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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of CaptainInsaneO

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

A: Settles into an orange yellow, with a thin white head.

S: Sweet and floral.

T: fruit and flowers at first, finishes with citrusy hops. Not a strong hop finish, but just enough. Slight alcohol aftertaste

M: Medium/light body, strong/medium carbonation. Seems to stick around after you swallow.

O: This is a good summer beer, I think you'd enjoy it more out on a deck in the sun, but it works in a basement while watching a movie too.

06-05-2011 04:25:05 | More by CaptainInsaneO
Photo of mcguirmn

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

I enjoyed this beer a lot. Smells of dry hops and citrus. Taste is superb. Very light, but not sacrificing any taste. There is just enough hops to give it a nice bite, but the citrus works very well. Compared to Sam Adams Summer, Harpoon Summer, and Leinenkugel's Summer, this is BY FAR my favorite. Just be careful, since Brooklyn Summer is so drinkable, the alcohol can really creep up on you.

06-04-2011 03:41:13 | More by mcguirmn
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

A: Pours clear pale amber with a nice off-white compact head that sinks into nice lacings.

S: Floral hops gives it citric notes, while the somewhat sweet malt gives it bready notes. Some bitter hops as well.

T: Bready sweet malt, with citric notes from the floral hops. A bit buttery. Some fruit; green apples and lemon sezt.

M: Long nice bitter aftertaste. Body is thin and carbonation is moderate.

O: This beer has to little of what makes an English Pale Ale great. More malt and more hops would have made it better.

06-03-2011 20:16:52 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of bark


2.73/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

06-02-2011 18:13:19 | More by bark
Photo of herman77


3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Straw yellow with an average white head. Decent lacing and head retention.

S: Light citrus hops, bready malts with a faint honey smell.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Light bready malt with a slight honey like sweetness. A bit of mild citrus hops, great balance. Finishes crisp and refreshing with a kiss of herbal hops.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

O: An easy drinking summer ale. I could drink plenty of these.

06-02-2011 01:03:29 | More by herman77
Photo of mjurney


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

Deep golden color, clear. A little carbonation. Small head.

Fruity aroma. Sweet malts. Earthy. Smells like a typical English Pale Ale.

Malt up front along with crisp bitterness at the end. Malt character is very clean and crisp, slight biscuity with touch of honey. I’m getting lots of fruity notes from the yeast, sour green apples. Hop is very mild at the end. Crisp body. Very refreshing in my palate. Carbonation feels very nice in my tongue.

Very crisp finish. Slightly dry in the aftertaste.

Very mild in the taste, but the finish is awesome. Very nice summer’s beer.

05-30-2011 20:18:15 | More by mjurney
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12%

Looks like I'm the first to review this in CANs! This will make CANquest part 3 for me.

Appearance: A pale straw yellow color, very clear, pours with great white head that dissipates fast but leaves some lacing

Smell: Muted hops, my guess would be East Kent Goldings, but that is purely a guess. Citrusy and floral.

Taste: Very refreshing light taste, light malts, muted hops, somewhat bitter. Some spice, some floral, and some citrus are the main components of this.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, good carbonation

Overall: This makes a perfect summer beer. I just wish it was a little cheaper, but I still don't feel bad if I drink a couple in a sitting. Drinks super easy, and in cans would make a great tailgating beer.

05-28-2011 02:59:49 | More by MadCat
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Not a bad ale for the hot season. Not sure why it's a "summer" beer other than that it's relatively light for an English-style ale, has a lower ABV, and sports some pleasant, garden-fresh hoppiness throughout.

The ample, compact, spongy, white foam on the pour suggests higher carbonation or perhaps wheat. It stays for a few moments and quietly dies off. Soft bit of sizzle left on the tongue while sipping. Wheat-orange/gold color - clear.

A fruity, citrus or melon-like scent hits you first, highlighted by some potent perfumy, floral hop aromas. Letting it warm (to a proper English ale temp), some very lightly toasty, caramel/buttery malt comes through, and maybe even some yeast. A potent bouquet that needs little effort to detect and enjoy.

