Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
3.58/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz. best by Oct. 2010 bottle into a shaker pint.
A--Body is a light golden color with active carbonation and a one finger white fizzy head. Dies quickly with no skim and a small amount of lacing. Looks light and refreshing.
S--Small amount of orange flowers and maybe some lemon pledge. Very light whiffs here, no strong aromas. Maybe slight toffee from malt creeping into the back end of the nose.
T--Very close to the sniff profile. Thin, light malt profile--a little but of stickier toffee and caramel, relegated primarily to the background. Some more orange and lemon and a little grassiness from British malt and I'm guessing hops. On the finish a little bit of herbal comes through along with a nice earthiness. It's an unobtrusive, delicate beer that hopheads (and probably most American beer drinkers) would find boring. I wouldn't go that far, but you can get a richer flavor profile out of this ABV, as British brewers have proven.
M--Fizzy carbonation, which I like but others might not. Gotta seltzer water feel to it which is nice when it's hot out.
D--ABV on the BKbrewery website lists that at 4.5, which makes this a better contender in my book for a revisit, as it's clearly built for quaffing given the flavor profile. But at 5%? This is too thin.
Kind of a light version of their Pennant '55 ale. That's the closest comparison. And I agree it should be considered as more of an English mild than a EPA. For my money, though, if you want a widely distributed English-style low ABV ale by an American brewer, go with Goose Island's Honker's Ale. Much more interesting session-style beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2010 00:18:37 | More by TheycallmeTim
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3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: can
04-20-2014 00:45:16 | More by Cylinsier
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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