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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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.

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Photo of biggred1


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

Pale golden with a fine white head. The aroma is lemony citrus with floral and herbal hop notes. Mild and refreshing with an earthy hop bite and untoasted grain flavors. Light and crisp with plenty of carbonation. I find this beer to be a refreshing, if unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 23:14:18 | More by biggred1
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

The beer is an amber straw color with a thin soapy white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

The smell is bready malt, spice and grassy hop. Overall the smell is pretty mild.

The taste is much like the smell, the crispness of the grass and lemon hop come through more than the bready malt at first, but there is a very malty-bready finish that.

The smell and taste of this beer are pretty average, but the crispness, light body and refreshing flavors make it very drinkable on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 01:07:50 | More by rpstevens
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Clear golden color, soapy white head.

SMELL: Orange peel, wheat, sweet malt.

TASTE: Light lemony flavors, floral, biscuity. Some wheat type flavor with a small graininess. Bitterness is tame but balancing and has an earthy pungency.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Has a buttery, palate coating yeast finish.

OVERALL: An agreeable session ale from Brooklyn. A good choice for a summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 18:11:29 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of MaxBrews


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden colr with a smaller head which dissipates into a thin soapy lacing.

Smell: Lemon Zest with a slight cereal malt.

Taste: A little lemony, with a strong taste of a lighter malt. Very close to cereal malt for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with no bitterness.

Drinkability: A light summer ale and nothing else. Lacks a lot of complexity. I prefer the sierra nevada summer lager even though thats a different style. An average ale over all. This would be extremely refreshing on a hot day any other time though, average.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 01:51:12 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

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

A - pours a clear marigold yellow with a white pillowy head which had decent enough retention and left specks of lacing.

s - aroma is a bit muted overall but as it warms there is a bit of freshly baked bread, vague spice notes, lightly citrus rustic hop aroma and just a hint of lemon.

T - dry, grainy malt profile. lightly fruity in the in middle with a touch of citrus and lemon. a snappy and clean hop bitterness and a slightly tart finish.

M - lighter bodied with a wet mouthfeel sort of straddling between creamy and watery. moderate carbonation.

O - an easy drinking english style pale ale. simple yet still flavorful.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 01:25:42 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of CHADMC3


3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden to orange body with a huge, foamy white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Floral hops, grass, and seemingly some sort of underlying malt sweetness.

Pleasant hop bitterness with citrus notes as well as grainy malt and bread character as advertised.

Light to medium in body, medium carbonation, a bit dry, and overall very pleasant.

This is a crisp brew, truly refreshing, and with some decent palate character as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 03:50:43 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Jmar1183

New York

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very average beer bought on a whim. Light golden color with a good half inch head. Average smell easily picked up lemon and sweet malts. The taste left much to be desired when compared to other summer ales. Surprising light feel which makes it very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 23:06:44 | More by Jmar1183
Photo of redfire89


3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A bright golden color with a pilsner like head.
S- Light hoppy smell with a little citrus.
T- Citrusy, a little lighter than Brooklyn Lager.
M- Light and sessionable.
O- It's okay, tastes a lot like Brooklyn Lager with some citrus and a little lighter. It lacks any real differentiating flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 12:41:57 | More by redfire89
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Photo of drunkmonk

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In da can, best by 10/2011

A: Pale straw, nice and clear.

S: Cereal grain, faint citrus, slight butter.

T: Much like the aroma, cereal graininess, gives way to a soft citrus finish.

M: Crisp and fizzy. Very Light. Gulp, Gulp,Gulp...

Yeah, this is not a foo, foo, Beer Nerds wet dream, but it sure will hit you in the soft spot after some yard work, kickin back on the deck or porch, or to enjoy at a summer bbq. I'm in, just call me.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 21:02:00 | More by drunkmonk
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of egg white head, decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty hops with a strong citrus presence, touch of grassiness and a bit of sour apples.

T - The bitterness is present, though comes across a tad metallic, some citrus notes alongside the sour apple and a touch of bready caramel on the finish.

M - Comes across a tad thin, but finishes nice and wet.

O - Easily drinkable and certainly a good summer patio ale. Could be a bit more bold on the flavours, but it's tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:26:13 | More by andrenaline
Photo of beveritt


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is the standard Brooklyn label, with a yellow, red, and baby blue color scheme. I think the bottle says best before Oct 2008, but the date is printed right on top of a ridge.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 4 fingers of pure white head that rises over the brim of the glass. This settles slowly, leaving behind tufts of lacing, to about 1 finger. The beer itself pale yellow and perfectly clear.

Smell: Sweet and zesty malt, with a mild earthy hop aroma.

Taste: Bready malt flavor that you really "feel" in the back of your mouth. Green and vegetal hop flavors with a mild bitterness. Hops taste very fresh.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkabilty: Exactly as billed, this is a crisp and easy drinking summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 00:32:58 | More by beveritt
Photo of ShrLSU


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L - A clear golden color with nice foamy white head and good lacing.

S - Nice malty aroma. A definte breadiness as well.

T - A little citrus taste and some sweet bready malt.

F - Very light and crisp in the mouth. Good carbonation and balance.

