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Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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Avg:
3.58
pDev:
24.86%
 
 
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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in as "British Summer Ale"; lightly dry-hopped pale ale, all barley malt, 11 Plato.

Added by Sammy on 09-04-2006

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Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before Oct. '07 (Had in June '07):

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that soon fizzles down to a thin disappearing patch.

The smell is of wheat bread.

The taste is of light wheat breadiness/dough with a touch of butter. Plastic-like fruitiness is present in the finish.

Soft fizz hits the tongue - quite a bit of carbonation here. Light. Some wheat crispness.

Not much going on here to make it stand out - too bready without much else. A run-of-the-mill summer wheat beer at best.

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

A: Clear yellow hue, high effervescence, small white head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Slightly sweet malt with a hint of lemon. Smells like your basic summer ale.

T: Easy going with an overall good flavor. No astringency or off taste. This beer is really simple and pleasant. Nothing fancy here, just a decent straight forward summer ale.

M: Adequate carbonation and smooth feel.

D: Lacks complexity and intrigue, but it's a good quality beer to throw back if you're in the mood for it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer is still a few days away, but I simply CAN't wait! I held The CANQuest (TM) in abeyance for an extended period and now it is time to advance the CAN cause. I hope you CAN forgive me.

From the CAN: "Brooklyn Summer Ale is a summer refresher with difference. The difference comes from the malt - 100% British 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 the date indicated [Oct 2011]."

The Crack & Glug went off without a hitch and I quickly had two rocky, foamy fingers of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy bitterness along with a biscuity characteristic. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy, biscuit malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish was quite pleasant, very refreshing, semi-dry. I would definitely put this in the cooler this summer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark copper with a big, thick, dense, white head that has great retention

S - very faint if anything at all. I'm able to get just a hint of citrus

T - floral, citrusy hops up front with a faint, slightly sweet malt presence in the finish

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

Refreshing, clean, but simplistic. I would prefer a slightly more foreward malt character for the style, but the hops play nicely. It's a refreshing summer beer, but nothing more.

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

Well, I picked this up because I thought I hadn't had it, and I'm right but this isn't on a top list so my ticking fantasy league of tickers ticking stats will take a hit here.

Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head, hazy, thin wispy, weak. low carbonation, low lacing.

Aroma is nice, hoppy, sweet.

Beer is medium body, sweet, mildly bitter, a little dry. Decent all around. Nothing too special. I'd have it again, cautiously.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Crystal clear medium golden color with a huge frothy bone white head that persists forever. Aromas of bread sweet pilsner malt offset with some floral and spicy hops and just a touch of earth. The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet bready malt with enough spicy hop to balance but add a bit of non descript fruit. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a bit of a watery mouthfeel. Nice enough easy drinking beer, I prefer a bit more flavor and body, but this would do fairly well on a sweltering summers day.

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

Clear golden color with just a bit of white foam. Aroma is light and hoppy, mostly with earthy and citrus notes. Taste is also hoppy, citrusy, slightly astringent. A bit of malt sweetness in the background. Aftertaste is hoppy and dry. Light body with crisp carbonation. Really easy to drink, refreshing ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer with best before dating notched onto the side of the label, pours medium golden amber, clear, near white head and leaving minor lacing on the glass. Fruity, sugary nose. Dry, crisp summary creation. Quite dry in the finish, with notes of wheat, earthy hops and toasty light malts. Decent summer quaffer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with one finger white head that fades to lacing. 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. It has a clean, crisp wheat flavor that goes down easy and refreshes. This is a simple brew that's quite tastey and easy drinking, especially during the summer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This isn't my favorite Brooklyn brew, but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grain and lemon with some wheat notes. The flavor is a mix of wheat and some perfume from the hops. I also get some grass and orange citrus notes in the flavor. The bitterness is fairly low and the beer is very drinkable. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but there's a watery feel that turns me off. Still, it's a nice amber color with a caramel malt profile and light cascade-like hops. So for a summer ale, it has malt and hops, the problem is just that there isn't quite enough of each. I feel like this might be better enjoyed outside in the heat, but inside it comes off like craft beer-light.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-yellow coloring with a slow flow of carbonation bubbles and a sparse filmy surface coating. Aromas of toasted grains, floral highlights, and a light, crisp hops presence. Flavors are light and toasty, with a tangy, slightly bitter hops backbone and a sweet, floral ribbon cutting across the palate. Some jasmine and juniper blending in there. Light and crisp in mouth, the beer has a tangy sweet aftertaste. Clean, crisp finish. This is a great warm weather beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: lemon zest, bread, and some yeast tones.

Taste: bready malt profile. Lemon zest and some fruit sweetness are well balanced with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Pretty clean aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a very nice summer time beer that can be quaffed all day. Worth picking this one up.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a hot September day here in Oswego and just returned from overseas and needed something relatively light and tasty....the Brooklyn Summer Ale provided decent taste and mouthfeel. The appearance was a cloudy yellow with good carbonation and finger thick white head that is lacing. The smell has lemon and hops. The taste was ok...was hints of lemon and hop. The mouthfeel was great for this warm day. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Clear golden color, soapy white head.

