Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
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
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
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