Friday, August 9, 2013

Uinta Sum’r Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (937) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. It had a best before date of 9/20/13 and cost $2.45 ($0.20 per ounce).

Appearance: Banana-skin yellow hue. Hazy, but translucent body. Forms a small, bright white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Generic blonde ale aroma. Mild overall with a general lemony scent.

Taste: Uinta Sum’r Ale may just be the epitome of the summer seasonal. It’s mild, there’s nothing off-putting about it, but there’s not a lot to like here other than the fact it’s so easily drinkable and refreshing. It has minor characteristics that make it unique, but I don’t think this beer is intended to push the envelope of the style. Just the opposite, and in that respect it works.

A lot of summer seasonals tend to be either pale ales or blonde ales, though "blonde ale" is kind of a nice way of saying a pale ale without the hops. Uinta Sum’r Ale is brewed with Sorachi Ace hops which impart the slightest bit of lemony citrus, but they’ve probably used sparingly in this brew. The malt side is mild too, there isn’t much in the way of particular grain flavor. It’s a clean palette for sure, the only flaw being its overtly restrained taste. Some drinkers may find that off-putting, but not to me, so this is at least satisfactory.

Drinkability: Though this beer may not exactly light up your mouth with flavor, it will at least be pleasant to the tongue since it’s highly refreshing. Not watery per se, though the mouthfeel is thin and wet, with just a slight crispness on the finish and a clean aftertaste. At only 4% ABV, Uinta Sum’r Ale is a light beer in every sense of the term, and an ideal session beer for mainstream drinkers. 
Grade: 6/10

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