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Thursday, August 11th 2011

SummerBright Ale
(Breckenridge Brewery)

SummerBright Ale is one of three canned offerings from Breckenridge Brewery and the only seasonal they're currently canning. The other two beers in cans are their flagship Avalanche Ale and their Lucky U IPA. You can now find their canned offerings in quite a wide distribution area. According to the Breckenridge Brewery site their beers are sold in at least 25 different states (Massachusetts isn't listed but they definitely sell their beer here). 


From the Breckenridge Brewery site:


"The brewmaster's goal: the perfect ale for summertime quaffing, nothing more. Breck Brew's SummerBright is the result. The craftsman's touch combines white wheat, two row pale and munich malt with the pacific northwest's most intriguing hops to create a bright, clean ale ideal for picnicking, evenings on the screen porch and enjoying the whims of the summer breeze."

Here we go...

Pour - pale yellow color suggests this will be a nice light summer guzzler. Plenty of carbonation creates a very large, bright white head that leaves just a few thin curtains of lacing on the side of the glass. 


Aroma - faint hint of sweet citrus and grassy notes with some pale malts pushing through to let you know you have an ale in front of you.  It even smells refreshing!

Taste - meets all the expectations that were set by the pour and aroma. Light and refreshing with some lemon citrus in the middle and a slightly tart but crisp, clean finish. Citrus flavors become more pronounced as it warms up a bit. 


Overall - The folks at Breckenridge deliver on what they promised.  This ale is perfectly suited for hot summer days.


Would I buy more of it? - Absolutely. SummerBright just made my go-to lawnmower/boating/beach beer list.  


Note - SummerBright Ale is available from April through August and can be found in both bottles and cans. Below is retro-esque ad that they ran in All About Beer magazine a few months back promoting SummerBright's portability now that it's in cans. Cheers!


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SummerBright Ale
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery
Denver, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Two-row Pale, White Wheat Malt, Carapils Malt, Munich
Hops: Fuggles, Cascade, Willamette
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 15
Date: August 11th, 2011

Posted by Trent

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