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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 105 | 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 scootny

New York

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden ale with a moderate white head and gentle carbonation. Light sweet malt on the nose and a touch fruitiness and a hint of earth.

Taste is bready malt sweetness with a touch of vanilla fingers and a clean crisp hop finish. A blend of earth and faint mint. Feel is crisply carbonated with a touch of creaminess. Just enough weight to keep it above water light enough to make it delightful on the tongue.

This goes down on hot days like a drink from a desert oasis. A top notch quencher.

Not complex just very good on hot days.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 00:36:22 | More by scootny
Photo of flagmantho


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy body with a light golden hue and one finger of frothy white head. Effervescence is pretty low. Not too bad, but could be more appealing.

Smell: malt aroma is slightly grainy and slightly sour, but not in a bad way. It somehow manages to have those characteristics I normally find in an adjunct lager, and yet it does not smell bad. There's also a little bit of earthy hop aroma in the mix. Not bad.

Taste: light and refreshing. Malt is on the lighter side and the flavor is citrusy and refreshing. Are there grains of paradise or something in here? It tastes lightly spiced. Flavor is pretty good, although it's a bit acidic for my taste.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a very well-integrated carbonation, despite the relative lack of head or apparent effervescence. Quite creamy and enjoyable.

Drinkability: although I'm not crazy about the flavor, this is a very drinkable and refreshing beer. I feel like the aftertaste is a better experience than the flavor itself, which just leaves me wanting another sip. An interesting effect; one which contributes to drinkability in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 01:24:56 | More by flagmantho
Photo of RunForYourBeer


3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, shows carbonation.

N: Dominated by citrusy lemon with some hints of bready malt.

T: Sweet, bready malt comes first followed by light lemon zest and finally some light citrus hops.

M: Light with high carbonation and little head.

D: Medium to high. Good summer beer.

I felt it relied a bit too much on the lemon zest flavor. Would have liked to see a little more. I did enjoy it overall and would consider it again for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 14:51:17 | More by RunForYourBeer
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow hue, high effervescence, small white head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Slightly sweet malt with a hint of lemon. Smells like your basic summer ale.

T: Easy going with an overall good flavor. No astringency or off taste. This beer is really simple and pleasant. Nothing fancy here, just a decent straight forward summer ale.

M: Adequate carbonation and smooth feel.

D: Lacks complexity and intrigue, but it's a good quality beer to throw back if you're in the mood for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:57:11 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of bierguru


3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - light in color but cloudy head stays very well at about an half inch after settling time

S - strong hopps smell with fruit accents

T - very crisp slight bit from the hopps fairly big lemon taste

M - high carbonation thick foam taste from the head

D - if you like citrus beers then very drinkable if not then not so much however none of the flavors our very overpowering

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 20:53:31 | More by bierguru
Photo of Brent


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent example of what a summer ale should be - light without being watery, flavorful without being overbearing, a bit tart but not sour, lemony but not citrusy. This beer finds the ideal middle ground on all points so as to be a most drinkable hot-weather quencher, yet not just a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 13:26:15 | More by Brent
Photo of glid02


3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with moderate amounts of indistinct light and medium fruits and mild amounts of buttery diacetyl.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the malt flavors are more influential than they are in the aroma. Mildly grainy pale light malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly thereafter by light fruit flavors. Midway through the sip very small amounts of diacetyl flavors join in, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. As the beer warms the diacetyl flavors fade.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this wasn't a bad beer but it wasn't crisp enough for a style that has little room for error. Not worth seeking out but not worth turning down either.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 00:20:33 | More by glid02
Photo of tlazaroff


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank out of a goblet.

A: Medium-Yellow color with a thin soapy head, bubbles don't really stick to the side of the glass. Almost no visible carbonation bubbles.

S: I do get a little fruit on the nose, and something else to it as well. Maybe slight butterscotch and bread?

T: This is biscuity on the palate, with a nice slight herbal spice on the backend.

M: Medium carbonation is visible but you can feel the bubbles and foam everywhere in your mouth, it coats the entire palate as easily as water does.

D: Very easy drinking, I could throw back a few of these in a sitting. I would defiantly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 20:03:33 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of albertjr21

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm thinking of a hot and humid scorcher of a day in New York City and the crystal clear, light amber, refreshing tap I've welcomed into my mug this summer. There is a subtle peachy accent in the light citrus nose of this that indicates the crisp but light malt and low bitter lemon zesty taste to come.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 13:49:36 | More by albertjr21
Photo of IronLover


4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow with excellent clarity and a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly. No lacings. Malty, bready aroma with a hint of orange citrus. Biscuity flavor with a light lemony hoppy taste and a very clean finish. The English malt flavor very nicely subdues the hop bitterness. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:01:06 | More by IronLover
Photo of mtnbikerpa


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Imperial Pint glass. An off orange color with about 2 or 3 inches of overflowing head. Scents of window cleaner and other household detergents, kind of make this brew a turn off. Faint hoppy flavored followed by some mild malty flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth. Still pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 00:03:24 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a light, clear shade of yellow with a 2 finger straight white head. Lacing is nice. Lots of rising bubbles

S- huge hits of lemongrass to start...in fact, that lemony aroma is all I'm really getting. Very strong, very nice.

T- very...bland. Hints of the lemon...and thats all, really. Sweet finish. Really underwhelming

M- nothing exciting in the feel. Very thin. Uneventful. Boring.

D- its a good, nonoffensive summer beer. Maybe...too nonoffensive

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:18:40 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Office in Montclair. Reviewed on my Droid.

Arrives a cloudy pale amber color with a half finger of foam. There is a noticable citrus grapefruit hop aroma.

This is a very refreshing summer ale. I like the slight hoppy flavor, and this beer finishes crisp and clean with just the right amount of lingering sweetness. Bitterness is very mild. The hops impart a lemony flvor.

