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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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1,476 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 26
Gots: 167 | 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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3.92/5  rDev +9.8%

beltz15, Oct 18, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +9.8%

wcgarr, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of SaltofOH
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold/amber. Foamy off-white head with LOTS of effervescence. Lacing down the sides of glass with a thin white cap of retention.

Aroma: Very fruity with a slight hop aroma. Very nice.

Taste: Tart & spicy, salty, clean. Reminds me of Columbus Brewing Company's Summer Teeth Kellerbier; but filtered, with lots of bubbles, and not as slick. Hints of apple and pear.

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-light weight, very astringent and clean.

Overall: Light, fruity, astringent. Well-carbonated (but not overly so). A well-balanced craft summer ale. Would buy again.

SaltofOH, Jul 28, 2014
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
Photo of Redrover
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chance to drink a couple of these on tap at Risqué BBQ on Clark Street in Chicago. Glad to see more places offering Brooklyn Beers.

Served in standard pint glass, the beer is a light gold with a bone white head. Nice lacing.

It has a light yet inviting aroma of grains and citrus.

The taste is crisp with biscuits and lemon rind. Light grainy taste with subtle hop perfume type accents. There is a bit of apple flavor late.

The mouth is crisp and it makes an easy drinking summer brew.

Redrover, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of thecarster1
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, golden brown coloring, almost three finger head, great long-lasting lacing, leaves head on the glass on the way down, minimal carbonation.

s- nice summer ale smell, citrus, mix of hops and malt, floral notes.

- slight malt upfront, not overwhelming smack of hops in the back, nice citrus, all around light as it should be.

m- light on the mouth, as with the style, but it could have a little more presence.

d- very drinkable, goes down nice and smoooth, prefect for a summer day.

thecarster1, Jun 04, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw with a lumpy off white head.
Bread dough with lots of flowers and lemon peel.
Light crackery malt with lemon zest hop finish.
Bit of graham cracker in the finish and lemon Starburst linger.
Light, a bit watery, crisp.

I don't know why this beer gets no love; this does exactly what it says on the tin. Brit malts definitely give it that English blonde backbone, and the citrus from Cascade and Amarillo sign through. My only issue, ironically, is the strength: plenty of English breweries can and do make this beer at 3.8%.

Easy hot weather quaffer.

StJamesGate, Sep 08, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/11/12 notes. On tap in NYC at a Sportsbar on the Upper East Side. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, medium yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bananas, spices, bready malts, and earthy notes. Little spicier then I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bananas, grains, bready malts, wheat, citrus hops, lemon, floral hops, earthy notes. More fruit and citrus here, much better then the nose.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, I'm sure I could have a few of these.

o - Overall a pretty nice pale ale; definitely something you could have a few of on a warm summer's day. Lots of bread and grains, but nice bananas and citrus in the taste. Would like to have it again.

mdfb79, May 16, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Country Corner in Setauket, NY. Served in a pint glass. I don't think this is correctly categorized. The Brooklyn website lists it as an English Style Light Dinner Ale, and I don't know if that style really exists but it certainly describes this beer better than an English Pale Ale.

Look: hazy, bordering on cloudy, pale yellow body. Very thin eggshell colored head. There's not much lacing as the beer heads to the bottom because the head dies down fairly quickly.

Smell: there's some wheat, a good deal of bread, hints of hops and I get a bit of Amarillo.

Taste: follows the nose with a big taste of malt up front and a bit of a hoppy finish. The malt is pale and very bready. This is one of the breadier (is that a word?) beers I've had.

Feel/Drinkability: medium towards light in body, crisp, easy drinking. This is a good summer beer in that you could easily drink a few on a hot day and feel refreshed afterwards.

Overall: my overall impression is that while this isn't particularly exciting, its not half bad. If one considers it to be a summer ale, it hits it right on the head. As for an English Pale Ale? I don't know about that. Maybe the keg has been sitting for awhile and the hop character has died down a bit and a fresher beer might've been more hoppy, which I think would've been desirable. Still, worth it for what it is. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Apr 02, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a fantastic golden color with a nice tan cap of off white foamy very little lacing down glass.

S: Aroma is on the thin side with subtle notes of sweet malts and some citrus hop.

