Sum'r Summer Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Sum'r Summer AleSum'r Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Citrusy and thirst-quenching, this refreshing golden ale is highlighted by the use of unique hops.

17 IBU

Added by Wasatch on 05-31-2009

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Photo of rinhaak
2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11 oz. bottle poured into a Sam's perfect pint glass.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this certainly wasn't it.

This beer pours a very light and pale gold with a full head. The nose - which is fairly uninteresting - is a little malty with overtones of fresh hay.

The taste really conjures images of a farm field. Lots of hay, German malts, and an almost sweaty flavor. There is almost a rusty quality to the beer - something I might expect more in a red ale than this Blonde.

While I appreciate the crispness, dryness, and low alcohol content, the flavors are so offputting that I found this to be most unpleasant. However, I feel that this isn't a poorly crafted ale, hence I cannot legitimately rate it lower - despite my near thorough unenjoyment.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This pours a semi-cloudy yellow color with a thick, frothy head. The aroma is weaker with a hint of wheat and citrus. The flavor is on the weak side, not a whole lot going on. Very smooth and easy drinking though. I would have figured a craft beer like this would have more flavor.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a thin head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is faint to non-existent... a little grain.
The taste is mild grain and lemon bitterness. Watery.
The texture is crisp.
Super easy drinker 'cause it's like water.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz green aluminum can acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I usually like Uinta's offerings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and side-poured as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white colour head. Decent thickness. Okay cream. Above average (~3 minute) retention. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale yellow; vibrance is decent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's decidedly standard fare for a blonde. I'm optimistic but unimpressed.

Sm: Pale malts, crisp clean barley, and generic floral hops. Straw. Light vague lime. Some lemon citrus - probably from the hops. Grainy. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild strength aroma.

T: Blonde malts, pilsner malts. Light floral hops. Clean and crisp. A bit grainy. Straw. Clean barley. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Quite simple, but decently put together. No complexity or subtlety here, but decent balance. I like it in a general sense. A bit of vague lime.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not oily or biting. Not harsh. Clean. A bit crisp. Decent presence on the palate. Decent thickness and body. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile, but it suits it generally. Average carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but largely underwhelming. Not Uinta's best, but I see what they were going for. I wouldn't get it again. The whole Organic thing comes off as a bunch of gimmicky bullshit. I'm less than impressed. A forgettable low ABV beer with little to offer. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

Low C

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Photo of Jammies
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a pale gold with minimal foam. not much retention

S- slight maltiness and grassy smell.

T- a little malty. There is a minimal grassy taste, but the malts overwhelm the flavor

M- light. This would be smoother except for the malts that coat the entire mouth.

O- decent beer. Would be great in the summer. The only real complaint is the excessive use of malt.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow that is slightly hazy. Almost no head just a bunch of large bubbles sticking to the sides. Light/Pilsner malt aroma with some lemon grass. Somewhat sour like macro lager. Flavor is carbonated and crisp. Extremely pale/sour malty let down. There is a light grassy hop finish that separates it from the category of bad macro brew.

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Photo of A_Pint_A_Day
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance – Poured a pale straw in color with the slightest amount of haze. Very little head with no lacing

Smell – Sweet hay and white bread are the predominate smells given off by this beer. A little funk given of by the hops, but very mellow.

Taste – Crisp, clean, and sweet. Very grainy throughout with hints of corn. There was a bit of citrus flavor (lime) throughout, though it is most noticeable in the finish.

Mouthfeel – Honestly it was very thin and the hops used gave the beer a bit of astringency. The beer was very carbonated adding to the thin texture.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow in color. Fairly clear in appearance. Nice subtle lager flavor. Noble hop earthiness, clean simple pilsner malt. Nothing special. Overall, lacks flavor.

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Photo of stevoj
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From 2012. Sweet, citrusy lightweight summer brew. Pour is uneventful, no head and light golden straw color. Good refresher for a hot day. Aroma and taste a bit weak.

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Photo of Spikester
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear gold with a half inch of white head. Very minor streaky lacings.
Smell is grain bin.
Taste is grainy malts with a touch of herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is adequete amount of carbonation lends a bit of spice and a medium wet finish.
Overall unless you are looking for the low abv. you should pass on this beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

How fast do you have to speak in order to pronounce this beer the way it's written? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose comprises sweet lemon peel, very light biscuit, and a hint of mint. The taste holds notes of thoroughly funky lemon peel, light wheat, a pinch of coriander, and a single miniature crystal of Belgian candi sugar. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this beer just didn't quite do it for me. I get that it's meant to be light and "refreshing" for the warmer months and whatnot, but it's just too thin, too light, too insubstantial to really work, and the Sorachi hops, which actually can work at times, don't express themselves well enough, due mostly to a lack of support. You can have an awesome quarterback, but if he's got no one to throw to...

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Photo of isualum12
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a growler at Brewforia tonight in Meridian Idaho....Love the place

appearance: Golden yellow. Almost looks the same color as Budlight. Pure white head on beer that sits low. leaves some lace on the side. lots of activity in the glass.

Smell- Not much. Rather plain, some light fruit/citrus hidden in there.

