Saturday, August 10, 2013

Breckenridge SummerBright Ale

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (938) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2013
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 from me.

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. 
Grade: 5/10