ClubGonzo’s Hazy Summer

Hazy Summer by ClubGonzo, American Pale Ale, 5.1% ABV, 40 IBU.

The Hazy Summer pours a golden, slightly hazy body (who would have thought?) with an average-sized,  white, fairly creamy and fully lasting head that laces the glass well.

ClubGonzo's Hazy Summer, batch 41. American pale ale with lime juice, oats and rhubarb.

ClubGonzo’s Hazy Summer, batch 41. American pale ale with lime, oats and rhubarb.

The aroma is strong, pleasant, very hoppy and a bit grassy in a good way. And it’s very, very, very crisp. It’s quite obvious that some sort of citric fruits have been added to this beer, although I’m not sure if I’m able to pinpoint the lime. Another additive, rhubarb, is also present, but far from overwhelming. There are also more traditional APA notes, in the form of just ripe pineapple and spicy, just ripe mango.There’s lots of citrus, the rhubarb is present, and there are notes of tropical fruits.

This is what happens when a beer is too drinkable: it was almost gone before I remembered to take a picture...

This is what happens when a beer is too drinkable: I had almost emptied the glass when I remembered to take a picture…

The flavour is strong and again very crisp and citric. Wow, what a thirst quencher! The rhubarb adds just the right amount of acidity without being dominating (which was the case with my own Rabarbrapapa). The citrus and the rhubarb are in perfect balance with the fresh green hops. The taste is light sweet, medium bitter and very light acidic. Finally I should mention that the brew is 100% clean, without any nail-polish remover. Yay!

It has a very light and thin body, it almost feels like a 2.5% ABV beer. I guess the oats didn’t help. The texture is dry.


Conclusion: Crispness redefined. An absurdly drinkable summer beer, I’d easily pay good money for this one. If I had rated beers according to style and drinkability, this one would have been close to perfect. To bad I often need an «india», «double», «imperial» or «barrel aged» in the beer name in order to give a higher rating than 4.0…

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    14/20
Ratebeer score: 3.5/5.0

2 comments on “ClubGonzo’s Hazy Summer

  1. Hahaha, once again our rather large differences in beer tastes appear! 🙂 I was not really happy at all with this one. The drinkability may be good, but to me the beer feels watery, thin (not crisp, as described) and somehow messy in its flavor profile. Hard to pinpoint exactly, but I just don’t like it very much. 😛 Fair enough, but no better; this would have been a 2,6-2,9 in my book.

    On a second note: you mention that you need some sort of “prefix” to any beer worthy of a 4+ grade. I know that syndrome very well myself, and my advice is to surprise yourself by giving a high score to a drinkable, well-balanced session beer from time to time. 🙂 These beers are brewed just as carefully as the big guns (and ofter more painstakingly so) and deserve more cred for what they are and what beer experiences they offer than what is currently offered to them by the world of beer geeks. 🙂

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