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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,113 Ratings
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Ratings: 1113
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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TheycallmeTim

New York

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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