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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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495 Reviews

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Reviews: 495
Hads: 1,680
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 24.86%
Wants: 37
Gots: 372 | 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: 495 | Hads: 1,680
Photo of Shrews629
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden ale color, clear without a hint of haziness, lightly carbonated.
S-Not much, very little hop or malt aroma
T-Must admit a rather bland taste experience. A very minute hop flavor but the malt has a decent body. The yeast provides a breadiness and it delivers a clean finish.
O-This beer offers some pleasing malt and yeast character, but I expected a fruity and lush taste profile.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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

A: Golden and clear. Picture perfect lacing after each sip the whole way down the class.
S: Malty, with a hint of hops.
T: Slightly sweet malts, with a dab of hops to round it out at the end.
M: Crisp, smooth, light. Taste gone almost as soon as it was there. Mild carbonation.
D: Incredibly drinkable. I had this as a night cap, but I can see it working wonders on a warm summer afternoon. I can't wait to pair this with a burger off the grill.

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Photo of DannyS
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip.

A - crystal clear orange amber with a very thin head that goes away very quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Faint piney hops accentuate the mild, bready aroma. Not a lot going on smell-wise.

T - Crisp, clean bright taste. Citrus, mild hops, and bready flavors converge into this very light but very satisfying taste. Finishes dry and clean.
I also detect a very faint candied presence reminiscent of smarties or marshmallow, but one has to really stretch to find it.

M - Slightly weighty but with nicely active carbonation.

D - A perfect session brew. ABV is modest and it's oh so easy drinking.

overall - It's not an especially complex beer, but it fits the bill of a 'summer ale' very well. Maybe I'm just biased, but I can't find a Brooklyn brewery beer I don't like.

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Photo of hops202
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a bar glass.

A - translucent golden with minimal head

S - plenty of sweet breadiness here and some honey

T - Bread and more bread. Straight Wonder Bread.

M - On the heavier side of light with a fair amount of carb.

O - nothing too impressive.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold and transparent with a nice 3/4" head on the pour; looks decent
Smell: some oranges; a little skunkiness
Taste: orange taste; some wheat flavor; a hint of hops
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: goes down easy; you could drink many of these in a night

It seems more and more that summer ales are just too light for a good session beer. I think they're trying to market these beers to people who really don't like flavorful, full bodied beers. It seems that brewers are adding citrus taste to mild tasting beers to sell these. Oh well....

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Photo of TastyAdventure
2.29/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ALE? Seems a lot like a lager to me.

A - looks just like a lager. one finger head, dies down to paper thin. Golden color with orange tint

S - "green" like a beer that had its priming sugar put in justa few days ago. some faint spicyness if i sniff real hard. Smell of vegetable on the verge of spoiling.

Taste - again, very "green." very light on flavor altogether. sure this isn't a lager??

Overall, I pretty dissappointed. I thought Brooklyn was a good brewery, but I guess you can't win them all....

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Photo of Vendetta
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
July 6, 2008

Had this at McCarren park during an Armin Van Buuren concert- Brooklyn Brewery was there to provide beer. Light golden pour with a thin head. Not a strong aroma. Relatively weak taste that fits the lack of aroma. Not a very flavorful beer, but it is easy to drink. Their vienna lager is far better.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, I was pretty disappointed in this one right here. Maybe the english pale ale isnt my style, but there was not much I liked about this guy right here. This tastes like it could be just about any semi-light beer. There is nothing about this beer that stands out. It tastes like an old bottle of Acme pale ale I drank a while back. I will finish the glass, but I will need something to wash it down with for sure...

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A beautiful white foamy head that is two fingers big. The head dies down quickly, but it does leave some lacing. The color is a nice orangish amber color.

Smell: This is a pretty aromatic beer. A great deal of sweet malt and a noticeable amount of citrus hop smell. It was pretty pungent due to my strong pour, but after that the smell seemed to mellow out and stopped being so strong.

