bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Clear, light amber with moderate off-white frothy head and minor lacing.
Aroma: Very standard IPA aroma, with orange, grapefruit, pine and toasted & caramel malts. Standard, but fairly persistent.
Taste: Strong hop taste of orange, grapefruit and light tropical notes (pineapple, mango) over a fairly complex malt backbone of caramel and toast. Ends quite bitter with some pine, spiciness and lingering citrus.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Smooth and creamy overall.
Overall: My first thought was that this is a very standard IPA, and I almost gave it a lower score. Then I realized that while there are many similar IPAs out there, this one is done exceptionally well, as it is very bitter but somehow still balanced, with a great smooth mouthfeel. Like many of their Unchained beers, this should be in the regular lineup. Summit is capable of such greatness with these one-off beers, but I know their mission with their regular lineup is to reach the mainstream, not us beer geeks.
monkeychugg55 (1007) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy copper with a frothy off-white head that leaves insane lacing. Tangelo, orange, pineapple, pine resin, and sweet grains in the aroma. The flavor is juicy, fruity, hops mixed with sweet caramel, and grains. Extremely bitter finish. Medium body, moderate, slightly prickly carbonation. Very good.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Pours a clear deep golden brass with a clingy-lacing froth of white head. Has a fresh resiny piny hop nose with a touch of sweet pale malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and lightly toasted pale malty sweetness with a clean citrusy hop bitterness and resiny flavor balance before a drier bittersweet finish. A nicely balanced and true to style IPA.
islay (1986) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. pour, on tap at Sea Salt, consumed on 8-31-11, outside by Minnehaha Falls on a nice summer evening, which, letís face it, couldnít have hurt the score. Pours a clear, effervescent, caramel color with a small amount of beige/taupe head. The bubbling never stops throughout the imbibing, a quality that I like. Produces good lacing. Excellent, floral, citrus hops aroma that is dry and appetizing. Apricot scent. Medium body. Crisp and lively on the palate. Quite refreshing. Dry, hoppy taste. Very pleasant but not particularly strong flavors. Dry finish and aftertaste with a lip balm-like quality (but, believe it or not, not in a bad way). Just the slightest metallic hint, but that might have been due to the tapline. I like the flavor a lot, but itís not complex enough to warrant more than a 7 for the flavor rating. Summit Silver Anniversary Ale is my kind of beer, and an excellent beer overall. I rarely buy six-packs, as I prefer singles, but I liked this enough to purchase a six-pack of it a few days after I first tried it on tap.
italianjohn (2754) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light pale light copper/golden pour with a thin off white head light sticky lacing .... aroma is citrusy and dank/floral hops with a biscuity and caramel malt as well .... taste is nice and citrusy with a caramel and biscuity malt backbone, has a great bitter and citrusy hop flavor that lingers and bites the tongue nicely .... sessionable and nice little ipa
DocLock (9239) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Craft Ale House. Pours clear deep coppery dark straw with 2-fimger frothy well-retained white head and copious lacing. Nose is a nice medley of black peppery spicy, floral, and tangeriney citrus, with a solid caramel malt bill. Tastes caramel malty, citric, with notes of tangerine and pepper. Reminds me of Sly Fox Route 113 IPA a lot.
DrnkMcDermott (2972) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. Clear brassy color, stiff bubbly head with lots of lacing. Nice, big hops smell is mostly pine to me, then a little bit of citrus peel. Taste is very hoppy, but at first itís not a pucker-burner. Still, this beer needs to be approached cautiously, and sipped, lest it somehow knock you over with its grandiosity. Hops do start to burn the back of the palate. This could very well have a Double IPA hop load after all, and no extra malt or alcohol for balance. It does need some extra malts to match up, and thatís itís only drawback. One of the hoppier beers Iíve had from Summit. A slight tinge of salt at the very end.
tmoreau (3413) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and shaker served with a clear, golden amber color, off white/cream, thick & frothy head foam, with curtains and clouds of coating lace. The aroma was balanced and strong doses of citrus and pine scent. Centennial and cascade were particularly noticed since I just recently harvested my own, and often chew on a few when a beer isnít handy. Smooth, lightly toasted malt kept all under control as the potent bitterness lingered convincingly into the finish. A well crafted, medium bodied brew thatís come a long way since the inaugural EPA!
Macegan75 (801) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale copper color with slight head and lots of lacing. The nose is mild with hops and slight malt sweetness. First is nice with balance of both. Finish is clean. Not bad. Not great either.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL thanks to CaptainCougar. The pour is a clear gold with dismal head formation. The nose is hoppy, a bit of onion/garlic (not uncommon for certain aromatic hops). Taste is biscuit, lemon, heavy nutty bitterness, squashy. Full palate. No soap or detergent. Not bad.