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Surfer's Summer Ale - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewmaster Darron Welch calls this one an "English Style Summer Ale".

11.9 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.3% by volume
Bitterness: 25 IBU

(Beer added by: Shaw on 10-06-2003)
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
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MikeAllen

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

07-13-2014 05:38:50 | More by MikeAllen
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Kylemif

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

10-30-2013 18:08:22 | More by Kylemif
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-19-2013 01:47:39 | More by Kopfschuss
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

05-08-2013 03:08:17 | More by leftoverburrito
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 29th 2012.

A real crystal clear golden tangerine amber body, with slow rising faint carbonation crawling. Head grabs about two fingers off white an a little soapy. Fairly nice.

Bouquet has a little bit of an off putting sense of bile. Some faint orange estery senses and very light toasty grains seem to be hiding. Not that really great smelling here, but lord knows I've had worse.

Extremely wet bodied, with a carbonated Perrier quality in the palate. Weak. Lots of carbon dioxide, and faint dry toasted barley. Palate is incredibly difficult to pick out and beer senses of malt, fruity esters, hops, anything, amongst all this C02. A hammered down palate, warming brings barely a toasty malt sense.

This tastes like colored beer flavored Perrier, really not feeling the love here.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 20:50:53 | More by smakawhat
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3oz taster pour
Enjoyed on 9/3/12 at brewpub.

A: Simple clear golden yellow, looks like BMC, no lacing, no carbo.

S: Some light floral hopping. Some grassy, grainy malts. Light breadiness.

T: Much like I expected, it's a simple low ABV brew. Low hopping with grassy possibly Euro hops. Mild bitterness from them. Bready malts help to balance it nicely. Session summer brew.

M: It's a light body

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 17:41:19 | More by inlimbo77
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draheim

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL (bottled 7/26/2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a frothy white head.

Aroma is fruity, floral, a little grassy, grainy.

Taste is dry and grainy, bready. Floral and fruity hop character. Refreshing and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp w/ a dry finish.

Overall a pretty standard, easy-drinking summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 22:57:54 | More by draheim
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twelveinches

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-09-2012 05:39:58 | More by twelveinches
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pwnzilla for another gorgeous box of beer, including my third Pelican experience. One great, one not so much, so this is the tie-breaker. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is very beer: a gold that any 1970s beer commercial would be proud to advertise on Three's Company. Nose is grassy, grainy, with a healthy heap of sweet malt.

Surfer's Summer Ale puts the routine in routine. Hits the nose like a ball peen hammer: grassy, grainy, with a healthy heap of sweet malt. Hop tang at the tail end saves this from complete obscurity & gives it a finger or two of character. Easy to drink, I suppose.

Decent, but thoroughly forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:18:32 | More by maximum12
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

08-14-2012 21:35:05 | More by Vyronian
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

07-18-2012 20:21:46 | More by gleemonger
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

07-09-2012 05:42:16 | More by shelby415
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BillHilly

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-16-2012 00:06:24 | More by BillHilly
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jtosch

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-27-2012 23:12:55 | More by jtosch
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Ratman197

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured a clear golden yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, bread, toasted malt and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of wheat, toasted bread and light earthiness with a crisp dy finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:48:07 | More by Ratman197
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City, OR) on 8/30/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This retains with a mostly light and creamy look, leaving back a good bit of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy, with some softer citric fruit, sweet grains, and a touch of diacetyl. Fruit and malt really work this into having a bit of a hefty tanginess in the nose.

The taste is a mix of sweet bready biscuits and a bit of fruitiness, with a firm citric bitterness that gives this some assertiveness on the palate. The finish is dry, with lingering notes of fruit and butter hanging in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and lively feel to the carbonation and an overall pretty easy drinking feel.

This wasn’t bad. It definitely has some English Pale Ale characteristics to it but then also had a bit of an easy drinking breeziness to the experience that kept things quaffable. I wouldn’t quite call this full-flavored but the overall drinkability helps elevate it a notch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 14:21:45 | More by Kegatron
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is boardering on an American Wheat in style, though it's perfectly clear. Leaves a nice lace. Aroma and flavour is very light: wheaty biscuit; slightly grassy with hints of floral & citrus. Light to moderate body with a crisp finish. A nice summer brew.

Ingredients:
Golden Promise malt
Wheat malt
Torrefied wheat
Glacier hops

Brewing Specs:
Style: English-Style Summer Ale
Gravity: 12.2 degrees Plato
ABV: 5.3%
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Color: Golden Yellow

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 04:05:12 | More by Derek
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HugePlume

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured in a pint.

