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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 Ė 100% Organic Ale. Itís Minnesotaís first USDA-certified 100% organic beer. Itís 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 Ė making it the perfect beer for Spring. So enjoy this limited-release beer while you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guinnesses (11) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2013
A pleasant citrus hop aroma. Flavor has a light biscuit flavor balanced by a moderate hop bite. The aftertaste is a bit fruity and unique. What a nice, well balanced beer. A refreshing beer to enjoy on a hot day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Minnesota Winterfest 2013. Gold color with a medium head. Oranges! Massive orange and citrus aroma, like smushing my face in a bag of Cascade hops. Light pine lingering there too. Pine and black pepper flavor. Light caramel malts and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Pour from a bottle. First, I have to get this off my chest: WHAT THE HECK IS AN "ORGANIC YEAST STRAIN"?!?!?! I challange you to show me an "inorganic yeast strain", and if you do, 1. Itís not yeast. 2. Can I be co-author on your paper? What an absolute load of malarky. Pour is a fairly dark copper, with a nice head that leaves some great lacing. Aroma is peppery spice, followed by some nice pine resin, backed by light caramel malt. Taste is really solid. Flowery hops, pine pitch, more pepper. The floral notes really come through in the taste more-so than in the aroma. Not terribly bitter, but there is a nice hop finish that lasts. One of the better ones from this series in my mind. Not overly complex or anything, but as advertised, a really nice session beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (964) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Pours a golden-copper with smallish, quickly dissipating head. Floral, citrusy hop aroma. Flavor is a very smooth, balanced combination of citrus hop with sweet malt. Just a slight touch of bitterness to the finish. This is a really good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (965) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2293) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Darker IPA pour, floral citrus hosp in the nose, slight caramel. Flavor is tangy, citrus rind dominates hop character. There is some bready malts but no too much sweetness. Very bitter lower abv ipa. bonus points for being 100% organic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle pour into a pint for this brew. I donít care that much that itís organic - but I guess itís a good bonus. Good sessionable IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle: Copper pour with a thin but tight creamy off white head. aroma is nice caramel malt, herbal/piney hop. Flavour brings more hop to the forefront, nice citrus and spruce/pine hop. Nice malt backbone. Hint of peppery spice in the finish. Nicely developed flavour from an under 5% brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5799) - 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.

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