Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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1,485 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of KenOnBass
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.

Photo of illidurit
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice light light copper color. With dense head that dissipates quickly.

S - Citrusy and flowery hops with some roasted malts present as well. Fruity. Not very prevalent nose though.

T - Crisp dry hop taste with some bitterness and some spices. Very appealing to me. A smooth and semi-sweet malty finish at the end there.

M - light bodied but very falvorful and refreshing as well. Nice balance between carbonation and hops.

D - Very refreshing! its probably good from the bottle too on nice warm summer days.

Photo of chilidog
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time seeing thisone. Released in 07 perhaps as a seasonal.
I thought just another summer wheat. The 4.5 abv. about made me wonder, why?

I gotta tell, it works.

It pours a nice copper gold color. Not a summer yellow. Not a big head, about half an inch of white. Little lace. The body is somewhat light, carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is somewhat malty, bread-like.

Taste a good malt start with a wheat, breadlike undertone, alittle hop bitterness toward the end that adds balance and crispness. The mouth ends up alittle dry.

This beer works for its drinkability and easy fit.
The lower abv. fits the busy summer season. On the go this beer won't way you down, it does the quenching thing after a mow and even the macro-friends will handle and like this brew.

Photo of cvfish
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a light amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had decent retention and left some lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were straight forward, good bit of malts and hops mixed together, neither one over powers the other

T - The taste of this beer was good, nice bit of sweet, bready malts, a citrus flavor that is more refreshing than overpowering, and a nice wisp of hops to finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body followed by a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Now this is what I call refreshing, very clean and crisp and doesn't taste like corn, the kind of beer I crave after a 4 mile run

Photo of acevenom
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden with a large, frothy white head. The head dissipates slowly, but retains well. Some lacing was left on the glass. There are a few bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer has aromas of barley malt and bright, citrusy hops. It smells clean. There are flavors of barley malt, bitter hops, and citrusy hops. The flavor is clean and simple, but also well balanced. The body is light to medium with some carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is also very high. Overall, this is a solid beer. It works as a summer beer because it is refreshing and highly drinkable.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a nice white foamy head. Champagne-like bubbles float up continuously.
Subtle aromas with lots of malt, some toasted bread and herbal, grassy hops. Not terribly complex, but quite pleasant.
The flavors are fairly simple too, but also quite pleasant. Again, fairly malty with bread and some light stone fruit flavors. Herbal and grassy hops are there too to add bitterness, but this is not the main flavoring as one may think.
Nice light mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. Great session beer.
I will definitely seek this out again, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. Great beer for sitting on the porch and enjoying the day.

Photo of DJED69
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, thanks to Brooklyn for canning this beer. I love having another option for tailgating, BBQ or the beach. This is a mild ale that's perfect for a warm, summer day. Color is a nice golden hue with decent head and lace. I actually prefer from the can. Smells of mild yeast, malt, citrus, hops. Taste is crisp with a nice hint of lemon. It's a very drinkable beer. It's not overwhelming in any aspect, but solid all around. A brew I'll revisit all summer long.

Photo of sabrills70
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a best before date of December 2008. Pours a clear deep gold with a 2 finger,large bubble, head that faded rather quickly. Decnt lace. Smells of citrus, honey, and wheat malt. Almost American hefe like. Flavor is somewhat sweet with honey, citrus and slightly bready. Nice hop aftertaste and a odd, although nice sweetness. Slightly sprtizy. Perhaps a bit too rich for a great summer beer, but a good one none the less. Give one a try.

Photo of atr2605
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy yellow with average head retention. Very minor white lace
S- Nice spice with lemon and orange with a grassy aroma from the hops.
T-Great balance between the citrus flavors that goes into the hop bitterness but still leaves some fruit flavor on the tongue. Very refreshing.
M- medium bodied, not too light and not too heavy
O- very enjoyable summer brew. Perfect on a hot night like tonight. It has enough flavor to give the beer character while still maintaining its drinkability. I would definitely purchase again

Photo of cyclonece09
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy straw with no head. Smells of lots of wheat, very inviting. Tastes of wheat and citrus, a nice refreshing combination. Carbonation is right and sessionable refreshing summer brew. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks and tastes like a nice english pale ale. Reminds me a lot of the Fullers ESB, very easy to drink and very refreshing. Kinda has a light wheat like flavor, with a smattering of hops. Palt malts help to round this out into a solid drink. Really doesn't give you much to think about, just a very drinkable slightly bitter ale that will be quite enjoyable for these hot summer Louisiana days.

