Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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491 Reviews
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Reviews: 491
Hads: 1,650
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 37
Gots: 330 | 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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Reviews: 491 | Hads: 1,650
Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly toasted straw color with a wispy white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is light and fruity. A bready pale malt, some light brown sugar sweetness and a touch of mineral water. The malt is not as toffee sweet in the aroma as a traditional EPA.

The taste is of a fairly neutral bready pale malt. Some malty sweetness and a lemony note that drys the finish. The hops add some grassy notes. Again, a pretty neutral flavor, doesn't really lean any sort of way. The malt profile seems light for a EPA.

The feel is light and dry; perfect for a summer ale. Sweet malt up front with an offsetting earthy bitterness in the finish. Good balance. Finishes suprisingly dry.

A refreshing "summer" brew. No bold flavors to weigh this one down. Some easy drinking. (781 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow orange, two finger head with some carbonation

S-Lemon, wheat, some citrus hops not sure if the lemon is artificial or not though

T-Starts with lemon, orange and grassy notes. Balanced out with mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and crisp.

O-A wonderful summer beer, great balance. (315 characters)

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

Gold brew with lots of suds. Fast falls the head. 3.5

Mildly grassy and some showing of dry pale malts. 3

Dry with an herbal/medicinal hop quality. Some light biscuity malts. Tangy. Lemony fruit quality way in the back. Finishes husky bitter. 3.5

Burpy. Big carb meets small body. Fast drinker. 3.5

Passable ale. Needs more of anything. Just a quick grab and glug kind of brew. 3.5

***

Re-reviewed on 6/9/13.

Pours a dark gold color. Not much foam stuck to the surface. Just a ring and a spindle of muck on top. 3.25

Has a contained earthy hop presence in the nose. Lightly grassy, too. Tinges of herbaceousness, but it's equally complemented by a light toasty malt note. Not a whole lot that's impressive here. 3.25

Drinks with some English sparkiness. Not musty, but a little earthy and very herbal. Maltiness is contributing without being particularly fruity or even interesting. Just some malty wetness and notes of steeped grain. Hop presence is nearly domesticated. A pedestrian pace of herbally green notes. 3.25

Drinks so easily. Has a nice swell of increased carbonation toward the middle-end, but it never really reaches a crescendo. Just kind of fizzles out, which I appreciate. In this style, I look for less carb and a little more body. Sessionable, but not tasty enough to enjoy the effort. 3.5

I don't dislike this beer, and I get that it's an English Pale, but it's lacking in the nose and that estery goodness that English malts offer with that appropriate yeast strain. Doesn't come together as anything but a light and boring summery ale. No off-flavors, though. Just solid enough to hold up to itself. 3.5 (1,636 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of slightly thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some lighter hints of floral, grapefruit, and citrus hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of the beer starts with some bready malts and also includes some light floral and grapefruit hops. There is a good balance to this beer and some light spice notes in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very refreshing, very easy to drink, and quite enjoyable. This is a great summer seasonal beer and is very easy to drink on a hot summer afternoon/evening. (869 characters)

Photo of AMiz602
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very gold colored, about as pure as you'll seem them. Has a light and quickly dissapating head. At first it tastes like a very strong lager, with a very dry, biscuity flavor that slowly turns into a malty end. It is not overly malted, but enough to let you know you're drinking more than a normal lager.

It gets a much sweeter, malty taste after a while, but unfortunately loses its flavor if you let it sit to long, and takes on a very dry, biscuit flavor. (458 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a strange glass at Noodlecat

A- Poured a clear bright golden color with lots of visible carbonation and a soapy head that left some minimal lace

S- Some strong floral and grapefruit notes, some sweet malts

T- Very balanced flavor profile. Orange citrus, floral hops notes, bubblegum, sweet cracker malt, and a little bit of grapefruit

M- Crisp, prickly carbonation, medium body, finished dry

O- A very drinkable and balanced pale ale. A solid canned beer. (485 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a two to three finger head. Depends of how aggressively you pour. Either way, the head eventually rested on a moderated blanket of foam around the glass. This foam on top of the ale stayed for whole life of the ale.

The aroma a mild citrus and soft bread malt. Very clean.

The taste hits the palate at first with a light citrus flavor from the hop, but quickly balances it's self out with the bread flavor from the malt. The finish is clean with a sweet and bitter finish.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Very easy to drink!!!

