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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,505 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 199 | 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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Ratings: 1,505 | Reviews: 479
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

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2.25/5  rDev -37%

Photo of Sideswipe
2.26/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a snifter. Best by Oct 2011 stamped on the bottom.

A- Hazy golden color with a finger of white foam floating atop it. Nice lacing for a pale.

S- Sweet, bready malt aroma predominates.

T- Distinct flavor of the two row malt which is used in this brew sits front and center in the flavor profile. Malt flavor goes bland mid-palate and the beer goes downhill from there. Finish is semi-dry with a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

M- Feel is light with a medium level of carbonation.

O- I found this offering from Brooklyn to be extremely one dimensional. Not something I'd willingly have again.

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2.29/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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....

Photo of PorterLambic
2.32/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a kight golden color with an off-white head. Decent retention.
Smell is lemon/orange, hops, floral with a hint of hops in the background.
Taste is watery, with very light hops and light lemon notes. Despressingly shallow.
A light body, light effervescence with nothing but hops after the swalllow. Sadly, nothing to make me want to have this again.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.39/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours a transparent, bubbly, golden color with a fizzy head. The nose is fruity with some hops and bread-like notes. The bready flavor is complimented by just enough hops and fruitiness to make it bearable. Not bad, but could have potentially been way, way better. The mouthfeel is soft and light. Not a bad drinker, could down a few of these. Overall and average, run-of-the mill beer.

Photo of champ103
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes to nothing. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Soapy and oily hops. Like dish detergent. Some grainy sweetness. That is about it.
T: Big hops up front that are very soapy and oily. Again, tastes like dish detergent. Cereal, grain, and a light sweetness. A sharp, and harsh lingering bitterness.
M/D: A light body that is way to slick and oily. Thin and watery as well. I did not care to finish the pint at all.

A substandard English Pale Ale to say the least. Way to much soapy hops going on. Not something I enjoyed, and would not recommend.

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2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

All I smelled were yeast an hops, but I was sniffing under less than ideal conditions. The taste was... barely there. I tasted a little hops but not much else. I found it pretty tasteless and boring. It wasn't bad, but neither was it good. If I could decribe it in one word it would be: meh.

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of cdicanio
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
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

Photo of hustlesworth
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**This brew has improved GREATLY in the 2011 season. Look is better, aroma is strikingly akin to a fresh English pale ale and taste follows suit with a citrus American twist. Mf has a nice crey dryness too. If I could re-review, I'd probably give it an A.

A- clear golden amber with a fluffy nearly white head that falls rather quickly to a thin ring leaving a few dabs of lace here and there.

S- english pale ale? no way. not even close. strangely spiced citrus, coriander, lemon peel, and peppery grains of paradise aromas mixed with the odd fuel/motor oil and wet dog smells that i noticed in their east india pale ale. very off putting. on the back side there are toasted grains and some light coconut.

T- on brooklyn's website, they call this a "light dinner ale" which would make more sense to me than a pale ale. anyway, the taste is pretty watery and one-dimensional with toasted cereal grains, pale barley, and slightly grassy hops with a lemony touch to them. german hops are up front with some help from the fuggles, but i can't really detect any of the cascade or amarillo, two of my favorites. overall bland and slightly herbal, well water, wet dog, and bleach comes out in the finish. and least there's none of that motor oil taste.

MF- thin fizzy and crisp, yet standing firm. feels like more than water in the mouth, maybe a thin juice, and definitely refreshing if you minus the strange chemical tastes and aromas.

D- strange, but not repulsive. on a hot summer day with such a low abv, i could picture this ONE going down nicely. only one, not two.

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2.59/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes out of a vibrant pastel colored six pack that really stands out on the shelf. Pours a 18 carat gold color, crystal clear, and a two finger head. Moderate retention leaves behind a small blanket of foam.

Aroma is very mild. slight grapefruit peel aroma, and a bit of musty grain. That's about it.

Flavor is much the same. A little boring, weak, and light. Very slight citrusy flavor up front, tiny tinge of hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but light. Drinkability is pretty good.... this IS a summer beer.

Yes, this is a "summer type" of beer. Yes it is light and drinkable. Other than that, I can't say much about it. I hate to say it, but it's a bit of a disappointment from Brooklyn. Usually they produce some great brews... this one just doesn't impress. I know the label says Ale, and BA says american pale wheat... but I swear that If I tasted this blind, that I'd guess it was a continental lager, and a mediocre one at best. The one thing that this beer does well, is it will appeal to many of the uninitiated, and welcome them to the world of good beer, and great Brooklyn products. Other than that... I won't be buying it again.

Photo of yesyouam
2.59/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn Summer Ale is a very clear light golden ale with a thin white ring of a head. It has a fruity, wooden hop aroma, with a note of lemon. It is light, fluffy and crisp in the mouth. It has a boozy taste. It's lightly bitter, with notes of lemon and light grain. It seems a little strong for a summer ale.

Photo of Tucquan
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought I'd try this Summer Ale because I've enjoyed other beers from this brewery. This one didn't grab me that much.

My first reaction on tasting it was dissapointment that it didn't have more of a unique flavor. This strikes me as a beer you can serve to folks that aren't used to a strong tasting beer and it'll be wel-liked.

There's not a lot of smell to this ale. It pours with a small head. It isn't overly carbonated. It has a grassy and citrus taste with just a bit of malt. Not unpleasant at all and certainly quafable on a hot day but I won't be seeking it out.

Photo of greenengineer
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into ASHRAE pint glass. Beer hour Friday before Memorial Day. "Best Before September 2013"
A - yellow, slightly golden, clear (not cloudy). Head seems CO2 induced, fades quickly.
S - vaguely sweet alcohol smell. A little milky perhaps
T - crisp, light, generic. Not a lot of strong flavor here. A little hint of sour maybe.
M - crisp, light, watery
O - nothing terrible, just tastes like a slightly improved version of a generic macro. Not enough malt backbone to hit the style. Goes down easy, but doesn't satisfy.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale orange color with a white head. Aromas of corriander and spice and a mix of wheat and pale malt tones. In the taste, well it seems kind of wheat ale like, hints of spice and a dry end. Refreshing with a dry aftertaste. Kind of a standard summer ale, not huge on flavor, but refreshing and non offensive.

Photo of BeefyMee
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale gold but nice lacing. Biscuity and slightly sweet smell. Tastes a little tangy with a hop presence, however slight, finally coming through in the aftertaste. A decent summer beer. Kind of lackluster but still a bit unique. I'd gladly drink it again next summer, though I might not buy it over some of the other mainstays.

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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