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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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1,353 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,353
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 106 | 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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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
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biggred1

Indiana

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
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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
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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
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MaxBrews

Connecticut

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
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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
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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
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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
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redfire89

Florida

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
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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
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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
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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
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beveritt

Ohio

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
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ShrLSU

Louisiana

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
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lurpy1

Minnesota

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
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rdub

Pennsylvania

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
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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
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,353 ratings.