Island Summer Ale - St. John Brewers

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Island Summer AleIsland Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

69 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MTNboy on 07-24-2007

Available year-round in the Virgin Islands, April-August in the United States.
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Photo of Jason
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear pale golden brew, a sufficient amount of head with some lacing on the glass. The aroma jumps from a grainy, almost husky, tone to a faint fume of alcohol. Grainy as soon as the gates open, a bit of sweetness makes it way out but quickly vanishes. Both malt and hops become a bit thin with a hard husk note form the grain and a faint sharpness of a watery citric hoppiness. Gritty, nearing astringent and a faint yeast note in the back. Finishes with a dry and thin graininess that does not totally go clean and right at the end the bottom drops with a fading astringency.

I’m not really digging this one, if this was just a plain no frills blonde ale that would have been fine but there are definite flaws here that show after a few sips in a row. Not huge glaring flaws but none the less flaws. Enough to the point of not being able to finish the bottle and that is the breaking point.

More User Reviews:
Photo of steelerguy
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright, highly carbonated, high white head that lingers.

S - Very light aroma of grass with a touch of hops. What is there is good, it is just hardly there.

T - Pale malt, some grain, touch of citrus from hops all good...then ends with a slight metallic twang. The flavor are not bad, it is just too bad they don't jump out more.

M - Light body, finishes clean.

D - Nothing memorable, comes across a bit weak, but on the other hand it is not offensive and is refreshing.

Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BMan1113VR for providing this bottle.

Pours a semi-hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is similar to an adjunct lager with some corn notes. The flavor is more of the same with some grain. Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale gold brew, minimal head to it, hence lacing not so much. Lacking the fruit aroma that the other beers in the series have. Neutrual aroma.

Without the tropical fruit, you're just left with an unambitious average blond ale. Not much for hopping, extremely light bodied beer. You can find some of the tropics in this if you go looking for it, but compared to the other 2 beers, this one is lacking in the fruit department.

Strangely enough, this one is the least enjoyable of the 3 I've had, yet is probably the highest rated on this website of the three. My taste is diametrically opposed to everyone else's on this website as far as these beers go.

Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat sour wheat but I would agree that I would drink this if I were out a day on the beach. Not super drinkable, but drinkable. Pure yellow bodied.JoshuaR’s bottle. A little astringent. Some caramel, not much wheat. A tad of citrus. Not the best in their lineup.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed by Shipyard. St. Johns Island Summer Ale is a basic golden ale brewed with Ringwood yeast. The addition of mango, however, gives iit an interesting, refreshing, and almost sweet fruitiness. I'm not sure how it woud go beyond one serving, but I enjoyed my first. I could definitely see it as a brew to try at a backyard BBQ in the summer.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great looking golden color with a half finger head. Looks almost commercial.
S: Unremarkable in that you can smell some sweet malt and some citrus but it's very faint and not totally pleasing.
T: Its more sweet than anything else. Hints of lemon but seems to be void of hops to balance the sweetness.
M: light bodied and finishes sweet. Not much else.
D: It would be a session beer on vacation. Very light, a decent enough taste and small abv.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt with some bland cereal. Taste is not overly complex with some lightly sweet malt with a somewhat refreshing taste of cereal and a light dry hops at the end. Body is fuller then average with OK carbonation. Not bad but nothing too write home either.

Photo of Squelch
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal Clear. huge head. Best part of this beer.

Smell: Nothing. I mean nothing noticeable here.

Taste: Not too bad. good balance between hop and malt flavors. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied.

Drinkability: This would be excellent on the beach. I think it suits its market as well as those heat loving houstonians such as myself!

Photo of FishMan123
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BotMC. Not a very impressive beer.

A: Pours golden with a nice head. Head fades quickly with no lacing.

S: Nice smell - some lemon/coriander.

T: Rather plain. The smell left me expecting more, but unfortunately the beer did not deliver. Pale american lager. Somewhat acidic. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable, probably because it's light and plain.

An OK beer after mowing the lawn, but I really can't recommend it for much more.

Photo of auxiliary
3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Clear gold color, not too clear. nice large white head when poured, that later settled to a ring. No lace here.

smell - Apples, light hops, grain.

taste - Mix taste here, some grains, spice, malt here. Light bitterness from hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium-light, refreshing feel.

drinkability - Easy drinking, nice summer beer, enjoyed this one.

