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Summer Session Ale - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Summer Session AleSummer Session Ale

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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09-15-2012 03:24:08 | More by WDJersey
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

09-05-2012 00:03:12 | More by SPRichard
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

08-31-2012 14:19:42 | More by Kgrubb1224
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

08-05-2012 00:50:03 | More by 2dogbrew
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 05:42:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-03-2012 22:30:36 | More by mscott1975
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slvrmon82

Delaware

4/5  rDev +18%

07-23-2012 02:36:10 | More by slvrmon82
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing imperial pint glass.

A: Very pale, light, straw yellow color with a foamy, one-finger head of white carbonation that left some webby, soapy lacing. Slight protein chilled haze.

S: Very bready and grainy with hints of herbal hops, no real fruitiness perceived, just the nice, toasted bread aroma.

T: Sweet, bready and bitter flavor up front,t he brew has some minimal cooked veggie flavors that roll into an all out, lightly toasted bake shop selection. When the slightly metallic hops hit towards the finish, it throws some spicy, bitter resins back onto the palate, but it stays pretty malty throughout.

M: A bit dense for a blonde, but smooth and malty with some flash bitterness and a little acidity in the finish.

O: This is a pretty average blonde ale at 4.9% and although I like the bready consistency of the brew, it has some shortcomings, namely the acidity, off hop flavors and slight metallic taste that doesn;t jive well with the medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not horrible but I'm not going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:06:12 | More by Gambrinus1184
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-21-2012 15:16:07 | More by csmartin6
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NumberNone

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-15-2012 22:18:39 | More by NumberNone
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larryi86

Delaware

4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:25:10 | More by larryi86
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4oz taster at the Salisbury tasting room on 7/3/12.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow color. Bright white finger of head. Leaves some lacing sheets. Obviously no alcohol feet.

S: Euro hops. Grassy grainy malts. Light citrus notes.

T: Flavor follows the nose. Light, grassy hops. Thin grainy malts. Crisp citrus aromas. For the style, it works.

M: Light session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 19:36:38 | More by inlimbo77
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 00:58:43 | More by Gavage
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briandaube

Delaware

3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-08-2012 18:56:41 | More by briandaube
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Cookie8

Maryland

5/5  rDev +47.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 01:55:17 | More by Cookie8
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4/5  rDev +18%

05-30-2012 14:09:41 | More by KevinTK
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Virginia

3/5  rDev -11.5%

04-23-2012 21:47:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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Maryland

4/5  rDev +18%

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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev +18%

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Florida

3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Maryland

3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Texas

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-23-2011 23:53:26 | More by jenray
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Evolution's summer session has a clear golden body with about two fingers of white head that lays down a decent amount of lacing while exhibiting some good retention.

The aroma is very grainy with a hints of hops to it. Slightly musty.

The musty flavor runs the show here, choking out most other things. It isn't a pleasant kind of musty like you might find in a saison either, it's just an off-flavor. After that comes a slight citrus hop bite and a lot of grain. APA? I don't think so, but who knows.

Fairly thick body, with a moderate to low amount of carbonation.

I'm not a fan of this one, that musty flavor ruins the beer; I almost couldn't finish my pint.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 14:33:22 | More by Hojaminbag
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2011 21:56:56 | More by akorsak
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 14:37:29 | More by Kegatron
Summer Session Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.