Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,485 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Quick six in West York, PA. Poured chilled from the brown 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A - Dark golden/light amber shade w/ 1/1/2 inch basic light head and thick lacing holds

S - A pleasant fruit aroma w/ gentle floral and sweet herbal hops w/ mild sweet malt scent

M - A light nuttiness w/ moderate bitterness from the hops w/ mellow carbonation and semi-dry finish

T - Crisp w/ light hop flavor and mild sweet fruit and nut taste. The flavor is mildly bitter pine w/ sweet caramel and hints of bitter earthy notes as the hop flavor lingers. The taste is fruity intermittently w/ mild red apple flavor

D - A tasty ale, but not my fave in Brooklyn's line-up. It is a good pale ale and appropriate to the style but avererage among a pack of pales

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of drabmuh
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?

Pours a golden color, white head, minimal lacing. Grainy aroma, grassy, with light hints of citrus. Taste is light and crisp, grassy, a slight citrus twist. Light body, some carbonation, pretty crisp and refreshing. Moderately drinkable, and a good summertime brew.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/11/12 notes. On tap in NYC at a Sportsbar on the Upper East Side. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, medium yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, bananas, spices, bready malts, and earthy notes. Little spicier then I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bananas, grains, bready malts, wheat, citrus hops, lemon, floral hops, earthy notes. More fruit and citrus here, much better then the nose.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, I'm sure I could have a few of these.

o - Overall a pretty nice pale ale; definitely something you could have a few of on a warm summer's day. Lots of bread and grains, but nice bananas and citrus in the taste. Would like to have it again.

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with one finger white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a clean pale malt and wheat scent that's refreshing. There is a bit of yeast fruitiness present. The taste is decent. It has a clean, crisp wheat flavor that goes down easy and refreshes. This is a simple brew that's quite tastey and easy drinking, especially during the summer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This isn't my favorite Brooklyn brew, but it's very drinkable.

Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before Oct. '07 (Had in June '07):

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that soon fizzles down to a thin disappearing patch.

The smell is of wheat bread.

The taste is of light wheat breadiness/dough with a touch of butter. Plastic-like fruitiness is present in the finish.

Soft fizz hits the tongue - quite a bit of carbonation here. Light. Some wheat crispness.

Not much going on here to make it stand out - too bready without much else. A run-of-the-mill summer wheat beer at best.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grain and lemon with some wheat notes. The flavor is a mix of wheat and some perfume from the hops. I also get some grass and orange citrus notes in the flavor. The bitterness is fairly low and the beer is very drinkable. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head with correspondingly light (slippery) lacing. Crystal clear with a clean golden color.

Nice and hoppy nose. Mild palish malts in the background.

More like an American pale ale than an English one. Crisper body with a high level of carbonation. Light crystal malt nuttiness in an otherwise pale malt base. Good hop finish, although it is short lived. Overall, a very nice pale ale.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A summer ale that isn't a pale wheat ale or fruit beer??? Unbelievable. I really enjoyed this beer I must say, one of my favorite summer seasonals now. Pours a nice pale golden color, small head to it, not much for lacing or bubbles. Can smell the nice hops and malts as you're pouring it.. excellent. This is a very crisp, refreshing beer. Very well balanced and nice solid mouthfeel with a light body perfect on a hot day. One of the more thirst quenching beers I've tried.. I enjoyed this one a lot, nothing too special but just a solid beer.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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 orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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

A: Pours a clear golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of slightly thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some lighter hints of floral, grapefruit, and citrus hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of the beer starts with some bready malts and also includes some light floral and grapefruit hops. There is a good balance to this beer and some light spice notes in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very refreshing, very easy to drink, and quite enjoyable. This is a great summer seasonal beer and is very easy to drink on a hot summer afternoon/evening.

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Summer is still a few days away, but I simply CAN't wait! I held The CANQuest (TM) in abeyance for an extended period and now it is time to advance the CAN cause. I hope you CAN forgive me.

From the CAN: "Brooklyn Summer Ale is a summer refresher with difference. The difference comes from the malt - 100% British 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 the date indicated [Oct 2011]."

The Crack & Glug went off without a hitch and I quickly had two rocky, foamy fingers of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a grassy bitterness along with a biscuity characteristic. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy, biscuit malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish was quite pleasant, very refreshing, semi-dry. I would definitely put this in the cooler this summer.

Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/2013. Pours fairly hazy and cloudy pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and floral earthiness. Pleasant aromas with solid balance of hop and malt notes; with very weak strength. Taste of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice and pleasant balance of malt and hop flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is very solid blonde ale. Good balance of malt and hops flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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

12 ouncer with best before dating notched onto the side of the label, pours medium golden amber, clear, near white head and leaving minor lacing on the glass. Fruity, sugary nose. Dry, crisp summary creation. Quite dry in the finish, with notes of wheat, earthy hops and toasty light malts. Decent summer quaffer.

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 tempest
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but there's a watery feel that turns me off. Still, it's a nice amber color with a caramel malt profile and light cascade-like hops. So for a summer ale, it has malt and hops, the problem is just that there isn't quite enough of each. I feel like this might be better enjoyed outside in the heat, but inside it comes off like craft beer-light.

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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