I poured a 12oz can into a tumbler glass. There was no apparent freshness date. It cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale blonde hue, nearly crystal clear, some carbonation
visible. Forms a small, bright white, foamy head which actually laces
the glass and doesn’t completely dissipates.
Smell: Generic summer beer aroma to the nth degree. Perhaps a hint of citrus, but almost lager-like.
Taste: There’s no reason I should be rating Breckenridge SummerBright
Ale as low as I am. But there’s no reason a solid craft brewery like
this should be putting out such a boring beer. All that’s really wrong
with this beer is that it’s so unremarkable in every way. It’s needs to
have a sliver of flavor worth savoring to honestly get a recommendation
Trying to describe individual flavors here is challenging. It’s
essentially the same as every summer ale, only milder (I didn’t know
that was possible, either). No distinct spices, no maltiness per se, and
certainly no hop character. At least it’s not off-putting with an
adjunct flavor or something flawed. I’d definitely take this over a
macro lager, but what’s here is not bad, just lame.
Drinkability: While Breckenridge SummerBright Ale might not be all that
fun to drink, at least it’s not a challenge to do so. The mouthfeel is
thin, relatively tepid and extremely smooth going down. It’s refreshing
and leaves a fairly clean aftertaste. At only 4.5% ABV it’s sessionable
for sure, but I’d need more flavor to want another one.