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Island Summer Ale - St. John Brewers

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BA SCORE
74
okay

62 Ratings
THE BROS
61
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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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.

BeerCon5, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Brad007, Jun 26, 2009
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.

SFLpunk, Jun 25, 2009
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.

jwc215, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of nick76
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

nick76, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

auxiliary, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.4/5  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.

TheManiacalOne, May 22, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of americanaqualung
4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
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).

americanaqualung, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of lehows
3.15/5  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.

lehows, Aug 29, 2007
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.

Jason, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

MTNboy, Jul 25, 2007
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Island Summer Ale from St. John Brewers
74 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.