Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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81
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1,485 Ratings
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80
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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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3/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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.

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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden ale with a moderate white head and gentle carbonation. Light sweet malt on the nose and a touch fruitiness and a hint of earth.

Taste is bready malt sweetness with a touch of vanilla fingers and a clean crisp hop finish. A blend of earth and faint mint. Feel is crisply carbonated with a touch of creaminess. Just enough weight to keep it above water light enough to make it delightful on the tongue.

This goes down on hot days like a drink from a desert oasis. A top notch quencher.

Not complex just very good on hot days.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a strange glass at Noodlecat

A- Poured a clear bright golden color with lots of visible carbonation and a soapy head that left some minimal lace

S- Some strong floral and grapefruit notes, some sweet malts

T- Very balanced flavor profile. Orange citrus, floral hops notes, bubblegum, sweet cracker malt, and a little bit of grapefruit

M- Crisp, prickly carbonation, medium body, finished dry

O- A very drinkable and balanced pale ale. A solid canned beer.

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

Brooklyn Summer Ale pours out a light gold color, small but sturdy white head topping it off. The scent has a lot of buttery diacetyl, which is what I love about this style, as well as some biscuity caramel malt, with a fair amount of citrusy hops as well. The taste starts off with a nice, bready malt profile, nice caramel interlaced with the diacetyl, a nice amount of fruitiness which I think is coming from the yeast, a nice amount of hops which are mildly bitter, pretty floral and give off slight citrus tones as well. Just a dash of lemon zest. Medium bodied and somewhat dry.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best before Oct 20, 2008), stated ABV 5%:

A: Poured a light golden color with a nice thick white head that dissipated at an average pace. Some light carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Some light lacing. The beer maintained a slight film of the head throughout the drink.

S: Not much of a smell, has the aroma of a lesser summer ale, light and faint.

T: Fairly strong hop flavor with a hint of some grains, but also seems a bit watered down.

M/D: Overall, maybe a bit too much carbonation and not what I expected from Brooklyn, I definately expected a better flavor, but it was easy to drink and I might buy it again, depending on my mood.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear golden tone while yielding a 1" foamy, off-white head. so-so retention; not much lacing to speak of. nose is middling. subtle notes of bready malts and some hoppiness, but overall pretty meh.

flavor delivers more characteristics along the same lines. bready/toasty malt... muted hops - a touch of citrus in the background... OK tasting, not blowing me away. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a fine, inoffensive summer ale. fits the bill for a refreshing, "good to enjoy during a summer BBQ" type of beer, but won't bowl you over with flavor. for my money there are better summery brews out there.

(originally reviewed: 07-05-2011)

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a pint of this on the plan b deck.

A - Golden color with less than a finger white head that fades pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Pleasant Aroma. It has a clean malt and wheat scent. A slight fruitness is detected as well

T - I really enjoy this style and I thought Brooklyn did a very nice job with it. It has a clean, crisp, wheat flavor with some mild hops in the backround.

M - Very light, nice carbonation.

D - This beer goes down very easily and is very refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**This brew has improved GREATLY in the 2011 season. Look is better, aroma is strikingly akin to a fresh English pale ale and taste follows suit with a citrus American twist. Mf has a nice crey dryness too. If I could re-review, I'd probably give it an A.

A- clear golden amber with a fluffy nearly white head that falls rather quickly to a thin ring leaving a few dabs of lace here and there.

S- english pale ale? no way. not even close. strangely spiced citrus, coriander, lemon peel, and peppery grains of paradise aromas mixed with the odd fuel/motor oil and wet dog smells that i noticed in their east india pale ale. very off putting. on the back side there are toasted grains and some light coconut.

T- on brooklyn's website, they call this a "light dinner ale" which would make more sense to me than a pale ale. anyway, the taste is pretty watery and one-dimensional with toasted cereal grains, pale barley, and slightly grassy hops with a lemony touch to them. german hops are up front with some help from the fuggles, but i can't really detect any of the cascade or amarillo, two of my favorites. overall bland and slightly herbal, well water, wet dog, and bleach comes out in the finish. and least there's none of that motor oil taste.

MF- thin fizzy and crisp, yet standing firm. feels like more than water in the mouth, maybe a thin juice, and definitely refreshing if you minus the strange chemical tastes and aromas.

D- strange, but not repulsive. on a hot summer day with such a low abv, i could picture this ONE going down nicely. only one, not two.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.