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Summer Ale - St. George Brewing Company, The

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BA SCORE
81
good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
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:
Beer added by: oelergud on 07-08-2008

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
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ebby82
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -14%
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

Photo of akorsak
2.47/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MadTown1000
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PhageLab
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mralphabet
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall classic 12oz brown glass bottle with the standard St. George brewery label. Pry-off cap.
Straw golden to clear ruby body with low carbonation, pure white creamy head with decent retention that falls to a good float and clumpy lace.
Spiced grass scent with mild resin hops and a nice malty backbone with a kick of pepper.
Mild mannered ale in the classical english style. Grassy malts, pine hops, sour pepper, nut skin and an aftertaste of biscuity peppery hops.
Medium body, good coating and a dry finish.
This is one very drinkable ale. Smooth, mild and gentle yet full of flavor.

-Oelergud

Photo of pzrhsau
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very excellent summer ale. It has an excellent bright color and has wonderful head (especially for a bottled beer). Very nice aroma, reminds me a bit of road side fruit stands. It has an excellent balanced tasted, leaning towards the bitter with a great summer flavor, including what I thought to be orange and coriander. It was one of the few left from my sample pack I bought at the brewery, as I don't always care for summer style ales, but I was pleasantly surprised. I did try a taste of this from the tap, too, at the brewery, but just enough to know it was worth one bottle in a six-pack. Now I know it's definitely worth trying a pint or two from the tap.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is actually the 2008 summer ale, but it is the same as the 2005 version, so I simply put it here.

Golden body with a slight white head.

Smells mostly of of sweet/caramel malts with just a little but of hop aroma.

There's a lot going on with this beer. First is a biscuity taste,with sweet and caramel malts coming through next. Some grassy hop bitterness comes through in the finish. Medium carbonation, light bodied.

A very drinkable, balanced summer brew.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer arrived on the table hazy golden with a huge white frothy head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was, well, practically nonexistant. Just a light hop aroma.

The flavor was bitter (only lightly) with a slight malt flavor in the background. Hop flavor in the beer was low.

The finish was dry and the bitterness lasted into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

Pint at Marker 20. The beer is kinda boring.

Photo of Fish113d
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours a pale straw color with a seemingly pretty dense 2 cm of white head on top. Some clings to the glass as it dissipates.

Aroma is quite mild. Mild citrus hops come through mostly on the nose. Maybe also some pale malts detected, but pretty disappointing really.

Sipping, I notice right away that this is a rather hoppy-flavored, bitter ale. Some biscuits come through as it crosses my palate, and the finish and aftertaste are quite grainy and of biscuits. Some florals also come through with a bit of pepper. Overall, quite bitter from the start through the finish.

Body is light to medium at most, with a dry bitterness. Carbonation is nicely balance.

Drinkability is decent. As advertised, this would make a nice summer session brew. However, it isn't something that knocked my socks off. I think Sam Adams offers a nicer Summer Ale.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and crystal clear, with a small foam cap.

The aroma has a hint of malt sweetness and earthy hops. A decent aroma and nothing to complain about for the style, but also nothing too noteworthy.

Smooth and medium bodied. The flavor is earthy and bitter followed by a dry hop bitterness, oak and light sweet malt. The finish is dry with a bit of citrus, more earthy hops, a raw grain flavor.

A pale ale should be a good session beer and I will be making a session out of this one.

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presenation: 12 oz borwn bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured a bright copper color. Head formed about 1 finger thick and retained itself quite well.

Aroma: Moderate, mainly hops.

Taste: Sweet and malty up front giving way to some hop bitterness in the middle that lasts until the end. The finish was all hops, but not too strong.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: Decent, but nothing spectacular. Worth a try but nothing I'm going to rush out and buy a ton of. Oddly enough their web site has this brew listed as draft only but I'm holding a bottle in my hand right now.

Photo of argock
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Appetizing-looking golden hue with ruby-brown highlights. Respectable foamy head with nice lacing.

S: Caramel malt at first then met with a harsh herbal and spice aroma which was unexpected and not pleasant.

T: Spice in the aroma is unfortunately carried forward in the flavor with strong cardamom-nutmeg quality -- a strange choice for a summer ale. Malty, mostly nutty and caramel, with herbal hops flavor.

M: A little thin and watery with relatively low carbonation. Spiced aftertaste.

D: Not a typical summer ale and not a very good ale in total.

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Summer Ale from St. George Brewing Company, The
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.