Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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1,612 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,612
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 34
Gots: 306 | 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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Ratings: 1,612 | Reviews: 506
Photo of PatrickJR
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Transparent, light amber. A finger of head falls quickly to a thick collar with moderate lacing.

S - A very earthy overtone, something I only usually find in APWAs, slightly unpleasant. Behind that aroma are suggestions of toasted malt and a very spicy, peppery hop character.

T - Pale, uninteresting malt hits at first, and then the beer's hop/spice character takes hold mid palate. I don't know if it's hops or spice, but at first I get an impression of chives, coriander, or even celery. A solid note of black peppercorns wraps up the spice component. Following is a mild hop bitterness with faint floral and earthy undertones.

M - Light, crisp, and very refreshing. Carbonation is high but not prickly.

D - Though this isn't the best summer offering I've had, or even all that well balanced (muted malt presence) I still can't help but sip on this repeatedly. The extremely complex spice note from mid to late palate is addictive and engaging. I'll be sure to pick up more of this before the season is out.

Photo of sabrills70
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a best before date of December 2008. Pours a clear deep gold with a 2 finger,large bubble, head that faded rather quickly. Decnt lace. Smells of citrus, honey, and wheat malt. Almost American hefe like. Flavor is somewhat sweet with honey, citrus and slightly bready. Nice hop aftertaste and a odd, although nice sweetness. Slightly sprtizy. Perhaps a bit too rich for a great summer beer, but a good one none the less. Give one a try.

Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that takes some time to fade before falling to a ring around the glass. Laces nicely all the way down.
S: Very inticing sweet malts, some citrisy aromas finish off the nose.
T: Very sweet but light tasting malts under a more citrisy flavor for a really nice taste. Not as hoppy as one would expect for any type of pale ale, but really nice tasting regardless.
M: Very fresh, light, crisp, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. I would definately recommend this for a session beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a tightly beaded white head that settles to a ring in relatively short order. Smells of clean, tangy malt with some fresh grainy smells. The taste is similar- the grain is even more pronounced, the tanginess less so. Clean, but with a decent body and depth of flavor. It's fairly light, of course, but there are some earthy hops on the finish to add a little interest. Nicely balanced, light, and tangy, so this drinks well in the summer- still, I could use some more flavor to sustain my interest- not my favorite style, but pretty well done.

Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with "best before" date clearly stamped on the bottle. I really enjoy the color scheme on the bottle - sky blue with deep red and yellow.

I poured this ale in a standard pint glass: the pour revealed a clear, deep gold color with very little head or lacing.

The strength of the aroma surprised me when I opened the bottle: a somewhat wine like odor typical of British style ales.

The initial taste is a buttery, malty taste with a slight wine flavor aftertaste. For a summer ale, this one has a surprisingly complex taste profile. In the mouthfeel and aftertaste, this ale reminds me of Fuller's summer ale I had in a bottle years ago. The hops give this one a crispness and very subtle bitterness to balance everything.

Decent carbonation gives you a slight burn on the back of the throat as well as a slick feeling on the tongue.

This would be a fine session ale for any season. The bottle states 5.0% ABV which is ideal for a long evening. A very nice change from the ubiquitous "kolsh", "wit" and "American wheat" styles offered in the summer.

Photo of SMADMS
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from my notes from the VBF

Poured from bottle at the Brooklyn booth at the VBF

Pours a clear golden color no noticable head to speak of.
very slight lemon zest smell weak hop/malty aroma.
unfortunatly the beer was warmer than it should have been (recommend keeping the open bottle on ice while at the table) nothing jumps out at you here very slight lemon flavor.
not too much carbonation here light dry taste
not something I would look for there are definitly better summer ales out there

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.31/5  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.

Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Clear golden body with yellow edges. Thick frothy finger of beige-white head. Good lacing. Fresh, perfume-y hop nose. Marmalade, zesty orange, flowers, and chamomile. Biscuity malt background with a shortbread sweetness.

Taste follows the nose. Biscuit malt base plays second fiddle to a very citrusy and tangy hop flavor. Marmalade and lemon zest. Thirst quenchingly citrusy with some acidity and a dry finish. Moderate body with a bubbly feel (would prefer a smoother feel). Lingering toffee/biscuit malt late in the finish. A good hot weather ale that should drink very nicely out on the porch.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold in color with a nice, pillowy two inches of head. Smell is lemon zest and light, crisp malt.
There is some definite lemon in the taste. Bubbly and biting on the mouthfeel. Not a bad summer ale. Looking for something to stand out, but it's not there.

Photo of nasty15108
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A - Orange colr with a thin white foam head. Good carbonation.

S - Malty with a nice floral hop aroma in the back.

T - Malty and slightly sweet up front followed by a little bit of hop bitterness.

MF&D - IMO one of the better summer seasonals. Great BBQ beer.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best before Oct 20, 2008), stated ABV 5%:

A: Poured a light golden color with a nice thick white head that dissipated at an average pace. Some light carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Some light lacing. The beer maintained a slight film of the head throughout the drink.

S: Not much of a smell, has the aroma of a lesser summer ale, light and faint.

T: Fairly strong hop flavor with a hint of some grains, but also seems a bit watered down.

M/D: Overall, maybe a bit too much carbonation and not what I expected from Brooklyn, I definately expected a better flavor, but it was easy to drink and I might buy it again, depending on my mood.

