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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,429 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,429
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 142 | 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 Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear, honey yellow with foamy white head interspersed with medium bubbles, decent retention.

S = Well balanced smells, good piney hops but with sweet biscuit malt smells.

T = Light flavored, good tart bite, excellent for a hot summer day, lighter than the smell. Although the smell was pine, the taste is mostly citrus scones.

M = Light bodied, good carbonation, fair mouthcoating.

D = Very good. A great, resfreshing beer.

Score really depends on whether rating to style (average due to thinness) or based on fact that is intended to be a Summer beer (high because light and fruity). I go with the higher score because brewer's intention seems to simply be to make a nice light Summer beer, not an iconic APA within the BJCP style guidelines.

Traquairlover, May 26, 2008
Photo of EPseja
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%

Served (all afternoon long) in a 16oz. plastic keg cup from a tapped sixtel kept on ice at between cellar and fridge temperature.

A - Bright, golden yellow color... not piss yellow but sun struck wheat yellow. Head was jumping not only from a well aerated pour (at first), but from perfect carbonation. Lacing was hard to discern in the keg cup, but it was definitely better thank average.

S - Sweet, bright, pseudo-citrusy malts with a nice smattering of dryer English Hops. Light and inviting for a great Memorial Day BBQ.

T - Toasty sweetness on the way in, with a hefeweizen-style tartness just before the back of the throat, where a well place dose of well evenly dispersed hop bitterness dries things out and provides the necessary counterbalance. Bready finish that lasts until the next sip and reins in all other flavors to keep it simple and satisfying. A quick ride through a few different taste points, without any undue overattention to pretention.

M - Tingly coming in, with the body rising alomst immediately to fill the mouth. Turns slick and densely frothy on the way down the hatch, without any belly filling feeling at all.

D - One fantastic summertime beer! With a sub 5% ABV and supreme satisfaction in taste, it's a no brainer that you'll be able to drink it all day without worrying about being crippled the next morning. Well done, Brooklyn!

NOTES: Aside from the use of *some* English hops, I'm not sure that this beer is really an English Pale Ale, especially since it's not even remotely close to others in the class like Fullers, Bass, and Tetley's.

EPseja, May 26, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

**This brew has improved GREATLY in the 2011 season. Look is better, aroma is strikingly akin to a fresh English pale ale and taste follows suit with a citrus American twist. Mf has a nice crey dryness too. If I could re-review, I'd probably give it an A.

A- clear golden amber with a fluffy nearly white head that falls rather quickly to a thin ring leaving a few dabs of lace here and there.

S- english pale ale? no way. not even close. strangely spiced citrus, coriander, lemon peel, and peppery grains of paradise aromas mixed with the odd fuel/motor oil and wet dog smells that i noticed in their east india pale ale. very off putting. on the back side there are toasted grains and some light coconut.

T- on brooklyn's website, they call this a "light dinner ale" which would make more sense to me than a pale ale. anyway, the taste is pretty watery and one-dimensional with toasted cereal grains, pale barley, and slightly grassy hops with a lemony touch to them. german hops are up front with some help from the fuggles, but i can't really detect any of the cascade or amarillo, two of my favorites. overall bland and slightly herbal, well water, wet dog, and bleach comes out in the finish. and least there's none of that motor oil taste.

MF- thin fizzy and crisp, yet standing firm. feels like more than water in the mouth, maybe a thin juice, and definitely refreshing if you minus the strange chemical tastes and aromas.

D- strange, but not repulsive. on a hot summer day with such a low abv, i could picture this ONE going down nicely. only one, not two.

hustlesworth, May 20, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

12 ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a sunny golden body with active carbonation and 2 fingers of fine-bubbled white head that retains at a sheet and leaves thin broken rings of lacing.

Smell is malty with notes of green grass and citrus.

Taste is dry and malty, nutty biscuit and tart citrus appear, along with a light floral hop.

