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Swale Brewery Indian Summer Pale Ale | Swale Brewery

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Swale Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Viking:
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4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No head whatsoever. I don't know if it was the pour, or I was just a day late on this cask. Still apparent cabonation in the body, but no wonderfully creamy head that usually comes from the cask. The body is crystal clear coppery-amber. Smell is rather vinous, with a solid base of toasty caramel malt. Very hoppy - earthy and herbal - reminiscent of the deep forest in autumn (which is when we have 'Indian Summers' around here...). Extremely well-balanced flavor. Toasted caramel malt is very prominent with a heavy dose of earthy hops. Bitterness is moderate, but relatively high for an English pale. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, with a rather light body. As usual, an English-type pales scores high on the drinkability scale for me - smooth, relatively low abv, and tasty. Excellent with a meal or as a ssession brew.

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Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely stuff. Aromatic hops for everyone. Lycheee grapefruit, lemons. Lovely hops, long bitter, beautiful finish, a highlight at the festival, lovely quaffability, but with some stunning flavours, balance and complexity, loveely soft texture aswell. (Cask- KentBF 03')

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Photo of Shiredave
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Though poured gently, the beer foamed abruptly but not volcanically. Bright golden color with moderate trickles of carbonation. Head was white and erratic, clinging in blotchy hunks on the glass as it receeded almost completely. Aroma was fresh and floral, clean and not yeasty as is typical of English bottle conditioned beers. Flavor was light and sugary but with an intense flavor that reminded me of freshly baked bread. This breakast continues with good citrusy and grassy hop notes leading to a solid bitter finish. The body was very light, even at room temp. but the malt flavors ( Maris Otter) were interesting and hop bittering and flavor were in perfect balance. A great session beer. Then again... at $4.50+ per bottle.... maybe not.

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Photo of budgood1
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a highly carbonated dark golden colour with that ample carbonation producing an amazing inch and a half white rocky head with staying power. aroma can best be described as fruity...mango and peach, sort of exotic and tropical. very light malts and a hint of must. very nice. lively mouthfeel; lots of crisp carbonation...body is lighter...pale maltiness is subdued and on the dry side. tastes of light maltiness with a mineral water base. dominant hop flavours run spicy and maybe a bit minty. nice bitterness...lingering in the aftertaste. i really like the hop profile; it's quenching and flavourful without being overly bitter and puckering. overall a very nice beer. worth a try.

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Photo of purplehops
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Indian Summer Pale Ale pours a hazy protein yellow with an eruption of a foamy off-white head that leaves little lace on the glass. The aroma is faintly sweet with notes of honey and clover. The taste begins with a dry herbal sweetness that progresses to Maris Otter maltiness with carbonation play on the tongue. The finish is a flat faint malt flavor mixed with a bit a citrus hop flavors. The aftertaste is malty sweet with honey flavors becoming stronger with time. More like a weak mead than like an ale. The mouthfeel is medium light with faint effervescence.
Overall an interestingly different pale ale. IMHO it would make a nice summer ale. It is crisp and refreshing with a light honey like sweetness to it (I don't think there is really honey in it. My guess would be that the honey flavors come from the yeast.). Very light for a bottle conditioned ale. My only wish would be to have a wee bit more hop bitterness to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of jaz
2.12/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer was tapped on Thursday and I had it on Monday, so I'm not to sure I got the best this beer can be. The pull was almost flat, but the golden, slightly hazy color was nice. The smell was that of stale bread and musty cellar. The taste was about the same, no sweetness or bitterness at all. Started out watery and plain, with a dominant moldy bread middle and foul, stale finish. I think I will try to find this one in the bottle and give it the review it probably deserves.

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Swale Brewery Indian Summer Pale Ale from Swale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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