Dooryard Summer Ale - Picaroons Brewing Co.
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3.74/5 rDev +6.3%
500ml bottle. Just for fun, get a native Maritimer to pronounce the name of this brew to you - I still can't recreate in my mind how I heard it.
This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, rocky, and lazily bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some spooky haunted forest lace around the glass as it swiftly abates.
It smells of sugary pale and grainy wheat malt, applesauce, pear compote, lightly spiced orange rind, earthy yeast, and mild leafy, grassy, hay-like hops. The taste is more sweet orchard fruit - the usual suspects of apple, orange, pear, and lemon all representing their cause, alongside a decent grainy, bready, and somewhat crackery pale malt, a sort of separate yeasty wheatiness, and soft piney, leafy, and earthy noble hops.
The bubbles are quite understated, barely raising the hackles of any of my various palates, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, with a certain well-bred creaminess to boot. It finishes off-dry, the breadiness of the blended malt maintaining some hefty staying power, while the fruit, yeast, and old-world hops bonk heads on their slow, meandering way out.
Without the wheat on the malt bill, this would surely fall into the catch-all category of American Blonde Ale, which is strangely growing its own personality of late - sweet, fruity, bready, low alcohol and meek hops. Sound familiar? Yup, but this hardly a bad thing, in fact, it's what the doctor (should have, at least) ordered for days like this - unbearably hot in the rooms where the oscillating fan isn't, with some wafting Northern forest fire ashes to breath, just for fun. Yeah, give me one of these right now, no matter how you spit out its name.
07-17-2014 04:44:26 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev +8%
Appearance - Pours a light amber with a finger of frothy white head. Pleasant lacing that sticks to the glass.
Smell - wheat, lightly toasted grains, citrus (orange/lemon), light spicy notes, and hint of noble hops.
Taste - Starts off strong with wheat and citrus flavours followed by the lightly toasted grains, spicy notes, and hint of noble hops.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a light bitterness.
Overall - A refreshing wheat beer that is easily enjoyed on anyone's patio/back deck. A perfect compliment to this warm day in Cowtown.
07-06-2014 02:50:11 | More by leaddog
3/5 rDev -14.8%
Had on tap at St. John Alehouse
Appearance: gold in color, ½ inch head, medium carbonation, clear
Smell: orange, lemon, and apricot
Taste: orange, lemon, apricot, cardamom, cream, and wheat
Mouthfeel: sweet, medium carbonation, light body
Drinkability: If you like Blue Moon, you will like this pale wheat ale. To me this tastes like so many other standard pale wheat ales it is hard to separate this one out. Not a bad beer, but nothing I cannot get with a different label.
09-05-2011 13:03:38 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +13.6%
Bottle from awesome girlfriend...
Pours a nice light hay color with a finger of head.
review from my phone, so, shortened....
Nose is a nice saison... not sure why it is in this category... it is a saison. Nice, light flavor of citrus, with an extremely clean finish. Bit if earthyness to it... but cleanliness on the finish is prominent. Nice saison, for sure... but not an American wheat.
08-14-2011 06:28:50 | More by crusian
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.35/5 rDev -4.8%
A very pale, clear yellow topped by a 2" white head. Excellent lacing whole way around. I find that most of Picaroons beer have the same aroma. I know crisp isn't a smell but that is what I get along with wheat and straw. Taste is kinda bland. A bit of orange. Extremely light beer that is clean and almost to fast going down. Another good beer from a good Canadian brewery.
05-26-2011 11:58:51 | More by spree92
2.95/5 rDev -16.2%
A: Cloudy orange body with two fingers of white head. Retention is poor and leaves little lacing.
S: Faint scent of yeast, some spice and fruit mixture. Quite week.
T: Some orange, other fruit, spice and yeast. The flavour is quite bland.
M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Frothy texture and leaves a odd aftertaste.
D: Meh, another miss from Picaroons for me. It's not the off putting, but plain.
08-17-2010 00:54:07 | More by Long813
Prince Edward Island (Canada)
3.43/5 rDev -2.6%
The beer pours a cloudy honey colour, with a fast-forming (and rising) head, the consistency of beaten egg whites. It sticks around for a bit, too.
The smell is kind of sweet... reminds me of a raspberry wheat ale I got on the Gaspe peninsula. It's not bad, but not my kind of beer.
The taste, again, is not my favourite kind of beer. It grew on me as the bottle went on, though. It's that sweetness or... I don't know what it is about a wheat ale... but I don't like it as much as other kinds of beer.
It feels OK in the mouth. Just don't like that sweetness / tartness.
If you like wheat ales, this would be very drinkable. For someone like me who doesn't enjoy them a lot, it's still fairly drinkable.
06-26-2010 20:39:48 | More by PEIBeerGuy
Nova Scotia (Canada)
2.83/5 rDev -19.6%
Recently picked this up from Premier Wine and Spirits. In case you can't make it out in the picture, part of the label declares this "Atlantic Certified Organic".
Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a fine covering of white head.
I can not detect any scent from this.
Taste is very light. Flavors are very muted. Some coriander and wheat.
Light and smooth, with a minor aftertaste, which is what I expect from a wheat beer. However, there is very little actual substance to the beer. While drinkable, there isn't a whole lot of enjoyment derived the drinking. A sub-par example of an APWA.
10-16-2009 21:38:07 | More by Seanstoppable
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
I tried this one several times. I drank it from a wheat beer glass, a pilsner glass, from a regular house glass and directly from the bottle.
I find that the best way to appreciate it is to drink it from either a wheat beer glass or a regular household glass. The beer have a pale golden-yellow color with a medium white head.
Really nice wheat taste with a hint of citrus / orange peel. A little hops-y compared to other kinds of beer of the same category, but just enough to give it a nice bitter after-taste.
Good beer to drink when you're cooking BBQ with some friends in the summer!
09-11-2009 00:54:12 | More by remichoppers
Dooryard Summer Ale from Picaroons Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.