Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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491 Reviews
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Reviews: 491
Hads: 1,645
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 36
Gots: 329 | 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:
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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Reviews: 491 | Hads: 1,645
Photo of pwoods
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. (616 characters)

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. (175 characters)

Photo of mikeylol
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Appearance was a hazy golden yellow- typical standard "summer ale" colors. Smell was of citrus fruits most noticeably, lemons. The taste was light and fruity- not much going on here- highly carbonated. This is a sessionable brew with the 4.9% ABV, but this one lacks character and distinction. (341 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. The head is about a finger high with an eggshell shade. Its texture is rough and its retention is poor. And almost no lacing is left on the glass, either. At least it has a great body...

S: Dangerously bland. Just touches of butter, caramel, and citrus are coming through. The nose actually gets weaker as it warms. Not off to a great start, are we?

T: Touches of citrus hops appear initially. Some malt enters the midtaste, and the finish brings back some citrusy notes, along with a twinge of fruit punch. Nothing fantastic, but better than the nose.

M: Light and dry - the maltiness doesn't get in the way of its crisp finish. The carbonation seems weak at first, but sneaks up on the palate.

O: If nothing else, this would be a decent lunch beer. It's inoffensive, drinkable, and would pair well with a good sandwich. And that's its biggest problem: it's insipid. There's no excitement to be found here (not to mention the nose is almost nonexistent); on the flip side, it lives up to its "Summer Ale" moniker by being an acceptable hot weather refresher. I'd never refuse one, but I won't buy it again. (1,179 characters)

Photo of Slynger
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Cakanator
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Nice golden color with good carbonation. Aroma is very simple some citrus but much faded since I bought it fresh a month ago. Pretty full for a summer ale but none the less refreshing on a warmer day. Bit of hop, but then again there was more when I had it last. Not Brooklyn's best offering but a solid summer brew when fresher. (342 characters)

Photo of elniko
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Slight deep amber coloring, nice lingering head and lacing. Very high carbonation apparent. Really nice looking brew.

S: Definite pungy maltiness coming from the nose. My wife stated that it smelled like burned air from a hair dryer. Not the most pleasant nose.

T & M: There is something about the malt or yeast used in this brew that just comes across strangely in the taste. Crisp finish with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel slightly creamy.

D: Drinkable, but this is definitely not the first beer that I would look for on a hot summer day. (604 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a clear golden yellow pour with nice amount of head and good lacing. smells of lemon and orange peel, slightly bready. taste is exactly the same as the smell. was honestly expecting more...

light body with mild carbonation - i think this would have worked better with higher carb.

i was a bit harsh on it, but it is a nice session ale and very mellow. in my opinion, they should have just made a weaker version of sorachi ace and called it their summer ale. you can't go wrong there. (486 characters)

Photo of Vendetta
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
July 6, 2008

Had this at McCarren park during an Armin Van Buuren concert- Brooklyn Brewery was there to provide beer. Light golden pour with a thin head. Not a strong aroma. Relatively weak taste that fits the lack of aroma. Not a very flavorful beer, but it is easy to drink. Their vienna lager is far better. (334 characters)

Photo of gregmoscetti
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, I was pretty disappointed in this one right here. Maybe the english pale ale isnt my style, but there was not much I liked about this guy right here. This tastes like it could be just about any semi-light beer. There is nothing about this beer that stands out. It tastes like an old bottle of Acme pale ale I drank a while back. I will finish the glass, but I will need something to wash it down with for sure... (427 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- An impressive gold color with a nice head but average lace.

Smell- Overall balanced smell the sweetness, bitterness and yeast blend well.

Taste- Kind of a little sour aftertaste I was not found of but prior to that it has a nice flavor. Like the smell very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- A bit thicker than what I thought it would be but in a good way.

Drinkability- An average beer for the most part. (412 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass. Best by 10/07.

Appearance- Pours a pale apricot into the glass... there are many steady streams of carbonation. Terrific head... three fingers and quite stubborn. Moderate, clingy lacing.

Smell- Huge lemony, spicy nose... too strong for my preferences. Overwhelming aroma which incorporates some bready malts.

Taste- While the hops and malts come together seamlessly, the astringest lemony character and the beer's "summer" spices sabotage the delicate flavors with a heavy hand.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- *Extremely* puffy and fizzy in the mouth... disappointing and unlike any other offering I can recall from BB. (671 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass
Clear golden color
Aroma--Slightly grassy, biscuit
Taste--Very clean,subtle biscuit, mineral, slight hop profile--reminded more of a lager
Overall, refreshing, if a bit dissapointing offering from Mr. Oliver. Everything is a bit too understated for an English pale ale (301 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a semi hazy golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, with hints of flowers and grapefruit. It is a very faint aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, and equally faint. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with high carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is an average beer at best, and I will probably not drink it again. (455 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The look does nothing for me. It's a very clear, straw-colored drink with lots of bubbles. Looks like a mass-produced lager on any supermarket's shelves.

