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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

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1,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 1108
Reviews: 450
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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Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: bright golden orange colored body with a small white half finger head that died within thirty seconds. Some spotty lacing was left and trickled down the sides of the glass. Fast rising carbonation was seen.

S: centered around a light sort of hops with some wheat and grains in the background. A bit of corn arose close to the end of the beer.

T: based around the wheat with the grains and hops taking a slight background. Some light caramel came out.

M: light to medium, sessionable, carbonation is felt, a light creaminess came out as well. It left a dry feel in my mouth.

O: not a bad beer, I think I would have this again, preferably on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 14:28:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of acevenom


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with a large, frothy white head. The head dissipates slowly, but retains well. Some lacing was left on the glass. There are a few bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer has aromas of barley malt and bright, citrusy hops. It smells clean. There are flavors of barley malt, bitter hops, and citrusy hops. The flavor is clean and simple, but also well balanced. The body is light to medium with some carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is also very high. Overall, this is a solid beer. It works as a summer beer because it is refreshing and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 22:36:40 | More by acevenom
Photo of Jimmys


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. best before Sep 2012.

A: im going to call this very light orange. head is bubbly at first, but the retention nor the lacing is very good. clear.

S: super fruity nose. melon. a little bit of sharp hop bitterness. grain consists of a chewy wheat and light caramel.

T: pear notes interact with a delicate caramel flavor. a hop bitterness takes the finish to a dry place.

M: average, sharp carbonation on a light medium body.

D: not a bad beer, but not for me. i certainly found this a little boring and wont be seeking it out again during the summer beer releases.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 10:31:19 | More by Jimmys
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale has a thick, white head and a slightly hazy golden appearance, with streams of bubbles and fine, white particulate matter floating about. Nice lacing rings. The aroma is of sour dough, sweet, mustiness, and the flavor is sweet, white bread, biscuit, a kiss of piney hops, and flowers. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Brooklyn Summer Ale finishes semi-dry and extremely drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer.


Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 21:56:45 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 12, 2012. The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy head that disperses quickly and becomes a ring. The aroma has a notable grainy and malty character with a slight wisp of hops mixed in. The body is about medium with a creaminess to it. The taste tended to be malty and grainy but there was a tart hop bitterness on the end that made it feel nearly dry. It has its attributes.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 22:59:22 | More by puboflyons
Photo of jaasen64


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from 6-pack

A- Translucent yellow golden with about average carbonation and almost no head. Some layered lacing, but not much.

S- Floral smell mixed with some yeast and malts.

T- Slightly sweet floral yeast taste.

M- Light, crisp, goes down easy.

O- This was pretty decent for a summer beer. It was exactly what you are looking for in a summer beer- light, refreshing, crisp, and sessionable. The only problem I had with it was that it could have definitely had a little bit more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 00:56:22 | More by jaasen64
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- I gave this a fairly hard pour and was greeted by a golden hued liquid that is slightly chill hazed. There appears to be a huge amount of carbonation but along with that, there isn't much foam in terms of head. There isn't much retention either, as it settles rather quickly into a broken up patchwork of what looks to be soap bubbles. The lacing is actually quite good at first, but fizzles out into a watery film on the glass. Overall, I don't find this any more appealing visually than a standard macro, other than a richer color.

S- The aroma is dry, like dusty prairie grass on a hot summer day. Other than this raw graininess, there is some moderate citrus zest and a clean bitterness right at the end.

T- Hmmm...this is actually quite different than I was expecting! The flavor is quite strong with citrus, and in particular, lemon zest. There is a modest flavor of malt sweetness blended in there, and finishes with a clean, dry grainy bitterness that doesn't leave an aftertaste.

M- This is light bodied and does have plenty of crisp carbonation that, along with the zesty citrus quality in the flavor, provides a nice one-two punch that refreshes the palate quite well!

O- I didn't think this was much to look at and was rather bland in general aroma wise, but the flavor and mouthfeel is done well and creates a really good hot weather brew that I'd pick up again if given the chance....I will say though that I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for this one. I do give this one a thumbs up, and it is worth giving a try to!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 05:09:01 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of NeutroMan


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden color with a light fluffy white head. Lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

A nice graininess to the aroma - very earthy. Grassy hops complement the citrus twang. A dry, if a bit bland, finish. Medium-light bodied with an agreeable amount of carbonation. Quite flavorful, yet light enough to be a refreshing summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 22:42:32 | More by NeutroMan
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4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a half inch, creamy looking white head.

