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Summer Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
82
good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 30
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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 00:53:11 | More by Jason
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MattSharpless

Virginia

2/5  rDev -44.1%

07-17-2014 15:33:51 | More by MattSharpless
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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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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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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-02-2013 18:30:34 | More by AndrewMichael
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err122

Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

06-21-2013 22:02:13 | More by LambicKing
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CreightonSM

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-10-2013 17:25:06 | More by CreightonSM
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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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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-26-2012 23:29:36 | More by axman
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 00:25:31 | More by paulginva
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 20:50:42 | More by Jayli
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Boto

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 21:17:43 | More by Boto
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:29:45 | More by Rhettroactive
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 22:46:48 | More by micromaniac129
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color. Clear and bright with a lace of head that sticks to the glass.
S: Sweet and bready with some tanginess and some good hop finish.
T: The hoppiness gives the beer a nice bitterness. The beer gets really balanced out by the sweetness of the malt.
M/O: Crisp and refreshing beer. Good balance of flavor. Doesn't jump out to me as a summer beer specifically but still a good session type beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 18:54:01 | More by pzrhsau
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Summer Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
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