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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5255) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2011
12oz bottle. Slightly hazy orange-tan. Medium bodied. Slightly grainy, but with a solid enough hop bill to overcome. Soapy, orange, piny hops. Not really a great IPA, but a hell of an APA. Earthy, mild caramel tones. Somewhere between Unchained and regular Summit in terms or quality. Nice and sessionable, and a reasonable amount of grapefruit hop action. Toasty, clean golden malt. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Crystal clear combination of gold, brass, and copper with a small stark white head. Aroma and flavor show grapefruit, Ponderosa, and Douglas Fir. Lots of pine but not overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle from a trade with dmac. Pours burnt orange color with off white head. Aromas of grapefruit rind and some caramel malts. Bitter grapefruit rind flavor with a touch of sweet maltiness. Medium body with average carbonaton. Thanks Dave.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2833) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out an attractive copper color with a thin off white head. Aroma is of light pine and citrus hops, maybe light sweeter tropical fruit and a slight sweet malty note. Taste is citrus, pine, spicy hop bite, light fruit and some bready grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
blutt59 (6287) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2011
bottle, clear orange with thin white foam and some lace, pine sol aroma and bitter metallic flavor with not much balance, finish is off as well

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
12 oz bottle. Well, too make a long story short......its a simple IIPA....earthy, some pine, a bit of malt...simple and for use of a better word..dull....not sure why it is rated so high but....ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WymanJ (49) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 Tap. Pours a medium caramel color with a little bit of head. A grapefruity scent with hint of cloves. The grapefruit and hops come through in the taste. Glad I had a chance to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
big white head, excellent lacing, incredible retention, golden amber, clear... loads of citrus, big grapefruits, mild malts, nice ratio... lively medium body, finishes dry, loads of citrus, just enough malt...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Finally a well made IPA from Summit. This one expands on the EPA, which is a good beer in its own right, and ups the hop level for a nice tasting IPA. Their standard IPA lacks the hopiness, but this one delivers. Citrus flavors intrude the senses. Quite solid! Will purchase again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChoppingMall (47) - Sleepy Hollow, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Like all Summit beers I’ve tried, this one is "pretty good." There is some major puckering bitterness in this beer, it has a very dry finish, hints of citrus. The harsh bitterness becomes a little tiresome for me by the end of the glass. It’s one of those beers that makes me need some water. Pairs well with a rich fatty sandwich. Maybe a fatwich.

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