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Brooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session Saison - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-14-2014

Brooklyn Brewery 1/2 Ale hearks back to traditional farmhouse ales, which used to quench the thirst of farmhands and other laborers on hot sunny days. These saisons were complex yet clean, low in alcohol and high in refreshment.

Brooklyn Half Ale is an unfiltered, clean, and balanced saison, with a hazy, pale yellow pour. It packs a symphony of citrusy hops over a gentle malt base that clocks in at a pleasantly restrained 3.4% ABV.
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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 23
Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; pale straw in color; 2 finger mousy white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: coriander, black pepper, and citrus are front and center; tough to get anything beyond those three;

T: flavor is more subdued; coriander up front, with a bit of lemon before mid-palate; from then on, it's a slightly harsh grapefruit with mild bitterness to the finish;

M: light bodied; highly carbonated;

O: easy drinking and refreshing;

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lrdrd
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, straw-hued body with a frothed, white head and active effervescence.

Smell: A light, skimpy pilsner maltiness, with the predominance of the nose made of the citrusy, herbal hops and the earthy, spicy accents from the yeast.

Taste: A light, dry soda cracker-like pils maltiness rolls towards a rustic, grassy herbaceousness and lemony citrus quality as well as some tangerine. Medium bitterness. Peppery phenolics. Scant citrus, light minerality on the fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light lean-leaning body. Moderate, lively carbonation though fairly soft in texture.

Overall: Very drinkable, quite refreshing

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very unique, dry and free of taste.

Photo of tvghost
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cjgator3
2.94/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of drews240
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxPowers
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scootny
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle. Poured into an ale glass. Quite pale with good lacing from a frothy head. Light grain nose with a citrus and peppery spiciness. Some Belgian yeast notes. Taste is light a malt body with a tight crisp hoppiness. Light phenol and crackers lingering with minty hop oils. Feel is light, crisp and well carbonated for a wonderfully refreshing quality. This is a great refresher and lunchtime ale.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, but bright golden yellow with a tall thick white head. Nice phenolic scent of clove and pepper with notes of lemon and orange. Great light and zippy mouthfeel with a dry finish. The flavors come together well featuring lemon zest and black pepper with a cracker like background. Very enjoyable version of the original style of saison.

Photo of Budinetz
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakenator
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy yellow color with a thick bright white foamy 1 finger head that faded slowly, had a ton of bubbles in it and left good spotty lacing coating the sides.

Smells of lemon zest, mint, citrus hops like Sorachi Ace, dry flowers, lemon-grass and some light herbs and spices. Very zesty nose with some pepper and very nice lemon scents lingering.

Tastes of lemon, crackers, pepper, dry flowers, grapefruit pith, yeast, dry grass or hay, very dry citrus hops and mild spices like coriander and more pepper. It’s like an Orangina soda, a Coors Light and a true Belgian Saison all mixed together, and I mean that in a good way.

Super light, super crisp, the mouthfeel is airy and has a slight bitterness with the dry, crisp finish that leaves a little trace of the yeast or malt. Well balanced and a definite session beer, this was much tastier than I expected and would be excellent on a hot summer day. Way to make a ½ ale work Brooklyn Brewery, a successful experiment.

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hyperionecta
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBishopco
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn 1/2 Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB APR2015 2964 14:10"

Look: Very hazy, almost cloudy straw gold body beneath a pillowy head of white. Very fine bubbles can be seen streaming quickly towards the surface. The head retention is excellent, supported by the seemingly-natural carbonation, and the lacing is quite nice as well.

Smell: Hoppy! Resinous, citrus pith, soft citrus juice (mainly tangerine), and a bit grassy - I wasn't expecting that. Beyond that there's some spice (unless that's coming from the hops as well), some yeasty mineral, candy sugar, and some clove.

Taste: A little disappointing given the nose, without any of the components living up to the suggestion. The blend of malt, citrusy hops, and gentle spicy/yeasty components, however, marry well. It's perfectly balanced with just a little bit of malt sweetness up front, a squirt of refreshing citrus juice at the center, and grassy, mineralish, and spicy notes throughout the dry finish.

Feel: Light-medium in body with a velvety caress of effervescence on the tongue.

Overall: It certainly hits the mark as a small table beer. I'm not sure what the calories are, but I'd take this over a light beer any day. Perfect for outdoor events in the summer.

Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of lemony hops—the Sorachi Ace really seem to shine through—are present in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but isn't nearly as lemony with strong notes of yeast and peppery spices, the latter of which linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a light amount of dryness.
O: This beer is quite sessionable as it is very easy to drink and refreshing. I would have no problem knocking back multiple bottles of this in a single sitting.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of interzen
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle

Look: Cloudy, pale yellow with a bubbly head. Recedes pretty quickly to a foamy, off-white cap.

Smell: OK, even though I've got a bit of a cold at the moment the fruity/sour smells came charging through like something very heavy in a hurry. It smells more like a witbier than a saison, with floral, grassy smells as well as heavy helping of citrus and spice.

Taste: It definitely tastes like a saison, though - despite the flowery smells there's a bitterness in the taste which cuts like a knife. A very sharp knife, at that. Slightly sweet, slightly grassy and rather bitter.

Feel: Crisp and refreshing, with just enough fizz to carry things forward. Sweet up front but with very dry finish, definitely more like a saison.

Overall: "Session saison" says the bottle - it's a new concept on me, that's for sure, but one that I could certainly get used to. In terms of flavour and smell it punches well above its weight for something with 'only' 3.5% ABV. Proof, if any were needed, that a beer doesn't have to have an octane rating in order to be enjoyable.

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Brooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session Saison from Brooklyn Brewery
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