Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,612 Ratings
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80
good

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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 rdub
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened on a hot day after running a 10k foot race. Poured into my standard pint. Tan creamy appearance with 1/4 inch lacing. Looked nice. Fruity aroma with a slight touch of hops. Easy to drink and quite tasty. Could enjoy a few of these. The background flavors were hard to identify. May have to try again...

Photo of JMD
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper with straw tints. 1" head that laced the glass on the way down

S: Bread and bisquits. Some light carmel and honey. Grass and a bit of citrus

T: Sourdough bread, some light hops. Also, a spicyness to this beer that I couldn't pinpoint.

M: Active carbonation, tingles your mouth.

D: A good summer ale, that I found to be a nice change of pace from all the wheat beers that are out now.

Photo of techdiver
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Freshie
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color, with thin head, and bubbles rising sparingly to the top.

Aroma is a bit rank, with pungent yeast, and a bit of medicine. Otherwise, lightly hoppy with some sweet grain.

Taste is clean enough, and sweet, with slight hops coming through the back. Very light, and somewhat watery.

After taste is somewhat not refreshing. Kind of sticky.

Maybe I am drinking this at the wrong time. It's a somewhat cold rainy night, and I think I would appreciate this one more in the middle of a summer heat wave.

Photo of albertjr21
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm thinking of a hot and humid scorcher of a day in New York City and the crystal clear, light amber, refreshing tap I've welcomed into my mug this summer. There is a subtle peachy accent in the light citrus nose of this that indicates the crisp but light malt and low bitter lemon zesty taste to come.

Photo of hagbergl
2.1/5  rDev -41%
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.

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

This beer poured a shade darker than gold, a bit hazy. Head was inconsequential. Scent was a balance between hops and citrus, lemony. Taste was on the bitter side, certainly a quaffable summer ale. Mouthfeel is on the crisp, side, dry, and refreshing. Overall I like this beer, but not a knockout.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a very clear copper color with a minimal white head that drops to just a slight cover.

Smells of slight hops with a bit of a metallic bite.

Taste is not bad, just ok though. More pilsner or dortmunder like than any pale wheat ale I've had. Pale malts and some grainy flavors with a slightly dry finish.

Actually quite crisp and clean. Again, this is not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to fit the style.

Photo of fscottkey
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of spacecake9
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Nice crisp beer, lighter but flavorful.

Photo of BeefyMee
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of Spica66
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold out of the fridge on a hot summer day.

A: Hazy darker yellow. Decent head formation with minimal retention. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Not a lot going on here. Light maltiness and maybe just a hint of hops. It might be right for the style, but it is definitely not exciting for your nose.

T: Sweet malt with just a hint of floral hops. Very clean tasting.

M: Round and creamy. Decent carbonation.

O: It was o.k. Around these parts, I much prefer an Oberon in the summer.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from Kyle, poured into snifter.
A: pours a light crisp golden body, brilliant white foam head, some lacing
S: pale malt, orange
M: medium thin body
T: lemon, paler malt, slightly watery
O: easy dining brew, thinbody

Photo of DaggerEyes
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
Honey golden in color with streams of little bubbles rising to a thin white head. Very bready on the nose with slight honey floral hints and a very subtle hop scent.

Very round in the mouth with a crisp clean and refreshing finish, lots of bready malt tastes with some sublte floral hoppiness.

Nothing earth shattering about this beer...but for something I can get at the bodega at the end of my block it's pretty awesome...great for just kicking back on a lazy hot night

Photo of tchenery
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale looks like summer. It looks light and refreshing. It is a pale yellow color and has visible carbonation and thin head lacing.

It smells somewhat floral and earthy. It tastes kind of sweet and has a fruity/tart bite to it. There's not a whole lot going on with this beer but it's only 4.5% and is meant for hot weather, so I didn't expect much complexity.

It leaves a somewhat dry fruit aftertaste of slight pear. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of other Brooklyn Brewery offerings (Brown Ale, Lager, Double Chocolate Stout), and while not a huge fan of summer ales, this one is very good. Color is light straw w/ a foamy white head. Smell is sweet with malt overtones. Taste is also sweet, malty, slightly fruity, but not overbearingly so. Very enjoyable beer to have on a hot evening. Good session beer.

Photo of John1985
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ale pours a mellow gold with a half inch head that quickly vanished. Clean grainy aroma, fresh, mild malty taste with a little bit of zing of hops in the back. Very much a summer quencher that would be perfect for a backyard barbecue. My macro loving son in law loved it so it could be a good transitional beer.

Photo of NeutroMan
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale golden color with a light fluffy white head. Lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

A nice graininess to the aroma - very earthy. Grassy hops complement the citrus twang. A dry, if a bit bland, finish. Medium-light bodied with an agreeable amount of carbonation. Quite flavorful, yet light enough to be a refreshing summer brew.

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 Shrews629
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear golden almost amber color. Nice two finger head that dissolves to a nice thin layer after a minute or two. The head was slightly soapy and off white.

Smell - I could be wrong, but I sensed roasty malt with a doughy/biscuit hint in the nose. The hops were present but seemed to be balance well with the other aromas. I also got a hint of a dry/fall leaf scent. Overall, very clean.

Taste - Nice bready/biscuit taste that lingers on the palate nicely until the next sip. Somewhat of a smokey flavor, I thought.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Thin and slightly chewy, smooth mouthfeel that finished nice and dry. A bit heavier than I was expecting from a summer brew.

Drinkability - I like this beer. I could see myself drinking this on into the fall season. Not a typical summer brew for sure. I definitely like this more than the average summer wheat beers I have tried. This would be perfect for those hot summer evenings, but not so much during the hot part of the day.

Photo of Mongrel
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes, looks and smells like a Magic Hat #9. The mouthfeel is a bit softer and the apricot is less pronounced, replaced by a little lemon. But really, not much special here, which is disappointing considering how many folks rave about this beer on here.

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 JGam115
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yolk color, clear and laced foam. Like a lite pils, low malt profile. Definitely sessionable, but not my favorite.

Photo of bonbright7
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Summer Ale took me by surprise as it looked good in the glass after I poured it with subtle lacing and a thousand little bubbles. The first smell came on strong with hops, wheat, honey, and light pears before the first taste. Then the first taste was so light I had to keep trying it to register all the good things I had inhaled.

I was not expecting a light style beer at all. The Brooklyn Summer Ale tasted a lot lighter than Sam Adams' Summer Ale with a little more clean water and no perceptible hint of alcohol. This beer would be good for lounging around while watching the Dallas Cowboys trying to play tough with the Phili Eagles like I did today with a roast beef hero.

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,612 ratings.