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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

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495 Reviews

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Reviews: 495
Hads: 1,680
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 24.86%
Wants: 37
Gots: 371 | 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: 495 | Hads: 1,680
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mammosers in Hamburg,NY.Poured from the tap a dull light to medium golden a thin white head sat atop not much retention to it,light toasted grain aromas with a faint citrus note but its really faint.Crisp and dry toasted cereal grain-like flavors with a mild citric quality showing thru in the finish.Kinda boring to another run of the mill summer ale I suppose.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a nice gold color with ok carbonation. The head is a small 2 fingers white and leaves little lace.

The smell is light and slightly citrus.

The taste is ok. light malt and a mild citrus taste.

The mouthfeel is a little think for a Summer brew, a little syrupy and could use more carbonation.

The drinkability is not quite what I look for in a summer ale. MK

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best before Oct 20, 2008), stated ABV 5%:

A: Poured a light golden color with a nice thick white head that dissipated at an average pace. Some light carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Some light lacing. The beer maintained a slight film of the head throughout the drink.

S: Not much of a smell, has the aroma of a lesser summer ale, light and faint.

T: Fairly strong hop flavor with a hint of some grains, but also seems a bit watered down.

M/D: Overall, maybe a bit too much carbonation and not what I expected from Brooklyn, I definately expected a better flavor, but it was easy to drink and I might buy it again, depending on my mood.

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Photo of gskitt
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a shade darker than gold, a bit hazy. Head was inconsequential. Scent was a balance between hops and citrus, lemony. Taste was on the bitter side, certainly a quaffable summer ale. Mouthfeel is on the crisp, side, dry, and refreshing. Overall I like this beer, but not a knockout.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a medium golden amber colored brew with a small white head. The head fades quite fast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and citrusy. A little bit of breadiness and wheat is mixed with a good dose of sweet lemon and grapefruit as well as an orange smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and malty taste with some flavors of lemon upfront. The lemon is on the slightly sweeter side up front, but sours more as the taste advances to the end. Along with the souring in the taste so too comes flavors of a more bitter hoppy flavor. The hop are of a herbal and citrus nature, leaving a odd bitter but sour taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thinner then average in creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are good for the style of the beer and create a light refreshing feel overall.

Overall – Not bad, but a little too much bitterness which takes away slightly from the more refreshing characteristics of the brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a hot September day here in Oswego and just returned from overseas and needed something relatively light and tasty....the Brooklyn Summer Ale provided decent taste and mouthfeel. The appearance was a cloudy yellow with good carbonation and finger thick white head that is lacing. The smell has lemon and hops. The taste was ok...was hints of lemon and hop. The mouthfeel was great for this warm day. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper color with an inch of white head on top. Looks pretty solid. Nose is quite mild, hints of wheat and some citrus fruit. Some saltiness, maybe a little astringent up front. I could do with a little more malt presence or stronger lemon. A hint of hops at the end. It's a fairly subtle flavor, even to the point of blandness. Feel is a little thin bodied. Overall, this one's alright, although there are much better Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden pale color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, slight yeasty, some spice's, and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, yeasty, some spice's and caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, but most likley would not buy if readily available, a quench thirster, maybe.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Honey golden in color with streams of little bubbles rising to a thin white head. Very bready on the nose with slight honey floral hints and a very subtle hop scent.

Very round in the mouth with a crisp clean and refreshing finish, lots of bready malt tastes with some sublte floral hoppiness.

Nothing earth shattering about this beer...but for something I can get at the bodega at the end of my block it's pretty awesome...great for just kicking back on a lazy hot night

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Photo of keanex
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my pint glass.

A: Golden amber color, very clear. 2 finger head that dissipated quickly, but clung to the side as I drank. Lacing retained.

S: Slightly hoppy and florally with some bread notes. Not too strong.

T: Light hops slight bread. Honey and citrus throughout, though more citrus. Slight hops linger.

M: Medium carbonation, light-medium bodied.

O: Decent summer offering. It's refreshing and goes down easy. Label is eye catching in colors.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold and transparent with a nice 3/4" head on the pour; looks decent
Smell: some oranges; a little skunkiness
Taste: orange taste; some wheat flavor; a hint of hops
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: goes down easy; you could drink many of these in a night

It seems more and more that summer ales are just too light for a good session beer. I think they're trying to market these beers to people who really don't like flavorful, full bodied beers. It seems that brewers are adding citrus taste to mild tasting beers to sell these. Oh well....

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Photo of 57md
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a golden straw with less than a finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose is very mild with no distinct notes at all. The flavor profile is quite light with some malty flavor but nothing terribly exciting. The dry finish is the highlight of this offering.

Like many summer ales, this offering is quite sessionable. The problem is that the flavor really isn’t there.

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Photo of kevo237
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer had no head and had a reddish tint to an already pale lager look. Smelled slightly hoppy and citrusy.

Taste was decent. Definitely in the summer style. I felt like it was a cross between an IPA and a stronger Blue Moon. It was just hoppy enough that faded and lent way to a citrus taste. It was refreshing and light, but ultimately not my thing.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour into Stella pint glass.

A: The colar was a clear gold with a handsome old man fancy white 1.5 finger head. Long boy stretched lacing with strong retention.

A: Mild dirt, of grass and crackers. Very mild to be honest, and I was creening my neck farther down each time in seach of some hops I would suspect to find in any pale ale.

T: Bland to medium sweet mald, hops coming in second as if checking out the scene but moving on. Non offensive and easy going.

M: Medium and heavier than I would expect from a summer batch. Lightens out with a mild citrus tangy bubbly finish.

