Island Summer Ale | St. John Brewers

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Island Summer AleIsland Summer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
St. John Brewers
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
stjohnbrewers.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available year-round in the Virgin Islands, April-August in the United States.

Added by MTNboy on 07-24-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat sour wheat but I would agree that I would drink this if I were out a day on the beach. Not super drinkable, but drinkable. Pure yellow bodied.JoshuaR’s bottle. A little astringent. Some caramel, not much wheat. A tad of citrus. Not the best in their lineup.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Single finger white head on a clear pale golden body.

S: subtle sweet lemon and pale malts. Relatively full on the nose for the style.

T: some pale malts but mostly some mild musty almost noble hop flavors without the bitterness and a mild corriander and lemon citrus note.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not bad for the style. Flavorful and refreshing. Fairly ideal summer ale. Rating is based on both the genre and overall quality.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Best enjoyed before: 6/2015. 4.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of white grape juice, perfume, and slight nail polish remover aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, artificially flavored grape juice, and slight grape jelly flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that has some fairly unpleasant nail polish remover and artificial fruit qualities going on.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt with some bland cereal. Taste is not overly complex with some lightly sweet malt with a somewhat refreshing taste of cereal and a light dry hops at the end. Body is fuller then average with OK carbonation. Not bad but nothing too write home either.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed by Shipyard. St. Johns Island Summer Ale is a basic golden ale brewed with Ringwood yeast. The addition of mango, however, gives iit an interesting, refreshing, and almost sweet fruitiness. I'm not sure how it woud go beyond one serving, but I enjoyed my first. I could definitely see it as a brew to try at a backyard BBQ in the summer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | 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 bright gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain, some hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste is a little bready with flavors of grain, tropical fruits and some spice. The malt character is light and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this a decent BBQ to relax with and drink for a while. I'm not sure I'd want to drink too many of them myself, but I think it would appeal to the Magic Hat #9 crowd.

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Photo of billab914
3.17/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a clear golden amber color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head all but disappeared after a minute or so.

The aroma has a a sweet grainy and slightly bready smell to it, with a bit of citrus coming through as well. The taste shows the sweet grainy flavor found in the nose. A little tart fruitiness comes through a bit in the finish as well. Some citrus and a little bitterness help it from becoming too sweet. Not overly exciting flavors but not bad either. Pretty smooth and light, but not really refreshing either.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is average, it wasn't bad but not very good either. The flavors were average and overall it just didn't have that refreshing summer ale type of quality to me.

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Photo of Jason
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear pale golden brew, a sufficient amount of head with some lacing on the glass. The aroma jumps from a grainy, almost husky, tone to a faint fume of alcohol. Grainy as soon as the gates open, a bit of sweetness makes it way out but quickly vanishes. Both malt and hops become a bit thin with a hard husk note form the grain and a faint sharpness of a watery citric hoppiness. Gritty, nearing astringent and a faint yeast note in the back. Finishes with a dry and thin graininess that does not totally go clean and right at the end the bottom drops with a fading astringency.

I’m not really digging this one, if this was just a plain no frills blonde ale that would have been fine but there are definite flaws here that show after a few sips in a row. Not huge glaring flaws but none the less flaws. Enough to the point of not being able to finish the bottle and that is the breaking point.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jwc215
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a fizzy/bubbly white head that lasts for most of the duration before suddenly disappearing about half-way through.

The smell is of butterscotch. Smells like part of a stick of butter was dropped in. There is a vague tart fruitiness and some graininess (and a hint of Ringwood yeast).

The taste is of diacetyl - strongly - butterscotch with mild Ringwood yeast. Again - there is a vague fruity tartness that works in its favor. Grainy but not too sweet. Dry finish.

It's light-bodied and fizzy. The feel of having eaten a piece of butter hangs on.

This has the stamp of Shipyard all over it. Not surprising, as it is contract brewed by them. Too much diacetyl. Not something I would think of an an "Island Summer Ale". Not too refreshing. Not "bad" if you don't mind the heavy-handed diacetyl and some Ringwood yeast. Not one of the more "refreshing" summer brews out there. Can't see this being too refreshing in the Islands, either.

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Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BMan1113VR for providing this bottle.

Pours a semi-hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is similar to an adjunct lager with some corn notes. The flavor is more of the same with some grain. Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tap to shaker glass at the St. John Brewing Taproom on 6/5/11
*From notes

It should be noted that this is listed as a filtered half wheat, half pale ale.

A: Late day sunny gold. Brilliant with a one finger head and little to no lacing.

S: A bit like yeasty melon. Muted alcohol and faint essence of pine.

T: A good bit of hearty tropical pine and Belgian style yeast. The barley comes through in a big way from beginning to end, and a note of alcohol is apparent on the mid to finish.

M: Creamy and a bit oily, though it suits the brew.

O: St. John's Island Summer Ale is a bit heavier then I'd expected, but it still drinks pretty well. I ended up having quite a few of these by the bottle too, and couldn't really have more then a few due to the beer's overall richness. Not the best beer in the St. John line up, but certainly a nice little beer I enjoyed while swimming in the Caribbean Ocean, off the shore of the Soggy Dollar Bar.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a pale ale, maybe a little lighter, 1/2" white head. Aroma was mild grains and slight floral hops, ever so slight.

Taste was run of the mill blonde ale, which is to say there wasn't much in the way of taste. Didn't have any of the adjunct fruit stuff their other beers do. Average stuff all the way around pretty much.

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Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a white, one-finger head into my fluted tulip.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a light hint of citrus in the nose. Light and airy.

Taste is light with a decent amount of hop bitterness and sweet malt. Pretty straightforward and dare I say, bland.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt with a bit of butter/toffee as well.

When Alan Pugsley talks about his success as a contract brewer, does he even realize that some of the beers he cranks out are god-awfully bland? Can't totally be his fault but he should find clients that aim to produce beer other than the average blonde ale/pale ale variant.

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Photo of Dactrius
2.67/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale gold brew, minimal head to it, hence lacing not so much. Lacking the fruit aroma that the other beers in the series have. Neutrual aroma.

Without the tropical fruit, you're just left with an unambitious average blond ale. Not much for hopping, extremely light bodied beer. You can find some of the tropics in this if you go looking for it, but compared to the other 2 beers, this one is lacking in the fruit department.

Strangely enough, this one is the least enjoyable of the 3 I've had, yet is probably the highest rated on this website of the three. My taste is diametrically opposed to everyone else's on this website as far as these beers go.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dsshuck
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of bostonryan
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I highly recommend this good example of the style. American blondes don't always have a lot of personality, but this one works in a bikini!

I had this in a little shop in Frederiksted while shopping for souvenirs. What a nice surprise. There aren't a lot of Good Caribbean beers, but this is a decent one.

It has a decent head and a great aroma. The taste is yeasty, hoppy, and bitter, all in small doses. It works.

I was disappointed that there wasn't a good best place anywhere in the town, as we had already decided not to go to the bigger town on our one day visit. Bit I was pleaded to try one good local brew. My son liked it too.

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Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly decent, after the execrable mango version.

Pours a golden yellow. About two inches of white foam.

Smells surprisingly tropical. Some mango (but not the horrible chemical overload of the other beer by them), some yeastiness ... is that pine hops? Just a touch.

Taste is yeasty grain sweetness. A bit of fruit content, but not too much. It's a pretty mild brew.

Surprised by how much I dug it. Maybe I was just in the mood.

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Island Summer Ale from St. John Brewers
3.22 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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