T: Taste is of toasted malts with a bready and yeasty quality. The refreshing hoppy citrus blast makes this a great summertime drinker.

M: Moutfeel is a medium body with a nice smooth character.

O: Overall a drinkable beer and will be enjoying this one all summer long, thanks to the brewers from Brooklyn .

nukem5, Jun 17, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Yum Yum Shack in Cooperstown, NY. Poured a golden color with a nice white head. Some lacing, but not much. Aroma of earthy hops, citrus and grains. Taste is refreshing...earthy, grainy, citrus...perfect beer for the hot weather.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean. Very drinkable in the hotter weather, but that's about the only time I'd have it.

MsRif, Oct 30, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty pure yellow gold. Larger than expected two-finger head. Decent lacing for the style. Very fine carbonation.

Nose is mostly malt, a little grass, and very faint fruity hops.

For the style, the taste is very good. This is lawn-mower beer for me. Needs to refresh on a hot day, and this beer fits the bill. Hits the tongue with a slight malty sweetness, Banana and cloves dominate from the malt, slight hop presense in the finish.

Mouthfeel is appropriately light.

Very drinkable, if the occasion is a hot day with no breeze. It does say summer, right?

beer2day, May 31, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange color, with an effervescent head. I found myself briefly captivated by the bubbles floating to the top. The nose is clean, with hints of citrus and spices. This brew goes down easily, despite the carbonation. I like the smoothness, but the citrus and spice I smelled earlier isn't showing up in the taste as much as I thought it would. I get a grassier taste instead, with a hop bite at the end. Unexceptional, but tasty and drinkable. This beer was a pleasant surprise for me.

airforbes1, Jun 30, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in stemmed strange)
Best before Sept 2012 (it was consumed in the summer 2012)
A- This beer pours a deep golden yellow body with a lumpy beige head that sticks to the glass in clouds after each sip. There is a gentle microbubble carbonation.

S- The dry corn note leads to a papery green hops in an otherwise very clean aroma.

T- The slightly soapy tart hops have a lemon finish with a slight corn note. The dry finish is clean with some pale malt notes coming through as it opens up and some raw grain qualities aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz that scrubs the tongue a lot.

O- This beer is a nice crisp summer ale with some softer flavors but the big fizz is a bit bitey and hides the malt character a bit.

rhoadsrage, Jun 07, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with several fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a rich and foamy ½ finger that leaves back a decent looking frothy cascade of spotty, yet sticky, lacing. The aroma smells grassy, with an underlying mix of citrus and sweet graininess. A bit more of an earthy spiciness starts to emerge as this warms. This is pretty straight forward, yet still pretty flavorful in the nose.

The taste is similar, with lightly toasted sweet grains and a mellow green citric bitterness, which leads into a dry and earthy feeling finish. Just a touch of pith and spice add some zip to the tail-end of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth feeling creamy crispness to it. This just feels right in the mouth and keeps this drinking nicely.

There’s nothing to complain about here. This still packed in some moderate flavors but the overall package was fairly light, breezy, and inoffensive on the palate. This is perfect for refreshing summer drinking and a great pick by Brooklyn to put into cans.

Kegatron, Nov 07, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A crystal clear, sunny orange coloured with a 'soft' bubbly white head.

S. Very citrusy, notes of summer fruits, grassy, freshly sawn wood.

T. Malty, traces of grapefruit and possibly pineapple lurking in the background.

M. Light bodied.

D. Good, refreshing summer ale though not as good as Sam Adams version.

AEK, Nov 17, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow orange, two finger head with some carbonation

S-Lemon, wheat, some citrus hops not sure if the lemon is artificial or not though

T-Starts with lemon, orange and grassy notes. Balanced out with mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and crisp.

O-A wonderful summer beer, great balance.

rlee1390, Jun 14, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Transparent, light amber. A finger of head falls quickly to a thick collar with moderate lacing.

S - A very earthy overtone, something I only usually find in APWAs, slightly unpleasant. Behind that aroma are suggestions of toasted malt and a very spicy, peppery hop character.

T - Pale, uninteresting malt hits at first, and then the beer's hop/spice character takes hold mid palate. I don't know if it's hops or spice, but at first I get an impression of chives, coriander, or even celery. A solid note of black peppercorns wraps up the spice component. Following is a mild hop bitterness with faint floral and earthy undertones.