D - This is extremely easy to drink. This is a great lawn mower beer or for us in Louisiana...perfect with some spicy boiled crawfish.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:05:59 | More by ShrLSU
Photo of lurpy1


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber, not a whole lot of hop. The smell is highly floral and somewhat citrus-y, not overpowering. Extremely light on the hops, wouldn't mind more bite and less balance. Clearly, a beer made for easy drinking.

Good beer, slightly above average in every respect. No doubt you can find more daring beers, but it's still recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 14:09:35 | More by lurpy1
Photo of rdub


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened on a hot day after running a 10k foot race. Poured into my standard pint. Tan creamy appearance with 1/4 inch lacing. Looked nice. Fruity aroma with a slight touch of hops. Easy to drink and quite tasty. Could enjoy a few of these. The background flavors were hard to identify. May have to try again...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 20:19:51 | More by rdub
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Puffy head atop a clear dark yellow. Looks like a slightly darker lager. Not bad but not mind-blowing.

Nice light ale yeast in the smell. Hints of summery orange and lemon. Pale malt flavors. Has a little bready dryness. Refreshing but not too light.

The taste is pale -- almost wheaty -- sweetness, with hints of fruity (orange/lemon) and berries on the back end. Nice and summery and light.

More acidic than I would have thought. Light-bodied but with a little creaminess. A good, light, summery beer. Rather weak but good, unobtrusive flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 00:33:58 | More by williamherbert
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3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/2013. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and floral earthiness. Pleasant aromas with solid balance of hop and malt notes; with very weak strength. Taste of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice and pleasant balance of malt and hop flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is very solid blonde ale. Good balance of malt and hops flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:57:54 | More by superspak
Photo of birchstick


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a golden yellow with a one-finger head

S - smells of malt and some piney hops. Not too much going on in the nose.

T - This starts off pretty malty and finishes with a dash of grassy hops. Also leaves a yeasty aftertaste behind.

M - This goes down smoothly - it is full-bodied and well carbonated

D - 4 Brooklyn's Summer Ale is a pretty drinkable brew. It isn't to flavorful to overwhelm, nor is it too bland to make it uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 04:55:51 | More by birchstick
Photo of konadrinker


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wheat glass.

A- Color is clear, golden, minimal head, white foam which receded quickly.

S- Smell was citrus mostly lemon zest with a touch of straw.

T- Taste is a little sharp with a strong lingering flavor of lemon zest and a slightly bitter finish.

M- Mouthfeel is light body, slick feel, lively carbonation, with mild bitterness in the finish.

D- Not bad for a pale ale, the lemon zest was a litte overpowering in the beginning but faded. Good beer for a hot summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 03:06:13 | More by konadrinker
Photo of bboven


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very average beer, but I respect where Brooklyn was headed. The use of all barley instead of all kinds of adjuncts yields a tasty brew that's just as drinkable as a bud, but much tastier, which is ironic because it's a simpler list of ingredients. I think this could get bmc drinkers to give craft beer a chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 20:15:36 | More by bboven
Photo of Jimmys


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. best before Sep 2012.

A: im going to call this very light orange. head is bubbly at first, but the retention nor the lacing is very good. clear.

S: super fruity nose. melon. a little bit of sharp hop bitterness. grain consists of a chewy wheat and light caramel.

T: pear notes interact with a delicate caramel flavor. a hop bitterness takes the finish to a dry place.

M: average, sharp carbonation on a light medium body.

D: not a bad beer, but not for me. i certainly found this a little boring and wont be seeking it out again during the summer beer releases.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 10:31:19 | More by Jimmys
Photo of hops202

District of Columbia

3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a bar glass.

A - translucent golden with minimal head

S - plenty of sweet breadiness here and some honey

T - Bread and more bread. Straight Wonder Bread.

M - On the heavier side of light with a fair amount of carb.

O - nothing too impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 21:56:28 | More by hops202
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Ontario (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mildly hazy orange gold, slow carbonation, with a dense creamy white head.

S – interesting light combination of lemony citrus, spring florals, and a light barley character, hay, and faint forest fruit aromas with a mild sourness.

T –Light and bright taste, a subtle lemon sweetness, apple notes, firm biscuity malt, then a bit more florals come in on the finish, ends crisp with a bit of apple and malt tones. Mild with an overriding citrus and light barley note. Crisp, mildly sour dry finish.

M – Light bodied, with moderate crisp carbonation and a malt forward grassy presence. Decent and sessionable, but not exciting. A refreshing cold ale.

Not a very complex or intriguing ale, offers a relatively straightforward (bland) pale character, refreshing and tasty when cold, with some bright citrus and dry florals that are quite easy to drink without much complaint, but I won’t be intrigued to pick up more.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:13:47 | More by mick303
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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

Pale, brassy clarity, and the lacing puts on a good show while sticking to the glass. Hoppy, salty, fresh grain, very faint butter, taffy and a hint of apple skin in the nose. Crisp with enough smoothness to get by; semidry, malty palate. Very savory for a summer brew—fresh and light biscuity grain meets a subtle salt and butter combo. Hops drop a leafy herbal component on top. Very drinkable, and among the more complex summer seasonals out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 00:49:17 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-08-2014 03:17:34 | More by MikeC144
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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