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 woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It warmed up today to the point that my backyard has thawed out and I even discovered a spent CAN that someone threw over the fence prior to the first snowfall! People everywhere know of The CANQuest (TM) and often leave me spent CANs for recycling or otherwise. It was not warm enough to remind me of Summer, but it beat the intense cold of late.

From the CAN: "Brewed with ORGANIC barley & hops"; "Earth, Wind and Beer Sunkissed by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City UT"; "Brewed with renewable power"; "Certified Organic by the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food".

I heard a nice, loud Crack so I celebrated with an inverted Glug, resulting in two-plus fingers of soft, bone-white head with good retention that resembled meringue. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow (SRM = 4). Nose had a lemony, grassy scent and lemongrass was certainly a possibility. Frankly, it reminded me more of a Pilsner than a Blonde. Mouthfeel was very soft, caressing my poor, bruised tongue and washing it with a lemony, biscuity flavor. I stand behind thinking of it as a German Pilsner. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing and a definite possibility for inclusion in the cooler in the Sum'r, I mean, Summer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear light yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head, nice patches of thick lacing.
S - Grainy, a little sweet malt, grains, citrus.
T - Lemongrass, grains, sugar water, citrus zest.
M - Light, refreshing, goes down easy.
O - Decent session Summer beer that can be drank in mass quantities.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/14/2013. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense bright white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, cracker, bready grain, floral, grass, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, cracker, bready grain, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, cracker, bready grain, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and moderate robustness of hop, malt, and fruity ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately dry mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a nice blonde ale style. Good balance of hop and malt flavors with moderate robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy bright yellow with a good size head that doesn't seem to last. Lots of particles or trub in this beer. Smell is mostly malty with some minor, light citrus hops coming through. I thought I got some light corn notes early but they quickly went away.

Taste is very solid. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy but balances just fine with this solid hop bitterness. Grainy, fruity with some more citrus hops coming through.

I like this beer. Yeah, it's got some minor flaws but who doesn't? I like a lot of these summer beers and this is no exception.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from mixed six poured into a pint glass. Classic summer beer.

Pours light gold with dissolving white foam. Wheaty citrus nose. Lemon. Smooth and sunny taste. A light tart rises up. Very slight hop at the finish. Really bright summer beer. Solid.

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Photo of wingman14
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow with a thicker then expected white frothy head. Smell is doughy, slight hop, slight citrus. Taste is crisp, the doughy flavor is there with some malt and a slight citrus hop finish. A thicker mouthfeel then expected, a refreshing beer, really easy drinker. Overall a good beer that is done well. Really great summer beer, but I could have these all year round.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, extremely light, golden-wheat color with a ton of carbonation throughout the body and a sparse, filmy, white surface coating of head. Aromas of toasted grain, tangy sweetness with hints of berries, and floral highlights. Flavors are roasty and toasty forward, with a subtle buttery and toffee backbone, and some floral hops highlights providing a hint of bitterness and pepper spice at the end of the palate. Light, crisp bodied kept effervescent by the carbonation. Tangy sweet and flowery aftertaste leading into a clean, slightly dry, crisp finish. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of plaid75
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy pale malt and grassy, floral hop.

The taste consisted of a soft sweet malt capped by a mild flowery hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the rounder side of the style.

Overall a standard session ale. An easy drinker.

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Photo of Spikester
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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 KFBR392
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass; clear golden yellow with a medium white head that sticks around with lots of foam and lacing. Smell is lots of crackery malt and just a hint of citrus and grassy crisp hops. Taste is delicious; crisp, clean body of biscuity malt with a perfect pinch of juicy citrus and crisp hops. Another great session beet from Uinta.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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 puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the can marked Best Before 10/10/13. Sampled on July 12, 2013.

The pour is golden yellow with a long lasting, foamy white head with carbonation that continues bubbling upwards all the way to the end.

The nose is of grainy malts, crisp clean hops, and a drop of lemon zing in the background.

It has the ideal summer body with a light and refreshing texture.

The taste is upfront grainy but there are enough clean hops to balance it off. Also that lemon citrus activity is mellow but adds to the character.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think it is the can that saves this. This is a slightly better than just OK light ale, but the fact that it is in cans seems to keep it very clean - no nastiness from light.

It pours into it's greatest attribute - the pretty yellow, nearly clear, loads of lace. Altogether a very attractive pour.

