Casco Bay Summer Ale | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Casco Bay Summer AleCasco Bay Summer Ale

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Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our hugely popular Summer Ale exploded onto the scene just two short years ago. Light, yet flavorful, this brew complements seafood, steak or salad equally well. Balanced, with an aromatic hop finish, the Summer Ale brings sunshine to your stomach.

Added by Todd on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 36
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Photo of Todd
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer breaks that typical American summer beer mold that all summer beers have to be light and weak. With a nice malty, fruity character and fresh, raw hop flavour this beer is not only easy to drink, but worth drinking.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle, "For best flavour drink before" freshness date clearly marked. Gray nautical map label with a neon orange colour on the label that catches the eye whether you like it or not. This beer will be called Summer Ale next year.

Appearance: Slightly copper hued orange colour, clarity is brilliant and the head is wonderfully dense and rocky ... then subsides to a spider web like trail of lace down the glass.

Smell: Butter cookie aroma with a mild estery fruitiness, bit of leafy hop and a vague smokiness on the nose also.

Taste: An unmatched smoothness from a summer time ale, sturdy medium body and a slight malt crispness. Strong pale malt with a mild smokiness, fruity with suggestions of pears and ripe melon. Hops are straight forward and go with a prickly bitterness that nearly cleans house. Toasted malt with that initial smokiness linger as far as the hops let them. Not a strong pungent bitterness but a timed bitterness that builds strength as the malt profile fades. Hoppy oil flavour brings a light pungent citric rind flavour to the table. Traces of alcoholic esters find their way to the palate with a fresh fruitiness that complement the hop oil. Finish is refreshingly dry with a touch of grassiness.

Notes: A more than interesting summer seasonal, so many flavours happening that it is hard to concentrate … hell just let that part of the mind go black and god damn enjoy the beer right? A brewery that hold to their own and stays true to their flagship and other beers will come out with a full flavoured summer seasonal, Casco Bay Brewing has done this with this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Thrasher
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A good, clean, salty New England pale. Nothing to denote it as summery except for a bright hop snap and a golden color that differentiates it from CB's other, heftier ales. Malts are very good; salty, sweet, a touch raw like the wild woods of Maine. A bitter, lemony hop snap gives this beer a real kick. Mouthfeel is the highlight: soft, yielding, cushiony and satisfying. All around good beer, great cold and just as good warmer in the summer sun. (Most summer beers need to be ice cold, fortunately not this one.)

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good beer. It was a clear orange color, with a medium-sized head and some nice carbonation. It had a sweet, citrus aroma. The taste was citrus, with some hops. Fairly assertive. A pleasant beer to drink, one that I'd enjoy in the summer (if it ever gets here).

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a half-inch head with excelelnt lacing. Aromas is grassy ...hoppy. Initial malt presence sustains itself with a good hop presence at the back palate, ending in a dry note. Mouthfeel is a very good combination of smooth and dry. Drinkability is very good...very refreshing.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle bearing a "best if drank before" date of 08-21-2005 on the label. Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Good thing I used the impy pint glass; even with a modest pour this brew displayed a big fluffy white head perched over a clear tangerine-colored liquid. Tons of fine carbonation constantly rushing upwards kept the head stoked to the point it never fully faded away. Ghostly lace was left behind. Pretty good-looking beer.
Nose was full of grassy malts, fruitily floral notes, lemon zest and hints of herbal hops. Had a solid malt base and sweet fruitiness that held up well and balanced out the lively citric tang and herbal finish. Finish had a definite herbal bite, almost metallic. The feel was light, crisp and refreshing yet seemed to have more body than the "usual" blonde ale.
Overall, Casco Bay's Summer Ale was a pretty good summertime refesher, well suited for relaxing with after some time spent kicking around in the pool. Easily quaffed and had me looking for a second.

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Photo of goz
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a medium golden with a small white head, minimal lace. Aroma is light with sweet malts, and some floral hoppiness. Flavor is sweet, lightly fruity, middle is kinda light, end is lot's of floral hops. Medium body, dry finish. Another good summer ale that I will be enjoying while camping in Maine.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat hazy deep orange to amber color with a modest head that dissipate quickly, frothy in texture, and a off color, the lace that resides is a fine thin sheet. Sweet malt nose, pineapple like aroma also noticed, fresh and clean a nice treat for the senses. Start is somewhat sweet, the top middling in its feel to the palate with a light to moderate acidity, the hops are delectable in their spiciness, dry linger aftertaste, a nice summer drink.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of my missing Casco Bay beer reviews for this site, review from two years prior, not sure how much their beers have changed since they were partnered with Shipyard.

Pours a golden color with a good sized head, fades slowly to leave some good lacing.

Smell is a good balanced between the malt and a light hop presence.

Taste is light and crisp, leans more towards the malt side of things but does have a decent citrusy/hop aftertaste.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of marc77
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep golden hue. Thin, but persistent ivory white head leaves respectable lace. Soft waft of lightly baked cracker and doughy malt upfront in aroma, followed by mellow lemony hop and mild light caramel sweetness. Snap of wheat tartness initially in flavor is ensued by a crisp, satiating, moderate hop bitterness. Malt presence steps up mid palate, and is comprised of bready pale malt notes and pleasantly grainy dextrin malt. Hop flavor is subdued and vaguely citric, but serves to complement the soft malt character. Somewhat slick and dextrinous in mouthfeel, perhaps from the ample usage of light crystal and / or carapils. Finishes clean, lightly floral with fleeting hints of sweet cracker. A balanced, innocuous, quaffable brew perfect for the forthcoming summer swelter. I wish this were available in Kansas. Thanks to Mainebeerman for the gift!

