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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

61 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. John Brewers visit their website
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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Photo of whitekiboko
3/5  rDev -7.4%

whitekiboko, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Beer21, Jul 14, 2012
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.

kylehay2004, May 03, 2012
Photo of KGR
5/5  rDev +54.3%

KGR, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of wizo
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

wizo, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -7.4%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Vdubb86
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at a local watering hole in St. Thomas

I wanted to try Blackbeard Ale, but since no place on this island has it I was forced to settle for this. This beer was served a pale golden straw color and smelled of lemons, slight grassy hops. The taste was surprisingly good thinking of all of the Cervezas that were the alternate option. There was good malty caramel body to go with the slight cardamon like sweetness. It is smooth and refreshing and a really nice way to beat the heat. Overall I really did enjoy this and for the style it was quite a nice find on the island.

Vdubb86, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -7.4%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Rhettroactive, Jun 22, 2011
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Infamous7100
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Infamous7100, Apr 08, 2011
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

jale, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of mooseisloose
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

mooseisloose, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of ezec
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a nice clear amber-golden with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Bouquet was intriguing. I picked up some banana, apple, and pear.

Taste: Something of a let down. Not what the smell promised, but good nontheless. A well-rounded beer, a little sweet but definitely not complicated. Finishes a bit dry, metallic.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated; medium/light in body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially in Summer, or on an Island! Looking for an Island Summer Ale? This is it.

ezec, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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?

OneDropSoup, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly decent, after the execrable mango version.

Pours a golden yellow. About two inches of white foam.

Smells surprisingly tropical. Some mango (but not the horrible chemical overload of the other beer by them), some yeastiness ... is that pine hops? Just a touch.

Taste is yeasty grain sweetness. A bit of fruit content, but not too much. It's a pretty mild brew.

Surprised by how much I dug it. Maybe I was just in the mood.

Overlord, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of FishMan123
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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.

FishMan123, Aug 14, 2010
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.

steelerguy, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of scoobybrew
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - brilliantly clear straw color with a thick white head that settles into a thick collar; very pretty

S - grainy malt with a noble hop aroma

T - strong grainy malt flavor up front and through the finish which has an abrupt, crisp hop bitterness; hops add a lemon-like dimension to the flavor; yeast esters are present but restrained

M - medium-light body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a decent American blonde that is nicely balanced between the malt and hop. It's very clean and refreshing - quite a nice beer on this hot summer day. The body could stand to be a little lighter to style, but it still goes down easily

scoobybrew, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Squelch
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Squelch, Jul 24, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

billab914, Jul 22, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of TheDeuce
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

TheDeuce, Oct 30, 2009
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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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of BeerCon5
2.7/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

BeerCon5, Sep 29, 2009
Island Summer Ale from St. John Brewers
76 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.