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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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496 Reviews
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Reviews: 496
Hads: 1,671
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 37
Gots: 353 | 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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Reviews: 496 | Hads: 1,671
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.69/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear 17k gold hue, with a frothy three and a half finger head that holds very well and leaves fine patches of lace. Toasty Victory malt, light Crystal, and buscuit aromas are prevelant, along with Marris Otter and a touch of roasted barley. A hint of butterscotch in the aroma, accompanied by a fragrant EKG herbal hop scent. First sip if full of sweet Marris Otter and delicate Two-row, with a strong toasted note and mild caramel backing it up. The aftertaste starts out hoppy like soft Fuggles and herbal EKG, then a slightly spicy Tettnanger or Hallertau flavor brings the taste into perfect balance and level bitterness. A suggestion of diacetyl and fruity english ale character slowly becomes more apparent and pairs with the medium carbonatiion and light body to achive a mouthfeel that is both lively and complex, but also non-cloying and lusciously smooth. The finish is malty but not residual and the hop tones fade away gradually with the mineral character. The drinkability is simply phenomenal and this beer is a testament to the lower ABV styles that are just as satisfying as the modern-day Double and Imperial ales of great strength. (1,158 characters)

Photo of EPseja
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
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. (1,582 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this better than I anticipated. There is a nice light bready/biscuity maltiness and a soft floral hop dimension....The body is not immense but it does not come off as watery at all considering the style...I like the fact this does not have that overdone lemony hop bite to it a lot of beers in this style have....it has a subtle lemon impression which fits nicely.

Really a nice fresh floral aroma to this too..

A summer ale that fits the bill. Would drink nicely at the beach or pool, after a softball game or at a BBQ.

Nice beer. Tough to find low abv beers this good. (580 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very light honey color. Thick white head dissipates quickly to a light wispy cap.

S - Mostly cereal grains. Some light hop undertones. Very clean smell, but smells. Smells like a high quality adjunct.

T - Very clean and crisp. Clean cereal malt flavor and excellently balanced. Very good session beer.

M - Excellent

Overall this is a great session beer. Very light and easy drinking. Would make a great improvement to anyone looking for an quality beer on a hot day. (484 characters)

Photo of shand
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

First summer brew of the season, and how fresh this one is! Pours a brilliant yellow golden color with three fingers of nice head that leaves great lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is of some clean malts and prickly hops, along with some citrus and subtle grains. The taste is just outstanding, especially for a summer brew. The hops are perfectly balanced with some super-clean malts and a touch of floral hop prickliness. Some graininess makes it's way in the middle, and almost comes close to taking over, but fades away to be a pleasant back note with the citrus. Almost perfect.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is exceptional. Hell, I don't know if it's because it's just super-fresh (somehow we got bottles here in Florida before this went on tap up at the brewery), but this really tickled me the right way. Just a great, refreshing summer ale. I need more. (962 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a half inch, creamy looking white head.

Smell - Citrus, caramel, and wheat. Not much stands out. Smells very sweet though..

Taste - Strong hints of caramel and citrus. Maybe a little clove.. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - I think this is a very good beer and it's very refreshing. (392 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn Brand Summer Ale, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a clear pale copper with a golden hue and a minimal bubbly head. Some lacing in bubble rings.

Smell - English barley and bready with a crisp fruit hops overlay. Somewhat subtle but nice.

Taste - Bready and fruit, slightly tart, refreshing, like biting into a piece of fruit.

Mouthfeel - Dry, drinkable, refreshing, and not at all boozy. Slight carbonated snap gives it a bit of a soda feel that the mouth enjoys.

