Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1986, Summit Brewing has been a Northern-Midwestern craft beer staple for some time. At long last, Summit's fine beers have made their appearance in the Ohio Valley/Southern Indiana region, and I had a couple of choice samples. Keep in mind that my beer ratings range from 1 (awful) to 5 (awesome). As nothing is truly perfect, I don't give any 5's, but anything from a 3.5 to 4.5 should be considered a fine product and well-worthy of your time, attention, and lunch money.
SUMMIT - EXTRA PALE ALE - 3.75
Semi-clear amber, with a nice, thick head of carbonation. Lace is lovely thick cobweb-like. Nose says more amber ale, as I get more toasty grains than hops.
Flavor echoes this. Seems sweetly malty, pleasant, with a touch of citrus hops later on the palate. Expect a well-done English-style pale ale, rather than a hoppy American pale, and you'll be alright.
That said, this is solid and sessionable, for certain, but not one I'd look to again.
SUMMIT - SAGA IPA - 4.0
Lovely clean amber complexion, and amazing, beautiful, detailed lace. Bravo! Aroma is enticing and bold citrus hops. Very, very nice. Taste is sharp, with bittering hops up front, with definite tones of citrus and herbal notes. Very tasty.
A delicious IPA, and one I'd love to return to. Nice work.