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Weekly Online Newsletter Vol.122

Legend has it, Berserkers were fearless Viking warriors known for entering battle in a crazed frenzy without armor or shield. Their descendants, it is said, roam the wintry landscape of modern-day Minnesota and its surrounding territories wearing nothing but t-shirts and shorts, braving The North’s bitter cold without so much as a light jacket. And what, you might venture, is this hearty breed’s secret? Hops. Their veins are thick with ’em.

Known the world over for their preservative qualities, hops are on full display in Summit Brewing Co.’s latest IPA Collection… NOW Available; Limited Draught and 2/12/12oz Cans

Summit Sága IPA

leads the charge with its robust hop flavors and aromas of kiwi, apricot and passionfruit. Supported by three never-before-seen Summit IPAs, each boasting a bold and powerful hop presence, the Summit IPA Collection intends to slay bland beers once and for all.


Summit Wee IPA
Heavily hopped and low in alcohol, this sessionable pale ale presents aggressive aromas of passionfruit, melon, pineapple and tangerine, as well as sturdy malt flavors of bread crust and toast. At 4.7% ABV and 35 IBU, Summit Brewer Mike Swiggum’s creation promises a balanced attack. “Wee IPA will be very juicy and approachable. With tropical punch flavors and a mild malt bill, it avoids that dominating bitterness characteristic of some session IPAs.”

Brewer Mike Swiggum Tells Us About Summit Wee IPA

Summit Experimental Hop IPA
Assertively hoppy with intense aromas of fresh berries, pineapple, apricot, peach and coconut, Summit Experimental Hop IPA deploys hops so new and mysterious they don’t have names. Flanked by a complex grain bill featuring Argentina pale malt from Cargill — never before used in the U.S. in a production-level assault — Summit Head Brewer Damian McConn has crafted a drinkable IPA at 6% ABV and 60 badass IBU. “This ale,” he says, “will showcase the advances taking place in American hop cultivation.” Always advance. Never retreat.

Head Brewer Damian McConn Talks Summit Experimental IPA, Stocking Caps, and His Kids


Summit Imperial IPA
The baddest beast in the box, Summit Imperial IPA is a powerful ale that’ll batter your senses with immense aromas of tangerine, stone fruit, melon and lemon — thanks to a giant all-American hop bill. Weighing in at 8.5% ABV and 105 IBU, Summit Brewer James Birnie says, “It’s a big west-coast-style IPA with two dry-hop additions and assertive carbonation.” A medium body offers supporting malt notes of caramel and toast, helping you vanquish your thirst without destroying your palate. Let the myth-making begin.

Summit Imperial IPA Was Dry Hopped How Much?


KARE 11 news story from 1986 produced shortly after Summit Brewing Company

opened in our original location off of University Ave. in Saint Paul. – PRESS PLAY


Inside the Summit IPA Collection

Wee IPA – Heavily hopped session IPA with fruity notes of key lime and pineapple

Experimental IPA – Mysterious new hop varieties offer intense aromas of fresh berries

Imperial IPA – Powerful ale with intense citrus aromas of tangerine, grapefruit and lemon

Sága IPA – Robust hop flavors and aromas of kiwi, apricot and passionfruit


Summit Saga IPA

ABV: 6.2%

Color: Rich Gold (9.0 L)

IBUs: 80

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel

Hops: Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, Rakau (dry-hopped: Amarillo, Citra, Rakau)

Yeast: American Ale


Summit Wee IPA
ABV: 4.7%
IBU: 35
Color: Sunrise Gold (7 L)
Malts: Golden Promise, US Pale, UK Light Crystal, Flaked wheat, Malted oats, Carapils
Hops: Azacca, Mandarina Bavaria, Nelson Sauvin, Huell Melon, Galaxy
Yeast: UK Ale


Summit Experimental Hop IPA
ABV: 6%
IBU: 60
Color: Pale Amber (14 L)
Malts: Argentina Pale, Cara Red, Carapils, Wheat malt
Hops: Experimental Hop 07270, Bru-1, HBC 438
Yeast: U.S. Ale


Summit Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.5%
IBU: 105
Color: Pale Orange (12 L)
Malts: Golden Promise, US Pale, Carapils Copper, Malted white wheat
Hops: Eukanot, Mosaic, Denali
Yeast: U.S. Ale

Serving Tips: Serve all four Summit IPAs at 42–46º F in a Nonic pint glass.



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