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Carrabassett Summer Ale | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Carrabassett Summer ale joined our stable of beers in April, 2003. This Kolsh beer will delight and refresh you. We use a high proportion of wheat malt to give it a thick head and light body. The Carrabassett Summer Ale makes a great addition to all things summer: BBQs, tunes from a speaker in the window, frisbees and the sound of crickets. Not a bad way to spend an evening.

Added by UnionMade on 04-25-2003

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by longpondbeerman:
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Casco Bay Summer poured a clear, bubbly amber in appearance with a medium thin off-white head that left a sticky lace as I drank down. There's a bit of hoppiness, but the dominant aroma is grassy highlighted by pine and a touch of citrus. The taste is very yeasty at the start, like fresh bread, which tapers off into a slight tangy bitterness at the finish. Not really very intricate. The mouthfeel is nicely effervescent and smooth. Good for a summer's lunch on Mt. Desert Island.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another missing beer review I'm getting around to putting in the BA system.

Pours a golden color with a slight orange tinge, not much for head or lacing.

Smell is mostly from the malt backing with a slight citrus presence, should have been heavier in the citrusy hops.

Taste is light and crisp, pretty easy to drink but another fairly standard beer coming from Casco Bay.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a 12 oz long neck..simple label..yellow with one of those Olde Fashioned compass point doohickeys.
OK first off I think I got a bad botle of this beer..as I poured it very carefully it produced a monsterous head..in fact 80% of the pint mug was filled with head..the beer I can actually see is pleasant enough hazy gold.
The aroma is still pretty good very wheaty..pleasant sourness,
The taste however is overwhelmed by the CO2..some wheat I can make out.
Mouthfeel is pure carbonation.
Not drinkable ..I think this must be a bad bottle
Thanks anyway to Pedromrtnz45.
Seeing the other reviews..if I get a chance I will review this beer again.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had from the bottle while enjoying a large, juicy Maine lobster. Poured from the bottle to a light golden orange with thin white head that lingered and then left a thin white cap and good lacing. mild aroma of floral hops, was followed by a slightly bitter, slightly tingly mouthfeel. Flavor was more of the bitter floral hop, though not real strong, and this led to a short dry finish.

Not bad, just not great.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a peachy amber, topped with a thick white head. Frothy at first, but dissipates quickly into a thin mist.
The aroma is light and malty, with a touch of toasted malt. Some light apple esters, with a suggestion of strawberry and sweet cherry. None of the esters, save the apple, are very noticable. No real hop presence, save a light waft of floral herbal hop aroma.
The flavor starts out with a light, quenching maltiness. Some wheat malt is apparent, lending a bit of crisp dryness throughout. A touch of apple esters in the middle, very light, with an odd metallic tasting transition into the finish. Some piney hoppiness comes through, more than the aroma would suggest, balancing the malt well, and finishing the beer with a pleasant, mild bite. A dryish finish. Not much in the way of aftertaste, besides a dry maltiness that lingers for only a few seconds. Moderate, spritzy carbonation, light bodied.
A decent summer ale. This would certainly hit the spot on a humid late summer afternoon, but not my first choice for the ocassion.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this summer offering at a dockside lobster and clam joint in Portland, so although I try to keep "The Moment" out of my reviews, the lobster stew and steamers were just too good! A dark amber body sits beneath a nice creamy beige head. The aroma of sweet malt, hops and the essence of berries was a pleasure to breathe in. The full malt body reminds me of a Fuller's ESB, only this malt is a little more raw and wild tasting. Fairly hoppy with some citrus and lightly metallic bite.

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at RSVP in Portland last week. A new Carrabassett seasonal with a different taste for a summer seasonal. Had some traits of a wheat beer but the hoppiness was much greater than I would expect from a wheat. Refreshing but not as light as some summer ales due to the impact of the hops. Golden in color and had a lasting head. Bottle was freshness dated. One of the more enjoyable summer ales to my taste.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I figured I should try this before summer's finally over. Golden/amber body with half inch offwhite head. Smells rather malty with some hop presence. Medium bodied. Sweet, hints of hop. Very drinkable beer and a decent example of the style in my opinion. I really liked it.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright and brassy from the bottle. Nice creamy white head. A hazy body with heavy lace that last all beer long. Smell is very light but creamy.

Taaste is lightly malty. Very creamy with a light hoppy aftertaste. I don't know if this is supposed to be a cream ale but it sure as hell tastes like one. Medium bodied and uncomplicated.

Not a great beer but it harkens back to the days I was weaning myself off of Coors Light with Genessee Cream Ale and Genessee 12 Horse at the Nyabinghi Dance Hall back in Morgantown, WV during my brief and academically unproductive college career.

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Carrabassett Summer Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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