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty summer quencher. Poured the perfect summer orange with a white frothy head. Smelled wheaty and summer like with a healthy dose of sweet hops thrown in the mix. Same for the taste with the hops nicely bittering the brew as it went down crisp and refreshing with a good bit of wheaty malts, but nothing too yeasty. Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated for that refreshing feel. Enjoy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of light malts and citrus sweetness along with a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of citrus fruits, light caramelized malt sand some spice. There’s a good hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style however I think it might be more of an APWA, mild kick, this is a good beer to drink for a while, but it wouldn’t be my first choice if I were looking for a lighter beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe this one was knocked around or something because despite a careful pour, it came out all head, and foam continued to come out of the bottle. When it eventually settled (which it did with not too much time), it was hazy yellow.

The smell is of lemon grass with a slight metallic tinge.

The taste is of sweet lemon. A hint of grassiness. Crisp malt. Some earthy/woody hops give it a refreshingly dry finish. That unfortunate metallic tinge that was in the aroma is (barely) noticeable in the taste.

It's appropriately light - not too watery, though.

A decent summer refresher.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK second of the beers sent cross country by Bennybrew..big thanks again.
Beer comes in a 12 oz brown long neck with orange label..says Casco bay Summer Ale this appears to be the same beer as Summerfest ale.
Ok the beer poyrs a nice dark golden/lightish amber colour there is a very slight hint of haze..nice small white head that goes fast..leaving some excellent lacing.
Very fresh floral hop aroma is much evident..spicy even.
mmm nice swewet malts assault my taste buds first..then a nice spicyness then the hop bitterness..that l;ingers well done..different than the PNW pales i have tasted.
Nice tingling mouthful feels great on my tongue!
A most drinkable summer of the best I am sure.
thanks Benny

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Photo of hopdog
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best before 7 05.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a small sized white head. Aromas and tastes of citrus (lemons and oranges), light grass and some wheat. Lighter aromas than the tastes. Medium sweet with a light hop finish.

Notes from: 6/24/05

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white, two finger-head that vanishes slowly leaving some lace. Clear, light amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Nose is faintly hoppy and malty. Starts on the sweet side, with a hoppy but clean finish. A nice summer ale. $1.27 for a 12oz bottle from Tulley's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Completely clear with light amber color. Chaulky white head with excellent lacing.

Quite earthy for such a light beer. Lots of dry malt presence with light grapefruit hop in the background.

Super dry, astringent really. Flavors of bark mulch and butter Moderate to low body with strong carbonation. Low hop and nearly no aftertaste. Overall, this is a mild beer with lots of earth tones.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear orange in color with a short 1/2" head. Mild lacing develops. Aroma is of lemon citrus and some floral hops. Flavor is pretty bold for a summer ale, as a decent malt level is nicely balanced with a floral bitterness and strong lemon tones. Not overbearing in the flavor department, but much more flavorful then other summer or blond ales.

Light to medium in body. Very crisp at the start and with a mildly crisp and clean finish. Superbly drinkable as this is refreshing and has a nice flavor that doesn't bore you.

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Photo of Tallboy
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange with a light-tan foamy head. Well carbonated, and leaves bits of spotty lacing.The scent was all citrus in the aroma with hints of sweet hops.The taste was all hops and malt. The Mouthfeel was crisp and verry carbonated. My Overall opinion is that this a beer I can drink and enjoy on a nice summer instead of lemonade.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a translucent, golden-orange color with a white, bubbly two-finger head of foam. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, grains and grasses.

T - This beer leads of with some sweet caramel, touches of honey and a subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light bodied summer ale.

D - This was a good blonde ale. It is refreshing and tasty on a warm summer day.

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Photo of albern
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at one of the outdoor, on the deck, restaurants in Portland. I'm assuming that the beer may be slightly fresher than that served out of town. The down side is that they serve this in a plastic cup, so the smell, head, retention, and lacing are all compromised. It all appears to be about average, but I could be way off here. This is a refeshing, slightly citrusy ale that is light to medium bodied and very sessionable. I detected a nice balance between hops and malts, with little malty aftertaste that lingered. There may be some interesting fruity notes to this one as well. I will be sure to review this in the bottle, but if you are on one of the Portland decks and need a nice summer ale, Casco Bay is well worth seeking out. Perhaps you can get it served in a glass if you aren't hanging outside drinking.

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Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber topped with a three finger light-tan foamy head. Well carbonated, and leaves bits of spotty lacing.
Lemon, grass, wheat touch, citrus in the aroma.
Zesty hops in the taste, reminded me of the bitterness in a good pilsner. Fruit, berry, light toffee, lightly carmelized sugar.
Light bodied, dry and crisp, a bit tangy.
It really grew on me as I drank and made me want another

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Casco Bay Summer Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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