St. Andrews Summer Ale | The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

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St. Andrews Summer AleSt. Andrews Summer Ale

Brewed by:
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by far333 on 06-29-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by paceyourself:
Photo of paceyourself
2.05/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle# 2563 A nice pure white head slowly settled over the straw yellow brew. The musty aroma is striking at first, it reminds me of a blast of argon escaping while welding, not to pleasant. The taste of vegetables mostly tomato dominates a mild rubbery flavor before finishing very dry. The first two bottles of St. Andrews i had were almost undrinkable, the second two were not much better. After the inconsistency of Olde Burnsides first two seasonals i'm not looking forward to the next.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer seasonal from brewmaster Ray Ballard. Presented in a blue one liter swingtop. A printed card hanging from a string tied around the collar reads "May you have the hindsight to know where you have been, and the foresight to know where you're going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far." Number 2453.

Pours a straw yellow color, bright, but hazy. The head is high and white, with tight tiny bubbles. The aroma is heavy yeast, with notes of bright and fresh citrus. Flavor is rich and yeasty, with light hop undertones, and hints of lemon in the finish and aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Fine lacing creeps down the glass.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L swing-top bottle from Randazzo's Package Store, Stafford Springs, CT. Opens with a violent release of pressure when the top is flipped.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' dense 2 1/2" slightly off-white head above the amber brew, kind of dark for a blonde. Head does not disappear very quickly, with foamy bits of lacing along the glass. Aroma is of earthy hops, with some piercing undertones, including lemon. Taste is crisply of hops, again with the earthy flavor lurking underneath it all, and closes out with a lemon zing. A bit busy on the tongue, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel is a bit biting at the onset, but that works its way out, and drinkability is good as well. Probably would have been a bit better fresher, but I'll have to try again next year.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 1 qt 1.82 fl oz. blue flip top bottle, no freshness date but refrigeration is a must according to the label. Pours a golden copper with a slight haze, nice chunky off-white head that laces up nicely, not much carbonation, little bits of sediment floating around. Aroma of grains husks, smells like vegetables to me, very fresh and clean, with some grassy hop notes. Pale malt really is the predominant flavor, grainy like straw and grain husk. Slight smokiness and caramel as well. Grassy hop bitterness that leaves a sappy dryness in the back of the throat. Light bodied and refreshing. Taste is a bit too grainy but still pretty good.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 quart cobalt blue swing-top bottle.

Burnt golden in color with a touch of visible carbonation. Very creamy, bright white head that clings to the sides. Spattered, condensed lacing with a decent hold.

Very fragrant toasted biscuit, a touch burnt. Very yeasty aromatics. Hints of diacetyl with a light skunkiness.

Big toasted malt flavors: yeast and airy bread. Slightly sweet malted wheat underneath the yeast character. The diacetyl presence works well with the toasted biscuit flavors. The flavors at mid-sip are a bit bland: oat and rounded grains. A minor bitterness followed by a buttery biscuit aftertaste.

Light in body; buttery, light, and airy. A little too creamy for the style.

An interesting take on the style. The toasted biscuit flavors grow on you, but the flavor/mouthfeel seem a little out of balance.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is presented in a liter sized blue clamptop bottle, with a little paper tag hangng on the neck. Very cool looking.
The beer itself pours an almost greenish ochre yellow, with a foamy white head. Good retention.
Aroma is light and malty, with a clean german (or american grown variety) hop presence. Very mild esters.
The flavor is light and crisp, with a lightly chewy mouthfeel, if that's the right word. You can definitely taste the grain. Smooth, with lively, yet small, bubbles. Finish is mildly dry. One of, if not the best, summer ales I've had so far. This brewery doesn't make a bad beer, it seems. If i wasn't going to like something, it would have been this one.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cool yellow color, almost like a white ale, with a decent head that melted to a long lasting film. The aroma was rather cidery, I think this is the first I have tried from this style so I wasn't sure what to expect exactly. Anyway, yeah, kind of cidery smelling as well as tasting. Taste also included a mild hoppiness, and a sweet candy- like malt note. Not bad, nice and light for the summer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light brown/amber cloudy color with a creamy off white head, leaving some nice lace. The aroma is lightly sweet with a nut like characteristic. The sweetness with the nutty flavor continues in the taste with a nice smoothly balanced finish. Though not exactly what you would expect from a "summer beer" but definitly a tasty treat.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice medium golden colored body. An inch high fluffy white head took a few minutes to reduce to nice light coat on top. Low amount of carbonation bubbling. Very nice lacing all around.

A very nice buttery aroma. Some light fruity sweetness reminds me of cantaloupe and honeydew. Very appealing on the nose, without having most of the standard malt I would expect in the style.

Very light flavor of malt is overpowered by a slightly off buttery taste. A second sip had a finish of hops that kept this beer out of balance. No fruity flavors can be detected at all. Just doesn't live up to the smell.

A decent body for the style. A minimal carbonated finish helps this one go down smooth on a nice warm summer evening.

OVerall,an average beer with a nice look and smell. Would be a nice balancing contrast to a spicy pasta dish. Not the best out there, but if you like any of the others by the brewery, give it a try.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm..blonde?...hmm. Bought this over the weekend in CT, it came in a cobalt blue 1 qt+ bottle with a nice swing top on it. David and I shared this...and I am glad I did. Which leads me to think this is a bit above a traditional session beer abv setting., the hazy celyon tea look to this makes me once again say: blonde? Wondering if the recipe got changed between the seasons. No head to speak of, and the aroma is a bit of musty malt. Taste is slightly alcoholic, with a finish of lemon coated hazelnuts...citrusy and huskiness meeting. I find the carbonation to be incredibly small but doing the job of getting that finish to you. I'l be honest, this beer is all about the finish.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this summer ale pours a golden yellow with a thin white rocky head, very faint carbonation

S - grassy, spicy aromas, musty hop aromas as well, very interesting

T - a thick yeasty aroma, very earthy flavors, like hops, corn husk, and wheat

M - bitter, but quenching, a refreshing brew that desreves its moniker as a summer beer, clean and crisp

D - high in the summer, too earthy for the winter, Olde Burnside does it again

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Photo of Hibernator
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Olde Burnside St. Andrews Summer Ale
1 Liter 1.82 oz blue bottle with swing top
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

While In CT...

Pours a bronzed yellow with a hint of light orange. Fluffy head on top that leaves nice trails of sticky lace.

Pleasant aroma of sweet and unique yeast. A touch of a lemon cough drop lingers in the background

Ultra soft and creamy butterscotch mouthfeel that connects itself to the nice yeast presence. Yeasty, creamy and grainy with a hint of lemon citrus twang.

Nice drinkability level and a solid seasonal offering from Olde Burnside in East Hartford, CT.

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Photo of Riggsy
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 qt blue swingtop bottle acquired from goodbyeohio in trade.

Pours a hazy yellow into pint glass with a thick white head and moderate carbonation.
Aromas of yeast and bready citrus.
Taste to me is reminiscient of a Wit or Saison..yeasty, citrus, a hint of hops, and spicyness (corriander?)
Mouthfeel is light on the palate with enough carbonation to bring out the underlying flavors.
A very drinkable brew as I ended up finishing off the bottle on my own over the course of the second Pirates of the Carribean

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Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -12.3%

St. Andrews Summer Ale from The Olde Burnside Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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