SMELL: Orange peel, wheat, sweet malt.

TASTE: Light lemony flavors, floral, biscuity. Some wheat type flavor with a small graininess. Bitterness is tame but balancing and has an earthy pungency.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Has a buttery, palate coating yeast finish.

OVERALL: An agreeable session ale from Brooklyn. A good choice for a summer brew.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden pale color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, slight yeasty, some spice's, and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, yeasty, some spice's and caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, but most likley would not buy if readily available, a quench thirster, maybe.

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Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had ice cream twice today. Twice. It seems excessive, but 'tis the season no? Today at times I drove with the windows down, the sunroof popped; at other times with the AC cranked. The summer is my favourite time of year. The women wear those lovely sun dresses, my favourite Latin rhythms feel all the more appropriate, and the beer tastes better - well, simple lagers and pales ale anyhow. After an eventful June day of beautiful weather and an impending trip to New York City, the Brooklyn Summer Ale seems perfectly suited.

Pours with a creamy level of white head. The lacing clings hard to the glass. The body a clear and glossy but pale golden shade. A constant stream of bubbles is very active. A soothing almost therapeutic aroma of very subtle yet ripe hops. A fruity underscore with notes of grapefruit and pomegranate. A very strong wheat bill as well. The 'harvest wheat' smell and green, ripe hops compliment each other so very well. They certainly add character.
The carbonation is spot on with accompanying creamy texture. A low level bitterness but some pinch of wheat on the finish. The flavour is dominated by a whole-wheat graininess. Reminds me of eating a whole grain bagel. The yeast (is this bottle conditioned? .. no?) seems noticeable at times as well. The hops lend some staying power to the beer. Simple flavour, not overly tasty but free of adjuncts and with far more dimension than a pale macro lager.
For a summer style ale this is quite quenching without compromising any of its flavour. Brooklyn brewery seems to offer a good product.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear pale amber with a nice off-white compact head that sinks into nice lacings.

S: Floral hops gives it citric notes, while the somewhat sweet malt gives it bready notes. Some bitter hops as well.

T: Bready sweet malt, with citric notes from the floral hops. A bit buttery. Some fruit; green apples and lemon sezt.

M: Long nice bitter aftertaste. Body is thin and carbonation is moderate.

O: This beer has to little of what makes an English Pale Ale great. More malt and more hops would have made it better.

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

Pours golden with a tightly beaded white head that settles to a ring in relatively short order. Smells of clean, tangy malt with some fresh grainy smells. The taste is similar- the grain is even more pronounced, the tanginess less so. Clean, but with a decent body and depth of flavor. It's fairly light, of course, but there are some earthy hops on the finish to add a little interest. Nicely balanced, light, and tangy, so this drinks well in the summer- still, I could use some more flavor to sustain my interest- not my favorite style, but pretty well done.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy body with a light golden hue and one finger of frothy white head. Effervescence is pretty low. Not too bad, but could be more appealing.

Smell: malt aroma is slightly grainy and slightly sour, but not in a bad way. It somehow manages to have those characteristics I normally find in an adjunct lager, and yet it does not smell bad. There's also a little bit of earthy hop aroma in the mix. Not bad.

Taste: light and refreshing. Malt is on the lighter side and the flavor is citrusy and refreshing. Are there grains of paradise or something in here? It tastes lightly spiced. Flavor is pretty good, although it's a bit acidic for my taste.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a very well-integrated carbonation, despite the relative lack of head or apparent effervescence. Quite creamy and enjoyable.

Drinkability: although I'm not crazy about the flavor, this is a very drinkable and refreshing beer. I feel like the aftertaste is a better experience than the flavor itself, which just leaves me wanting another sip. An interesting effect; one which contributes to drinkability in my book.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in stemmed strange)
Best before Sept 2012 (it was consumed in the summer 2012)
A- This beer pours a deep golden yellow body with a lumpy beige head that sticks to the glass in clouds after each sip. There is a gentle microbubble carbonation.

S- The dry corn note leads to a papery green hops in an otherwise very clean aroma.

T- The slightly soapy tart hops have a lemon finish with a slight corn note. The dry finish is clean with some pale malt notes coming through as it opens up and some raw grain qualities aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz that scrubs the tongue a lot.

O- This beer is a nice crisp summer ale with some softer flavors but the big fizz is a bit bitey and hides the malt character a bit.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before Oct 2008

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet bready malt, a touch of caramel and floral hops. The taste is smooth and malty up front with a crisp citrusy hop finish. Overall, Brooklyn Summer Ale is another solid beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and would make for a nice session beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold body with a flowing head and some lace patches. Some mild sweetness and breadiness along with minor citric notes. Maybe some pepper and clove (had a spice to it, but I may have imagined that. Mild sweetness in the taste along with some fruitiness from the hops. It isn't a bad taste and it goes down smooth and all, but it is just a little faint for my liking.
A good beer to try but I won't be seeking this out; I'll have one if the opportunity presents itself though.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.