Friday, January 13, 2017

Summit Double IPA

Summit Double IPA, Proudly Brewed in St. Paul, Minnesota. 1 pint ale, all. 8.5% by vol.

Lightly hazed, bright golden color, slim ivory head at the top. Looking right for the part.

In the nose: Juicy tropical fruit notes, powerful pine, pungent citrus, grapefruit meets mango at the corner of tangerine and pine forest floor. Just the stuff.

In the mouth: Brash hop bitterness jumps on the palate first, then plays it cool. Bitterness stays on the forefront, though, and remains a powerful presence. Malt is clean and lean, light bodied, with a long bitter finish. Great balance here, for a DIPA. The juicy fruit flavors from both malt and hops play well with the bitterness that keeps in command. Those flavors found in the aroma are again in abundance here, the pithy citric orange and grapefruit, the lightly tropical tones of pineapple and mango, and a little bit of the pine needle, too. This is nice. I like it.

More info? The label reads: "Citrus and tropical fruit notes with toasted malt background." Okay, I'm gonna climb on board the website and look for more. Here's something:  Summit Double IPA.
Highly aromatic hop varieties from New Zealand blend with experimental U.S. hops to provide the bulk of hop aroma and flavor, creating a fresh, citrus hop bitterness. Malt character from a heritage barley variety offers slightly toasted support in the background. Available for a limited time in 4-packs of 16oz cans and on draught.

I'll say it again, I like it. Now, they just need a new name. Something a little more creative than "Double IPA."

Also, many will wonder if this is the same as the 30th anniversary double IPA, or is it different. The answer: yes, a little. Same basic recipe, but a couple variations with the hops.

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