Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

491 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 491
Hads: 1,642
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 36
Gots: 329 | 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:
Beer added by: Sammy on 09-04-2006

Brewed in as "British Summer Ale"; lightly dry-hopped pale ale, all barley malt, 11 Plato.
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Reviews: 491 | Hads: 1,642
Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours yellow gold with a slight haze and a white head. Creamy, left lace. Nose is hebal,cool. Fruity citrusy. Biscuit and dry cracker with a little sweetness for malt. Soft spice. Taste isbalanced toward the malt which develops a bit of caramle in the flavor. I wish it had been firmer. Lots of herbal. Cool, spice and a bit of a citrusy middle. Not much bitterness and kind of spritzy making the body seem a little off to me. (436 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
2.1/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Decided to give this a whirl after a friend brought it over to my place. The results were certainly disappointing, especially given that this is billed as an English Pale Ale, something different stylistically than what we're all used to when it comes to summer beers. So what went wrong here? Read on:

Appearance (3.25/5): Hazy golden/orange hue, nice color, with a one finger, fairly minimal pure white head of foam. The head disappointingly fizzles out quickly, leaving a ring around the circumference of the glass. Ah, there was promise for a second.

Smell (2.5/5): Simple aroma of citrus hops, a light bit of crackery malt, and a touch of honey. Not much more to it than that. I was hoping for a little more assertive hop profile.

Taste (2/5): As simple as the aroma. An all too brief stab of citrus hops is followed by a honey-like malty sweetness, finishing sweet and semi-dry, but without much flavor to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel (1/5)l: This is where the beer falls flat on its face. It has disastrously low carbonation levels, which robs it of any vigor. The mouthfeel is insipid, making the beer feel unfinished. I am left seriously wanting. Also, with such a light body, I’m not getting much in the way of crispness. This beer needs retooling.

Overall (2/5): Brooklyn Summer Ale is just not a very good beer; for me it epitomizes the problems with summer beer. Its light body and light flavor are simply not interesting; inadequate carbonation only makes things worse. The 80 on BA and the style listing being English Pale Ale is a quite deceptive. This is mediocre to bad beer that doesn't even get the simple task of quenching one's thirst right. (1,672 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste is grainy, and slightly yeasty, with the faintest hint of citrusy hops which i guess what makes it any more "summery" the a typical ale, it's called Ale but tastes like a macro lager with just a touch more depth of flavor and a thicker body. still, nit a bad choice if the other option is a macro. i'd be satisfied drinking this ice cold on a very hot day. (362 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Very light in color. Lots of large bubbles moving to the surface (like a fresh poured Sprite). Forms a 1 finget head that quickly recedes. Best by date is unreadable.

S: Smells like a wheat beer - that style. Malts, breadiness and some sweetness.

T: Very much a Belgian wheat flavor. Lots of malty-breadiness. No noticeable hop presence.

M: The carbonation is right. Decent mouthfeel.

O: This is a summer session ale. It has good mouthfeel - unfortunately I am not a fan of the wheat beer style and flavor. I am sure this would appeal to people that like this style and want to have a few beers on a hot day. (616 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Harvest Market
Crystal clear medium golden color with a huge frothy bone white head that persists forever. Aromas of bread sweet pilsner malt offset with some floral and spicy hops and just a touch of earth. The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet bready malt with enough spicy hop to balance but add a bit of non descript fruit. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a bit of a watery mouthfeel. Nice enough easy drinking beer, I prefer a bit more flavor and body, but this would do fairly well on a sweltering summers day. (564 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (389 characters)

Photo of uspbacchus
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Light amber with a white head. Head lingers, eventually giving way to no lace.
S. Smells as expected for a summer beer. Light, citrus.
T. It is what it is. Brooklyn not being daring. Playing it safe. Light beer, citrus notes, more lemon than anything. Light on the malts.
M. Appropriate for the beer. Moderate carbonation. Light on the mouth,but it's a
summer beer.
O. Not bad, but there at better. Too light, not enough flavor to distinguish from the run of the mill. (471 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into London Pride pint glass.

A - clear amber colour with thin white head that dissipates medium to fast

S - Malt, Lemony/Citrus hop, Grass

T - very malty kick that finishes with a slight citrus hop which is particularly lemony

M - well carbonated, just enough for this style. Very refreshing, great brew. (326 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a flat golden, limited carbonated look but it build a deep thick head of bright white foam.

The nose is lightly malty with bready, doughy character. There's a nice malty tea leaf with a bit of lemony hop.

This is a very malty beer and for a drinkable, sessionable ale it delivers very good flavor. The taste showcases barley malts, doughy and bready flavors along with a touch of residual caramel sweetness. It also has a bit of lemony piney hops and malty tea leaf.

This drinks phenomenally well with fullness and drinkability. Light yet full there's no astringency.

