Summer Ale
Montauk Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
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3.57 | pDev: 11.2%
Montauk Brewing Company
New York, United States
Summer AleSummer Ale
Notes: A light caramel malt blend with just the right amount of wheat gives this summer ale a bold yet refreshing finish. Experience the season as it was meant to be celebrated with Montauk Summer Ale.
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light fresh nose with a hint of wheat and lemon and a medium golden color and rocky white head. Runny lacing follows the first sip which is well balanced and refreshing. Finishes a hint bitter and piney. Very tasty. Crisp body and quality drinkability here. Not incredibly exciting but definitely worth a try.

Jun 02, 2019
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BarManager from New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can, producing an orange/golden color, with a slight head, and subtle lacing.

S: Mild aroma of barley, with hints of citrus.

T: Presence of toasty malts, with a mild zest and slight spiciness peaking through. Noticeable bitterness at the end, provided by the caramelized barley, and hops.

F: Light, creamy and smooth. Medium carbonation, allowing for a balance of flavors.

O: Clean like a lager, but a wonderfully light summer pale ale. Not overpowering with flavors of fruit or spices, allowing for the traditional ale style to be reborn in a summer can.

Oct 28, 2018
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent APA which provides a wonderful nose, great mouthfeel and refreshing, very slightly bitter finish. Lemon in the nose and on the palate makes this a perfect summer brew that does not taste either “shandy- ish” or radler-ish. Among the best I’ve had so far this season. Sometimes being in Long Island has benefits. Not sure if they outweigh the horror of the Belt Parkway, but if this were available in Jersey, I’d jump on a case right quick.

Jun 06, 2018
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangeish. Foamy, medium, white head that lasts shortly leaving light lace.

Smells bready Malts, grainy and floral.

Tastes light toast malt, bready, grain, light floral, sweeter. Finish is semi sweet with a grainy linger. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Aug 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a soft semi-transparent yellow color. Carbonation streamed to the top pretty quick. Foamy little white head crushes immediately. Sliding lace. The aroma had some lemons, grain, honey, grassiness and a touch of wood. The flavor blended the prior mentioned flavors somewhat sweetly with some refreshing aspects about it. Somewhat of a crisp lemon sweet aftertaste. No finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a crushability about it that redeems the feel of this beer for what the brewer intends it to be. Overall, honestly, I don’t see this one as a bad one. I could see it by the grill if offered again, maybe not one to seek out though.

Jul 15, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a mostly clear orange body from the can into a becher. Rising above the liquid is a thick and creamy white head that peaks at about a finger high with good retention. A massive amount of lacing sticks down the entire glass.

S- Mostly about the grains with toasted barley, light caramel, sweets, fresh mashed pale barley, biscuit and cracker off the top. To add some balance there is a hint of citrus hops, spice and fruit esters that feel right between apple and jammy raisin; they are very secondary.

T- Honestly takes on a bit of an English mild character from the grains used as there is toasty malts, some estery yeast notes and a bit of a buttery feeling. For the most part this is about the grains with breadiness, cracker, biscuit, the toast mentioned above and a decent bit of caramel sweetness. The hops all but go away here with just a smidge of citrus and bitter spicy hints.

MF- Silky and smooth light body with a very creamy texture considering the flavors at hand. This padding helps as the carbonation is very high. Ends bittersweet with both caramelized barley and herbal tea hop bitterness lingering.

What is a Summer Ale anyways? (not pointed at Montauk but at all brewers who make them) This one has some great maltiness with bold toast, caramel and freshly mashed pale barley carrying the flavor profile.

May 17, 2017
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Nice, mild, easy drinking beer. Actually surprised it is a pale ale. I was thinking more of a blonde or something. Maybe even a kolsch. Really clean and bright. Low hop. Not bad.

May 06, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, malty. Taste is malts, grains, some citrus is present, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and easy drinking summer beer.

Jun 20, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on a rooftop bar in NYC on Sunday, 5/29. It pours a nice golden amber color, clear, with a smallish head that fades pretty fast.

Smell is sweet, malty, caramel, but overall very light and delicate. Flavorwise I don't see a ton of difference between this and any other macro lager. It's got an initial fruity sweetness accentuated by the toasted malts. It also has a bit of graininess in the flavor and relatively low bitterness without any hop flavor.

The finish is pretty clean like a lager, very light in the stomach that's perfect for summer. A lot of summer beers try to offer a twist to differentiate themselves from the crowd. Adding a spice here or a fruit there. Montauk summer just set out to make a sessionable blonde ale that had no offensive flavors and that's it!

