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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,431 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,431
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 145 | 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 VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a translucent light amber color with an inch of head. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet. Picking up on grains, citrus hops, and caramel. Taste is a light hop bitterness with the flavor of grains. Maybe a hint of lemon peel. Crisp, flavorful summer beer. Good amount of flavor for a summer beer. Overall, its a solid warm weather beer. Worth seeking out.

PicoPapa, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear golden tone while yielding a 1" foamy, off-white head. so-so retention; not much lacing to speak of.

nose is middling. subtle notes of bready malts and some hoppiness, but overall pretty average.

flavor delivers more characteristics along the same lines. bready/toasty malt... muted hops - a touch of citrus in the background... OK tasting, not blowing me away. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a fine, inoffensive summer ale. fits the bill for a refreshing, "good to enjoy during a summer BBQ" type of beer, but won't bowl you over with flavor. for my money there are better summery brews out there.

perrymarcus, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Cresant
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by OCT 2011. The body was clear and light golden. Whispy white head left only spots of lacing.

The smell was light biscuity malts and a bit of crushed peppercorn. Faint lemons, spicy.

The taste reflects the aroma. Finishes fruity and tangy with only hints of bitterness. Very drinkable and approachable for non-craft beer drinkers. Seems a bit spicy for an English Pale Ale. It is a nice summer beer and I would buy it again.

The mouthfeel was light in body with plenty of refreshing carbonation.

Cresant, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Merchant46
2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

About the only thing they got right on this beer is the carbonation. If you live here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it'll remind of a high-end version of Schmidt, particularly with the aftertaste (that's not a good thing). Only thing is, Schmidt costs half of what this beer does. Other than a slight grapefruit tang, it's bitterness has no complexity and almost no malt to offset it, so it's watery and unsatisfying. They were going for crisp and refreshing and fell short. Right now, I'm regretting passing up the Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager (which I know is good). Sometimes you try a new beer against your suspicions, and it pays off. This was not one of those occasions. I know Beer Advocate requests that we respect what the brewer was going after, but in a case like this where you get a cheap tasting beer for an expensive price, people deserve to know.

Merchant46, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of kevo237
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer had no head and had a reddish tint to an already pale lager look. Smelled slightly hoppy and citrusy.

Taste was decent. Definitely in the summer style. I felt like it was a cross between an IPA and a stronger Blue Moon. It was just hoppy enough that faded and lent way to a citrus taste. It was refreshing and light, but ultimately not my thing.

kevo237, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a deep golden body with decent clarity. The head settles down quite quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt notes, accompanied by some lightly musty hop aromas.

T - Biscuit and toast malt character up front with a bit of husky grain character. Some grassy hops show up in the middle with more toast and a hint of bitterness. The beer finishes out with a good dose of toasted malt and light bitterness as well as some musty hop notes that linger on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not a bad beer, but really nothing particularly special. The malt is fairly strong throughout, with enough hops to balance, but really not much character over and above that. A pretty passable beer for hot weather, but if you want to put some effort into it, you wouldn't have much trouble finding something better.

nickfl, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A chilled can is poured into a pint glass. The beer is colored light straw and has a small white head. The low serving temperature has caused the sides of the glass to fog up with condensation.

Slightly sweet malts make up the aroma, with some mild hop bitterness.

The flavor is mild and refreshing. Some pale malts and a bit of grassy hops balance out well.

Medium body and average carbonation. A slight sweetness doesn't cause any stickiness, but does leave a small coat that packs a lot of flavor.

This is an enjoyable summer beer, especially in can form. My wife and I have gone through the 12 pack quickly. I would purchase this beer again.

ToasterChef, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of mdr4669
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Light orange yellow with with about a finger of bubbly carbonated looking head that leaves a patchy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very balanced smell of sweet sugar, bread malts, and some lemon tartness.

Taste: A bit of a wine like grape taste to start, that is followed by some lemon and some sugar sweetness.

MF: Very light, very easy to drink, a very balanced a laid back summer ale.

