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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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1,447 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,447
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 156 | 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 Slynger
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light, clear, golden tangerine with a cap of fine white. Smells honey sweet and grainy with some herbal hops. Light bodied clean and dry. Lightly sweet grainy toasted and earthy herbal bitter. Easy drinker, but I didn't find anything to really stand out. Could just be the style.

Slynger, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden body, excellent clarity, lively carbonation, topped by a level two fingers of fuzzy white foam. Highly stretched delicate lacing.

Aroma of hay and grass, with a bit of British biscuit.

Easy going lightly sweet malt coats the mouth. Hops sublty balance the sweet, and provide an enjoyable tingle through the aftertaste.

Light and bubbly mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, highly sessionable.

A tasty English style alternative to all the American Wheats and Berry ales.

RonfromJersey, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Procrastinator
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. Part of a six-pack I purchased with "best before date"
Oct 08 stamped on the bottle neck.

Appearance: deep golden yellow body with a small-bubbled white head that leaves soapy lacing on the glass. Few streams of carbonation.

Smell: grassy hops, lemon zestiness with a background of bready malts.

Taste: upfront bready grains and bitter grassy hops along with dry crackers and alkaline water.

Mouthfeel: at the forefront is dryness with a feeling of rye. Carbonation is right on and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

Drinkability: easily drinkable with refreshing taste and lively body. If you're looking for a beer with dryness and hoppy flavors with relatively lower alcohol, this is a great summertime brew.

Procrastinator, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date printed on bottle.

A: Straw-yellow with 1-finger thick white frothy head with medium lacing.

S: Lemon, yeast, and pale malts with faint grassy hops aromas.

T: Light and crisp with mainly bright pale malt and yeasty, bready flavors without tasting grainy with a hint of citrus. Not very hoppy -- it almost tastes like a lager or a weak pilsner.

M: Hefty carbonation gives a prickly, dry feel.

D: Easy to drink and enjoyable enough, but nothing too special or interesting here -- solid.

argock, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before Oct 2008

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet bready malt, a touch of caramel and floral hops. The taste is smooth and malty up front with a crisp citrusy hop finish. Overall, Brooklyn Summer Ale is another solid beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and would make for a nice session beer. Worth a shot.

cjgator3, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: lemon zest, bread, and some yeast tones.

Taste: bready malt profile. Lemon zest and some fruit sweetness are well balanced with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Pretty clean aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a very nice summer time beer that can be quaffed all day. Worth picking this one up.

Gavage, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with some haze. Good sized head with a decent lace.
The aroma is of citrus,malts with bread tones/light malts.
The taste is lemon,hops and barley. The feel is smooth,crisp,slightly dry and bitter. The carbonation is moderate.

Notes: I reviewed this under bottle and I must write that this beer tasted better from tap. Perfect summer beer.

Lexluthor33, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold with a lacy white head. Aroma is some grainy malt but not much, and there's a faint twinge of citrus mixed with wet cardboard. Taste is citrusy and light, more resembling a pilsner than a pale ale, very sharp and acidic. Not much from the hops, and its pale ale-ness doesn't really show through for me.

Refreshing at the end, typical for a summer brew, but I'd have trouble picking this out of any run-of-the-mill summer brew.

saintwarrick, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of mikeepeck
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice foamy head of about 1 finger, pale golden color, head slowly disappears.
S: Distinct fruity nose, with floral hops, and .... plums maybe? There's some interesting fruit in there, I just can't nail it down.... Clean with a hint of hop bitterness to come.
T: Interesting. Kind of a fruity hop flavor. Maybe it's coming from the yeast as well? Clean- aftertaste is gone quickly. After a few sips, the flavor washes out.
M: VERY light, goes down like water.
D: I could drink this all day, but would I? It's very thirst-quenching, but I'm not sure it has enough flavor to keep me coming back for more. Plus, it would probably be crushed by most foods. It's basically a Brooklyn Light Ale.

mikeepeck, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this beer via a house party - someone was kind enough to leave a few for me to sample.
It poured a nice honey brown, with minimal head...the laced heading remained throughout the beer.
This is a nice mellow beer. I wouldn't normally place it with a summer beer, I think I would prefer this during the early fall. The flavoring is very well balanced. Over all it is a nice mellow beer that has a strong enough flavoring to make you want more.

