Summit India-Style Rye Ale

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  • Brewery: Summit Brewing Company
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  • Country: United States
  • State: Minnesota
  • Style: American IPA Rye Beer / Roggenbier
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  • PHM Grade: B+

Summit India Style Rye Ale

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Every once and a while I come across a beer that leaves me utterly perplexed, yet amazed. Summit Brewing Co is responsible for this most recent occurrence. This beer comes in as the 3rd in a systematic release of special brews Summit calls their Unchained Series. These brews are designed to be a platform for their brewers to showcase creativity and talent. Since we have reviewed batches 01 and 02, I thought it fitting to keep the tradition going.

According to their website the brewers at Summit call this an IRA (India Rye Ale), but another synonymous name would be a RyePA. Most of the time brewers will use a smaller percentage of Rye malt to impart a spicy flavor, but not detract from or overpower the other ingredients. This beer however is basically uses rye to the extreme. How so? Well, let me answer that by giving you the grain bill. They use Harrington, Rye, Crystal Rye, Chocolate Rye Malts and Flaked Rye. That is a lot of rye! I’ve never come across a beer that has been brewed with so much before. On the hop side two varieties were used Summit and Citra. The former is a high alpha acid bittering hop and the latter is a new hop that is a cross between 5+ different varieties. As its name might suggest, it imparts a very citrus component (I’ve been told it has a tangerine-like aroma).

The color is similar to a Brown Ale producing a beige fluffy head. I’m still trying to pin down the aroma, but finding it hard to explain. It is different than most beers very dry, spicy, chocolaty, nutty, biscuity, hay-like, and hints of cinnamon. I do get a big hop presence that stands on its own while adding to the rye experience. Fruity citrus notes dominate and you can tell you’re about to dive into an IPA-like beer.

The taste is also very different and unique. I can sum it up in one word…sharp! When you first take a sip your mouth is almost shocked by the bitterness and dry rye spiciness. It really was a new experience. It finishes the same as it started leaving behind a bitter mouth smacking texture. I’m sure the rye helps add to this. Towards the end the darker malts do come through providing a pleasant Brown Ale smoothness of caramel and chocolate notes before the finish.

I found this beer exciting, unique and interesting (thanks Mike Lundell)! Give it a try for yourself.

ABV: 6.7%

Grade: B+

Summit India Style Rye Ale, 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
  1. The Iranian connection, and with it Cumont’s inatopreettirn of the tauroctony, came under concerted attack at the First International Congress of Mithraic Studies, held at the University of Manchester in 1971. Several scholars, chief among them John Hinnells of Manchester and R.L. Gordon ofthe University of East Anglia, suggested that Mithraism had in fact been created as a completely new religion somewhere in the Greco-Roman world and that it had merely adopted the name of the Iranian god to give itself an exotic flavor and an aura of antiquity. [THE MITHRAIC MYSTERIES.The icons of this ancient Mediterranean cult can be deciphered only in terms of a worldview that placed the powers controlling human destiny not on the earth but in the stars. by David Ulansey.Scientific American, December 1989].Το Πανεπιστήμιο της East Anglia, πρότεινε ότι ο Μιθραισμος είχε πράγματι δημιουργηθεί ως μια εντελώς νέα θρησκεία κάπου στον ελληνορωμαϊκό κόσμο και ότι είχε θεσπίσει απλώς το όνομα του ιρανικού θεού για να αποκτήσει μια εξωτική γεύση και μια αύρα της αρχαιότητας.Leonard Patterson, in his book Mithraism and Christianity, concluded there is no direct connection between the two religions either in origin or development. Patterson, Leonard, Mithraism and Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1921), 94, cited in Strobel, 170.Δεν υπάρχει καμία σύνδεση ανάμεσα στις δυό θρησκείες ούτε στις απαρχές τους ούτε στην ανάπτυξή τους.Yamauchi obtained a doctorate in Mediterranean studies, has studied 22 languages, and written 17 books including Persia and the Bible, which includes his research involving Mithraism. Edwin Yamauchi addressed each of the alleged similarities between Mithraism and Christianity and his conclusions are listed here:1,2,3,4,5,6 7.Any possible sacramental meal in Mithraism is unrelated to the Lord s Supper because it was initiated much later, in the second century. Furthermore, the Christian meal is based on the Passover, begun during the time of Moses. Strobel, Lee, The Case for the Real Jesus (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007), 170-173.Το γεύμα των οπαδών του Μίθρα δεν έχει καμία συγγένεια με το Μυστικό Δείπνο επειδή χρονολογείται MUCH LATER κατά τον δεύτερο αιώνα.

    Saiful — November 10th, 2015, 3:58 am
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