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Summer Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
82
good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

12 brown bottle.

A- Excellent lace with a dense finger of head that does not seem to lose its form. Crystal clear shiny copper hue.

S- Fruity with hints of vanilla and fresh baked bread.

T- Malty sweet with hints of caramel, toasted malt comes in just before the peppery hop gives an earthy bitterness. Suggestions of vanilla and ripe fruit come to mind.

S- Incredibly smooth, medium bodied with a soft mouth feel.

D- Tasty but bit too much body IMO for a summer seasonal which brings down its quaffability factor.

08-01-2005 00:53:11 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -5%

This pour lacked any head and left little to no lace. The light amber pour contained visible carbonation. The aromas were muted to nonexistent, with understated hints of yeast and hop. This summer ale was a bit on the hoppier side which I did enjoy but lacking in any real character. The brew is crisp and clean with good bubbles. I don't mind it for a better than average summer ale, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. I stored a bottle for next summer, we'll see how it goes.

08-26-2009 02:13:57 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

Another bottle from the Dragon Pack sampler. This pours a slightly hazed amber body with a medium offwhite head that retains well and deposits attractive island chain lacing on the glass.

Aroma is melted caramel, ripe pears, and some floral hops.

Medium body and carbonation. I was expecting something a bit lighter.

Taste has a biscuity malt presence that seems to have a subtle honey sweetness. Fruity pear skins and a drying floral hop bitterness contribute a pleasant complexity. Clean finish.

One of my favorites from the sampler pack. Very drinkable and well made.

07-18-2010 16:31:41 | More by merlin48
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-30-2014 03:15:47 | More by avisong
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-25-2012 17:42:34 | More by cliff1066
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ebby82

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a light amber with a little head into a pint mug.

A- light hops, a little caramel sweetness.

T- A little sweet and caramel like up front, with a fresh, lightly hopped taste in the background.

M- Very crisp and light without losing any flavor.

D- Extreme Drinkability. This is definitely a summer beer, and its nice to drink a summer beer that isn't wheat and doesn't have lemongrass or anything else in it. Notably, it's an summer ale, not a summer lager, which makes all the difference to me.

Overall, another really great session beer from St. George.

04-22-2011 19:56:22 | More by ebby82
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hophugger

Virginia

3.06/5  rDev -14.5%

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

08-10-2014 23:31:43 | More by hophugger
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jereb33

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

07-18-2012 23:16:33 | More by jereb33
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err122

Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-30-2013 09:36:04 | More by err122
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -30.7%

This is a 12 oz bottle from a Dragon Pack served in a Troegenator seidel cold.

A: The ale has an auburn color with thin ring of head and a bit of lace.

S: Smell is grainy, almost soapy and very unpleasant.

T: The beer comes across very tame. The malt body is thin and grainy and the hop presence mailed it in ages ago.

M: The ale does not taste good, pass on this in favor of the golden ale or the porter.

D: See mouthfeel above.

09-01-2006 11:57:46 | More by akorsak
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blackie

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

2009 version of the same beer

a: low head over an ale glowing the copper hue of a new penny

s: the st. george typical biscuit malt aroma is the overwhelmingly dominant character, subdued grapefruit, underripe pear, dried apricot, interesting enough

m: carbonation around medium or just over, body on the lighter side of things but not thin, clean

t: same deal as the aroma, clean biscuit malts dominate with dried grapefruit rind hops, granny smith apple, pretty dry overall, mildly crisp finish with a gentle hop bite lingering

d: highly

single from La Bodega, Hampton, VA

06-08-2009 03:38:20 | More by blackie
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

07-15-2012 22:49:34 | More by damndirtyape
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MadTown1000

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -19%

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with maybe half an inch of foam. Scent is largely of grain, with a bit of hop. Flavor follows through, but with an unexpected bitter aftertaste. It comes is sweet, with a medium body, and the bitterness really does clash a bit too much with it. I expected this to taste something like Sam Adam's Summer Ale, but it actually is much more similar to Pete's Wicked Ale. Not bad, I especially like the smooth mouthfeel, but I think that aftertaste is going to stick with me for a while.

09-14-2009 03:00:55 | More by MadTown1000
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

08-18-2011 23:29:45 | More by Rhettroactive
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

06-27-2013 22:34:23 | More by ygtbsm94
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a nice white head. Good lacing. Nose is floral with a bt of lightly sweet malt and honey. Some light fruits as well. Taste is malty sweet with a bit of light fruit. Good body and overall feel and quite drinkable.

10-27-2010 22:24:59 | More by Thorpe429
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bobbyc3

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-04-2013 23:28:55 | More by bobbyc3
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-09-2013 05:26:05 | More by PGVG
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Big head appeared on this clear brown brew, and refused to leave. Had to let it settle down for a minute or two. Left some traces of lacing.

S - Grassy notes with some apricots.

T - Malty body with a good hop balance. Some citrus notes dance about. Fairly simple, yet delicious.

M - Crisp, clean light body. Medium carbonation level. Finishes a bit dry.

D - Excellent session brew. Refreshing, and well constructed. Recommended.

06-14-2011 16:51:38 | More by PhageLab
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Nothing says Summer like double-bladed ax. The beer pours a clear deep amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises dark toffee, walnuts, cashews, greens, and a decent amount of hoppy florals. The taste seems dominated by a combination of walnuts and toffee, but a healthy dose of floral bitternes pervades in the back. The body is a medium light, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively crisp finish. Overall, not bad; not quite what I was expecting, but pretty solid nonetheless.

07-19-2010 03:33:34 | More by TMoney2591
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-07-2011 22:07:34 | More by ROGUE16
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

12-10-2012 02:35:42 | More by mralphabet
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-03-2013 19:52:44 | More by RedneckBeerz
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ThomasAWilson2

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-24-2013 16:23:34 | More by ThomasAWilson2
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

07-20-2011 22:46:48 | More by micromaniac129
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Summer Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.