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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

496 Reviews
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Reviews: 496
Hads: 1,671
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 37
Gots: 353 | 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: 496 | Hads: 1,671
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer was a golden color with a medium-sized head that still left some nice lacing. I thought the aroma was a little muted, with a faint grain and citrus smell. The taste was the same, but a lot more assertive. The malt and citrus balanced out nicely, and I thought this was a refreshing beer. (336 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just recently picked up a single, twelve ounce bottle from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
I'm usually a fan of most Brooklyn brews, so I was curious to see what their Summer offering would be like...
Pours a clear, lucid, applejuice color with a decent-sized frothy head that quickly receded and left a small amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Strong, grainy, wheaty aroma nicely rounded out with a fine balance of malts and hops...
Great, crisp, refreshing taste, a really good depiction of the style, bursting with fresh florals, slight fruit, grains, wheat, citrus, lemons, pears, and green apples...
Decent mouthfeel, yet still light-bodied and not too rich or thick...
Very easy level of drinkability - this one went down very smooth and crisp without the slightest hindrance...
Good stuff and a great beer for the Summer...
Recommended... (871 characters)

Photo of sawbones420
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I look forward to this uber-sessionable seasonal every spring. While this fine ale deserves to be enjoyed out of a glass, I invariably end up drinking straight out the bottle, since it's usually my default brew during the warmer months - when my drinking habits are at their most casual.

Appearance will be based off the label since that's my chosen glassware. This is one hott lookin beverage. The so ugly it's attractive clash of colors make for a rather sexy choice in packaging. The logo is Brooklyn's standard.

Dry, crisp, REFRESHING flavor with a surprisingly ballsy malt backbone (thanks to the British two-row barley). A huge plus to this beer is the lack of lemon zest, which is an [over]utilized ingredient in many, many brewers' summer offerings. That's not to say citrusy notes aren't present - they certainly are - but this quality by no means dominates the palate. There's a distinctly British flavor going on here, and this is a good thing since the Brits are the kings of session ales.

Nothing stands way out while enjoying this beer, which again, is an asset. The alcohol is low at 4.5%, making it easy to down a sixer on your own with minimal bodily consequences (if you're steady drinkin').

By far my favorite "designated summer beer," I wish this brew had a much larger presence in the Boston market where unfortunately, the sub-par Sam Adam's Summer Ale reigns supreme with its legendary Iron Fist of Mediocrity.

My next goal is to convince Brooklyn Brewery to release this beer in six-pack tallboy cans. Oh man, I'd be in heaven. (1,558 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, brewed with 100% English 2-row barley. October '07 notched on the side, but I had this on the 21st of July - that's how far behind I am on my reviews. Ah well. It pours a mildly-hazed gold, with medium carbonation, and a loose, one finger deep, off-white head that deposits some decent lacing. Smells a bit earthy, with green/spicy hops and a dash of sea salt. It has a mild, yet pleasant flavor, with bready/biscuity malts, a light, crisp fruitiness, and the same hops as in the aroma, which contribute loads of flavor but impart only a mild bitterness. The body is light, crisp, and dry, enabling this beer to go down quite easily. In fact, drinkability is where this beer excels, as it is quite easy to pack a few of these away. Good summer quaff. (765 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance -Golden amber color with a small head.

smell - Spicy, grainy, and some hop smells here.

taste - Some malt taste with some bitterness of hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonated

drinkability - Nice summer beer from Brooklyn. (255 characters)

Photo of LucaBrasi
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. (251 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,472 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a large white foamy head. Pretty standard looking. The smell is floral with a hint of sweet malt. The taste is crisp with a slight hop bite. floral flavors, and sweet malt. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing reasonably well. This is a decent summer beer,but not all that interesting. (326 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.39/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours a transparent, bubbly, golden color with a fizzy head. The nose is fruity with some hops and bread-like notes. The bready flavor is complimented by just enough hops and fruitiness to make it bearable. Not bad, but could have potentially been way, way better. The mouthfeel is soft and light. Not a bad drinker, could down a few of these. Overall and average, run-of-the mill beer. (389 characters)

Photo of BuckSpin
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 10/07) in a Shaker pint glass

Poured silent, like a whisper. Most interesting initial nose, lively with grassy notes, pine bark, hint of summer corn sweetness, even some whiffs of light citrus (lemon & orange)...nice. This is one of the best smelling Pale Ales I've encountered. Even with an aggressive pour only a pencil's worth of thin, loose pearlized white foam resulted, which quickly faded to a thin sheeting with a glass ring that laced in isolated spots. Slightly clouded, a lazy parade of bubbles rises thru a clover honey gold body, slightly brassy & warm.

