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Casco Bay Summer Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Casco Bay Summer AleCasco Bay Summer Ale

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001

Our hugely popular Summer Ale exploded onto the scene just two short years ago. Light, yet flavorful, this brew complements seafood, steak or salad equally well. Balanced, with an aromatic hop finish, the Summer Ale brings sunshine to your stomach.
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Photo of meehandennis
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Omnium
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear yellow one finger fizzy white head, very little lacing.
S - Wheat, lots of grain, slight citrus zest.
T - Light lemon sweetness, slight grain, and balanced wheat on the end. Could benefit from some grassy or floral hops
M - Clean and bright, very drinkable.
O - Decent summer ale, refreshing and light.

Photo of vze33jng
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pure golden color, transparent with a fizzy 2 inch white head. The bubbles audibly pop and the head fades to nothing.

Smell: Buttery pale malt, with a general fruitiness and soft floral hops.

Taste: I like the transition of flavors, and it does have a little bit of flavor kick for a summer ale. It starts out sharp, with silky smooth pale malt, some light fruitiness, before the hoppyness comes into play. Generally bitter leafy hops eventually reveal a floral character. The finish is dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: On par with the other Casco's I have had. Bubbly carbonation is noticeable, but calling it crisp would be an overstatement. As the hoppy flavors come into play, the feel dries out somewhat.

Drinkability: The extra hops and bitterness are a new take on the style, but I wasn't really going for something hoppy here. Maybe another time I would like it better.

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a translucent, golden-orange color with a white, bubbly two-finger head of foam. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, grains and grasses.

T - This beer leads of with some sweet caramel, touches of honey and a subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied summer ale.

D - This was a good blonde ale. It is refreshing and tasty on a warm summer day.

Photo of strengthdoc
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a hole in the wall pizza place in Freeport, ME while waiting on a pizza to go. The aroma was nicely balanced. The beer was a pale golden color and the taste was nice and smooth with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. This is a nice refreshing summer ale.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of my missing Casco Bay beer reviews for this site, review from two years prior, not sure how much their beers have changed since they were partnered with Shipyard.

Pours a golden color with a good sized head, fades slowly to leave some good lacing.

Smell is a good balanced between the malt and a light hop presence.

Taste is light and crisp, leans more towards the malt side of things but does have a decent citrusy/hop aftertaste.

Photo of hopdog
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best before 7 05.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a small sized white head. Aromas and tastes of citrus (lemons and oranges), light grass and some wheat. Lighter aromas than the tastes. Medium sweet with a light hop finish.

Notes from: 6/24/05

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this bottle back from a little trip to Vacationland! Out of the bottle it was a clear, deep honey gold color with a two-finger head of yellow-tinted foam. The head retained fairly well as a tight cap and the lacing was average. The aroma was bright and inviting, floral hops, dry malt and hints of wood. The flavors were quite similar though the malt took on more presence. At first I got the slightly citric and floral hops followed by the robust malt which were big and woody for a summer beer. The finish was a little oily but not bad tasting and it really coated my tongue. The mouthfeel was good but the carbonation a little fizzy and slightly rough. This was a good beer but certainly non-traditional for summer as it was rather filling.

Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Completely clear with light amber color. Chaulky white head with excellent lacing.

Quite earthy for such a light beer. Lots of dry malt presence with light grapefruit hop in the background.

Super dry, astringent really. Flavors of bark mulch and butter Moderate to low body with strong carbonation. Low hop and nearly no aftertaste. Overall, this is a mild beer with lots of earth tones.

Photo of Greenlabel
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being a hop-lover, I'm not usually impressed with products labeled as Summer Ales. However, having enjoyed other Casco Bay products, I decided to purchase a fresh 6-pack at a Kappys Liquors and give it a try.

Poured a pleasant orangy brown color with a good and lasting head. It's smell seemed almost non-existent but it looked appealing. To my surprise, the typical mild citrusy taste also had some reasonable hop bite to it. More like a good Golden Ale - inoffensive but quite tasty at the same time.

One of the best Summer Ales I've come across - a solid choice for a sessionable product during these too-short summer months.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with about a finger and a half of head on top. A fine looking pour. The Casco Bay Summer is clean and clear in appearance with some nice bubbles bouncing around.

Smells sweet and sugary with a faint hint of citrus from the hops perhaps. A bit of apple cider comes out as well. Not a lot of strong smells with this one.

Taste is fruit esters, juicy and quite thirst quenching. There is a nice hop finish that balances this one out nicely. No major complaints from this light blonde beer. All around its a mighty tasty summer ale.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and citrus sweetness along with a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of citrus fruits, light caramelized malt sand some spice. There’s a good hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style however I think it might be more of an APWA, mild kick, this is a good beer to drink for a while, but it wouldn’t be my first choice if I were looking for a lighter beer.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a very light brown color with tracers of carbonation and a small off white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell- Floral nose with hints of spice.

Taste- Floral hints are reflected in taste as well, somewhat of a peppery taste, quite pleasant and refreshing, just a bit of hoppy bite too.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp on tongue and leaves a not wholly unpleasant tingly sensation on palate.

Drinkability- A delicious brew, having a few of these would be delightful on a hot day.

Photo of albern
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at one of the outdoor, on the deck, restaurants in Portland. I'm assuming that the beer may be slightly fresher than that served out of town. The down side is that they serve this in a plastic cup, so the smell, head, retention, and lacing are all compromised. It all appears to be about average, but I could be way off here. This is a refeshing, slightly citrusy ale that is light to medium bodied and very sessionable. I detected a nice balance between hops and malts, with little malty aftertaste that lingered. There may be some interesting fruity notes to this one as well. I will be sure to review this in the bottle, but if you are on one of the Portland decks and need a nice summer ale, Casco Bay is well worth seeking out. Perhaps you can get it served in a glass if you aren't hanging outside drinking.

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe this one was knocked around or something because despite a careful pour, it came out all head, and foam continued to come out of the bottle. When it eventually settled (which it did with not too much time), it was hazy yellow.

The smell is of lemon grass with a slight metallic tinge.

The taste is of sweet lemon. A hint of grassiness. Crisp malt. Some earthy/woody hops give it a refreshingly dry finish. That unfortunate metallic tinge that was in the aroma is (barely) noticeable in the taste.

It's appropriately light - not too watery, though.

A decent summer refresher.

Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a half-inch head with excelelnt lacing. Aromas is grassy ...hoppy. Initial malt presence sustains itself with a good hop presence at the back palate, ending in a dry note. Mouthfeel is a very good combination of smooth and dry. Drinkability is very good...very refreshing.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy golden hue. Bright with a thin cream colored head. Smells sweet and citrusy. Crisp pale malt aromas. Lovely.

Taste is a letdown. Crisp pale malt, a bit of faint snappy hops. A bit lifeless. The appealing citrus smell so lively in the aroma is gone as it crosses the tongue. Crisp and light bodies. Finishes clean and is quite the sessionable brew. The taste just leaves me wanting more, even from a light ale. A just passable summer beer.

Photo of cbl2
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drink before 9/24/06.


Pours a hazy dark gold with no head on top, but only a wisp of white lace around the rim of the glass.


Bitter stale sweat socks. I'm not looking forward to this.


Soapy and metallic with an odd bitter medicinal flavor to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, but all the flavors are screaming no to me. I've had two from the six pack so far, so this isn't just a bad bottle, but a bad beer.

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Casco Bay Summer Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.