Overall - Beats out Sam Summer Ale in almost every way. As Summer brews go, this is outright grand. I enjoyed and I think fans of this style would definitely appreciate it. (682 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured golden into an American pint glass, with less than a finger of white, which fell rather quickly. Modest lacing, but a healthy dose of carbonation. Apple, pear, lemon, hay, grass, and herbal notes are all evident in the nose. The flavor did yield some modest fruitiness initially, but evolved to a very herbal hoppy finish. Thin and carbonated; makes for a nice session beer/lawnmower beer in the summertime. (414 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear light straw color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of fizzy and creamy head which is pure white and lingers just for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass
S: for a beer so light i really hadn't expected the scent to be as appealing and strong, has nice notes of cereal grains, lemon zest, and a very nice fresh hop scent which is just slightly citrusy
T: begins with a bright lemon note which move into a nice gentle malt note which brings it into balance and smooths it out, leaves the palate with just the slightest sweetness which is wonderful
M: a bit aggressive on the carbonation up front but drinks nicely thin throughout, finishes light and with a very slight dryness on the palate
O: i cant lie, this is right up at the top of my favorite summer beers, it is ridiculously drinkable and phenomenally smooth, so well balanced and in cans it is really ideal for the summer times at the race track, beach, boat, backyard, etc. (1,038 characters)

Photo of adamette
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn's Summer appears a beautifully clear and bubbly light gold body with a nice big pillowy white head that leaves good amount of lacing. The appearance is beautiful.
Aromas are sweet English malts with a slight fruitiness. Nothing really in the hop department, but I wasn't expecting it.
The flavors are delightful breadiness with a buttery diacytle (sp?), (362 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that takes some time to fade before falling to a ring around the glass. Laces nicely all the way down.
S: Very inticing sweet malts, some citrisy aromas finish off the nose.
T: Very sweet but light tasting malts under a more citrisy flavor for a really nice taste. Not as hoppy as one would expect for any type of pale ale, but really nice tasting regardless.
M: Very fresh, light, crisp, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. I would definately recommend this for a session beer. (599 characters)

Photo of DavidBeerKid
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color... Smooth and fairly easy to drink. Slight lemon taste and other sweet aromas and tastes. Perfect beer to drink out of the bottle on a hot day. Great for the summer time!

First time drinking this beer, heard some bad things about past brews, but this was quite nice! (286 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, pale straw colored. Thin head, but some nice lacing.

S: Very toasty & biscuit-y. Herbal hops are abundant.

T: Classic EPA profile here... toasty, buttery malts, with a lite citrus / orange flavor. Ends on a slightly spicy, earthy hop note. Perfectly balanced.

M: Quaffable, went great with my broccoli/rice/chicken diunner concoction.

O: Nothing overly complex here, but this is one of the classier pale ales I've had. Great beer. (447 characters)

Photo of mjw06
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A golden rose to amber color with mild clarity and a nice frothy white head leaving some nice scum for you to admire.

The smell hits kind of waxy and kind of plasticky with a pleasant malt, but nonetheless clean and well-balanced in such a way that waters the mouth.

Well-balanced taste with fruit note that resembled baked apples (no cinnamon) and the sweet nectar of a peach. That's what stood out to me, but this by no means is a fruity or sweet beer. Biscuity body (no butter, but still flaky).

I think the feel of this beer is what really made it superior to me. It was full on the palate, yet light at the same time on the finish. Very soft and very pleasant.

I'm not too well versed when it comes to English pale ales, but I'm a staunch fan of seasonals, particularly the summer. While many summer selections simply lighten up on the body and the taste, Brooklyn's selection seems to have have found a balance between all the things you love about a good tasting/feeling beer, while at the same time making it extremely refreshing. Time to stock up now before the season changes, and enjoy this frequently all the way until mid-September. (1,150 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Office in Montclair. Reviewed on my Droid.

Arrives a cloudy pale amber color with a half finger of foam. There is a noticable citrus grapefruit hop aroma.

This is a very refreshing summer ale. I like the slight hoppy flavor, and this beer finishes crisp and clean with just the right amount of lingering sweetness. Bitterness is very mild. The hops impart a lemony flvor.

