Hopback Summer Lightning

Hopback Summer Lightning

Rated 3.260 by BeerPals

Brewed by Hopback Brewery

Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Style:  Blonde Ale

5% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 750 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank13543
Overall Percentile74.7
Style Rank114 of 1464
Style Percentile92.2
Lowest Score1.9
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.295
Weighted Score3.260
Standard Deviation0.663

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  • JUTUMULL 749 reviews
    rated 2.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Nice hazy pale yellow color. Top is stable and white. Aroma is quite weak and hoppy. Taste has some hints of flowers and sweeetness, aftertaste has it's bitter freshness.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    It pours a light & hazy golden with thick and dimpled white head and excellent lace. A faint aroma of sweet malts and some spice. The mouthfeel is smooth, although a bit thin. Flavors of sweet malts, some apple & tart, citrus, and mild spices. Very refreshing!

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I will have to disagree with some folks on this one and say that I thought it was a great British bitter. I always need to add the disclaimer that Bitters are one of my favorite style beers. With that, this beer was creamy and bold. I would not call it a quintessential British Bitter because it was different than the other ones I had (see Harveys' Bitters - the very best in my opinion), however, it will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first beer I had when arriving in GB. I had it at a small pub in Royal Tunbridge Wells, GB. Great beer!

  • FROGSRUS 3 reviews
    rated 4.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    A truly great beer - I pity those reviewers who have only tried this once and then only in bottle (its very good in bottle - but thats not the point) This is an EXCEPTIONAL English summer ale - perhaps THE pinnacle of its type. Light straw colour, light body (this is for drinking in the garden behind the pub - probabily sunday lunchtime) good balanced bitterness. But the aroma is everything, complex hops that persist until your next mouthful - floral indeed but not prissy - intersting but not overpowering. Its a beer that you return to at every opportunity.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.4 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a thin white head. Nose is bready, with citrus and grass. Lightly hopped, mouthfeel is disappointingly watery. Sweet with a bitter finish. All around OK.

  • DREWSESLU 826 reviews
    rated 3.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    How to review this beer? Was it more of an EPA, APA or Blonde Ale, well I'm not sure. Mildly grassy, which I don't mind, aroma with citrus and earthiness. Very mild malt presence and yeast/proteins in suspension that I expected to smooth out the mouthfeel more than they did. Nice, subtle carbonation, but this brew leaves something to be desired. It is good and quenching, however, less focused than expected.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 2.8 17 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Casked. Yellow golden colour, small white head. Barnyard, fruitish and malts in aroma. Grassy and fruity flavour. Aftertaste is fruity and candyish. The grassyness in it sucks.

  • ARACAUNA 2100 reviews
    rated 3.1 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pale gold with a short-lived white head. The aroma is grassy, just a tad skunked. Nice dry malt backbone like straw. The body has a lightly sweet straw and cracker malt backed up by a suitable bitterness. Nothing out of this world, but really not bad for the style.

  • ORVALPLEASE 351 reviews
    rated 3.4 18 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pale golden color, poured forth vigorously sparkling and bubbling - head was bright white and full. Fresh, lighly hoppy and fruity aroma. Flavor was a bit yeasty with a light saltiness that reminded me of pretzels; quickly washed over by the hops and malt and finishes strong and malty. A very nice English interpretation of the summer brew with some body and taste.

  • UPSTATEDAVE 853 reviews
    rated 4.0 18 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    I enjoyed this one a great deal. Pale golden color with nice white foamy head. The nose was of sitrus with hops. The carbonation level was well matched to the beer. The flavor was clean and refreshing a nice mix of grain and hops.

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