Posts Tagged ‘Summit Brewing’


Day #326 – Summit Winter Ale

November 23, 2011

Summit Winter Ale


Got another one here from Summit again today. This is an English Strong Ale at 5.9% and is their winter seasonal ale.

This beer pours a dark brown color that shines brilliant red when put to the light. Foamy tan head.

The aroma is dark malts, sweet caramel with a light sense of winter spices and heavy malts. Very nice aroma, and I am excited to try it.

The flavor is dry and roasted, almost nutty with a sweet flavor that does not last. The flavor also includes a bit of sweet spices but finishes quite dry.




Day #322 – Summit Silver Anniversary Ale

November 20, 2011

Summit Silver Anniversary Ale


Summit Brewing from St. Paul, MN is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. They came out with this beer in celebration of it. It is an IPA at 6.5%.

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.




Day #172 – Summit Maibock

June 22, 2011

Oddly enough, I am back at the Ginger Man for the 2nd day in a row. As I was in here briefly yesterday I noticed a banner hanging that was advertising a glass night tonight as well! Well I am a sucker for new glassware, and it’s even better when it is for a beer I have yet to feature on this blog. I will be honest in saying that the beer for today is one of my least favorite styles. I will strive to provide a unbiased review though it may be difficult!

Summit Maibock


The Summit Brewing Company is based out of St. Paul, Minnesota. I’ve only reviewed 1 other beer from them which is odd as they have several things available in our area. The Maibock is their spring seasonal so it is a little late in getting to us. That’s OK, I’ll drink it and dream of cooler spring temperatures! It is classified as a Heller Bock (or Maibock); the terms are fairly interchangeable. The alcohol levels are usually a little higher with this one coming in at 7.1%.


First off I should say I’m disappointed that the glass I got was one I already have back home. The picture on the banner was different than this glass man!! Oh well. It’s been awhile since I’ve held a free contest; I’ll have to think more on that.

Clear light orange color with a light white head. Pretty standard.

Aroma is grains and sweet malt. Some light candied notes but fairly straightforward.

The flavor is big malts with a big bitter finish that might have a touch of sour grains. Tart fruit as well that leaves a very bitter dry finish. As it warms I can taste more of the hop prominence. There is almost a slight touch of butter as well which is a flavor I often pick up in maibocks. I’m still not entirely certain if that is a flavor that is characteristic of the style but I’ve tasted it more than once in different beers. It is typically regarded as a flaw in beer but if it’s meant to be there then it just solidifies the reason why I dislike so many of them. Oh well, I know several people that really enjoy this style and to that I say, to each their own.



Day #133 – Summit Horizon Red Ale

May 14, 2011

My friend and fellow beer blogger King Bob recently reviewed the Anchor Summer Ale followed by today’s beer, the Summit Horizon Red Ale. By an odd coincidence I happened to have these 2 beers in my fridge at the exact same time, and I thought it would be funny if I reviewed them back to back also. Check out his blog too if you get a chance.

Summit Horizon Red Ale


Summit Brewing Company is based out of St. Paul, Minnesota and is the 20th largest craft brewery in the US. They distribute several things to our area, including several rotating seasonals. This beer is an Amber Ale at 5.7% ABV.

Pours a clear amber color with a tall foamy cream head. Pretty solid head response and great retention.

Aroma has lots of hops and bitter malts. The bottle said it is brewed with exceptional American hops and I can definitely smell them. Also has a bit of a bitter tea leaf smell.

Flavor is very bitter and dry. Lots of hops and an earthy flavor as well. The finish remains pretty dry and bitter, and is almost a bit overpowering. Not sure if I like this as it dries out the mouth considerably. Definitely hoppy!

EDIT: As this guy warms up the hops dissipate and the caramel malts come out in the flavor.  Hmm let it warm slightly before trying it.