Lots of carbonation to enhance experience with a nice palate cleansing effect. I had mine with a cheeseburger. Perfect!

cvstrickland, May 19, 2008
Photo of muffguy4beer
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle, poured into a sam adams lager glass.

Appearance - pale copper in color. 3/4 inch head, decent lacing.

Smell - Malt is upfront in the smell, very simple smell of bread and wet grain. Very faint shiny hop smell, almost light citrus/lemon scents.

Taste - Crisp, sharp malt flavor. More of the bread and grain flavor. Very light. Decent amount of hop bitterness, very light hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and light, amply carbonated.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, fairly low ABV so I could put a few back on a hot summer's day. Nothing too stand out about this beer, but then again a very solid offering from Brooklyn.

muffguy4beer, May 19, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

12 oz bottle

A: Clear golden, slightly copper, under a big white head. Slight lace and decent retention.

S: Smells of floral hops and a little bit of malt. Bit of cooked vegetable in there.

T: Sweet, a little too much so, not enough hop to balance it out. Maybe a little bit of toasted malt and very mild bitterness. Not terrible, not even bad, but not much better than average. Just not a whole lot behind the malt.

M/D: Light bodied, a little over carbonated as well. Drinkability is so-so, it drinks a little like a lager, crisp and and relatively smooth, but I expect more from a pale ale.

NCSUdo, May 16, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer was a golden color with a medium-sized head that still left some nice lacing. I thought the aroma was a little muted, with a faint grain and citrus smell. The taste was the same, but a lot more assertive. The malt and citrus balanced out nicely, and I thought this was a refreshing beer.

lordofthewiens, May 14, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

Just recently picked up a single, twelve ounce bottle from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
I'm usually a fan of most Brooklyn brews, so I was curious to see what their Summer offering would be like...
Pours a clear, lucid, applejuice color with a decent-sized frothy head that quickly receded and left a small amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Strong, grainy, wheaty aroma nicely rounded out with a fine balance of malts and hops...
Great, crisp, refreshing taste, a really good depiction of the style, bursting with fresh florals, slight fruit, grains, wheat, citrus, lemons, pears, and green apples...
Decent mouthfeel, yet still light-bodied and not too rich or thick...
Very easy level of drinkability - this one went down very smooth and crisp without the slightest hindrance...
Good stuff and a great beer for the Summer...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of sawbones420
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

I look forward to this uber-sessionable seasonal every spring. While this fine ale deserves to be enjoyed out of a glass, I invariably end up drinking straight out the bottle, since it's usually my default brew during the warmer months - when my drinking habits are at their most casual.

Appearance will be based off the label since that's my chosen glassware. This is one hott lookin beverage. The so ugly it's attractive clash of colors make for a rather sexy choice in packaging. The logo is Brooklyn's standard.

Dry, crisp, REFRESHING flavor with a surprisingly ballsy malt backbone (thanks to the British two-row barley). A huge plus to this beer is the lack of lemon zest, which is an [over]utilized ingredient in many, many brewers' summer offerings. That's not to say citrusy notes aren't present - they certainly are - but this quality by no means dominates the palate. There's a distinctly British flavor going on here, and this is a good thing since the Brits are the kings of session ales.

Nothing stands way out while enjoying this beer, which again, is an asset. The alcohol is low at 4.5%, making it easy to down a sixer on your own with minimal bodily consequences (if you're steady drinkin').

By far my favorite "designated summer beer," I wish this brew had a much larger presence in the Boston market where unfortunately, the sub-par Sam Adam's Summer Ale reigns supreme with its legendary Iron Fist of Mediocrity.

My next goal is to convince Brooklyn Brewery to release this beer in six-pack tallboy cans. Oh man, I'd be in heaven.

sawbones420, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

Clean golden, with a dense white head. Fair to average lacing.

Nose is clean -- I get barley and rice. Pleasant, light, and very lagery.

