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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,476 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 166 | FT: 1
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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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden in color. Persistent creamy white head. Little to no lacing. Inviting.

S: Hoppy and a bit playful on the nose. Leafy and herbal/spicy. Lemon pulp and a hint of iced tea. Malt base is reminiscent of buttered biscuit and some light toffee notes.

T: Buttered biscuit and toffee. Slight hints of butterscotch and caramel. Oily hops butt in and steal the show. Stiff little jab of bitterness. Leafy and herbal with a lemon rind/lemon pulp vibe. Biscuity malts come back toward the end, but the the finish is very clean and only leaves a fading impression of oily, bitter hops on the palate.

M: Light body, but the malt backbone is substantial enough to create a round, creamy, and slightly weighted feel. Stiff blast of scrubbing carbonation adds a crisp and refreshing bite.

O: There's a nice juxtaposition going on between the rounder, heftier English malt flavors and the crisp bite of bitter hops and refreshing carbonation. Not bad.

ryan1788a5, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Shrews629
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden almost amber color. Nice two finger head that dissolves to a nice thin layer after a minute or two. The head was slightly soapy and off white.

Smell - I could be wrong, but I sensed roasty malt with a doughy/biscuit hint in the nose. The hops were present but seemed to be balance well with the other aromas. I also got a hint of a dry/fall leaf scent. Overall, very clean.

Taste - Nice bready/biscuit taste that lingers on the palate nicely until the next sip. Somewhat of a smokey flavor, I thought.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Thin and slightly chewy, smooth mouthfeel that finished nice and dry. A bit heavier than I was expecting from a summer brew.

Drinkability - I like this beer. I could see myself drinking this on into the fall season. Not a typical summer brew for sure. I definitely like this more than the average summer wheat beers I have tried. This would be perfect for those hot summer evenings, but not so much during the hot part of the day.

Shrews629, May 13, 2010
Photo of jamesg60
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

jamesg60, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is straw colored with millions and millions of carbonation bubbles rising from the etching on the bottom of my glass. I tell you what. There is a couple inches of creamy white head on this beer, and it doesn't go away. Quite impressive.

S - I notice the smell of lemon zest and lime. Is that noble hops? I like it either way. Very refreshing.

T - The lime translates to the taste as well. I also get some lemon grass.

M - It is pretty thin and well carbonated.

O - This is the perfect beer to match to the weather. Spring is in the air and on the tongue!

buschbeer, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of mattsdenney
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass. This one pours a nice gold color. Clear, bubbly and a thick frothy white head. Nice retention, sticking well.

Smells crisp and clean. Husky malts, grain, slightly sweet. No notes of fruit or hop scent to speak of. The taste is light but flavorful, mainly consisting of malt and grain with a light hop finish. I like that this beer does not lean on fruit flavoring as most summer beers do. This one sticks with the essentials and it works well. Very refreshing, slightly dry, extremely drinkable. Light mouthfeel, perfect summer consistency.

You can't go wrong with this beer especially if you're looking to get away from the fruitier summer beers and shandies.

mattsdenney, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright summer colors on the label a plus, although with these guys I'd be trying it out anyway. Pours goldenrod with a weak white head that instantly crumples iin a fizzy cap. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Hop notes are grassy. Something of a European or pilsner ring to the nose. Nothing special so far.

Crisp and refreshing at the opening of the sip, and not nearly as bubbly as I feared. Late breaking wheat taste is easy on the palate. Recovers nicely from a substandard outward measure. Definitely could be consumed in quantity in the summer months, particularly outside. Worthy of the Brooklyn moniker.

daliandragon, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Cylinsier, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of albern
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The ABV is incorrect as listed. The label says 5%, BA has this at 4.5%. The beer is nice, light refreshing, and complex enough to make this an interesting summer type pale ale. The beer pours a clear few-shades-darker than a pale color with a small white head that doesn't hang around long. No lacing in this one. The aroma is a touch grainy and bready, maybe a lemony touch or two, nothing overly distinct one way or the other.

The taste is quite mild. There is a nice balance, some bready malts, some hops balance things out, maybe a touch drying in the finish. The beer has an ever so slight citrus taste a little bit honeyed as well. The beer is more smooth than pricklish, but this is not an entirely smooth beer either. There is an ever so slight little tangy bite towards the finish that keeps this from being too mild an experience. It is a respectable, well balanced pale ale, light, refreshing, plenty carbonated, slight mouthfeel, not much aftertaste.

albern, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a pale gold color and a slight haze. Nice froth head with decent retention.