Photo of lehows
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap at the brewery in Cruz Bay, St. John. The bottled version of this beer is contract brewed by Shipyard. The tap beer at the brewery is brewed on premise, suppossedly. OK, so the beer poured a very slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small white head. Light aromas of grain and mild citrus. Taste is mild but grain and a light lemon zest dominate the palate. The beer does become quite astringent after a while, but it gets the job done when it's 90 degrees and humid out. Overall, I was more impressed with their Inaugural Ale than this brew. If your down in the islands, it's worth a try, otherwise pass for another of their brews.

Photo of MTNboy
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer from a little convenience store down the alley that the Virgin Island Brewery Store was on. It was just off the main street on the waterfront in Charlotte Amalie. I like many people (I guess) thought that the St. Johns Brewery and The Virgin Islands Brewing Company are one in the same but they are not. The guy working at the counter was very helpful and even bargained with me over the price and let me make a mixer sixer. He knew a lot about the beers as well. It is in the same covered alley as the Harley Davidson Souvenir Shop. There store did not seem to have a name but a great selection of American and Caribbean beer. I bought a six pack and some loose bottles the next stop was to find a glass so I could inspect my new found beers.

Appearance- A nice golden amber and bubbly with a good amount of lace.

Smell- A fruity odor was not too strong but had a firm presence as soon as the bottle was opened.

Taste- This beer was very nice and balanced. The hops and the malt complimented each other well. There was like bean taste present as well.

Mouthfeel- Slightly carbonated but a little thin.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink and hardly any aftertaste.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tap to shaker glass at the St. John Brewing Taproom on 6/5/11
*From notes

It should be noted that this is listed as a filtered half wheat, half pale ale.

A: Late day sunny gold. Brilliant with a one finger head and little to no lacing.

S: A bit like yeasty melon. Muted alcohol and faint essence of pine.

T: A good bit of hearty tropical pine and Belgian style yeast. The barley comes through in a big way from beginning to end, and a note of alcohol is apparent on the mid to finish.

M: Creamy and a bit oily, though it suits the brew.

O: St. John's Island Summer Ale is a bit heavier then I'd expected, but it still drinks pretty well. I ended up having quite a few of these by the bottle too, and couldn't really have more then a few due to the beer's overall richness. Not the best beer in the St. John line up, but certainly a nice little beer I enjoyed while swimming in the Caribbean Ocean, off the shore of the Soggy Dollar Bar.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A BOTMC selection that arrived in a box at my door, can't beat that, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top one gets a whiff of lemongrass and citrus. The brew pours to a golden yellow with some brightness and a multi sized two finger head. On the taste the lemony flavor is even more evident, it hits you up front, then there is a dull bitterness in the backgound that doesn't bite but barks. There is some spiciness like nutmeg in the background also but the lemon id predominant. Carbonation is crispy, a requirement for a light hot weather brew. Good beer for the VI and the steady heat but also steady ocean breeze. Good brew, not something I would look to again, but I wouldn't reject it if it is in the hurricane stockpile.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain, some hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste is a little bready with flavors of grain, tropical fruits and some spice. The malt character is light and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this a decent BBQ to relax with and drink for a while. I'm not sure I'd want to drink too many of them myself, but I think it would appeal to the Magic Hat #9 crowd.

Photo of jwc215
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a fizzy/bubbly white head that lasts for most of the duration before suddenly disappearing about half-way through.

The smell is of butterscotch. Smells like part of a stick of butter was dropped in. There is a vague tart fruitiness and some graininess (and a hint of Ringwood yeast).

The taste is of diacetyl - strongly - butterscotch with mild Ringwood yeast. Again - there is a vague fruity tartness that works in its favor. Grainy but not too sweet. Dry finish.

It's light-bodied and fizzy. The feel of having eaten a piece of butter hangs on.

This has the stamp of Shipyard all over it. Not surprising, as it is contract brewed by them. Too much diacetyl. Not something I would think of an an "Island Summer Ale". Not too refreshing. Not "bad" if you don't mind the heavy-handed diacetyl and some Ringwood yeast. Not one of the more "refreshing" summer brews out there. Can't see this being too refreshing in the Islands, either.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Virgin Islands Summer Ale....

