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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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1,108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1108
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%


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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WSB

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a healthy golden color. Head is thin, white, grabs the glass.

Smell is surprisingly muted- very mildly bready and yeasty, with the faintest hint of citrus. A few swirls to release the aromatics doesn't really bring much else out.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat bubbly. Appropriate for summer.

Taste is very good and matches the smell profile to a T- Very mild, modestly malty, with bread notes and the faintest ever suggestion of some kind of remote citrus bitterness, but its barely perceptible. The blend of two row British malts and German Perle and American Cascade, Fuggle, and Amarillo Hops really creates an awesomely understated yet balanced malt/hop taste.

Finish is clean and crisp and refreshing. A great summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:03:06 | More by WSB
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a light golden color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a touch of lemon zest and malts in there. The taste had a hint of lemon as well and is fairly malty. The mouthfeel is pretty lighter and is decently refreshing. Overall this is a lot like the Sam Adams Summer Wheat but not as good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:33:26 | More by Knapp85
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Stimack

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured to a dark golden yellow color with a fair sized white head that had good retention and did leave a little lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma while possessing some wheat like characteristics seem to have a pretty good amount of hop scent. The flavors have a number of noticeable things, wheat flavor, toasted flavors, some citrus and a lasting, but mellow, hop flavor at the back of the mouth. I really wonder if they are trying this one to be similar to Hop Sun from Southern Tier? It is a ok beer, a good one for the summer months but really does not seem overly interesting. I would get it again but do feel that it is one of Brooklyn’s more basic choices.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 23:36:51 | More by Stimack
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but there's a watery feel that turns me off. Still, it's a nice amber color with a caramel malt profile and light cascade-like hops. So for a summer ale, it has malt and hops, the problem is just that there isn't quite enough of each. I feel like this might be better enjoyed outside in the heat, but inside it comes off like craft beer-light.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 02:32:01 | More by tempest
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold with a lacy white head. Aroma is some grainy malt but not much, and there's a faint twinge of citrus mixed with wet cardboard. Taste is citrusy and light, more resembling a pilsner than a pale ale, very sharp and acidic. Not much from the hops, and its pale ale-ness doesn't really show through for me.

Refreshing at the end, typical for a summer brew, but I'd have trouble picking this out of any run-of-the-mill summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 07:24:08 | More by saintwarrick
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TerjUGA

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden straw color, slightly cloudy with a fourth inch head that slowly fades.

S- smells of honey with mixtures of biscuites, some citrus.

T-initial taste of honey sweetness, hints of hops here and there, finishes dry with a light aftertaste.

M-medium carbonated, pretty smooth, well balanced.

D- good beer but not the best, wouldnt be my first choice but its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:54:12 | More by TerjUGA
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Nice amber. Decent head retention.
smell: Balanced hops and malt. Pleasant though humdrum.
taste: Nothing special but tasty nonetheless.
drinkability: not a bad brew. Not something i'll be running out to buy.
So many good beers out there. If I hadn't had some world class examples, this may have stood out. Easy to get spoiled.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 00:58:48 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A gift from a friend, I've found very few summer ales that are really good, but I'll give it a shot.

A: Light amber with almost no head to speak of, and what there is disappears quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Light malts, cereal grains and a hint of hops. Not a bad smell, just not all that exciting.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Light bit of malts, some cereal grains. A gentle taste of hops finishes it. Good for a summer day, but there are little other times when I would seek one of these out.

M: Light, with moderately high carbonation.

O: Meh. It's OK. Light and refreshing, but kind of tastes like a slightly classed up light American Lager. Worth drinking for sure, but only in the right circumstances.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 21:13:14 | More by DaveBlack
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear golden tone while yielding a 1" foamy, off-white head. so-so retention; not much lacing to speak of.

nose is middling. subtle notes of bready malts and some hoppiness, but overall pretty average.

flavor delivers more characteristics along the same lines. bready/toasty malt... muted hops - a touch of citrus in the background... OK tasting, not blowing me away. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a fine, inoffensive summer ale. fits the bill for a refreshing, "good to enjoy during a summer BBQ" type of beer, but won't bowl you over with flavor. for my money there are better summery brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 22:49:02 | More by perrymarcus
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle, best by date printed on neck

A - Pale golden color, white head that has decent retention and some lacing.

