Summer Session Ale
Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #634
Ranked #45,375
3.38 | pDev: 13.91%
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 161
Photo of VeganUndead
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I honestly think I enjoyed this more than I thought I would because it wasn't a true to style blonde. A bit more grainy and hoppy than a purist, but not bad

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Photo of epyon396
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full disclosure: I am not reviewing this as a blonde ale. I'm taking everything at face value.

Semi-cloudy straw color with a one inch fluffy white head. About half of it dissipated and left a solid ring around the edge of the glass.

Tons of citrus in the nose. Orange and lemon peels. Very floral and bright. Almost artificial, but it reels it in.

An insane amount of lemon and citrus. Slight hop bitterness. A little mineraly and unrefined. Again, borderline artificial.

Soft and somewhat boring feel. Light carbonation.

Given the average and preceding reviews, I was expecting absolute junk, but this isn't a bad beer. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, floral. Taste is lemons, floral hops, some tartness, not really what I expect from this style. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall a refreshing beer, but otherwise mediocre.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle, notched March 2015

pale yellow color, not quite clear. not much head. the aroma and taste has a bit too much cooked corn flavor. tastes a bit stale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%

(2.90) A: Pale lemon pour produces a sudsy, dull white head of 2+ fingers that was very active on the surface with loud crackling and popping audibles that quickly reduced the once proud standing head to a whispy, skim layering of its prior self. Inside a fine misty carbonation. Nothing that would seem appealing as a summer drink.

(3.00) S: The nose was limited to some tart lemonade, wheat and orange of very low caliber levels.

(3.15) T: Flavor was tart, dry orange peel and wheat with some dry grapefruit bitterness and straw. Fairly typical per style, except that this flavor was very flat line with no bright points of interest. Things finished off with a touch of wet lemon quench and flowery hops.

(3.20) M: Ok carbonation, not really crisp or sharp, just noticeable, with a lightly creamy texture.

(3.10) O: a tart summer drink that is rather bland with marginable drinkability if nothing else was available. Single consumption factor for me with a low to mid C at best.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour was a nice Goldwyn straw color with white head that dissipated quickly. The taste was crisp and light and the hops were definitely present. It was a touch on the bitter side with the hops and citrusy flavors. The overall taste was still very good! This is a good summer beer and one I would like to try again on a hot day down the shore.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average sweet, light, wheaty beer, like a light pilsner. Tastes like several other beach beers. Pours light yellow with decent carbonation. Not bad, but nothing I will likely seek out again.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.15/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I know that I am supposed to be divesting myself of bottles, not buying new ones, but I needed to round out a mixed six and I had never had it before.

My aggro pour produced two fingers of fizzy, off-white head with limited retention, quickly falling to wisps. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had an interesting lemon-pineapple citrusiness. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, not quite watery. The taste was oddly bitter, slightly sour, kind of citrus fruity. Finish was sort of tart and bitter, still citrusy, but just not quite right, especially for the style. I would have said that it was old, but I just bought it today. The numbers on the bottle read: "1413076142254" so I may follow up to see if there was a problem with the batch.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with some orange highlights, topped with a finger of white head, speckled with more orange tints that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and citrusy, like a piece of bread topped with orange marmalade. Floral notes of freshly cut grass and clover finish the aroma.

Taste: Malty, citrusy and floral. Fresh bread up front, followed by citrus notes of oranges, grapefruit and star fruit. Slight sweetness, like candied sugar, finished by some nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds.

Overall: Nicely crafted beer with some good citrus and hops that provide a good, refreshing beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored brew in the 14 oz "pint" shaker. Virtually no head. Fairly subdued carbonation. The flavor, however, is fairly robust for a Blonde. Some malt, but not very sweet. More of a watered-down Pale Ale, though not really crisp. Still, it's a drinkable and tangy quaff with a nice splash of hops.