The aroma is OK, but nothing to write home about. A slight finishing hops aroma. Nice but subtle. The taste is a refreshing blandness. Not very anything. Similarly, the aftertaste is nothing either. It is something good to wash food down with or to drink many of on a hot day.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale in color, somewhere between white gold and yellow gold, there's definitely no doubting this beer's "blondeness." The moderately sized, bubbly head on it is pure white. Retention is good, and spotty lacing is left in moderation.
This is a unique beer, certainly within parameters of what's become something of a catch-all for a light ale not brewed with wheat. It has some interesting characteristics to it, though. Nicely hoppy for a little blonde with an ample malt balance, the way they come together isn't typical. Grassy and citrusy with some herbal notes, it's also got some pithy rind, and it balances an interestingly doughy sort of malt. The smell brings out something like cookie (?), while in the flavor there's more of a flash of nuttiness before a more fruit-forward finish.
Barely medium in body, it's got more heft than many blondes. It's also got a hard bite of crispness all the way through without giving up smoothness. A gently herbal edge gives a little dryness going into the finish.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best Before 10/10/13

A: Pours a clear yellow color with 2 fingers of head that retains for a good while and leaves some nice lacing

S: Some nice fruitiness and a hint of spice along with some maltiness and cereal grains

T: Starts off with the fruitiness and slowly transitions into bready malts and some graininess. Finishes clean with a hint of bitterness and light fruits

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice little summer beer. Very easy to drink (dare I say session?), and a nice value too. A good amount of flavor for a 4% beer to boot. Worth a try

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Photo of onedogtwodog
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bunch of different beer for the annual July 4th BBQ I really enjoyed this easy drinker. It was refreshing and just was plain ol good... It was out of a can ICY ICY cold... I could sit and while an afternoon away with the wife in the hammock and a Sum'r...

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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 garuda
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Gross yellowish body, clear, but the white head has some good retention and lacing, especially taking style into consideration.

Smell isn't great, some wet, herbal, hay and pale malts. Taste is good though, the light body and medium carbonation lays a smooth consistency on the palate,with subtle herbal hops, some lemon citrus on a white crackery, bready malt base. Finish is crisp and clean, with slight lingering herbal hops.

O - Tough to rate, considering style. For what this beer is brewed for, it's excellent - easy drinking and sessionable while providing a complementary depth of character to keep it interesting. I could certainly drink this all day. Well done blonde ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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 suspect
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Review written from notes taken on June 13.

A: Crystal clear gold color. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a big thick fluffy white 2 finger head. As it fades and as I drink, there is a ton of lacing sticking to the glass. Very nice looking beer.

S: Grains bring the pain first and foremost followed by lemon zest and orange peel citrus aromas and finally a hint of hop bitter. Nice nose, not overly complex.

T: Follows the nose with the citrus and hops shining more than the grains but they blend nicely and they are all quickly identifiable.

M: Great feel - lots of carbonation in a good way. Nice bitterness at the end with the sweetness up front.

O: This is an easy drinking beer that is big on flavor and at 4% abv, I could knock back a bunch of these on a hot summer day. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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 DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bright clear blonde with a mild haze and a 1/4 inch of head that quickly reduces to a mild lace ring.

S - Smell of bright leafy hops and a mild grain profile. Citrus and lemon highlight.

T - The balance of hops to malt is great. The profile is crisp and grains and noticeable but sweet and wheat like.

M - Light and crisp. In no way watery for such a low ABV.

Overall a sure fire winner of a summer ale worth a six pack a sitting.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with 2 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a rich dollop of froth right in the middle of the glass, which soaps the sides of the glass with thick lacing. The aroma smells grassy, spicy, and citric with some supportive bready sweetness underneath. The hops really give a bold push here in the nose though overall, with that spiciness in particular stickng out.

The taste is a light green citrus to flavor to it that while well balanced by the grainy sweetness of the malts, still spread a leafy and spicy bitterness out into the profile which lingers in the finish with some steadiness. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with an overall smooth creaminess to it and just enough of a prickle to keep this crisp on the tongue.

This was certainly a pretty hoppy take on an American Blonde and I didn’t mind one bit. This was flavorful, crisp and light on the palate, making for a pleasant drinkable experience. Uinta has been doing nicely for me this summer with these quaffable lighter beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Sum'r Summer Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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