Clean, crisp, cider sweet with a mild, citric (orange rind) hop bitterness balancing the overall initial taste. Very refreshing and easy to drink. The hops add a fruited character to the sweet malts which is interesting. Favoring the wet side of semi-dry, it has a muted, back of the mouth crunch to it. The overall effect is one of balance in both taste & mouthfeel that is rather nice.

It gets more angular, edgier, drier on the palate, a wee bit lemony, it finishes running uphill in feel, peaking with an almost white peppery twang. I do enjoy beers that finish strong, and this one certainly leaves more aggressive than it started....very nice. The aftertaste is mild hops, some citrus, like a glass of lemonade thats had all the ice melt, and overall nice & clean.

A most refreshing beer and one that has some nice layers of tastes sensations built in. Not complex by any means, but definitely well crafted. This screams for a sharply dressed salad, whitefish, dry white cheddar, even mild Pacific Rim and tamer Thai cuisine...or (oohhhh, oysters on the half shell with Tabasco!) any simple fare (burgers to steaks) that could come off a summer grill. Actually, a White Cheddar Cheeseburger with Pepper Relish would be perfect. One of the better summer ales I've had, and in that Maine brewers, IMHO, do a nice job with that "genre" that is saying something. Definitely recommended as a fantastic lawnmower beer or with that cheeseburger...or both! (2,063 characters)

Photo of karengarys
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours clear amber, leaving little head from my slow pour. After a few minutes it looks like colored water.

Typical beer smells, a bit hoppy, maybe some yeast...

Taste is typical beer with a bit extra hop bite and spicy bready zing. The "extras" are very faint though.

Mouthfeel plays a bit into the taste with a seltzery feel, almost leading to a salty taste.

Finish is way clean, almost anticeptic.

This is pretty drinkable. Nothing special leads me to yearn this brew, though. It is kind of bland and boring, but that is kind of what I expect from a beer like this. It's "English", but at least it isn't flat... (623 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a nice gold color with ok carbonation. The head is a small 2 fingers white and leaves little lace.

The smell is light and slightly citrus.

The taste is ok. light malt and a mild citrus taste.

The mouthfeel is a little think for a Summer brew, a little syrupy and could use more carbonation.

The drinkability is not quite what I look for in a summer ale. MK (427 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this brew.

Pours a nice golden pale color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy white head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, slight yeasty, some spice's, and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, yeasty, some spice's and caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, but most likley would not buy if readily available, a quench thirster, maybe. (438 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale orange color with a white head. Aromas of corriander and spice and a mix of wheat and pale malt tones. In the taste, well it seems kind of wheat ale like, hints of spice and a dry end. Refreshing with a dry aftertaste. Kind of a standard summer ale, not huge on flavor, but refreshing and non offensive. (316 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale gold but nice lacing. Biscuity and slightly sweet smell. Tastes a little tangy with a hop presence, however slight, finally coming through in the aftertaste. A decent summer beer. Kind of lackluster but still a bit unique. I'd gladly drink it again next summer, though I might not buy it over some of the other mainstays. (331 characters)

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

A: Poured a golden-amber color topped by two fingers of white head that displayed an average retention.

S: A clean smelling bouquet with a grainy and slightly hopped aroma, some spiciness evident also.

T: A carbonated pale malt up front, followed by a nicely hopped middle, fading with a trail of bitterness into the finish.

M: Decent texture, carbonated fairly well with a bubbly mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable offering from Brooklyn, as I find many of their beers to be. Compared to other summer ales, this has a unique hop profile and a bit more interesting character than others. (595 characters)

Photo of techdiver
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with modest head that fades to thin foam with minimal lacing.

