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Surfer's Summer Ale | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Surfer's Summer AleSurfer's Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewmaster Darron Welch calls this one an "English Style Summer Ale".

11.9 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 5.3% by volume
Bitterness: 25 IBU

Added by Shaw on 10-06-2003

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4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of imbibehour
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled August 29th 2012.

A real crystal clear golden tangerine amber body, with slow rising faint carbonation crawling. Head grabs about two fingers off white an a little soapy. Fairly nice.

Bouquet has a little bit of an off putting sense of bile. Some faint orange estery senses and very light toasty grains seem to be hiding. Not that really great smelling here, but lord knows I've had worse.

Extremely wet bodied, with a carbonated Perrier quality in the palate. Weak. Lots of carbon dioxide, and faint dry toasted barley. Palate is incredibly difficult to pick out and beer senses of malt, fruity esters, hops, anything, amongst all this C02. A hammered down palate, warming brings barely a toasty malt sense.

This tastes like colored beer flavored Perrier, really not feeling the love here.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3oz taster pour
Enjoyed on 9/3/12 at brewpub.

A: Simple clear golden yellow, looks like BMC, no lacing, no carbo.

S: Some light floral hopping. Some grassy, grainy malts. Light breadiness.

T: Much like I expected, it's a simple low ABV brew. Low hopping with grassy possibly Euro hops. Mild bitterness from them. Bready malts help to balance it nicely. Session summer brew.

M: It's a light body

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3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650mL (bottled 7/26/2012) into a tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ a frothy white head.

Aroma is fruity, floral, a little grassy, grainy.

Taste is dry and grainy, bready. Floral and fruity hop character. Refreshing and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp w/ a dry finish.

Overall a pretty standard, easy-drinking summer ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pwnzilla for another gorgeous box of beer, including my third Pelican experience. One great, one not so much, so this is the tie-breaker. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is very beer: a gold that any 1970s beer commercial would be proud to advertise on Three's Company. Nose is grassy, grainy, with a healthy heap of sweet malt.

Surfer's Summer Ale puts the routine in routine. Hits the nose like a ball peen hammer: grassy, grainy, with a healthy heap of sweet malt. Hop tang at the tail end saves this from complete obscurity & gives it a finger or two of character. Easy to drink, I suppose.

Decent, but thoroughly forgettable.

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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured a clear golden yellow with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, bread, toasted malt and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of wheat, toasted bread and light earthiness with a crisp dy finish.

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3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Pelican Pub & Brewery (Pacific City, OR) on 8/30/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This retains with a mostly light and creamy look, leaving back a good bit of spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells grassy, with some softer citric fruit, sweet grains, and a touch of diacetyl. Fruit and malt really work this into having a bit of a hefty tanginess in the nose.

The taste is a mix of sweet bready biscuits and a bit of fruitiness, with a firm citric bitterness that gives this some assertiveness on the palate. The finish is dry, with lingering notes of fruit and butter hanging in there. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and lively feel to the carbonation and an overall pretty easy drinking feel.

This wasn’t bad. It definitely has some English Pale Ale characteristics to it but then also had a bit of an easy drinking breeziness to the experience that kept things quaffable. I wouldn’t quite call this full-flavored but the overall drinkability helps elevate it a notch.

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Surfer's Summer Ale from Pelican Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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