Friday, December 9, 2016

Summit 30th Anniversary English-style Barley-wine Ale

Summit 30th Anniversary Barley-wine. Summit Brewing Company, St.Paul, MN.11.5% ABV.

Clear, bright amber, slim white head.

In the nose: big everything. Huge malt, massive hops. Big fruit, big hops, spicy and citrus-y, teeming with the pungency of the over-done everything. And I love it.

In the mouth: hot. Fierce. Rich and indulgent. Does this need more time? It could use it, that's for sure. For now, it's on fire and it's running on all cylinders. Huge, malty/hoppy, beautiful. All the fullest expression of malt and hops. Extra Pale Ale turned up to eleven.

All in all, it's a tasty, big-boned beverage, but I don't think it fills the bill as a barley-wine, certainly not as much as the Union Series barley-wine of last year. It's a doubled-up EPA, but that doesn't make it a classic English Barley-wine. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable beer, and I'll certainly dig it.

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