Photo of Slynger
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light, clear, golden tangerine with a cap of fine white. Smells honey sweet and grainy with some herbal hops. Light bodied clean and dry. Lightly sweet grainy toasted and earthy herbal bitter. Easy drinker, but I didn't find anything to really stand out. Could just be the style.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden body, excellent clarity, lively carbonation, topped by a level two fingers of fuzzy white foam. Highly stretched delicate lacing.

Aroma of hay and grass, with a bit of British biscuit.

Easy going lightly sweet malt coats the mouth. Hops sublty balance the sweet, and provide an enjoyable tingle through the aftertaste.

Light and bubbly mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, highly sessionable.

A tasty English style alternative to all the American Wheats and Berry ales.

Photo of Procrastinator
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. Part of a six-pack I purchased with "best before date"
Oct 08 stamped on the bottle neck.

Appearance: deep golden yellow body with a small-bubbled white head that leaves soapy lacing on the glass. Few streams of carbonation.

Smell: grassy hops, lemon zestiness with a background of bready malts.

Taste: upfront bready grains and bitter grassy hops along with dry crackers and alkaline water.

Mouthfeel: at the forefront is dryness with a feeling of rye. Carbonation is right on and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

Drinkability: easily drinkable with refreshing taste and lively body. If you're looking for a beer with dryness and hoppy flavors with relatively lower alcohol, this is a great summertime brew.

Photo of argock
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date printed on bottle.

A: Straw-yellow with 1-finger thick white frothy head with medium lacing.

S: Lemon, yeast, and pale malts with faint grassy hops aromas.

T: Light and crisp with mainly bright pale malt and yeasty, bready flavors without tasting grainy with a hint of citrus. Not very hoppy -- it almost tastes like a lager or a weak pilsner.

M: Hefty carbonation gives a prickly, dry feel.

D: Easy to drink and enjoyable enough, but nothing too special or interesting here -- solid.

Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before Oct 2008

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet bready malt, a touch of caramel and floral hops. The taste is smooth and malty up front with a crisp citrusy hop finish. Overall, Brooklyn Summer Ale is another solid beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and would make for a nice session beer. Worth a shot.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: lemon zest, bread, and some yeast tones.

Taste: bready malt profile. Lemon zest and some fruit sweetness are well balanced with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Pretty clean aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a very nice summer time beer that can be quaffed all day. Worth picking this one up.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with some haze. Good sized head with a decent lace.
The aroma is of citrus,malts with bread tones/light malts.
The taste is lemon,hops and barley. The feel is smooth,crisp,slightly dry and bitter. The carbonation is moderate.

Notes: I reviewed this under bottle and I must write that this beer tasted better from tap. Perfect summer beer.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of mikeepeck
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice foamy head of about 1 finger, pale golden color, head slowly disappears.
S: Distinct fruity nose, with floral hops, and .... plums maybe? There's some interesting fruit in there, I just can't nail it down.... Clean with a hint of hop bitterness to come.
T: Interesting. Kind of a fruity hop flavor. Maybe it's coming from the yeast as well? Clean- aftertaste is gone quickly. After a few sips, the flavor washes out.
M: VERY light, goes down like water.
D: I could drink this all day, but would I? It's very thirst-quenching, but I'm not sure it has enough flavor to keep me coming back for more. Plus, it would probably be crushed by most foods. It's basically a Brooklyn Light Ale.

Photo of Jayli
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this beer via a house party - someone was kind enough to leave a few for me to sample.
It poured a nice honey brown, with minimal head...the laced heading remained throughout the beer.
This is a nice mellow beer. I wouldn't normally place it with a summer beer, I think I would prefer this during the early fall. The flavoring is very well balanced. Over all it is a nice mellow beer that has a strong enough flavoring to make you want more.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a bottle into a tulip pint glass. It poured clear, honey-golden brown with a nice little head on top that didn't go away right off the bat. There was only a little discernible lace as I drank it down, and its smell was nothing to write home about.

In the world of summer beers, this one rates right around the middle. It has a nice feeling in the mouth, tastes clean and refreshing, and finishes with a good beery taste. It boasts a nice, even flavor, with the only major flavor I could glean tasted like a nice fresh batch of buttered bread at a fancy restaurant. It isn't overly bready, but it isn't overly anything else either. A nice, well-rounded, beer-drinkers summer ale.

A definite for those looking for a summer ale that refreshes, without all of the fruitiness.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color with some white head that dissipated quickly, but did provide some lacing.

Smells of citrus and grains. Mildly hoppy scent, just smells crisp and invites you to gulp it down.

Malty on the front but rolls into a hoppy finish.

Light bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable. Another fine brew from Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear light golden honey colored with a very thin and short lived foamy white head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nothing incredibly noteworthy - just the smell of very fresh beer. A nice aroma with a notes of citrus hops.

T&M: Good balance between malt and hops with a slightly dry tone. Relative weight is light and refreshing. The carbonation adds its own texture with fine but abundant consistency. Finish is mostly clean with a slight bit of hop linger.

D: Easy to drink and rather thirst quenching. Solid flavors stay together through the finish. Another nice brew from Brooklyn.

Photo of Tucquan
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought I'd try this Summer Ale because I've enjoyed other beers from this brewery. This one didn't grab me that much.

My first reaction on tasting it was dissapointment that it didn't have more of a unique flavor. This strikes me as a beer you can serve to folks that aren't used to a strong tasting beer and it'll be wel-liked.

There's not a lot of smell to this ale. It pours with a small head. It isn't overly carbonated. It has a grassy and citrus taste with just a bit of malt. Not unpleasant at all and certainly quafable on a hot day but I won't be seeking it out.

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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