SummerBright Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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SummerBright AleSummerBright Ale

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Enjoy Poolside or Sprinklerside. Breck Brew's SummerBright is the result. The craftsman's touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest's most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.59/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy, faded golden color. A light frothy white head sits on top and dissipates to a few random patches of bubbles. Lacing is light and minimal. The beer smells fresh and of lemongrass and faint citrus. Very malty. The taste is bright and clean. The sharp, citrus notes are up front but do not dominate. Subdued malt presence with lemon and orange notes. Very clean. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp finish.

Overall, this is a very fresh summer beer. Great for grilling, or sitting on the deck all night. Low ABV. I love it as my Summer go-to.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.52/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wish I would have had this one while by the pool instead of looking out at the snow, but it set me back to Summer, that's for sure. Great color, good fragrance and a smooth feel when going down the pipes. Not too heavy and one I will get when May 1st hits. Nice!

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Photo of Beervis
4.3/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, very light straw colour with a thin white head that quickly fades.

Smell is of light malt, lemony citrus, and faintly floral esters. Taste is sour and citric, a tad spicy, and slightly tart. Fairly thin body and mouthfeel gives way to a slightly bitter and dry finish.

This is a great hot weather quencher. It's 90+ here today, and this was just what the doctor ordered! More please.

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Photo of GrillMeister
4.23/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had Breckenridge beer before. I loved their Christmas Ale and wanted to try their summer beer.

It's a rather nice looking beer, not much head though.
Smell is pleasant with a faint aroma.
Taste is very good, possibly a bit of lemon.
Not much aftertaste. A nice beer for hot days.

Mouthfeel is good. A good bit of carbonation and goes down very smooth.

This is a very drinkable summer beer. Although I like the Christmas beer better, I could easily drain a six pack on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight "4 out of 5's" for me on this one. Sampling right now on 12/11/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "BUD LIGHT- OMAHA" pint glass.

Brew pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow in color with close to a 1-finger foamy white head. Spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma if of 'wet hay', yeast with a hint of citrus zest. Pretty much gonna go with that for the taste also. Nice balance of flavors and goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall a great tasting refreshing brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-bubbly gold with a nice white head

S-creamy and grassy grains. There's a decent crispness to it. Good strength

T-comes in with a very grainy taste, once again slightly grassy and creamy, but mostly all grains. It's a very smooth and clean taste. Crisp with a good matching after-taste and just a hint of bitterness.

M-medium creamy carbonation, somewhat watery, with a dry finish

O-this is a good summer beer. Very crisp and clean. It has a good lightness to it but lacks any hint to adjunct ingredients that I often find with summer beers. It's simple. I like it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On the back deck, enjoying a cool damp summer's night, watching fireworks from the neighbors. Let's see if this experience s enhanced by this beer.

Appearance : Slightly hazy but mostly transparent, lemon drop color, with a sticky head that clings to the walls of the pint glass and remains steady at about 1/2 finger. My standard 4 point score here for a "respectable and mildly impressive" appearance.

Aroma : Some musty damp aromas; soaked hay, what smells like clean linen (hey, like a...summer'!), some faint bread with yeast and then a crumb of lemon poppyseed muffin. The nose overall is pleasant, medium strength, and easy to detect. 4 points.

Flavor : There's a pretty stellar synergy of bright hop and wheat presence that is rocking my taste buds. It swirls around and you taste all of the flavors but none of them clash, only morph. The lemon and hop hit first, followed by a polite stab of sharpness, a pinch of Gose-like sourness, and then this glorious yeastiness takes over finishing strong with light bread crusts. The whole taste experience is solid and I'm very pleased here.

Feel : Unbelievably creamy. It borders on a Witbier style for creaminess. (And I love my Wits.) It ends refreshing - not exhausting the palate as some creamier beers do - and has a nip of pasty dryness that aids in the suspension of the wheat.

Overall : Now? A summer favorite of mine for sure. I will be picking more of this up to enjoy during the rest of the arid Great Plains summers, sitting on the back deck writing songs with my guitar. Hell I may even write a love song about this beer. Brb.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours with a 1+ finger creamy eggshell head. Great lacing. Beer is a hazy straw color with no particulates.

Nose is fruity, with notes of strawberry, citrus, and vanilla. Very clean, with little hop presence.

Taste is grainy, sweet, slightly metallic, with notes of citrus, pineapple, and is a bit sour. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'm glad I bought this beer while in the area. Not terribly unique, but a great summer libation that is plenty drinkable while still retaining my interest. Would buy again in the right season.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.89/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one arrived from the bartender with no head and a dark gold body. Grassy, wheat aroma with creamy, lemony odors and a hint of vanilla. Tastes of grass and grain accompanied by fresh lemon. Aftertaste is cream and grain. Great, unique flavor. Good one for a hot day.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last day of Labor Day weekend and I am trying a Breckenridge Summer Bright Ale. The appearance is a pale cloudy yellow with thin white head that appears to be lacing. The aroma is mostly lemon with a backdrop of malt and hop. The taste has the bitterness of lemon and the subtle spice of orange peel that make quite a refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is good, the low alcohol content make the beer very easy to drink on summer days. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Matty412
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Setting aside the "Summer" factor, this is definitely a solid ale. Not too crisp, still refreshing with a slightly tart /bitter aftertaste. Good drinking for sure! Cheers!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This nice-looking cloudy golden ale pours with moderate lacing and a clean floral citrus scent. Crisp and malty-sweet flavor with a snappy hops backdrop, SummerBright is heavier than some, but fits the bill well for a tasty warm-weather treat. Not especially unique or memorable brew, but a worthy and tasty beer nonetheless.

