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Dooryard Summer Ale | Picaroons Traditional Ales

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Dooryard Summer AleDooryard Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Picaroons Traditional Ales
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in the early days as “Picaroons Canadian Wheat Ale” and was only available on tap. Then it evolved into an all-organic recipe with added coriander and orange peel for this delicious hybrid Canadian-German-Belgian wheat ale.

Added by biegaman on 06-28-2006

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by mmurphy525:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at St. John Alehouse

Appearance: gold in color, ½ inch head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: orange, lemon, and apricot
Taste: orange, lemon, apricot, cardamom, cream, and wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium carbonation, light body

Drinkability: If you like Blue Moon, you will like this pale wheat ale. To me this tastes like so many other standard pale wheat ales it is hard to separate this one out. Not a bad beer, but nothing I cannot get with a different label.

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Photo of skellock
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Just for fun, get a native Maritimer to pronounce the name of this brew to you - I still can't recreate in my mind how I heard it.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden straw colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, rocky, and lazily bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some spooky haunted forest lace around the glass as it swiftly abates.

It smells of sugary pale and grainy wheat malt, applesauce, pear compote, lightly spiced orange rind, earthy yeast, and mild leafy, grassy, hay-like hops. The taste is more sweet orchard fruit - the usual suspects of apple, orange, pear, and lemon all representing their cause - alongside a decent grainy, bready, and somewhat crackery pale malt, a sort of separate yeasty wheatiness, and soft piney, leafy, and earthy noble hops.

The bubbles are quite understated, barely raising the hackles of any of my various palates, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, with a certain well-bred creaminess to boot. It finishes off-dry, the breadiness of the blended malt maintaining some hefty staying power, while the fruit, yeast, and old-world hops bonk heads on their slow, meandering way out.

Without the wheat on the malt bill, this would surely fall into the catch-all category of American Blonde Ale, which is strangely growing its own personality of late - sweet, fruity, bready, low alcohol and meek hops. Sound familiar? Yup, but this hardly a bad thing, in fact, it's what the doctor (should have, at least) ordered for days like this - unbearably hot in the rooms where the oscillating fan isn't, with some wafting Northern forest fire ashes to breath, just for fun. Yeah, give me one of these right now, no matter how you spit out its name.

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Photo of Rempeba
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of souvenirs
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My mother raves about this beer, but to be honest, that could be just because she likes the name. "Out in the dooryard" is a phrase I often heard from her mother, who grew up in south-central New Brunswick and whose mother was of Irish descent.

A: Cloudy and straw-coloured.
S: Lightly floral, some honey, hay.
T: Conventional.
F: I'd like it to be crisper.

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Photo of remichoppers
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this one several times. I drank it from a wheat beer glass, a pilsner glass, from a regular house glass and directly from the bottle.

I find that the best way to appreciate it is to drink it from either a wheat beer glass or a regular household glass. The beer have a pale golden-yellow color with a medium white head.

Really nice wheat taste with a hint of citrus / orange peel. A little hops-y compared to other kinds of beer of the same category, but just enough to give it a nice bitter after-taste.

Good beer to drink when you're cooking BBQ with some friends in the summer!

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Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TylerD420
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mrmanning
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle-Pours a hazy yellow topped with a creamy white foam. Little retention or lace. Mildly spicy nose with lemons, banana, and some yeast. Flavour profile is creamy lemon custard with corriander, grapefruit and fruity yeast with a touch of hops. Fruity, mildly hoppy finish with lingering spices. A bit thin on the finish. An enjoyable summer wheat.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of nighthawk
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, no freshness date, poured into pint glass.

Pours a crystal-clear yellow, lots of carbonation visible, with a small foamy white cap. Retention's ok, little bit of lacing left behind.

Aroma has nice lemon and orange citrus.

Faint grainy sweetness followed by lemon and wheat grain tang. This lingers and is joined by a light honey sweetness. There's a light, vaguely peppery taste in the background throughout.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, with a good bubbly carbonation. Very refreshing and just on the sweet side.

While this beer doesn't seem to follow the usual wheat beer path, it's refreshing and light so a good summer beer no matter what category it finds itself in.

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Photo of crusian
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from awesome girlfriend...
Pours a nice light hay color with a finger of head.
review from my phone, so, shortened....
Nose is a nice saison... not sure why it is in this category... it is a saison. Nice, light flavor of citrus, with an extremely clean finish. Bit if earthyness to it... but cleanliness on the finish is prominent. Nice saison, for sure... but not an American wheat.

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Photo of berley31
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with an average-sized, white head; pretty good lacing. Body was clear and sparkling, with a nice, golden-yellow color. Very nice aroma of wheat... much more apparent than some other wheat ales I've tried. On the palate, the body was medium, thin yet slightly creamy, with average carbonation. Nice flavor with an average duration.. you can really taste the wheat here... this ain't no Grasshopper. Overall, a very enjoyable wheat ale that makes a great summer beer... I could easily have several of these.

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Photo of Long813
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange body with two fingers of white head. Retention is poor and leaves little lacing.

S: Faint scent of yeast, some spice and fruit mixture. Quite week.

T: Some orange, other fruit, spice and yeast. The flavour is quite bland.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Frothy texture and leaves a odd aftertaste.

D: Meh, another miss from Picaroons for me. It's not the off putting, but plain.

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

Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ewpass
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden with decent head. No nose to speak of. Thin wheaty body with soft finish. Plain but thirst-quenching.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of leaddog
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a light amber with a finger of frothy white head. Pleasant lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smell - wheat, lightly toasted grains, citrus (orange/lemon), light spicy notes, and hint of noble hops.

Taste - Starts off strong with wheat and citrus flavours followed by the lightly toasted grains, spicy notes, and hint of noble hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a light bitterness.

Overall - A refreshing wheat beer that is easily enjoyed on anyone's patio/back deck. A perfect compliment to this warm day in Cowtown.

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

Serving Type: 500 mL

A- Pours a slightly hazy Golden topped by a 1 finger head that works down quickly to a thin skim.

S- Fruity (pear/apple) upfront with a wheaty maltiness in the background.

T- Pear, orange peel, and soft wheat up front. Slight hop bitterness comes in near the end to balance things out nicely.

M- Low-Medium Carbonation with a fairly hefty medium body. Easy drinking.

O- After hearing so much about Dooryard Summer Ale, I can say that I was not disappointed when I finally had the chance to have it.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy honey colour, with a fast-forming (and rising) head, the consistency of beaten egg whites. It sticks around for a bit, too.

The smell is kind of sweet... reminds me of a raspberry wheat ale I got on the Gaspe peninsula. It's not bad, but not my kind of beer.

The taste, again, is not my favourite kind of beer. It grew on me as the bottle went on, though. It's that sweetness or... I don't know what it is about a wheat ale... but I don't like it as much as other kinds of beer.

It feels OK in the mouth. Just don't like that sweetness / tartness.

If you like wheat ales, this would be very drinkable. For someone like me who doesn't enjoy them a lot, it's still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of The_Town_Drunk
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%

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