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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

496 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 496
Hads: 1,671
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 37
Gots: 354 | 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 jazzyjeff13
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2013. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. As it's the last official day of summer, I thought I'd pull this out before it's too late!

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation and a bit of floating sediment. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of floral hop notes underpinned by light caramel malt and stewed hops. A faintly harsh leafy quality in the background.

Tastes of flowery aromatic hops and light malt, with a dry finish. Notes of white grape, citrus, stewed hops and mild earthy yeast. A harsh, astringent background quality and a hint of cardboard. A faint bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, but unusually dry. Body has a light effervescence, like sparkling water. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed leaves and faint aromatic hops.

Rather so-so. When I first cracked the bottle and took a sniff I thought it boded well, as various 'summer ales' I've tried have been naff. However, the taste put paid to that - too much harsh stewed hops milling around and spoiling everything. Not a brilliant effort; I probably wouldn't have this again. No need to seek it out. (1,285 characters)

Photo of bierguru
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - light in color but cloudy head stays very well at about an half inch after settling time

S - strong hopps smell with fruit accents

T - very crisp slight bit from the hopps fairly big lemon taste

M - high carbonation thick foam taste from the head

D - if you like citrus beers then very drinkable if not then not so much however none of the flavors our very overpowering (380 characters)

Photo of david18
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never been a big fan of summer beers and this one is not much different. If I want something light I'm more likely to get a good german pils or a kolsch. This is called an English pale but i think it ha too much esther to really fit in that category. Very light in color, highly carbonated, aroma wasn't bad. Just a little bit of a weak beer overall. (355 characters)

Photo of jthreee
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden, apple juice color

S: Clean, Fresh, slight hop bitterness, bit of lemon

T: Bright and fresh, but underwhelming. Light hop bitterness and a bit of lemon/citrus, but they both seem like afterthoughts. Kind of like a light IPA, and I wasn't in the mood for an IPA. A bit of acidic tartness in the finish, but the length of the finish is short, dull.

M: A bit sharp and overly carbonated. Refreshing, but makes it tough to savor and detect flavor characteristics.

Buy again: No.

I had high hopes for this beer but overall I'm a bit disappointed. Not a bad beer by any stretch, just didn't live up to expectations. (631 characters)

Photo of simpliciter
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark for a pale ale, with big bubbles and a very thin head comprised of oversized white bubbles.
S - very light. Pleasant but non descript
T - Uncomplicated citrus is not bitter, not sweet, finishes clean.
M - Lightly coats, with zing from the bubbles. Perhaps the best part of this beer!
D - Goes down easy on a hot day. (326 characters)

Photo of holzmann
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, lightly golden color with minimal head. Nose is very fresh and grainy with sweet notes. Certainly a pleasant aroma but nothing special (no hop aroma). Crisp refreshing taste with a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth but short. Finishes slightly sour.

Overall this is a decent refreshing summer ale. Something very sessionable to be consumed while mowing the lawn perhahps, but nothing special beyond that. I like the grainy nose, but this beer lacks any complexity beyond that. The color is a little on the light sight (reminds of a cheap BMC lager) (568 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a little bit of malt and a little bit of hops. Smells fairly crisp.

Light crisp malt taste upfront with a mild hop flavor and tame bitterness. Finishes dry, with a sligt lingering hop taste.

Medium-light body. Good carbonation.

Yet another Americal pale wheat that dares to be unoriginal. It's easy enough to drink, but doesn't even begin to challenge the palate. This is one of those wide-open styles that seems to invite (if not embrace) varied interpretations - yet many still brew these plain renditions. This particular beer is well crafted, but thoroughly uninspired - as are many in the style. (734 characters)

Photo of Neehan
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden body with lots of bubbly carbonation. The smell is strong in the grassy grains over a light texture of wheat, similar to a classic pilsener. Light in the mouth and quite easy drinking with a sharp bite of carbonation and just a hint of bitterness at the finish. Very different from your stereotypical "summer ale" by staying away from the citrusy fruits that we are accustomed to. Not bad, just not what you would expect from the style. (449 characters)

Photo of Momar42
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel artist tulip

A - clear, straw yellow. Moderate head with a vigorous pour that fades quickly. Mild lacing.