S/T - Light on the nose, but both are similar with pale, grainy malts and just enough grassy, floral hops to give it some bitterness in the finish. I couldn't find too much going on here.

M - Light/medium body, medium carbonation, finishes mostly clean, crisp.

O - Not really what I think of for a summer ale. It wasn't very refreshing, and it drank a little tough towards the end, with the malts being a bit too strong for the hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 11:20:10 | More by garuda
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear golden tone while yielding a 1" foamy, off-white head. so-so retention; not much lacing to speak of. nose is middling. subtle notes of bready malts and some hoppiness, but overall pretty meh.

flavor delivers more characteristics along the same lines. bready/toasty malt... muted hops - a touch of citrus in the background... OK tasting, not blowing me away. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a fine, inoffensive summer ale. fits the bill for a refreshing, "good to enjoy during a summer BBQ" type of beer, but won't bowl you over with flavor. for my money there are better summery brews out there.

(originally reviewed: 07-05-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 06:45:52 | More by BostonHops
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dar482

New York

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a sunset golden orange with a bit of fluffy head.

The aroma has stone fruits of apricot, peaches, lemon, grains, though also a bit of a metallic or adjunct character as well

The beer follows with that pop of fruitiness in the front, a bit of flower, and then onto this wonderful crackery malt. The flavor falls off very quickly onto a grainy adjunct flavor. Lots of carbonation.

A reasonable brew, but a bit too adjunct side for me.

Serving type: can

12-08-2013 07:16:21 | More by dar482
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Kendo

New York

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a weizen-style glass. The result -- a 2+ finger bubbly off-white head that settled over a clear golden body. OK head retention that left foamy lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

S: Faint all around -- mostly grains and cereal but with a hint of fruity or florally hops. Most notable part of the nose is simply how mild it is.

T: Tastes of grain husks early on, but with a florally hop sweetness following quickly and then a slightly dry and citrusy bitterness at the finish that lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Light in heft, pretty well-carbonated.

D: Light all around, so this one goes down pretty easily.

Notes: I had it with grilled teriyaki shrimp skewers with pineapple over a mesclun greens salad, and it was a decent match for such a light meal. Not a terribly interesting brew as far as taste or nose goes, but as a light, easy drinking summer ale it fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 14:03:30 | More by Kendo
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a golden color. The liquid is quite clear, no haze. About one finger's width of head rises and simmers down to a film but laces decently.

S-A very mellow aroma. Slightly bready, even smaller dose of hops. Quite lemony and citrusy. The smells was pretty muted however. Just rather dull.

T-The flavor is mostly bread and lemon. I have had Summer Seasonals that have just done the same flavor profile considerably better. Just doesn't seem to mingle well with itself. Still easy to imbibe, but just didn't hit the spot on an 85 degree night.

M-Light. Crisp but perhaps not crisp enough. Ample amounts of bubbles. Good feel for the most part.

O/D-Just not my favorite Summer seasonal. Give me a handful of other Summer brews before this. A bit bland. Funky looking can. Doesn't make up for the flavor. Not awful, but I would recommend a few others before this.

Serving type: can

07-10-2011 23:02:43 | More by VelvetExtract
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color with a finger of off-white colored head that quickly disappeared into a thin lacing of foam that barely covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Very floral with lots of hops and a hint of citrus, like grapefruit.

Taste: Like the aroma, there is a lot of hops and citrus, with a small amount of a malty backbone.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and smooth with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds and cleanse the palate.

Overall: It’s a good offering from Brooklyn, but not one of my favorites. Actually, as summer beers go, it’s one of my least favorites. If I’m going to drink a Brooklyn Beer for the summer season, I’d rather have a Pennant Ale 55.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:20:49 | More by Jeffreysan
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a very clear copper color with a minimal white head that drops to just a slight cover.

Smells of slight hops with a bit of a metallic bite.

Taste is not bad, just ok though. More pilsner or dortmunder like than any pale wheat ale I've had. Pale malts and some grainy flavors with a slightly dry finish.