Smells better than it looks. Your nose will pick up bready, lemon and flowers.

There is very little taste, but that's not necesssarily a bad thing. The only think I could note was a malty taste.

Very light-bodied and crisp. It's refreshing and 'clean.' The malt balances any hoppy bitterness.

For a summer drink, this wouldn't be awful, but that's about the only time I'd want to have it. (546 characters)

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brassy with a little head without retention &
scant lacing. Lively carbonation.

S: Slight hop/malt nose with little of either
detectable.

T: Mild grain and malt with a slight hop finish
though all are very understated.

M: Thinish, but not exactly watery. Little of
the visible carbonation detectable on the
tongue.

D: Nothing to write home about at all. A
little better than your macro offerings but
that may just be because I don't feel guilty
buying it. (474 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange orange color with good clarity. Thin off white head. Earthy, grassy notes on the nose, slight citrus, lots of toasted bread scents as well.

Very clean, crisp, and on the fuller side of having a light body. Lots of fizzy carbonation but the flavors hold up pretty well to it. Flavors are much like the nose with a mildly tart like finish and lingering sweetness. Slightly spicy grassy note on the finish as well. As an english pale ale it's pretty good but as a summer seasonal its eh? I'm really not a fan of summer seasonals as most are just very light beers with modest flavors or wheat beers, which makes sense for summer, but I just wish someone would do something different. In the heat of the summer I'd much rather take an easy drinking more flavorful pale ale over this.

This beer does have a hidden complexity to it with a creaminess that hides certain flavors but again, there are year round beers i'd choose over it for the hot days of summer. (968 characters)

Photo of SMADMS
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from my notes from the VBF

Poured from bottle at the Brooklyn booth at the VBF

Pours a clear golden color no noticable head to speak of.
very slight lemon zest smell weak hop/malty aroma.
unfortunatly the beer was warmer than it should have been (recommend keeping the open bottle on ice while at the table) nothing jumps out at you here very slight lemon flavor.
not too much carbonation here light dry taste
not something I would look for there are definitly better summer ales out there (502 characters)

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 (204 characters)

Photo of yourunclewalt
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Two finger head drops to one, minimal lacing. Foamy. Body looks like a slightly darker macrolager.

S - Cirtrus; lemon. Mr. Clean?

T - Very lemony twang on a light wheat body. Not much more to say than that.

M - Carbonated, creamy finish. Light, overall.

D - Good session beer. Not much seperating it from the other Summers I've had; a lot less phenolic than the Saranac. (387 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer serves its purpose as an easy-to-drink pale ale for the hot summer months, but it doesn't provide much interest beyond that. It pours a hazy golden orange color, and a quickly vanishing fizzy head. The aroma is primarily a dull, earthy hop character that is expected for an English-style pale ale, but it lacks depth. The flavor profile is more varied, with a biscuity malt base balancing against a combination of lemony, grassy, and earthy hops. The fine, prickly carbonation drowns out any sense of complexity, though. Overall, this is a light and drinkable beer, but it is mostly uninteresting. (607 characters)

Photo of Freshie
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color, with thin head, and bubbles rising sparingly to the top.

Aroma is a bit rank, with pungent yeast, and a bit of medicine. Otherwise, lightly hoppy with some sweet grain.

Taste is clean enough, and sweet, with slight hops coming through the back. Very light, and somewhat watery.

After taste is somewhat not refreshing. Kind of sticky.

Maybe I am drinking this at the wrong time. It's a somewhat cold rainy night, and I think I would appreciate this one more in the middle of a summer heat wave. (526 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beermasons.

Clear light orange. Near-white head of modest heft which falls to a final film and raised collar.

Relatively clean nose of doughy yeast, honey, spicy grass, orange and mild sweet malts. Quite delicate overall.

Starts okay with some pleasant sweet malts and mild citrus hops, before a dull cereal grain character quickly takes hold, seemingly drawing the flavours out of the beer.

Light-bodied with deceptively understated carbonation that delivers an impressively refreshing finish.

Not a bad drop at all. Flavours fall a little flat for mine, but it's still a beer that I would happily drink a few of in its namesake season. (652 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by OCT 2011. The body was clear and light golden. Whispy white head left only spots of lacing.

The smell was light biscuity malts and a bit of crushed peppercorn. Faint lemons, spicy.

The taste reflects the aroma. Finishes fruity and tangy with only hints of bitterness. Very drinkable and approachable for non-craft beer drinkers. Seems a bit spicy for an English Pale Ale. It is a nice summer beer and I would buy it again.

The mouthfeel was light in body with plenty of refreshing carbonation. (566 characters)

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.