OA: If they were ever to make a Brooklyn Light, (I hope that'll never happen)… I hope they just repackage this… It's a fine summer brew.

mdr4669, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Eramen
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice orange and gold with plenty of golden, white little bubbles from carbonation. The head rises just short of one finger.

S - Fresh bakery breads, sugar-icing, apricot and perhaps a little snifter of wood.

T - Soft breads, grapes, apricot predominate, also there are hints of lime and liquorice. Very tasty indeed, very subtle in character, they weren't kidding when they said it was light.

M - Medium carbonation, maybe a little on the thin side, but still very palatable.

O - Quite a decent pale 'summer ale', I wouldn't expect anything less from the Brooklyn Brewery. It's a nice beer that quenches one's thirst and is a nice opener to any session and stronger beers.

Eramen, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of redfire89
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A bright golden color with a pilsner like head.
S- Light hoppy smell with a little citrus.
T- Citrusy, a little lighter than Brooklyn Lager.
M- Light and sessionable.
O- It's okay, tastes a lot like Brooklyn Lager with some citrus and a little lighter. It lacks any real differentiating flavors.

redfire89, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a sassy white head. Not a real stickler for lace or retention. Star bedecked can in the San Diego Chargers powder blue scheme.

Grassy, almost musty, bready aroma.

Tastes snappy with grassy Lemon Zinger tea. Tangy Sunny D-lite citrus. Progressively more bready as it warms. Tastes like a beach beer!

Hooray for cans.

donkeyrunner, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of airforbes1
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange color, with an effervescent head. I found myself briefly captivated by the bubbles floating to the top. The nose is clean, with hints of citrus and spices. This brew goes down easily, despite the carbonation. I like the smoothness, but the citrus and spice I smelled earlier isn't showing up in the taste as much as I thought it would. I get a grassier taste instead, with a hop bite at the end. Unexceptional, but tasty and drinkable. This beer was a pleasant surprise for me.

airforbes1, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to taylor714914 for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a clear, orange color into my glass. About a finger and a half of head is achieved with a careful pour. The head dissipates fast, but leaves great lacing, coating the sides of the glass the whole way down.

Smell – Pale malts, bread, floral/grass/hops, and a hint of lemony citrus. Smells refreshing to say the least.

Taste – A bit more hop kick than the aroma would lead one to believe. The main focus after the initial hop kick is more floral/grassy flavors, mixed with somewhat sweet, earthy malts. Finishes with a hint of sweetness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, crisp carbonation. Actually fuller than I was expecting body wise.

Overall – A very enjoyable summer beer. It is hitting the spot right now and would like to have it again in the future.

SpdKilz, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of WSB
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a healthy golden color. Head is thin, white, grabs the glass.

Smell is surprisingly muted- very mildly bready and yeasty, with the faintest hint of citrus. A few swirls to release the aromatics doesn't really bring much else out.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat bubbly. Appropriate for summer.

Taste is very good and matches the smell profile to a T- Very mild, modestly malty, with bread notes and the faintest ever suggestion of some kind of remote citrus bitterness, but its barely perceptible. The blend of two row British malts and German Perle and American Cascade, Fuggle, and Amarillo Hops really creates an awesomely understated yet balanced malt/hop taste.

Finish is clean and crisp and refreshing. A great summer brew.

WSB, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of gskitt
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a shade darker than gold, a bit hazy. Head was inconsequential. Scent was a balance between hops and citrus, lemony. Taste was on the bitter side, certainly a quaffable summer ale. Mouthfeel is on the crisp, side, dry, and refreshing. Overall I like this beer, but not a knockout.

gskitt, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed yellow color with a decent sized white head that left a trail of lacing.

S - English malt and some grassy hops.

T - good balance of malts and hops with a light bittering on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a smooth, crisp feel.

O - a solid beer that goes down easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of DJED69
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, thanks to Brooklyn for canning this beer. I love having another option for tailgating, BBQ or the beach. This is a mild ale that's perfect for a warm, summer day. Color is a nice golden hue with decent head and lace. I actually prefer from the can. Smells of mild yeast, malt, citrus, hops. Taste is crisp with a nice hint of lemon. It's a very drinkable beer. It's not overwhelming in any aspect, but solid all around. A brew I'll revisit all summer long.

