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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,472 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,472
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
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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Photo of facundoCNB
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a clear golden yellow pour with nice amount of head and good lacing. smells of lemon and orange peel, slightly bready. taste is exactly the same as the smell. was honestly expecting more...

light body with mild carbonation - i think this would have worked better with higher carb.

i was a bit harsh on it, but it is a nice session ale and very mellow. in my opinion, they should have just made a weaker version of sorachi ace and called it their summer ale. you can't go wrong there.

facundoCNB, May 24, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. The head is about a finger high with an eggshell shade. Its texture is rough and its retention is poor. And almost no lacing is left on the glass, either. At least it has a great body...

S: Dangerously bland. Just touches of butter, caramel, and citrus are coming through. The nose actually gets weaker as it warms. Not off to a great start, are we?

T: Touches of citrus hops appear initially. Some malt enters the midtaste, and the finish brings back some citrusy notes, along with a twinge of fruit punch. Nothing fantastic, but better than the nose.

M: Light and dry - the maltiness doesn't get in the way of its crisp finish. The carbonation seems weak at first, but sneaks up on the palate.

O: If nothing else, this would be a decent lunch beer. It's inoffensive, drinkable, and would pair well with a good sandwich. And that's its biggest problem: it's insipid. There's no excitement to be found here (not to mention the nose is almost nonexistent); on the flip side, it lives up to its "Summer Ale" moniker by being an acceptable hot weather refresher. I'd never refuse one, but I won't buy it again.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of tappangordo
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%

tappangordo, Yesterday at 12:21 AM
Photo of MTNboy
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- An impressive gold color with a nice head but average lace.

Smell- Overall balanced smell the sweetness, bitterness and yeast blend well.

Taste- Kind of a little sour aftertaste I was not found of but prior to that it has a nice flavor. Like the smell very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- A bit thicker than what I thought it would be but in a good way.

Drinkability- An average beer for the most part.

MTNboy, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of Cakanator
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Nice golden color with good carbonation. Aroma is very simple some citrus but much faded since I bought it fresh a month ago. Pretty full for a summer ale but none the less refreshing on a warmer day. Bit of hop, but then again there was more when I had it last. Not Brooklyn's best offering but a solid summer brew when fresher.

Cakanator, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of gregmoscetti
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, I was pretty disappointed in this one right here. Maybe the english pale ale isnt my style, but there was not much I liked about this guy right here. This tastes like it could be just about any semi-light beer. There is nothing about this beer that stands out. It tastes like an old bottle of Acme pale ale I drank a while back. I will finish the glass, but I will need something to wash it down with for sure...

gregmoscetti, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of elniko
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Slight deep amber coloring, nice lingering head and lacing. Very high carbonation apparent. Really nice looking brew.

S: Definite pungy maltiness coming from the nose. My wife stated that it smelled like burned air from a hair dryer. Not the most pleasant nose.

T & M: There is something about the malt or yeast used in this brew that just comes across strangely in the taste. Crisp finish with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel slightly creamy.

D: Drinkable, but this is definitely not the first beer that I would look for on a hot summer day.

elniko, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Vendetta
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
July 6, 2008

Had this at McCarren park during an Armin Van Buuren concert- Brooklyn Brewery was there to provide beer. Light golden pour with a thin head. Not a strong aroma. Relatively weak taste that fits the lack of aroma. Not a very flavorful beer, but it is easy to drink. Their vienna lager is far better.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass. Best by 10/07.

Appearance- Pours a pale apricot into the glass... there are many steady streams of carbonation. Terrific head... three fingers and quite stubborn. Moderate, clingy lacing.

Smell- Huge lemony, spicy nose... too strong for my preferences. Overwhelming aroma which incorporates some bready malts.

Taste- While the hops and malts come together seamlessly, the astringest lemony character and the beer's "summer" spices sabotage the delicate flavors with a heavy hand.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- *Extremely* puffy and fizzy in the mouth... disappointing and unlike any other offering I can recall from BB.

yelterdow, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of hosehead83
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass
Clear golden color
Aroma--Slightly grassy, biscuit
Taste--Very clean,subtle biscuit, mineral, slight hop profile--reminded more of a lager
Overall, refreshing, if a bit dissapointing offering from Mr. Oliver. Everything is a bit too understated for an English pale ale

hosehead83, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of spicelab
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beermasons.

Clear light orange. Near-white head of modest heft which falls to a final film and raised collar.

Relatively clean nose of doughy yeast, honey, spicy grass, orange and mild sweet malts. Quite delicate overall.

Starts okay with some pleasant sweet malts and mild citrus hops, before a dull cereal grain character quickly takes hold, seemingly drawing the flavours out of the beer.

Light-bodied with deceptively understated carbonation that delivers an impressively refreshing finish.

Not a bad drop at all. Flavours fall a little flat for mine, but it's still a beer that I would happily drink a few of in its namesake season.

spicelab, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a semi hazy golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of mandarin oranges, with hints of flowers and grapefruit. It is a very faint aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, and equally faint. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with high carbonation, and a watery texture. Overall, this is an average beer at best, and I will probably not drink it again.

KarlHungus, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of ccapurso
3/5  rDev -16%

ccapurso, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brassy with a little head without retention &
scant lacing. Lively carbonation.

S: Slight hop/malt nose with little of either
detectable.

T: Mild grain and malt with a slight hop finish
though all are very understated.

M: Thinish, but not exactly watery. Little of
the visible carbonation detectable on the
tongue.

D: Nothing to write home about at all. A
little better than your macro offerings but
that may just be because I don't feel guilty
buying it.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -16%

Mantooth, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of briandaube
3/5  rDev -16%

briandaube, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of kwkdmk
3/5  rDev -16%

kwkdmk, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Rosethoj
3/5  rDev -16%

Rosethoj, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of reaganrvltn
3/5  rDev -16%

reaganrvltn, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of RickS95
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The look does nothing for me. It's a very clear, straw-colored drink with lots of bubbles. Looks like a mass-produced lager on any supermarket's shelves.

Smells better than it looks. Your nose will pick up bready, lemon and flowers.

There is very little taste, but that's not necesssarily a bad thing. The only think I could note was a malty taste.

Very light-bodied and crisp. It's refreshing and 'clean.' The malt balances any hoppy bitterness.

For a summer drink, this wouldn't be awful, but that's about the only time I'd want to have it.

RickS95, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Cnorrisl
3/5  rDev -16%

Cnorrisl, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -16%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of BklynTerp
3/5  rDev -16%

BklynTerp, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -16%

Ralphs66, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -16%

Lanstrum, May 14, 2013
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.