Smell - Citrus, caramel, and wheat. Not much stands out. Smells very sweet though..

Taste - Strong hints of caramel and citrus. Maybe a little clove.. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - I think this is a very good beer and it's very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 05:07:46 | More by jsisko01
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my pint glass.

A: Golden amber color, very clear. 2 finger head that dissipated quickly, but clung to the side as I drank. Lacing retained.

S: Slightly hoppy and florally with some bread notes. Not too strong.

T: Light hops slight bread. Honey and citrus throughout, though more citrus. Slight hops linger.

M: Medium carbonation, light-medium bodied.

O: Decent summer offering. It's refreshing and goes down easy. Label is eye catching in colors.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 17:45:16 | More by keanex
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before November 2011.

Pours a translucent gold color with a finger of head. Head quickly settles down to a crown.

Nose is honeyish sweet, with a bit of malt and hops to round it out.

Taste consists of more honey character. A bit of hops at the end. Some citrus flavors throughout.

Somewhat straightforward, but refreshing for being so. Does not disappoint and I would say this is a great patio/session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:08:10 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of chickenflea


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with one-inch long lasting white head. The aroma is good. It has a clean pale malt and wheat scent that's refreshing. There is a bit of yeast fruitiness present. The taste is decent. Sour finish for an English Pale Ale. It is refreshing but unexpected. Good clean hoppy finish. This is a simple brew that's quite tasty and easy drinking, especially during the summer. The mouthfeel is good light with good carbonation. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. Very drinkable. A nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 20:47:49 | More by chickenflea
Photo of JMad


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from an English pint glass...

Pours a yellow golden color with a frothy white head. It smells of green apple and funk with some grain and citrus with other fruity aroma. The taste is slightly bitter with just a hint of lemon, and sour grain with a bitter citrus and grassy aftertaste. The beer is light with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. This is better than most summer beers and I really enjoyed the slightly sour accent.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 23:39:32 | More by JMad
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Pale, brassy clarity, and the lacing puts on a good show while sticking to the glass. Hoppy, salty, fresh grain, very faint butter, taffy and a hint of apple skin in the nose. Crisp with enough smoothness to get by; semidry, malty palate. Very savory for a summer brew—fresh and light biscuity grain meets a subtle salt and butter combo. Hops drop a leafy herbal component on top. Very drinkable, and among the more complex summer seasonals out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 00:49:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a summer ale so don't expect anything too complex but Brooklyn do a good job of combining a few different styles in one thirst quenching beer. There is the citrus notes of a Wit combined with a hop note of a British Golden Ale and a clean finish much like a lager. Tastes good and works wonders on the patio.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 15:08:55 | More by canucklehead
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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale pours out a light gold color, small but sturdy white head topping it off. The scent has a lot of buttery diacetyl, which is what I love about this style, as well as some biscuity caramel malt, with a fair amount of citrusy hops as well. The taste starts off with a nice, bready malt profile, nice caramel interlaced with the diacetyl, a nice amount of fruitiness which I think is coming from the yeast, a nice amount of hops which are mildly bitter, pretty floral and give off slight citrus tones as well. Just a dash of lemon zest. Medium bodied and somewhat dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 04:59:28 | More by Tballz420
Photo of lurpy1


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber, not a whole lot of hop. The smell is highly floral and somewhat citrus-y, not overpowering. Extremely light on the hops, wouldn't mind more bite and less balance. Clearly, a beer made for easy drinking.

Good beer, slightly above average in every respect. No doubt you can find more daring beers, but it's still recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:09:35 | More by lurpy1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of egg white head, decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty hops with a strong citrus presence, touch of grassiness and a bit of sour apples.

T - The bitterness is present, though comes across a tad metallic, some citrus notes alongside the sour apple and a touch of bready caramel on the finish.

M - Comes across a tad thin, but finishes nice and wet.

O - Easily drinkable and certainly a good summer patio ale. Could be a bit more bold on the flavours, but it's tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:26:13 | More by andrenaline
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale, "a summer refresher with difference. The difference comes from the malt, 100% two-row barley, prized for superior taste. Our summer ale is gold in color, with a soft, bready flavor, snappy clean bitterness and bright hop aroma. ….and will taste best before freshness date indicated. Please write or visit the brewery, …" blah, blah, blah. Is it just me, or does this sound like it was written by a Eastern European who maybe learned English in Taiwan?

