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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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1,504 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 198 | 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:
Beer added by: Sammy on 09-04-2006

Brewed in as "British Summer Ale"; lightly dry-hopped pale ale, all barley malt, 11 Plato.
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Ratings: 1,504 | Reviews: 479
Photo of CHADMC3
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden to orange body with a huge, foamy white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Floral hops, grass, and seemingly some sort of underlying malt sweetness.

Pleasant hop bitterness with citrus notes as well as grainy malt and bread character as advertised.

Light to medium in body, medium carbonation, a bit dry, and overall very pleasant.

This is a crisp brew, truly refreshing, and with some decent palate character as well.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light light copper color. With dense head that dissipates quickly.

S - Citrusy and flowery hops with some roasted malts present as well. Fruity. Not very prevalent nose though.

T - Crisp dry hop taste with some bitterness and some spices. Very appealing to me. A smooth and semi-sweet malty finish at the end there.

M - light bodied but very falvorful and refreshing as well. Nice balance between carbonation and hops.

D - Very refreshing! its probably good from the bottle too on nice warm summer days.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a thick layer of fine foam that has good retention and lacing.

Smell is spicy and lively with kolsch-like yeasty aromas and freshly malted barley. A fair amount of floral and herb hoppiness.

This is a nice, flavorful take on a summer ale. Grassy hop flavors add a nice crispness to the heavy bready maltiness. Plenty of carbonation add to the thirst quenching quality of this beer. I think just about anyone who drinks beer can appreciate this one. Me likey.

Photo of Moxley
2.12/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Did not enjoy this one with my good friend and fellow BA, Pleepleus.

A - Pours a clear golden orange with thin watery lacing that dissipated quickly.

S - Smelled exactly like an old rusty corn can.

T - Weird. Floral citrus up front with a strange medicinal, hairspray kind of finish. I don't know if I got a bad batch, the bottle said best by Sept. 2009, and it's May 15th so...I think it might just be a bad beer in general. Not an ale, not a wheat beer. Just a weird and failed attempt at making something different and crafty. NOT your best work Brooklyn.

M&D - The bottle says snappy and crisp. That's right. That's about the only thing that is right about this beer.

Not worth trying unless what you just read sounds enticing.

Photo of bl400315
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

most everything i've ever had from this brewery has been crisp, classy, and enjoyable- this brew was no let-down. poured into brooklyn brewery pint glass- fitting. poured a light amber/ almost golden color with decent clearity and a white, foamy head that settled in about a minute. notably had decent lacing. smells of citrus and earthy hops, subtle hint of the malts. crisp citrus taste, hops bear a small, but noticable, presence. finishes with a fresh lemony bite and traces of the hops persuading a moderately dry pellet. definately smooth and drinkable. not too complex. light body and good carbonation. definately a good addition to the brooklyn line-up.

Photo of jbertsch
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
I poured this into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. This brew has a very classic look. It's color is an old-fashioned gold with a foamy white head that dissipates after the first sip to a light film. Nice webbed lacing. There's also good bubbling activity.

Smell:
Hops, lemon, and an overall grassy/summer aroma all come through.

Taste:
Brisk hops are there with a little lemon and grain. I also taste a slightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel:
Great. It's crisp, sharp, yet finishes smooth and short. Perfect carbonation. A great thirst quencher.

Drinkability:
Fantastic.

In New England most people only know the Sam Adams summer ale, which is decent. But I think this summer ale offering from Brooklyn is better.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ripened wheat gold, super clear with a few thin bubbles making their way up through the brew. A tan head pillows on top and sits there like a floating rice cake.

Smell is pleasant, yet thin. Mostly sweet malts and thin grassy hops. It's clean and crisp and fits the style very well.

Taste is again clean and crisp leaning towards a dominating cereal malt. It is a little on the watery side of things but I still find it interesting enough to elevate it well above average. A moderate bitterness pinches lightly on the sides of my tongue but doesn't yield any more then a light grassy/ metallic note.

Soft, fizzy carbonation add to the experience of this easy drinking beer. What can I say I dig this brew. It has all the right flavors in the right places. Could it be better... sure but I sure enjoy it the way it is.

