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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 95 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -9%

11-25-2011 04:55:09 | More by rab53
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 23:29:28 | More by mdaschaf
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-26-2014 14:29:32 | More by Latarnik
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4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 04:05:01 | More by Bighuge
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New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -9%

03-23-2014 22:31:43 | More by LXIXME
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:04:21 | More by tdm168
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 00:20:33 | More by glid02
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

10-23-2012 21:20:16 | More by sendbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-29-2013 05:35:02 | More by dmorgan310
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-22-2013 16:17:58 | More by drummermattie02
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-27-2013 13:52:29 | More by harpus
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-11-2012 21:27:35 | More by rolltide8425
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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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North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 22:59:57 | More by GarthDanielson
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2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 18:13:19 | More by bark
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New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 01:07:34 | More by johnnnniee
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 13:08:16 | More by avalon07
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3/5  rDev -16%

05-19-2014 13:55:17 | More by ShanePB
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 01:24:56 | More by flagmantho
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2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale orange color with a white head. Aromas of corriander and spice and a mix of wheat and pale malt tones. In the taste, well it seems kind of wheat ale like, hints of spice and a dry end. Refreshing with a dry aftertaste. Kind of a standard summer ale, not huge on flavor, but refreshing and non offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2007 13:53:16 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice clear amber with orange hues. I did get a half inch of head with plenty of carbonation.

S - Slight grain and lemon peel with little to no hops. Kind of like Sam Adams Summer ale.

T - Definitely not my favorite pale ale since it reminded me of the Summer ale from Sam Adams. Light bitter lemon peels with a bit of funk and a touch of grain. No real hops to balance the whole thing. It was OK.

M - Light to medium bodied. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall this definitely didn't tickle my fancy when it comes to crisp hoppy summer pales. Seemed kind of skunked and BMC like but was pretty easy to drink with food. Would look elsewhere for a summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 23:34:04 | More by DrDemento456
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3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before October 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden color with an inch and a half white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. It smells like grassy hops, grain and sweet malt, along with an earthy aroma. It tastes like grain, sweet malt, grapefruit and grassy/earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean. Drinkability is good, it's not a bad choice as a session beer as it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a pretty decent brew, good and sessionable but even better on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 01:50:08 | More by bluejacket74
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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a thick layer of fine foam that has good retention and lacing.

Smell is spicy and lively with kolsch-like yeasty aromas and freshly malted barley. A fair amount of floral and herb hoppiness.

This is a nice, flavorful take on a summer ale. Grassy hop flavors add a nice crispness to the heavy bready maltiness. Plenty of carbonation add to the thirst quenching quality of this beer. I think just about anyone who drinks beer can appreciate this one. Me likey.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 17:46:36 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-21-2014 19:54:52 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that I grabbed today, best before Dec 2009, so it's pretty fresh. Into my Sam Smith pint glass

A: Brilliantly clear amber with a thin white head that leaves a little lacework.

S: Mildly hoppy, with the expected leafy and earthy characteristics but with a citrus twist that brightens things up. Candied orange. Mild malt sweetness is present with some caramel. Solid

T: Opens earthy and mineraly with a firm hop character before a moderate malt character with some mild caramel and citrus comes through. Mildly chalky as well, I'm guessing that's the mineral content in the beer. Finishes dry with a faint hop character.

M: I know this is not an imperial stout, but a little bit more body behind the mineral character would do this beer wonders. That said, I wonder if it's my newness to the style that makes me feel that way. Medium-high carbonation and an enjoyable finish

D: I'm having no problems drinking this, I'd love to try it on cask, though.

**Edit 16 July 2012**

Haven't had this in a while, figured I'd revisit. Best by Nov 2012.

The nose is rather excellent and refreshing. Doughy, bready, slightly caramelized with some golden raisins, there's a prominent hoppiness, fresh, vibrant, zesty and snappy. I have nothing to add to my notes above, though I would say this isn't super-chalky. My criticism about the body does stand. That said, this is a very satisfying beer and reveals as much as you'd like to look for.
S/T/M = 4/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 00:55:39 | More by DefenCorps
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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