Summit Silver Anniversary Ale

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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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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bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Clear, light amber with moderate off-white frothy head and minor lacing. Aroma: Very standard IPA aroma, with orange, grapefruit, pine and toasted & caramel malts. Standard, but fairly persistent. Taste: Strong hop taste of orange, grapefruit and light tropical notes (pineapple, mango) over a fairly complex malt backbone of caramel and toast. Ends quite bitter with some pine, spiciness and lingering citrus. Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Smooth and creamy overall. Overall: My first thought was that this is a very standard IPA, and I almost gave it a lower score. Then I realized that while there are many similar IPAs out there, this one is done exceptionally well, as it is very bitter but somehow still balanced, with a great smooth mouthfeel. Like many of their Unchained beers, this should be in the regular lineup. Summit is capable of such greatness with these one-off beers, but I know their mission with their regular lineup is to reach the mainstream, not us beer geeks.

monkeychugg55 (1096) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Cloudy copper with a frothy off-white head that leaves insane lacing. Tangelo, orange, pineapple, pine resin, and sweet grains in the aroma. The flavor is juicy, fruity, hops mixed with sweet caramel, and grains. Extremely bitter finish. Medium body, moderate, slightly prickly carbonation. Very good.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2011
12oz bottle: Pours a clear deep golden brass with a clingy-lacing froth of white head. Has a fresh resiny piny hop nose with a touch of sweet pale malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and lightly toasted pale malty sweetness with a clean citrusy hop bitterness and resiny flavor balance before a drier bittersweet finish. A nicely balanced and true to style IPA.

islay (2867) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
16 oz. pour, on tap at Sea Salt, consumed on 8-31-11, outside by Minnehaha Falls on a nice summer evening, which, let’s face it, couldn’t have hurt the score. Pours a clear, effervescent, caramel color with a small amount of beige/taupe head. The bubbling never stops throughout the imbibing, a quality that I like. Produces good lacing. Excellent, floral, citrus hops aroma that is dry and appetizing. Apricot scent. Medium body. Crisp and lively on the palate. Quite refreshing. Dry, hoppy taste. Very pleasant but not particularly strong flavors. Dry finish and aftertaste with a lip balm-like quality (but, believe it or not, not in a bad way). Just the slightest metallic hint, but that might have been due to the tapline. I like the flavor a lot, but it’s not complex enough to warrant more than a 7 for the flavor rating. Summit Silver Anniversary Ale is my kind of beer, and an excellent beer overall. I rarely buy six-packs, as I prefer singles, but I liked this enough to purchase a six-pack of it a few days after I first tried it on tap.

italianjohn (3193) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Clear light pale light copper/golden pour with a thin off white head light sticky lacing .... aroma is citrusy and dank/floral hops with a biscuity and caramel malt as well .... taste is nice and citrusy with a caramel and biscuity malt backbone, has a great bitter and citrusy hop flavor that lingers and bites the tongue nicely .... sessionable and nice little ipa

DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle from Craft Ale House. Pours clear deep coppery dark straw with 2-fimger frothy well-retained white head and copious lacing. Nose is a nice medley of black peppery spicy, floral, and tangeriney citrus, with a solid caramel malt bill. Tastes caramel malty, citric, with notes of tangerine and pepper. Reminds me of Sly Fox Route 113 IPA a lot.

DrnkMcDermott (3122) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Draft at Bavarian Lodge. Clear brassy color, stiff bubbly head with lots of lacing. Nice, big hops smell is mostly pine to me, then a little bit of citrus peel. Taste is very hoppy, but at first it’s not a pucker-burner. Still, this beer needs to be approached cautiously, and sipped, lest it somehow knock you over with its grandiosity. Hops do start to burn the back of the palate. This could very well have a Double IPA hop load after all, and no extra malt or alcohol for balance. It does need some extra malts to match up, and that’s it’s only drawback. One of the hoppier beers I’ve had from Summit. A slight tinge of salt at the very end.

tmoreau (4525) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and shaker served with a clear, golden amber color, off white/cream, thick & frothy head foam, with curtains and clouds of coating lace. The aroma was balanced and strong doses of citrus and pine scent. Centennial and cascade were particularly noticed since I just recently harvested my own, and often chew on a few when a beer isn’t handy. Smooth, lightly toasted malt kept all under control as the potent bitterness lingered convincingly into the finish. A well crafted, medium bodied brew that’s come a long way since the inaugural EPA!

Macegan75 (846) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Pours a pale copper color with slight head and lots of lacing. The nose is mild with hops and slight malt sweetness. First is nice with balance of both. Finish is clean. Not bad. Not great either.

GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
355mL thanks to CaptainCougar. The pour is a clear gold with dismal head formation. The nose is hoppy, a bit of onion/garlic (not uncommon for certain aromatic hops). Taste is biscuit, lemon, heavy nutty bitterness, squashy. Full palate. No soap or detergent. Not bad.

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