This actually tastes better as it warms up. More tart and less flabby than a lot of Blondes. On tap at RFD in Washington, DC.

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Photo of nmann08
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at The Big Hunt.

Pours a light golden color, good carbonation, active bubbles.

Smells like a pilsner. Pulling out wheat, a brief hit of citrus.

The taste is grainy up front, a slight bitter finish. Very drinkable.

It's smooth, creamy finish. Session able for sure.

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Photo of Swift989
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good carbonation and a light body. Pilsner-like finish. Nothing amazing. drinkable. prefer some of their other offerings. However looking forward to trying on tap in DC soon. smell isn't that appealing. Appearance is a dark straw color with nice streams of bubbles throughout the drinking.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Light golden color, slightly hazy. One finger of pure white cotton-fluff head tapers to a thin film that leaves lots of lacing. Extra lively carbonation.

S- A bit AAL-esque, mild pilsner malts.

T-Grainy, light malts, minty.

M- Quite full for a session beer, some breadiness with some hop bitterness on the finish.

O-Not bad as a one shot, but not good enough to rate a go-to session ale.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.28.12.

A - Pours a pale, hazy orange with a smaller white head.

S - Pilsner malt, wheat, and lemon.

T - Creamy orange, lemon, wheat.

D - Good carbonation and a light body. Pilsner-like finish.

O - Light and citrusy - Good session beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing imperial pint glass.

A: Very pale, light, straw yellow color with a foamy, one-finger head of white carbonation that left some webby, soapy lacing. Slight protein chilled haze.

S: Very bready and grainy with hints of herbal hops, no real fruitiness perceived, just the nice, toasted bread aroma.

T: Sweet, bready and bitter flavor up front,t he brew has some minimal cooked veggie flavors that roll into an all out, lightly toasted bake shop selection. When the slightly metallic hops hit towards the finish, it throws some spicy, bitter resins back onto the palate, but it stays pretty malty throughout.

M: A bit dense for a blonde, but smooth and malty with some flash bitterness and a little acidity in the finish.

O: This is a pretty average blonde ale at 4.9% and although I like the bready consistency of the brew, it has some shortcomings, namely the acidity, off hop flavors and slight metallic taste that doesn;t jive well with the medium-bodied mouthfeel. Not horrible but I'm not going back for more.

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Photo of larryi86
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy straw color with three white head.

S- Pale malts, lemons vest, bready.

T- Grainy malts, earthy hops, lemon zest, great balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, high carbonation.

O- A nice easy drink summer beer. Not Evolution's tastiest beer, but still good. I will pick this up again.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4oz taster at the Salisbury tasting room on 7/3/12.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow color. Bright white finger of head. Leaves some lacing sheets. Obviously no alcohol feet.

S: Euro hops. Grassy grainy malts. Light citrus notes.

T: Flavor follows the nose. Light, grassy hops. Thin grainy malts. Crisp citrus aromas. For the style, it works.

M: Light session beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellow in color with a 1" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: a very mild lemon citrus aroma is all you can detect here.

Taste: very light grainy malt base with some lemon zest, grass, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp and refreshing throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a very easy drinking summer ale with a decent flavor profile. Very refreshing too.

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Photo of Cookie8
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottom line, this is a perfect summer beer! It accomplishes exactly what it wants. It's very tasty, light, crisp and refreshing! It has some lemon notes but they are very faint. It's extremely smooth.

Great summer beer!

A very easy to drink beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Evolution's summer session has a clear golden body with about two fingers of white head that lays down a decent amount of lacing while exhibiting some good retention.

The aroma is very grainy with a hints of hops to it. Slightly musty.

The musty flavor runs the show here, choking out most other things. It isn't a pleasant kind of musty like you might find in a saison either, it's just an off-flavor. After that comes a slight citrus hop bite and a lot of grain. APA? I don't think so, but who knows.

Fairly thick body, with a moderate to low amount of carbonation.

