Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 495
Hads: 1,678
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 24.86%
Wants: 37
Gots: 359 | FT: 1
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 09-04-2006

Brewed in as "British Summer Ale"; lightly dry-hopped pale ale, all barley malt, 11 Plato.
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Photo of 911CROFT
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £12.99 for a pack of six.

Pours a bright, clear, golden yellow coloured body with a one-finger in height, thin, white, bubbly head. Disappointingly, despite masses of visible streaming carbonation it reduces quickly to a frothy ring and leaves behind only a token amount of spotty lacing.

On the nose there are mild aromas of light malt, tangy fruit, grapefruit and a subtle lemony hop character. The taste follows suit, starting with pleasantly sweet bready malts that lead quickly into tangy fruity hops. Mid palate the hop profile intensifies, slowly transitioning from sweet and fruity to faintly grassy, herbal, and mildly bitter. In the mouth a light to medium body and plenty of carbonation give a thin but smooth and crisp feel. On the end, lingering hops give the finish a crisp and refreshing gentle bitterness balanced by a touch of subtle sweet malt to round things off.

Overall this is a decent beer. It’s bright and clean, easy drinking and refreshing but not one to seek out especially.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin but permanent head and golden color. Aroma is grainy, crisp and lightly hopped. Flavor is much the same. Clean and light. Great summer ale. Not really much of an EPA as it is listed on this site.

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Photo of michael_arnold01
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into glass
First of all there is absolutely NO bitterness and if you're in the mood for a light summer beer, this could be up your ally. I went to a liquor store wanting to try something and I landed with this. The head lasts for a couple minutes and is pretty tall at first.
Taste: it hits you with a brief aroma of floral notes, changes to a very surprisingly nice bread flavor and leaves that on the back end.
Feel: very lite, easy to drink
Overall this beer is what it is; an easy to drink summer ale and has a very pleasant taste that leaves nothing unwanted.

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Photo of illpass78
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint on draft at Parker's in Portland, Maine, while watching the crappy Sox play the Yanks. My beer choice reflects their positions in the standings.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden blonde. Light crown of white film is gone quickly.

Aroma: Some herbal hops. Mostly inoffensive.

Taste: Some bite of hop flavor. Maybe a little biscuit. Crisp and easy.

Mouthfeel: Light. It is a summer ale, after all.

Overall: Pretty average summer offering. This brewery does a lot of OK beers and this is another one. A decent beer for a summer day, but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of Buck89
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unsure on the age, but this was 1 month before the BB date (Sept 2015).
Poured into a pint glass, beautiful clear amber color with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Smell is muted floral with some sweet malty notes. Taste began with toast and bread and a subdued easy bitter finish. I didn't get much hop flavor at all. Low-medium carbonated with a fairly thick feel.

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Photo of cavedave
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear golden beer with a billowy head that overtops glass and leaves spotty lace on the retreat. Nice topper hangs about for the ride.

Light aroma featuring crisp grainy sweet, lemony hop, very light herbal and floral in there too.

Pretty much as expected from aroma, nicely balanced with the grainy sweet taking more center stage, and the floral backing way off. End of sip is juicy.

Light carb., medium viscosity, decent finish which could have a bit more spicy or bitter to it,clean flavors, a touch watery, but refreshing for sure.

Decent, simple, flawless take on an English Pale. Nicely refreshing, could be a bit more dynamic flavors and finish.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not your typical summer ale, with it being an English pale and all, but it's a good change for the season. The beer itself looks more amber/brown than pale, and doesn't have much of a nose, but is appropriately malty for the style, pretty good, not spectacular.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty mild for an English Pale. Of course, I've had a lot of American Pales lately, but they usually are just a bit hoppier. I see English as slightly harsher and bitter. But it's still great!

It's pretty yellow and has nice fizz. The aroma is mild but appealing - clean with just a faint hops and malt smell.

The taste is clean and slightly creamy with a touch of a fruitiness (yeast?) and a wonderful finish. A beautiful, fresh balance. Burps are all hoppy - splendid. A refreshing drink.

I bought the 12 pack (cans) of these to give away as a tip for the guys cutting down the big tree in my back yard last Sunday, but there were too many guys and I just didn't find the right time, so they are mine now! Keepers. Recommended for easy drinking and sharing with non-craft drinkers too (but they need to be ready for about three times the taste of their crappy brews). Compared to a bud these are a delicacy.

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Photo of PhillyJay1701
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz brown bottle.

Look: nice golden color with decent bubble fizz and white foamy head. No lacing on glass on way down.

Smell: fairly distant floral hop aroma with a hint of grapefruit and citrus. Actually a pretty pleasing smell.

Taste: follows the nose into light hoppy bite and grapefruit with hints of orange. Nothing is too overdone here, but it is a nice even, drinkable flavor. Aftertaste goes away quickly with a slight bitter tongue left behind.

Feel: as other summer beers, just a tad thin but decent. Slight malt coating on the roof of the mouth but nothing is overdone.

Overall, a pretty solid beer from Brooklyn. This is more what I'm looking for from a summer style... drinkable and refreshing but still tasting like a BEER.

Link to my YouTube review of this beer:

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Photo of BKRaiderAce
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A light ale that doesn't try to do anything complicated.. Almost pilsner like in feel, it's refreshing and sits well with most meals on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber and sunset color with creamy foam and good lace retention. Fruity aroma; citric and perhaps apples. Toasted malt taste, fruity and lemony aftertaste. Strong leafy hop finish. Bitter and lingering aftertaste. Creamy and smooth. The bitter aftertaste was somewhat of a turnoff, but, not a terrible summer brew.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden ale color, clear without a hint of haziness, lightly carbonated.
S-Not much, very little hop or malt aroma
T-Must admit a rather bland taste experience. A very minute hop flavor but the malt has a decent body. The yeast provides a breadiness and it delivers a clean finish.
O-This beer offers some pleasing malt and yeast character, but I expected a fruity and lush taste profile.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours some nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer color is a hazy medium gold that looks nice.