D: Garret put a new spin on this style, a easy session beer no doubt and perfect for the hot outdoor imbibing sessions. A low key chill out beer that is not too tangy on the stomach.

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Photo of Buck89
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unsure on the age, but this was 1 month before the BB date (Sept 2015).
Poured into a pint glass, beautiful clear amber color with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Smell is muted floral with some sweet malty notes. Taste began with toast and bread and a subdued easy bitter finish. I didn't get much hop flavor at all. Low-medium carbonated with a fairly thick feel.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a very clear copper color with a minimal white head that drops to just a slight cover.

Smells of slight hops with a bit of a metallic bite.

Taste is not bad, just ok though. More pilsner or dortmunder like than any pale wheat ale I've had. Pale malts and some grainy flavors with a slightly dry finish.

Actually quite crisp and clean. Again, this is not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to fit the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?

Pours a golden color, white head, minimal lacing. Grainy aroma, grassy, with light hints of citrus. Taste is light and crisp, grassy, a slight citrus twist. Light body, some carbonation, pretty crisp and refreshing. Moderately drinkable, and a good summertime brew.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured out of the can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pretty plain looking overall, golden color with some accents of orange. Light head on the pour which retained on the edge of the glass while drinking. Low carbonation

Smell: The malt in this beer comes off as a metallic/brassy aroma on the front. Some banana and leafy greens are on the undertones. Some yeasty accents with a very light hop presence finishes the aroma off.

Taste: Again the malt front is a little brassy. A lot of mango and banana. Some chewy barley is felt toward the front of the beer. The back end is a pleasant bready biscuit finish which sits on the palette nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light but has some punch to it. Has very much the feel of a summer ale.

Overall: Not a bad brew, but there are other summer drinkers I would go with before this one. If you are a fan of malt and barley in your easy drinkers you would enjoy this one. A little hard to get past the metallic accents though.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a golden color. The liquid is quite clear, no haze. About one finger's width of head rises and simmers down to a film but laces decently.

S-A very mellow aroma. Slightly bready, even smaller dose of hops. Quite lemony and citrusy. The smells was pretty muted however. Just rather dull.

T-The flavor is mostly bread and lemon. I have had Summer Seasonals that have just done the same flavor profile considerably better. Just doesn't seem to mingle well with itself. Still easy to imbibe, but just didn't hit the spot on an 85 degree night.

M-Light. Crisp but perhaps not crisp enough. Ample amounts of bubbles. Good feel for the most part.

O/D-Just not my favorite Summer seasonal. Give me a handful of other Summer brews before this. A bit bland. Funky looking can. Doesn't make up for the flavor. Not awful, but I would recommend a few others before this.

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Photo of LucaBrasi
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured into a pint glass leavning a minimal head which quickly disspersed into a thin layer of foam. The smell is of light hops. The brew has a light taste with a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is good clean and crisp. A refreshing brew. I like it.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color with a finger of off-white colored head that quickly disappeared into a thin lacing of foam that barely covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very floral with lots of hops and a hint of citrus, like grapefruit.

Taste: Like the aroma, there is a lot of hops and citrus, with a small amount of a malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and smooth with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds and cleanse the palate.

Overall: It’s a good offering from Brooklyn, but not one of my favorites. Actually, as summer beers go, it’s one of my least favorites. If I’m going to drink a Brooklyn Beer for the summer season, I’d rather have a Pennant Ale 55.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Clear golden straw with plenty tiny bubbles rising to the surface & a foamy white head, sitting about 1cm tall & holding well.

A definite EPA smell, some sweetness with a bread like aroma & some dough, quickly followed by a grassy aroma & some earthy malts. Some grain & citrus with lemon seeming strongest.

Earthy malts & grassy hops, followed by citrus & a few nondescript fruits. Some light malts and barely with some bread rounding this off.

Smooth bodied & about light-medium with a slight tang from the citrus & medium carbonation throughout the beer. The finish was crisp & dry with about moderate bitterness levels.

Fairly disappointing given the reputation of Brooklyn Brewery. The taste was pretty much straight down the middle and completely average with nothing to distinguish it from your run-of-the-mill, big brewery English pale ales that are much easier and cheaper to get a hold of in the UK. Not one I can recommend, especially if you live in the UK as there is much better out there.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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..

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Photo of Stimack
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured to a dark golden yellow color with a fair sized white head that had good retention and did leave a little lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma while possessing some wheat like characteristics seem to have a pretty good amount of hop scent. The flavors have a number of noticeable things, wheat flavor, toasted flavors, some citrus and a lasting, but mellow, hop flavor at the back of the mouth. I really wonder if they are trying this one to be similar to Hop Sun from Southern Tier? It is a ok beer, a good one for the summer months but really does not seem overly interesting. I would get it again but do feel that it is one of Brooklyn’s more basic choices.

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Photo of Kendo
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a weizen-style glass. The result -- a 2+ finger bubbly off-white head that settled over a clear golden body. OK head retention that left foamy lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

S: Faint all around -- mostly grains and cereal but with a hint of fruity or florally hops. Most notable part of the nose is simply how mild it is.

T: Tastes of grain husks early on, but with a florally hop sweetness following quickly and then a slightly dry and citrusy bitterness at the finish that lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Light in heft, pretty well-carbonated.

D: Light all around, so this one goes down pretty easily.

Notes: I had it with grilled teriyaki shrimp skewers with pineapple over a mesclun greens salad, and it was a decent match for such a light meal. Not a terribly interesting brew as far as taste or nose goes, but as a light, easy drinking summer ale it fits the bill.

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