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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 149 | 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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5/5  rDev +40.1%

scootercrabb, Nov 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

mnixon86, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

Warfarin, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +40.1%

darklord2011, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

chcfan, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

ROGUE16, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

semicharmedkind, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

victory4me, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

BeerMe42, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

Hessian257, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

NeutroMan, Nov 12, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with several fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a rich and foamy ½ finger that leaves back a decent looking frothy cascade of spotty, yet sticky, lacing. The aroma smells grassy, with an underlying mix of citrus and sweet graininess. A bit more of an earthy spiciness starts to emerge as this warms. This is pretty straight forward, yet still pretty flavorful in the nose.

The taste is similar, with lightly toasted sweet grains and a mellow green citric bitterness, which leads into a dry and earthy feeling finish. Just a touch of pith and spice add some zip to the tail-end of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth feeling creamy crispness to it. This just feels right in the mouth and keeps this drinking nicely.

There’s nothing to complain about here. This still packed in some moderate flavors but the overall package was fairly light, breezy, and inoffensive on the palate. This is perfect for refreshing summer drinking and a great pick by Brooklyn to put into cans.

Kegatron, Nov 07, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a half inch, creamy looking white head.

Smell - Citrus, caramel, and wheat. Not much stands out. Smells very sweet though..

Taste - Strong hints of caramel and citrus. Maybe a little clove.. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - I think this is a very good beer and it's very refreshing.

jsisko01, Nov 04, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Yum Yum Shack in Cooperstown, NY. Poured a golden color with a nice white head. Some lacing, but not much. Aroma of earthy hops, citrus and grains. Taste is refreshing...earthy, grainy, citrus...perfect beer for the hot weather.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean. Very drinkable in the hotter weather, but that's about the only time I'd have it.

MsRif, Oct 30, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my pint glass.

A: Golden amber color, very clear. 2 finger head that dissipated quickly, but clung to the side as I drank. Lacing retained.

S: Slightly hoppy and florally with some bread notes. Not too strong.

T: Light hops slight bread. Honey and citrus throughout, though more citrus. Slight hops linger.

M: Medium carbonation, light-medium bodied.

O: Decent summer offering. It's refreshing and goes down easy. Label is eye catching in colors.

keanex, Sep 06, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before November 2011.

Pours a translucent gold color with a finger of head. Head quickly settles down to a crown.

Nose is honeyish sweet, with a bit of malt and hops to round it out.

Taste consists of more honey character. A bit of hops at the end. Some citrus flavors throughout.

Somewhat straightforward, but refreshing for being so. Does not disappoint and I would say this is a great patio/session beer.

Seanstoppable, Sep 05, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Brenden, Sep 04, 2011
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.