Photo of mikeepeck
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice foamy head of about 1 finger, pale golden color, head slowly disappears.
S: Distinct fruity nose, with floral hops, and .... plums maybe? There's some interesting fruit in there, I just can't nail it down.... Clean with a hint of hop bitterness to come.
T: Interesting. Kind of a fruity hop flavor. Maybe it's coming from the yeast as well? Clean- aftertaste is gone quickly. After a few sips, the flavor washes out.
M: VERY light, goes down like water.
D: I could drink this all day, but would I? It's very thirst-quenching, but I'm not sure it has enough flavor to keep me coming back for more. Plus, it would probably be crushed by most foods. It's basically a Brooklyn Light Ale.

Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with a small, creamy head. Pale, bready malt aroma...biscuity with citrus, lemon zest, and floral hops. Bread and flowers upfront in the flavor. Some dried fruit and citrus zestiness. Mild sweetness and an almost spiced quality. Crisp, clean medium light. A good take on a summer seaonal. I can dig the British angle...

Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear, honey yellow with foamy white head interspersed with medium bubbles, decent retention.

S = Well balanced smells, good piney hops but with sweet biscuit malt smells.

T = Light flavored, good tart bite, excellent for a hot summer day, lighter than the smell. Although the smell was pine, the taste is mostly citrus scones.

M = Light bodied, good carbonation, fair mouthcoating.

D = Very good. A great, resfreshing beer.

Score really depends on whether rating to style (average due to thinness) or based on fact that is intended to be a Summer beer (high because light and fruity). I go with the higher score because brewer's intention seems to simply be to make a nice light Summer beer, not an iconic APA within the BJCP style guidelines.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 10/07) in a Shaker pint glass

Poured silent, like a whisper. Most interesting initial nose, lively with grassy notes, pine bark, hint of summer corn sweetness, even some whiffs of light citrus (lemon & orange)...nice. This is one of the best smelling Pale Ales I've encountered. Even with an aggressive pour only a pencil's worth of thin, loose pearlized white foam resulted, which quickly faded to a thin sheeting with a glass ring that laced in isolated spots. Slightly clouded, a lazy parade of bubbles rises thru a clover honey gold body, slightly brassy & warm.

Clean, crisp, cider sweet with a mild, citric (orange rind) hop bitterness balancing the overall initial taste. Very refreshing and easy to drink. The hops add a fruited character to the sweet malts which is interesting. Favoring the wet side of semi-dry, it has a muted, back of the mouth crunch to it. The overall effect is one of balance in both taste & mouthfeel that is rather nice.

It gets more angular, edgier, drier on the palate, a wee bit lemony, it finishes running uphill in feel, peaking with an almost white peppery twang. I do enjoy beers that finish strong, and this one certainly leaves more aggressive than it started....very nice. The aftertaste is mild hops, some citrus, like a glass of lemonade thats had all the ice melt, and overall nice & clean.

A most refreshing beer and one that has some nice layers of tastes sensations built in. Not complex by any means, but definitely well crafted. This screams for a sharply dressed salad, whitefish, dry white cheddar, even mild Pacific Rim and tamer Thai cuisine...or (oohhhh, oysters on the half shell with Tabasco!) any simple fare (burgers to steaks) that could come off a summer grill. Actually, a White Cheddar Cheeseburger with Pepper Relish would be perfect. One of the better summer ales I've had, and in that Maine brewers, IMHO, do a nice job with that "genre" that is saying something. Definitely recommended as a fantastic lawnmower beer or with that cheeseburger...or both!

Photo of tim9887
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: a nice golden hue, about a finger or maybe a touch more of foamy white head.

Aroma: Malty sweetness, lemon, and just a wee bit o' hops.

Taste: Much of the characteristics from the aroma are present, specifically the malty sweetness & lemony citrus qualities. Finishes crisp with a slight tinge of sour/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very very crisp and refreshing carbonation. Pretty good all-around.

Photo of herman77
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with an average white head. Decent lacing and head retention.

S: Light citrus hops, bready malts with a faint honey smell.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Light bready malt with a slight honey like sweetness. A bit of mild citrus hops, great balance. Finishes crisp and refreshing with a kiss of herbal hops.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation. Very appropriate for the style.

