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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 166 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Brewer1980, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw with a lumpy off white head.
Bread dough with lots of flowers and lemon peel.
Light crackery malt with lemon zest hop finish.
Bit of graham cracker in the finish and lemon Starburst linger.
Light, a bit watery, crisp.

I don't know why this beer gets no love; this does exactly what it says on the tin. Brit malts definitely give it that English blonde backbone, and the citrus from Cascade and Amarillo sign through. My only issue, ironically, is the strength: plenty of English breweries can and do make this beer at 3.8%.

Easy hot weather quaffer.

StJamesGate, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

RuebenRox, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

rph97, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.44/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very light honey color. Thick white head dissipates quickly to a light wispy cap.

S - Mostly cereal grains. Some light hop undertones. Very clean smell, but smells. Smells like a high quality adjunct.

T - Very clean and crisp. Clean cereal malt flavor and excellently balanced. Very good session beer.

M - Excellent

Overall this is a great session beer. Very light and easy drinking. Would make a great improvement to anyone looking for an quality beer on a hot day.

cottonkoozie, Sep 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

kmos27, Sep 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Stokes_, Sep 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

sjones5045, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

micromaniac129, Sep 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

spedprof, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

nakedninjaturtle, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Jeffreysan, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

WheelsPSU, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

mpayne5, Aug 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

csfcmitchell, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of mick303
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.

mick303, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

sirsteve42, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

RozzieBoy, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

PaulUH, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

PeterVesti, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of VictorWisc
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got this at an event. Not something I normally buy.

Pours weak fluorescent yellow, like urine after taking a high-dose vitamin-B-complex pill (generally associated with Riboflavin). Head plentiful, large-grained, white--and fleeting. No lacing to speak off, some visible carbonation that quickly dissipates.

The nose is the best part of this beer. Initial hit of resin and peach out of the can, more of the same from the glass. This is followed by a hint of malt and generic spiciness.

The flavor is close to something I would expect from Belgian Witbier sans floral yeast note. Mostly orange--almost like a blend of mild natural orange soda and AAL.. A bit of pepper and straw, followed by somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Fortunately, no lingering notes.

The beer is nicely carbonated, with not-quite-medium body--the only characteristic that distinguishes this "ale" from a lager. No consequential alcohol feel.

Unfortunately, this only reinforces my distaste for beers labeled "Summer" anything. It clearly suffers from an identity crisis and falls short in almost every category. Not something I would buy or recommend buying.

VictorWisc, Aug 22, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37%

mmink27, Aug 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

eskimojoe, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

DES8888, Aug 16, 2013
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.