Delicate, fresh hops are in the aroma that have a bright, citrus note that matches well with the fruitiness from the yeast. As it warms, some bready malt notes come through. Clean and balanced overall.

Flavor is as balanced as the nose, with just a subtle bitterness and a fruity hop flavor. There is a nice clean malt flavor that comes through, with the balance leaning more towards hops. Finishes with some lingering sweetness. I'd like it a touch drier just because of the hop balance, but overall it is a nice beer.

jeffthecheff, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this beer via a house party - someone was kind enough to leave a few for me to sample.
It poured a nice honey brown, with minimal head...the laced heading remained throughout the beer.
This is a nice mellow beer. I wouldn't normally place it with a summer beer, I think I would prefer this during the early fall. The flavoring is very well balanced. Over all it is a nice mellow beer that has a strong enough flavoring to make you want more.

Jayli, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of keithmurray
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Summer beer has an aroma of crisp hops and a faint citrus profile

Flavor is of bitter hops upfront, followed by a citrus (orange/lemon zest) finish, nice crisp aftertaste)

This is highly carbonated, similar to an IPA, this is a fairly easy drinking brew, but I don't think I could have more than 2 in a sitting.

keithmurray, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden body, excellent clarity, lively carbonation, topped by a level two fingers of fuzzy white foam. Highly stretched delicate lacing.

Aroma of hay and grass, with a bit of British biscuit.

Easy going lightly sweet malt coats the mouth. Hops sublty balance the sweet, and provide an enjoyable tingle through the aftertaste.

Light and bubbly mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, highly sessionable.

A tasty English style alternative to all the American Wheats and Berry ales.

RonfromJersey, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What's shaking over at Casa de LaChaingangguy, you ask?! Why, its none other than Brooklyn's SUmmer Ale!

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a thin, creamy white head.

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma with a good measure of citrus hops and a very subtle spiciness.

Taste: Biscuit maltiness with just a hint of sweetness. There's also an extremely faint honeydew melon fruitiness to it as well as what tastes like a loving pinch of salt. The hops, as with everything else in this beer, are light and provide some lemony citrus in the softly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A light, refreshing beer that makes for fine summertime drinking.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of The_Event_Horizon
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

The_Event_Horizon, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of patpbr
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a white head and carbination bubbling up. Smell is malty and mostly grain, a little hop presents. The taste is crisp and light, Mostly malt and a little floral and citrus. The hops are mild. Light to medium carbination and a dryer finish. A decent summer beer, easy to drink.

patpbr, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden-yellow color with a frothy white head that persists fairly well, but doesn't lay down much lacing. Color is way paler than I'm used to for EPAs, it's almost like a euro-lager/heineken color.

S: Grainy, earthy malt with some faint grassy/earthy hop aromas. A light and dry fruity scent from the yeast is present, as well. Not bad, but not great either.

T&M: For what it's going for, it's pretty good. A dry, biscuit-like malt is present with a nice reprise of the fruity yeast flavor and a kiss of citric hops on the finish. It's not a big beer at all, but it's still enjoyable. The body is light-medium with a zesty and appropriate carbonation. Finish is balanced.

D: Fairly drinkable. Simple flavor and light bodied, but still good. A nice summer seasonal, for sure.

BamaBeerBuff, May 28, 2009
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-yellow coloring with a slow flow of carbonation bubbles and a sparse filmy surface coating. Aromas of toasted grains, floral highlights, and a light, crisp hops presence. Flavors are light and toasty, with a tangy, slightly bitter hops backbone and a sweet, floral ribbon cutting across the palate. Some jasmine and juniper blending in there. Light and crisp in mouth, the beer has a tangy sweet aftertaste. Clean, crisp finish. This is a great warm weather beer.

GarthDanielson, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

one of the great summer beers of the northeast, and now that its canned, its even better. a light golden color, clear, with a creamy white head. it smells like pilsner malts, English ale yeast, and a crisp fruity juicy hop finish, more than is common in a summer brew. in taste, I get a nice combination of lighter malts, as well as some citrus fruit, ruby red grapefruit mostly, but a little lemon too. a touch of spice from the yeast is evident in the finish as well. effervescent carbonation is this beers best feature, it keeps it light and bright, summery. clean finish, ill take another please!

StonedTrippin, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +5%

csmartin6, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of jonphilipp
3.75/5  rDev +5%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of bellce0
3.75/5  rDev +5%

bellce0, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Milkysunshine, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +5%

JMS1512, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of dhmxray
3.75/5  rDev +5%

dhmxray, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of heather625
3.75/5  rDev +5%

heather625, Jul 21, 2013
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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