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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 26
Gots: 167 | 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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1/5  rDev -72%

phishinNYC, Jul 23, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
1/5  rDev -72%

REY_CORTEZ, Jun 19, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -58%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -58%

Jamstone714, May 20, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -51%

epicus, Feb 04, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -51%

mwar, Nov 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44%

Razr86, Apr 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44%

jheberle, May 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44%

nickmantia, Jul 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44%

AshJazz, Jul 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44%

gnikola, Jan 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
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.

B967ierhunter177, May 19, 2011
Photo of BigRedGator
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.

BigRedGator, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Merchant46
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.

Merchant46, Jul 04, 2011
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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.

hagbergl, Jul 12, 2014
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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.

Moxley, May 16, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

mmink27, Aug 20, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

Conine, Aug 14, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

SenatorSpaceman, Jul 06, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

thebummedgardener, Jun 19, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

harrylee773, Jul 08, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

YieldToNothing, May 27, 2013
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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.