When South Australia cooks in searing 40 degree heat over summer, beer drinkers tend to gravitate to lighter coloured beers: lagers, pilsners, wheats, hefeweizens, bright ales or, in this case, a summer ale. Not really a style, perhaps, more a lifestyle beer – one suited to repeat visits on a hot day. As such, the Clare Valley Summer Ale was added into its core range after they realised their portfolio contained a lot of beers more suited to winter. It's a beer designed to be enjoyed while swimming around a pool with mates, sipped over a picnic in the park or gulped whilst kicking a footy in the backyard.
A tight knit fluffy head tops a beer with a golden glow and in which a pilsner malt aroma is dominant alongside a very subtle hop presence, created by a blend of Kiwi hops Pacifica and Motueka and English variety East Kent Goldings. A clean, crisp, easy-drinking ale ensues, with a gentle bitterness, no overpowering flavours and great balance. Flavoursome, dry and crisp without being boring or bland, the Summer Ale is a welcome addition to the Clare Valley range and ideal when those stinking hot SA days come around.
- Summer Ale