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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,104 Ratings
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Ratings: 1104
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%


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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azorie

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first New bottled beer this year. call me old, lol

A: a very light orange ale, with a small head, poured into my standard mug, served at 45F Spare lacing, cloudy body.

S: light sweet biscuit like malt and average hops in the nose.

T: slightly acid, average duration, light bitter, lightly sweet. The flavor is pale English malt and a hop kick to balance it out on the slightly hoppy side. to style.

M: Light body, thin and creamy at the same time.

O: nice English PA, not perfect because of the hop blend profile to me. Its a decent beer, and this is bottle number 4 of 6. its refreshing beer, and despite the name, I would buy again.
at 5% its easy to drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 20:06:42 | More by azorie
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into NB Globe glass.
Pours a hazy rusty golden color with clumpy head.
Smells of malts and english hops. Taste is sweet malty, slight english fugle hops. Its crisp and refreshing, but just lacking any real pizzaz. Cool that it comes in cans also, for festivals and camping purposes; smart because thats really its only application. Descent summer brew...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:29:58 | More by DrinkSlurm
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wingman14

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is pleasant and more powerful than expected. Hops up front with some malt coming through as well. The taste is a nice mix from start to finish of the hops and malt, with a bready flavor. A nice crisp beer, light mouthfeel, nothing overpowering and great flavors. Overall a great summer beer, great session beer.

Serving type: can

06-24-2012 00:52:28 | More by wingman14
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB OCT 2012

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head

S: Some spicy/floral and citrusy hops along with a light barley graininess dominate. Not much behind those, but they leave a nice inviting aroma

T: Follows the nose, with the barley being the majority of the flavor throughout. Hops lend a nice citrus note, and are slightly bitter. Bready and mealy due to the barley

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Definitely has the feel of a beer that would go great with many different foods and wash them down easily

O: A solid brew for a summer gathering with food. Would go great with BBQ or really any food. It also fits the style well and is a good choice for a summer beer because of the qualities described above

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:44:53 | More by BEERMILER12
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diamondc

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, pale straw colored. Thin head, but some nice lacing.

S: Very toasty & biscuit-y. Herbal hops are abundant.

T: Classic EPA profile here... toasty, buttery malts, with a lite citrus / orange flavor. Ends on a slightly spicy, earthy hop note. Perfectly balanced.

M: Quaffable, went great with my broccoli/rice/chicken diunner concoction.

O: Nothing overly complex here, but this is one of the classier pale ales I've had. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 02:55:58 | More by diamondc
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a long lasting white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is of biscuit malt, pear and herbal hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is biscuit malt and herbal, grassy hops, hints of fruit. Finish is medium and dry. Good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 13:41:19 | More by mikeg67
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 00:50:30 | More by nukem5
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear golden tone while yielding a 1" foamy, off-white head. so-so retention; not much lacing to speak of. nose is middling. subtle notes of bready malts and some hoppiness, but overall pretty meh.

flavor delivers more characteristics along the same lines. bready/toasty malt... muted hops - a touch of citrus in the background... OK tasting, not blowing me away. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a fine, inoffensive summer ale. fits the bill for a refreshing, "good to enjoy during a summer BBQ" type of beer, but won't bowl you over with flavor. for my money there are better summery brews out there.

(originally reviewed: 07-05-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 06:45:52 | More by BostonHops
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Gmann

New York

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly toasted straw color with a wispy white head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is light and fruity. A bready pale malt, some light brown sugar sweetness and a touch of mineral water. The malt is not as toffee sweet in the aroma as a traditional EPA.

The taste is of a fairly neutral bready pale malt. Some malty sweetness and a lemony note that drys the finish. The hops add some grassy notes. Again, a pretty neutral flavor, doesn't really lean any sort of way. The malt profile seems light for a EPA.

The feel is light and dry; perfect for a summer ale. Sweet malt up front with an offsetting earthy bitterness in the finish. Good balance. Finishes suprisingly dry.