Taste: I can definitely taste the citrus from the hops. There is some malt flavor, but this is a pretty simple and clean profile. Nothing really stands out as exceptional about the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and the carbonation is a little high, but it stills allows this beer to be a good go to summer beer.

Drinkability: I personally just didn't love this beer. It is not a bad beer and definitely has times when it would be a great beer (think hot summer days and barbecuing) but overall its just a simpler kinda beer. Also, the carbonation was a little high fo me to give it huge points in drinkability.

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Photo of Neehan
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden body with lots of bubbly carbonation. The smell is strong in the grassy grains over a light texture of wheat, similar to a classic pilsener. Light in the mouth and quite easy drinking with a sharp bite of carbonation and just a hint of bitterness at the finish. Very different from your stereotypical "summer ale" by staying away from the citrusy fruits that we are accustomed to. Not bad, just not what you would expect from the style.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold/amber. Foamy off-white head with LOTS of effervescence. Lacing down the sides of glass with a thin white cap of retention.

Aroma: Very fruity with a slight hop aroma. Very nice.

Taste: Tart & spicy, salty, clean. Reminds me of Columbus Brewing Company's Summer Teeth Kellerbier; but filtered, with lots of bubbles, and not as slick. Hints of apple and pear.

Mouthfeel: Mid-to-light weight, very astringent and clean.

Overall: Light, fruity, astringent. Well-carbonated (but not overly so). A well-balanced craft summer ale. Would buy again.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks and tastes like a nice english pale ale. Reminds me a lot of the Fullers ESB, very easy to drink and very refreshing. Kinda has a light wheat like flavor, with a smattering of hops. Palt malts help to round this out into a solid drink. Really doesn't give you much to think about, just a very drinkable slightly bitter ale that will be quite enjoyable for these hot summer Louisiana days.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe glass. This one pours a nice gold color. Clear, bubbly and a thick frothy white head. Nice retention, sticking well.

Smells crisp and clean. Husky malts, grain, slightly sweet. No notes of fruit or hop scent to speak of. The taste is light but flavorful, mainly consisting of malt and grain with a light hop finish. I like that this beer does not lean on fruit flavoring as most summer beers do. This one sticks with the essentials and it works well. Very refreshing, slightly dry, extremely drinkable. Light mouthfeel, perfect summer consistency.

You can't go wrong with this beer especially if you're looking to get away from the fruitier summer beers and shandies.

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pale golden color nice carbonation, quickly dissapating head no real sticky stuff on the side of the glass

smell: not a lot there, just a bit of citrus and a bit of sweet malts. Pleasant and inoffensive

taste: starts of with a light malty flavor and rolls into a nice hint of citric hops with just a bit of fresh cut grass in there too.

mouthfeel: rather light in body with a bit of oilyness and nice fizzy carbonation

drinkability: very inoffensive and extremely refreshing. Not extremely complex but it's very very drinkable. I like it a lot.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my pint glass.

A: Golden amber color, very clear. 2 finger head that dissipated quickly, but clung to the side as I drank. Lacing retained.

S: Slightly hoppy and florally with some bread notes. Not too strong.

T: Light hops slight bread. Honey and citrus throughout, though more citrus. Slight hops linger.

M: Medium carbonation, light-medium bodied.

O: Decent summer offering. It's refreshing and goes down easy. Label is eye catching in colors.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. best by Oct. 2010 bottle into a shaker pint.

A--Body is a light golden color with active carbonation and a one finger white fizzy head. Dies quickly with no skim and a small amount of lacing. Looks light and refreshing.

S--Small amount of orange flowers and maybe some lemon pledge. Very light whiffs here, no strong aromas. Maybe slight toffee from malt creeping into the back end of the nose.

T--Very close to the sniff profile. Thin, light malt profile--a little but of stickier toffee and caramel, relegated primarily to the background. Some more orange and lemon and a little grassiness from British malt and I'm guessing hops. On the finish a little bit of herbal comes through along with a nice earthiness. It's an unobtrusive, delicate beer that hopheads (and probably most American beer drinkers) would find boring. I wouldn't go that far, but you can get a richer flavor profile out of this ABV, as British brewers have proven.

