Summer Ale | The St. George Brewing Company

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Summer AleSummer Ale

Brewed by:
The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by oelergud on 07-08-2008

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 32
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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 brown bottle.

A- Excellent lace with a dense finger of head that does not seem to lose its form. Crystal clear shiny copper hue.

S- Fruity with hints of vanilla and fresh baked bread.

T- Malty sweet with hints of caramel, toasted malt comes in just before the peppery hop gives an earthy bitterness. Suggestions of vanilla and ripe fruit come to mind.

S- Incredibly smooth, medium bodied with a soft mouth feel.

D- Tasty but bit too much body IMO for a summer seasonal which brings down its quaffability factor.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pour lacked any head and left little to no lace. The light amber pour contained visible carbonation. The aromas were muted to nonexistent, with understated hints of yeast and hop. This summer ale was a bit on the hoppier side which I did enjoy but lacking in any real character. The brew is crisp and clean with good bubbles. I don't mind it for a better than average summer ale, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. I stored a bottle for next summer, we'll see how it goes.

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Photo of merlin48
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.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ebby82
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.

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Photo of hophugger
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

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Photo of Thomas0790
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of err122
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of akorsak
2.47/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a 12 oz bottle from a Dragon Pack served in a Troegenator seidel cold.

A: The ale has an auburn color with thin ring of head and a bit of lace.

S: Smell is grainy, almost soapy and very unpleasant.

T: The beer comes across very tame. The malt body is thin and grainy and the hop presence mailed it in ages ago.

M: The ale does not taste good, pass on this in favor of the golden ale or the porter.

D: See mouthfeel above.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
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.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 version of the same beer

a: low head over an ale glowing the copper hue of a new penny

s: the st. george typical biscuit malt aroma is the overwhelmingly dominant character, subdued grapefruit, underripe pear, dried apricot, interesting enough

m: carbonation around medium or just over, body on the lighter side of things but not thin, clean

t: same deal as the aroma, clean biscuit malts dominate with dried grapefruit rind hops, granny smith apple, pretty dry overall, mildly crisp finish with a gentle hop bite lingering

d: highly

single from La Bodega, Hampton, VA

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Photo of damndirtyape
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.

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Photo of MadTown1000
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with maybe half an inch of foam. Scent is largely of grain, with a bit of hop. Flavor follows through, but with an unexpected bitter aftertaste. It comes is sweet, with a medium body, and the bitterness really does clash a bit too much with it. I expected this to taste something like Sam Adam's Summer Ale, but it actually is much more similar to Pete's Wicked Ale. Not bad, I especially like the smooth mouthfeel, but I think that aftertaste is going to stick with me for a while.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
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.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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Photo of bobbyc3
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Bonnfire
3.4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of PhageLab
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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Summer Ale from The St. George Brewing Company
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