The beer smell is fairly sweet from the pale malts and a nice hop bite. However, the hops bitterness is a bit light and occasionally is overwhelmed by the sweetness.

The beer taste is pretty disappointing compared to the smell. While the smell had a strong malt presence, the taste does not. The sweet pale malt is still there but it's weak in comparison to the hops. Likewise, the hops taste is fairly bitter but unusually light.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and a little bit watery. There is some carbonation but it doesn't seem to save the dissapointment.

Overall, a pretty disappointing but otherwise drinkable summer ale. The smell was a real pleaser and set some expectations the taste did not meet.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from Kyle, poured into snifter.
A: pours a light crisp golden body, brilliant white foam head, some lacing
S: pale malt, orange
M: medium thin body
T: lemon, paler malt, slightly watery
O: easy dining brew, thinbody

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Photo of PhantomWolf
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a straight pour into a standard pint, I got that classic amber with a thick foamy head. The beer had just the right amount of tight little bubbles to come off as crisp, but remains smooth and very drinkable. The head was aromatic; sweet and a touch of fruit, though not much depth. That essentially describes the taste. Light and sweet with a clean finish. If you concentrate you almost get a hint of white grape and honey on the tale end. IF you concentrate. To me it screams 'Summer' It's the type of ale I plan on downing by the gallon with some friends and some barbecue on a summer night. Nothing complicated, just a good time in a bottle at a reasonable price. This may be my standard guzzler for a month or so.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Golden amber that's just a bit hazy. A slightly underwhelming half inch white head that quickly fades into a coating on top of the beer. Very little lacing in the glass.

S: Sweet bread-like grain and fruity hops, a touch floral but in my opinion fruit is more discernible.

T: Sweet malt, bread-like in flavor as well. Bitterness is clean and doesn't overpower the malt. Pleasant to drink but ultimately run-of-the-mill.

F: Moderate body and carbonation. I'd probably consider most summer beers to be a touch lighter in body than this but it's not bad.

O: Refreshing if not a bit generic. I could see myself drinking this during the warmer months but nothing about it will have me running out to pick up a case. It would probably do well at a party with wide ranging tastes in beer, craft drinkers would be satisfied and light beer fans wouldn't be overwhelmed.

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Photo of plowe70
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Botttle served into an iced mug. Really nice looking beer. It has a golden hue and a nice head. Not much to smell although I'm a little stuffed up. Very nice feel in the mouth. Tastes pretty watery. This beer is meant to be drinkable by the masses so that makes sense but not my thing.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden color with thick foamy head that fades quickly with nice lacing. Light citrus taste with sweet breadiness from the two row barley. Just enough hop finish to make it interesting. Definitely a great beer when you're packing the cooler for a hot Summer afternoon at the beach.

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Photo of DarkBeerSux
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Kind of disappointed in this beer. Too hoppy for my likes in a refreshing summer type beer. I would drink it if it was offered to me, but would not go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of predikit
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a clear gold with a bright white head that recedes fairly quickly, leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Can smell the barley here, but my nose isn't working right at the moment, so I may revisit this later to edit. Since nose isn't working right, tongue may be compromised as well.

Tastes pleasantly of orange, and some spice shows up as well. Possibly coriander, the taste is sweet to start then the malty character shows up through the middle and finish.

Not bitter in the slightest, light bodied, light carbonation, would consider this a great brew to enjoy on a hot day.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Brooklyn has never disappointed me well there was that one time ,any way.....

T^- TASTE- an hint of citrus at the front but it is not overwhelming.Not sure where they get their malt from but it tastes kinda wheaty to me its not gritty enough to be wheat but you can feel the vibe. For the most part Its very well rounded. Hops mah maybe not a lot its pretty clean i think they did a good job on this one. Has a little bitter jaw shock just a hint,if this was my first one of the night i would notice it more. Its pretty sweet, for an actual note.

O^- ODOR- It smells like honey to me not super strong but that's my first probably the malt they tamed down with the hops. Kinda like piss and vinegar except its not. the malt does kinda kick you in the face like a round house kick but its causal.

M^-manifestation - malty little bit of hops and a slight citrus bitter tinge.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

A month past it's best by date. First gusher I've had from a can. Aroma is floral and bready, with a touch of earthy hops and a hint of orange peel. Flavor is slightly sweet, almost honey-like, and bready, malt dominant, with minerally notes, a hint of lemon, and herbal hops adding intrigue. Finishes fairly clean, with light bitterness. Seems a bit hollow at the finish.

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Photo of Forgottensaints
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Had a pitcher of this with my bro in law this past summer. It was really nice, very refreshing. Lemony taste great carbonation. But the lemon taste got to us and we had to switch it up in the next pitcher

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a light hazy yellow with a smell of citrus and a bit of spice to it. The taste was similar with hop citrus coming in first with lemon peel and grapefruit, but them sweet spices such as nutmeg make an appearance to give the beer a bit of a body. Very refreshing for the summer.

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Photo of ACD
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am not a bigger summer ale guy, but this is one of my favorite beers for a sumner cookout or on the beach.

I have had it both straight out of the bottle and poured from a can into a pint glass.

Both ways it is great.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a 2 finger head.

Light enough for a hot summer night but smooth, creamy and tasty enough to be considered a good tasting beer

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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