Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A- I gave this a fairly hard pour and was greeted by a golden hued liquid that is slightly chill hazed. There appears to be a huge amount of carbonation but along with that, there isn't much foam in terms of head. There isn't much retention either, as it settles rather quickly into a broken up patchwork of what looks to be soap bubbles. The lacing is actually quite good at first, but fizzles out into a watery film on the glass. Overall, I don't find this any more appealing visually than a standard macro, other than a richer color.
S- The aroma is dry, like dusty prairie grass on a hot summer day. Other than this raw graininess, there is some moderate citrus zest and a clean bitterness right at the end.
T- Hmmm...this is actually quite different than I was expecting! The flavor is quite strong with citrus, and in particular, lemon zest. There is a modest flavor of malt sweetness blended in there, and finishes with a clean, dry grainy bitterness that doesn't leave an aftertaste.
M- This is light bodied and does have plenty of crisp carbonation that, along with the zesty citrus quality in the flavor, provides a nice one-two punch that refreshes the palate quite well!
O- I didn't think this was much to look at and was rather bland in general aroma wise, but the flavor and mouthfeel is done well and creates a really good hot weather brew that I'd pick up again if given the chance....I will say though that I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for this one. I do give this one a thumbs up, and it is worth giving a try to!
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2011 05:09:01 | More by ChrisCage
More User Reviews:
2.88/5 rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a beautiful golden color. The head is about a finger high with an eggshell shade. Its texture is rough and its retention is poor. And almost no lacing is left on the glass, either. At least it has a great body...
S: Dangerously bland. Just touches of butter, caramel, and citrus are coming through. The nose actually gets weaker as it warms. Not off to a great start, are we?
T: Touches of citrus hops appear initially. Some malt enters the midtaste, and the finish brings back some citrusy notes, along with a twinge of fruit punch. Nothing fantastic, but better than the nose.
M: Light and dry - the maltiness doesn't get in the way of its crisp finish. The carbonation seems weak at first, but sneaks up on the palate.
O: If nothing else, this would be a decent lunch beer. It's inoffensive, drinkable, and would pair well with a good sandwich. And that's its biggest problem: it's insipid. There's no excitement to be found here (not to mention the nose is almost nonexistent); on the flip side, it lives up to its "Summer Ale" moniker by being an acceptable hot weather refresher. I'd never refuse one, but I won't buy it again.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 20:35:49 | More by ThisWangsChung
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,327 ratings.