Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by hustlesworth:
2.58/5 rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
**This brew has improved GREATLY in the 2011 season. Look is better, aroma is strikingly akin to a fresh English pale ale and taste follows suit with a citrus American twist. Mf has a nice crey dryness too. If I could re-review, I'd probably give it an A.
A- clear golden amber with a fluffy nearly white head that falls rather quickly to a thin ring leaving a few dabs of lace here and there.
S- english pale ale? no way. not even close. strangely spiced citrus, coriander, lemon peel, and peppery grains of paradise aromas mixed with the odd fuel/motor oil and wet dog smells that i noticed in their east india pale ale. very off putting. on the back side there are toasted grains and some light coconut.
T- on brooklyn's website, they call this a "light dinner ale" which would make more sense to me than a pale ale. anyway, the taste is pretty watery and one-dimensional with toasted cereal grains, pale barley, and slightly grassy hops with a lemony touch to them. german hops are up front with some help from the fuggles, but i can't really detect any of the cascade or amarillo, two of my favorites. overall bland and slightly herbal, well water, wet dog, and bleach comes out in the finish. and least there's none of that motor oil taste.
MF- thin fizzy and crisp, yet standing firm. feels like more than water in the mouth, maybe a thin juice, and definitely refreshing if you minus the strange chemical tastes and aromas.
D- strange, but not repulsive. on a hot summer day with such a low abv, i could picture this ONE going down nicely. only one, not two.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2008 21:12:15 | More by hustlesworth
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2.06/5 rDev -42.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
Decided to give this a whirl after a friend brought it over to my place. The results were certainly disappointing, especially given that this is billed as an English Pale Ale, something different stylistically than what we're all used to when it comes to summer beers. So what went wrong here? Read on:
Appearance (3.25/5): Hazy golden/orange hue, nice color, with a one finger, fairly minimal pure white head of foam. The head disappointingly fizzles out quickly, leaving a ring around the circumference of the glass. Ah, there was promise for a second.
Smell (2.5/5): Simple aroma of citrus hops, a light bit of crackery malt, and a touch of honey. Not much more to it than that. I was hoping for a little more assertive hop profile.
Taste (2/5): As simple as the aroma. An all too brief stab of citrus hops is followed by a honey-like malty sweetness, finishing sweet and semi-dry, but without much flavor to speak of at all.
Mouthfeel (1/5)l: This is where the beer falls flat on its face. It has disastrously low carbonation levels, which robs it of any vigor. The mouthfeel is insipid, making the beer feel unfinished. I am left seriously wanting. Also, with such a light body, I’m not getting much in the way of crispness. This beer needs retooling.
Overall (2/5): Brooklyn Summer Ale is just not a very good beer; for me it epitomizes the problems with summer beer. Its light body and light flavor are simply not interesting; inadequate carbonation only makes things worse. The 80 on BA and the style listing being English Pale Ale is a quite deceptive. This is mediocre to bad beer that doesn't even get the simple task of quenching one's thirst right.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 01:56:06 | More by hagbergl
2.79/5 rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
A: Very light in color. Lots of large bubbles moving to the surface (like a fresh poured Sprite). Forms a 1 finget head that quickly recedes. Best by date is unreadable.
S: Smells like a wheat beer - that style. Malts, breadiness and some sweetness.
T: Very much a Belgian wheat flavor. Lots of malty-breadiness. No noticeable hop presence.
M: The carbonation is right. Decent mouthfeel.
O: This is a summer session ale. It has good mouthfeel - unfortunately I am not a fan of the wheat beer style and flavor. I am sure this would appeal to people that like this style and want to have a few beers on a hot day.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 03:09:49 | More by fscottkey
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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