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Summit Silver Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 111   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 Oprahs show is now thankfully only available on re-run, that dodgy bloke is still at the helm of the Summit Brewing Company, hes 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 brewerys flagship beer.

Using the EPA malt bill and yeast strain as a foundation, well retain the balance that Summits 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 Summits first 25 possible.

Slinte! 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
loafgoat (53) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Pours hazy amber with very small white head. Nice citrus aroma. Flavor predominantly bitter, but finishes slightly malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear light-medium orange with a creamy off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet bread and caramel notes with juicy lighter-skinned fruits and orange zest around.. fresh and well-balanced. The flavor found sweet caramel and fruity meat at the core, with orange zest, black pepper, and pine bittering up the edges.. bitter with a lot of residual sugars on the finish. Medium-bodied, bitter, and a little sharp on the palate.. smooth feel across the middle.. this was well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Cloudy yellow orange color with thick white lacing. Very green and hoppy nose with notes of grapefruit. Medium full palate with a lingering bitter finish. Very well made and crafted ale. Essence of an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pours a clear orange-golden with a medium, fluffy, dirty-white head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and sappy hops with some bite. Flavor is hop bitterness and sweet malt with hints of resin, pine, earth, citrus fruit. Medium body with medium carbonation and a bitter finish.Very good, bitter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color with a white head. Lots of citrus fruit in the aroma supported by caramel. Light to medium bodied and delicately sweet with moderate bitterness. Grapefruit, apricot, lime, and orange zest flavors with a decent caramel malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5980) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Pours clear golden / light amber with a good sized pillowy off-white head. The aroma has light bread and fruit / piny / spicy hops. There is a bit of toasty malt and fruit there was well. Medium body with a modest amount of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts out with toasty malt, earthiness, cardboard, piny and cream. The finish has a harsh hoppiness and an abrasive coating of earthiness is left in the mouth. Seems like this was not the freshest. Hopefully this is made again and I can get it fresher to try, but if it is strictly for the silver anniversary I doubt that will happen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2011
On tap at the Pourhouse. Bright orange, slightly hazy pour under a tall off-white head. Nice even lacing. Aroma of fresh grapefruit and bracing pine resin. Flavor explodes with citrusy hops, vanilla, mild caramel and a little milk chocolate. Rich, creamy texture with lively carbonation. Snappy, dry finish. A really well-balanced crisp IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5904) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 11/22/11

Aroma: The nose starts off fairly subtle, but shows up with some warmth: pine, resin, and citrus fruits
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color, a thin sheet of white head, and mid-heavy lacing
Flavor: The flavor is more pronounced, a light-medium sweetness balanced by a mid-heavy bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a average carbonation, a slightly sticky texture, and a semi-dry finish
Overall Impression: I thought this was a pretty solid beer. It is on-style as an IPA. I thought that this one was both well-made and enjoyable. The nose comes out a little more as it warms, and that temperature is really where this beer is better enjoyed. I thought the flavor was pretty good, and it had a nice drink to it. Let it warm to close to room temperature, and enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4321) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle courtesy Fratto. This beer pours a very clear light orange to a golden color. There is quite a large head response here that creates a foamy white head. The aroma is hops! I could smell the hops from the moment I cracked the cap. Very nice. Lots of piney hops and resin, wet for sure. The flavor is nice and hoppy at the beginning, with a flavor that reminds me of homebrewing during the boil. It finishes quite dry however, with a sharp bitterness from the hops. A nice IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Shared with kristen, james and veronica. Clear yellow pour with white head ring. Awesome piney and citrus aroma. Flavor is similar, but has a harshness on the pine, and semi bitter lingering piney bite. Very good pale ale actually.

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