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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josh55408 (7) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013 does not count
This was the one beer I’ve had this year--of over 100--that I went back to the store for, over and over. Tasted good well after the last sip. Tasted a Belgian influence, citrus smell, not too bitter. Light lemon-yellow-orange color, and fluffy head that was a great start to every glass. I am looking for other beers with Meridian hops and Concerto Pale malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gordon4152 (2) - Lenexa, USA - MAY 21, 2013 does not count
A great, clean crisp and very drinkable beer. Leaves the palate fresh and ready for another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1903) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (997) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pours light orange with a tight white head. Aroma of mild Belgian yeast, wheat, light spice. Sweet malty flavor with a nice lingering bitterness on the back end. Very flavorful and still sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2013
12oz bottle. Tan -orange body, faint haze. Frothy white head. Relatively mild aroma, some distant, cool, crisp, grassy hops. A pretty decent beer, not really a straightforward Belgian Singel. Significantly more bitter and dry than a typical version. Lots of depth, the grainy dry hops balance out quite well with the fruity orange-banana yeast tones. Pretty solid offering all around, a lot of flavor for the low ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle. Deep bronze reddish tinted brew with a light off white head. The nose is sweet and grainy with some pears. Notes of peanuts and toast are also present along with a fairly strong orange hint. This is fairly bitter with some orange peels and flowers. There is also some peanut character. Tasty with more bite thab expected. This is well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Copper pour with a solid off-white head. Aroma of mild dark fruit, grapefruit and some floral hops. Flavor is really good for such a low ABV. Juicy, well-balanced dark fruit, mild malt sweetness and a nice citrus bite from the hops. Eminently drinkable. One of my favorite Summit beers so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Pours clear golden orange with a modest sized soapy white head. The aroma has fruity Belgian yeast, spicy / earthy hops, fall leaves and a bit of malt sweetness. Medium / light body that still has some slickness to it, but turns more crisp and biting on the finish with lots of carbonation. The flavor begins with the aspects I like about Belgian singles I haven’t tasted in a while - dry caramel, earthy (with light fruit) yeast and light crackers. This one has a a bit of spicy / floral hops as well. The hops comes out a bit more with the finish. Cleaner and crisper than most Belgian ales. Really tasty beer & with the lower alcohol this could be a real nice one to have around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4030) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Pours a hazy golden with a small-ish head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is nice, inviting enough with a huge doughy yeasty character and a nice earthy floral bit as well. The beer is lightly sweet smelling with some spice and very mild fruit.

The flavor is really very nice, floral and fairly dry with a nice dusty and toasty malt character. The hop character is a touch herbaceous but more floral than anything, the hops give this one a really pleasant bitterness that lingers a bit in the finish. Some mild lemon peel & doughy yeastiness are pretty in check here as well.
Pretty well done, decidedly akin to Belgian session ales while bringing some new but complimentary things to the table.

   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.

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