Photo of Sweasty
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beer pours a deep crystal clear gold. Short white head, falls to a ring. Leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Initial aroma of fresh cut grass and hay. That's followed by a bit of bready/toasted malt. Theres also a bit of citrus present as well.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Grassy/herbal hops up front. Followed by a bit of citrus twang. Hops backed up by a bready/toasty malt backbone. The finish is dry and a bit earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light Bodied and crisp.

This is another nice summer quaffer. I will undoubtedly be keeping this stocked in the fridge during these upcoming months.

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

Appearance: Light gold in golor, nice billowing 2inch head, nice and frothy, with lots of bubbles floating to the top of the glass, very nice lacing and retention.

Smell:Lots of citrus properties, a bit of toasted malt creeps through the fruit aromas, easy on the nose, smells alot like SA Summer Ale but with a more authentic citrus note.

Taste: Lots of malt up front, very enticing and refreshing. The middle of the beer features some lemon zest, mango, and a small hop bite. Toasted maltiness is here and prevalent, not overhwhelming but just enough to smooth out the lemon flavorings.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, the malt makes this one a bit bigger on the tongue, decent amounts of carbonation and sits well in the mouth and holds up nicely. Bitterness isn't too much.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing summer brew that has a unmistakenly good malt profile. It feels bigger then it is, yet it is highly drinkable and well balanced. I love how authentic the lemon is in this one, very close to something directly infused into the beer. A very good offering for the summer by Brooklyn!

Photo of DannyS
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip.

A - crystal clear orange amber with a very thin head that goes away very quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Faint piney hops accentuate the mild, bready aroma. Not a lot going on smell-wise.

T - Crisp, clean bright taste. Citrus, mild hops, and bready flavors converge into this very light but very satisfying taste. Finishes dry and clean.
I also detect a very faint candied presence reminiscent of smarties or marshmallow, but one has to really stretch to find it.

M - Slightly weighty but with nicely active carbonation.

D - A perfect session brew. ABV is modest and it's oh so easy drinking.

overall - It's not an especially complex beer, but it fits the bill of a 'summer ale' very well. Maybe I'm just biased, but I can't find a Brooklyn brewery beer I don't like.

Photo of BeanBone
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-amber body with two fingers of off-white head. The head recedes slowly and leaves decent lacing. There's just something about the tone of amber that's very satisfying.

Aroma: Grassy mild hops, biscuity malt, and perhaps the barest hints of alcohol.

Taste: Clean and crisp. Up front there's a wave of earthy, grassy, and slightly citrusy mild hops. Underneath, the mild bready malt backbone is almost wheat-like in it's lightness. The aftertaste is a mix of grains and a little lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation, almost approaching soda levels (but it works). A dry finish.

Drinkability: Everything is right here to make for a very quaffable brew.

Verdict: Summer Ale is a solid enough mild beer that works as a great warm-weather alternative to all of the Lagers and wheat beers out there. It's not the most complex or interesting beer out there, but it's not meant to be. Certainly worth a try.

Photo of washburnkid
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdmek9 for this fresh bottle. It now clocks in at 5.00%ABV!

A: About a finger of white foamy head that dissipates rapidly to a thin surface. Brew is golden colored.
S: Sweet malty but in a grainy, bready (bordering on yeasty) kind of way. Some fruit comes to the front, but only in passing.
T: Grainy and bready malts dominate the sip. Some hop bitterness at the very back, but it doesn't stick around long. As the brew warms even just a bit, a heavy buttery note pulls through, and the sip ends in a lemon twang.
M: Crisp carbonation with a light body that rarely bordered on watery. The finish is relatively dry.
D: Really refreshing. It seems like this beer is true to its style. I'm not a huge fan of the bready/buttery EPA character. But even as a fruit fly fell into the beer, I pulled it out and finished it.

Photo of yesyouam
2.59/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn Summer Ale is a very clear light golden ale with a thin white ring of a head. It has a fruity, wooden hop aroma, with a note of lemon. It is light, fluffy and crisp in the mouth. It has a boozy taste. It's lightly bitter, with notes of lemon and light grain. It seems a little strong for a summer ale.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn makes a great amber lager and a pretty good brown ale, I figured I'd give this a shot.

Very clear light amber color with a little bit of creamy white head.

Smells of hops and citrus.

Definate taste of lemon in the ale, goes down very smooth. A refreshing ale, definately worthy of the name "summer ale".

