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Island Summer Ale - St. John Brewers

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Island Summer AleIsland Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
76
okay

62 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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:
Available year-round in the Virgin Islands, April-August in the United States.

(Beer added by: MTNboy on 07-24-2007)
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mwbrady12
1.75/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of SFLpunk
1.95/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz brown glass twist-top. No date, but ticking on the label. I heard this is being brewed at Shipyard and the packaging looks like that might be true.

Quick review: Pours an orange tan with almost no head. Nose of american corn/adjunct lager. Almost no hops. Palate is really water with some light light light biscuit maltiness and some hops for bittering. Not a lot of flavor here. Ever so slightly better than Budweiser. No, I take that back. Bud is better than this.

Would not recommend.

Photo of pearljam118
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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 Jason
2.65/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of BeerCon5
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
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 jale
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light straw colored with a fingers head slight lacing lingers for a time.

S: very light malt. no hop aroma not much else

T: very light sweetness. light malt and very little hop bitterness.

M: light with adequate carbonation.

D: one and done. Just wanted the tick

Photo of TheDeuce
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
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 beernads
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of meehandennis
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of jwc215
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Beer21
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Mleblanc25
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of silverking
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of bvlaminck
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of pascilla
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of garyford
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of knicks19947
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
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 searsclone
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a sierra nevada flared pint glass. the hops etched into the glass caused a huge tornado of bubbles to rise into a nice bright white head.

smell is grains and sugar and musty

taste is grains with sweet phenols, decent balance.

mouthfeel is crisp and watery and dry

very average overall, would probably be good mixed in with a session of pina coladas while sitting on a beach.

Photo of sirhc3034
3.04/5  rDev -5.9%

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Island Summer Ale from St. John Brewers
76 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.