M - Light, crisp, and very refreshing. Carbonation is high but not prickly.

D - Though this isn't the best summer offering I've had, or even all that well balanced (muted malt presence) I still can't help but sip on this repeatedly. The extremely complex spice note from mid to late palate is addictive and engaging. I'll be sure to pick up more of this before the season is out.

PatrickJR, Aug 04, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap the other day at a place called Bela Dubby. This beer is the first I have ever tried from this brewery. Anyways, it is a clear, medium copper color. Head is about 1/3 inch when drawn from the tap. Settles to a fairly poor surface layer with very little lacing, in fact it is almost non existent. Aromas of wheat and malt are present along with a bit of orange. It tastes sweet and malty with wheat and orange flavors and a bit of spice as well. Not bad at all tastewise, but I do wish it was a bit more complex. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink. This beer was good, but I certainly was expecting more after hearing people, especially some on this site, give the Brooklyn Brewery some mad props. This beer was not bad by any means. However, I hope the next beer I try from them delivers the goods a bit more than this one did.

Eric

neenerzig, Jun 05, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Brooklyn Summer, the only summer beer I look forward to every year. Forget Sam Summer and Harpoon Summer, this is the summer beer that every one should give a chance too. The color is a dark pale straw to a good orange that is reminiscent of a summer sunset. The smell light citrus and by light, if you see some one put an orange wedge in this, take their glass remove the orange and chuck it at their head, is by far the best, not to much but no lacking. There is not need to enhance the taste with a freaking slice of orange. The carbonation to this summer delight, I feel is, again not a can of Bud, but not a can of Guinness canned Draught Stout . I love it, and wait for it every year, so give it a try.

bmo56, Apr 08, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (best by Sept. 2010) poured into a nonic pint.

A- 1 finger, white head that drops to a full lace that leaves decent sticky spots on the glass. Clean, deep gold body with moderate carbonation.

S- Nice aroma. Initial whiff of lemon with a solid malt backbone of fresh, white bread.

T- Pretty well balanced. Good base of malt to present lemony attributes. The lemon flavor comes off as natural, if a touch heavy handed. I wouldn't have been surprised if I was told there was actually a light addition of lemon zest.

M- Clean. Moderate to heavy carbonation creates a "spritzy" sensation. Light bite of citrus.

D- More drinkable than some lemony summer brews. It's a nice switch from a wheat base common in many summer brews. I could put back a few on a hot summer day.

GRPunk, May 31, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-gold, plenty of creamy white head. Good retention, strong lace. Nose is lemony with plenty of citrus and malts; spunky hops in the background. Very pleasant, wish it were more bold.

Sweet wheaty malts dominate start to finish. Lemon citrus makes an appearance midway through. Hop backbone is definitely here too and balances well. This is closer to a hef than an English Pale Ale.

Big creamy body, festive carbonation. Glad I tried this on draft -- I'm not sure the body would be similar from the bottle. Very sessionable!

Not the best beer in the world, but it's great for what it is: a summer quencher. Cheers!

brystmar, Aug 13, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A - Orange colr with a thin white foam head. Good carbonation.

S - Malty with a nice floral hop aroma in the back.

T - Malty and slightly sweet up front followed by a little bit of hop bitterness.

MF&D - IMO one of the better summer seasonals. Great BBQ beer.

nasty15108, Jul 09, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Decent lacing, fizzy, light golden beer.

S: Sweet but not overwhelming.

T: Smooth, carbonated, lemon, crisp, and very sweet summer ale.

M: Feels think for such a light beer.

D: Great summer time ale. One of my favorites by Brooklyn Brewery. Perfect for when it's hot out. I'd prefer it over most summer ales.

KenOnBass, Aug 07, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pilsener glass. Clear gold with a modest white froth that leaves some scattered lacing. Aromas of fresh bread, grass, and light citrus. Flavor is doughy and biscuity with a soft Cascade tartness. Just a touch of bitterness. Great balance, full-flavored while maintaining lightness. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a clean finish. Ridiculously easy to drink. A great thirst-quencher, one of the best summer ales there is.

illidurit, Sep 30, 2008
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.