Summer Ale
The St. George Brewing Company

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The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
English Pale Ale
3.58 | pDev: 12.29%
Aug 20, 2016
Jul 08, 2008
Summer AleSummer Ale
Notes: Style: English Style Summer Ale

Desc: medium body, straw to light gold color, medium malt character, light to medium biscuit flavor, slight malt sweetness, very light caramel flavor, medium perceived bitterness, med to high hop aroma, medium hop finish, medium carbonation
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Rated: 3.65 by jessaay from Virginia

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by bmjivi221 from Virginia

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jul 02, 2016
Rated: 3.57 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 12, 2015
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel coloring with a ton of the body, and a fluffy, foamy, dense, off-white head. Aromas of light honey, lemon grass, basil, ginger, subtle citrus highlights, subtle caramel, and a bready backbone. Flavors are light and herbal forward, with a solid dose of tangy caramel in the backbone. Lemon and grapefruit provide citrus sweetness, with spiced overtones of lemongrass, all spice, grains of paradise, and clove. Light bodied and smooth, with a fruity sweet and herbal aftertaste. The finish is light, slightly effervesced, with a subtle herb linger. Decent beer.
Jul 07, 2015
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Rated by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Much better than its rating. Dry taste and a nice hint of bitterness. Smooth yet decent body. Very nice.
Jun 30, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by lillitnn92 from Virginia

Nov 25, 2014
Rated: 3.4 by Bonnfire from Pennsylvania

Oct 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by Thomas0790 from Virginia

Sep 04, 2014
Rated: 4 by ShepardCommander from Virginia

Aug 17, 2014
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Reviewed by hophugger from Virginia

3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Pours a dark dirty gold color with good head. Slight caramel flavor and well balanced. Finishes with just a wee bit of bitter, leaving me wanting a touch more. What makes this s ummer ale?. I don't know. It tastes good in the summer?. Good brew, light and balanced, just don't look to much at the color, a little weird
Aug 11, 2014
Rated: 2 by MattSharpless from Virginia

Jul 17, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by avisong from Virginia

Jun 30, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by bobbyc3 from Oklahoma

Oct 05, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by PGVG from Virginia

Aug 09, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by AndrewMichael from Virginia

Jul 02, 2013
Rated: 4 by err122 from Virginia

Jun 30, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Jun 27, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by LambicKing from Germany

Jun 21, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by CreightonSM from New York

Jun 10, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by ThomasAWilson2 from Georgia

May 24, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by RedneckBeerz from Massachusetts

May 03, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by cliff1066 from Virginia

Dec 25, 2012
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Reviewed by mralphabet from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a murky copper color with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with light lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting hints of sweet caramel, vanilla and bread.

T: I'm getting the malty sweet caramel right up front with hints of vanilla and a little bread, just like the smell... There is a little (very little) peppery hops showing up at the end, but the finish is pretty clean.

S: Medium bodied, soft and pretty smooth from start to finish.

D: Very tasty brew but oddly not very summer like to me.... More fall like, but in either case it is worth looking for.
Dec 10, 2012
Rated: 2.75 by jereb33 from Michigan

Jul 19, 2012
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Clear coppery orange with a hint of chill haze. Thin off white head with strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: When cold, just the barest amount of hops. As it warms up, some pine, citrus, and honey notes. Has a hint of an English pale ale to it, but with an American hop twist.

Taste: Malts and hops well blended together up front with a bit of a lingering hop bitterness. Hops have taste of pine and bitter tea. Maybe a hint of bergamot in there towards the end. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick with good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall, I think the Golden Ale by St. George is a better summer ale. This one is good, but it's not as refreshing as I thought it might be. A little too heavy and bitter - not as light, airy, and crisp as one might expect in a summer ale. Going for an English pale ale, it has aspects of it, but it's not quite it. Still, a tasty beer, just not what one would expect from the beer name or style. While I could have another if it was offered, one is enough if that's all there is - I'm not really thirsting for another.
Jul 15, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by axman from Virginia

Jun 27, 2012
Rated: 4 by ROGUE16 from Delaware

Dec 07, 2011
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Reviewed by paulginva from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from the bottle into a pint glass, produced a 3/4" creamy off-white head with good lacing and good persistence and with moderate carbonation. The body itself was a clear copper color.

AROMA: The aroma was primarily a bracingly fragrant citrus and less pronounced grassiness backed by a pleasing scent of a light bit of vanilla together with fresh-baked bread and lightly toasted wheat.

TASTE: Taste was of a lightly toasted malty sweetness and a hint of caramel balanced with an earthy hop bitterness with some spices and vanilla and a follow on peppery hop flavor. Quite satisfying.

