English 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

  • SRM Color Scale
    3 - 6
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    20 - 30
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    2.9% - 4.0%
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    English, American or noble-type hop aroma should be low to medium. English, American or noble-type hop flavor should not be assertive and should be well balanced with malt character
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Residual malt sweetness is low to medium. Torrified or malted wheat is often used in quantities of 25 percent or less. Malt attributes such as biscuity or low levels of caramel are present.
  • Yeast Esters
    Fruity esters are low to medium. Diacetyl and DMS should not be present
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Pepper Jack, Hellfire Ale Cheddar
  • Entrée
    Grilled Corn, Baked Clams, Lobster Roll
  • Dessert
    Key Lime Pie
  • Carbonation
    Slow to Medium Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
  • Color
    Straw to gold
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