British Summer Ale
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White bread tones with fruity notes, and a pleasant earthy finish.
Brilliant golden with a fluffy white head, and a slight haze, this beer is quite simply put, gorgeous. White bread tones with a touch of some water cracker notes, a pleasant earthy and woody finish from the use of English hops, and a bright pop of fruity tones. Truly built for a summer day, it's light, highly drinkable, and eminently refreshing.
When planning out our English Summer Ale, we wanted something that was true to style first and foremost. We were conjuring images of posh English gardens, redolent with classy chaps and lasses strolling calmly through the summer sun... and then one of the customer service associates started blasting Slayer.
We always like to recommend traditional fare with more traditional beer styles, particularly since English food gets a lot of undeserved flack. To start this meal out, we recommend giving a try at some Devils on Horseback--bacon-wrapped prunes baked to perfection with a touch of some parmesan cheese. The salty, savory, sweet combination provides a delicious contrast to the lighter ale. For main courses, this beer is absolutely clamoring for Fish and Chips with lemon. On the dessert course, try your hand at making an Arctic Roll. Sponge cake with a raspberry sauce all wrapped around a core of vanilla ice cream. Cheers!
British Summer Ale is light straw to golden colored with medium-low to medium bitterness, light to medium-light body, and low to medium residual malt sweetness. Torrefied and/or malted wheat are often used in quantities of 25% or less. Malt flavor may be biscuit-like. English, American or Noble-type hop, character, flavor and aroma are evident and may or may not be assertive yet always well balanced with malt character. Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions. In bottled versions, normal or lively carbon dioxide content is appropriate. The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching. Fruity-ester characters are acceptable at low to moderate levels. No butterscotch-like diacetyl or sweet corn-like dimethylsulfide (DMS) should be apparent in aroma or flavor. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures.