tjern16 (13) - Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good IPA. This beer has the right amount of citrus with a little bit malt finish.
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.
badgerben (4253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
wildfan (8) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great amped up Summit EPA. Lots of hops, bitterness, and a very fresh/refreshing taste. Cheers on 25 years Summit!!
DonnM38 (12) - Hartford, South Dakota, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a bottle. Pours the same yellow golden color of Summit EPA. You can tell it’s using the same malt as well. The nice thing is the expansion of the hops on both the aroma and back palate bitterness. very smooth middle and excellent body. Overall I would rate this as Summit’s best beer yet. It’s nice to see them jump in the "big" beer market.
monkeychugg55 (781) - 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.
dyetube (1106) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Very crisp, clear copper color. Average sized foamy, light, sticky, fluffy white head. Great retention leaving a nice lacing.
S - There is a strong biscuity malt along with some herbal notes. This is mixed with the C hop aromas with grapefruit citrus and resinous pine being the dominant hop aromas with notes of pineapple and lemon. Smells like a mix of an English pale ale and a west coast American IPA.
T - Much more hop heavy on the taste than the nose. Strong bitter flavor, especially on the finish. Bitter grapefruit rind, lemon, pine, and hints of sweet grapefruit/pineapple are all present throughout. The Citra hops are a bit covered up but provide a nice background fruitiness. Subtle herbal and biscuit flavors a la the EPA, more herbal than malty. A nice sweetness shows up on the finish occasionally as well.
M - Full side of medium body with good carbonation. Full feeling with a slightly drying finish. Lingering bitterness.
D - Pretty easy to drink. A touch on the bitter side, but overall fairly well balanced. Nice mix of EPA and west coast IPA with the IPA winning on the taste. Could easily put a couple back in a night.
Notes: Definitely could taste a west coast hopped version of the EPA. Great body and pretty tasty. A little on the bitter side, but it was pretty refreshing. Enjoyed the beer quite a bit, especially for the price.
jcartamdg (1135) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale gold into my ccb pint glass. Wow, three finger fluffy thick head that sticks around. Beautiful lacing, more than the average ipa. Aroma of citric and pine hops with great sweet malt balance. Taste follows the nose bitter up front and balances in the back. Smooth with great carbonation. Great Ipa!
bbrock81 (291) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.