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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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1,407 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 132 | 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.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 09-04-2006)
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance is a golden straw with less than a finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose is very mild with no distinct notes at all. The flavor profile is quite light with some malty flavor but nothing terribly exciting. The dry finish is the highlight of this offering.

Like many summer ales, this offering is quite sessionable. The problem is that the flavor really isn’t there.

06-14-2014 15:54:29 | More by 57md
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a nice gold color with ok carbonation. The head is a small 2 fingers white and leaves little lace.

The smell is light and slightly citrus.

The taste is ok. light malt and a mild citrus taste.

The mouthfeel is a little think for a Summer brew, a little syrupy and could use more carbonation.

The drinkability is not quite what I look for in a summer ale. MK

08-28-2007 04:36:30 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Modest head with correspondingly light (slippery) lacing. Crystal clear with a clean golden color.

Nice and hoppy nose. Mild palish malts in the background.

More like an American pale ale than an English one. Crisper body with a high level of carbonation. Light crystal malt nuttiness in an otherwise pale malt base. Good hop finish, although it is short lived. Overall, a very nice pale ale.

08-23-2009 20:04:01 | More by smcolw
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athenaxc

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

As a 22-year-old female who is just starting to get into beer, I found the Brooklyn Summer Ale to be far from exceptional (not particularly flavorful aroma or tastewise -- but I'm an IPA person, I guess). However, it was really, really easy to drink and went well with my grilled walleye and artichokes dinner.

I agree with the other reviewers that this beer is/will be great for hot summer days in June, July, and August when I want something light. However, a lot of cheaper, non-craft beers (I'm thinking Modelo Especial) would suffice for me.

(Note on appearance: Although I drank this out of the bottle, my partner poured his, and I have to say that the color was a clear, pretty orange/amber/light, light brown. Pleasing to a girl's eye, at least!)

05-19-2010 12:45:16 | More by athenaxc
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Wasatch

Utah

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden pale color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, slight yeasty, some spice's, and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, yeasty, some spice's and caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, but most likley would not buy if readily available, a quench thirster, maybe.

08-28-2007 02:42:17 | More by Wasatch
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keanex

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my pint glass.

A: Golden amber color, very clear. 2 finger head that dissipated quickly, but clung to the side as I drank. Lacing retained.

S: Slightly hoppy and florally with some bread notes. Not too strong.

T: Light hops slight bread. Honey and citrus throughout, though more citrus. Slight hops linger.

M: Medium carbonation, light-medium bodied.

O: Decent summer offering. It's refreshing and goes down easy. Label is eye catching in colors.

09-06-2011 17:45:16 | More by keanex
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Applesauce1

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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....

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

Louisiana

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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

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

Romania

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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

Brazil

3.36/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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

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

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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

New York

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -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

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

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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

New York

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

04-09-2011 12:42:49 | More by sdsurfer217
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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