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Photo of JamesInLiquor
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice summer beer (pretty sure it is not year-round). Not too high on the ABV, low on the hops, light body. The lemon and orange citrus is not overt. Has a nice wheatyness. Overall an enjoyable ale. Would be an ideal hot summer afternoon quencher. Highly sessionable.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice straw yellow with some slight haze. Full finger of bright white course bubbled head that was relatively short lived. No lacing was apparent during my drinking session.

S: Notes of citrus and straw are apparent.

T: Lemon, bitter hop and cereal are the predominant flavors. Nice blend of refreshing lemon and hops with a wheat backbone help to make this ale a very refreshing drink.

M: Light on the palate, but not atypical for a summer wheat ale.

D: Very drinkable, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Gusler
3.84/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upon the pour the color is a translucent gold, the head bright white and creamy, about three fingers in size, it depletes quickly leaving a velum like seal on the glass. Nose is sweet and fresh, bread dough, with a hint of orange peel, pleasant an appetizing. Start has a decent grain presence, with a touch of bitterness at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a diminutive acidity, the hops noticeable, very dry aftertaste, and a nice beer for the Arizona summers.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw gold with small head and no lace. Smells of lemon, fresh cut hay and light malt. Taste is perfecty metered doses of lemon zest and orange in a light biscuity malt. Moderately crisp, refreshing, wet. Not sweet. Finish is clean and light on the palate. Very good summer thirst quencher, the lemon and orange notes imparted are not overdone.

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Photo of Snebbu
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into glass.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden with light head.

Aroma: Citrus (mostly orange)

Taste: Light flavor of a pale ale followed by citrus (definite taste of orange) with a tartness which I’m assuming comes from the lemon. Ending with a sweet taste similar to that of a wheat beer. Nice malty flavor without losing the hop-flavor and crispness of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Crisp yet smooth. Has a dry start, but does not linger.

Overall: Great summer brew. Light and refreshing, but still has a bit of a kick to it coming from the hops. Nice citrus flavor that is not overbearing and is fulfilling. Pleasant aftertaste (of a wheat beer with hints of hops) and does not linger too long. Just enough to remind you to take another swig.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Holly BMC! It's like pee (yellow)! Little to no head like old Miller Light.

S - Mostly pilsner malt and wheat with very mild if any hops.

T - Wow I was actually impressed. Expecting it to taste crappy or bitter with a C rating it was actually a pleasantry solid ale. Granted a weak light ale but pretty good for summer.

M - Very light and crisp. Very little if any carbonation.

D - Will have to have this next year. It was still pretty good for a summer ale in the fall. OK beer!

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Photo of Bobikel
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a golden ale with amber highlights. A small clunky head is quick to disperse and leaves a bit of lace. Brilliant clarity.

Smell - Smell is oaty/yeasty/bready with very little hop presence. What hops are there come across as earthy, and spicy.

Taste - Much like the smell suggests. A little more oaty, and a little less malty. Hops are again understated. A very slight citrus tone.

Mouthfeel - A little watery, but that is to be expected in a summer quencher. Nice even fizzy carbonation that is gentile across the tongue.

Drinkability - Excelent quaff for the summer. A little light on taste, but nicely refreshing on a hot day. A little more hopping would have helped this ale immeasurably.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, hazy piss yellow color. Thin off white head. Bubbly lace. Nice aroma. Tangy wheat. Zesty lemon. And grainy, sweet malts. Refreshing citrus bite. Slightly dry finish. A bit of a hoppiness. Lemony and crisp. Brightly carbonated. Decent enough summer quaffer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellowish color with a big white foamy head. smell is decent, has a nice mild hop note, with a nice spicy aroma as well. the taste is good, easy drinking, flavorful with hints of orange, coriander, and slight hops. mouthfeel is decent, drinkability is high, good tasting, smooth beer.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow with a quickly fading 1 finger head, but decent lace. Mellow aromas of wheat malt with a slight hop floralness. Nice wheat malt flavors, more than expected as the color is so pale. Lite yet full of flavor. A great summertime beer.

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Photo of hops202
3.69/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of can and also poured into a spiegelau glass.

A - Golden honey look with a slight bit of haze, but not much cloudiness at all.

S - lemon citrus aroma - light wheat

t- more wheat with slight citrus taste.

M - light body

O - easy summer sipper. Somewhere between shandy and wheat ale but leaning more to ale side.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and light yellow in color with a tiny yet noticeable white head. A large and citrus like aroma that keeps to form. Sweet and grainy malts through and through; tender wheat malts characteristics combined with some lemony citrus offerings. Mildly, yet perfectly carbonated. Come-and-go flavorings, very refreshing and mild. Simple to drink, nothing wrong here.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a shaker at Old Chicago.

Pours a nice, crystal clear golden color. Fair head from an aggressive pour, but relatively short lived.

Aroma is very faint, with a hint of malt and something that resembles lemon peel. Not much else here, but that's fine in a summer brew.

Taste is very subdued. This is a lawnmower brew, without a doubt. A mild American wheat, with a brightness added from the citrus fruits. It isn't much, but it's good for what it is. Very few people want serious complexity in a lawnmower beer. This one is simple, yet tasty.

Mouthfeel is very, very light. Again, that would suck in a winter warmer, but fits the bill nicely for a summer beer.

Overall, this one packs little punch in the flavor area. But then, that may be just what is desired in this type of beer. Not top notch, "gotta have it" stuff, but nice nonetheless. I'll have more before the leaves change.

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