Summer Ale | Montauk Brewing Company

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Summer AleSummer Ale

Brewed by:
Montauk Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by 2Xmd on 05-13-2014

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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)

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Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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Photo of Beer21
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of socon67
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of BrahptimusPrime
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Branlott42
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of drews240
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Joenapolitano
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of ryeguy8585
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of BadFishNY
2.18/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Amedlin18
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antc2382
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kelseyr713
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AD17
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Summer Ale from Montauk Brewing Company
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