DJED69, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A gift from a friend, I've found very few summer ales that are really good, but I'll give it a shot.

A: Light amber with almost no head to speak of, and what there is disappears quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Light malts, cereal grains and a hint of hops. Not a bad smell, just not all that exciting.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Light bit of malts, some cereal grains. A gentle taste of hops finishes it. Good for a summer day, but there are little other times when I would seek one of these out.

M: Light, with moderately high carbonation.

O: Meh. It's OK. Light and refreshing, but kind of tastes like a slightly classed up light American Lager. Worth drinking for sure, but only in the right circumstances.

DaveBlack, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a pale gold color and a slight haze. Nice froth head with decent retention.

Delicate, fresh hops are in the aroma that have a bright, citrus note that matches well with the fruitiness from the yeast. As it warms, some bready malt notes come through. Clean and balanced overall.

Flavor is as balanced as the nose, with just a subtle bitterness and a fruity hop flavor. There is a nice clean malt flavor that comes through, with the balance leaning more towards hops. Finishes with some lingering sweetness. I'd like it a touch drier just because of the hop balance, but overall it is a nice beer.

jeffthecheff, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of atr2605
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy yellow with average head retention. Very minor white lace
S- Nice spice with lemon and orange with a grassy aroma from the hops.
T-Great balance between the citrus flavors that goes into the hop bitterness but still leaves some fruit flavor on the tongue. Very refreshing.
M- medium bodied, not too light and not too heavy
O- very enjoyable summer brew. Perfect on a hot night like tonight. It has enough flavor to give the beer character while still maintaining its drinkability. I would definitely purchase again

atr2605, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Spica66
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold out of the fridge on a hot summer day.

A: Hazy darker yellow. Decent head formation with minimal retention. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Not a lot going on here. Light maltiness and maybe just a hint of hops. It might be right for the style, but it is definitely not exciting for your nose.

T: Sweet malt with just a hint of floral hops. Very clean tasting.

M: Round and creamy. Decent carbonation.

O: It was o.k. Around these parts, I much prefer an Oberon in the summer.

Spica66, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased in a wegmans mix a six pack. at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. OCT 2011 on the bottom of the can.

pours out a cloudy golden color with a big fluffy 3 fingers of white head, or a "4 head" from tiny girlfriend fingers. some nice foamy retention and some decent sticky lace.

a little grain, maybe even some wheat? lemon citrus and a slight snappy hop kick.

grain, slight corn and wheat. lemon citrus with some nice snappy citrus hops and a decent bitterness in the finish.

light bodied. a bit of an airy mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

overall: a nice summer drinker, went down very easily on a nice warm summer night next to a camp fire, but its not really something above average. the only thing that would keep me coming back is that its available in a can.

dogfishandi, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

573rd Review on BA
Can to Pint

Thanks to Bob for the extra.

App- A nice darker yellow with lots of bubbles. Huge 2 finger head that faded super quick. Not any visible cling.

Smell- A bit of a creamy milk smell with the hops on top. No real malt scents to me.

Taste- Its okay, I dont think its cold enough due to traveling. The creamy malts dominate and has a slight hoppy bitter taste. As its warmer the flavors become a bit perfumy.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Nice creamy feel with little bitter flavors.

Drink- Overall, its slightly better than average but still tasty. The malts are clean and well done but not as flavorful as could be.

FosterJM, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer is still a few days away, but I simply CAN't wait! I held The CANQuest (TM) in abeyance for an extended period and now it is time to advance the CAN cause. I hope you CAN forgive me.

From the CAN: "Brooklyn Summer Ale is a summer refresher with difference. The difference comes from the malt - 100% British 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 the date indicated [Oct 2011]."

The Crack & Glug went off without a hitch and I quickly had two rocky, foamy fingers of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy bitterness along with a biscuity characteristic. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy, biscuit malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish was quite pleasant, very refreshing, semi-dry. I would definitely put this in the cooler this summer.

woodychandler, Jun 16, 2011
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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