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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,495
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 188 | 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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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.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear, deep gold color with some orange tint. The head is fairly large, foamy, and slightly off-white. Retention is average, with solid lacing.

S: Some grainy, bready malt up front. Some grassy/herbal and faintly citric hop aroma. Pretty standard, nicely-done English Pale Ale aroma.

T: Bready up front with some pale malt flavor. Hops are again herbal and blandly citric, providing decent flavor and mild bitterness. A yeasty, slightly fruity taste at times. Maybe it's just me, but I detect a touch of salt.

M: Standard medium body. A soft, consistent dryness here. Carbonation is average.

D: A somewhat pedestrian offering from Brooklyn, although it does earn high marks for refreshment and drinkability. I'll be taking a closer look at some Brooklyn beers soon, but I can't say I understand the hype currently.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light Gold-orange hue.

Smell: Citrus, fresh cut apples

Taste: refreshing, light wheat bread flavor, hint of citrus

Mouthfeel: refreshing, mild tannins leaving the mouth watering for more

Drinkability: Very Drinkable - I recommend this to anyone looking for a refreshing beer without the high alcohol level of most craft beer.

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a mostly thin texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: A big malty smell with this one, along with some hops.

T: A sharp taste of barley malt and hops. Not the most complex taste, but definitely likable.

M: This beer has a lively amount of carbonation and a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: While I'm not a huge fan of pale ale, but this was a tasty, easy to drink brew.

Photo of albern
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The ABV is incorrect as listed. The label says 5%, BA has this at 4.5%. The beer is nice, light refreshing, and complex enough to make this an interesting summer type pale ale. The beer pours a clear few-shades-darker than a pale color with a small white head that doesn't hang around long. No lacing in this one. The aroma is a touch grainy and bready, maybe a lemony touch or two, nothing overly distinct one way or the other.

The taste is quite mild. There is a nice balance, some bready malts, some hops balance things out, maybe a touch drying in the finish. The beer has an ever so slight citrus taste a little bit honeyed as well. The beer is more smooth than pricklish, but this is not an entirely smooth beer either. There is an ever so slight little tangy bite towards the finish that keeps this from being too mild an experience. It is a respectable, well balanced pale ale, light, refreshing, plenty carbonated, slight mouthfeel, not much aftertaste.

Photo of tim9887
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: a nice golden hue, about a finger or maybe a touch more of foamy white head.

Aroma: Malty sweetness, lemon, and just a wee bit o' hops.

Taste: Much of the characteristics from the aroma are present, specifically the malty sweetness & lemony citrus qualities. Finishes crisp with a slight tinge of sour/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very very crisp and refreshing carbonation. Pretty good all-around.

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

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, honey, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of citrus and honey up front. There's a good hops presence and a thin malt character. Simplistic but typical for a summer seasonal. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice poundable beer that seems to fit its role as a summer beer quite well, even though there are other of its kind that I would pick first.

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

Reviewed on 6/13/08. On tap at the local bar. Pours amber with a small white head. Surprisingly hoppy (floral) with a wheaty sweet malt that balanced well with the hops. One of the better summer ales I've had and quite underrated on this site. Reminds me of SNPA just a little less hoppy. Good beer, quite drinkable.
7/4/7/4/13 (3.5/5)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a summer '08 bottle this beer was a bright lemon yellow color with lots of visible carbonation rising in it. The head was off-white, retained fairly well and left curtains of lacing. The aroma was of light floral hops and 'wet' wheat. The flavors were similar but unimpressive, bready and biscuity malt, the understated hops and a wheat finish that was crisp. The mouthfeel was rough due to over-carbonation and a medium/light body. Not as refreshing as I hoped from a summer offering.

Photo of Vendetta
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
July 6, 2008

Had this at McCarren park during an Armin Van Buuren concert- Brooklyn Brewery was there to provide beer. Light golden pour with a thin head. Not a strong aroma. Relatively weak taste that fits the lack of aroma. Not a very flavorful beer, but it is easy to drink. Their vienna lager is far better.

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,495 ratings.