Floral and fruit (not necessarily in order of potency) flavors dominate the taste - malt pushed to the background, part of a balanced presentation. A lot of hop influence on the palate here, taking on some vaguely spicy, herbal qualities, with a slight citrus resin/bitterness lingering, while the malt simply supports - a touch of butterscotch in the cellar range?

I'm sure it's filtered - it's fairly light and clean but it retains just enough of the body and flavor of an English ale and malt. I'd certainly like to try this on cask - bet it's better, you bet.

05-28-2011 00:42:47 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of LittleDon


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

A pint at the Distillery in Victor, NY on 5/24/11

Clear golden with low head retention and little lace. Grainy, malty aroma. Uncooked grain flavor with light bitterness. Some sweetness in the middle. Grainy finish. Medium carbonation and medium body.

05-25-2011 11:52:01 | More by LittleDon
Photo of rarbring


3.18/5  rDev -10.9%

The beer is clear dark straw/bronze colored, the off-white head settles quite fast but leaves good lacing.

The smell is very sweet fruity, like canned peaches in syrup. Some lemon zest.

The taste starts sweet, again that fruit syrup, peaches, pears and apricots. Then some orange peel bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, very small bubbles, a rather small body, a smooth long dry finish.

Well, as a summer drink it has some merits, could replace rose wine as an aperetif on a summer evening.

05-22-2011 17:29:51 | More by rarbring
Photo of Adrianized


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

A- Clear, golden, and fizzy.  1 inch of head dissipates to a thin layer that hangs on top.  Good lacing.

S- Bready malt.  Yeast.  Sweet. Do I smell pineapples?

T- Nice malty, bready backbone.  A white bread, like wonder bread.  More of that pineapple sweetness coming through. Ever so slight hop bitterness hangs at the end.

M- Light, well carbonated, and very refreshing.  I could definitely see drinking this while mowing the lawn or just kicking back.

Overall a nice summer ale.  Goes down very easily, and you can have a few.  I'd recommend buying a 12 pack of these for when you have non-craft drinkers over instead of the BMC stuff they're used to.

05-20-2011 20:48:57 | More by Adrianized
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3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

A: straw yellow, 2 finger head, good lacing

S: faint coriander, orange peel, malt/grain

T: grain/hint of lemon + coriander, earthly pine, light bitter crisp finish

M: light/med body, slight tongue prick, semi-dry

O: Solid session brew, not world class. Good gateway brew.
The muted hops and light dry body is perfect for summer and
timid palates.


05-20-2011 17:14:27 | More by BeerLover99
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Almost clear golden yellow with a thin white head and delicate lacing with little head retention.

S - Pale and biscuity malts with very little hop aroma.

T - Bready malts with the hops only contributing to a mild bitterness. The few hops that are present are earthy. Very crisp and finishes dry.

M - Moderate carbonation and light bodied. Appropriate for the style.

O - A good showing by Brooklyn. Nothing groundbreaking or unique, but a solid, refreshing session beer that would be perfect for a hot summer day or to wash down some grillables at an outdoor BBQ. Would have again.

05-20-2011 02:37:45 | More by FattyJLE
Photo of mdaschaf


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

Had on tap at The Pickled Pig Pub.

A: The beer was a slightly hazy yellow/amber with a one inch, slightly off-white head. Quick dissipation to a thin layer of foam on top. There was some spotty lacing down the sides.

S: Light citrus hops with a slight grassy aroma as well. Also a little bit of honey and grainy malt.

T: Similar to the aroma, light citrus hop flavor and a nice sweetness from the honey. Light malt backbone with a little bit of wheat in there as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth and crisp.

O: A nice summer beer, drinks easily and not very filling. Might grab some cans of this for the summer.

05-19-2011 23:29:28 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of B967ierhunter177


2.05/5  rDev -42.6%

This beer pours a clear, dark, yellow with little head or lace. It's aroma is fruity and grassy. The flavor has fruity notes, mainly lemon and grapefruit with a dry, crisp hoppy finish. It has a light, almost watery mouthfeel making it fairly easy to session. Brooklyn Summer Ale is an okay beer, light and refreshing, slightly recommended.

