Summer Pale Ale | The Bronx Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Bronx Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by pjkelley82 on 07-02-2013

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3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +14%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewerrico
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dacrza1
3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of socon67
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
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 chrishiker1409
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AkAndy
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bieniek30
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +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 pjkelley82
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
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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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PJCarnell
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Branlott42
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hos
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChipChaight
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of writer917
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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