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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

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495 Reviews

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Reviews: 495
Hads: 1,680
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 24.86%
Wants: 37
Gots: 371 | 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:
Beer added by: Sammy on 09-04-2006

Brewed in as "British Summer Ale"; lightly dry-hopped pale ale, all barley malt, 11 Plato.
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Photo of bark
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.79/5  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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%

A month past it's best by date. First gusher I've had from a can. Aroma is floral and bready, with a touch of earthy hops and a hint of orange peel. Flavor is slightly sweet, almost honey-like, and bready, malt dominant, with minerally notes, a hint of lemon, and herbal hops adding intrigue. Finishes fairly clean, with light bitterness. Seems a bit hollow at the finish.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a golden color. The liquid is quite clear, no haze. About one finger's width of head rises and simmers down to a film but laces decently.

S-A very mellow aroma. Slightly bready, even smaller dose of hops. Quite lemony and citrusy. The smells was pretty muted however. Just rather dull.

T-The flavor is mostly bread and lemon. I have had Summer Seasonals that have just done the same flavor profile considerably better. Just doesn't seem to mingle well with itself. Still easy to imbibe, but just didn't hit the spot on an 85 degree night.

M-Light. Crisp but perhaps not crisp enough. Ample amounts of bubbles. Good feel for the most part.

O/D-Just not my favorite Summer seasonal. Give me a handful of other Summer brews before this. A bit bland. Funky looking can. Doesn't make up for the flavor. Not awful, but I would recommend a few others before this.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of Jwale73
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler. Poured a transluent honey-gold with a quarter inch off-white head that dissipated into a broken skim of foam within seconds; no lacing during the session. Light fruity esters and grassy character in the nose. Taste is predominantly wheaty with a little sweetness, as well as a hint of citrus and hops detectable in the middle and end, respectively. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and lively with a clean finish. Easy drinking beer. Quite sessionable and simple.

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Photo of dar482
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a sunset golden orange with a bit of fluffy head.

The aroma has stone fruits of apricot, peaches, lemon, grains, though also a bit of a metallic or adjunct character as well

The beer follows with that pop of fruitiness in the front, a bit of flower, and then onto this wonderful crackery malt. The flavor falls off very quickly onto a grainy adjunct flavor. Lots of carbonation.

A reasonable brew, but a bit too adjunct side for me.

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Photo of champ103
2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes to nothing. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Soapy and oily hops. Like dish detergent. Some grainy sweetness. That is about it.
T: Big hops up front that are very soapy and oily. Again, tastes like dish detergent. Cereal, grain, and a light sweetness. A sharp, and harsh lingering bitterness.
M/D: A light body that is way to slick and oily. Thin and watery as well. I did not care to finish the pint at all.

A substandard English Pale Ale to say the least. Way to much soapy hops going on. Not something I enjoyed, and would not recommend.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows some soft floral and spicy notes but very faint. Also a little malt and vegetal notes underneath.
Flavours are a bit better with some attractive malt and more spicy hops. Very light.
Feels a bit watery.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this better than I anticipated. There is a nice light bready/biscuity maltiness and a soft floral hop dimension....The body is not immense but it does not come off as watery at all considering the style...I like the fact this does not have that overdone lemony hop bite to it a lot of beers in this style have....it has a subtle lemon impression which fits nicely.

Really a nice fresh floral aroma to this too..

A summer ale that fits the bill. Would drink nicely at the beach or pool, after a softball game or at a BBQ.

Nice beer. Tough to find low abv beers this good.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a medium golden amber colored brew with a small white head. The head fades quite fast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and citrusy. A little bit of breadiness and wheat is mixed with a good dose of sweet lemon and grapefruit as well as an orange smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and malty taste with some flavors of lemon upfront. The lemon is on the slightly sweeter side up front, but sours more as the taste advances to the end. Along with the souring in the taste so too comes flavors of a more bitter hoppy flavor. The hop are of a herbal and citrus nature, leaving a odd bitter but sour taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thinner then average in creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are good for the style of the beer and create a light refreshing feel overall.

Overall – Not bad, but a little too much bitterness which takes away slightly from the more refreshing characteristics of the brew.

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Photo of tigg924
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, light gold

Smell: malt, hops, citrus--not the most complex smell

Taste: malt, hops, citrus, honey and bread

Mouthfeel: smooth, dry, light, medium carbonation that can be felt, sweet body with a slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: This is ok for summer ale. I could have it again, but just as easily pass. I am glad I bought a single, not a six pack.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours from the can to my glass a chill hazed dark gold that fits within the yellow in the color scheme, albeit far on the darker side. A nice, fluffy white head has good retention and leaves good lacing in spots and patches down the glass.
A good dose of hops come out with an earthy, almost woody aroma. There's a touch of lemon rind and a faint whiff of grains as well. I seem to get something like clove in here as well. It's hard to nail down a style, per se, but it's a pleasant smell.
After a pretty good aroma, the flavor doesn't disappoint. There's a bit of dry, biscuity malt with a touch of sweetness before the hops come in with a bit of citrus and just a ghost of rind. Wheat lays the backbone for everything to sit on. The hops bitterness is light, which may throw some people off, but an otherwise nice citrus presence is strongest, and I like it. A bit of interesting earthiness stays all the way. The only issue is that it fades off a little. If the flavor sticks around, it's a solid 4.
It totters on the fence between light and medium in body, with a pleasing depth and fullness to it. It's crisp without being overly carbonated and gives way to a good smoothness.
This is a good, easily attainable, highly available beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer was a golden color with a medium-sized head that still left some nice lacing. I thought the aroma was a little muted, with a faint grain and citrus smell. The taste was the same, but a lot more assertive. The malt and citrus balanced out nicely, and I thought this was a refreshing beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh on tap at the brewery.
Bright golden color with a thin head.
Nice refreshing hoppy aroma of resins and pine.
Light pilsner flavor, hops are definitely sent but not aggressive. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Good summer ale.

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pilsener glass. Clear gold with a modest white froth that leaves some scattered lacing. Aromas of fresh bread, grass, and light citrus. Flavor is doughy and biscuity with a soft Cascade tartness. Just a touch of bitterness. Great balance, full-flavored while maintaining lightness. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a clean finish. Ridiculously easy to drink. A great thirst-quencher, one of the best summer ales there is.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a semi hazy golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, with hints of flowers and grapefruit. It is a very faint aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, and equally faint. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with high carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is an average beer at best, and I will probably not drink it again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw with a lumpy off white head.
Bread dough with lots of flowers and lemon peel.
Light crackery malt with lemon zest hop finish.
Bit of graham cracker in the finish and lemon Starburst linger.
Light, a bit watery, crisp.

I don't know why this beer gets no love; this does exactly what it says on the tin. Brit malts definitely give it that English blonde backbone, and the citrus from Cascade and Amarillo sign through. My only issue, ironically, is the strength: plenty of English breweries can and do make this beer at 3.8%.

Easy hot weather quaffer.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.