05-19-2011 00:04:57 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of DavidBeerKid

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%

Light golden color... Smooth and fairly easy to drink. Slight lemon taste and other sweet aromas and tastes. Perfect beer to drink out of the bottle on a hot day. Great for the summer time!

First time drinking this beer, heard some bad things about past brews, but this was quite nice!

05-18-2011 20:43:19 | More by DavidBeerKid
Photo of champ103


2.42/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

05-17-2011 04:20:24 | More by champ103
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

05-13-2011 23:34:04 | More by DrDemento456
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District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

Best before October 11, 2011

A: Extremely clear, soft orange, with a frothy .5-1 finger head that stayed afloat throughout the session.

S: I actually got a bit of lemon from the start.... and it wasn't very fresh at that. Decent malt scent, but isn't this supposed to be a PA?

T: Dry, very fruity and tasty on the finish, but the initial palate attack was disconcerting... kinda vomit-like actually, and I got a bit of that same stale lemon-malt mashup that I got on the nose.

M: The carbonation was fine, and this one actually wasn't that sweet at all. The lacing was substantial.

O: I can think of about 100 other summer ales that I would rather drink around the pool.

05-12-2011 04:17:59 | More by Chaney
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

I didn't enjoy this in 2010, but I'm finding it much more acceptable in 2011. It pours about the same, a little hazy yellow but has a better head and retention to it. The smell brings a lot more to the table with a fresh leafy hop aroma and flavor. I tried this well before the freshness date and it was stored properly(refrigerated) when I purchased it. This is not a beer to try if you see it sitting on the shelf because you and I both know that hop will fade, fade, fade...

05-09-2011 18:17:20 | More by wcintula
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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with a small white head that fades into a thin white layer. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet bready malts followed by scents of lemon zest, orange peel, spice, and a hint of citrus hops.

Taste: Bready malts are quickly followed by fruity sweetness from the lemon and orange. A slight hint of citrus hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very solid and tasty version of a summer ale.

05-07-2011 08:26:15 | More by MattyG85
Photo of ZAP


4.43/5  rDev +24.1%

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.

05-07-2011 05:05:09 | More by ZAP
Photo of OrangeAmps


3.5/5  rDev -2%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

pours a very, very clear golden yellow that you can see right through with a frothy stark white head.

smells of grains, malt, a slight bit of lemon, and yeast. Very much like a lager.

the taste is a little disappointing, and very thin. there isnt that much going on for this beer, in both the mouth feel and taste arenas.

typical light summer beer

05-06-2011 16:59:25 | More by OrangeAmps
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It pours a mostly clear golden color with a finger of pure white head.

S: Sweet cereal grains, lemon zest, biscuit malt, light spicing, and the typical Brooklyn yeast smell.

T: More sweet pale malts, lemon, orange, coriander, and biscuit maltiness.

M: The body is light with strong carbonation.

O: This does well as a gulper in 90 degree heat which is all I was looking for anyway.

05-04-2011 04:25:43 | More by bucklemyshoe
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Had on tap at the brewery in Brooklyn on 4/9/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a light clear golden color. It has a decent sized white head on it. The head has okay retention and leaves some scattered lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of biscuity malt and some honey sweetness. There are also some notes of citrus fruit, hops, and some floral notes.

T - The taste is of bready malts and some nice sweetness. There is also a decent hop presence that balances it all out. There are some citrus notes in the finish, which is quite clean.

M - This has a medium body with good carbonation. It goes down smooth, and is very refreshing. There is some prickly carbonation, but overall it is very smooth.

O - This has good drinkability. This is a great beer for a hot day. It goes down smooth and is nice and refreshing. Also, it is low in alcohol, but good in flavor. Overall, I thought this was a nice pale ale, and I would try it again.

04-29-2011 13:43:30 | More by JizackFH
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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