Summer Pale Ale
The Bronx Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,709
Ranked #44,029
3.46 | pDev: 10.98%
The Bronx Brewery
New York, United States
Summer Pale AleSummer Pale Ale
Notes: This seasonal pale ale was inspired by our brewer Damian's years living in Germany drinking Radler style beers. An easy-drinking brew with a playful lemon finish makes this a perfect beer for those hot summer days in the city - beachside, poolside or streetside. Cheers to drinking weather!
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 94
Photo of Spike
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everyday, somewhat sweet, slightly gassy, malt-forward pale ale with a lemony aftertaste. There’s nothing wrong with it - in fact, it’s perfectly acceptable on a summer afternoon - but nor is it memorable in any way at all.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unexceptional yet refreshing summer ale. Decent hop bite with zesty accents from lemon peels. Deep golden color, almost orange. Fairly good body--not thin, relatively substantial mouthfeel. A pleasant summer escape beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sharp looking 12 ounce can in to a nonic pint glass.

Pours a golden lemon-yellow color with a satin finish. The fluffy white cap reaches 3F before slowly settling to a film, leaving modest lacing.

German inspiration is revealed in the aroma. Floral hops, lager-like graininess, grassy, light malt.

Light malt flavor with subtle lemon taste. Just enough citrus to temper any sweetness.

Light body with lemon acidity, again, not sweet. Grainy malt finish.

I'll look for it again next year.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a modest creamy head that retains quite well throughout.
Grainy malt aroma with a syrupy cereal grain sweetness. Light lemon. Caramel malt and butterscotch; perhaps a slight flaw? I did not pick up much of a hops aroma.
Malt forward pale ale, moderately sweet with a subtle lemon finish
Light and crisp. Very easy to drink.
A refreshing and simple summer ale.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I definitely think this is the first beer I have ever had with a fire hydrant on it, which is kind of cool. Mellow beer with mild bread notes and touches of hops and spice. You definitely catch the lemon in the afertaste but also a little metallic tinge. Solid in hot weather but probaby not so much for all purpose use.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a small wispy white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is lightly bready with hints of lemon. Slight toast. Very neutral aroma.

The taste is of a crusty bread with lemony notes. A bit of a raw sugar sweetness.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet and fruity on the palate. A tad dry in the finish.

Standard summer ale, perhaps a touch thicker.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

DATE: October 1, 2017... OCCASION: the last of the summer stuff, with a nice day of Scouts and football only partly ruined by the Browns... GLASSWARE: Abita pint... pours a murky, blurry orange amber body whose opaqueness doesn't shield its swirling sediment from the eye... unfortunately, the head dissipates swiftly--so much so, I missed it... there's nothing left but an off-color swirl... lemon zest, grapefruit, slight resin and reasonable aromatic flowers--bright and alluring... the malts are subtle... first sip is malty, with its presence at the throat... light at the teeth, with a liveliness attempting to force through an oily constitution... grapefruit and lemon are the targeted fruits in the profile, with back-end malts providing a butter-breaded softness... their summer aim being met, this might not be one to reach for beyond the season....

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Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Pours hazy orange with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Very good brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light orange color with a 1" head.

Smell: very little aroma here as some fruitiness is all that I could detect.

Taste: grainy malt base with some soft lemon tones, sweet green grapes, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout.

Overall: an easy to drink and refreshing beer to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz can into a Weissbier glass; no production date.
A: Pours a hazy, golden color with robust head creation and at least a one inch head. Modest lacing.
S: Aromas of yeast and fresh bread with a subtle lemon citrus and grassy notes.
T: Slightly spicy. Mostly follows the components of nose, although lemon and herbal flavors are stronger. Not lemony like some summer ales; lemon note blends naturally with other flavors Modest bitterness, creating a crisp, spicy finish.
M: Light to medium bodied. Refreshing without feeling too light. A little creamier than many pale ales. Robust effervescence.
O: Really a refreshing summer pale ale. This subtle use of lemon is really an improvement over similarly styled offerings, e.g. Sam Adam's Summer. I could easily envision drinking/serving this on summer days. I have really remained impressed by Bronx Brewery's inventive offerings.

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Photo of writer917
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beachside, poolside, streetside.
Drink this in City Island. Drink this in Mott Haven. Drink this at Orchard Beach.
Down this near a gushing hydrant, or walking towards a chuchifritos.
Walkin' around with the cops around, hot on the streets, in the air all buzzing & so vibrant it's as if you can't even see things right in front of you.
But you can smell the maltiness & toastiness, front-and-center, which gives off a winter ale vibe.
Then the lemon takes over.
A thick wedge as if squeezed by the hand of God, invading the finish of the beer, like a slice of sunlight hitting your forehead, burning & hieroglyphic.
Pair it with a sharp cheddar or a mild salami. Pair it with slice of pork.
Let it be the sweet in the sweet-n-salty. Let it flicker between aromatic & bitter.
Let it be a pale ale that wants to be a radler.
Let it want to hide inside with the AC on, but instead find itself outside on the streets.
Slim & lissome, silently tart. It brings you into summer & makes you stay there.

