, a little floral, caramel, and a bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5641) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Brilliant amber color/ ivory head. Nice cat spray, skanky pussy, skunky ganja bud aromas. Medium bodied with average co2. Honey biscuit lightly sweet flavors with citrus, spicy hoppage, drying finish--good

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle from kegs and barrels. Pours a rich copper color with a thin off wgite head. The aromas are grapefruit, pine, bread and citrus. The mouthfeel is butter and dry wuth a medium body. Great brew for summit. Cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6072) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Pours clear orange with white head, aroma has notes of toffee, caramel, some pine, grass, orange and tangerine notes. Taste is nice bitter orange, grass, pine, some slight biscuit, caramel, finishing bitter, slightly dry. Really nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (2557) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Clear amber body. Massive off-white head. dense and tightly packed. Frothy lacing coats the glass. S: Soft grapefruit and resinous pine. Slightly floral. A fair bit of semi-sweet biscuity malt background peaks through. T: Much like the nose, a mild but multi-faceted hop profile. Grapefruit, citrus, floral notes, and pine. Solid malt base. M: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, perhaps leaning towards the full side of things. Bitterness is restrained, not particularly refreshing. O: A nice IPA. Quite enjoyable. Not the top of the heap but a respectable offering nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6012) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear yellow-orange color, foamy one-finger white head. Very good, crisp dry texture. Great, frilly rows of lace. Really good citrus-pine hop nose. Pleasant bitter taste. Good malt balance.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Pours a light reddish gold with a medium, very frothy white head. Aroma is quite nice, hoppy but balanced between citrus, floral, and pine. Flavor is also nicely balanced, with a decent malty base to support the IPA hoppiness. The hops are more pronounced in the flavor than the nose, and the citrus and acidity is the more dominant aspect. The palate is excellent, with a very light and fine carbonation that is not harsh at all. A very nice beer, and perhaps the brewery’s best offering.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Solid IPA, golden in color, white head, some solid citrus notes in the nose. Nice dry hopped IPA, very smooth, some acidity, but solid.


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