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Summer Session Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at The Big Hunt.

Pours a light golden color, good carbonation, active bubbles.

Smells like a pilsner. Pulling out wheat, a brief hit of citrus.

The taste is grainy up front, a slight bitter finish. Very drinkable.

It's smooth, creamy finish. Session able for sure.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Kloby's Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on 8/13/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear paler gold in the glass, with roughly a finger or so of bright-white head. This mostly retains with some foamy edging and thin wisps across the center, leaving back some light spotty lacing that sticks to the sides. The aroma smells grassy and fruity in the nose, with some light complimentary spice notes. Grains have a supportive sweetness to them underneath, while a bit of musty yeast hangs on the edges.

The taste is sweet with grains and even sweeter with fruit character. Hops have a moderately grassy and lightly citric presence to them. The finish has some dryness to it but I’m once again picking up that musty yeastiness here, which lingers on the palate a bit like a Lager would. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied overall, with some crispness to the carbonation on top, that then gives away to more of a creamy smoothness underneath. This generally has a pretty quenching feel that really helps this along.

This was OK. Honestly, the profiles here just came across as a bit boring and the strength of the fruit and malt together just gave the taste a certain amount of thickness that I wouldn’t consider overly sessionable. The body does keep this in the game a bit but I ultimately probably wouldn’t be interested in another glass of this.

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored brew in the 14 oz "pint" shaker. Virtually no head. Fairly subdued carbonation. The flavor, however, is fairly robust for a Blonde. Some malt, but not very sweet. More of a watered-down Pale Ale, though not really crisp. Still, it's a drinkable and tangy quaff with a nice splash of hops.

This actually tastes better as it warms up. More tart and less flabby than a lot of Blondes. On tap at RFD in Washington, DC.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellow in color with a 1" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: a very mild lemon citrus aroma is all you can detect here.

Taste: very light grainy malt base with some lemon zest, grass, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp and refreshing throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a very easy drinking summer ale with a decent flavor profile. Very refreshing too.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of woodychandler
2.13/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I know that I am supposed to be divesting myself of bottles, not buying new ones, but I needed to round out a mixed six and I had never had it before.

My aggro pour produced two fingers of fizzy, off-white head with limited retention, quickly falling to wisps. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had an interesting lemon-pineapple citrusiness. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, not quite watery. The taste was oddly bitter, slightly sour, kind of citrus fruity. Finish was sort of tart and bitter, still citrusy, but just not quite right, especially for the style. I would have said that it was old, but I just bought it today. The numbers on the bottle read: "1413076142254" so I may follow up to see if there was a problem with the batch.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%

(2.90) A: Pale lemon pour produces a sudsy, dull white head of 2+ fingers that was very active on the surface with loud crackling and popping audibles that quickly reduced the once proud standing head to a whispy, skim layering of its prior self. Inside a fine misty carbonation. Nothing that would seem appealing as a summer drink.

(3.00) S: The nose was limited to some tart lemonade, wheat and orange of very low caliber levels.

(3.15) T: Flavor was tart, dry orange peel and wheat with some dry grapefruit bitterness and straw. Fairly typical per style, except that this flavor was very flat line with no bright points of interest. Things finished off with a touch of wet lemon quench and flowery hops.

(3.20) M: Ok carbonation, not really crisp or sharp, just noticeable, with a lightly creamy texture.

(3.10) O: a tart summer drink that is rather bland with marginable drinkability if nothing else was available. Single consumption factor for me with a low to mid C at best.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.28.12.

A - Pours a pale, hazy orange with a smaller white head.

S - Pilsner malt, wheat, and lemon.

T - Creamy orange, lemon, wheat.

D - Good carbonation and a light body. Pilsner-like finish.

O - Light and citrusy - Good session beer.

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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Summer Session Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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