Jun 01, 2016
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angusdegraosta from New York

3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Montauk Summer Ale is a gem - has good head and a golden color. The aroma is fine if not memorable. What makes this wonderful is the beautiful balance between the gentle hops and the malt. The taste may not be epic by IPA standards, which always racks up the points here, but it is thoroughly pleasant to drink and leaves a satisfying feeling. This is the kind of can to bring to an outdoor evening party. I will get this again.

May 27, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

NIce refreshing brewed under license in MA for Montauk.

A- Color is a clear amber,lots of carbonation, a half finger of frothy head that fades fast, and laces not at all.

S - Aroma is tame w subtle traces of lemon zest and toast.

T- Ample and complex for a summer ale, blend of caramel, italian bread, toast, lemon zest, apples and flowery hops. Not too hoppy, very refreshing.

F- Body is light w high carbonation, slightly creamy with clean sharp finish.

Great summer refresher.

Sep 06, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gurney's Inn, Montauk, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a short head covering g the surface and lacy rings of bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts along with a faint amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has faint amounts of crispness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink for something that smells and tastes malty. It would make for a good beer for the beach.

Serving type: on-tap

Aug 29, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bread, Grassy, Rind, Rustic

Summer Ale or not this brew is very much Northeast style, assertive in all of the right places but very well balanced. Hint of buttery character for good measure, not that it gets in the way. From a touch of caramel to toasted grain, light citrus rind hop to fruit yeast, this beer has its share of depth.

STYLE: American Pale Ale | ABV: 5.6% | AVAILABILITY: Summer Seasonal

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #91 (Aug 2014)

Jul 15, 2015
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Billolick from New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can enjoyed on good ol Long Island...

Pours typical looking lighter amber, under a moderate and short lived head. leaves a fine film, thin collar and minor scattered bits of lace.

Toasted malt nose

Bready, malty brew...tastes like an English pale or mild...def a decent sessioner....nothing amazing but a decent drinking and on the malty side lighter ale....cant go to wrong with a few of these on a lazy summer afternoon

Jul 13, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a buddy of mine has been raving about "the little blue can" as he likes to call it so i had to see what the hub bub was about. enjoyed side-by-side with a greenport harbor summer ale both in pint glasses.

a- brew pours a nice rich amber orange compared to the straw yellow greenport harbor brew, both had a nice frothy foamy cap that had nice staying power and left chunks of lace.

s - nose is toasted bready malt...very grainy. deeper and richer than the greenport but both are fairly identical.

t/m/o - taste is very heavy grain. all malt and has an awkward finish. some lemon around the graininess...but lacks any real character. kinda just like a brand x no frills JUST beer kinda beer. left a lot to be desired for me.

Jun 07, 2015
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Toemas from New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Better option at 7-11. Seen at Stop and Shop in Green. $9.99/6

Real nice /great beer. Has little / no aroma , which is nice. Has the slightest of Grains of Paradise, coriander, maybe some biscuit malt as well. but super sub t le. SWMBO loves this. great mouth feel & enough body but sessionable even with the 5.6 abv. On 3rd now and it is spring. looks like a summer staple to go along w/ summer session... I'm starting to really like these guys..(even though not a driftwood fan)

Apr 02, 2015
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SteveB24 from New York

3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Color is a clear amber, lots of evident carbonation in the beer, pours a half finger of frothy head that retains very well.

Smell; Aroma is nice but somewhat lacking. Very subtle traces of lemon zest and toast.

Taste- wildly complex, the taste is a melody of caramel, rye bread, toast, lemon zest, apples and flowers.

Mouthfeel- Body is light/ medium, high carbonation, slightly creamy yet very light, which makes for some amazing contrast.

Overall- Outstanding summer beer, will buy again many times over.

Aug 04, 2014
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Gmann from New York

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden honey brown, slightly hazy. The cream colored head is big and pillowy and slowly settles into a puffy cap with some webby lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma has a light toasted grain scent; a touch bready. There seems to be a hint of tart lemon. Not bad but nothing exciting.

The taste is of a bready malt. Some toasted notes. A light sour note. Perhaps from lemon perhaps from something other. General fruitiness and grassy hop notes. Kind of reminds me of an English pale ale.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and the grassy bitter finish. Drinks well.

A very average brew, kind of boring. It drinks well but doesn't really remind me of a summer ale.

Jul 19, 2014
Summer Ale from Montauk Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 77 ratings