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Brooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session Saison - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session SaisonBrooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session Saison

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95 Ratings

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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: 95 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by vfgccp:
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Superb lacing on top of a very pale cloudy brew. Dry and lighter bodied with phenols and a cracker like graininess. Some citrus and spice with an ample hoppiness. This is pretty much 1/2 a beer though the flavor profile strives to change my mind. I could see having this at lunch ... a long lunch.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.69/5  rDev +4.5%

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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.

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

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.68/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Gmann
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloud golden straw color. Kinda yella. The pure white head is short and airy, settled into a light cap.

The aroma is bright, spicy and floral. Big clove presence and a flowery sweetness. Seems to be the same yeast they use in either the Brooklyn 1 or the Sorachi Ace. There is a lemony thing going on. I find the aroma to be enjoyable as it is more spicier than the traditional saison.

The taste is big on the clove and lemon rind. Quite bitter for the style, perhaps its the lack of malt. A very bright floral flavor adds a layer of complexity. A grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Quite flavorful for a 3.5ABV brew.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but its quite dry. A bit chalky and bitter in the finish. Drinks easy.

A very flavorful session brew. Interesting saison flavors. Its a bit too dry and the bitterness is a bit too aggressive for the style.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours out a very hazed gold with a thick, white head. Smells grainy and big on sorachi ace - sometimes when used a lot I get aroma of lemon, butter, and burnt rubber/hair. Flavor is a bit thin, even for a beer of this abv. I get huge dill and lemon from the sorachi ace. Nice finishing bitterness and dryness. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. I think where this beer fails is the lack of malt flavor and a concentration of sorachi ace's negative qualities.

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

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2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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

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3.32/5  rDev -5.9%

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

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3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Brooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session Saison from Brooklyn Brewery
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