Summer Ale | Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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Summer AleSummer Ale

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Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This ale is golden in colour, clear and crisp. This beer proves a low alcohol can have taste. generous addition of wheat malt gives it a refreshing character.

Added by stirgy on 06-05-2004

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a slightly hazy medium orangish-amber hue, with two fingers of thick soapy white head, which leaves a ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of light bready malt, and mild earthy hops. The taste is soft biscuit grain, a bit of wheaty smoothness, and light weedy, earthy hops. The carbonation is very mild, the body quite smooth and light, with a wee bit of creaminess, and it finishes dry and clean.

A very refreshing welcome upon tracking down this pub on a very warm and humid mid-town Toronto summer evening.

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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extra dry hopped, least liked of blind tasting of six casks at Bar Volo. Cloudy yellow, minimal head. Very Malty, too malty, some hops. Mid sip hint of citrus. Thin body,fresh, clean and drinkable. No carbonation. Decent summer ale but below average all around.

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Photo of StormAles
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MTNboy
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It had no head and not much for lace. The body was orange amber with some bubbles.

Smell: It has a lot of sweetness to the aroma. The smell is both malty and fruity with some hop tones

Taste: It has a peach taste with some mild hop tones.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light.

Drinkability: Easy to drink because of how light it is but overall not that great of a beer.

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Photo of safaricook
3.84/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this from Cask in an English pub in Downtown Toronto.

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Photo of Derek
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's mild in strength, but has some wheat, so I'd be inclined to call the style an American Wheat.

A: Clear yellow, white head, very little retention but a nice lace.

S: Bubblegum & candy-floss fruity esters, slight biscuity malt.

T: The slight residual sweetness is balanced by a good bitterness and a slight tartness. Fruity esters, light caramel & wheat. Refreshing.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth & creamy; carbonation is moderate.

D: Decent summer drinker.

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Photo of eberesford
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow with lightish off white head - aroma grassy / citrusy hops - (a mix of NA and European noble?) Flavour: - floral - notes of stone fruit / unripe peach. Interesting complexity for what is essentially a light summer beer

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Photo of Viggo
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear golden/yellow, thin white head, some retention but doesn't look too great. Smell is sweet, some sugar, light fruit and citrus, bready malts, not bad. Taste is wheat, bread, floral, assertive and dry bitter finish, light citrus. Mouthfeel is light bodied, low to medium carbonation, very refreshing lemony finish. Not bad, better than cask, pretty nice summer beer.

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Photo of DrJay
1.87/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this at beerbistro in Toronto, apparently as a special "dry hopped" variety. It was a corn-yellow colour and quite cloudy -- you definitely couldn't see through it even with the light colour. It was topped with a thin head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was mostly citrus, which is very appropriate for a summer ale, but there was also a stale hop smell clearly evident. This beer was very light bodied, but to the point of being thin and watery. A little more body would definitely help this one out. There was also a soapy texture and flavour that hindered the crispness of the citrusy hops. The finish was harshly bitter, and the aftertaste built up to an unpleasant level over the course of the pint. The ideas seemed to be in place for designing a refreshing summer ale, but the execution didn't deliver.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Peaches, citrusy, bready.

Looks: Very little head. Horrible retention... the head dissapeared in a couple of seconds to absolutly no head. No lace.

Taste: Peaches, apples, tangerine, biscuit malt, bready. Wheat. Vannilla.

Mouthfeel: Light. Light carbonation.

Overall, It really is well suited for the summer. Sessionable, I could drink a lot of this stuff.

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Photo of bobsy
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I woke up at 4:30am in the morning when I had this beer. Damn jetlag. When I sauntered through the Granite's doors a few hours later I was the first person in there. The back patio was sunny, it wasn't even noon, and anything strong would probably knock me out, so Summer Ale and its 4% ABV seemed like the beer of the moment.

First impression is thats its a touch light on flavour but not too bad. Really, its like most English Pale Milds... a pleasant lighter beer, but nothing to write home about. In the looks department, we have a radiant gold liquid with a small white head that soon diminishes to film and doesn't really lace. The aroma is sweet and bready with a hint of lemon. Almost a stock Granite aroma. You can taste the wheat addition in the flavour, which is primarily malt driven before leading to a nicely hopped, herbal and lemon splashed finish. A touch soapy, but generally refreshing and light bodied, it has a good claim to be a decent summer beer. There's nothing too complex going on, but what is happening is done well. The Granite make nice ales, and I think this one in particular would benefit greatly from being put on cask.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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