Summer Ale - Vancouver Island Brewery
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3.71/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Tried on tap at the Vancouver Island brewery proper, enjoying a nice chat with the dude working there at the time (forgot your name, bro. My bad). In any event, this guy was very knowledgeable and helped guide me through a solid tasting session. This brew is actually dubbed "Beachcomber" Summer Ale and is a cloudy lemon yellow hefeweizen with off-white head. Aroma is typical of well-crafted North American takes on this style, banana and clove with banana dominating, along with some citrus rind and faint brown sugar and perhaps just a tinge of roast. Palate mirrors this closely, a big banana forward flavor with some citrus, clove, and white pepper spice, crisp and refreshing despite the fruitiness. Appropriately fizzy and thin to moderate body with a tangy, crisp finish. Shows some of the hybrid American wheat and hefeweizen character you often get with North American takes on this style but very good nonetheless. Some added noble hops in the finish provide an extra element and sure, this would make a solid summer session option.
Serving type: on-tap
04-27-2014 21:09:01 | More by CalgaryFMC
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great to see this beer back in rotation under another guise as it was my fave Hefe about 2 years ago. Still has the luscious mouthfeel and the big banana/ cloves notes to the nose. Great take on the style but the Summer Ale name is a little confusing as it sounds like a Golden Ale or Cream Ale.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2012 01:43:37 | More by canucklehead
Summer Ale from Vancouver Island Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.