Saturday, August 9, 2014

Summit Union Series Southern Cape Sparkling Ale

This is a 4.4% ABV sparkling ale that is made using pale malt from Australia, caramel malt from Chile, Waimea hops from New Zealand and Southern Passion hops from South Africa. It is from the Summit Brewing Company of St. Paul, Minnesota. This is the second in their limited release Union Series which according to their website is "The inspired union of new ingredients and time-honored brewing traditions. Brewing has always been about discovery. For the Summit Union Series, we scour the globe for new (and sometimes rare) hops and malts. Then we add equal parts craft and creativity to bring you a whole new brew. Released in small batches every so often." 

The beer pours the color of orange tinted honey. There is a head of white to off-white foam that is fairly quick to disappear. The aroma is dank and earthy hops with an underlying light tropical fruitiness, mangos and passion fruit. The taste follows the aromas with the hop notes sitting on a bed of toasted malt. The finish is moderately bitter and quite dry. It is nicely carbonated and drinks very crisp and refreshing. Oh god, why does this have to be a limited edition?

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