Balanced nose of malt and hops.

Taste echoes the nose with a moderately bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body with a fairly crisp feel with light carbonation.

Good drinkability, not a standout, but nothing radical enough to mar it's drinkability. (350 characters)

Photo of BitteBier
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright, perfectly clear golden color with a small cap of off-white bubbles that quickly falls away to a tiny collar. Biscuity, slightly sweet malts make for a pleasant nose, while the hops that are so prominent in the taste are pretty muted. A grassy note is present in the smell too. As mentioned, hop bitterness has a strong presence, especially in the finish. The malts aren't particularly complex, but they're nonetheless tasty. Some ripe fruit in the middle. Mouthfeel is smoother and cleaner than I expect given that level of hops but doesn't cross the line into being watery. This isn't a standout but fares quite well as a different sort of summer ale. (660 characters)

Photo of bboven
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very average beer, but I respect where Brooklyn was headed. The use of all barley instead of all kinds of adjuncts yields a tasty brew that's just as drinkable as a bud, but much tastier, which is ironic because it's a simpler list of ingredients. I think this could get bmc drinkers to give craft beer a chance. (322 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.32/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a kight golden color with an off-white head. Decent retention.
Smell is lemon/orange, hops, floral with a hint of hops in the background.
Taste is watery, with very light hops and light lemon notes. Despressingly shallow.
A light body, light effervescence with nothing but hops after the swalllow. Sadly, nothing to make me want to have this again. (357 characters)

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

Pours a nice bronze color with a 1 finger head of nearly white bubbles.

Smells nice and malty and really lets you get to know those English two-row barley malts if you didn't know them already. A mild hoppiness hits the back of the nostrils and lingers with a slight burn for a couple of seconds. As it warms caramel becomes apparent

Super malty summer beer, yes!! (note: the score for this will differ from others and reflect the malt-mouth that I am so no beer-mails, please). English malts for sure with a dry, hoppy finish. Aftertaste resembles an old lager so there is a downside; aftertaste is slightly metallic and thin.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, crisp; a full mouthfeel emboldens this beer. Who said that a summer ale had to be so thin? A lighter flavor doesn't need to have a lighter texture and this summer ale proves it.

For a malt-mouth like me this beer is pretty drinkable. Nice malty aromas, full-bodied taste, and a not-too-thin mouthfeel make this a nice summer brew. (993 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.69/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear 17k gold hue, with a frothy three and a half finger head that holds very well and leaves fine patches of lace. Toasty Victory malt, light Crystal, and buscuit aromas are prevelant, along with Marris Otter and a touch of roasted barley. A hint of butterscotch in the aroma, accompanied by a fragrant EKG herbal hop scent. First sip if full of sweet Marris Otter and delicate Two-row, with a strong toasted note and mild caramel backing it up. The aftertaste starts out hoppy like soft Fuggles and herbal EKG, then a slightly spicy Tettnanger or Hallertau flavor brings the taste into perfect balance and level bitterness. A suggestion of diacetyl and fruity english ale character slowly becomes more apparent and pairs with the medium carbonatiion and light body to achive a mouthfeel that is both lively and complex, but also non-cloying and lusciously smooth. The finish is malty but not residual and the hop tones fade away gradually with the mineral character. The drinkability is simply phenomenal and this beer is a testament to the lower ABV styles that are just as satisfying as the modern-day Double and Imperial ales of great strength. (1,158 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What's shaking over at Casa de LaChaingangguy, you ask?! Why, its none other than Brooklyn's SUmmer Ale!

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber body with a thin, creamy white head.

Smell: Biscuity malt aroma with a good measure of citrus hops and a very subtle spiciness.

Taste: Biscuit maltiness with just a hint of sweetness. There's also an extremely faint honeydew melon fruitiness to it as well as what tastes like a loving pinch of salt. The hops, as with everything else in this beer, are light and provide some lemony citrus in the softly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A light, refreshing beer that makes for fine summertime drinking. (699 characters)

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.