Actually quite crisp and clean. Again, this is not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to fit the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 06:51:26 | More by bluegrassbrew
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper color with an inch of white head on top. Looks pretty solid. Nose is quite mild, hints of wheat and some citrus fruit. Some saltiness, maybe a little astringent up front. I could do with a little more malt presence or stronger lemon. A hint of hops at the end. It's a fairly subtle flavor, even to the point of blandness. Feel is a little thin bodied. Overall, this one's alright, although there are much better Pale Ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 00:35:07 | More by soupyman10
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LucaBrasi

New York

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured into a pint glass leavning a minimal head which quickly disspersed into a thin layer of foam. The smell is of light hops. The brew has a light taste with a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is good clean and crisp. A refreshing brew. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 05:02:52 | More by LucaBrasi
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a hot September day here in Oswego and just returned from overseas and needed something relatively light and tasty....the Brooklyn Summer Ale provided decent taste and mouthfeel. The appearance was a cloudy yellow with good carbonation and finger thick white head that is lacing. The smell has lemon and hops. The taste was ok...was hints of lemon and hop. The mouthfeel was great for this warm day. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 00:47:49 | More by WoodBrew
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden colour. White head poured thick and foamy with a pock marked topping then faded to light covering... some light carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Some juicy tart fruits (lemons and limes, pears,), quite earthy and grassy, floral honey, light sweet grainy malts, doughy, some rubberiness, talcum powder traces, herbal, peppery hops...

Taste... light peppery hop bitterness, quite floral, metallic hints, light sweet biscuit malts, some juicy fruits (lemons, apples, limes), some saltiness, faint floral honey sweetness...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry... light bodied... very quaffable at 5%

Overall - A decent enough brew for a summer day... nothing groundbreaking just a decent quaffable brew..

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 08:03:06 | More by mdagnew
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured out of the can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Pretty plain looking overall, golden color with some accents of orange. Light head on the pour which retained on the edge of the glass while drinking. Low carbonation

Smell: The malt in this beer comes off as a metallic/brassy aroma on the front. Some banana and leafy greens are on the undertones. Some yeasty accents with a very light hop presence finishes the aroma off.

Taste: Again the malt front is a little brassy. A lot of mango and banana. Some chewy barley is felt toward the front of the beer. The back end is a pleasant bready biscuit finish which sits on the palette nicely.

Mouthfeel: Light but has some punch to it. Has very much the feel of a summer ale.

Overall: Not a bad brew, but there are other summer drinkers I would go with before this one. If you are a fan of malt and barley in your easy drinkers you would enjoy this one. A little hard to get past the metallic accents though.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 23:45:05 | More by KFBR392
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DaggerEyes

New York

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Honey golden in color with streams of little bubbles rising to a thin white head. Very bready on the nose with slight honey floral hints and a very subtle hop scent.

Very round in the mouth with a crisp clean and refreshing finish, lots of bready malt tastes with some sublte floral hoppiness.

Nothing earth shattering about this beer...but for something I can get at the bodega at the end of my block it's pretty awesome...great for just kicking back on a lazy hot night

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 23:08:50 | More by DaggerEyes
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour into Stella pint glass.

A: The colar was a clear gold with a handsome old man fancy white 1.5 finger head. Long boy stretched lacing with strong retention.

A: Mild dirt, of grass and crackers. Very mild to be honest, and I was creening my neck farther down each time in seach of some hops I would suspect to find in any pale ale.

T: Bland to medium sweet mald, hops coming in second as if checking out the scene but moving on. Non offensive and easy going.

M: Medium and heavier than I would expect from a summer batch. Lightens out with a mild citrus tangy bubbly finish.

D: Garret put a new spin on this style, a easy session beer no doubt and perfect for the hot outdoor imbibing sessions. A low key chill out beer that is not too tangy on the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 03:48:31 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a medium golden amber colored brew with a small white head. The head fades quite fast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and citrusy. A little bit of breadiness and wheat is mixed with a good dose of sweet lemon and grapefruit as well as an orange smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy and malty taste with some flavors of lemon upfront. The lemon is on the slightly sweeter side up front, but sours more as the taste advances to the end. Along with the souring in the taste so too comes flavors of a more bitter hoppy flavor. The hop are of a herbal and citrus nature, leaving a odd bitter but sour taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thinner then average in creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are good for the style of the beer and create a light refreshing feel overall.

Overall – Not bad, but a little too much bitterness which takes away slightly from the more refreshing characteristics of the brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 21:24:18 | More by Darkmagus82
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Applesauce1

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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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