Tastes equally as clean, even a wee bit watery. Malts are dominant, but this one's not sweet, luckily. It's an easy drinker, but not one of my Brooklyn favorites by far.

secondtooth, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz. bottle, brewed with 100% English 2-row barley. October '07 notched on the side, but I had this on the 21st of July - that's how far behind I am on my reviews. Ah well. It pours a mildly-hazed gold, with medium carbonation, and a loose, one finger deep, off-white head that deposits some decent lacing. Smells a bit earthy, with green/spicy hops and a dash of sea salt. It has a mild, yet pleasant flavor, with bready/biscuity malts, a light, crisp fruitiness, and the same hops as in the aroma, which contribute loads of flavor but impart only a mild bitterness. The body is light, crisp, and dry, enabling this beer to go down quite easily. In fact, drinkability is where this beer excels, as it is quite easy to pack a few of these away. Good summer quaff.

mmmbeer, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.75/5  rDev +5%

appearance -Golden amber color with a small head.

smell - Spicy, grainy, and some hop smells here.

taste - Some malt taste with some bitterness of hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonated

drinkability - Nice summer beer from Brooklyn.

auxiliary, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of LucaBrasi
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

This brew poured into a pint glass leavning a minimal head which quickly disspersed into a thin layer of foam. The smell is of light hops. The brew has a light taste with a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is good clean and crisp. A refreshing brew. I like it.

LucaBrasi, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York City last week. It was the only place I could find this at and since I'm a big fan of Brooklyn and their beers, I had to give this a shot. Even though it's no longer summer, I kept an open a mind as possible when sampling this. It's not that I don't like this beer, I just expected more from it, seeing how I fell in love with their Winter Ale last year.

The pour, hue, and taste were standard for summer beer - light, a decent head, and lacing that didn't last very long. The amber color was alright, but the taste...well, I'm still trying to pinpoint it. It's very floral, a bit buttery, some lemon zest, citrus, and straw, and dare I say, that this has a hint of detergent to it? Not so much in the taste, but the consistency of it. It goes down easy, it's a bit sudsy when I swish it around, and there is an aftertaste of faint hops and the lemon zest I mentioned before. One could look at this as a very light version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but I see this as a missed opportunity to make it stand out from other summer ales that I've tried over the years.

The 4.50% ABV is just right for this and makes this brew a pretty darn good session beer. Brooklyn's still near the top of my list for beers that I love because of their wide range, but I can't help but think that this was a missed opportunity to stand out from a pack just a bit more. This is only for the die-hard Big Apple beer drinker.

JerzDevl2000, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear golden yellow with a large white foamy head. Pretty standard looking. The smell is floral with a hint of sweet malt. The taste is crisp with a slight hop bite. floral flavors, and sweet malt. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing reasonably well. This is a decent summer beer,but not all that interesting.

jmz62565, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%

It pours a transparent, bubbly, golden color with a fizzy head. The nose is fruity with some hops and bread-like notes. The bready flavor is complimented by just enough hops and fruitiness to make it bearable. Not bad, but could have potentially been way, way better. The mouthfeel is soft and light. Not a bad drinker, could down a few of these. Overall and average, run-of-the mill beer.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 10/07) in a Shaker pint glass

Poured silent, like a whisper. Most interesting initial nose, lively with grassy notes, pine bark, hint of summer corn sweetness, even some whiffs of light citrus (lemon & orange)...nice. This is one of the best smelling Pale Ales I've encountered. Even with an aggressive pour only a pencil's worth of thin, loose pearlized white foam resulted, which quickly faded to a thin sheeting with a glass ring that laced in isolated spots. Slightly clouded, a lazy parade of bubbles rises thru a clover honey gold body, slightly brassy & warm.

Clean, crisp, cider sweet with a mild, citric (orange rind) hop bitterness balancing the overall initial taste. Very refreshing and easy to drink. The hops add a fruited character to the sweet malts which is interesting. Favoring the wet side of semi-dry, it has a muted, back of the mouth crunch to it. The overall effect is one of balance in both taste & mouthfeel that is rather nice.

