Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.21/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer was served from the tap at St. James Gate in New York, New York. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, glowing a toasted amber coloring. It held a one finger head of uniformly tight white bubbles, showing okay retention into a crowning ring hugging the sides of the glass. Lacing was punctate and minimal. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma boasted crisp pale malts, stale adjuncty metallics, dried straw, apricot and browned apple sweetness, grassy and lightly citric hops, black pepper, buttered wheat toast, phenolic plastics, and soft boozy fumes. Our first impression was that the flavoring was just as even as the nose, but with that same dank adjuncty quality permeating the grain bill thoroughly. As we sipped, the taste began with biscuity toast, pale and softer amber malts, dried baker’s yeast, grassy and earthy hops, raw barley, and light honeysuckle florals to balance. The middle came to a peak with brash metallics, corny adjuncts, white flour, pear fruitiness, toasty pales, gravel, and muddy, yeasty bite. Washing through the finish was a blend of light banana esters, continued pale and partially red graininess, crisp toast, aluminum metallics, lipstick waxiness, and floral and grassy hops. The aftertaste breathed of gritty graininess, muddy pales, table salt, tree bark, floral hop wash, apricot sweetness, and fruity apple tart zing rumbling up from the stomach along with booze and black pepper spice. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, but little cream, froth, or crisp finishing pop. The mouth was briefly coated with foam, but this quickly dripped clean into malted dryness and light hoppy puck. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its evenness through the aroma and the flavoring. This helped to maintain smoothness and ease of drinkability through to the end of the glass, with no one flavor or component really outshining or overpowering any of the others. The core ingredients, however, felt a bit cheap, with adjuncty inclusions to the malt bill, and a rather skimpy hop thrust. While the hops were there, you had to look for them, meaning that you were left looking for the refreshment and cleanliness in your beer. This is really not the drinker’s job for a commercially available summer beverage that you would hope would want to do the job for you. That said, the beer went down smoothly enough, and is definitely something you could swill a few of while taking in playoff hockey at a bar with some friends.
Serving type: on-tap
06-24-2013 22:11:58 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3/5 rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with an impressive head; nice retention and a few strands of lace are left behind
Smell: Bready, salty and grainy with a hint of sulfur
Taste: Bready, underneath, but the herbal, grainy and sulfuric tones take over quickly; the finish is harsh and grainy and there is a salty residual flavor
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: There aren't many beers out there that totally turn me off so this was a surprise and not a pleasant one
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 21:32:58 | More by brentk56
3.96/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A semi- sweet summer ale modeled after British summer ales of the 1800s. It's an easy drinking light ale with pleasant features all around. Poured from bottle to tulip:
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.
T - brioche notes with a hint of agave as it finishes slightly sweet, but there is a creamy component that lingers like butter on bread.
M - light to medium-light on the palate. Dances more on the back of the tongue than on the sides, probably due to the light sweetness.
O - a great summer ale for any outdoor occasion. I wish it was 90 degrees outside and summery to fully enjoy the bright sweetness this ale has to offer, but this is Chicago and it's 35. This is an outdoor 4th of July kind of beer, and at 5.0% you can have your fun all day. Maybe pair with cheese plates, mixed green and fruit salads, grilled chicken and fish, and citrus deserts like lemon bars or key lime pie.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 06:45:12 | More by MinisterCurry
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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