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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1103
Reviews: 449
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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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
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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Merchant46

Minnesota

2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
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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BigRedGator

Georgia

2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
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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Moxley

New York

2.15/5  rDev -39.9%
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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PorterLambic

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a kight golden color with an off-white head. Decent retention.
Smell is lemon/orange, hops, floral with a hint of hops in the background.
Taste is watery, with very light hops and light lemon notes. Despressingly shallow.
A light body, light effervescence with nothing but hops after the swalllow. Sadly, nothing to make me want to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 15:09:13 | More by PorterLambic
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Sideswipe

California

2.25/5  rDev -37.2%
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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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ALE? Seems a lot like a lager to me.

A - looks just like a lager. one finger head, dies down to paper thin. Golden color with orange tint

S - "green" like a beer that had its priming sugar put in justa few days ago. some faint spicyness if i sniff real hard. Smell of vegetable on the verge of spoiling.

Taste - again, very "green." very light on flavor altogether. sure this isn't a lager??

Overall, I pretty dissappointed. I thought Brooklyn was a good brewery, but I guess you can't win them all....

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 21:38:34 | More by TastyAdventure
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours a transparent, bubbly, golden color with a fizzy head. The nose is fruity with some hops and bread-like notes. The bready flavor is complimented by just enough hops and fruitiness to make it bearable. Not bad, but could have potentially been way, way better. The mouthfeel is soft and light. Not a bad drinker, could down a few of these. Overall and average, run-of-the mill beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 05:11:36 | More by jasonpeckins32
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champ103

Texas

2.42/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes to nothing. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Soapy and oily hops. Like dish detergent. Some grainy sweetness. That is about it.
T: Big hops up front that are very soapy and oily. Again, tastes like dish detergent. Cereal, grain, and a light sweetness. A sharp, and harsh lingering bitterness.
M/D: A light body that is way to slick and oily. Thin and watery as well. I did not care to finish the pint at all.

A substandard English Pale Ale to say the least. Way to much soapy hops going on. Not something I enjoyed, and would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 04:20:24 | More by champ103
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vandemonian

Maryland

2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

All I smelled were yeast an hops, but I was sniffing under less than ideal conditions. The taste was... barely there. I tasted a little hops but not much else. I found it pretty tasteless and boring. It wasn't bad, but neither was it good. If I could decribe it in one word it would be: meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 04:53:45 | More by vandemonian
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cdicanio

Connecticut

2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. best before Sep 2012.

A: Dark yellow, decent head with retention.

S: Citrusy and fruity.

T: Hoppy, but little else to mention. On the lighter side.

M: average, decent carbonation

D: This is a boring beer. It smells like it will promise a lot, but it just isn't there in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 19:54:07 | More by cdicanio
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phisig137

Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes out of a vibrant pastel colored six pack that really stands out on the shelf. Pours a 18 carat gold color, crystal clear, and a two finger head. Moderate retention leaves behind a small blanket of foam.

Aroma is very mild. slight grapefruit peel aroma, and a bit of musty grain. That's about it.

Flavor is much the same. A little boring, weak, and light. Very slight citrusy flavor up front, tiny tinge of hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but light. Drinkability is pretty good.... this IS a summer beer.

Yes, this is a "summer type" of beer. Yes it is light and drinkable. Other than that, I can't say much about it. I hate to say it, but it's a bit of a disappointment from Brooklyn. Usually they produce some great brews... this one just doesn't impress. I know the label says Ale, and BA says american pale wheat... but I swear that If I tasted this blind, that I'd guess it was a continental lager, and a mediocre one at best. The one thing that this beer does well, is it will appeal to many of the uninitiated, and welcome them to the world of good beer, and great Brooklyn products. Other than that... I won't be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 01:04:48 | More by phisig137
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hustlesworth

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
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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yesyouam

New York

2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn Summer Ale is a very clear light golden ale with a thin white ring of a head. It has a fruity, wooden hop aroma, with a note of lemon. It is light, fluffy and crisp in the mouth. It has a boozy taste. It's lightly bitter, with notes of lemon and light grain. It seems a little strong for a summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 12:43:14 | More by yesyouam
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greenengineer

Massachusetts

2.61/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into ASHRAE pint glass. Beer hour Friday before Memorial Day. "Best Before September 2013"
A - yellow, slightly golden, clear (not cloudy). Head seems CO2 induced, fades quickly.
S - vaguely sweet alcohol smell. A little milky perhaps
T - crisp, light, generic. Not a lot of strong flavor here. A little hint of sour maybe.
M - crisp, light, watery
O - nothing terrible, just tastes like a slightly improved version of a generic macro. Not enough malt backbone to hit the style. Goes down easy, but doesn't satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 19:34:08 | More by greenengineer
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought I'd try this Summer Ale because I've enjoyed other beers from this brewery. This one didn't grab me that much.

