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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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 349
Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citron-yellow color in the glass. Big, blindingly white head. Very tangy and spritzy in the mouth.

Pleasant hint of citrus-- a "bright" taste. Nice nose of flowery hops. A perfumey flavor that goes nicely with the light body. Pretty subtle, overall, but so clean without any off flavors that the brew carries it off. It's such a fine line between flavor and no flavor, but the hoppy kiss and hint of biscuit taste is quite agreeable. It's a summer beer, all right.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Emigration Market in Salt Lake. Check out their selection of Utah singles.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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 oberon
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a style I would go to often but I was grilling yesterday and this was nice to have all afternoon.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lemon tinged light golden with a thinner white head atop.The aromas were actually quite complex with lemony hops,toasted cereal grain,and a hint of biscuit.Lighter mouthfeel was expected but it didn't deter much from the beer,bright lemony notes along with a grainy element that lingers into a nice finish.One of the better beers I can think of if you want a low alcohol but flavorful blonde ale.

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Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip snifter

Pours a clear, bright yellow with a fizzy white head.

Floral, grassy hops upfront, with a solid malt backing.

Lemony, grassy, floral hops, cracker malt backing.

Crisp, clean medium body, lightly fizzy carbonation.

A well done American Blonde. Lot's of flavor, but easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight earthy malt, caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of citrus hops, slight caramel malt, and a hint of spice. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, blend, and body.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A murky golden brown. Foamy head that turns into a nice lacing and cap that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Even though there isn't any in it, this smells like honey. There is a light orange smell behind it as well.

T - Malt followed by orange, a little sweetness. A hop bitterness shows up as you swallow. Might be a little of that honey in there as well trying to compete with the hops, can't quite tell.

M - Light body with the right amount of carbonation for the style.

O - Pretty good beer for the sum'r season. Gives a decent amount of flavor and the light hops is a nice finish. Would certainly share a few over a barbecue.

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Photo of Jammies
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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 isualum12
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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 pi5porter
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - nice see through golden color, nice foamy head but not too much.

S - A hint of something, i have a bad nose.

T - nice taste like a blonde, a citrus hint and and a not so good after taste.

M - It has substance but not as much as a darker beer, right where it should be.

O - Good not but not Great i wouldn't buy again over the wasatch kolesch.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, "Bottled on 5/27/11"

Pour: Golden straw, near clear, white head that stays as a film and leaves respectable strands of lace.

Wheaty malt sniff

More wheat infused malt flavorings and just a hit of drying hops in the finish.

Nothing more then expected, decent summer quaffer

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Photo of rinhaak
2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
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 dtivp
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw gold with a one and a half finger white head with good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus and floral hops

Taste of floral hops, light bready malt and tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel was light body with moderate carbonation, very crisp and dry.

Overall a very light, refreshing beer to be enjoyed on a nice hot day, low alcohol allows you to partake on a few while working outdoors.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quaffable light ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Bright green label with an illustration of a reclining patio chair and an overall pop/contemporary feel. Shows off USDA organic certification. Shows bottling date (03/29/11). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy straw pour with a nice frothy head, good retention, surface memory and nice lacing.

S - Aroma is fair if a bit soft and generic, light malty hint with a citrus touch.

T - Pale malt, hint of lager at first that fades quickly, citrusy notes over pale malts. The Sorachi hop works softy but nicely here, adding a characteristic small touch of lemongrass rounding up the finish. Maybe I would have liked it a bit more prominent but it would have probably broken the sense of a light summer brew.

M - Nice light body with crisp carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.

O - An easy drinking light ale with a good sense of flavor.

Notes: A couple of months since bottling so maybe on a fresher version the Sorachi might shine more on the nose and palateā€¦ Still it is still holding up pretty well. Last year I was curious to try it and this time I did not want to let it go by despite the pricingā€¦ Too expensive for what it is. Otherwise this would make for a fine easy social refreshing ale.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3/5  rDev -16%
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 alenonbeeradv
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - yellow and hay hues. pretty musky and non transparent. little to no head but a slight collar around the brim. medium carbonation level no the eye.

s - smells like the desert or something. succulents in the sun. it really reminds me of summer. juicy fruits and flowers. also a little earthy and dank from the hops. grainy and nutty malts.

t - very refreshing. not an overwhelming taste whatsoever. slight hibiscus and melon. very crisp and clean. light transition into a soothing light malt finish.

m - very mild and refreshing. low - medium carbonation. pretty quick finish.

o - i could definitely see myself drinking a few of these under the hot sun. never been to utah but id assume this would be perfect when its hot there. nice one.

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Photo of beagle75
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and bubbles rise uniformly in the column at a metered pace.

