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Island Summer Ale - St. John Brewers

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BA SCORE
77
okay

35 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 35
Hads: 70
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 10.19%
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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 70
Photo of SFLpunk
1.95/5  rDev -39.8%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
2.18/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of jale
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
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 (269 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.98/5  rDev -8%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of searsclone
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of lehows
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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! (358 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a clear golden amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head all but disappeared after a minute or so.

The aroma has a a sweet grainy and slightly bready smell to it, with a bit of citrus coming through as well. The taste shows the sweet grainy flavor found in the nose. A little tart fruitiness comes through a bit in the finish as well. Some citrus and a little bitterness help it from becoming too sweet. Not overly exciting flavors but not bad either. Pretty smooth and light, but not really refreshing either.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is average, it wasn't bad but not very good either. The flavors were average and overall it just didn't have that refreshing summer ale type of quality to me. (839 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma isn't much, it smells like a macro lager with adjunct malt, metal, and grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a nice head. The flavor is much better than the aroma. I can taste the adjunct malt but overall it still has a solid malt taste. The palate is thin but OK. Overall I like it but don't love the aroma. (326 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
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? (880 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Single finger white head on a clear pale golden body.

S: subtle sweet lemon and pale malts. Relatively full on the nose for the style.

T: some pale malts but mostly some mild musty almost noble hop flavors without the bitterness and a mild corriander and lemon citrus note.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not bad for the style. Flavorful and refreshing. Fairly ideal summer ale. Rating is based on both the genre and overall quality. (476 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
3.53/5  rDev +9%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +9%
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. (353 characters)

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Island Summer Ale from St. John Brewers
77 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.