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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChoppingMall (47) - Sleepy Hollow, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Like all Summit beers Ive tried, this one is "pretty good." There is some major puckering bitterness in this beer, it has a very dry finish, hints of citrus. The harsh bitterness becomes a little tiresome for me by the end of the glass. Its one of those beers that makes me need some water. Pairs well with a rich fatty sandwich. Maybe a fatwich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tjern16 (13) - Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Very good IPA. This beer has the right amount of citrus with a little bit malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5975) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Nice bronze color and a tall head, lacing the glass. Well carbonated. Flavor has dry malt and grassy, herbal hops. Flavor is bitter for sure, hops are up front and dry, with a light malt base lending a little sweetness. A good ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with pretty white head. Aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit, bright fruit, cereal, caramel. Flavors of grapefruit, tropical fruit, caramel, cereal. Balanced finish with hop attenuation. Medium body with foamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Palate killing bitterness. Very hop forward for body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drjohnrock (759) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Sample from bottle at 2011 Cincinnati Beer Fest on Fountain Square. Medium gold/amber hue, small off white head, good firm bittersweet aroma, body a bit thin but sufficiently strong flavor comes through. This beer seems to have some elements of a bitter or ESB--not a conventional IPA, but well made, enjoyable, and the best beer Ive had to date from Summit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (5913) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2011
12 oz bottle from Spirits Brick. Poured a god looking burnt orange/rtusty copper body with a smaller brigth white tight foamy head. Aroma was far more malty than I was expecting. Notes of cereal, rye bread, dry citrus rind, earth and some dry English toffee. The body is medium with strong tight bubbly carbonation and a dry finish. Flavor of rye, I know there isnt any rye listed as an ingredient but I taste it and smelt it so back off, dry cirus rind, dry well done wheat toast, earth. This is far drier and maltier than I was anticipating and seems more like an APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Draught at TJs: Aroma of hops, pine, grass, and Earth. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, grass, pine, and a hint of malt. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Hop, grass, pine finsih is medium bitter and lightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (12017) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
12 oz bottle, 25th anniversary beer. It pours a nice color for an IPA, a middle of the road orangeish gold. The head is foamy and slightly off-white and produces some nice lacing. The smell isnt bad. It has some citrus and that herbal hop scent that you get form sniffing fresh cones, and for that I give it a plus. The flavor is decent. It is a much, much better version of their extra pale ale. The hop flavors bring more balance to the malt. IT has a nice bitterness, but it is still a balanced brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle. A - Very crisp, clear copper color. Average sized foamy, light, sticky, fluffy white head. Great retention leaving a nice lacing. S - There is a strong biscuity malt along with some herbal notes. This is mixed with the C hop aromas with grapefruit citrus and resinous pine being the dominant hop aromas with notes of pineapple and lemon. Smells like a mix of an English pale ale and a west coast American IPA. T - Much more hop heavy on the taste than the nose. Strong bitter flavor, especially on the finish. Bitter grapefruit rind, lemon, pine, and hints of sweet grapefruit/pineapple are all present throughout. The Citra hops are a bit covered up but provide a nice background fruitiness. Subtle herbal and biscuit flavors a la the EPA, more herbal than malty. A nice sweetness shows up on the finish occasionally as well. M - Full side of medium body with good carbonation. Full feeling with a slightly drying finish. Lingering bitterness. D - Pretty easy to drink. A touch on the bitter side, but overall fairly well balanced. Nice mix of EPA and west coast IPA with the IPA winning on the taste. Could easily put a couple back in a night. Notes: Definitely could taste a west coast hopped version of the EPA. Great body and pretty tasty. A little on the bitter side, but it was pretty refreshing. Enjoyed the beer quite a bit, especially for the price.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1693) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
A deep golden pour with a frothy off-white head. The aroma is wonderful mixture of orange zest, florals, and apricot. The medium body has a slick texture with lively carbonation. The taste is bittersweet in the beginning, but the finish leaves a long bitterness on the back of your tongue.

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