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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Summit kicks off the new limited-release Union Series with Meridian Session Ale. Inspired by Belgian Enkel (single) style ales. Drinkable yet distinctive. Simple in design yet complex in character. Brewed with a single malt, Concerto Pale, that’s a rising star in the UK and a new hop variety called Meridian that was actually discovered by accident in Oregon (more on that story below). Of course, we called it Meridian Session Ale for a reason. So don’t let the whole single-minded thing keep you from ordering another round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014 Tasted from a 12oz brown bottle from Cost Plus World Market, poured into a tulip glass. It poured a hazy golden amber colour with thick fluffy white foam, long-lasting with lace. Very cool hoppy impression: hints of blueberry, melon, mint, earthy and peppery, even a little garlicy in a good way, reminiscent of Northern Brewer but with increased fruity nuances. Grainbill provided a nice, light, husky whole grain maltiness, clean and crisp, faint biscuit and toast, just a little residual sweetness. Light body, moderate carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and well-balanced, especially considering it’s a Single-Malt-And-Single-Hop recipe. An absolutely beautiful session beer, the perfect balance of drinkability and complexity. One of my favourite beers of recent years, almost unbelievable this contains only three ingredients!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobertDale (5526) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, malt, and florals. Taste is lemon, malt, yeast, florals, and spice. Not too exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Sample at Whole Foods PM. Pours a hazy gold with medium white head and lace. Nose of bread, pepper, clove, banana, light citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Light body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AbbeyRoade (533) - Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Okay beer. Very hoppy and slightly bitter. Not too easy to drink. Aroma is hoppy, bready. Taste has a bit of cereal and light wheat flavor in the background as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Draft at Land O Lakes World of Beer. Pours a clear pale golden amber with a thin but creamy foamed head. Nice lacing along the glass. Aroma has a fair bit of sweetness to pair with the banana and yeast notes. Flavor is again slightly sweet upfront with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Dusty bready malt notes on top of the banana and yeast give it an interesting mixture of flavors. For me the sweetness prevents it from being a great session beer but it is a decent one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a short, dense white head. The aroma picked up sweet banana, cloves, and pine/sprucey hoppage over lightly-biscuity malt.. aromatic grasses and light tropical fruit accented.. interesting stuff. The flavor found soft pale and lesser bready malts at the core, with citrus and pine bitterness plus peppery yeast around.. finished with fresh, greener hops and banana and black pepper from the yeast. Lighter-bodied and fairly well carbonated on the palate.. balance was alright, but the hops were a little too assertive for the size of the beer.. refreshing in the end.. good sessionable drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Leixlip (16) - IRELAND - JUL 6, 2013
Bought a single bottle from local liquor store. Was hoping for a great beer , this was not it. Aroma is Belgian Yeast and bread .The flavor is banana, spices and some fruit malt. Something seems way off on this release. If Summits goal was to duplicate a leffe beer it probably got have way there. I could not finish more than 1 of these. Lets hope next release is better!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (3220) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a golden color with white head. Belgian yeast, dough, spicy aromas. Grainy, grassy, earthy flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerKurve (520) - - JUL 3, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2013 Hazy yellow with a soapy head and high carbonation; finishes clean. Aroma of lemon zest, cracked peppers, yeasts and pale malts. Flavor is yeasts, peppers, lemon zest and pale malts. Body is light and the carbonation is a notch above that, making it crisp. A bit pricey but a good sessionable beer otherwise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bacterial (2871) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Clear golden pour with a white head. Nose is earthy, floral and a bit bready. Taste is similar with heavy emphasis on the floral component with just a hint of black pepper and a really unpleasant finish. Not very good.

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