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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,336 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 467
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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mikeylol

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -23%
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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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23%

08-04-2013 00:41:11 | More by Dreamer
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Noelito76

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23%

12-25-2013 15:11:44 | More by Noelito76
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Bustersuess

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23%

05-14-2013 19:04:07 | More by Bustersuess
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ParraPalliative


2.75/5  rDev -23%

04-23-2012 01:22:04 | More by ParraPalliative
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -23%

05-31-2013 00:56:53 | More by MichiganderHB
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dsnyder61

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23%

06-11-2013 18:15:31 | More by dsnyder61
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MJKauz

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -23%

07-23-2013 01:38:21 | More by MJKauz
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -23%

10-23-2012 21:20:16 | More by sendbeer
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Mattias

Sweden

2.75/5  rDev -23%

01-26-2013 21:48:43 | More by Mattias
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nheinzie57

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -23%

09-16-2012 18:09:38 | More by nheinzie57
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nineworldseries

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -23%

05-13-2014 00:55:06 | More by nineworldseries
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heytomcat

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -23%

05-01-2014 02:41:16 | More by heytomcat
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ElijahRivera

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23%
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 -22.1%
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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fscottkey

New York

2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Very light in color. Lots of large bubbles moving to the surface (like a fresh poured Sprite). Forms a 1 finget head that quickly recedes. Best by date is unreadable.

S: Smells like a wheat beer - that style. Malts, breadiness and some sweetness.

T: Very much a Belgian wheat flavor. Lots of malty-breadiness. No noticeable hop presence.

M: The carbonation is right. Decent mouthfeel.

O: This is a summer session ale. It has good mouthfeel - unfortunately I am not a fan of the wheat beer style and flavor. I am sure this would appeal to people that like this style and want to have a few beers on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 03:09:49 | More by fscottkey
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pwoods

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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 -20.7%
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 -20.2%
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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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 00:36:24 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 08:00:30 | More by facundoCNB
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 20:35:49 | More by ThisWangsChung
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MTNboy

Germany

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 23:28:25 | More by MTNboy
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Cakanator

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 04:33:54 | More by Cakanator
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gregmoscetti

California

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 22:19:37 | More by gregmoscetti
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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