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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Summer Pale Ale is our version of the iconic West Coast-style Pale Ale. Our brewer’s decided this beer should be all about the hops. Therefore, we brew it without any crystal malt. In choosing to brew a beer this way, we are left to focus solely on the expressive nature of the hops they choose for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1855) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle from Julio’s in MA. Golden yellow pour, frothy head. Citrus/pine aroma. "Summer Pale Ale" is a kind of boring name. I bought this only because I love Port Brewing, but I didn’t have high expectations. This is super solid. Sweet citrus flavor with a complimenting hop bite also citrus, with pine notes. Perfectly balanced. Full of flavor. I wouldn’t call this a session beer. Pretty nice IPA, pale ale, whatever you want to call it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (945) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Slightly hazy orange color topped by a huge rocky off white head. Wonderful pine hop aroma. Bittersweet malt flavor upfront. The spicy hops take control and own it from here on. Another fine effort from Port Brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (1018) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Tap at Capone’s. Hazy gold with nice white head. Citrus/pine nose. Pine hop flavor, crisp, a bit astringent with malt battling for some recognition. Good quality. Not my top style but can appreciate this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3983) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Draft pour at sheffields. Orange with white sticky head. Very dry and bitter taste compared to expectations. Ripe dirty aroma. Taste is fruity but bitterness rules here. I like it. Wife didn't (but usually would)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2929) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
On tap at Lord Hobo. Slightly opaque burnt orange pour with a fluffy white head. Citrusy hop bouquet. Damn fine pale ale with big pine and citrus hop highlights. Well balanced with a big malty backbone. The body is huge for a pale ale. Tomme and those west coast kids kill it. Even their pale ales I find most satisfying. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3309) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
tape offering. bit too much harsh grapefruit. too bitter. some tropical fruit malt backing, but hops a bit too aggressive. hint of pine, resin. okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chadski4 (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Crisp and clean from start to finish. Large white head with ringed retention around the glass. Grapefruit and lemon aroma that continues in the flavor. A lot of bite for a pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4781) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pours gold into a shaker. Bright white head with good retention top hats and recedes to meringue surface. Weed and resin aromas. Sweet caramel and weed upfront turning to dry grapefruit in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10624) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange gold white head. Nose/taste of ripe grapefruit, malt, grass and orange peel. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottled May 29, 2014.
Appearance: A huge dense off-white head erupts out of the clear and vibrantly orange hued body and sticks around with great retention.
Aroma: Bit of orange, mango and grapefruit, a bit floral. There’s a slight yeasty quality in the aroma, and a bit of a homebrew maltiness.
Taste: Crisp and refreshing with a noticeable hop flavor that is prominently oranges. The body is crisp and clean until the finish, which is a bit dominate by the malt that comes through sharply at the very end to throw this off a bit. Refreshing until the finish.
Palate: Medium bodied with filling carbonation, a bit overcarbed.
Overall: This was much better on tap last year. This year, in bottles, tastes like homebrew, pours like one, and is carbed like one. It lacks the professional refineness that should be associated with a top tier brewery.

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