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Summer Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
82
good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
St. George Brewing Company, The visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Style: English Style Summer Ale

Desc: medium body, straw to light gold color, medium malt character, light to medium biscuit flavor, slight malt sweetness, very light caramel flavor, medium perceived bitterness, med to high hop aroma, medium hop finish, medium carbonation

(Beer added by: oelergud on 07-08-2008)
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Thomas0790, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

ShepardCommander, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of hophugger
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dirty gold color with good head. Slight caramel flavor and well balanced. Finishes with just a wee bit of bitter, leaving me wanting a touch more. What makes this s ummer ale?. I don't know. It tastes good in the summer?. Good brew, light and balanced, just don't look to much at the color, a little weird

hophugger, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of MattSharpless
2/5  rDev -44.1%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

avisong, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

bobbyc3, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

PGVG, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

AndrewMichael, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

err122, Jun 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

ygtbsm94, Jun 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

LambicKing, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of CreightonSM
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

CreightonSM, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ThomasAWilson2, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

RedneckBeerz, May 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

cliff1066, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of mralphabet
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a murky copper color with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with light lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting hints of sweet caramel, vanilla and bread.

T: I'm getting the malty sweet caramel right up front with hints of vanilla and a little bread, just like the smell... There is a little (very little) peppery hops showing up at the end, but the finish is pretty clean.

S: Medium bodied, soft and pretty smooth from start to finish.

D: Very tasty brew but oddly not very summer like to me.... More fall like, but in either case it is worth looking for.

mralphabet, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of jereb33
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

jereb33, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange with a hint of chill haze. Thin off white head with strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: When cold, just the barest amount of hops. As it warms up, some pine, citrus, and honey notes. Has a hint of an English pale ale to it, but with an American hop twist.

Taste: Malts and hops well blended together up front with a bit of a lingering hop bitterness. Hops have taste of pine and bitter tea. Maybe a hint of bergamot in there towards the end. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick with good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall, I think the Golden Ale by St. George is a better summer ale. This one is good, but it's not as refreshing as I thought it might be. A little too heavy and bitter - not as light, airy, and crisp as one might expect in a summer ale. Going for an English pale ale, it has aspects of it, but it's not quite it. Still, a tasty beer, just not what one would expect from the beer name or style. While I could have another if it was offered, one is enough if that's all there is - I'm not really thirsting for another.

damndirtyape, Jul 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

axman, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of paulginva
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from the bottle into a pint glass, produced a 3/4" creamy off-white head with good lacing and good persistence and with moderate carbonation. The body itself was a clear copper color.

AROMA: The aroma was primarily a bracingly fragrant citrus and less pronounced grassiness backed by a pleasing scent of a light bit of vanilla together with fresh-baked bread and lightly toasted wheat.

TASTE: Taste was of a lightly toasted malty sweetness and a hint of caramel balanced with an earthy hop bitterness with some spices and vanilla and a follow on peppery hop flavor. Quite satisfying.

MOUTHFEEL: The beer had a fine, very smooth medium body with moderate carbonation and good body lacing that retreated slowly. The initial flavor was slightly bitter with the medium length finish was pretty much the same with a refreshing spicy aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: Definitely repeatable -- I could drink this for hours. While it wasn't particularly memorable and nothing about it really stood out, I'd have to call it a good session beer -- one that you could entertain your friends with without any qualms. There just wasn't anything here that knocked my socks off and I felt that it had a bit too much body for a summer ale; it would probably be more appropriate as a fall seasonal instead.

paulginva, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Smithfield, VA 10/8
Served in a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice clear copper color with a one finger of bone white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is pale malts, floral and citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with a bit of grassy notes and pale malts. A decent amount of light breadiness comes through in the middle. Finish have a piney, citrus hop that creates a nice bite in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at first but then has a slight oily body and a dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, nice kick, not too filling, and good representation of style. This was a perfect beer sitting on the docks on a warm Virginia day.

Jayli, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Boto
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle: This one pours a crystal clear, darker golden color. There was a small white head that didn’t linger long. Lighter, but decent aroma. Faint malts, grassy and earthy. The taste is not bad. Little on the lighter side, but it is a summer beer. Fairly crisp and clean. Just a hint of bitterness, with a bit of a biscuit malt taste. I found this very refreshing.

Boto, Sep 02, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Clean 14k gold. A decent pour yields a 1.25 finger head with minimal retention and lacing.

S: Acidic hop oil, citrus and earthy must.

T: Clean. Hints of Meyer lemon and bitters. A kiss of hops and barley preside over the mid, and the finish is slightly yeasty.

M: Reasonable weight. It's extremely quaffable and a pleasure to drink.

O: St. George's Summer Ale is a great little summertime brew. It's got everything you want on a hot day, plus a reasonable amount of flavor. I'll be looking forward to this one next summer.

Rhettroactive, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color and a slight haze.
The foamy head is white and loose and fades quickly.

aroma is grainy biscuit and lite hops of a bouquet I do not know.

Taste is light and malty taste some grass and some hops at the end.

light in body and lite carbonation.

Not a bad beer and I possibly could entertain another.

micromaniac129, Jul 20, 2011
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Summer Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
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