It gets more angular, edgier, drier on the palate, a wee bit lemony, it finishes running uphill in feel, peaking with an almost white peppery twang. I do enjoy beers that finish strong, and this one certainly leaves more aggressive than it started....very nice. The aftertaste is mild hops, some citrus, like a glass of lemonade thats had all the ice melt, and overall nice & clean.

A most refreshing beer and one that has some nice layers of tastes sensations built in. Not complex by any means, but definitely well crafted. This screams for a sharply dressed salad, whitefish, dry white cheddar, even mild Pacific Rim and tamer Thai cuisine...or (oohhhh, oysters on the half shell with Tabasco!) any simple fare (burgers to steaks) that could come off a summer grill. Actually, a White Cheddar Cheeseburger with Pepper Relish would be perfect. One of the better summer ales I've had, and in that Maine brewers, IMHO, do a nice job with that "genre" that is saying something. Definitely recommended as a fantastic lawnmower beer or with that cheeseburger...or both!

BuckSpin, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of karengarys
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

This pours clear amber, leaving little head from my slow pour. After a few minutes it looks like colored water.

Typical beer smells, a bit hoppy, maybe some yeast...

Taste is typical beer with a bit extra hop bite and spicy bready zing. The "extras" are very faint though.

Mouthfeel plays a bit into the taste with a seltzery feel, almost leading to a salty taste.

Finish is way clean, almost anticeptic.

This is pretty drinkable. Nothing special leads me to yearn this brew, though. It is kind of bland and boring, but that is kind of what I expect from a beer like this. It's "English", but at least it isn't flat...

karengarys, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%

Appearance- An impressive gold color with a nice head but average lace.

Smell- Overall balanced smell the sweetness, bitterness and yeast blend well.

Taste- Kind of a little sour aftertaste I was not found of but prior to that it has a nice flavor. Like the smell very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- A bit thicker than what I thought it would be but in a good way.

Drinkability- An average beer for the most part.

MTNboy, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a nice gold color with ok carbonation. The head is a small 2 fingers white and leaves little lace.

The smell is light and slightly citrus.

The taste is ok. light malt and a mild citrus taste.

The mouthfeel is a little think for a Summer brew, a little syrupy and could use more carbonation.

The drinkability is not quite what I look for in a summer ale. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden pale color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, slight yeasty, some spice's, and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, yeasty, some spice's and caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, but most likley would not buy if readily available, a quench thirster, maybe.

Wasatch, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%

Pours a pale orange color with a white head. Aromas of corriander and spice and a mix of wheat and pale malt tones. In the taste, well it seems kind of wheat ale like, hints of spice and a dry end. Refreshing with a dry aftertaste. Kind of a standard summer ale, not huge on flavor, but refreshing and non offensive.

OWSLEY069, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of BeefyMee
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%

Very pale gold but nice lacing. Biscuity and slightly sweet smell. Tastes a little tangy with a hop presence, however slight, finally coming through in the aftertaste. A decent summer beer. Kind of lackluster but still a bit unique. I'd gladly drink it again next summer, though I might not buy it over some of the other mainstays.

BeefyMee, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

A: Poured a golden-amber color topped by two fingers of white head that displayed an average retention.

S: A clean smelling bouquet with a grainy and slightly hopped aroma, some spiciness evident also.

T: A carbonated pale malt up front, followed by a nicely hopped middle, fading with a trail of bitterness into the finish.

M: Decent texture, carbonated fairly well with a bubbly mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable offering from Brooklyn, as I find many of their beers to be. Compared to other summer ales, this has a unique hop profile and a bit more interesting character than others.

CharlieMopps, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of techdiver
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a clear gold with modest head that fades to thin foam with minimal lacing.

Balanced nose of malt and hops.

Taste echoes the nose with a moderately bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body with a fairly crisp feel with light carbonation.

Good drinkability, not a standout, but nothing radical enough to mar it's drinkability.

techdiver, Aug 01, 2007
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