M--Fizzy carbonation, which I like but others might not. Gotta seltzer water feel to it which is nice when it's hot out.

D--ABV on the BKbrewery website lists that at 4.5, which makes this a better contender in my book for a revisit, as it's clearly built for quaffing given the flavor profile. But at 5%? This is too thin.

Kind of a light version of their Pennant '55 ale. That's the closest comparison. And I agree it should be considered as more of an English mild than a EPA. For my money, though, if you want a widely distributed English-style low ABV ale by an American brewer, go with Goose Island's Honker's Ale. Much more interesting session-style beer.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brassy with a little head without retention &
scant lacing. Lively carbonation.

S: Slight hop/malt nose with little of either

T: Mild grain and malt with a slight hop finish
though all are very understated.

M: Thinish, but not exactly watery. Little of
the visible carbonation detectable on the

D: Nothing to write home about at all. A
little better than your macro offerings but
that may just be because I don't feel guilty
buying it.

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Photo of predikit
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a clear gold with a bright white head that recedes fairly quickly, leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Can smell the barley here, but my nose isn't working right at the moment, so I may revisit this later to edit. Since nose isn't working right, tongue may be compromised as well.

Tastes pleasantly of orange, and some spice shows up as well. Possibly coriander, the taste is sweet to start then the malty character shows up through the middle and finish.

Not bitter in the slightest, light bodied, light carbonation, would consider this a great brew to enjoy on a hot day.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L - A clear golden color with nice foamy white head and good lacing.

S - Nice malty aroma. A definte breadiness as well.

T - A little citrus taste and some sweet bready malt.

F - Very light and crisp in the mouth. Good carbonation and balance.

D - This is extremely easy to drink. This is a great lawn mower beer or for us in Louisiana...perfect with some spicy boiled crawfish.

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Photo of VictorWisc
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got this at an event. Not something I normally buy.

Pours weak fluorescent yellow, like urine after taking a high-dose vitamin-B-complex pill (generally associated with Riboflavin). Head plentiful, large-grained, white--and fleeting. No lacing to speak off, some visible carbonation that quickly dissipates.

The nose is the best part of this beer. Initial hit of resin and peach out of the can, more of the same from the glass. This is followed by a hint of malt and generic spiciness.

The flavor is close to something I would expect from Belgian Witbier sans floral yeast note. Mostly orange--almost like a blend of mild natural orange soda and AAL.. A bit of pepper and straw, followed by somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Fortunately, no lingering notes.

The beer is nicely carbonated, with not-quite-medium body--the only characteristic that distinguishes this "ale" from a lager. No consequential alcohol feel.

Unfortunately, this only reinforces my distaste for beers labeled "Summer" anything. It clearly suffers from an identity crisis and falls short in almost every category. Not something I would buy or recommend buying.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a nice white foamy head. Champagne-like bubbles float up continuously.
Subtle aromas with lots of malt, some toasted bread and herbal, grassy hops. Not terribly complex, but quite pleasant.
The flavors are fairly simple too, but also quite pleasant. Again, fairly malty with bread and some light stone fruit flavors. Herbal and grassy hops are there too to add bitterness, but this is not the main flavoring as one may think.
Nice light mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. Great session beer.
I will definitely seek this out again, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. Great beer for sitting on the porch and enjoying the day.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.39/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very light honey color. Thick white head dissipates quickly to a light wispy cap.

S - Mostly cereal grains. Some light hop undertones. Very clean smell, but smells. Smells like a high quality adjunct.

T - Very clean and crisp. Clean cereal malt flavor and excellently balanced. Very good session beer.

M - Excellent

Overall this is a great session beer. Very light and easy drinking. Would make a great improvement to anyone looking for an quality beer on a hot day.

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.