Photo of philipquarles
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a perfectly clear gold with a small white foam cap. Smells of biscuity malt with nice aromatic hops. Faintly grassy/herbal with an overall sweet character. Light malt flavors are dominant on the palate with some citrus character, faint-but-noticeable bitterness, and a lightly spicy finish. Strange residual lemon flavors. Light-bodied and well-carbonated. Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of ShrLSU
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L - A clear golden color with nice foamy white head and good lacing.

S - Nice malty aroma. A definte breadiness as well.

T - A little citrus taste and some sweet bready malt.

F - Very light and crisp in the mouth. Good carbonation and balance.

D - This is extremely easy to drink. This is a great lawn mower beer or for us in Louisiana...perfect with some spicy boiled crawfish.

Photo of theghost3
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, medium gold with a 1-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is grassy with some hops and fruits. The taste is bready, some slightly bitter hops, citrus, and herbal quality. The mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated.

This is a very sessionable beer, and would be great on a hot day.

Photo of RyanC84
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

English Pale Ales aren't the sexiest style ever, but Brooklyn has nailed it with their summer release.

A: One of the best English Pales I've seen. Pours a wonderful light golden color with a one finger head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Aroma isn't out of this world. All "bready" malt on this one.

T: Crisp & refreshing. The bready malt dominates with the hops finally showing up at the end providing a citrus finish.

M & D: Low ABV. Good carbonation with a light body. Perfect beach beer.

Photo of cvfish
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a light amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had decent retention and left some lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were straight forward, good bit of malts and hops mixed together, neither one over powers the other

T - The taste of this beer was good, nice bit of sweet, bready malts, a citrus flavor that is more refreshing than overpowering, and a nice wisp of hops to finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body followed by a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Now this is what I call refreshing, very clean and crisp and doesn't taste like corn, the kind of beer I crave after a 4 mile run

Photo of adamette
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Consumed and enjoyed by me a few hours ago. Poured from a bottle into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Nice light amber body with maybe a hue of orange brown with a moderate one inch head that sticks around for a minute or two.

S Nice light hops smell. Some malt maybe able to be smelled. Inviting and interesting.

T Really great balanced beer with some sweet malt and light to moderate hops. I could tell right away that this is a GREAT session beer. This is a simple beer in one sense as it is strait forward a lightly hopped ale but it has a nice complexity with the interplay of malt and hops that I really like a lot.

M Moderate with the nice malt and moderate hops feel with a low ABV.

D Excellent. Really the best feature of this beer.

Photo of armock
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus fruit and malt

T - Follows the nose exactly

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer its a good refreshing beer for the summer good taste thats easy to drink worth trying

Photo of gabeerfan
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a nice white foamy head. Champagne-like bubbles float up continuously.
Subtle aromas with lots of malt, some toasted bread and herbal, grassy hops. Not terribly complex, but quite pleasant.
The flavors are fairly simple too, but also quite pleasant. Again, fairly malty with bread and some light stone fruit flavors. Herbal and grassy hops are there too to add bitterness, but this is not the main flavoring as one may think.
Nice light mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. Great session beer.
I will definitely seek this out again, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. Great beer for sitting on the porch and enjoying the day.

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

This beer has a nice golden color, with a substantial, very frothy head. The nose is simple but nice: a little hoppiness, with a little maltiness. The taste is spot on for a general English bitter. The predominant flavor is a nice grassy hoppiness, though bitterness is not too high, matched well with a good amount of malt, fortunately not too caramelly like many US interpretations. Well-balanced with a light fruitiness.

Not a complex beer, but quite quaffable. A good session beer, and one of the better Brooklyn beers I've had.

Photo of atpben
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Was poured into a pint glass. Nice looking light golden color with a nice creamy white head. Wonderful aromas of honey, light citrus and malts. Very easy to drink with more honey and citrus in the taste with high carbonation. A nice crispy sweet finish. Perfect summer beer. I enjoyed this more than Sam Adam's summer ale. Will definately try again.

Photo of elniko
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Slight deep amber coloring, nice lingering head and lacing. Very high carbonation apparent. Really nice looking brew.

S: Definite pungy maltiness coming from the nose. My wife stated that it smelled like burned air from a hair dryer. Not the most pleasant nose.

T & M: There is something about the malt or yeast used in this brew that just comes across strangely in the taste. Crisp finish with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel slightly creamy.

D: Drinkable, but this is definitely not the first beer that I would look for on a hot summer day.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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