9 March 2024

Summer Session Ale (Sainsbury’s) By @SpectreUK

Summer Session Ale (Sainsbury’s)

If you're craving sunshine after a dreary winter, this Summer Session Ale might be for you. Part of the Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range, this golden ale had natural peach flavouring added in the brewing.

At 4.2% in volume this is a traditional session ale with a fruity twist. Not so good for macho heavy machinery workers of the past, probably good for people who want a lightly refreshing fruity beer to have in the sunshine with a good book in the garden.

Goldings and WVG hops were added in the brewing for floral aroma, and citrus peachy notes. So this should be a refreshing brew to get me looking forward to some brighter weather. I certainly wouldn't mind a good sit down with a book or two in the garden on a sunny day.

On opening this Summer Session Ale, I was strangely surprised just how peachy this golden beer smelt. There were citrus aromas too, but the peachiness was definitely predominant, with some wheat and malted barley after it.

On taste this Summer Session Ale had plenty of peach in the initial flavour, with light citrus bitterness following the sweetness of the peaches, only to be replaced by more peaches. There was then added sweetness from the wheat and malted barley into the aftertaste. Lovely. This golden ale made me think of summer, even if it was a little dull outside.

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