O: An easy drinking summer ale. I could drink plenty of these.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours with minimal head and just enough cloudiness so as to assure me of its tasty character.

Smell- Very subtle nose, flowery and delicate.

Taste- Sharp and crisp. Not bitter per-se but very refreshing without being overly hoppy.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin in this department but not too bad. Still fills up mouth and gives a solid jolt of flavor.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, muy tasty and a great one for bbq'ing.

Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mild golden yellow in color. There is a medium head that fades to a small rim atop the glass. There is a slow stream of bubbles making their way to the top to keep that little head around.

S: This beer has a nice malty aroma to it. I can also detect a nice sweetness that reminds me of the smell of Big League Chew bubblegum. I like it.

T: This is a nice brew. Starts out nice and malty. This really reminds me of a wheat beer. There is a very mild hop character in the finish which is pretty dry.

M: Nice level of carbonation to this medium to light bodied brew. Crisp is the best adjective for this beer.

D: Goes down smooth with the perfect level of carbonation. Quaffable? Yes.

Overall: This beer is poundable. It's not a world class beer by any means but take it for what it is an easy drinking good tasting beer. You could line these up down the bar and keep them coming. I won't fill my refrigerator with them, but it’s a good tasting nice drinking beer. I could see why others would love it.

Photo of atpben
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Was poured into a pint glass. Nice looking light golden color with a nice creamy white head. Wonderful aromas of honey, light citrus and malts. Very easy to drink with more honey and citrus in the taste with high carbonation. A nice crispy sweet finish. Perfect summer beer. I enjoyed this more than Sam Adam's summer ale. Will definately try again.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale, "a summer refresher with difference. The difference comes from the malt, 100% two-row barley, prized for superior taste. Our summer ale is gold in color, with a soft, bready flavor, snappy clean bitterness and bright hop aroma. ….and will taste best before freshness date indicated. Please write or visit the brewery, …" blah, blah, blah. Is it just me, or does this sound like it was written by a Eastern European who maybe learned English in Taiwan?

On to the beer…

Clear, if cloudy, golden appearance, slim, soon gone, nondescript head.

Aroma: a little grain, a bit more fruit…plenty from both malt and hops going on here, but I'm still perplexed as to what style it's supposed to be. Maybe none?
A bit of a wheat and spice feel here…is it a witbier? (Of course not, silly. )
Very pretty. Very floral.

Taste: hops bite at first, a pleasant nip, then fruit floods in, some spice. Snappy clean bitterness, yeah, they called that one. Very smooth, very mellow. Lean malt, yep, "bready", and cleanly hoppy, all those things promised, as well as high censurability. Drinking-down-ability is highly ranked, as well.

Sharp, slightly sweet, lightly bitter, …fairly easy-going, downable, sessional. …and, for me, ultimately forgettable. But, it's a beer, and you can drink it.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A summer ale that isn't a pale wheat ale or fruit beer??? Unbelievable. I really enjoyed this beer I must say, one of my favorite summer seasonals now. Pours a nice pale golden color, small head to it, not much for lacing or bubbles. Can smell the nice hops and malts as you're pouring it.. excellent. This is a very crisp, refreshing beer. Very well balanced and nice solid mouthfeel with a light body perfect on a hot day. One of the more thirst quenching beers I've tried.. I enjoyed this one a lot, nothing too special but just a solid beer.

Photo of bl400315
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

most everything i've ever had from this brewery has been crisp, classy, and enjoyable- this brew was no let-down. poured into brooklyn brewery pint glass- fitting. poured a light amber/ almost golden color with decent clearity and a white, foamy head that settled in about a minute. notably had decent lacing. smells of citrus and earthy hops, subtle hint of the malts. crisp citrus taste, hops bear a small, but noticable, presence. finishes with a fresh lemony bite and traces of the hops persuading a moderately dry pellet. definately smooth and drinkable. not too complex. light body and good carbonation. definately a good addition to the brooklyn line-up.

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark copper with a big, thick, dense, white head that has great retention

S - very faint if anything at all. I'm able to get just a hint of citrus

T - floral, citrusy hops up front with a faint, slightly sweet malt presence in the finish

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

Refreshing, clean, but simplistic. I would prefer a slightly more foreward malt character for the style, but the hops play nicely. It's a refreshing summer beer, but nothing more.

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