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Summit Brewing Debuts IPA Collection for 2018

Known the world over for their preservative qualities, hops are on full display in Summit Brewing Co.’s latest IPA Collection, a new variety box of twelve 12-oz. cans set to crash your neighborhood retailer’s shelves in late January 2018.

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.”

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.

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.

Hop heads and beer berserkers can test their inner Viking at the Summit Beer Hall with an exclusive flight of these brews when they debut January 5, 2018. In the weeks following, these beers will be available exclusively inside the Summit IPA Collection, and a limited amount of Summit Experimental Hop IPA will be made available on draft.

Summit Wee IPA Summit Experimental Hop IPA
ABV: 4.7% ABV: 6%
IBU: 35 IBU: 60
Color: Sunrise Gold (7 L) Color: Pale Amber (14 L)
Malts: Golden Promise, US Pale, Malts: Argentina Pale, Cara Red,
UK Light Crystal, Flaked wheat, Carapils, Wheat malt
Malted oats, Carapils Hops: Experimental Hop 07270,
Hops: Azacca, Mandarina Bavaria, Bru-1, HBC 438
Nelson Sauvin, Huell Melon, Galaxy Yeast: U.S. Ale
Yeast: UK 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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