A refreshing "summer" brew. No bold flavors to weigh this one down. Some easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 01:04:10 | More by Gmann
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:04:21 | More by tdm168
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 23:27:01 | More by rlee1390
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold brew with lots of suds. Fast falls the head. 3.5

Mildly grassy and some showing of dry pale malts. 3

Dry with an herbal/medicinal hop quality. Some light biscuity malts. Tangy. Lemony fruit quality way in the back. Finishes husky bitter. 3.5

Burpy. Big carb meets small body. Fast drinker. 3.5

Passable ale. Needs more of anything. Just a quick grab and glug kind of brew. 3.5

***

Re-reviewed on 6/9/13.

Pours a dark gold color. Not much foam stuck to the surface. Just a ring and a spindle of muck on top. 3.25

Has a contained earthy hop presence in the nose. Lightly grassy, too. Tinges of herbaceousness, but it's equally complemented by a light toasty malt note. Not a whole lot that's impressive here. 3.25

Drinks with some English sparkiness. Not musty, but a little earthy and very herbal. Maltiness is contributing without being particularly fruity or even interesting. Just some malty wetness and notes of steeped grain. Hop presence is nearly domesticated. A pedestrian pace of herbally green notes. 3.25

Drinks so easily. Has a nice swell of increased carbonation toward the middle-end, but it never really reaches a crescendo. Just kind of fizzles out, which I appreciate. In this style, I look for less carb and a little more body. Sessionable, but not tasty enough to enjoy the effort. 3.5

I don't dislike this beer, and I get that it's an English Pale, but it's lacking in the nose and that estery goodness that English malts offer with that appropriate yeast strain. Doesn't come together as anything but a light and boring summery ale. No off-flavors, though. Just solid enough to hold up to itself. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 02:55:34 | More by thecheapies
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of slightly thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some lighter hints of floral, grapefruit, and citrus hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of the beer starts with some bready malts and also includes some light floral and grapefruit hops. There is a good balance to this beer and some light spice notes in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very refreshing, very easy to drink, and quite enjoyable. This is a great summer seasonal beer and is very easy to drink on a hot summer afternoon/evening.

Serving type: can

05-31-2012 22:16:22 | More by dbrauneis
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AMiz602

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very gold colored, about as pure as you'll seem them. Has a light and quickly dissapating head. At first it tastes like a very strong lager, with a very dry, biscuity flavor that slowly turns into a malty end. It is not overly malted, but enough to let you know you're drinking more than a normal lager.

It gets a much sweeter, malty taste after a while, but unfortunately loses its flavor if you let it sit to long, and takes on a very dry, biscuit flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 02:43:56 | More by AMiz602
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a strange glass at Noodlecat

A- Poured a clear bright golden color with lots of visible carbonation and a soapy head that left some minimal lace

S- Some strong floral and grapefruit notes, some sweet malts

T- Very balanced flavor profile. Orange citrus, floral hops notes, bubblegum, sweet cracker malt, and a little bit of grapefruit

M- Crisp, prickly carbonation, medium body, finished dry

O- A very drinkable and balanced pale ale. A solid canned beer.

Serving type: can

05-26-2012 23:57:02 | More by Hoptometrist
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a two to three finger head. Depends of how aggressively you pour. Either way, the head eventually rested on a moderated blanket of foam around the glass. This foam on top of the ale stayed for whole life of the ale.

The aroma a mild citrus and soft bread malt. Very clean.

The taste hits the palate at first with a light citrus flavor from the hop, but quickly balances it's self out with the bread flavor from the malt. The finish is clean with a sweet and bitter finish.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Very easy to drink!!!

This pale ale is quite a thirst quencher. This pale ale is a perfect pick year around!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 21:20:07 | More by Luigi
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a clear golden yellow pour with nice amount of head and good lacing. smells of lemon and orange peel, slightly bready. taste is exactly the same as the smell. was honestly expecting more...

light body with mild carbonation - i think this would have worked better with higher carb.

i was a bit harsh on it, but it is a nice session ale and very mellow. in my opinion, they should have just made a weaker version of sorachi ace and called it their summer ale. you can't go wrong there.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 08:00:30 | More by facundoCNB
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass.

