Summer Swelter Ale | Baxter Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
84
good
209 Ratings
Summer Swelter AleSummer Swelter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
baxterbrewing.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first unfiltered offering, Summer Swelter Ale is the perfect warm weather beer! Summer Swelter Ale is light and refreshing while still keeping your taste buds interested. The malt base features a hefty dose of wheat for a big, fluffy head and a soft, round body, yet keeps the beer drinkable even during the dog days. The light malt character is more than balanced by a blend of citrusy American hops, giving Swelter a crisp bitterness without being overpowering. The hoppy citrus aroma complements the ingredients that make this beer so unique: lemon and lime peel, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass provide an subtle yet unmistakeable floral nose and just a touch of bracing tartness, taking the refreshment of Swelter to the next level.

Added by Jason on 04-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
209
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
16.22%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 209 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Kurzman
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden copper body into a tulip from the can. The head is white, fluffy and rises to a half inch high. Good retention and several large blankets of lace.

S- Herbal and citrus driven aroma. The lemongrass definitely comes out strong and beyond that there are general zesty citrus hints and cooking herb notes. Just a touch of cereal grains.

T- Takes on more of a lime feel, actually big time, in the flavor as the bitter peel and some lime juice notes take hold. Balancing out the lime are notes of lemongrass, wood, earthy cooking herbs and general citrus pith. Cereal grains and yeast bread lay down a foundation.

MF- Light bodied overall but the texture builds up with a substantial creaminess and frothy feelings. High end carbonation leading into the bitter citrus peel finish.

Carries itself with plenty of herbal and citrus centered flavors. Best of all none of the ingredients dominate and it finds itself coming on smoothly with a light but creamy body. The lime ends up shining.

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Photo of GFD400
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williahd
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours an interesting, opaque dark yellow color with a medium foamy white head. The smell is nice and summery with fairly strong notes of citrus. The flavor is quite pleasant and summery also. There are flavors of lemon, lime, and some bitter hops in the finish. For me the lemongrass is pretty much drowned out by the lemon and lime flavor, which is not too surprising because it’s a pretty subtle flavor, though those flavors aren’t overwhelming themselves and are complementary to the hops. The body is fairly light and refreshing. This is a very solid summer beer and I quite like it though I think that some would probably prefer something even lighter and crisper on a hot summer day.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BranfordBound
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12oz can into a Sam Adam's perfect pint this beer comes out a hazy honey color with a dense white head.

Smell is pretty resinous with the hops, but also a big twinge of lemongrass and herbs, subtle sweetness in the back. At first sip it starts pretty citrusy, some lemon tang, but it's washed away by a blast of bitterness, some herbal flavors. While it's supposed to be hoppy, these appear to be more bittering hops than aroma or taste, and overall the beer is way to bitter for the flavors. I would have preferred this to be sweeter for the summer.

Body is medium, refreshing carb but I can't get past the bitterness.

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Photo of I3eer
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fitzy01
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of louislouis91
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JNPIII127
4.85/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i got this one in a variety pack of craft beers and was pleasantly surprised. the flavor was very hop forward but finished less bitter than expected. overall a good beer.

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Photo of RALPHAWESOME
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StrayteEDGE
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of abuono
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite canned summer beers. Hoppier than most. Hoppy lemon/citrus

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Photo of GDawgs34
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbertsch
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Casterbridge
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Summer Swelter Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 209 ratings.
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