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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,417 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 135 | 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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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

11-07-2011 17:56:11 | More by Kegatron
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4.45/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

11-04-2011 05:07:46 | More by jsisko01
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

10-30-2011 17:35:11 | More by MsRif
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

09-06-2011 17:45:16 | More by keanex
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

09-05-2011 01:08:10 | More by Seanstoppable
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

09-04-2011 01:00:39 | More by Brenden
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3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

09-03-2011 00:47:49 | More by WoodBrew
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Pours a darker honey gold with a thin white fuzzy head that dissipates and splotches.

S: Bready, hops, clove, spice, and a notable amount of citrus.

T: Barley, bready, Some citrus and hops combine to create a well balanced epa.

D: Light and crisp, good mouth coating.

09-02-2011 23:16:24 | More by cagocubs
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

The beer pours a gold color with one-inch long lasting white head. The aroma is good. It has a clean pale malt and wheat scent that's refreshing. There is a bit of yeast fruitiness present. The taste is decent. Sour finish for an English Pale Ale. It is refreshing but unexpected. Good clean hoppy finish. This is a simple brew that's quite tasty and easy drinking, especially during the summer. The mouthfeel is good light with good carbonation. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. Very drinkable. A nice offering.

08-28-2011 20:47:49 | More by chickenflea
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4.1/5  rDev +14.8%

Nice lemony citrus aroma with abit of grassiness comes out of a very pale beer. The lacing recedes very quickly. This beer is very refreshing, and unique in the world of summer ales. It is very quenching and dry, with a bit of citrusy hop flavor, but you have to search for it. Carbonation is spot on for a summer quaffer. And that's just what this beer is for me. Nothing more, nothing less. Very well done and is a great summer beer if you want to quench your thirst with a very well-made light ale. Incredibly drinkable.

08-27-2011 00:39:35 | More by Finn
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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

I drank this from an English pint glass...

Pours a yellow golden color with a frothy white head. It smells of green apple and funk with some grain and citrus with other fruity aroma. The taste is slightly bitter with just a hint of lemon, and sour grain with a bitter citrus and grassy aftertaste. The beer is light with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. This is better than most summer beers and I really enjoyed the slightly sour accent.

08-25-2011 23:39:32 | More by JMad
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Pale, brassy clarity, and the lacing puts on a good show while sticking to the glass. Hoppy, salty, fresh grain, very faint butter, taffy and a hint of apple skin in the nose. Crisp with enough smoothness to get by; semidry, malty palate. Very savory for a summer brew—fresh and light biscuity grain meets a subtle salt and butter combo. Hops drop a leafy herbal component on top. Very drinkable, and among the more complex summer seasonals out there.

08-25-2011 00:49:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12%

It's a summer ale so don't expect anything too complex but Brooklyn do a good job of combining a few different styles in one thirst quenching beer. There is the citrus notes of a Wit combined with a hop note of a British Golden Ale and a clean finish much like a lager. Tastes good and works wonders on the patio.

08-23-2011 15:08:55 | More by canucklehead
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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

Brooklyn Summer Ale pours out a light gold color, small but sturdy white head topping it off. The scent has a lot of buttery diacetyl, which is what I love about this style, as well as some biscuity caramel malt, with a fair amount of citrusy hops as well. The taste starts off with a nice, bready malt profile, nice caramel interlaced with the diacetyl, a nice amount of fruitiness which I think is coming from the yeast, a nice amount of hops which are mildly bitter, pretty floral and give off slight citrus tones as well. Just a dash of lemon zest. Medium bodied and somewhat dry.

08-20-2011 04:59:28 | More by Tballz420
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

Well, I picked this up because I thought I hadn't had it, and I'm right but this isn't on a top list so my ticking fantasy league of tickers ticking stats will take a hit here.

Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head, hazy, thin wispy, weak. low carbonation, low lacing.

Aroma is nice, hoppy, sweet.

Beer is medium body, sweet, mildly bitter, a little dry. Decent all around. Nothing too special. I'd have it again, cautiously.

08-17-2011 02:40:54 | More by drabmuh
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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a light amber, not a whole lot of hop. The smell is highly floral and somewhat citrus-y, not overpowering. Extremely light on the hops, wouldn't mind more bite and less balance. Clearly, a beer made for easy drinking.

Good beer, slightly above average in every respect. No doubt you can find more daring beers, but it's still recommended.

08-14-2011 14:09:35 | More by lurpy1
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Orange-gold, plenty of creamy white head. Good retention, strong lace. Nose is lemony with plenty of citrus and malts; spunky hops in the background. Very pleasant, wish it were more bold.

Sweet wheaty malts dominate start to finish. Lemon citrus makes an appearance midway through. Hop backbone is definitely here too and balances well. This is closer to a hef than an English Pale Ale.

Big creamy body, festive carbonation. Glad I tried this on draft -- I'm not sure the body would be similar from the bottle. Very sessionable!

Not the best beer in the world, but it's great for what it is: a summer quencher. Cheers!

