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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,410
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in as "British Summer Ale"; lightly dry-hopped pale ale, all barley malt, 11 Plato.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 09-04-2006)
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12%

09-15-2012 19:33:27 | More by AntLeatherface
More User Reviews:
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New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Brooklyn Summer is one of the beers I like the most from this brewery.
It is light, without being vacant of flavor! It has a citrus-ee note but not like Sam Adams.
It is smoother and more refined than Sam's Summer Ale - especially on the finish!
The mouth-feel is alive and bright - like a lager.
This pairs well with grilled veggies and lighter fare - chicken/fish. Not that I would throw it away if having it with a burger or steak :o)
So far..this is one of my favorite beer surprises this summer season!

07-27-2014 22:23:55 | More by bassboneman
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

On tap at Mammosers in Hamburg,NY.Poured from the tap a dull light to medium golden a thin white head sat atop not much retention to it,light toasted grain aromas with a faint citrus note but its really faint.Crisp and dry toasted cereal grain-like flavors with a mild citric quality showing thru in the finish.Kinda boring to another run of the mill summer ale I suppose.

05-27-2007 13:19:43 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +12%

04-30-2014 02:44:08 | More by OhioBobcat
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3/5  rDev -16%

A: Brassy with a little head without retention &
scant lacing. Lively carbonation.

S: Slight hop/malt nose with little of either

T: Mild grain and malt with a slight hop finish
though all are very understated.

M: Thinish, but not exactly watery. Little of
the visible carbonation detectable on the

D: Nothing to write home about at all. A
little better than your macro offerings but
that may just be because I don't feel guilty
buying it.

07-05-2009 22:56:11 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear light golden honey colored with a very thin and short lived foamy white head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nothing incredibly noteworthy - just the smell of very fresh beer. A nice aroma with a notes of citrus hops.

T&M: Good balance between malt and hops with a slightly dry tone. Relative weight is light and refreshing. The carbonation adds its own texture with fine but abundant consistency. Finish is mostly clean with a slight bit of hop linger.

D: Easy to drink and rather thirst quenching. Solid flavors stay together through the finish. Another nice brew from Brooklyn.

06-09-2008 23:44:28 | More by SIRIUS2
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Pale, brassy clarity, and the lacing puts on a good show while sticking to the glass. Hoppy, salty, fresh grain, very faint butter, taffy and a hint of apple skin in the nose. Crisp with enough smoothness to get by; semidry, malty palate. Very savory for a summer brew—fresh and light biscuity grain meets a subtle salt and butter combo. Hops drop a leafy herbal component on top. Very drinkable, and among the more complex summer seasonals out there.

08-25-2011 00:49:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4/5  rDev +12%

08-26-2014 16:25:05 | More by Kyocera
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-08-2014 03:17:34 | More by MikeC144
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer was a golden color with a medium-sized head that still left some nice lacing. I thought the aroma was a little muted, with a faint grain and citrus smell. The taste was the same, but a lot more assertive. The malt and citrus balanced out nicely, and I thought this was a refreshing beer.

05-14-2008 17:55:57 | More by lordofthewiens
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-17-2012 12:05:39 | More by csmartin6
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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle, poured into a sam adams lager glass.

Appearance - pale copper in color. 3/4 inch head, decent lacing.

Smell - Malt is upfront in the smell, very simple smell of bread and wet grain. Very faint shiny hop smell, almost light citrus/lemon scents.

Taste - Crisp, sharp malt flavor. More of the bread and grain flavor. Very light. Decent amount of hop bitterness, very light hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and light, amply carbonated.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, fairly low ABV so I could put a few back on a hot summer's day. Nothing too stand out about this beer, but then again a very solid offering from Brooklyn.

05-19-2008 13:38:56 | More by muffguy4beer
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a best before date printed on it and the label lists the abv at 5.0%. The neck label has a brief description of the beer as well.

Appearance: It has a light golden honey colored body with good clarity and a few bubbles of visible carbonation here and there. From the pour it produces an average size white foamy head that slowly settles down to a soft, creamy, thin film covering. Lacing is slick and spotty on the glass.

Smell: There are notes of bready and biscuity maltiness with some clover honey like sweetness mingling with mellow citrusy (orange/lemon) and herbal hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a very drinkable medium body with a good balance of hops and malt. I get a lovely mix of sweet buttery dinner roll like malty notes with a touch of honey and soft citrusy and herbal hops. The finish is just enough hop bitterness to keep everything in check and interesting. The texture is very smooth with soft carbonation.

Notes: This is a very well made English Ale. As for its style I feel it is walking the line between English Pale Ale and English Pale Mild in my opinion. Ether this beer just screams summer time drinkability!!!

07-03-2010 00:32:20 | More by generallee
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

got to pick up a nice 12oz can of this stuff on my way to a bbq loved seeing it there and good price too

poured into plastic cup outside immediately thought hey this beer is kinda dark for a summer ale but all good for me

smelled like lemon hops and also some grass a little bit of yeast in there too

taste was damn fine i could have drank this all day one of the best summer beers i had so far this year

nice mouthfeel i would say medium bodied for sure

overall a great beer i would definitely bring this to a bbq again nice one brooklyn

07-18-2011 14:53:42 | More by renegadeburger
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

07-08-2012 21:58:02 | More by jonphilipp
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New York

4/5  rDev +12%

08-14-2012 23:43:09 | More by kbt5273
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

08-03-2013 21:50:53 | More by bellce0
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

12-09-2011 17:14:41 | More by iemailjack
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

11-25-2012 20:42:18 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

12 ouncer with best before dating notched onto the side of the label, pours medium golden amber, clear, near white head and leaving minor lacing on the glass. Fruity, sugary nose. Dry, crisp summary creation. Quite dry in the finish, with notes of wheat, earthy hops and toasty light malts. Decent summer quaffer.

06-19-2007 22:21:05 | More by Billolick
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

most everything i've ever had from this brewery has been crisp, classy, and enjoyable- this brew was no let-down. poured into brooklyn brewery pint glass- fitting. poured a light amber/ almost golden color with decent clearity and a white, foamy head that settled in about a minute. notably had decent lacing. smells of citrus and earthy hops, subtle hint of the malts. crisp citrus taste, hops bear a small, but noticable, presence. finishes with a fresh lemony bite and traces of the hops persuading a moderately dry pellet. definately smooth and drinkable. not too complex. light body and good carbonation. definately a good addition to the brooklyn line-up.

05-16-2009 00:31:24 | More by bl400315
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3.15/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, light gold

Smell: malt, hops, citrus--not the most complex smell

Taste: malt, hops, citrus, honey and bread

Mouthfeel: smooth, dry, light, medium carbonation that can be felt, sweet body with a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: This is ok for summer ale. I could have it again, but just as easily pass. I am glad I bought a single, not a six pack.

06-01-2009 15:49:54 | More by tigg924
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

07-31-2014 23:08:49 | More by reitzbrewing
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

The beer pours a medium yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grain and lemon with some wheat notes. The flavor is a mix of wheat and some perfume from the hops. I also get some grass and orange citrus notes in the flavor. The bitterness is fairly low and the beer is very drinkable. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

07-29-2011 00:26:24 | More by Mora2000
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-23-2013 02:20:04 | More by JC333
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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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