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Summer Session Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-21-2010)
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Photo of Cookie8
5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottom line, this is a perfect summer beer! It accomplishes exactly what it wants. It's very tasty, light, crisp and refreshing! It has some lemon notes but they are very faint. It's extremely smooth.

Great summer beer!

A very easy to drink beer. Enjoy!

Cookie8, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of cliftonsbiehl
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

cliftonsbiehl, May 02, 2013
Photo of goblue3509
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color with a thin head and some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of a light floral hop and a citrus hop mix. Not too big but nice and inviting. The taste is of light florals again along with a citrus hop bite and a little sweetness. There is not the harsh hop bite you get with some apas. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall its an apa more my style not overly bitter and a little easier to enjoy. Only good things to say about this brewery so far.

goblue3509, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy straw color with three white head.

S- Pale malts, lemons vest, bready.

T- Grainy malts, earthy hops, lemon zest, great balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, high carbonation.

O- A nice easy drink summer beer. Not Evolution's tastiest beer, but still good. I will pick this up again.

larryi86, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Spfarner
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Spfarner, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of csparace
4/5  rDev +19.4%

csparace, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +19.4%

IrishColonial, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Wood1371
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Wood1371, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of 8ense1
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised to find this unreviewed so far, as it has generated a following in the region around this brewery. This seasonal light ale is available only through growlers and the occasional draft at one of EVO's circle of pubs and taverns at unpredictable times from June to August.

Rather than a complex sipping brew, this one is straightforwardly drinkable. I find it a very attractive light tan ale, with enough character and hop bite to give it an individual character. Well carbonated but not fizzy, it has a subtle citrus kick, more lemony than the grapefruit of their IPA offerings, and at 4.6 ABV it is decidedly "sessionable" as the name suggests.

It's a craft beer analog to a Michelob Lite -- not a slam, as I used to drink this brand. What I mean is that it does not call attention to itself or insist on being the topic of conversation, but it goes down smoothly and compliments a good meal, ideally a basket of crabs banged and pulled apart on a table covered with brown paper. And, on occasion, one might without threat of desecration even put a little wedge of lemon or lime on the side of a glass offered to a guest.

It's not easy to find but well worth the search.

8ense1, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of KevinTK
4/5  rDev +19.4%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Slatetank, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +19.4%

wrightst, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of ejmvet
4/5  rDev +19.4%

ejmvet, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev +19.4%

thegerm87, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev +19.4%

slvrmon82, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Zimm
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Zimm, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of JPowell712
3.96/5  rDev +18.2%

JPowell712, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled yesterday at the brewery. My review contemplates this beer as a blonde ale.

A: The session ale is a pale yellow color, easily passing for a macro or pale lager. Crystal clear, the ale supported a two finger white head on the first pour. That head left lacing all around the mouth of the glass.

S: Pale ale? No. Blonde ale? Yes. The ale has light biscuity nose, a soft sweetness that remains through the entire brew. Light citrus hops build of the malty sweetness but never get too strong.

T: Soft and fruity, the ale is a nice accompaniment to a sweltering Friday. The light grains have a solid sweetness running through them, apples and grapes in particular. Those flavors and the lightness lead me back to blonde ale but I'll trust that the proper level of diligence was performed. Behind the malts, light hops have citrus flavors but never come to the forefront. The finish reminds me of a saison, just a little mustiness there. The sweetness of the malts makes the ale work, APA or not.

M: The ale is sweet and refreshing, a nice low-alcohol brew for warmer days. The malt profile owns the flavor with great elan, a light beer that packs a great deal of flavor.

akorsak, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From tap to pint glass at the Evolution Tap Room on 5/22/11
*From notes

A: It looks strikingly similar to a witbier. It's sunny pale golden with a one finger head and minimal lacing.

S: Bready, freshly squeezed lemonade with hints of rustic yeast.

T: Very mild on the palate. It comes off a bit like an agressive ESB, not the APA that it actually is. It's somewhat bready, with a nice amount of citric acid to balance out the light dose of bittering hops.

M: Bubbly and light, it'a fizzy like a mimosa and perfect for the brew at hand.

O: I really, really dug Evo's Summer Session Ale. I genuinely hope they bottle this up and toss it into distro, as I would happily stock this in my shops all summer long. This is high quality summer drinking, and I look forward to having it again.

Rhettroactive, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Have had this on tap at both the brewery and at Pickled Pig in Rehoboth.

A: Summer sessions is a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger, white/sudsy head. Moderate retention, but not much lacing.

S: Lightly hopped, some citrus coming through as lemon, light floral aroma, with a heavy hand of bready/doughy malt.

T: Not as hoppy as I was expecting, though they are present as some lemon zest and grass with a heavy dough/bready malt bill on the backend. Slightly bitter finish.

M:Light to medium bodied, carbonation level is high, giving it a bubbly mouthfeel. Fits for the style and the time of year I want to drink it.

O: Light, easy drinking, and enjoyable. Can't ask for much more. Would be a great beer for a BBQ on a hot day, if it were available for such a thing. For now, will have to look for it at local bars or grab it at the brewery when I go.

mdaschaf, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

csmartin6, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Bdel34, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

needMIbeerinMD, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of rondufresne
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

rondufresne, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

mpalestino, Aug 27, 2013
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Summer Session Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.