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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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BA SCORE
81
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109 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | 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: 109 | Reviews: 24
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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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 Gmann
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +8.5%
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 goochpunch
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%

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 metter98
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
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 CHickman
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Harnkus
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

My gut told me to ignore the mediocre ratings since the hop combo was intriguing, as was the low ABV.

Straw with tight carbonation. Minimal lacing

Unusual aroma, but bright and inviting as a saison should be.

Yes, the flavor does not run deep, and not do I want it to. The beer will refresh with bright short lived brilliance and keep you coming back. Hop aroma is simply amazing and carries through into the flavor.

I'm in love with the fat girl

Photo of hopsputin
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: its a murky grain color with some hazy yellow notes. 1 1/4 finger solid white head

s: a very dainty aroma. lemongrass. green apple and some effervescent grains. theres a nice smooth coriander aroma in here as well. providing the backbone to the aroma are big juicy citrus notes and some bready malts

t: taste is very mellow compared to the aroma. watery grains, coriander, some earthy bitterness upfront. in the middle of the mouth is mellow lemongrass, pepper, citrus, and a bit of vanilla-ish flavor. on the end of the mouth there is some residual bitterness

m: light mouthfeel, almost watery. just enough carbonation to make the citrus pop

o: its a really light beer, a little watery. the use of spice and citrus is whats making the beer worth it. i paid $8 or $9 for the 6 pack, and probably won't but it again for that price. just not worth it given the extremely low ABV here

Photo of coobstar
4/5  rDev +13%

An interesting and innovative beer. Flavorful enough to satisfy a hop craving with some major lemongrassy peppery tones - I couldn't quit with the sorachi ace large format when it first came out, but a 6-pack of these will last a lot longer and lacks only some of the malty body and tangier yeast notes of the 7.2% relative. I think the idea of lighter, more flavorful offerings is an intriguing one - though this particular case stems from the retail laws in sweden, which draw two lines - between 2.25% and 3.5%, and 3.5% and their weightier siblings. The gravity determines the age limits, store licensing, and tax levels.

Photo of mdagnew
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

355ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a bright golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

Aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with juicy lemony fruitiness, quite floral, talcum powder notes, light honey sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, some pine...

Taste - Lots of lemon fruitiness (maybe a hint of Lemsip), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, peppery, some thyme herbal notes, metallic, salty notes...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and very drinkable at only 3.4%...

Overall - A very good low alcohol Saison with a surprising amount of flavour for the strength... well worth a try

Photo of mikeg67
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with long-lasting, fluffy white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and pale malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, earthy hops, lemon zest and bready malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Forgettable brew.

Photo of HipCzech
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, very pale straw yellow. Nice lively, frothy head; recedes eventually with very good lacing.

Smell: Clean and refreshing, layers of spice, pine and citrus peel from hops, yeast and orange. Subtle malt.

Taste: Crisp and light. Mildly malty with peppery spiciness from hops and Belgian yeast and dry, light tartness and balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, but well carbonated.

Overall: Low in malt (by design), but with enough aroma and taste from hops and yeast to be a perfectly enjoyable session ale.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very unique, dry and free of taste.

Photo of champ103
2.52/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On tap at a few places around Houston. D&T and Gingerman most recently.

A: Pours a pale copper color with a bit of haze. A one finger white head forms with some lace left behind.
S: Dry, cracker like in the nose. Plastic, phenolic like yeast. That is it. No depth, nothing to keep my interest.
T: Dry, biscuit/cracker like up front. That is about it. Barely any yeast character here. While I am not a huge fan of just phenolic spice, it is something. This is watery, soggy crackers. Nothing lingers.
M/D: A beyond light and thin body. Fairly high carbonation at first, but almost instantly gives way to a more lifeless feel. Watery, dry, though for the most part a nonexistent body. Blah, I could not wait to get through this. Not something I want to revisit.

I am all on board for a sub 4% saison, or any other appropriate style for that matter. This left me beyond flat. Nothing is here, no character what so ever. Just not enjoyable for me.

Photo of JayGlogovsky
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm becoming a big fan of Farmhouse Ales, this is another good choice!

Photo of bark
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is yellow-orange (15 EBC), the liquid is a bit hazy. The thick three finger head is white. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is bitter, dry and spicy with phenolic yeast in the background. Hints of cloves and dill. It is powerful and elegant at the same time.

The taste is dry and somewhat bitter. Spices like cloves and nutmeg plus a gentle Belgian yeast flavour. The body is a little thin. The aftertaste brings some sweetness, hints of harsh hops and some wheat sour flavours. The finish is spicy and creamy.

The carbonation is strong, the big bubbles are short-lived. The liquid is creamy when cold but it gets thinner when the temperature rises.

A solid session beer, and a nice Saison.

Photo of interzen
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of The_Cakeater
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this back in December at the brewery, didn't even know it existed to be honest. Really nice beer to sit around hang around with; nothing spectacular or stunning but a simply nice beer. It's crisp when fresh and is a perfectly good session beer that could last the night and not even realize you had been drinking.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Buy-Rite in Jersey City, having never had this before. I never saw a beer from a Brewer this good that had so little alcohol in it but somehow, this ended up working in the end. It's not spicy, hoppy, or strong but it's certainly beer and easily able to be downed in succession. Although I only had one of these at a time, it's nice to find a session beer that wasn't watered-down or lacking in flavor.

Nice pour to this, as the beer had the appearance of a Golden Ale with a moderate head and not a terribly strong aroma. A good amount of orange peel and grass to the taste but very little spice as there was only a hint of lemon pepper that could be discerned. Light mouthfeel, good carbonation, and little sourness meant that it could, and did, go down easily. Not like anything I've had before and certainly not as potent or funky as any other Saison and Farmhouse Ale that I've ever had.

Was this beer? Sure. Did it feel like beer? Only in the sense that it was a brewed malted barley beverage. This obviously would be great in the Summer but it's cold as anything out now and it would fit for this time of the year too. Not Brooklyn's best offering but if this was the weakest member of their current lineup, consider me a happy man. Fun stuff without being mindless!

Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Phigg1102
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy with an easy straw coloring. Thin head disappears quickly. I get very little in the aroma, a slight touch of belgian yeast and orange peel. The taste is highlighted by the slight grassy bitterness, a touch of honey sweetness compliments the bitterness and the carbonation is just right to carry everything. Very drinkable session.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Brooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session Saison from Brooklyn Brewery
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