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Old 06-19-2010, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default What is a summer/golden ale exactly?

Local taproom served me a summer ale with this description:

This wonderful summer brew is a light Golden Ale with just a hint of lemon. The beer has a light lemon aroma that carries through the flavor of this light thirst quenching brew. Especially tasty and enjoyable with hot and spicy foods! Brewed with Pale Ale Malt and Cascade and Columbus Hops.

And it was exactly what I wanted as a summer ale!

I'm looking through beersmith and I'm kinda confused, are summer ales/golden ales classified as Pale ales? Is there a guideline for golden ales?

I didn't really want to post this in the recipe section as I want to work up a recipe first then post it there. Anyone have any starting guidelines or ready made recipes that can give me a general starting direction on brewing this? I guess clarifying the beer's classification for beersmith would be an great first assisting step. Pale ale (it used that obvious malt) seems like a logical place.

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Old 06-19-2010, 01:30 PM   #2
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I'll let you in on a little know secret: golden ales are Milds, commonly with a little extra flavor.

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and they usually go very fast, you might want to think of doing a double batch. I once had a keg of blonde go in less than 2 hours.

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Isn't it more of a blonde ale or a cream ale?

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I wouldn't classify it as a cream ale, depending on what the grain bill is.

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I just brewed this:
2.5 gallon batch
5# pale malt
.25oz Chinook 60min
.25oz Centennial 10 min

I know that isn't much of a grain bill, but I was trying to make the lightest beer I could. I think it is a blonde ale.

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I just brewed this:
2.5 gallon batch
5# pale malt
.25oz Chinook 60min
.25oz Centennial 10 min

I know that isn't much of a grain bill, but I was trying to make the lightest beer I could. I think it is a blonde ale.

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I'll let you in on a little know secret: golden ales are Milds, commonly with a little extra flavor.
Golden Ales should be pale. Milds are a variety of Brown Ale, but they are both low ABV beers.

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Milds are dark beers.

"Summer Ale" is one of those commercial brands, maybe originated
with Sam Adams. It's just an ale made with light malt, maybe wheat too,
lightly hopped and with some lemon flavor added. Maybe fermented at
relatively higher temps to bring out the fruity esters as well.

http://www.samueladams.com/enjoy-our-beer/beer-detail.aspx?id=8f502ab9-ac04-4799-a24e-ad4144ff5a27

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I'm just trying to make the lightest ale possible. I might try a little wheat next time. I'm not much of a wheat beer lover, and I probably won't use any fruit. One I will be able to lager something. But for now light ale.

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