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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,496 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 190 | 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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4.24/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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!!!

Photo of silver0rlead
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of BobMessina
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Bighuge
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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

Photo of mcguirmn
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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...

Photo of Jemes21
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of MikeRa
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
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

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.

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.

Photo of adamrobertt
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really great summer beer. Bright flavor that goes down easy. Fizzy carbonation, citrusy hops right at the forefront. Almost a spiced flavor at the back, but not too much of a linger on the palate makes this a very refreshing summer beer. Light body, doesn't stay in your mouth for very long. I really enjoyed this beer and it's nice to have a summer ale that isn't a wheat beer for once.

Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date: Sept. 09

A - Poured out a clear, pale, golden-yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a thick, two-finger, white head of foam that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grains, grasses and lemon.

T - It tasted bready and of grains. There was a spicy hop kick with just a touch of lemon flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - I really liked this brew. It was very tasty and easy drinking

Photo of confer
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle the Summer Ale is a perfect gold. The perfect color of beer. I am sure this beer is way past best by date as it is February and this is a Summer Ale. I could not find the date on the bottle.
The smell is simple ale aroma nothing fancy.
Taste is also nothing fancy just solid English ale. The hoppiness is non-existent. Could be due to the age.
This is a fine beer. I can't wait to try a fresh one is summer. It is easily a session beer and will be fantastic on a hot summer day.
Once again I'm not disappointed with a Brooklyn offering.

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.