Jayli, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of TangTKE402
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a bottle into a tulip pint glass. It poured clear, honey-golden brown with a nice little head on top that didn't go away right off the bat. There was only a little discernible lace as I drank it down, and its smell was nothing to write home about.

In the world of summer beers, this one rates right around the middle. It has a nice feeling in the mouth, tastes clean and refreshing, and finishes with a good beery taste. It boasts a nice, even flavor, with the only major flavor I could glean tasted like a nice fresh batch of buttered bread at a fancy restaurant. It isn't overly bready, but it isn't overly anything else either. A nice, well-rounded, beer-drinkers summer ale.

A definite for those looking for a summer ale that refreshes, without all of the fruitiness.

TangTKE402, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with some white head that dissipated quickly, but did provide some lacing.

Smells of citrus and grains. Mildly hoppy scent, just smells crisp and invites you to gulp it down.

Malty on the front but rolls into a hoppy finish.

Light bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable. Another fine brew from Brooklyn Brewery.

AgingWarrior, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Crystal clear light golden honey colored with a very thin and short lived foamy white head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nothing incredibly noteworthy - just the smell of very fresh beer. A nice aroma with a notes of citrus hops.

T&M: Good balance between malt and hops with a slightly dry tone. Relative weight is light and refreshing. The carbonation adds its own texture with fine but abundant consistency. Finish is mostly clean with a slight bit of hop linger.

D: Easy to drink and rather thirst quenching. Solid flavors stay together through the finish. Another nice brew from Brooklyn.

SIRIUS2, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of Tucquan
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought I'd try this Summer Ale because I've enjoyed other beers from this brewery. This one didn't grab me that much.

My first reaction on tasting it was dissapointment that it didn't have more of a unique flavor. This strikes me as a beer you can serve to folks that aren't used to a strong tasting beer and it'll be wel-liked.

There's not a lot of smell to this ale. It pours with a small head. It isn't overly carbonated. It has a grassy and citrus taste with just a bit of malt. Not unpleasant at all and certainly quafable on a hot day but I won't be seeking it out.

Tucquan, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden color. Minimal white head with no lacing.

S:Biscuit malt up front then some sweetness.

T:Sweet up front. Slight hop bitterness. Nothing amazing but solid.

M: Nice light body.

D: Super easy drinking on this 95 degree day. While not the best beer from Brooklyn this is a great summer beer.

aerozeppl, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pale golden color nice carbonation, quickly dissapating head no real sticky stuff on the side of the glass

smell: not a lot there, just a bit of citrus and a bit of sweet malts. Pleasant and inoffensive

taste: starts of with a light malty flavor and rolls into a nice hint of citric hops with just a bit of fresh cut grass in there too.

mouthfeel: rather light in body with a bit of oilyness and nice fizzy carbonation

drinkability: very inoffensive and extremely refreshing. Not extremely complex but it's very very drinkable. I like it a lot.

Donnie2112, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of kenito799
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20 oz pour at Ulysses, Stone St, NYC.

No head to speak of when this brew arrives, yellow-amber, a bit of lacing, not much to look at.

Pleasant floral-citrus hoppy aroma on arrival. Average ale mouthfeel. The flavor is OK, but very one-note. Some grassy and tart hops, some malt, but neither complex and aromatic nor particularly refreshing. Yes, it's on the light side for an ale but I am left wishing I went for a good pilsener or hefeweizen (Brooklyn makes a nice pils). So I don't quite get the reason for this beer's existence. Not interesting, flavorful or refreshing enough to come back to; but not terrible.

kenito799, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

Note: The Brooklyn Website labels this a model of an old fashioned "Light Dinner Ale", produced from the 1800's until the 1940's. The site describes the style as "refreshing and flavorful without being heavy. I'm attempting to review this brew to the standards I imagine would exist for that style.

A - Clear pale golden color. About a finger of snow white head.Lots of tiny bubbles in there rushing to the top. Some sporadic lacing rings.

S - Some light grassy/floral hop.

T - Very clean tasting. A tiny bit of sweetness along with a tart bite followed by a faint tea-like taste. Finish/aftertaste give you a tiny hop impression.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation.

D - This one goes down nice and easy.

I think Brooklyn nailed what they are going for here. I'm not a fan of blonde ale type brews, but I think this is a nice easy drinker for the summer months. Could be a good call as a session brew or a change of pace from the Wits/American Pale Wheat Ales we see in the summertime.

EStreet20, May 30, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 17, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,447 ratings.