Summer Swelter Ale | Baxter Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
84
good
217 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:
217
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
16.22%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
45
For Trade:
0
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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has some particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and a coating of lacing around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of Kaffir lime leaves are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of Kaffir lime leaves and also has some hints of lemongrass. The taste of lime leaves linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but I wouldn’t consider it to be something that would be very refreshing or thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yay cans.

Pours a pasty white huge almost 3 finger head that forces me to stop pouring in the SA perfect pint glass, with lots of bubbles rising up from the etch at the bottom. The head fades semi slowly as it's reinforced, with bits of sticky lacing, over mostly clear semi hazy yellow pilsner color.

NOse has some interesting aromas, light lemony citrus, lemony hops, lemongrass, a light grassy noble hop aroma, lemon zest, hints of wheat, and almost an orange zest like citrus.

Taste tastes kinda spiced, almost autumn pumpkin like spiced but not quite there... light lemon zest and hint of orange even, lemongrass, and light grassy hops, with a hint of juicy lemonade, and slight lemon pledge like taste. Light malts and wheat underneath give it a mouthy feel slightly, but those spices just seem a bit weird. A hint of lime as well. Bitterness cuts through more from the citrus zest than grassy noble hops. Finish is fairly dry with long lingering citrus zest, lemon peel, grassy hops, and a decent rind bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, interesting citrus and rind spices, decent hops, malts and wheat flavors underneath add a nice touch, good carb, but the overall spices just seem, not where I want them to be, maybe, can't really label it more than that.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/8/2015 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemon, wheat spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of lemon and spices come in. The hops presence is very mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are better choices if you’re looking for a lawnmower beer.

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

Served on-tap at The Tip Tap Room in Boston, MA

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fluffy white head that reduces to a couple of small thin patches, a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and cereal grain malts along with moderate aromas of citrus/lemon hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of wheat and cereal grain malts that have just a touch of sweetness. Light to moderate flavors of citrus/lemon/lime hops and just a hint of grassy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades after a short while.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting take on a summer beer, this one is not quite a light/thin as the others in that style...maybe that is a reflection of the slightly more temperate summers they experience in Maine. Low in ABV but not the easiest to drink and not sure I would call it sessionable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small head for wheat. Leaves some streaky lace. Surprisingly clear. Golden color.

Perfume smell of fresh picked flowers. Lavender? Light hop smell at the end. NO wheat to the nose. Complexly flavored.

More lavender on the tongue. Lightly sweet, but the finish is very dry with a peppery hop kick. More bitter than expected. The body is as expected with an elevated carbonation level.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/17/12 notes. Bought a can of this at the Publick House in Boston, MA. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow color with one finger of fluffy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, wheat, grains, light lemon, and light citrus. Not bad at all but lots of bread and not much lemon or lime; just a little weak.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grains, wheat, citrus hops, floral hops, fruity malts, lemon, and lime. Definitely a step up from the nose and a lot more going on here. This is pretty much what I was looking for.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth.

o - Overall a pretty nice low ABV summer beer. Brewed with lemongrass and lime, they don't come through a lot in the nose but do in the taste. A nice crisp beer worth checking out.

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

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Firefly
Slightly hazy light golden color medium short lived head. Spicy earthy hop bite clashes a bit with the citrus and spice that at times are overbearing. One and done for this guy.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of mklisz
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tumbler, the beer is a bright, hazy, unfiltered, lemon-yellow coloring with a light, frothy, low profile white head. Aromas are light and crisp, with a toasted grain backbone and citrusy highlights. Flavors are toasted cereal, with a tangy, sweet, and slightly zesty lemon and lime blended highlight. Spiced overtones, with coriander, lemongrass, and a touch of nutmeg. Very well blended, and remains crisp and effervescent overall. Smooth bodied throughout, with a light feel despite the dynami palate. The aftertaste is roasty and sweet, with a grain/cereal profile. The finish is effervescent, light, and has a slight linger to it. Very easy to drink, and extremely sessionable. Great warm weather brew.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes and had this when it was called Celsius. The appearance was a hazy yellow colored body with a light yet foamy lumpy white head. The head lasts about a good minute. There are a ton of bubbles up the sides of the pint glass. A decent amount of carbonation gently rises from the bottom. The smell has hops up front with light citrus backing it up. Some malts come in as the beer warms. The taste is tangy yet sweet sort of lemon combined very nicely with the malts, some coriander and lemongrass comes out as the beer warms. The palate is light, smooth, crisp, and drinkable. Overall this is another good beer from Baxter’s. Get to the head of the grill line!

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped on the bottom with "Penguin-04-07-14-SSA5661. " Sampled on June 18, 2014

It has a cloudy, foggy pale yellow pour with a modest white fizzy head that eventually fades down.

The thing about the aroma is that it has a kind of olive oil or buttery sensation with those pale malts and crisp, clean hops. Sometimes that's bad but in this case it seems to balance out well.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste has a nice toasted biscuit malt character but unlike the aroma there is more of a citrus-like character kicking in. This works on a hot day like today.

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Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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 VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a swampy apple juice color. Head is quite good looking. Head is bright white and frothy. Head retains when I thought it would pop away. Head also leaves fine lacing spiderwebs.

S-Lemons and limes. The limes are clearly distinguishable. Smells like a lime squished in your palm. Light Noble hop aroma. Also a bit minty. I found a lot of interesting surprises in the nose.

T-Wheaty and heavy on both lemon and lime. Limeade combined with wet-grass hops and spices. The flavor showcases some muscle. I always respect a Summer beer with some 'oomph'. High acidity. Very clean shaven.

M-The body matches a heavier beer. Sessionability isn't supremely high simply because it isn't just a watery Summer brew. I like the body. It has curves.

O/D-Almost reminds me of a gin and tonic with a lime wedge plugged onto the lid of the glass. Very acidic. Rarely do you get lime as a flavor in beer (Besides Bud Light Lime of course!). I find this to be Baxter's most well crafted beer, but it doesn't suit my beer needs. Nevertheless, this is a far beyond average Summer brew and it is worthy of purchase.

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Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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

Photo of rjp217
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Summer Swelter Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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