Summit Silver Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Ah yes, 1986. The first national airing of the Oprah Winfrey show takes place in Chicago. At the same time in Minnesota, a happier event occurred as a rather dodgy bloke form North Dakota enjoyed the proud moment of seeing his beloved beer served in the taverns and pubs of sunny Saint Paul. While Oprah’s show is now thankfully only available on re-run, that dodgy bloke is still at the helm of the Summit Brewing Company, he’s now just surrounded by quite a few other individuals of rather questionable character. That beer first served back in 1986, Extra Pale Ale, has now become the original and defining beer of the brewery. Produced for 25 years, EPA is a respected multiple award winner, known throughout the Midwest for its balance and drinkability. The Summit brewing team thought it only appropriate to use the classical and elegant recipe for this beer as inspiration for our Silver Anniversary Ale. What better way to celebrate 25 years than with a new, creative take on our brewery’s flagship beer.

Using the EPA malt bill and yeast strain as a foundation, we’ll retain the balance that Summit’s beers are famous for, while providing more distinctive flavors and aromas through the use of unique modern hop varieties and assertive dry-hopping. Grapefruit, passionfruit and kiwi aromas should lead to a pronounced but crisp bitterness with minimal contributions from the yeast. A clean, complex finish, underscored by a straightforward blend of pale and crystal malts.

In Minnesota back in 1986, there were very few options for the lover of craft beer. Extra Pale Ale helped change that situation. This summer, we hope you join us in raising a glass of our Silver Anniversary Ale. A pale ale for the next 25 years, that recognizes the beer that made Summit’s first 25 possible.

Sláinte! Damian McConn Brewer

Silver Anniversary Ale: OG: 14.5° P ABV: 6.5% Color: Light Bronze IBU: 80 Malts: 2-Row Harrington, Crystal 60 Kettle Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade Dry Hops: Citra, Centennial, Cascade Yeast: American Ale

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DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle. Clear light orange pour, light soapy lacing and a slightly bitter nose. Flavor is light, dry bitter hops and not much else. An enjoyable beer, but not too complex.

Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle: medium gold pour with a thin but tight head.
aroma is caramel maltiness, piney and citrusy hop.
Flavour is caramel, burnt sugar, toasted malt. surprisingly bitter pine hop finish.

portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pours clear amber with a white soapy head and leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is strong pine grapefruit and a subtle sweet caramel. Taste is more bitter grapefruit and pine with a faint sweetness throughout. Palate is medium and there’s a slick creamy texture which finishes chaulky and dry. Really enjoyed this! Should consider this as a annual release.

Beorach (2) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2011 does not count
Looks good in the glass, good head, it has huge American hop aroma. Sadly it didn’t live up to the expectations I had for a beer from Summit. This is a hop bomb, all one sided, hardly a chance for any malt to battle through the ’C’ hops. If this is based on the EPA then I am very disappointed; the flagship beer is here destroyed by an over aggressive use of very one dimensional hopping. If your palate leans toward the very highly hopped west coats beers you will probably get off on this. If you like Summit’s EPA then expect to be disappointed.

WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Tap @ Muddy Pig. Pours a deep orange, minimal head. Flavor is malty and straightforward, with a double hop blast at the back end. Very dry and pinelike, with some citrus notes. Not a bad beer, but somewhat one dimensional and very hop forward.

DonnM38 (13) - Hartford, South Dakota, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Served from a bottle. Pours the same yellow golden color of Summit EPA. You can tell it’s using the same malt as well. The nice thing is the expansion of the hops on both the aroma and back palate bitterness. very smooth middle and excellent body. Overall I would rate this as Summit’s best beer yet. It’s nice to see them jump in the "big" beer market.

CanIHave4Beers (4233) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Pours a deep golden color with a rocky white head and good lace. The aroma is piney with a little bit of bug spray and some grapefruit. After a while mild aromas of caramel come through as well. The flavor is really very pleasantly bitter. The hops are piney and grape-fruity. There is more crystal malt character than I usually like in an IPA here but that said it’s really not very sweet. Reminds me a good bit of torpedo from Sierra Nevada, it’s a pretty nice beer.

ryanfolty (2611) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Date: July 30, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Sweeney’s, St. Paul, MN Appearance: Translucent bronze with thin white head, good lacing. Aroma: Hoppy/grapefruit. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, big bite of hops/bitter which is then smoothed out with the malt. Other: I don’t consider myself a huge fan of hoppy/bitter beers, but this one was really good....maybe I was too much in the tank when I had it though hahaha.

heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Rich orange bronze body with a light khaki head. The nose bursts with smells of grapefruit and light pine. There is also a solid caramel backbone. Dry wood is also present. This is blisteringly bitter up front, but then calms down to brown sugar mixed with grapefruit. The caramel stays in play in the finish. I have had a few of these and find it pretty tasty.

BVery (11385) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Tap. Looks like I might have the first rating on this one - pretty cool. Mostly clear orange amber pour with a thin white head. Sharp hop and grapefruit on the nose. Aggressive hop bite right away on taste - grapefruit again is dominant. Some malt balancing, but this one is for hop heads. Crisp and refreshing. Good stuff.

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