S: Very mild with soft carbonic acid and crackery malt. A whiff of transient floral hops is also present at times.

T: Begins off-dry, with fairly husky pilsner malt and delicate grassy, floral, and lime citrus hop aromatics. Flavors tend to run together more as the taste progresses, yielding a slightly unctuous carbohydrate quality. The finish sees the strongest influence of acidity--though still restrained--providing an airy carbonic quality, with bitterness never really showing up.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: The lightest ales are a simple pleasure when they are served in a seasonally appropriate fashion--when refreshment becomes a bigger part of why we drink. This beer is no exception, with the ability to quench a powerful thirst and still provide an interesting, if understated, display of malt and hops.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - pale golden color, a little murky...not quite clear, with very little foam, but what's there is off-white colored.

Smell - a little bit of a wheat-like smell...not sure why. Citrus-like hints are there too.

Taste and Mouthfeel - bitter sting at the very beginning that morphs into a full on bite at the end. More malty and no wheat in the taste. The taste of the hops are there but not the flavor. Texture is pretty smooth, but a little bit more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew, but also not very interesting. Good tasting.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear blonde with 1/2 inch of fluffy white head. Reduces quickly, leaving moderate thick lacing.

S-Bright sweet malts, a touch of graininess, pureed tropical fruit.

T/M-A very unique blonde. Really perfumey and light. Bright, refreshing carbonation and a light, fruity finish. Very simple and well done.

O-I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head, good retention and lace.

S: Bready malts, some minerality which is nice.

T: Good malt flavour with a very attractive grassy hop character which suits this style well. Some lingering hop character, well balanced.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing, smooth.

O: This is a summer ale. The flavours are quite good and very drinkable. Not summer yet, but a low alcohol option to consider when the hot days come around.

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Photo of u2carew
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a big, white, head of foam. Settles quite quickly to creamy lacing at the edge of that glass. Slight chill haze, but mostly clear golden body.
S) Grassy. Lemon. Subtle green apple.
T) Light malty sweetness on the front of the tongue at first then moves to a citrus bite, before subsiding to a nutty sweet finish.
M) Fizzy, yet creamy. Light bodied.
D) A decent summer, this one poured a little warmer than proper, so it would've been a bit better.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass. Color was a very light pale straw with a milky white head. Initially poured a 3 finger head that lasted 5-10 minutes. A small 1 finger head lasted for most of the beer. Constant streams of carbonation rose for about 15 minutes. Aroma was slightly sweet, and slightly wheaty. Taste was very pleasant, slightly citrusy, a tad sweet, a tad of hoppy bitterness, but very balanced. Felt ok in the mouth. Slightly over bitter on the toungue, but coated well and felt solid. A nice summer beer. Definitely worth drinking.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw color with a tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of light citrus hops and pale malts.

Tastes of the pale malt followed by a hop zing. Pale malts are grainy and a little sweet. Hops are lemon zesty. Balanced between sweet and bitter. A bit of yeast fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, rocky head of three fingers. Leaves chunky lace on the glass. Gorgeous, clear straw color.

Crisp aroma of paler malts and light hop. Smells very fresh all around. One of the best smelling blondes I've experienced.

This is what a blonde ale should taste like: Starts with dry-ish pale malt flavor which transitions into a pleasantly peppery hop. The finish has good balance. The aftertaste is bitter but doesn't last. Nice round mouthfeel.

A refreshing, tasty and fresh blonde ale. The best one so far for me.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The 12-ounce stubby pours a clear brew that is pale lemony golden in color. A short collar of sizzling white foam rises and falls, but an unbroken sheet of bubbles is left behind sustained by a torrent of fine streaming active carbonation. As the head settles it leaves ragged filmy bands of lacing clinging to the sides of my SA shaped pint glass.

The smell is sweetly grainy with a sprinkle of crushed candied flowers and a twist of grassy, spicy citrus.

The taste is a touch earthy, cereally and sweet with a bit of a tangy, yeasty zip. A dusting of sedate spice dries the finish and a note of light toast lingers in the aftertaste.

The highly-refreshing drink is light-bodied and thoroughly carbonated, but not at all obnoxiously so. Highly quaffable. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle!

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Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another goody from Wasatch. Thanks!

Pours an almost clear straw with a chill haze forming quickly as the near pure-white, one-finger head dissipating into a bubbly froth. Crisp malts, light fruits and near indiscernible hops all float to the nose. A bit dry going down with some malts, a surprising hoppiness, and a good, somewhat delayed fruit hit at the end. Light-bodied and highly drinkable, but still tasty, which is what I look for in a good summer sessioner. Could polish a few of these off easily if I had access to em'.

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Sum'r Summer Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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