This pale ale is quite a thirst quencher. This pale ale is a perfect pick year around! (668 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a clear golden yellow pour with nice amount of head and good lacing. smells of lemon and orange peel, slightly bready. taste is exactly the same as the smell. was honestly expecting more...

light body with mild carbonation - i think this would have worked better with higher carb.

i was a bit harsh on it, but it is a nice session ale and very mellow. in my opinion, they should have just made a weaker version of sorachi ace and called it their summer ale. you can't go wrong there. (486 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Arrived with a clear light gold body and a one finger head.

Aroma of toffee and some roasted malt along with earthy hops.

The flavor has more roast than I thought it would. Caramel and toffee are present along with a hop flavor that reminded me of we leaves. There is a slight metallic flavor that detracts a little bit. Body is pretty good for a lighter beer.

Overall, a good offering from Brooklyn that is a great thirst quencher. (464 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden bodied beer with a finger of white soda fountain fizz that disappeared quickly, leaving a ring of lace. Smell is earthy, bready and a tad citric-lemon sour. Taste is lightly citric hop, a bit lemony, a little earthy, with a steady biscuit, bready malt backbone, the overall effect is well balanced and clean. Crisply carbonated and medium-light body that holds together well. There is simply nothing wrong with this aptly labeled "Summer Ale". (450 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/11/12 notes. On tap in NYC at a Sportsbar on the Upper East Side. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, medium yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bananas, spices, bready malts, and earthy notes. Little spicier then I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bananas, grains, bready malts, wheat, citrus hops, lemon, floral hops, earthy notes. More fruit and citrus here, much better then the nose.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, I'm sure I could have a few of these.

o - Overall a pretty nice pale ale; definitely something you could have a few of on a warm summer's day. Lots of bread and grains, but nice bananas and citrus in the taste. Would like to have it again. (781 characters)

Photo of cdicanio
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. best before Sep 2012.

A: Dark yellow, decent head with retention.

S: Citrusy and fruity.

T: Hoppy, but little else to mention. On the lighter side.

M: average, decent carbonation

D: This is a boring beer. It smells like it will promise a lot, but it just isn't there in the taste.

Serving type: bottle (320 characters)

Photo of Dools9
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Pint.

A: Crystal clear gold, finger of white soapy head that fades to a skim. Some patchy lace. looks very inviting.

S: Pale malt, some slight citrus, bready. I also get a mild yeasty, grainy funk.

T: Some lemon zest, bready pale malt, slightly citrusy.

M: Very creamy, smooth, refreshing. Light medium bodied, sessionalble. Very easy drinking. Perefect for summer.

O: Not bad for a summer quencher. Has all the attributes of a solid warm weather brew. However I think there are better summer beers out there. Would probably revisit this one again however. (571 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange orange color with good clarity. Thin off white head. Earthy, grassy notes on the nose, slight citrus, lots of toasted bread scents as well.

Very clean, crisp, and on the fuller side of having a light body. Lots of fizzy carbonation but the flavors hold up pretty well to it. Flavors are much like the nose with a mildly tart like finish and lingering sweetness. Slightly spicy grassy note on the finish as well. As an english pale ale it's pretty good but as a summer seasonal its eh? I'm really not a fan of summer seasonals as most are just very light beers with modest flavors or wheat beers, which makes sense for summer, but I just wish someone would do something different. In the heat of the summer I'd much rather take an easy drinking more flavorful pale ale over this.

This beer does have a hidden complexity to it with a creaminess that hides certain flavors but again, there are year round beers i'd choose over it for the hot days of summer. (968 characters)

Photo of david131
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an ever so slightly hazy yellow with a number of streams of rising carbonation. The white head is thin but has good retention.

S- Biscuity malt, apples, pears, strawberries, and cut grass. Smells fresh and refreshing.

T- Semi-sweet biscuity malt and a light fruitiness. Simple but sufficiently tasty.

M- The body is creamy and the carbonation lightens it up and gives it a nice bite.

O- A simple, tasty, and effective beer. Great for a summer day. (460 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: bright golden orange colored body with a small white half finger head that died within thirty seconds. Some spotty lacing was left and trickled down the sides of the glass. Fast rising carbonation was seen.

S: centered around a light sort of hops with some wheat and grains in the background. A bit of corn arose close to the end of the beer.

T: based around the wheat with the grains and hops taking a slight background. Some light caramel came out.

M: light to medium, sessionable, carbonation is felt, a light creaminess came out as well. It left a dry feel in my mouth.

