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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,430
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 143 | 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:
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 Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -2%

wrightst, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

Had on tap at The Pickled Pig Pub.

A: The beer was a slightly hazy yellow/amber with a one inch, slightly off-white head. Quick dissipation to a thin layer of foam on top. There was some spotty lacing down the sides.

S: Light citrus hops with a slight grassy aroma as well. Also a little bit of honey and grainy malt.

T: Similar to the aroma, light citrus hop flavor and a nice sweetness from the honey. Light malt backbone with a little bit of wheat in there as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth and crisp.

O: A nice summer beer, drinks easily and not very filling. Might grab some cans of this for the summer.

mdaschaf, May 19, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

biegaman, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -9%

LXIXME, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -9%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

tdm168, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -23%

sendbeer, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%

Hazed golden body. Thin white head. Minimal lace. Nice bready malt aroma with a nice hop presence and a nice touch of lemon as well. On the buds, English malt base with a biscuity flavor. Crisp and snappy hop presence flavor wise. Not overly bitter, but enough to add a touch of dryness. Touch of lemon in the flavor as well. Nice amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Quite flavorful and drinkable. Solid offering.

Bighuge, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -2%

dmorgan310, May 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with moderate amounts of indistinct light and medium fruits and mild amounts of buttery diacetyl.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the malt flavors are more influential than they are in the aroma. Mildly grainy pale light malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly thereafter by light fruit flavors. Midway through the sip very small amounts of diacetyl flavors join in, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. As the beer warms the diacetyl flavors fade.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this wasn't a bad beer but it wasn't crisp enough for a style that has little room for error. Not worth seeking out but not worth turning down either.

glid02, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -16%

ShanePB, May 19, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2%

harpus, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

johnnnniee, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev +5%

drummermattie02, May 22, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

scruffwhor, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

flagmantho, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of bark
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%

The beer makes a loud tssss sound when I pop the cap. The high head is warm beige and compact. The clear liquid is pale copper (18 EBC). Some lacing occurs, good head retention.

The smell is very smooth and hoppy. Some American notes, but I can’t decide where it comes from American hops or from the dry-hopping. The bitterness is mild, as is the sweetness. Lemon and orange peel, apricots, biscuits, toffee and dried fruits. Hints of raisins and resin in the background.

The taste is first quite light with some sour lemon flavours. Dried fruits, biscuits, fresh apricots and apples. The body is light to medium. In fact, the green apple flavours (acetaldehyde) and a slightly dry note gets stronger in the aftertaste. There are some notes of dried fruits and a mild sweetness. The finish is very dry with a distinct flavour of banana skids.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles light. The liquid is dry, almost astringent.

A slight disappointment, this one.

bark, Jun 02, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a mostly thin texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: A big malty smell with this one, along with some hops.

T: A sharp taste of barley malt and hops. Not the most complex taste, but definitely likable.

M: This beer has a lively amount of carbonation and a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: While I'm not a huge fan of pale ale, but this was a tasty, easy to drink brew.

avalon07, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

WoodBrew, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Hopheadjeffery, Jun 21, 2014
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