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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,329 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
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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phishinNYC

Florida

1/5  rDev -72%

07-23-2012 13:00:09 | More by phishinNYC
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72%

08-21-2012 03:13:59 | More by tmars13
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REY_CORTEZ

New York

1/5  rDev -72%

06-19-2014 18:32:24 | More by REY_CORTEZ
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -58%

07-17-2013 00:58:47 | More by mwbrady12
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Jamstone714

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -58%

05-20-2012 03:28:30 | More by Jamstone714
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epicus

Kentucky

1.75/5  rDev -51%

02-04-2013 13:55:52 | More by epicus
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mwar

Kentucky

1.75/5  rDev -51%

11-27-2012 04:04:30 | More by mwar
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Razr86

New York

2/5  rDev -44%

04-14-2013 21:29:45 | More by Razr86
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jheberle

Ohio

2/5  rDev -44%

05-13-2012 04:03:57 | More by jheberle
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nickmantia

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -44%

07-10-2012 14:07:22 | More by nickmantia
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AshJazz

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44%

07-15-2014 05:05:04 | More by AshJazz
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gnikola

Serbia

2/5  rDev -44%

01-17-2013 14:27:30 | More by gnikola
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jophish17

Georgia

2/5  rDev -44%

12-24-2011 07:14:02 | More by jophish17
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, dark, yellow with little head or lace. It's aroma is fruity and grassy. The flavor has fruity notes, mainly lemon and grapefruit with a dry, crisp hoppy finish. It has a light, almost watery mouthfeel making it fairly easy to session. Brooklyn Summer Ale is an okay beer, light and refreshing, slightly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:04:57 | More by B967ierhunter177
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BigRedGator

Georgia

2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very tinny beer, a more respectable version of common domestics like the buds or millers. A bit tart, thin, and highly acidic. Thin but full carbonation, which got old quickly after a couple beers. Not a summer ale drinker so I may not be a good judge of this type, but it was disappointing.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 01:15:29 | More by BigRedGator
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Merchant46

Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

About the only thing they got right on this beer is the carbonation. If you live here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it'll remind of a high-end version of Schmidt, particularly with the aftertaste (that's not a good thing). Only thing is, Schmidt costs half of what this beer does. Other than a slight grapefruit tang, it's bitterness has no complexity and almost no malt to offset it, so it's watery and unsatisfying. They were going for crisp and refreshing and fell short. Right now, I'm regretting passing up the Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager (which I know is good). Sometimes you try a new beer against your suspicions, and it pays off. This was not one of those occasions. I know Beer Advocate requests that we respect what the brewer was going after, but in a case like this where you get a cheap tasting beer for an expensive price, people deserve to know.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 17:10:28 | More by Merchant46
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hagbergl

Maryland

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
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Moxley

New York

2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Did not enjoy this one with my good friend and fellow BA, Pleepleus.

A - Pours a clear golden orange with thin watery lacing that dissipated quickly.

S - Smelled exactly like an old rusty corn can.

T - Weird. Floral citrus up front with a strange medicinal, hairspray kind of finish. I don't know if I got a bad batch, the bottle said best by Sept. 2009, and it's May 15th so...I think it might just be a bad beer in general. Not an ale, not a wheat beer. Just a weird and failed attempt at making something different and crafty. NOT your best work Brooklyn.

M&D - The bottle says snappy and crisp. That's right. That's about the only thing that is right about this beer.

Not worth trying unless what you just read sounds enticing.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:00:30 | More by Moxley
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mmink27

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -37%

08-20-2013 18:23:29 | More by mmink27
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BGsWo22

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37%

03-20-2013 23:08:04 | More by BGsWo22
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thebummedgardener

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -37%

06-18-2013 23:18:52 | More by thebummedgardener
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harrylee773

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -37%

07-08-2012 22:57:44 | More by harrylee773
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YieldToNothing

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37%

05-27-2013 04:44:23 | More by YieldToNothing
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Dbot

Delaware

2.25/5  rDev -37%

07-04-2014 23:37:17 | More by Dbot
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Sideswipe

California

2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a snifter. Best by Oct 2011 stamped on the bottom.

A- Hazy golden color with a finger of white foam floating atop it. Nice lacing for a pale.

S- Sweet, bready malt aroma predominates.

T- Distinct flavor of the two row malt which is used in this brew sits front and center in the flavor profile. Malt flavor goes bland mid-palate and the beer goes downhill from there. Finish is semi-dry with a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

M- Feel is light with a medium level of carbonation.

O- I found this offering from Brooklyn to be extremely one dimensional. Not something I'd willingly have again.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 01:50:53 | More by Sideswipe
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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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