O: not a bad beer, I think I would have this again, preferably on tap. (671 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with a large, frothy white head. The head dissipates slowly, but retains well. Some lacing was left on the glass. There are a few bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer has aromas of barley malt and bright, citrusy hops. It smells clean. There are flavors of barley malt, bitter hops, and citrusy hops. The flavor is clean and simple, but also well balanced. The body is light to medium with some carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is also very high. Overall, this is a solid beer. It works as a summer beer because it is refreshing and highly drinkable. (638 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. best before Sep 2012.

A: im going to call this very light orange. head is bubbly at first, but the retention nor the lacing is very good. clear.

S: super fruity nose. melon. a little bit of sharp hop bitterness. grain consists of a chewy wheat and light caramel.

T: pear notes interact with a delicate caramel flavor. a hop bitterness takes the finish to a dry place.

M: average, sharp carbonation on a light medium body.

D: not a bad beer, but not for me. i certainly found this a little boring and wont be seeking it out again during the summer beer releases. (583 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear light straw color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of fizzy and creamy head which is pure white and lingers just for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass
S: for a beer so light i really hadn't expected the scent to be as appealing and strong, has nice notes of cereal grains, lemon zest, and a very nice fresh hop scent which is just slightly citrusy
T: begins with a bright lemon note which move into a nice gentle malt note which brings it into balance and smooths it out, leaves the palate with just the slightest sweetness which is wonderful
M: a bit aggressive on the carbonation up front but drinks nicely thin throughout, finishes light and with a very slight dryness on the palate
O: i cant lie, this is right up at the top of my favorite summer beers, it is ridiculously drinkable and phenomenally smooth, so well balanced and in cans it is really ideal for the summer times at the race track, beach, boat, backyard, etc. (1,038 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale has a thick, white head and a slightly hazy golden appearance, with streams of bubbles and fine, white particulate matter floating about. Nice lacing rings. The aroma is of sour dough, sweet, mustiness, and the flavor is sweet, white bread, biscuit, a kiss of piney hops, and flowers. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Brooklyn Summer Ale finishes semi-dry and extremely drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer.

RJT (443 characters)

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

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 12, 2012. The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy head that disperses quickly and becomes a ring. The aroma has a notable grainy and malty character with a slight wisp of hops mixed in. The body is about medium with a creaminess to it. The taste tended to be malty and grainy but there was a tart hop bitterness on the end that made it feel nearly dry. It has its attributes. (422 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from 6-pack

A- Translucent yellow golden with about average carbonation and almost no head. Some layered lacing, but not much.

S- Floral smell mixed with some yeast and malts.

T- Slightly sweet floral yeast taste.

M- Light, crisp, goes down easy.

O- This was pretty decent for a summer beer. It was exactly what you are looking for in a summer beer- light, refreshing, crisp, and sessionable. The only problem I had with it was that it could have definitely had a little bit more flavor. (504 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- I gave this a fairly hard pour and was greeted by a golden hued liquid that is slightly chill hazed. There appears to be a huge amount of carbonation but along with that, there isn't much foam in terms of head. There isn't much retention either, as it settles rather quickly into a broken up patchwork of what looks to be soap bubbles. The lacing is actually quite good at first, but fizzles out into a watery film on the glass. Overall, I don't find this any more appealing visually than a standard macro, other than a richer color.

S- The aroma is dry, like dusty prairie grass on a hot summer day. Other than this raw graininess, there is some moderate citrus zest and a clean bitterness right at the end.

T- Hmmm...this is actually quite different than I was expecting! The flavor is quite strong with citrus, and in particular, lemon zest. There is a modest flavor of malt sweetness blended in there, and finishes with a clean, dry grainy bitterness that doesn't leave an aftertaste.

M- This is light bodied and does have plenty of crisp carbonation that, along with the zesty citrus quality in the flavor, provides a nice one-two punch that refreshes the palate quite well!

O- I didn't think this was much to look at and was rather bland in general aroma wise, but the flavor and mouthfeel is done well and creates a really good hot weather brew that I'd pick up again if given the chance....I will say though that I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for this one. I do give this one a thumbs up, and it is worth giving a try to! (1,546 characters)

Photo of NeutroMan
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden color with a light fluffy white head. Lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

A nice graininess to the aroma - very earthy. Grassy hops complement the citrus twang. A dry, if a bit bland, finish. Medium-light bodied with an agreeable amount of carbonation. Quite flavorful, yet light enough to be a refreshing summer brew. (346 characters)

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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