bigdave99 (2) - USA - FEB 12, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
hmm. difficult to rate a beer. everyone seems to rate the belgian strongs as the highest. does that mean that belgian stong ales are the best beer, or the best kind of beer? then imperial stouts? summit winter, when fresh, is a wonderful winter ale. incredibly good fresh off a good tap, this has big head, a lovely warm brown taste, balanced hop and malty flavor, and not too strong of an abv. i had this one night in duluth at a theatre bar on tap, obviously fresh, and i’d take that over any bitter i’ve had in london. is it the best beer? well, in many ways... yes. for everyday drinking, though, give me summit extra pale ale, best fresh out of a keg with a good clean line.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Given Summit’s other brews, I expected this to be a pleasure. After getting a whiff of it, I knew I was going to be wrong. It smells almost like a cheap lager. Has an odd metallic taste, and touches of candy cane flavor. Some boring hop bittering round out this unimpressive offering.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2001
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Satisfying without being quite distinctive: not worth a special search, but worth drinking if it is in front of you. (Downgraded after I finished the sixpack I bought:
it just wasn’t a beer I looked forward to every day.)
gtreptow99 (15) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one over thanksgiving as well and was surprised by it’s really mild taste and smoothness. Definitly better than other Summit products.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2001
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 Which ever one of us brought this to the last beer room formal drinking weekend should be proud, this was a winner.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2001
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this on tap over thanksgiving, this beer had virtually no head and was dominated by an off malty sweetness. I really like to support Summit, but this is one I skip.
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a pretty good beer that has an odd after taste that sneaks up on you.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2001
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not mush body or kick for a winter beer. PLeasant spices are notable.