This may have become my favorite summer session beer as the malts are diverse and full but the easy drinkability remains intact. (717 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a pale golden, summery brew. Light, crisp, and refreshing. The head is bright white, but small, and the complexion is clear. The aromaisof grainanssome American hops. Light,modestly fruity,and subtle malt. It is not an intense beer. Lightish in body. The beer is suitable for the season. Nice. (301 characters)

Photo of papaglide
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12ounce bottle then into my beer glass

A- deep yellow with a thin, creamy head that is leaving nice lace.

S- crackers with a nice floral note. Maybe a soft hint of citrus also

T- well balanced. A little bready at first quickly followed by light floral hop. Finishes kind of dry with an enjoyable hop aftertaste.

M- kind of creamy with seemingly low carbonation?

O- It is what it is: a nice, simple, easy drinking EPA. When you drink this you won't be tempted to dissect it; you will say "mmm" and want to drink more. This is a nice summer ale. Highly recommended for sitting on the porch, fishing, or just hanging out. (626 characters)

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

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Clear golden straw with plenty tiny bubbles rising to the surface & a foamy white head, sitting about 1cm tall & holding well.

A definite EPA smell, some sweetness with a bread like aroma & some dough, quickly followed by a grassy aroma & some earthy malts. Some grain & citrus with lemon seeming strongest.

Earthy malts & grassy hops, followed by citrus & a few nondescript fruits. Some light malts and barely with some bread rounding this off.

Smooth bodied & about light-medium with a slight tang from the citrus & medium carbonation throughout the beer. The finish was crisp & dry with about moderate bitterness levels.

Fairly disappointing given the reputation of Brooklyn Brewery. The taste was pretty much straight down the middle and completely average with nothing to distinguish it from your run-of-the-mill, big brewery English pale ales that are much easier and cheaper to get a hold of in the UK. Not one I can recommend, especially if you live in the UK as there is much better out there. (1,050 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a bar glass.

A - translucent golden with minimal head

S - plenty of sweet breadiness here and some honey

T - Bread and more bread. Straight Wonder Bread.

M - On the heavier side of light with a fair amount of carb.

O - nothing too impressive. (269 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a one inch white head and some lacing as consumed. Aroma is sweet and bready with a little bit of floral hop. Taste is big on the bread malt with some underlying citrus flavor that blends with the malt for a very pleasant finish. Mouthfeel makes this a great summer beer as it consists of a smooth almost creamy feel that dissipates into a clean finish. Always a go-to summer beer for me. (420 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden, perfectly clear, and brilliant in the light with a fluffy white head. Pale malts, citrus, and very slight floral hops. Flavors are light but nicely balanced. Light bodied, refreshing, and the english yeast lends a little zing towards the back of the palate. Nice. (271 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (430 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can

Pours a clear straw gold, inch of fine white head dissipates to a sudsy lacing.

Smells of honey, grassy malts, and a bit of citrus.

Tastes is of light honey and citrus sweetness over mild dry grassy malts and a hint of fruity hop finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A nice light sessionable ale with some nice flavor and body. Very easy to like and enjoy, especially on a warm sunny day. (442 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with an impressive head; nice retention and a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Bready, salty and grainy with a hint of sulfur

Taste: Bready, underneath, but the herbal, grainy and sulfuric tones take over quickly; the finish is harsh and grainy and there is a salty residual flavor

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There aren't many beers out there that totally turn me off so this was a surprise and not a pleasant one (514 characters)

Photo of MinisterCurry
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A semi- sweet summer ale modeled after British summer ales of the 1800s. It's an easy drinking light ale with pleasant features all around. Poured from bottle to tulip:

A - pours a head with good bubbles, light lacing and a light amber color like others have compared to apple juice. The bubbles didn't stop surfacing all glass.

S - smells great, like baking bread, yeast, sunflower, green apple and a little less like light white flowers and green bell pepper, but they're present.

T - brioche notes with a hint of agave as it finishes slightly sweet, but there is a creamy component that lingers like butter on bread.

M - light to medium-light on the palate. Dances more on the back of the tongue than on the sides, probably due to the light sweetness.

O - a great summer ale for any outdoor occasion. I wish it was 90 degrees outside and summery to fully enjoy the bright sweetness this ale has to offer, but this is Chicago and it's 35. This is an outdoor 4th of July kind of beer, and at 5.0% you can have your fun all day. Maybe pair with cheese plates, mixed green and fruit salads, grilled chicken and fish, and citrus deserts like lemon bars or key lime pie. (1,174 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Dark gold to light amber in color.

S- Light malts, grassy hops with a hint of lemon.

T- Similar to bouquet. Also had some off, adjunct flavors. Not great.

M- Light for the style.

O- I was surprised this ended up being Brooklyn Summer Ale. I thought it would fare better. I won't be looking for this one next summer. (457 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Appearance: medium-small head, apple juice colored, and some lacing.

Smell: grainy malt, hops, and a fruit sweetness.

Taste: floral sweetness, a pleasant malt bouquet, and a light hop finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall:
This is a nice and pleasant brew. The flavors are matched fairly well. The finish lingers with malts. (356 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
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. (753 characters)

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.