Beer Review: SummerBright Ale


summerlogo.gifHey everybody, and welcome back to the CSU-Pueblo weekly (kind of) beer review. My name’s Eric, I drink  beer, and I’m only lazy cause it’s hot outside and the summer students only get a week vacation.Yes, the sun is beating down on the ghost-like campus of CSU-Pueblo. With most students going home or taking summer vacation off from school, the human population of the school has dropped drastically, leaving the cement pathways barren, parched, and desolate and the buildings empty and alone.

The only company for the lone students you see on campus are the birds, and seriously, there’s a ton of them. I don’t know if it’s the lack of people or the weather or what but birds have taken over the school. They dive-bomb you when you walk by, they crap everywhere…it’s kind of scary. It’s one step away from becoming “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock.

It doesn’t help that classes are condensed either, and although they may end after only a few months, sitting in a room for three hours, 4 days of the week, can be hard on the body and mind. 

With that in mind, it’s only natural that a student may say “Hey, to hell with this” and decide to take a nap under a shady tree or maybe dangle his or her foot in the chilled waters of an enclosed apartment pool, and since goofing-off works up a powerful thirst, maybe that student will have a beer in hand…

Well, I’ve got just the beer for you. Breckenridge SummerBright Ale. It’s an American-style pale wheat ale with a creepy sun on the label. His eyes are alive with mischief…

When poured in your favorite pint glass, SummerBright Ale is a pale yellow sporting a thick white head of foam. If your mind wanders like mine, you might imagine it looking like a warm summer afternoon with thick clouds floating lazily in the sky, but if not, it looks more or less like a regular glass of beer.

Smell wise it has a crisp, wheat aroma, much like the smell of field you would lay in, next to an orchard, with a sleepy dog by your side and a hat tipped to shade your eyes…

The flavor is pretty mild, with bits of oat, wheat, and lemon peel, and leaves a lingering flavor in the mouth that is easily forgotten, like a wasted afternoon.

The body of the ale is very light and watery, making it a good thirst quencher for those sweaty summer moments when the body needs to cool down.

Yes, Breckenridge SummerBright ale is a decent beer. It’s nothing fancy by any means, but it’s perfect for picnics, fishing trips, long lazy evenings and guilty summer afternoons. It’s pricey at $7.99 a six-pack, but local breweries need money too.

Summer Bright Ale gets a 3 out of 5, and I hope you all have a wonderful summer.