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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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1,302 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 23
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The first I have heard of this one, and AJ said it was brewed specifically for the Clark's Ale House real ale fest. People were not rushing to it, Medium mouthfeel, on the sour acidic side,though above average hoppiness and quaffable.Light pale colour.

Serving type: cask

09-04-2006 04:33:01 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

12-11-2011 01:11:42 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light yellow and cloudy in appearance. There's not too much head, although it was hand pumped from a cask.
S: There are mild aromas of yeast and malt; the overall smell is somewhat musty in nature.
T: There's a good balance between malts and hops, although the malts seem to stand out a bit more in the initial taste. I can also taste some spices in the flavor, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate, smooth and a bit bubbly.
D: Although it is very easy to drink, there's nothing particularly special about this beer that makes it stand out. It might be a good beer to pair with a food when you are looking for something light that doesn't have a strong taste.

Serving type: cask

04-16-2010 15:51:52 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 21:32:58 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very nice hazy yellowish tinted amber with a more then ample two inch plus foamy and sticky head on top. This faded reluctantly down to just a small thin film across the top and that pretty much stayed the entire time. Now there was a good amount of side glass lace present here and this had a really nice effect of the look of this. I know it was a pale ale, but it was really starting to look like an IPA. Smell was very hopped, but also nice and light. Very nice blend of floral hops and light grassy grains. The flavor was very similar to this as well. A very nice hopped up front greeted you right away and was quickly followed up by the nice and almost a touch of sweet grain like back to it. Long drawn out dry finish left a really nice taste and follow through. The feel was great. Lots of carbonation really helping to push it along and lighten it up nicely

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:34:57 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16%

12-07-2011 19:51:50 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eeeh... It's beer. A blond alte style that is basically dull and problematic that is modestly improved by a slight wheat addition. Curious as to why a brewery the caliber such as Brookly would even bother. The beer pours a brightly colored straw with active carbonation that is held below 7-up status by the wheat texture. Smells half malty, half grainy and with a light lemon-gass note. The flavors closely mimic the aromas with emphasis on the light malts. The feel is light, and kept from watery by the wheat additions. Fairly clean and crisp in the finish with a light grain-hust astringecy and hoppiness. It's a fine hot-weather brew, but does not inspire any deep thoughts or contemplation.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 13:50:30 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-10-2013 23:16:39 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 19:38:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5%

12-02-2011 15:32:08 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5%

03-10-2013 20:33:50 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16%

08-12-2013 14:06:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mammosers in Hamburg,NY.Poured from the tap a dull light to medium golden a thin white head sat atop not much retention to it,light toasted grain aromas with a faint citrus note but its really faint.Crisp and dry toasted cereal grain-like flavors with a mild citric quality showing thru in the finish.Kinda boring to another run of the mill summer ale I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2007 13:19:43 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin white head over a straw with golden color.

S: Bread, light lemon and malt.

T: Malt, toasty and bready. Citrus notes.

M: Mildly dry which takes away from the refreshing aspect of many beers in this category. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice beer. Good choice for canned beer. Not my favorite in the genre but drinkable for those summer months.

Serving type: can

08-03-2011 00:25:22 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a light golden color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a touch of lemon zest and malts in there. The taste had a hint of lemon as well and is fairly malty. The mouthfeel is pretty lighter and is decently refreshing. Overall this is a lot like the Sam Adams Summer Wheat but not as good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:33:26 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date: Sept. 09

A - Poured out a clear, pale, golden-yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a thick, two-finger, white head of foam that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grains, grasses and lemon.

T - It tasted bready and of grains. There was a spicy hop kick with just a touch of lemon flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - I really liked this brew. It was very tasty and easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 16:22:23 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, arrived in Alberta just in time for summer to start its slow, drain-circling wane.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fingers of tight foamy, almost creamy white head, which leaves some extensive splotchy painted lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of soft bready, grainy malt, a bit of tart lemon, and grassy/bitter floral hops. The taste is more bready malt, a bit yeasty, with some mild citrus notes, before a dry musty, earthy/weedy hoppiness ensues. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body on the light side, but nowhere near thin, and quite agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bakeshop malt trailing off, in concert with some increasingly musty hops.