My first reaction on tasting it was dissapointment that it didn't have more of a unique flavor. This strikes me as a beer you can serve to folks that aren't used to a strong tasting beer and it'll be wel-liked.

There's not a lot of smell to this ale. It pours with a small head. It isn't overly carbonated. It has a grassy and citrus taste with just a bit of malt. Not unpleasant at all and certainly quafable on a hot day but I won't be seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 21:12:33 | More by Tucquan
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale orange color with a white head. Aromas of corriander and spice and a mix of wheat and pale malt tones. In the taste, well it seems kind of wheat ale like, hints of spice and a dry end. Refreshing with a dry aftertaste. Kind of a standard summer ale, not huge on flavor, but refreshing and non offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2007 13:53:16 | More by OWSLEY069
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale gold but nice lacing. Biscuity and slightly sweet smell. Tastes a little tangy with a hop presence, however slight, finally coming through in the aftertaste. A decent summer beer. Kind of lackluster but still a bit unique. I'd gladly drink it again next summer, though I might not buy it over some of the other mainstays.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 23:34:40 | More by BeefyMee
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bark

Sweden

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The beer makes a loud tssss sound when I pop the cap. The high head is warm beige and compact. The clear liquid is pale copper (18 EBC). Some lacing occurs, good head retention.

The smell is very smooth and hoppy. Some American notes, but I can’t decide where it comes from American hops or from the dry-hopping. The bitterness is mild, as is the sweetness. Lemon and orange peel, apricots, biscuits, toffee and dried fruits. Hints of raisins and resin in the background.

The taste is first quite light with some sour lemon flavours. Dried fruits, biscuits, fresh apricots and apples. The body is light to medium. In fact, the green apple flavours (acetaldehyde) and a slightly dry note gets stronger in the aftertaste. There are some notes of dried fruits and a mild sweetness. The finish is very dry with a distinct flavour of banana skids.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles light. The liquid is dry, almost astringent.

A slight disappointment, this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 18:13:19 | More by bark
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mikeylol

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale golden, 1.5 finger head; mediocre head retention, minimal lacing.

S- Pine and grass, hint of citrus, subdued bready malts.

T&M- Medium-light mouthfeel, sweet pale malts with minimal citrus hop bitterness; finishes clean with minimal aftertaste. Quaffable.

O- Can't really say I like this beer. While refreshing and pleasant tasting, leaves no impact and is forgettable the moment you finish.

Notes- Very refreshing in the Texas heat. As a summer seasonal, its an okay choice; would not pick buy again myself though.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 21:32:51 | More by mikeylol
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ElijahRivera

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Dark gold to light amber in color.

S- Light malts, grassy hops with a hint of lemon.

T- Similar to bouquet. Also had some off, adjunct flavors. Not great.

M- Light for the style.

O- I was surprised this ended up being Brooklyn Summer Ale. I thought it would fare better. I won't be looking for this one next summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 19:53:15 | More by ElijahRivera
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color is a very golden, light amber hue. Good two finger head after the pour that quickly recedes to a strong film of foam. The aroma makes me thin k of an American pale wheat ale. Light fruit notes with some adjuncty corn goodness. But there are some flower hop aroms in this beer as well. The taste has bready malt with a light note of bananas and corn. Bitter, yet sessionable aftertaste of flower vines. The palate is crisp and starchy. This beer makes me think of a bitter pale wheat ale than an English pale ale. Pretty refreshing beer, although I might not care for the flavors and the categorization.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:14:02 | More by scruffwhor
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pwoods

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a rustic golden with a lack of visibility. Maybe a finger formed on the semi aggressive pour but faded fast. Lacing isn't terrible.

S: Grainy, biscuity malts. Small touch of Euro hops, grassy and floral. Somewhat yeasty.

T/M: More of the grainy biscuit malts with some added diacytel buttery notes. No bitterness and only the smallest touch of hops with are much more grassy than floral. Body is medium light with moderate carbonation. A bit dry on the finish.

D: Low ABV and easy to drink but not interesting or too terribly tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 23:59:00 | More by pwoods
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows some soft floral and spicy notes but very faint. Also a little malt and vegetal notes underneath.
Flavours are a bit better with some attractive malt and more spicy hops. Very light.
Feels a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 08:12:07 | More by CrazyDavros
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Slynger

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light, clear, golden tangerine with a cap of fine white. Smells honey sweet and grainy with some herbal hops. Light bodied clean and dry. Lightly sweet grainy toasted and earthy herbal bitter. Easy drinker, but I didn't find anything to really stand out. Could just be the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 02:00:29 | More by Slynger
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