S - very typical "summer" beer aroma. Sweet malt with hints on lemons and other light smells. Not a strong nose but present thankfully.

T - lemons first. pale malt body carries it through the quaff (i hate that word). Faint bitterness mixed with lemons finish it off nicely. Easy drinking if a little lack luster.

M - Light. Easy on the palate as most summer beers are. I should have tried this in cans as it is ideally suited for coolers at the beach/pool.

O - for the style, its fair to average. For a good summer beer with some flavor its slightly better than most of the drivel I've tried over the years. Not bad, so long as you drink it for what it is. (792 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first I have heard of this one, and AJ said it was brewed specifically for the Clark's Ale House real ale fest. People were not rushing to it, Medium mouthfeel, on the sour acidic side,though above average hoppiness and quaffable.Light pale colour. (252 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes, looks and smells like a Magic Hat #9. The mouthfeel is a bit softer and the apricot is less pronounced, replaced by a little lemon. But really, not much special here, which is disappointing considering how many folks rave about this beer on here. (254 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before Oct. '07 (Had in June '07):

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that soon fizzles down to a thin disappearing patch.

The smell is of wheat bread.

The taste is of light wheat breadiness/dough with a touch of butter. Plastic-like fruitiness is present in the finish.

Soft fizz hits the tongue - quite a bit of carbonation here. Light. Some wheat crispness.

Not much going on here to make it stand out - too bready without much else. A run-of-the-mill summer wheat beer at best. (509 characters)

Photo of kenito799
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20 oz pour at Ulysses, Stone St, NYC.

No head to speak of when this brew arrives, yellow-amber, a bit of lacing, not much to look at.

Pleasant floral-citrus hoppy aroma on arrival. Average ale mouthfeel. The flavor is OK, but very one-note. Some grassy and tart hops, some malt, but neither complex and aromatic nor particularly refreshing. Yes, it's on the light side for an ale but I am left wishing I went for a good pilsener or hefeweizen (Brooklyn makes a nice pils). So I don't quite get the reason for this beer's existence. Not interesting, flavorful or refreshing enough to come back to; but not terrible. (616 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours transparent yellow with almost no head. Looks much like a maco lager. I could barely pick up a malt smell to it but I guess it was there. The taste is pretty average. Sweet carmel malt and it finishes very clean. Mouthfeel is low carbonation with a medium weight body. Somewhat watery and goes down smooth. This is pretty drinkable and I bet it would be a great transition beer for the BMC drinker (since they are so similar). (432 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear pale amber with a nice off-white compact head that sinks into nice lacings.

S: Floral hops gives it citric notes, while the somewhat sweet malt gives it bready notes. Some bitter hops as well.

T: Bready sweet malt, with citric notes from the floral hops. A bit buttery. Some fruit; green apples and lemon sezt.

M: Long nice bitter aftertaste. Body is thin and carbonation is moderate.

O: This beer has to little of what makes an English Pale Ale great. More malt and more hops would have made it better. (524 characters)

Photo of BKRaiderAce
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A light ale that doesn't try to do anything complicated.. Almost pilsner like in feel, it's refreshing and sits well with most meals on a hot summer day. (153 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Comes across largely as an average brew for me, distinguished maybe by the sparkle of its carbonation that gives it some bite.

Looks good. Clear golden yellow with a decent sized head that settles to a cap that gives good lace. Handsome.

