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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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1,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 1111
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%


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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BeerFan

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed and bottled in Utica. First saw this last year at Croxley's Ale House on Long Island as a draft-only beer. The bartender did not know much about the beer, except that it was called a "summer ale". I did not review it then as it was dark in the bar and I had been drinking other beers beforehand. This is basically Brooklyn's Light Dinner Ale (2 reviews listed; aka Croxley's Blonde Ale - 1 review listed) put into a bottle. Pours a clear, bright gold with a nice white head. The English malt gives it a faint bready smell and flavor. At 4.5% ABV, it is an easy drinking light-bodied beer. The flavor will not knock your socks off, but it does finish with a clean, crisp, lemony-citrus bitterness that reminds you are not drinking a macro lager. Not meant for the beer-geek crowd by any means, but it should make its way into some coolers during the warm summer months.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 03:36:12 | More by BeerFan
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12 ounce can

Pours a clear straw gold, inch of fine white head dissipates to a sudsy lacing.

Smells of honey, grassy malts, and a bit of citrus.

Tastes is of light honey and citrus sweetness over mild dry grassy malts and a hint of fruity hop finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A nice light sessionable ale with some nice flavor and body. Very easy to like and enjoy, especially on a warm sunny day.

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A - pours a head with good bubbles, light lacing and a light amber color like others have compared to apple juice. The bubbles didn't stop surfacing all glass.

S - smells great, like baking bread, yeast, sunflower, green apple and a little less like light white flowers and green bell pepper, but they're present.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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