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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (20866) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar, thanks! Deep golden color. Aroma of tall grass and licorice. Taste is bitter dry grass. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11965) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours clear orange with an average, frothy white head, medium retention with spotty lacing. Aroma is biscuit and straw malt with grassy, pine, and citrus hops and light fruity esters. Flavor is moderate bitterness with citrus and pine hop flavors, light supporting malt and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Medium off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/earthy, some bread. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some earthy, bread, orange. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Pours a light copper with a thin white head. Aroma is gloriously hoppy. Lots of pine and citrus. Taste is similiar but with a nice bit of msltiness showing through. Overall a very nice ipa! Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (879) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Draft: pours dark amber with a white head, hoppy aroma and taste. Not a major difference from the EPA to me - a little more hop profile and slightly dryer finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Pours a nearly clear amber with a 1 finger, soapy eggshell head. Aroma is full of tropical and citrus fruit notes, lots of mango, pineapple, passion fruit and sweet orange, hints of sweet stone fruit, light toast and caramel with a malt sweetness that seems to stick with you for a while. Flavor is sweet malt, light toast, crystal malt and light caramel. sweet and bitter citrus, more tropical fruit with a bit of a grapefruit bitterness, and almost saccharine sweetness seems to linger, undoubtedly large amounts of Crystal malt are at play. Palate is light to medium bodied with a somewhat syrupy entry, medium, blanketing carbonation and dry finish. Very nice, a little less crystal malt would have made this a fantastic IPA, as it its it is still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Clear and coppery. A decent off white head leaves a layer of sticky lacing. The nose is floral and citrus hops and those key flavors. This could be dry hopped. They are oily and astringent as well as very fresh. The caramel includes a bit of cinnamon. This is quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Pours a clear amber with about 1 finger of white head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles fizzing all over the place. Aroma is very hoppy. Citrus and piney notes dominate. Taste is medium-heavy bitter, mostly sprucy hops come through. Light bodied with a creamy yet oily texture, average carbonation with a long bitter finish. Overall, it’s pretty darn good. Decently priced decent beer. I would buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1412) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle, as pictured. Pours an amber orange with thin head. Pretty cool look to it with all of the little bubbles. Very piney in the small and the taste, which I love. Not too bad overall, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwm1034 (754) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2011
12 oz bottle from sherm1016....thanks. Pours bright amber with fluffy head...nice lacing. Mild nose and taste of citris...a good but not great IPA...

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