On to the beer…

Clear, if cloudy, golden appearance, slim, soon gone, nondescript head.

Aroma: a little grain, a bit more fruit…plenty from both malt and hops going on here, but I'm still perplexed as to what style it's supposed to be. Maybe none?
A bit of a wheat and spice feel here…is it a witbier? (Of course not, silly. )
Very pretty. Very floral.

Taste: hops bite at first, a pleasant nip, then fruit floods in, some spice. Snappy clean bitterness, yeah, they called that one. Very smooth, very mellow. Lean malt, yep, "bready", and cleanly hoppy, all those things promised, as well as high censurability. Drinking-down-ability is highly ranked, as well.

Sharp, slightly sweet, lightly bitter, …fairly easy-going, downable, sessional. …and, for me, ultimately forgettable. But, it's a beer, and you can drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 03:42:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, arrived in Alberta just in time for summer to start its slow, drain-circling wane.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fingers of tight foamy, almost creamy white head, which leaves some extensive splotchy painted lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of soft bready, grainy malt, a bit of tart lemon, and grassy/bitter floral hops. The taste is more bready malt, a bit yeasty, with some mild citrus notes, before a dry musty, earthy/weedy hoppiness ensues. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body on the light side, but nowhere near thin, and quite agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bakeshop malt trailing off, in concert with some increasingly musty hops.

Not a bad tipple, nor overly complex, but enjoyable enough to put back while distracted by other summer attractions.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:29:31 | More by biboergosum
Photo of garuda


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, best by date printed on neck

A - Pale golden color, white head that has decent retention and some lacing.

S/T - Light on the nose, but both are similar with pale, grainy malts and just enough grassy, floral hops to give it some bitterness in the finish. I couldn't find too much going on here.

M - Light/medium body, medium carbonation, finishes mostly clean, crisp.

O - Not really what I think of for a summer ale. It wasn't very refreshing, and it drank a little tough towards the end, with the malts being a bit too strong for the hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 11:20:10 | More by garuda
Photo of EricCioe


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours pale gold with a thin head that rises and falls leaving little lace. On the nose there is a good deal of crystal malt, pale, wet straw, and grass. In the mouth, those wet grassy and grainy aromas come to life. I can't think of how else to describe it other than how I already have, as there is little in the way of hop bitterness except in a short finish, with a nicely medium body with pleasant carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent brew, but this might be the shortest review I've written in some time. There is just very little to say here good or bad. It's decent, no less, no more.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 00:26:20 | More by EricCioe
Photo of zimm421


3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Has a below average white head that has a thick consistency, not great staying power and a very minimal amount of lacing.

The nose is bready and yeasty and not much else. Maybe a slight hint of spices. The taste is very uncomplex. Just lots of bready malts and some yeast. A slight hint of lemon and pepper. Not real impressed here. Something that would be good on a hot day but pretty boring other than that.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, with an average amount of carbonation; very drinkable. Overall, a good summer beer, but other than that, I wouldn't touch it. I understand that's the point of this brew, but I'm looking for a bit more refreshment and taste out of a summer beer. This is also something you need to drink quickly because as it warms it becomes far too sticky and less refreshing and the good qualities really start to disappear.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:22:01 | More by zimm421
Photo of Knapp85


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a light golden color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a touch of lemon zest and malts in there. The taste had a hint of lemon as well and is fairly malty. The mouthfeel is pretty lighter and is decently refreshing. Overall this is a lot like the Sam Adams Summer Wheat but not as good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:33:26 | More by Knapp85
Photo of BigCheese


3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Golden straw appearance with a thin white head. Leaves minimal lacing.

S: mild, some citrus hops, not much else.

Taste, a bit of sweet molasses malt upfront, followed by a predominantly lemon/citrus hops, slightly metallic/astringent, crisp finish.

M: Very light/thin body, lots of carbonation, very very drinkable, I could drink these till the cows come home.

Overall a decent run of the mill summer ale, Pretty average for the style but certainly not sub par. Not brooklyns best not their worst. Worth trying once, good in hot weather, nothing particularly noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 22:47:06 | More by BigCheese
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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