I'm not a fan of this one, that musty flavor ruins the beer; I almost couldn't finish my pint.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled yesterday at the brewery. My review contemplates this beer as a blonde ale.

A: The session ale is a pale yellow color, easily passing for a macro or pale lager. Crystal clear, the ale supported a two finger white head on the first pour. That head left lacing all around the mouth of the glass.

S: Pale ale? No. Blonde ale? Yes. The ale has light biscuity nose, a soft sweetness that remains through the entire brew. Light citrus hops build of the malty sweetness but never get too strong.

T: Soft and fruity, the ale is a nice accompaniment to a sweltering Friday. The light grains have a solid sweetness running through them, apples and grapes in particular. Those flavors and the lightness lead me back to blonde ale but I'll trust that the proper level of diligence was performed. Behind the malts, light hops have citrus flavors but never come to the forefront. The finish reminds me of a saison, just a little mustiness there. The sweetness of the malts makes the ale work, APA or not.

M: The ale is sweet and refreshing, a nice low-alcohol brew for warmer days. The malt profile owns the flavor with great elan, a light beer that packs a great deal of flavor.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Kloby's Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on 8/13/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear paler gold in the glass, with roughly a finger or so of bright-white head. This mostly retains with some foamy edging and thin wisps across the center, leaving back some light spotty lacing that sticks to the sides. The aroma smells grassy and fruity in the nose, with some light complimentary spice notes. Grains have a supportive sweetness to them underneath, while a bit of musty yeast hangs on the edges.

The taste is sweet with grains and even sweeter with fruit character. Hops have a moderately grassy and lightly citric presence to them. The finish has some dryness to it but I’m once again picking up that musty yeastiness here, which lingers on the palate a bit like a Lager would. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied overall, with some crispness to the carbonation on top, that then gives away to more of a creamy smoothness underneath. This generally has a pretty quenching feel that really helps this along.

This was OK. Honestly, the profiles here just came across as a bit boring and the strength of the fruit and malt together just gave the taste a certain amount of thickness that I wouldn’t consider overly sessionable. The body does keep this in the game a bit but I ultimately probably wouldn’t be interested in another glass of this.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: a hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: malts, hops, some spice,

taste: citrus hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body

overall: definitely a summer beer but nothing really dominates in this beer kinda boring. Glad I got to try it.


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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Have had this on tap at both the brewery and at Pickled Pig in Rehoboth.

A: Summer sessions is a slightly hazy golden color with a 1.5 finger, white/sudsy head. Moderate retention, but not much lacing.

S: Lightly hopped, some citrus coming through as lemon, light floral aroma, with a heavy hand of bready/doughy malt.

T: Not as hoppy as I was expecting, though they are present as some lemon zest and grass with a heavy dough/bready malt bill on the backend. Slightly bitter finish.

M:Light to medium bodied, carbonation level is high, giving it a bubbly mouthfeel. Fits for the style and the time of year I want to drink it.

O: Light, easy drinking, and enjoyable. Can't ask for much more. Would be a great beer for a BBQ on a hot day, if it were available for such a thing. For now, will have to look for it at local bars or grab it at the brewery when I go.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From tap to pint glass at the Evolution Tap Room on 5/22/11
*From notes

A: It looks strikingly similar to a witbier. It's sunny pale golden with a one finger head and minimal lacing.

S: Bready, freshly squeezed lemonade with hints of rustic yeast.

T: Very mild on the palate. It comes off a bit like an agressive ESB, not the APA that it actually is. It's somewhat bready, with a nice amount of citric acid to balance out the light dose of bittering hops.

M: Bubbly and light, it'a fizzy like a mimosa and perfect for the brew at hand.

O: I really, really dug Evo's Summer Session Ale. I genuinely hope they bottle this up and toss it into distro, as I would happily stock this in my shops all summer long. This is high quality summer drinking, and I look forward to having it again.

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Summer Session Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 161 ratings