A- With a somewhat aggressive pour it leveled up with a massive foamy 3 finger head. Wow. Color was an utterly nondescript yellow, but the lacing was out of this world for what I have ever seen a EPA do. A truly magnificent wall draped down the side of the glass.

S- Grassy hops, and significant yeasty spice. Background of cereal malt.

T- Taste follows the nose, but amplified. Very well balanced. A chorus of beer elements in harmony.

M- falls a little short here, was a bit watery, but forgivable.

O- Very impressive. Try this, not your average pale!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:04:33 | More by HugePlume
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roth’s Sunnyside Market in S.Salem. $4.99 Golden coloured ale,clear and bright..large frothy white head. KInda hop forward aromas..citusy/grassy type, some honeyish tones also. for being so hoppy on the nose the taste is totally different more honeyish and malt centered..though a gentle tongue caressing hop is there. Nice palate..quite smooth and easy for the style,nice finish. Nice summer quaffer...we are getting a lot of this here in the PNW. Nice to give the hops a rest for the season!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 17:19:00 | More by Reidrover
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beertunes

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gordie for grabbing this one for me. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear dark gold color with over an inch of rocky white head that that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was nice, earthy grains, subtle hops and a bit of a yeast tang. The flavor was very nice, much the same as the scent. Smooth grains, crisp hops and just a touch of tangy yeast.

The body was very nice, crisp, clean, smooth and light. Drinkability was very good, you could drink these all of a summers day. Overall, a very nice, easy drinking beer. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 20:59:23 | More by beertunes
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buckeyeboy brought this bottle over to a small get together a short while back... Thanks Jeremy... No way I would have picked up a blonde in PDX.

Pours with a nice white head.. clear golden...

Nose is pretty bready with only hints of C hops.

Flavor is a bit better... lite citrus.. smooth pale malts.. hints of what I guess is wheat....

Expected body and carbonation.

Thanks again Jeremy.

All 3.5's

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 08:07:58 | More by JohnGalt1
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

Maybe the best Blonde I've ever had... ale, that is. The beer starts with a standard straw color, mild on head formation, but endured the session with notable lacing. Aromas of soft pilsner malts, floral-spicy hops, light notes of honey nectar, pears, and paradise seed spiciness. Flavors pick up there and promote the confectionate malt sweetness, light on bittering but nice, crisp, hop flavors of flowery notes, orange zest, and light pine. Light, crisp, yet malty-creamy in the body. Finishes with a dry, minty note and a lingering of floral flavors. Quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 16:10:05 | More by BEERchitect
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Surfer pours a light gold hue with a quick dissipating foam.

I got a mellow maltiness for the smell.

The taste was really money. After the first sip I thought this would be a beer to drink in the hot sun all day. If I didn't have to take a nap in the mean time.

Mouthfeel was good and soft like most Kolsch styles that I have tasted.

If this was a more accessible beer I would drink it more frequently. I was able to try this beer as a friend delivered a present from the beach. Pelican needs to do a better job of distributing their stock.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 01:21:40 | More by cswhitehorse
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer on tap 4 years ago on the patio in Pacific City and I like it now in a bottle at home. This is a easy drinking ale with lager like characteristics. The nose is fresh and fruity with some hops apparent. The balance is just right with a great clean finish that has enough flavour to satisfy. A patio beer done right I hope it not another 4 years before I try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 00:13:54 | More by canucklehead
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I experienced some frustration with Pelican’s Surfer’s Summer Ale in that the first time I ordered it I was mistakenly served a pint of the Kiwanda Cream Ale. My second effort several hours later was tainted by my previous exasperation in getting the wrong beer and compounded by a similar taste profile. Did they serve me the same wrong beer twice? Frankly, although I should know the answer to this question, my beer provided few clues to figuring out what, if anything, was amiss.

Assuming I was actually served the Surfer’s Summer Ale, I found it to be similarly malty to their cream ale though somewhat less robust. It also arrived in a sunnier, bright chamomile yellow color. There was a similar lack of CO2, head, and lace and the bitterness, by comparison, seemed slightly sharper than the Kiwanda Cream.

Slaked my thirst for a bit, but nothing to write home about.

5.2% ABV, 26 IBU

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2005 02:45:52 | More by RedDiamond
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Surfer's Summer Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
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