Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery
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3.2/5 rDev -10.4%
Got this at an event. Not something I normally buy.
Pours weak fluorescent yellow, like urine after taking a high-dose vitamin-B-complex pill (generally associated with Riboflavin). Head plentiful, large-grained, white--and fleeting. No lacing to speak off, some visible carbonation that quickly dissipates.
The nose is the best part of this beer. Initial hit of resin and peach out of the can, more of the same from the glass. This is followed by a hint of malt and generic spiciness.
The flavor is close to something I would expect from Belgian Witbier sans floral yeast note. Mostly orange--almost like a blend of mild natural orange soda and AAL.. A bit of pepper and straw, followed by somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Fortunately, no lingering notes.
The beer is nicely carbonated, with not-quite-medium body--the only characteristic that distinguishes this "ale" from a lager. No consequential alcohol feel.
Unfortunately, this only reinforces my distaste for beers labeled "Summer" anything. It clearly suffers from an identity crisis and falls short in almost every category. Not something I would buy or recommend buying.
08-22-2013 01:36:38 | More by VictorWisc
2.28/5 rDev -36.1%
ALE? Seems a lot like a lager to me.
A - looks just like a lager. one finger head, dies down to paper thin. Golden color with orange tint
S - "green" like a beer that had its priming sugar put in justa few days ago. some faint spicyness if i sniff real hard. Smell of vegetable on the verge of spoiling.
Taste - again, very "green." very light on flavor altogether. sure this isn't a lager??
Overall, I pretty dissappointed. I thought Brooklyn was a good brewery, but I guess you can't win them all....
08-15-2013 21:38:34 | More by TastyAdventure
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
08-14-2013 20:42:27 | More by TerryW
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.