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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,496 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 190 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of scootny
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a little bit of malt and a little bit of hops. Smells fairly crisp.

Light crisp malt taste upfront with a mild hop flavor and tame bitterness. Finishes dry, with a sligt lingering hop taste.

Medium-light body. Good carbonation.

Yet another Americal pale wheat that dares to be unoriginal. It's easy enough to drink, but doesn't even begin to challenge the palate. This is one of those wide-open styles that seems to invite (if not embrace) varied interpretations - yet many still brew these plain renditions. This particular beer is well crafted, but thoroughly uninspired - as are many in the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of soupyman10
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Hoptometrist
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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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.