One of the better brooklyn beers that I've tried, and one of the better summer beers as well.

Reviewed in bottle 9/3/10. Review stands a written!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 21:10:57 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured golden into an American pint glass, with less than a finger of white, which fell rather quickly. Modest lacing, but a healthy dose of carbonation. Apple, pear, lemon, hay, grass, and herbal notes are all evident in the nose. The flavor did yield some modest fruitiness initially, but evolved to a very herbal hoppy finish. Thin and carbonated; makes for a nice session beer/lawnmower beer in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 18:16:11 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of tronester


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a small off white head. Smells of overripened fruit. Taste is light and of caramel and dried fruits, finishes with an oak aged character, woody and dry. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is decent, I have had quite a few better english pale ales though.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 21:51:44 | More by tronester
Photo of mjw06


4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A golden rose to amber color with mild clarity and a nice frothy white head leaving some nice scum for you to admire.

The smell hits kind of waxy and kind of plasticky with a pleasant malt, but nonetheless clean and well-balanced in such a way that waters the mouth.

Well-balanced taste with fruit note that resembled baked apples (no cinnamon) and the sweet nectar of a peach. That's what stood out to me, but this by no means is a fruity or sweet beer. Biscuity body (no butter, but still flaky).

I think the feel of this beer is what really made it superior to me. It was full on the palate, yet light at the same time on the finish. Very soft and very pleasant.

I'm not too well versed when it comes to English pale ales, but I'm a staunch fan of seasonals, particularly the summer. While many summer selections simply lighten up on the body and the taste, Brooklyn's selection seems to have have found a balance between all the things you love about a good tasting/feeling beer, while at the same time making it extremely refreshing. Time to stock up now before the season changes, and enjoy this frequently all the way until mid-September.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 23:38:26 | More by mjw06
Photo of birdman200

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to trade a Thomas Hooker Blonde Ale for this beer at a party recently. I drank it out of the bottle, so I could not tell the appearance of it. Like most summer beers, it was very crisp and easy to drink. Great balance of malt and hops, a little citrus flavor, a little wheaty flavor.

No distinguishing qualities that separates it from any other summer seasonal beer, but nonetheless very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 19:10:48 | More by birdman200
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale | 330 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
Glass: Pint

Clear light amber with an anemic, creamy white head.

Biscuity malts with a generous helping of citrus hops and a very subtle spiciness.

Biscuit maltiness with a punch of lemon and a hint of sweetness. There's a faint honeydew melon fruitiness which is the most interesting taste it has to offer. The hops are light and airy. Lemony citrus dominates the gently bitter finish.

Light bodied, mild carbonation

The complete package works well enough. I love the summery bottle art, and the taste gives up some interesting flavors. Not my favorite style though, I gotta say. At least Brooklyn Brewery has made it quaffable and fun to drink.

Price = Thanks to my good friends Nikhil there was none
Served on: July 11, 2010

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 14:58:46 | More by BeerNemesis
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale golden color with a small, quickly dissipating white head that leaves a small amount of thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet apple with heavy floral aromas.

Taste: Sweet biscuity beginning with a slight hop finish and some sweet/sour apple. Some very subtle nutty notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, and very good for a summer day. Not necessarily the best or most complex beer, but it's definitely satisfying and has a place.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 00:55:57 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of damndirtyape


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by Sept 2010) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow on the table - yellowish orange held up to the light. Thin 1/8" white head across the top. Some lacing noted.

Smell: Faint smell of honey, along with a mild bready smell.

Taste: Crisp, along with mild malts and mild bitter finish. Not a lot here.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of fizzy carbonation - leaves a crisp finish in the mouth - can't detect much else after that carbonation.

Drinkability: After a hot day, this does the trick nicely, and the high level of carbonation cleans the palate with a meal. It's a very refreshing beer - which makes it a very good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:58:00 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of adamrobertt

New York

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really great summer beer. Bright flavor that goes down easy. Fizzy carbonation, citrusy hops right at the forefront. Almost a spiced flavor at the back, but not too much of a linger on the palate makes this a very refreshing summer beer. Light body, doesn't stay in your mouth for very long. I really enjoyed this beer and it's nice to have a summer ale that isn't a wheat beer for once.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 03:30:41 | More by adamrobertt
Photo of Jmar1183

New York

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very average beer bought on a whim. Light golden color with a good half inch head. Average smell easily picked up lemon and sweet malts. The taste left much to be desired when compared to other summer ales. Surprising light feel which makes it very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 23:06:44 | More by Jmar1183
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a half inch white head. Light grain, wheat and lemon aroma. Nice light balanced taste. Toasted grain and wheat malts start off. A bit of sweetness from the malt. Grassy hops balance the beer nicely and a hint of lemon zest caps off the beer. Refreshing light mouthfeel with a hint of chewy breadyness. Not huge flavor, but very nice balance on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 22:37:25 | More by uustal
Photo of JayQue


3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good summer beer...right up there with SN Summerfest as a tasty, swillable summer beer. Pours a light golden color with a good size white head. Some lacing on the glass. The predominant smell and taste is sweet malts. There is a little hops bitterness involved but sweet malts and a hint of wheat are the primary flavors.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Drinkability is very good. This is a beer you could drink all day. Good flavor...light abv. Very nice!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 22:05:30 | More by JayQue
Photo of dedrinker


3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey-golden color with a whitish head.

Aromas of sweet breaded malt, honey, and earthy hops.

More yeasty dough flavor with honey and some light lemony English hop presence.

medium body and hitting an elusive spot.

All flavors reprise on the finish.

A great summer beer as long as it's not too humid and doesn't get over 88 degrees.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 06:17:50 | More by dedrinker
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