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Photo of GulDukat88
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, for sure, but the lemon peel does not come through at all. I am a big fan of summer beers, and enjoy most of them most years, but this one feels...plain. Definitely does not stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bronx Brewery "Summer Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, no production code or freshness dating
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice looking can. Good colors. 32 IBUs... ? Oh yeah, that's right, it's a pale ale not just a "summer ale". Lemon peel, I wonder if it's fresh or dried. Surprisingly hazy. Very hazy, in fact, almost cloudy. Short head of white doesn't seem to want to hold. Small spots and some larger streaks of lacing are left behind. OK, on to the aroma. Malty, grainy and a touch toasty with some citrus that does express lemon. Slightly spicy and herbal/tea-like as well. The flavor follows and it's a good blend, kind of like lemon in iced tea. Normally I'd think that the lemon would fit better in a straightforward golden malt, rather than this richer, grainy and toasty one, but it works. 32 IBUs, yep, they come through right in the middle, stiffly, and then linger into the drying finish where the lemon remains, lingering. Wow, I like this a lot better than I thought I would. There are plenty of lemon beers out there but there's something a little unique about this one. It's more like the lemon is submersed in the beer rather than floating on top, if that makes any sense to you. Very nicely balanced between the sweetish grainy malt and the refreshing quality of the lemon before finishing with just enough bitterness to keep it 'a serious beer'. I'd highly recommend it. Great summer beer.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is a refreshing, light beverage. Lemony throughout with herbal grassy notes. Golden with decent amount of carbonation. About a quarter inch head with lacing. Had it ice cold. Frothy. This beer was okay but not the best stand alone summer.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing summer beer. Hints of lemon without being a lemonade-like shady. Had on tap in NYC and it hit the spot much better than the Sam Adams Summer Ale I had the night before. More fizz to it without the tartness.

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Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1/2 growler purchased at Peekskill NY's Beverage world this afternoon.

Pours clouded lighter tangerine almond. Under a moderate light tan head, fine film and lace and thin collar.

Ripe fruit sweetness on the nose.

I get some melon, herbal hops and mild citrus on the palate.

Decent if unspectacular summery pale ale. Would work fine with a summer helping of cheese, salad and crusty bread

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Photo of CTHomer
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: cloudy; breass colored; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass;

S: lemon and light malts;

T: lemon rind from start to finish; minimal bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; crisp;

O: one note - lemon rind; I like bitterness in my beer, but the bitterness in this wasn't pleasing;

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Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

05/28/14 On tap. Sorry Bronx guys, but the word 'subtle' used in your description is misappropriated. The citrus may be subtle, but whatever lends the piney notes here might have had a lullaby as an intent but left a nightmare of "Mommy Dearest" proportions. (Well not quite, but I was looking to impress on the 0-100 discrepancy). Just as we all hope that the proverbial "long cold winter" yield to more a amicable climate, so I did wish for the harsh elements in this pint give way to something more...more...actually less 'distinctive'. Less can often be more.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 09/12/13 notes. Had this on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a murky yellow-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lemons, citrus hops, floral notes, earthy notes, spice, yeast, grains, wheat, and light fruits. Some decent strong lemon and citrus to it, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of wheat, lemon, sour bread, grains, citrus, and earthy notes. Too much lemon, a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Little bitter in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall the nose was promising, but the taste was just too much lemon and one dimensional for me. Wouldn't really seek this one out or have it again.

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Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY

Poured a light hazy brassy hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop and faint ester.

The taste consisted a sharp grassy hop, a soapy citrus flavor and light fruity ester.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a vegetable like aftertaste. Finished dry.

Overall a light bodied estery pale ale.

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Photo of jerrytodd
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Strand. Served in a mason jar so hard to judge the appearance.

I can pretty much sum this beer up the same for each category which is to say nothing was distinctive. No aroma, taste was of a faint ale with no discernible character. Mouthfeel ok.

It's a summer ale so I reckon they went for something lightish but c'mon give me some citrus or something.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on tap at Superstar Beverage in Huntington. Purchased a 16oz after sampling.

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice 2 finger bone white head, nice lacing but not much stickiness.. fell down pretty quick.

Smell wasn't too overwhelming. Citrus and malt smell with a dot of hops thrown in there.

Taste was very smooth, crisp and refreshing. Light citrus bit malty semi light mouthfeel. Finishes clean with a good crispness and refreshness to it.

Overall a damn good summer ale... mixes well with there style and well balanced. So frigging drinkable and would highly recommend as a BBQ or outside drinking beer.

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