Summer Ale (Saranac Brewery)

Time for Day 1 of July’s SARANAC BREWERY THEME WEEK.

Summer Ale is a summer seasonal from New York’s Saranac Brewery.  This American pale wheat ale clocks in an average 4.7% ABV.

With more than 2,800 bodies of water in the Adirondacks, it’s not too hard to find a sunny place to relax, rest your feet and look out over the water. To celebrate summer in the Adirondacks, we’ve brewed a beer with generous amounts of wheat malt for a light, refreshing taste. Look for subtle hints of lemon.

Saranac Summer Ale pours a golden orange with lemon-colored highlights.  The head is a bubbly inch of foam, with plenty of carbonation.

The smell is that of citrus fruit.  I picked up lemon, orange and peach.  There were also subtle hints of roasted malts and cake batter.

Summer Ale is tart and sweet.  The flavor is basically a combination of peach and apricot.  The wheat is also somewhat apparent.  However, the back-end  is kinda bland and disappointing.

This is one fizzy beer.  The mouthfeel is full of bubbles and dries out the mouth as it goes down.

Summer Ale is a decent beer for a sunny summer afternoon.  I would consider it a wheat beer, not a herb and spice ale like the Saranac website states.  Summer Ale starts off good, but ultimately ends up a little bland by the time it’s done.

Overall: 5 out of 10

As a WHEAT BEER: 5 out of 10


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