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