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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,430
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 144 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

ryanpj, Sep 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

disruptor32, Sep 09, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%

This beer serves its purpose as an easy-to-drink pale ale for the hot summer months, but it doesn't provide much interest beyond that. It pours a hazy golden orange color, and a quickly vanishing fizzy head. The aroma is primarily a dull, earthy hop character that is expected for an English-style pale ale, but it lacks depth. The flavor profile is more varied, with a biscuity malt base balancing against a combination of lemony, grassy, and earthy hops. The fine, prickly carbonation drowns out any sense of complexity, though. Overall, this is a light and drinkable beer, but it is mostly uninteresting.

devilben02, Sep 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

brentblack1, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

beerishappy, Sep 06, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden colour. White head poured thick and foamy with a pock marked topping then faded to light covering... some light carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Some juicy tart fruits (lemons and limes, pears,), quite earthy and grassy, floral honey, light sweet grainy malts, doughy, some rubberiness, talcum powder traces, herbal, peppery hops...

Taste... light peppery hop bitterness, quite floral, metallic hints, light sweet biscuit malts, some juicy fruits (lemons, apples, limes), some saltiness, faint floral honey sweetness...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry... light bodied... very quaffable at 5%

Overall - A decent enough brew for a summer day... nothing groundbreaking just a decent quaffable brew..

mdagnew, Sep 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

sd123, Sep 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

GFD400, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

MN_Beerticker, Sep 01, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle into a pils glass, crystal clear gold colour with about a centimetre of head. Lots of rising bubbles.

Smells really nice. Fresh-baked scones and lemon. Flavors of lightly toasted grain and zesty lemony hops, herbal on the back. Not all that complex but a pretty great lawnmower beer.

Not really an English pale ale anyway, and more carbonated than any I can think of. Crisp and refreshing. A lot of crummy lager drinkers would take to this quite readily. Extremely drinkable.

Parrotshake, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

KopOut, Aug 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

dllman25, Aug 26, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +0.8%

12 ounce can poured into glass. Somewhat hazy orange with white head, decent retention with some lacing. The nose features refreshing citric notes including orange, tangerine and lemon. Notes of light grains come through as well along with some light herbal hops. Taste is right on par with Nose, light fruity with a decent hop punch. Taste is clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and high on carbonation. Overall, nice summer brew, not much flavor, but good for a hot day.

homebrew311, Aug 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

sliverX, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

hsc12, Aug 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

jaidenjb, Aug 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

Cnorrisl, Aug 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Samichez, Aug 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

barbellsNbeers, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

h4ger, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

RichH55, Aug 23, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw color with a small off-white head and some visible carbonation.

Aroma: Citrus hop smell with a little malt and dryness in the nose. Some caramel malt and grainyness in there.

Taste: Starts out with that caramel malt flavor and then the lemon hop flavor hits the back end of your palate. You are left with a bright citrus flavor from the hops. For a "Summer Ale" this beer has a nice malty backbone. The lemon from the hops is like all the flavor of a lemon without the bitterness. Although someone new to craft beer would probably think of this hop character as strong, it's actually quite calm and finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Effervescent. Drinks like a slightly darker beer, meaning it's a tab sticky in the mouth but not cloying.

Final Thoughts: As soon as I saw the label "Summer Ale" I thought, "oh here we go again with another bland brew." But this one surprised me with it's nice malty undertones. I'd call it more of an American/English pale ale hybrid. You get the malt notes that are common in English style beers with the citrus hop flavors that are usual in American ales. Brooklyn Brewery should consider renaming this one, if for no other reason than to stand out in a sea of bland Summer Ales.

JamesMN, Aug 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +40.1%

Andy1022, Aug 21, 2012
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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