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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 25
Gots: 166 | 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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3/5  rDev -16%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale orange orange color with good clarity. Thin off white head. Earthy, grassy notes on the nose, slight citrus, lots of toasted bread scents as well.

Very clean, crisp, and on the fuller side of having a light body. Lots of fizzy carbonation but the flavors hold up pretty well to it. Flavors are much like the nose with a mildly tart like finish and lingering sweetness. Slightly spicy grassy note on the finish as well. As an english pale ale it's pretty good but as a summer seasonal its eh? I'm really not a fan of summer seasonals as most are just very light beers with modest flavors or wheat beers, which makes sense for summer, but I just wish someone would do something different. In the heat of the summer I'd much rather take an easy drinking more flavorful pale ale over this.

This beer does have a hidden complexity to it with a creaminess that hides certain flavors but again, there are year round beers i'd choose over it for the hot days of summer.

jtierney89, May 09, 2012
Photo of silentjay
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a translucent orange with a big, frothy white head that retains well and laces exceptionally.

very earthy, floral and bready on the nose. lemony citrus and some yeast as well.

taste is lemony and crisp with a good amount of bread flavors and a tiny bit of musty spiciness on the finish. a bit sour.

mouthfeel is light, as it should be, with a good amount of bubbly carbonation to keep things refreshing.

refreshing and crisp, yet relatively flavorful. a great choice for a hot summer evening.

silentjay, May 17, 2010
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3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden with a fine white head. The aroma is lemony citrus with floral and herbal hop notes. Mild and refreshing with an earthy hop bite and untoasted grain flavors. Light and crisp with plenty of carbonation. I find this beer to be a refreshing, if unremarkable.

biggred1, Jul 02, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

jjd315, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

victory4me, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

Hessian257, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass, color is pale, clear gold to copper; head is bright white, clings lightly.

Smell is fresh, citrusy, lemony, very pleasant with some grain sweetness.

Taste is neutral, but a crisp pale ale with fresh hops - not grainy, but not sweet; hops are on the citrusy side.

Mouthfeel is crisp, maybe too much so, but it does not ruin the beer.

Overall, a solid pale ale with great fresh lemony hops.

mvanaskie13, Jul 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

birdsellam, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of soupyman10
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper color with an inch of white head on top. Looks pretty solid. Nose is quite mild, hints of wheat and some citrus fruit. Some saltiness, maybe a little astringent up front. I could do with a little more malt presence or stronger lemon. A hint of hops at the end. It's a fairly subtle flavor, even to the point of blandness. Feel is a little thin bodied. Overall, this one's alright, although there are much better Pale Ales out there.

soupyman10, Jun 11, 2007
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3/5  rDev -16%

OriolesFan1008, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

KStark, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

wonothesane42, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

gshackles, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

jayhunter357, Jul 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

GFD400, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gold color and clarity with some head.
Scents are bright and citrus laden; clean and pleasing. There's more odor here than one might expect from something in this style.
Flavors are light and pretty clean. There's a bit of a rye bitterness that one finds in some ales from the pale end of the spectrum; something reminiscent of sparkling mineral water. Some might find it off putting, especially those from the Bud/Miller/Coors crowd. Rolling Rock fans might dig it.
Mouthfeel is cleansing; very much a palate cleanser here.
Easy to drink summer time fun in a bottle. I prefer Brooklyn's Pilsner when the weather is hot but this will do just fine.

ommegangpbr, Jun 13, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

innominat, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

kingmaker, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

JimGlonke, Apr 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

sansho, Jun 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

pjkelley82, Jul 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

utopiajane, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of dasenebler
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle. Pours a pale gold with a small fizzy head. Looks like an average pilsner, really, though it's an English ale.

Aroma is of lightly earthy hops and sweet, biscuity malts.

Flavor is nicely biscuity and bready, with a mild bitterness. As the beer opens up, some lightly fruity "ale" flavors are evident. The hops are faint: earthy, woody and perhaps citrusy. Really, there's not a whole lot to this beer, but that's what makes it so drinkable. It's easy to drink several bottles, or have a couple with dinner, as the restrained flavor will not overwhelm most foods. The mouthfeel has medium carbonation, yet is surprisingly creamy and satisfying for such a light ale.

This beer really shouldn't be in the Pale Ale category. According to Garrett Oliver it's an English "Light Dinner Ale", and therefore is lighter and less intense than a true Pale Ale. If reviewers realized that this beer is actually a mild (I do think it should be put in the English Mild category) then I think attitudes might change. This is an eminently sessionable, refreshing and drinkable beer.

dasenebler, Jun 06, 2010
Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.