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.

Added by beernut7 on 08-30-2002

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear-as-a-bell light gold appearance with a frothy head that's down to a skim in half a minute. Laces in mostly small dots. Honeyish aroma, hints of hay and wild yeast. Light mouthfeel, carbonation is relatively subdued. Standard malt offering, a bit of brown sugar sweetness and a vague citrus tang that's mostly a memory at a pretty thin close. Some tea-like qualities late in the profile, low hop impression and esters are small and masked by sweetness. Somewhat metallic all the way around, but I guess it should be a little better drinker in the hot weather.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; golden - darker than most summers and wheats; a one finger pillowy white head that receded quickly; no lacing;

S: lemon; wheat;

T: wheat with a little hops; lemon is less pronounced that in the nose; a touch of lemon rind bitterness in the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; crisp;

O: refreshing; I'm not usually a fan of summer or wheat beers; this is one of the ones I like; I think it's the touch of bitterness in the finish;

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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 apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of HardTarget
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Summerbright Ale

Bottle Inspection: Cool sun, but no useful information. The label is marked for notches to show month and week, but they are not notched and there is no year on the bottle. This is new to Texas, but no guarantee that this is a fresh bottle, guess I'll never know.

Aroma: Earthy; damp grain with a white bread yeast, bit of leafy hop with a citric twist.

Appearance: Bright gold with excellent clarity, but not much carbonation and the thinnest of white heads, more of a film with a collar.

Flavor: Grain is pretty firm, a real wheat driven taste but it's at a good level, not overly sweet with the earthy hop going a little toward tea flavored which has me thinking English hops (checked the website that lists Fuggles, Cascade, Willamette) I normally hate Fuggles, but are doing ok here but not great.

Mouthfeel: Body is surprisingly full, a heavy medium, with low carbonation keeping it from being fizzy and giving a more thirst quenching aspect. The texture is a bit gritty.

Overall Impression: A tasty summer beer. Great to sit and cool down with after some 100 degree golf. Can't see buying a lot of it, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down.
Worth a shot

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug
A: Pours a light orange color with a 1/2-finger head
S: Wheat and citrus
T: Matches the nose. Refreshing but not complex
M: Light-bodied, crisp
O: This won't take the place of any of my usual summer session beers but it's tasty and refreshing though simple

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden-orange brew, thin head with large soapy bubbles.

Light, fruity aroma with a dry character. A little dextrin sweet.

Flavor comes from spicing, semi-dry finish, full spicy-wheat mouthfeel. Floral hop, very light grain profile. Not a whole lot going on. Kind of has the same spicing going on as Sam Adams Summer ale, without the other flavors to balance.

Easy to drink, definitely a summer drinker.

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of hosehead83
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass
Very pale gold in color with a very thin head
Aroma-Not much here, wheat, slight grass
Taste-Not much here either, a suggestion of malt,faint wheat, almost a tasteless macro-style finish-I was hoping for more
Overall-Fizzy, yellow beer. (See Below)

Re-review 5-14-11: Scored a fresh bottle and flavor was much better. Taste-Wheat,lemon zest, orange peel. Light and refreshing. Nice warm weather brew. Could drink all day in hot weather. Certainly better than my previous review if fresh. (B-) Cheers!

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of an indescript and average beer. Slightly hazed gold color, nice head. Light grass in the nose, not very assertive or strong. Taste is sharp and clean, but not very strong in the classic wheat ale sense. Pretty good drinkability, but not very spot on for the style. Good mouthfeel, also.

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Photo of rye726
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A macroish yellow color with a white head that is gone in a few minutes. Lots of bubbles. Smell is a mixture of wheat and grainy mat. Possibly some musky hops. The flavor is no better. Where is the wheat? Not the ingredient structure I like to see in these beers. A decent medium body with heavy carbonation. Fairly drinkable. Not very good, but nothing bitter or off.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

SummerBright Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.18 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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