Taste- Just not sure what I need in it. Orange? Lemon? Just not sure. It feels like it is missing something. There is a bit of wheat flavor with a bready light flavor. At first I didn't like it but I tried it again on the second night and really enjoyed it.

mouth-feel- lots of carbonation. very actice beer

Overall- Much better the second night out of the growler...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours clear straw with seemingly millions of rising bubbles.Head is textbook. Slightly off-white with a consistency mixture of both foam and froth. Head leaves light lacing slashes along the glass.

S-Doughy like semi-cooked bread. Hops are light clementine flesh and fresh sprouted grass. Nose boasts enough intensity for a light bodied Summer brew. Lemon rind.

T-Sweet Animal Crackers laced with a citrus tang. A soft balance between sweet breaded malt and passive hops. A simple flavor.

M-Light bodied with softer carbonation than expected. Extremely easy to imbibe. 4%ers need to be easy to drink right?

O/D-An unbelievably forgettable Summer Blonde that is nearly $11 for a six pack. Quite an incognito brew with a soggy price tag. My lack of success with Summer seasonals continues.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A step above adjunct "lite" beers, but only slightly. I get what Uinta is trying to do and I like the idea, just came up short. It does taste somehow fresher? and has a faint honey/lemon flavor that is nice, but at twice the price of adjunct lite beer it's hard to justify.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Uinta : Sum'R

LOOK: Perfectly clear golden brew with a white foam that sticks around for a while. There is ample lace left on the glass.

SMELL: Bready, floral, and a touch of pine. Just slightly citrusy.

TASTE: Light flavor of lemon and green tea, with a biscuity malt. Cracker like yeast is also in the flavor profile. Mild hoppy acidity gives the beer a refreshing, juicy quality. Bitterness here is very soft.

FEEL: Light bodied, but with perfect carbonation. The yeast costs the palate entirely which could be a sign this was unfiltered, or maybe just oily.

OVERALL: A pretty good ale, one that I would revisit in the right circumstances. It's light, drinkable, and has the refreshing quality a summer ale needs to have. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; pale yellow in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: bready; a little DMS;

T: grainy all the way through; flavor fades quickly - no aftertaste; virtually no bitterness;

M: light bodied; low to moderate carbonation;

O: as easy drinking as they come; no complexity; not much flavor at all;

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Photo of KFBR392
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden color. Above average carbonation active in the glass. Thin head mainly around the edges of the glass. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Creamy front hits right away. Hints of soy, butter, and dairy. Light doughy hop presence is easy going and pleasant.

Taste: Smooth front with some light bite from the carbonation. Accents of dandelions and spring flowers. The finish is less then memorable, the creamy malt and lighter accents just fade off. The hop presence in the body comes off with a session springy feeling.

Mouthfeel: Light, easy, super drinkable. Some light malt left behind on the palate.

Overall: Definitely has the feel that a summer beer should. Chewy, creamy malt with light springy hops. Good for a hot day on the porch.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: fluffy white head, hazy pale dark yellow with blonde highlights, creamy white lace on glass, creamy 2 finger head, excellent retention.

S:lemon zest, doughy, grainy malt, crackers, grass, and nothing else. Not much going on.

T: Decent. Lemon peel, zesty hops, some grass, some sunshine, light citrus, sweet malt, sweet fruit, day-old dry white bread; the aftertaste was so dry it left me with cottonmouth.

M: crisp, refreshing, light body, wet, creamy because of the fluffy cream head.

A good brew to drink in the summer as I look forward to its release every May; it isn't the best blonde ale, but it sure is refreshing when it's 100 degrees in the Salt Lake high desert sun! A solid summer seasonal by Uinta brewing.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #32 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Man this is kind of an oddly sweet beer. At first I was thinking: what the heck? And I was also thinking: do I need to get milk tomorrow? Actually, that last part is a lie. The beer does seem to have a defined sweet tone to it, in a malty kind of way. But also in a way that brings grain tones into the mix as well. Hearty ones, but not in a way that overpowers things. The overall verdict is that this is a pretty good blonde ale. A bit thick and hearty for the style, but it's alright. At least, worth trying.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6/6/12.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, and some mild grassy and hay aromas. Taste is of malt/grain, grass, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but the aroma is a bit weak in my opinion.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Like the Wyld, this is another extremely pale beer, with excellent head retention and nice lacing. The nose, though, is extremely faint, just some distant hops. The flavor leans toward the sweet side, with a clean, though slightly grainy, malt profile. Some bitterness comes through at the end, drying things a little, but not much hop flavor exists.

Rather bland and uninteresting.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean/clear light yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight yeast. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some slight hop notes, yeasty. Medium body. Drinkable, another organic brew from Four +.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow, clear with plenty of bubbles, and foamy, well-retaining, white head. Smells of light grains, grass, and lemon. Pure lemons, a bit sweet, a bit tart up front, with a mild rindy finish. Grassy throughout, a little bready or crackery as well. Fuller end of light-bodied, with low to medium carbonation, a little crisp.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, lemons, some floral notes. Taste is lemony, malts, a bit of floral hops, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall would be a fine session beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a pillowy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and an even thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts and grains with some hints of grassy and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale and grainy malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. There is a slightly stronger flavor of herbal and grassy hops that impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Light bodied with a just shy of moderate amount of carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and refreshing... A very enjoyable beer for a hot summer afternoon/evening.

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