MOUTHFEEL: The beer had a fine, very smooth medium body with moderate carbonation and good body lacing that retreated slowly. The initial flavor was slightly bitter with the medium length finish was pretty much the same with a refreshing spicy aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: Definitely repeatable -- I could drink this for hours. While it wasn't particularly memorable and nothing about it really stood out, I'd have to call it a good session beer -- one that you could entertain your friends with without any qualms. There just wasn't anything here that knocked my socks off and I felt that it had a bit too much body for a summer ale; it would probably be more appropriate as a fall seasonal instead.
Dec 03, 2011
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Reviewed by Jayli from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on tap in Smithfield, VA 10/8
Served in a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice clear copper color with a one finger of bone white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is pale malts, floral and citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with a bit of grassy notes and pale malts. A decent amount of light breadiness comes through in the middle. Finish have a piney, citrus hop that creates a nice bite in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp at first but then has a slight oily body and a dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, nice kick, not too filling, and good representation of style. This was a perfect beer sitting on the docks on a warm Virginia day.
Oct 10, 2011
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Reviewed by Boto from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle: This one pours a crystal clear, darker golden color. There was a small white head that didn’t linger long. Lighter, but decent aroma. Faint malts, grassy and earthy. The taste is not bad. Little on the lighter side, but it is a summer beer. Fairly crisp and clean. Just a hint of bitterness, with a bit of a biscuit malt taste. I found this very refreshing.
Sep 02, 2011
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Reviewed by Rhettroactive from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Clean 14k gold. A decent pour yields a 1.25 finger head with minimal retention and lacing.

S: Acidic hop oil, citrus and earthy must.

T: Clean. Hints of Meyer lemon and bitters. A kiss of hops and barley preside over the mid, and the finish is slightly yeasty.

M: Reasonable weight. It's extremely quaffable and a pleasure to drink.

O: St. George's Summer Ale is a great little summertime brew. It's got everything you want on a hot day, plus a reasonable amount of flavor. I'll be looking forward to this one next summer.
Aug 19, 2011
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Reviewed by micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Golden in color and a slight haze.
The foamy head is white and loose and fades quickly.

aroma is grainy biscuit and lite hops of a bouquet I do not know.

Taste is light and malty taste some grass and some hops at the end.

light in body and lite carbonation.

Not a bad beer and I possibly could entertain another.
Jul 20, 2011
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Reviewed by PhageLab from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Big head appeared on this clear brown brew, and refused to leave. Had to let it settle down for a minute or two. Left some traces of lacing.

S - Grassy notes with some apricots.

T - Malty body with a good hop balance. Some citrus notes dance about. Fairly simple, yet delicious.

M - Crisp, clean light body. Medium carbonation level. Finishes a bit dry.

D - Excellent session brew. Refreshing, and well constructed. Recommended.
Jun 14, 2011
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Reviewed by pzrhsau from District of Columbia

3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Nice golden color. Clear and bright with a lace of head that sticks to the glass.
S: Sweet and bready with some tanginess and some good hop finish.
T: The hoppiness gives the beer a nice bitterness. The beer gets really balanced out by the sweetness of the malt.
M/O: Crisp and refreshing beer. Good balance of flavor. Doesn't jump out to me as a summer beer specifically but still a good session type beer.
Jun 12, 2011
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Reviewed by SuperSpy from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Copper and crystal clear, with a small foam cap.

The aroma has a hint of malt sweetness and earthy hops. A decent aroma and nothing to complain about for the style, but also nothing too noteworthy.

Smooth and medium bodied. The flavor is earthy and bitter followed by a dry hop bitterness, oak and light sweet malt. The finish is dry with a bit of citrus, more earthy hops, a raw grain flavor.

A pale ale should be a good session beer and I will be making a session out of this one.
May 11, 2011
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Reviewed by ebby82 from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a light amber with a little head into a pint mug.

A- light hops, a little caramel sweetness.

T- A little sweet and caramel like up front, with a fresh, lightly hopped taste in the background.

M- Very crisp and light without losing any flavor.

D- Extreme Drinkability. This is definitely a summer beer, and its nice to drink a summer beer that isn't wheat and doesn't have lemongrass or anything else in it. Notably, it's an summer ale, not a summer lager, which makes all the difference to me.

Overall, another really great session beer from St. George.
Apr 22, 2011
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Reviewed by Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a nice white head. Good lacing. Nose is floral with a bt of lightly sweet malt and honey. Some light fruits as well. Taste is malty sweet with a bit of light fruit. Good body and overall feel and quite drinkable.
Oct 27, 2010
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Nothing says Summer like double-bladed ax. The beer pours a clear deep amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises dark toffee, walnuts, cashews, greens, and a decent amount of hoppy florals. The taste seems dominated by a combination of walnuts and toffee, but a healthy dose of floral bitternes pervades in the back. The body is a medium light, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively crisp finish. Overall, not bad; not quite what I was expecting, but pretty solid nonetheless.
Jul 19, 2010
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Reviewed by merlin48 from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Another bottle from the Dragon Pack sampler. This pours a slightly hazed amber body with a medium offwhite head that retains well and deposits attractive island chain lacing on the glass.

Aroma is melted caramel, ripe pears, and some floral hops.

Medium body and carbonation. I was expecting something a bit lighter.

Taste has a biscuity malt presence that seems to have a subtle honey sweetness. Fruity pear skins and a drying floral hop bitterness contribute a pleasant complexity. Clean finish.

One of my favorites from the sampler pack. Very drinkable and well made.
Jul 18, 2010
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