Category Archives: Summer Ale

Beavertown – Gamma Ray American Pale Ale

Beavertown Brewery – Gamma Ray APA 5.4%

This is a golden coloured ale with a citrus grapefruit, resinous and tropical aromas. It has an initial sweet taste immediately followed by a grapefruit taste and bitterness. It is a typical APA.
Beavertown – Gamma Ray can

This is an unfiltered, unpasteurised natural beer.

  

The Brewery notes say the concept was to create a juicy tropical beer. A brew you can sip on and drink all day, rammed with juicy malts and huge tropical aromas of mango and grapefruit. Massive additions of whole leaf American hops are added in ever increasing numbers at the end of the boil giving huge hop flavour. The beer is then dry hopped for days, driving the punchy aromas so you can smell it from miles away!

Beavertown Brewery

Mash Brewery – Mash Copper

Mash Brewery – Mash Copper 3.9%

Mash Brewery - Mash Copper ale 3.9%
Mash Brewery – Mash Copper ale 3.9%

This is a darker amber coloured ale with a toffee aroma. It has a sweet start with a strong woody dry taste, reminiscent of some Scotch Whisky.

This beer is brewed with English Goldings and Australian Galaxy hops by the Craft Brewers Mash Brewery in Winchester Hampshire.

The Mash Brewery

Mash Brewery – Mash Amber Ale

Mash Brewery – Mash Amber Ale 4.3%

Mash Brewery - Mash Amber Ale
Mash Brewery – Mash Amber Ale

This is a Dark Golden/Amber coloured ale, with a malty aroma. It has an initial sweet taste, quickly followed by a resinous hop bitterness and a hint of smokeyness.

A pleasant ale brewed by the Mash Brewery. A craft brewery based at Burcot Farm, Winchester in Hampshire. It is brewed with barley malt and hops from the UK, Germany and the U.S.

The Mash Bewery

Harbour Brewing – Light Ale

Harbour Brewing – Light Ale 3.7%

Harbour Brewing - Light Ale
Harbour Brewing – Light Ale

This is a pale golden ale with a grapefruit aroma. It has the grapefruit bitter taste, predominant from the use of American Hops, with peach notes.

An interesting summer ale from Cornwall if you like the APA craft beers.
Harbour Brewing is based in Trekillick, Kirland, close to the town of Bodmin.

The Zululand Brewery – Zulu Blonde

The Zululand Brewery – Zulu Blonde Export Ale 4.5%

The Zululand Brewery - Zulu Blonde
The Zululand Brewery – Zulu Blonde

This is a golden ale, with toffee and fruit aroma notes. It has a good mix of malt and hop taste notes without giving the ale an excessive hop bitterness.

A very pleasant bitter ale.
This brewery is based in Eshowe, South Africa and has been brewed by their brewer, Richard Chennells, at the Marston’s Brewery in Burton-on Trent, for one of the Wetherspoon’s beer festivals. It proved to be very popular reflecting its good taste.

Anchor Brewing Company – Liberty Ale

Anchor Brewing Company – Liberty Ale 5.9%

Anchor Brewing - Liberty Ale
Anchor Brewing – Liberty Ale

This is a golden amber ale with a fresh off the bine hop aroma, with hints of vanilla. It is has a pleasant malt and orange warming taste with a fruit sharpness and a good hop bitter background, without overpowering bitterness.

Brewed with Cascade hops and also dry hoped with Cascade. This is a really good ale of a European style from the U.S. west coast San Francisco. My 5*
According to the brewery Liberty Ale® was first brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem), he alerted the American forces of the British approach before the battles of Lexington and Concord .
It was the first modern American IPA brewed after prohibition and the first modern American single-hop and dry-hopped ale, which started the American Craft Beer brewing.

Coopers Brewery – Sparkling Ale

Coopers Brewery – Sparkling Ale 5.8%

Coopers Brewery - Sparkling Ale
Coopers Brewery – Sparkling Ale

This is an amber ale with a light cloudiness. It has sweet malt and fruit aromas and a has a light effervescence – or sparkling. The beer has a sweet malt taste with a backing sharpness and a bitter follow-on.

As an Australian beer this is not at all like the Australian lager beers promoted around the world.
This brewery is based in Regency Park, South Australia, so not readily available in the UK.

Twisted Oak Brewery – Fallen Tree

Twisted Oak Brewery – Fallen Tree 3.8%

Twisted Oak Brewery - Fallen Tree
Twisted Oak Brewery – Fallen Tree

This is a dark golden bitter ale from Twisted Oak Brewery in Somerset. It has a fresh aroma of hops with malt.

The taste has a malt sweetness balanced with fairly strong hop bitterness, with a lasting hop bitter aftertaste.
Another interesting ale from this Somerset microbrewery.