One of the better brooklyn beers that I've tried, and one of the better summer beers as well.

Reviewed in bottle 9/3/10. Review stands a written! (535 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a best before date printed on it and the label lists the abv at 5.0%. The neck label has a brief description of the beer as well.

Appearance: It has a light golden honey colored body with good clarity and a few bubbles of visible carbonation here and there. From the pour it produces an average size white foamy head that slowly settles down to a soft, creamy, thin film covering. Lacing is slick and spotty on the glass.

Smell: There are notes of bready and biscuity maltiness with some clover honey like sweetness mingling with mellow citrusy (orange/lemon) and herbal hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a very drinkable medium body with a good balance of hops and malt. I get a lovely mix of sweet buttery dinner roll like malty notes with a touch of honey and soft citrusy and herbal hops. The finish is just enough hop bitterness to keep everything in check and interesting. The texture is very smooth with soft carbonation.

Notes: This is a very well made English Ale. As for its style I feel it is walking the line between English Pale Ale and English Pale Mild in my opinion. Ether this beer just screams summer time drinkability!!! (1,236 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden color with a moderate eggshell head that retains fairly well. The aroma has some grassy and floral hops, along with honey and biscuit, a little fruitiness, some mineral character, and hay. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with grassy and floral hops upfront, along with honeysuckle and cane sugar, biscuit and toffee, some mineraly quality, orange marmalade and a slight alcohol note. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side (but appropriately so) and drinkability is off the charts. I've had this beer a number of times before and was never impressed, but after I let this one warm up a little it really shined. This is an incredibly quaffable, yet flavorful and well constructed summer beer. (713 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden body. Thin white head. Minimal lace. Nice bready malt aroma with a nice hop presence and a nice touch of lemon as well. On the buds, English malt base with a biscuity flavor. Crisp and snappy hop presence flavor wise. Not overly bitter, but enough to add a touch of dryness. Touch of lemon in the flavor as well. Nice amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. Quite flavorful and drinkable. Solid offering. (415 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a standard pint glass

A: Golden colored with a generous pillowy head.

S: Earthy malt grains and mildly floral hops.

T: Tastes like a crisp and clean version of a classic British ale. Like the nose, it focuses on earthy malt and mildly floral hops. Not much alcohol to be found which enhances it’s thirst quenching abilities.

M:Super drinkability…slides down the throat. I had to remind myself to slow down and concentrate on the flavor characteristics. This is a quality summertime outdoor brew.

O: This is my kind of summer ale. Simple and refreshing. Not like the over-spiced versions that are loaded with stuff like coriander and grains of paradise like so many other brewers. Thanks Brooklyn. (730 characters)

Photo of renegadeburger
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got to pick up a nice 12oz can of this stuff on my way to a bbq loved seeing it there and good price too

poured into plastic cup outside immediately thought hey this beer is kinda dark for a summer ale but all good for me

smelled like lemon hops and also some grass a little bit of yeast in there too

taste was damn fine i could have drank this all day one of the best summer beers i had so far this year

nice mouthfeel i would say medium bodied for sure

overall a great beer i would definitely bring this to a bbq again nice one brooklyn (543 characters)

Photo of mcguirmn
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer a lot. Smells of dry hops and citrus. Taste is superb. Very light, but not sacrificing any taste. There is just enough hops to give it a nice bite, but the citrus works very well. Compared to Sam Adams Summer, Harpoon Summer, and Leinenkugel's Summer, this is BY FAR my favorite. Just be careful, since Brooklyn Summer is so drinkable, the alcohol can really creep up on you. (395 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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... (871 characters)

Photo of MikeRa
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had over at the "Beer Garden " at Hulmeville Inn

A: This beer has a nice pale golden color with a 1" head

S: This beer has a nice sweet floral smell

T: This beer has a nice and bitter citrus taste coming from the floral hops

M: This beer goes down real smooth

O: This is a nice summer beer that I will drink again (318 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (451 characters)

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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