Arrived with a clear light gold body and a one finger head.

Aroma of toffee and some roasted malt along with earthy hops.

The flavor has more roast than I thought it would. Caramel and toffee are present along with a hop flavor that reminded me of we leaves. There is a slight metallic flavor that detracts a little bit. Body is pretty good for a lighter beer.

Overall, a good offering from Brooklyn that is a great thirst quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 15:51:32 | More by rangerred
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden bodied beer with a finger of white soda fountain fizz that disappeared quickly, leaving a ring of lace. Smell is earthy, bready and a tad citric-lemon sour. Taste is lightly citric hop, a bit lemony, a little earthy, with a steady biscuit, bready malt backbone, the overall effect is well balanced and clean. Crisply carbonated and medium-light body that holds together well. There is simply nothing wrong with this aptly labeled "Summer Ale".

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:21:34 | More by JackieTH
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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 13:49:40 | More by mdfb79
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cdicanio

Connecticut

2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. best before Sep 2012.

A: Dark yellow, decent head with retention.

S: Citrusy and fruity.

T: Hoppy, but little else to mention. On the lighter side.

M: average, decent carbonation

D: This is a boring beer. It smells like it will promise a lot, but it just isn't there in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 19:54:07 | More by cdicanio
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Dools9

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Pint.

A: Crystal clear gold, finger of white soapy head that fades to a skim. Some patchy lace. looks very inviting.

S: Pale malt, some slight citrus, bready. I also get a mild yeasty, grainy funk.

T: Some lemon zest, bready pale malt, slightly citrusy.

M: Very creamy, smooth, refreshing. Light medium bodied, sessionalble. Very easy drinking. Perefect for summer.

O: Not bad for a summer quencher. Has all the attributes of a solid warm weather brew. However I think there are better summer beers out there. Would probably revisit this one again however.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 17:09:19 | More by Dools9
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange orange color with good clarity. Thin off white head. Earthy, grassy notes on the nose, slight citrus, lots of toasted bread scents as well.

Very clean, crisp, and on the fuller side of having a light body. Lots of fizzy carbonation but the flavors hold up pretty well to it. Flavors are much like the nose with a mildly tart like finish and lingering sweetness. Slightly spicy grassy note on the finish as well. As an english pale ale it's pretty good but as a summer seasonal its eh? I'm really not a fan of summer seasonals as most are just very light beers with modest flavors or wheat beers, which makes sense for summer, but I just wish someone would do something different. In the heat of the summer I'd much rather take an easy drinking more flavorful pale ale over this.

This beer does have a hidden complexity to it with a creaminess that hides certain flavors but again, there are year round beers i'd choose over it for the hot days of summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:15:55 | More by jtierney89
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david131

California

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an ever so slightly hazy yellow with a number of streams of rising carbonation. The white head is thin but has good retention.

S- Biscuity malt, apples, pears, strawberries, and cut grass. Smells fresh and refreshing.

T- Semi-sweet biscuity malt and a light fruitiness. Simple but sufficiently tasty.

M- The body is creamy and the carbonation lightens it up and gives it a nice bite.

O- A simple, tasty, and effective beer. Great for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:44:03 | More by david131
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: bright golden orange colored body with a small white half finger head that died within thirty seconds. Some spotty lacing was left and trickled down the sides of the glass. Fast rising carbonation was seen.

S: centered around a light sort of hops with some wheat and grains in the background. A bit of corn arose close to the end of the beer.

T: based around the wheat with the grains and hops taking a slight background. Some light caramel came out.

M: light to medium, sessionable, carbonation is felt, a light creaminess came out as well. It left a dry feel in my mouth.

O: not a bad beer, I think I would have this again, preferably on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 14:28:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
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