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Summit Unchained 12 100% Organic Ale



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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Presenting Batch 12 in the Summit Unchained Series – 100% Organic Ale. It’s Minnesota’s first USDA-certified 100% organic beer. It’s also the first Unchained batch from new brewer Gabe Smoley. Gabe went all out to make this session IPA as enjoyable as it is sustainable. He even developed his own organic yeast strain (talk about a beer geek). 100% Organic Ale offers up pronounced rose, potpourri and floral hop character with a light malt backbone – making it the perfect beer for Spring. So enjoy this limited-release beer while you can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2013
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear dark copper amber colored brew with a thick and rocky off-white head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops, golden and caramel malts, a touch of earthy spice and autumn floral. Taste is medium bodied, some mild carbonation with flavors of biscuity caramel malt, dried leafy hops and a touch of herbs. Finish is semi-dry with a lingering dry hop aftertaste. Not an over-powering IPA but still a sessional type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2013
12oz bottle. Filtered amber-tan. Soapy, oily, thin head. Mellow, fruity, lots of ale yeast tones. Not so far off from the California Common, in some respects. A good beer, very sessionable, but lacks hop boldness. Classic, well done IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Great full bitterness, rich lemon and sour orange. Biscuity malt. Medium carbonation that finishes well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a nice head that fades to a film and shows some lacing. Aroma has nice citrus hops and bread like rye and some caramel malt. Taste is bitter citrus hops some rye nots and good maltiness and subtle spice. Palate is medium chalky and crisp. Nice beer very satisfying and refreshing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (961) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Pours hazy amber with big head, great retention, and awesome lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, with a bit of peppery spice and piney hops for balance. Taste is subtle at first, then into dry, woody earth, right into a more bready aftertaste that is stronger than it is up front. Mild bitterness hanging on after that. Pretty complex for such a sessionable beer. Really easy drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Very faint nose. Easy drinking session beer with solid malt backbone and light hops. Finish is slightly bitter. Problem is its just all around ok in everyway.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Draft at Mackenzie. Almost nonexistent aroma. Slightly hazy dark brown with visible carbonation and a lovely frothy white head. Beautiful sheet lace. Bready finish. Somewhat dry flavor. Almost like an alt. nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5743) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Were they going for an English style ipa? This lacks the hop character of an American example. I don’t give a hoot about using organic ingredients, and as Caleb mentioned, what about the yeast? but in any event, this is a solid, malty session beer. Copper color with an off white head. Rich grain and malt flavor, and on the dry side. Some grass character. Solid session beer, but also very boring. I wish they would do something else that compares to the pumpkin porter from a few years ago.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EJ5632 (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours light brown clear with a light thick head. Good hop aroma. Great head retention for how light the palate is. Easy drinker... good malt flavour. Little if any perceived bitterness. Smooth and light mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours a dark golden with a fluffy white head and some lacing. Aroma is floral notes and citrus hops. Flavor is a lot of floral hops with citrus and pine with caramel malt. Medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty good though not very unique.

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