Lemony and doughy to smell and to taste. Grassy and somewhat sweet. Noticeable carbonation gives it a bright mouth feel. Not liking the doughiness of it. However, in the end, comes across as simply a very average beer. (458 characters)

Photo of Illinick
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Plain golden in color with rising carbonation and an fluffy white head that retains nicely slowly becoming a thin layer. Decent lacing, but subpar for the "style."
S: Spicy up front with some yeast/earthy scents and some crisp tart fruit scents.
T: So-so on the palate. Tart lemony fruit up front with some yeast flavors and some grain towards the end. Some generic spice throughout with some crisp hoppy flavors finishing the swig.
MF: Thin and effervescently crisp.
Overall: Just a plain, non exciting brew that isn't quite an American Wheat, but doesn't fit anywhere else. A little below average, won't go back. (622 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before October 11, 2011

A: Extremely clear, soft orange, with a frothy .5-1 finger head that stayed afloat throughout the session.

S: I actually got a bit of lemon from the start.... and it wasn't very fresh at that. Decent malt scent, but isn't this supposed to be a PA?

T: Dry, very fruity and tasty on the finish, but the initial palate attack was disconcerting... kinda vomit-like actually, and I got a bit of that same stale lemon-malt mashup that I got on the nose.

M: The carbonation was fine, and this one actually wasn't that sweet at all. The lacing was substantial.

O: I can think of about 100 other summer ales that I would rather drink around the pool. (675 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden,with a fluffy head. Not much retention or lacing. Smell is of weak citrus. Body is light with some carbionation. Taste is of light citrus up front,with a bitter finish. This beer was disappointing. Average,but just barley. I would not drink it again. (271 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beermasons.

Clear light orange. Near-white head of modest heft which falls to a final film and raised collar.

Relatively clean nose of doughy yeast, honey, spicy grass, orange and mild sweet malts. Quite delicate overall.

Starts okay with some pleasant sweet malts and mild citrus hops, before a dull cereal grain character quickly takes hold, seemingly drawing the flavours out of the beer.

Light-bodied with deceptively understated carbonation that delivers an impressively refreshing finish.

Not a bad drop at all. Flavours fall a little flat for mine, but it's still a beer that I would happily drink a few of in its namesake season. (652 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dated best by OCT 2011. The body was clear and light golden. Whispy white head left only spots of lacing.

The smell was light biscuity malts and a bit of crushed peppercorn. Faint lemons, spicy.

The taste reflects the aroma. Finishes fruity and tangy with only hints of bitterness. Very drinkable and approachable for non-craft beer drinkers. Seems a bit spicy for an English Pale Ale. It is a nice summer beer and I would buy it again.

The mouthfeel was light in body with plenty of refreshing carbonation. (566 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with an impressive head; nice retention and a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Bready, salty and grainy with a hint of sulfur

Taste: Bready, underneath, but the herbal, grainy and sulfuric tones take over quickly; the finish is harsh and grainy and there is a salty residual flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There aren't many beers out there that totally turn me off so this was a surprise and not a pleasant one (514 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer serves its purpose as an easy-to-drink pale ale for the hot summer months, but it doesn't provide much interest beyond that. It pours a hazy golden orange color, and a quickly vanishing fizzy head. The aroma is primarily a dull, earthy hop character that is expected for an English-style pale ale, but it lacks depth. The flavor profile is more varied, with a biscuity malt base balancing against a combination of lemony, grassy, and earthy hops. The fine, prickly carbonation drowns out any sense of complexity, though. Overall, this is a light and drinkable beer, but it is mostly uninteresting. (607 characters)

Photo of Freshie
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color, with thin head, and bubbles rising sparingly to the top.

Aroma is a bit rank, with pungent yeast, and a bit of medicine. Otherwise, lightly hoppy with some sweet grain.

Taste is clean enough, and sweet, with slight hops coming through the back. Very light, and somewhat watery.

After taste is somewhat not refreshing. Kind of sticky.

Maybe I am drinking this at the wrong time. It's a somewhat cold rainy night, and I think I would appreciate this one more in the middle of a summer heat wave. (526 characters)

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