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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,485 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 174 | 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 mdaschaf
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Bighuge
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of flagmantho
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.

Photo of glid02
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.

Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of bark
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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.