Pours clear with minimal, snow white foam. Retention is minimal as well - not taking long before it nary coats the rest of the beer. Lacing is thin but stretches in rings throughout.
Aroma is light sweetness that is covered quickly by hops. Earth, spice and a touch of citrus.
Taste is more of the aroma. It's a pale ale so not much malt to cover, leaving a touch of bitterness on the back side. Not harsh - smooth and balanced.
Light end of medium body. Carbonation tingles late on the front of the tongue.
I have been of the fence of Summit hops. Michigan Summit hops pushed me over. The earth and spice are more than the citrus which brings in thoughts of English IPAs, which I am not a fan. Drinkability suffers because of the flavor of the hops, otherwise it would have been higher. Enjoy!
A light bodied American Pale Ale brewed entirely with Northern Michigan grown Summit hops. An excellent sharp aroma of strong floral and fruity characteristics stings the senses with hop laced anticipation. A sticky hop filled mouthful of damp earthy pine with notable herbal accents coats the entire mouth, followed by a big resiny bitterness that lingers well into the finish, drying the palate and resonating boldly.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers