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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,321 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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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.

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Applesauce1

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold and transparent with a nice 3/4" head on the pour; looks decent
Smell: some oranges; a little skunkiness
Taste: orange taste; some wheat flavor; a hint of hops
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: goes down easy; you could drink many of these in a night

It seems more and more that summer ales are just too light for a good session beer. I think they're trying to market these beers to people who really don't like flavorful, full bodied beers. It seems that brewers are adding citrus taste to mild tasting beers to sell these. Oh well....

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 04:07:10 | More by Applesauce1
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kevo237

Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer had no head and had a reddish tint to an already pale lager look. Smelled slightly hoppy and citrusy.

Taste was decent. Definitely in the summer style. I felt like it was a cross between an IPA and a stronger Blue Moon. It was just hoppy enough that faded and lent way to a citrus taste. It was refreshing and light, but ultimately not my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 01:28:43 | More by kevo237
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale | 330 ml. | 5.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: English Pale Ale
Glass: Pint

Appearance:
Clear light amber with an anemic, creamy white head.

Aroma:
Biscuity malts with a generous helping of citrus hops and a very subtle spiciness.

Taste:
Biscuit maltiness with a punch of lemon and a hint of sweetness. There's a faint honeydew melon fruitiness which is the most interesting taste it has to offer. The hops are light and airy. Lemony citrus dominates the gently bitter finish.

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied, mild carbonation

Harmony:
The complete package works well enough. I love the summery bottle art, and the taste gives up some interesting flavors. Not my favorite style though, I gotta say. At least Brooklyn Brewery has made it quaffable and fun to drink.

Price = Thanks to my good friends Nikhil there was none
Served on: July 11, 2010

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 14:58:46 | More by BeerNemesis
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dcmchew

Romania

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange, low head bubbly head that dissipates fast. Lots of carbonation.
Smell of grains, lemon, faint apricot, faint dry petals.
Nice grainy malts, but followed by a bit too sour crisp lemon zest, not great. Hint of floral honey, pinch of pepper and citrus peel. Low hops in the finish, not so clean bitterness.
Light body, fizzy. Would have been refreshing if the taste helped more.
A miss for Brooklyn, not so good.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 05:59:47 | More by dcmchew
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FLima

Brazil

3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh on tap at the brewery.
Bright golden color with a thin head.
Nice refreshing hoppy aroma of resins and pine.
Light pilsner flavor, hops are definitely sent but not aggressive. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Light body with low carbonation.
Good summer ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 01:14:01 | More by FLima
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oberon

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mammosers in Hamburg,NY.Poured from the tap a dull light to medium golden a thin white head sat atop not much retention to it,light toasted grain aromas with a faint citrus note but its really faint.Crisp and dry toasted cereal grain-like flavors with a mild citric quality showing thru in the finish.Kinda boring to another run of the mill summer ale I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2007 13:19:43 | More by oberon
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear and bubbly golden, one finger of head dissipated fairly quickly to a thin cover
S - mild citrus and leafiness with raw grain and light toasted bread
T - herbal and leafy hops up front, very subtle citrus undertones, toasted grainy malt background, and some adjunct like flavour
M - light and refreshing, decent carbonation kick, finishes just a little dry
O - the flavours are just not bright enough here, gets drowned by a typical average lager/ale flavor for the most part, its a little better than average but not by much

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 00:51:26 | More by joemcgrath27
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best before Oct 20, 2008), stated ABV 5%:

A: Poured a light golden color with a nice thick white head that dissipated at an average pace. Some light carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Some light lacing. The beer maintained a slight film of the head throughout the drink.

S: Not much of a smell, has the aroma of a lesser summer ale, light and faint.

T: Fairly strong hop flavor with a hint of some grains, but also seems a bit watered down.

M/D: Overall, maybe a bit too much carbonation and not what I expected from Brooklyn, I definately expected a better flavor, but it was easy to drink and I might buy it again, depending on my mood.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 18:32:02 | More by PhillyStyle
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by Sept 2010) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow on the table - yellowish orange held up to the light. Thin 1/8" white head across the top. Some lacing noted.

Smell: Faint smell of honey, along with a mild bready smell.

Taste: Crisp, along with mild malts and mild bitter finish. Not a lot here.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of fizzy carbonation - leaves a crisp finish in the mouth - can't detect much else after that carbonation.

Drinkability: After a hot day, this does the trick nicely, and the high level of carbonation cleans the palate with a meal. It's a very refreshing beer - which makes it a very good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:58:00 | More by damndirtyape
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GoodKnight1220

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a golden yellow with a small one finger head, with no real lacing.

I really can't pin point the smell except for a yeasty smell up front then a citrus hint at the end.

Taste is like said before: yeasty, bready, and ends with a citrus & hop finish.

Good smooth and crisp brew, good carbonation.

Liked this brew and could drink a few, and would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 00:29:23 | More by GoodKnight1220
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gskitt

New York

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a shade darker than gold, a bit hazy. Head was inconsequential. Scent was a balance between hops and citrus, lemony. Taste was on the bitter side, certainly a quaffable summer ale. Mouthfeel is on the crisp, side, dry, and refreshing. Overall I like this beer, but not a knockout.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:13:50 | More by gskitt
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jpro

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer on sale for $5.99 - couldn't resist. Poured from the bottle (enjoy before Oct 2010 date) into a shaker pint...

A: Straw gold; big, puffy white head that dies down fast to the thinnest layer of foam; no lace.

S: Grains; light toast; a little zest; some yeast fruitiness.

T: Light, sweet bready malts; light lemony / earthy hops; nothing groundbreaking going on here.

M: Light-medium bodied; pretty high carbonation; refreshing finish.

D: Very drinkable; although not the most flavorful beer, its makes for a great summertime brew; very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 21:23:55 | More by jpro
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -5%
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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azorie

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Loose Goose, Uniontown PA.

Appearance: Light yellow, hinting more towards pilsnerish. Head started out 1', settled to cusp thru drink.

Smell: Wheat and light citrus.

Taste: Starts out slightly sweet, then I get a strong wheat and citrus presence at the end of the swallow. Beer is described as an English Pale Ale, not sure if that is quite accurate. This leans heavily towards Pilsner tasting with a slight touch of citrus thrown in.

Overall: Not a bad summer offering from Brooklyn and very drinkable. Not something that I would seek out as it really does not bring anything new to the summer seasonable table.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2009 13:22:19 | More by Kolsch
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BBM

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow with a thin white head atop it. Aroma was not very prevalent; slightly bready I suppose.

The taste was a solid blend of grassy hops and a malty wheat. There was a subtle musty flavor, along with some notes of citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Overall it's not the best seasonal Brooklyn, but it's still worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2007 14:14:24 | More by BBM
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TangTKE402

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a bottle into a tulip pint glass. It poured clear, honey-golden brown with a nice little head on top that didn't go away right off the bat. There was only a little discernible lace as I drank it down, and its smell was nothing to write home about.

In the world of summer beers, this one rates right around the middle. It has a nice feeling in the mouth, tastes clean and refreshing, and finishes with a good beery taste. It boasts a nice, even flavor, with the only major flavor I could glean tasted like a nice fresh batch of buttered bread at a fancy restaurant. It isn't overly bready, but it isn't overly anything else either. A nice, well-rounded, beer-drinkers summer ale.

A definite for those looking for a summer ale that refreshes, without all of the fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 23:56:12 | More by TangTKE402
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a small off white head. Smells of overripened fruit. Taste is light and of caramel and dried fruits, finishes with an oak aged character, woody and dry. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is decent, I have had quite a few better english pale ales though.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 21:51:44 | More by tronester
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sdsurfer217

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light straw color with a small amount of white head. Plenty of carbonation streaming from the bottom. Very clear and looks inviting, almost like summertime in a glass

Aroma: smells like fresh baked sourdough bread with some sweet tones. Some nice floral notes.

Taste: smooth drinking, small amount of hops on the finish. Bready flavors comes through and dominates. Clean finish, with few lingering flavors. Easy to understand the "Lunch ale" that it touts.

Mouthfeel: Light feeling in the mouth, a little thin. Leaves my mouth feeling almost cleansed.

Overall: Easy to drink. A little one noted but would enjoy one of these for lunch or a 6er of these on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 12:42:49 | More by sdsurfer217
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler. Poured a transluent honey-gold with a quarter inch off-white head that dissipated into a broken skim of foam within seconds; no lacing during the session. Light fruity esters and grassy character in the nose. Taste is predominantly wheaty with a little sweetness, as well as a hint of citrus and hops detectable in the middle and end, respectively. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and lively with a clean finish. Easy drinking beer. Quite sessionable and simple.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 21:36:03 | More by Jwale73
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Clear golden, slightly copper, under a big white head. Slight lace and decent retention.

S: Smells of floral hops and a little bit of malt. Bit of cooked vegetable in there.

T: Sweet, a little too much so, not enough hop to balance it out. Maybe a little bit of toasted malt and very mild bitterness. Not terrible, not even bad, but not much better than average. Just not a whole lot behind the malt.

M/D: Light bodied, a little over carbonated as well. Drinkability is so-so, it drinks a little like a lager, crisp and and relatively smooth, but I expect more from a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 23:48:12 | More by NCSUdo
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston Street in New York City last week. It was the only place I could find this at and since I'm a big fan of Brooklyn and their beers, I had to give this a shot. Even though it's no longer summer, I kept an open a mind as possible when sampling this. It's not that I don't like this beer, I just expected more from it, seeing how I fell in love with their Winter Ale last year.

The pour, hue, and taste were standard for summer beer - light, a decent head, and lacing that didn't last very long. The amber color was alright, but the taste...well, I'm still trying to pinpoint it. It's very floral, a bit buttery, some lemon zest, citrus, and straw, and dare I say, that this has a hint of detergent to it? Not so much in the taste, but the consistency of it. It goes down easy, it's a bit sudsy when I swish it around, and there is an aftertaste of faint hops and the lemon zest I mentioned before. One could look at this as a very light version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but I see this as a missed opportunity to make it stand out from other summer ales that I've tried over the years.

The 4.50% ABV is just right for this and makes this brew a pretty darn good session beer. Brooklyn's still near the top of my list for beers that I love because of their wide range, but I can't help but think that this was a missed opportunity to stand out from a pack just a bit more. This is only for the die-hard Big Apple beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 07:42:19 | More by JerzDevl2000
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a summer '08 bottle this beer was a bright lemon yellow color with lots of visible carbonation rising in it. The head was off-white, retained fairly well and left curtains of lacing. The aroma was of light floral hops and 'wet' wheat. The flavors were similar but unimpressive, bready and biscuity malt, the understated hops and a wheat finish that was crisp. The mouthfeel was rough due to over-carbonation and a medium/light body. Not as refreshing as I hoped from a summer offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 16:07:40 | More by thekevlarkid
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean golden, with a dense white head. Fair to average lacing.

Nose is clean -- I get barley and rice. Pleasant, light, and very lagery.

Tastes equally as clean, even a wee bit watery. Malts are dominant, but this one's not sweet, luckily. It's an easy drinker, but not one of my Brooklyn favorites by far.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 05:10:50 | More by secondtooth
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 12, 2012. The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy head that disperses quickly and becomes a ring. The aroma has a notable grainy and malty character with a slight wisp of hops mixed in. The body is about medium with a creaminess to it. The taste tended to be malty and grainy but there was a tart hop bitterness on the end that made it feel nearly dry. It has its attributes.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 22:59:22 | More by puboflyons
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.