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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,355
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 106 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

04-23-2014 17:32:41 | More by ramrod666
Photo of ToasterChef


3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A chilled can is poured into a pint glass. The beer is colored light straw and has a small white head. The low serving temperature has caused the sides of the glass to fog up with condensation.

Slightly sweet malts make up the aroma, with some mild hop bitterness.

The flavor is mild and refreshing. Some pale malts and a bit of grassy hops balance out well.

Medium body and average carbonation. A slight sweetness doesn't cause any stickiness, but does leave a small coat that packs a lot of flavor.

This is an enjoyable summer beer, especially in can form. My wife and I have gone through the 12 pack quickly. I would purchase this beer again.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 01:15:04 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of neenerzig


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap the other day at a place called Bela Dubby. This beer is the first I have ever tried from this brewery. Anyways, it is a clear, medium copper color. Head is about 1/3 inch when drawn from the tap. Settles to a fairly poor surface layer with very little lacing, in fact it is almost non existent. Aromas of wheat and malt are present along with a bit of orange. It tastes sweet and malty with wheat and orange flavors and a bit of spice as well. Not bad at all tastewise, but I do wish it was a bit more complex. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink. This beer was good, but I certainly was expecting more after hearing people, especially some on this site, give the Brooklyn Brewery some mad props. This beer was not bad by any means. However, I hope the next beer I try from them delivers the goods a bit more than this one did.


Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2007 05:11:07 | More by neenerzig
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-28-2014 02:01:03 | More by NYR_Rob
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Transparent, light amber. A finger of head falls quickly to a thick collar with moderate lacing.

S - A very earthy overtone, something I only usually find in APWAs, slightly unpleasant. Behind that aroma are suggestions of toasted malt and a very spicy, peppery hop character.

T - Pale, uninteresting malt hits at first, and then the beer's hop/spice character takes hold mid palate. I don't know if it's hops or spice, but at first I get an impression of chives, coriander, or even celery. A solid note of black peppercorns wraps up the spice component. Following is a mild hop bitterness with faint floral and earthy undertones.

M - Light, crisp, and very refreshing. Carbonation is high but not prickly.

D - Though this isn't the best summer offering I've had, or even all that well balanced (muted malt presence) I still can't help but sip on this repeatedly. The extremely complex spice note from mid to late palate is addictive and engaging. I'll be sure to pick up more of this before the season is out.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 21:56:07 | More by PatrickJR
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-26-2014 16:56:01 | More by KeyWestGator
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery in Brooklyn on 4/9/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a light clear golden color. It has a decent sized white head on it. The head has okay retention and leaves some scattered lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of biscuity malt and some honey sweetness. There are also some notes of citrus fruit, hops, and some floral notes.

T - The taste is of bready malts and some nice sweetness. There is also a decent hop presence that balances it all out. There are some citrus notes in the finish, which is quite clean.

M - This has a medium body with good carbonation. It goes down smooth, and is very refreshing. There is some prickly carbonation, but overall it is very smooth.

O - This has good drinkability. This is a great beer for a hot day. It goes down smooth and is nice and refreshing. Also, it is low in alcohol, but good in flavor. Overall, I thought this was a nice pale ale, and I would try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 13:43:30 | More by JizackFH
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-11-2013 13:31:47 | More by wonothesane42
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-14-2013 18:06:27 | More by Celtics76
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-12-2013 17:54:32 | More by JMUbrewz
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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Nice amber. Decent head retention.
smell: Balanced hops and malt. Pleasant though humdrum.
taste: Nothing special but tasty nonetheless.
drinkability: not a bad brew. Not something i'll be running out to buy.
So many good beers out there. If I hadn't had some world class examples, this may have stood out. Easy to get spoiled.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 00:58:48 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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2.45/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

All I smelled were yeast an hops, but I was sniffing under less than ideal conditions. The taste was... barely there. I tasted a little hops but not much else. I found it pretty tasteless and boring. It wasn't bad, but neither was it good. If I could decribe it in one word it would be: meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 04:53:45 | More by vandemonian
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -9%

01-22-2013 19:37:50 | More by alysmith4
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-16-2012 01:08:58 | More by dexterk1
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a pint of this on the plan b deck.

A - Golden color with less than a finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Pleasant Aroma. It has a clean malt and wheat scent. A slight fruitness is detected as well

T - I really enjoy this style and I thought Brooklyn did a very nice job with it. It has a clean, crisp, wheat flavor with some mild hops in the backround.

M - Very light, nice carbonation.

D - This beer goes down very easily and is very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2009 14:19:55 | More by DNICE555
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

05-01-2014 22:19:56 | More by MikeWard
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3/5  rDev -16%

06-17-2013 15:18:44 | More by Kyrojack
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale golden color with a small, quickly dissipating white head that leaves a small amount of thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple with heavy floral aromas.

Taste: Sweet biscuity beginning with a slight hop finish and some sweet/sour apple. Some very subtle nutty notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, and very good for a summer day. Not necessarily the best or most complex beer, but it's definitely satisfying and has a place.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 00:55:57 | More by Mosstrooper
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4/5  rDev +12%

06-30-2012 01:40:09 | More by WritersBlock
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2%

10-21-2012 07:39:20 | More by CarolinaKev
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear, deep gold color with some orange tint. The head is fairly large, foamy, and slightly off-white. Retention is average, with solid lacing.

S: Some grainy, bready malt up front. Some grassy/herbal and faintly citric hop aroma. Pretty standard, nicely-done English Pale Ale aroma.

T: Bready up front with some pale malt flavor. Hops are again herbal and blandly citric, providing decent flavor and mild bitterness. A yeasty, slightly fruity taste at times. Maybe it's just me, but I detect a touch of salt.

M: Standard medium body. A soft, consistent dryness here. Carbonation is average.

D: A somewhat pedestrian offering from Brooklyn, although it does earn high marks for refreshment and drinkability. I'll be taking a closer look at some Brooklyn beers soon, but I can't say I understand the hype currently.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 03:42:54 | More by Clydesdale
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-17-2012 12:05:39 | More by csmartin6
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-13-2014 15:34:04 | More by innominat
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear, honey yellow with foamy white head interspersed with medium bubbles, decent retention.

S = Well balanced smells, good piney hops but with sweet biscuit malt smells.

T = Light flavored, good tart bite, excellent for a hot summer day, lighter than the smell. Although the smell was pine, the taste is mostly citrus scones.

M = Light bodied, good carbonation, fair mouthcoating.

D = Very good. A great, resfreshing beer.

Score really depends on whether rating to style (average due to thinness) or based on fact that is intended to be a Summer beer (high because light and fruity). I go with the higher score because brewer's intention seems to simply be to make a nice light Summer beer, not an iconic APA within the BJCP style guidelines.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 15:56:28 | More by Traquairlover
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-09-2013 19:34:14 | More by JakeDebus
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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