Smooth Sail Summer Ale

American Wheat Ale Heavy Seas Beer

3.5

Smooth Sail Summer Ale, an American Wheat Ale brewed by Heavy Seas Beer

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Smooth Sail Summer Ale is an American Wheat Ale brewed by Heavy Seas Beer, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a can.

Appearance

The Wheat Ale pours a crystal-clear pale gold and is topped by a thick, dense and puffy cap of off-white foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction leaves a mottled soapy layer atop the ale.

Aroma

The aroma is sweet with a scent of wheat bread and honey.

Flavor

Wheat bread and a light citrus lead the palate to a mild hopping of orange citrus and lemon peel. There are also hints of grassy noble hops as well. A mellow sweetness of honey rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is soft and smooth with crisp, dry finish. Medium body and matching carbonation.

Overall

The head retention isn’t as long-lasting as it could be but otherwise, the appearance is fine. The aroma is strong and appealing. The palate isn’t overdone and done well. The light citrus pairs well with the wheat bread and honey. And although this brew could use a bit more carbonation, it’s still quite easy to tilt back. The Smooth Sail Summer Ale is an all-around solid session brew and a good brew to enjoy during the warmest time of year.

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About the American Wheat Ale

The American Wheat Ale is similar to the German Hefeweizen but it has more hops and less yeast. Its color ranges straw to gold with varying clarity. Although the style typically uses less wheat than the Hefeweizen, its clean fermentation allows for a variety of wheat flavors with a complement of hops. Its feel hovers around medium or a little below with ample carbonation. The American Wheat Ale is similar to the American Blonde Ale, but utilizes Wheat instead of the typical Two-row Pale.