Appearance-pale color with a thin white head which quickly dissapears.

Smell-light grain, some malt and hop does appear, thin.

Taste/Mouthfeel-the malt and hop flavors and reminiscent of summer ales but this is somewhat thinner, I can taste the alcohol, sweet with a mix of grain, medium bodied and goes down ok. Not memorable.

Drinkability-if this beer is meant to be drank on the islands perhaps that is why they made it lighter? Not sure.

Overall-simply not a memorable version of the style, other than the fun of drinking it on the Virgin Islands this simply doesn't do it for me. Not recommended.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a BotM shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: Translucent golden straw body with loads of fast, tiny bubbles & a thin, creamy but loose head. Leaves a spot of lacing.

Clean, mild fruitiness like apricot or peach, just a tiny bit of bitterness & a subtle musty or mineral character. Not bad, just not a lot going on here.

Gains a round sweetness in the taste, like bubblegum or white bread. Again, pretty subtle, but it's there. After the first little pop of "wow" from this component, it turns appropriately bitter & dry, ending crisp & lager-like.

Light-bodied, crisp, with just a little snap in the finish.

Nothing bad here, but it's kind of limp, nothing really outstanding save for that initial sweetness in the taste, which goes away after a few sips anyway. Not a bad picnic or beach beer, but I can think of better options in this regard, too, so why bother?

Photo of BeerCon5
2.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with thick foamy head and good lacing.

The scent is of grain and lemon/citrus.

The taste consists of mostly lemon/citrus, some very faint hops, much too watery.

Light bodied and crisp feel with moderate carbonation

This is pretty easy to drink, but really not for me. I thought it was too watery and much more to be desired.

Photo of sprat1960
2.18/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look: Little gold in color; transparent. Pours with a slight amount of white foam on the surface of the beer that disappears quickly. Looks rather dead after a few minutes. Looks like a low grade commercial beer.

Smell: Mild, malty aroma. Kind of like a cheap commercial lager or ale.

Taste: Mild malty taste with a unpleasant hoppy, bitter finish. Barely serviceable.

Feel: On the watery-side with an unpleasant dry finish.

Overall: It was drinkable, but not enjoyable. I have no interest in having another.

Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a white, one-finger head into my fluted tulip.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a light hint of citrus in the nose. Light and airy.

Taste is light with a decent amount of hop bitterness and sweet malt. Pretty straightforward and dare I say, bland.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt with a bit of butter/toffee as well.

When Alan Pugsley talks about his success as a contract brewer, does he even realize that some of the beers he cranks out are god-awfully bland? Can't totally be his fault but he should find clients that aim to produce beer other than the average blonde ale/pale ale variant.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Best enjoyed before: 6/2015. 4.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of white grape juice, perfume, and slight nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, artificially flavored grape juice, and slight grape jelly flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that has some fairly unpleasant nail polish remover and artificial fruit qualities going on.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of americanaqualung
4.04/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while staying in the USVI for a vacation.

A: Poured a hazy gold with a fairly small head and medium carbonation. Clarity was medium (hard to judge because of condensation forming on the glass).

S: Smells of spice, and a mild note of a fruity malt, almost pear or peach like.

T: Sweet malt with a discernable spiced bit. A little of this taste seems to come from hops, however there seems to be something else to it that I can't quite place.

M: Smooth and sweet. Leaves the mouth feeling satisfied and not too dry.

D: Defiantely a good beer for hot weather. While I would actually prefer a few other styles in hot weather, I would definately consider keeping some around in the summer (currently though it is not available in the continental US).

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I highly recommend this good example of the style. American blondes don't always have a lot of personality, but this one works in a bikini!

I had this in a little shop in Frederiksted while shopping for souvenirs. What a nice surprise. There aren't a lot of Good Caribbean beers, but this is a decent one.

It has a decent head and a great aroma. The taste is yeasty, hoppy, and bitter, all in small doses. It works.

I was disappointed that there wasn't a good best place anywhere in the town, as we had already decided not to go to the bigger town on our one day visit. Bit I was pleaded to try one good local brew. My son liked it too.

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Island Summer Ale from St. John Brewers
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.