Summit Double IPA Returns & India-Style Black Ale Debuts

03 January 2017

imageFrom Summit:

ST. PAUL, MN. (January 3, 2017) – Folks make all sorts of resolutions around this time of

year. Here at Summit, ours is to enjoy more delicious, high-quality IPAs. Care to join us?

Your first chance comes this week with our just-released Summit Double IPA. Blending a

number of New Zealand hops with new and experimental varieties from the U.S. and Germany,

Double IPA is supported by a heritage barley variety and offers up a toasted malt background.

Brewed with highly aromatic New Zealand hop varieties Wakatu, Orbit and Motueka, Summit 

Double IPA has distinct passionfruit, mango and lemon-lime flavors. Azacca, an exciting new

U.S. hop, brings strong pineapple elements, too, and a new German variety, Mandarina Bavaria,

provides notes of mandarin orange. Weyermann Barke Vienna malt provides support with honey

and graham cracker elements, boosting the beer’s toasted nature.

“We’re aiming for a clean, assertive citrus hop bitterness that relies heavily on Weyermann

Barke Vienna malt for support,” says Head Brewer Damian McConn. “With its slight caramel

and bready notes, it adds some color and flavor complexity.”

Made with English Ale yeast and pouring sunrise gold in color, Double IPA boasts 105 IBU and

8.5% ABV. It’s available now in 4-packs of 16-oz. cans and on draught.

Because we intend to keep our resolution, we’re also releasing Summit India-Style Black Ale

January 12. This powerful black ale features roasted wheat and roasted pearl barley, creating

notes of espresso, dark chocolate, toffee and black cherry. U.S. hop varieties Denali and Equinox

produce big pineapple and lemon-lime flavors, along with traces of grapefruit, spicy pepper and

pine. Finally, a Yorkshire yeast strain provides a distinct stone fruit profile — think apricot and

peach — and a hint of minerality to balance out those malts and hops.

“With IBA, we’re trying to showcase the integration of roasted malt flavors with spicy, citrus-

forward hops,” says McConn. Summit India-Style Black Ale finds inspiration among the porters

and stouts exported from the UK in the 19th Century — beers that were often heavily kettle-

hopped and then dry-hopped in the cask. “We’re aiming more toward that concept,” McConn

adds, “but with less of the scorched, dry, acrid notes often associated with export stouts.”

India-Style Black Ale is available for a limited time on draught and exclusively within the

Summit IPA Collection, a 12-pack of 12-oz. bottles offering up A World of Hops All in One

Box. In addition to the Black Ale, the IPA collection contains Sága IPA, Horizon Red IPA and

True Brit IPA.

Stayed tuned for a February announcement regarding promotions and events in support of

Double IPA, India-Style Black Ale and the rest of the IPA Collection. Visit Summit online for

more information about these and other events.

Double IPA Vital Statistics

ABV: 8.5%

IBU: 105

Color: Sunrise gold

Malts: US Pale, German Vienna, US Caramel

Hops: Experimental 07270, Orbit, Wakatu, Motueka, Azacca

Yeast: UK Ale

Food Pairings: Barbeque, baked ham, sausages, Stilton, aged cheddar, cheesecake

India-Style Black Ale Vital Statistics

ABV: 6.8%

IBU: 60

Color: Boot Polish Black

Malts: US Pale, UK Pale, Midnight Wheat, Caramel, Perla Negra, Chocolate Rye

Hops: Bravo, Chinook, Equinox, Denali

Yeast: UK Ale

Food Pairings: Vintage cheddar, beef brisket, spare ribs, buffalo burgers, smoked salmon, crème


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