Not a bad tipple, nor overly complex, but enjoyable enough to put back while distracted by other summer attractions.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:29:31 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you look at Brooklyn's Summer Ale as an English-style summer ale, it's pretty much spot on for the style although most examples from the UK offer a tad bit more hops in at least the flavor. The maltiness is quite distinct, however, hitting you squarely in the nose aroma-wise, and then following in the flavor. It's straw-like, grassy, and a touch earthy - and the hops that follow are very much the same. To guess, I'd imagine there's some Maris Otter mixed with a non-floor malted base, and Fuggles with a bit of Goldings thrown in. There's a mild bit of fruitiness to it, but it's really just about the rounded malt and hop profile. It's not complex, but it's not intended to be. It's lighter than a pale ale, well, at least less bitter, and basically just a nice, easy drinking ale that's got some nice flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 00:58:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a deep golden body with decent clarity. The head settles down quite quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt notes, accompanied by some lightly musty hop aromas.

T - Biscuit and toast malt character up front with a bit of husky grain character. Some grassy hops show up in the middle with more toast and a hint of bitterness. The beer finishes out with a good dose of toasted malt and light bitterness as well as some musty hop notes that linger on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not a bad beer, but really nothing particularly special. The malt is fairly strong throughout, with enough hops to balance, but really not much character over and above that. A pretty passable beer for hot weather, but if you want to put some effort into it, you wouldn't have much trouble finding something better.

Serving type: can

07-03-2011 06:45:41 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, honey, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of citrus and honey up front. There's a good hops presence and a thin malt character. Simplistic but typical for a summer seasonal. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice poundable beer that seems to fit its role as a summer beer quite well, even though there are other of its kind that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 02:33:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

10-21-2012 17:02:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale, "a summer refresher with difference. The difference comes from the malt, 100% two-row barley, prized for superior taste. Our summer ale is gold in color, with a soft, bready flavor, snappy clean bitterness and bright hop aroma. ….and will taste best before freshness date indicated. Please write or visit the brewery, …" blah, blah, blah. Is it just me, or does this sound like it was written by a Eastern European who maybe learned English in Taiwan?

On to the beer…

Clear, if cloudy, golden appearance, slim, soon gone, nondescript head.

Aroma: a little grain, a bit more fruit…plenty from both malt and hops going on here, but I'm still perplexed as to what style it's supposed to be. Maybe none?
A bit of a wheat and spice feel here…is it a witbier? (Of course not, silly. )
Very pretty. Very floral.

Taste: hops bite at first, a pleasant nip, then fruit floods in, some spice. Snappy clean bitterness, yeah, they called that one. Very smooth, very mellow. Lean malt, yep, "bready", and cleanly hoppy, all those things promised, as well as high censurability. Drinking-down-ability is highly ranked, as well.

Sharp, slightly sweet, lightly bitter, …fairly easy-going, downable, sessional. …and, for me, ultimately forgettable. But, it's a beer, and you can drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 03:42:19 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I picked this up because I thought I hadn't had it, and I'm right but this isn't on a top list so my ticking fantasy league of tickers ticking stats will take a hit here.

Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head, hazy, thin wispy, weak. low carbonation, low lacing.

Aroma is nice, hoppy, sweet.

Beer is medium body, sweet, mildly bitter, a little dry. Decent all around. Nothing too special. I'd have it again, cautiously.

Serving type: can

08-17-2011 02:40:54 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-04-2014 17:07:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with several fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a rich and foamy ½ finger that leaves back a decent looking frothy cascade of spotty, yet sticky, lacing. The aroma smells grassy, with an underlying mix of citrus and sweet graininess. A bit more of an earthy spiciness starts to emerge as this warms. This is pretty straight forward, yet still pretty flavorful in the nose.

The taste is similar, with lightly toasted sweet grains and a mellow green citric bitterness, which leads into a dry and earthy feeling finish. Just a touch of pith and spice add some zip to the tail-end of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth feeling creamy crispness to it. This just feels right in the mouth and keeps this drinking nicely.

There’s nothing to complain about here. This still packed in some moderate flavors but the overall package was fairly light, breezy, and inoffensive on the palate. This is perfect for refreshing summer drinking and a great pick by Brooklyn to put into cans.

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 17:56:11 | More by Kegatron
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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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