08-13-2011 01:12:28 | More by brystmar
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of egg white head, decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty hops with a strong citrus presence, touch of grassiness and a bit of sour apples.

T - The bitterness is present, though comes across a tad metallic, some citrus notes alongside the sour apple and a touch of bready caramel on the finish.

M - Comes across a tad thin, but finishes nice and wet.

O - Easily drinkable and certainly a good summer patio ale. Could be a bit more bold on the flavours, but it's tasty nonetheless.

08-12-2011 01:26:13 | More by andrenaline
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

Brooklyn Summer Ale, "a summer refresher with difference. The difference comes from the malt, 100% two-row barley, prized for superior taste. Our summer ale is gold in color, with a soft, bready flavor, snappy clean bitterness and bright hop aroma. ….and will taste best before freshness date indicated. Please write or visit the brewery, …" blah, blah, blah. Is it just me, or does this sound like it was written by a Eastern European who maybe learned English in Taiwan?

On to the beer…

Clear, if cloudy, golden appearance, slim, soon gone, nondescript head.

Aroma: a little grain, a bit more fruit…plenty from both malt and hops going on here, but I'm still perplexed as to what style it's supposed to be. Maybe none?
A bit of a wheat and spice feel here…is it a witbier? (Of course not, silly. )
Very pretty. Very floral.

Taste: hops bite at first, a pleasant nip, then fruit floods in, some spice. Snappy clean bitterness, yeah, they called that one. Very smooth, very mellow. Lean malt, yep, "bready", and cleanly hoppy, all those things promised, as well as high censurability. Drinking-down-ability is highly ranked, as well.

Sharp, slightly sweet, lightly bitter, …fairly easy-going, downable, sessional. …and, for me, ultimately forgettable. But, it's a beer, and you can drink it.

08-10-2011 03:42:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz bottle, arrived in Alberta just in time for summer to start its slow, drain-circling wane.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fingers of tight foamy, almost creamy white head, which leaves some extensive splotchy painted lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of soft bready, grainy malt, a bit of tart lemon, and grassy/bitter floral hops. The taste is more bready malt, a bit yeasty, with some mild citrus notes, before a dry musty, earthy/weedy hoppiness ensues. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body on the light side, but nowhere near thin, and quite agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bakeshop malt trailing off, in concert with some increasingly musty hops.

Not a bad tipple, nor overly complex, but enjoyable enough to put back while distracted by other summer attractions.

08-09-2011 22:29:31 | More by biboergosum
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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Thin white head over a straw with golden color.

S: Bread, light lemon and malt.

T: Malt, toasty and bready. Citrus notes.

M: Mildly dry which takes away from the refreshing aspect of many beers in this category. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice beer. Good choice for canned beer. Not my favorite in the genre but drinkable for those summer months.

08-03-2011 00:25:22 | More by kylehay2004
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

12 oz brown bottle, best by date printed on neck

A - Pale golden color, white head that has decent retention and some lacing.

S/T - Light on the nose, but both are similar with pale, grainy malts and just enough grassy, floral hops to give it some bitterness in the finish. I couldn't find too much going on here.

M - Light/medium body, medium carbonation, finishes mostly clean, crisp.

O - Not really what I think of for a summer ale. It wasn't very refreshing, and it drank a little tough towards the end, with the malts being a bit too strong for the hops.

08-02-2011 11:20:10 | More by garuda
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

The beer pours a medium yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grain and lemon with some wheat notes. The flavor is a mix of wheat and some perfume from the hops. I also get some grass and orange citrus notes in the flavor. The bitterness is fairly low and the beer is very drinkable. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

07-29-2011 00:26:24 | More by Mora2000
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

12oz can poured into a snifter. Best by Oct 2011 stamped on the bottom.

A- Hazy golden color with a finger of white foam floating atop it. Nice lacing for a pale.

S- Sweet, bready malt aroma predominates.

T- Distinct flavor of the two row malt which is used in this brew sits front and center in the flavor profile. Malt flavor goes bland mid-palate and the beer goes downhill from there. Finish is semi-dry with a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

M- Feel is light with a medium level of carbonation.

O- I found this offering from Brooklyn to be extremely one dimensional. Not something I'd willingly have again.

07-27-2011 01:50:53 | More by Sideswipe
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

A - pours a clear marigold yellow with a white pillowy head which had decent enough retention and left specks of lacing.

s - aroma is a bit muted overall but as it warms there is a bit of freshly baked bread, vague spice notes, lightly citrus rustic hop aroma and just a hint of lemon.

T - dry, grainy malt profile. lightly fruity in the in middle with a touch of citrus and lemon. a snappy and clean hop bitterness and a slightly tart finish.

M - lighter bodied with a wet mouthfeel sort of straddling between creamy and watery. moderate carbonation.

O - an easy drinking english style pale ale. simple yet still flavorful.

07-27-2011 01:25:42 | More by Teleweizen2
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