Looking for a summer beer, I picked up a six pack of the Breckenridge Summer Bright Ale. Now, we had heard great things about Breckenridge and were somewhat disappointed with the Vanilla Porter but I thought I would give them another try. From the Breckenridge 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.”
I found the Summer Bright Ale to have the following characteristics:
- Appearance: Pale, orange a little cloudy with a little or no foam and lacing.
- Aroma: Sweet malt and citrus.
- Taste: Orange and lemon zest with very little carbonation. Overall, a little flat, somewhat refreshing with an average flavor.
- ABV: 4.5%
This is the second bottle of Breckenridge that I have had that was so much less than advertised. You pick up the attractively labeled and well marketed package only to find that the product just doesn’t deliver. It wasn’t good; it wasn’t bad, it was just very average.