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Brooklyn Summer Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

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495 Reviews

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Reviews: 495
Hads: 1,680
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 24.86%
Wants: 37
Gots: 371 | 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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Photo of AEK
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. A crystal clear, sunny orange coloured with a 'soft' bubbly white head.

S. Very citrusy, notes of summer fruits, grassy, freshly sawn wood.

T. Malty, traces of grapefruit and possibly pineapple lurking in the background.

M. Light bodied.

D. Good, refreshing summer ale though not as good as Sam Adams version.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden colr with a smaller head which dissipates into a thin soapy lacing.

Smell: Lemon Zest with a slight cereal malt.

Taste: A little lemony, with a strong taste of a lighter malt. Very close to cereal malt for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with no bitterness.

Drinkability: A light summer ale and nothing else. Lacks a lot of complexity. I prefer the sierra nevada summer lager even though thats a different style. An average ale over all. This would be extremely refreshing on a hot day any other time though, average.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz. bottle a golden straw color with a thick 1 1/2 finger head that settles into a thick collar. Active, plentiful carbonation inside the glass. Aroma is clean with hints of fruit, dough & malt. First sip reveals a crisp, dry lemon peel bitterness along with a slight metallic note. Very subtle hop note. Mouthfeel is light & crisp, but not watery. Drinkability if nothing short of excellent! One could easily session these on a hot summer day (or anytime of year). Overall, a good summer brew. Will go nicely with the food i'm planning to grill during my vacation cookout!

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Photo of Illinick
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Plain golden in color with rising carbonation and an fluffy white head that retains nicely slowly becoming a thin layer. Decent lacing, but subpar for the "style."
S: Spicy up front with some yeast/earthy scents and some crisp tart fruit scents.
T: So-so on the palate. Tart lemony fruit up front with some yeast flavors and some grain towards the end. Some generic spice throughout with some crisp hoppy flavors finishing the swig.
MF: Thin and effervescently crisp.
Overall: Just a plain, non exciting brew that isn't quite an American Wheat, but doesn't fit anywhere else. A little below average, won't go back.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. Part of a six-pack I purchased with "best before date"
Oct 08 stamped on the bottle neck.

Appearance: deep golden yellow body with a small-bubbled white head that leaves soapy lacing on the glass. Few streams of carbonation.

Smell: grassy hops, lemon zestiness with a background of bready malts.

Taste: upfront bready grains and bitter grassy hops along with dry crackers and alkaline water.

Mouthfeel: at the forefront is dryness with a feeling of rye. Carbonation is right on and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

Drinkability: easily drinkable with refreshing taste and lively body. If you're looking for a beer with dryness and hoppy flavors with relatively lower alcohol, this is a great summertime brew.

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Photo of bierguru
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - light in color but cloudy head stays very well at about an half inch after settling time

S - strong hopps smell with fruit accents

T - very crisp slight bit from the hopps fairly big lemon taste

M - high carbonation thick foam taste from the head

D - if you like citrus beers then very drinkable if not then not so much however none of the flavors our very overpowering

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pils glass, crystal clear gold colour with about a centimetre of head. Lots of rising bubbles.

Smells really nice. Fresh-baked scones and lemon. Flavors of lightly toasted grain and zesty lemony hops, herbal on the back. Not all that complex but a pretty great lawnmower beer.

Not really an English pale ale anyway, and more carbonated than any I can think of. Crisp and refreshing. A lot of crummy lager drinkers would take to this quite readily. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beer pours a deep crystal clear gold. Short white head, falls to a ring. Leaves some lacing down the glass.

Smell: Initial aroma of fresh cut grass and hay. That's followed by a bit of bready/toasted malt. Theres also a bit of citrus present as well.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Grassy/herbal hops up front. Followed by a bit of citrus twang. Hops backed up by a bready/toasty malt backbone. The finish is dry and a bit earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light Bodied and crisp.

This is another nice summer quaffer. I will undoubtedly be keeping this stocked in the fridge during these upcoming months.

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Photo of fsvan
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Golden, clear. An inch of so of quickly fading white head.

S- Smells nice. Nice blend of toasted, bready malts with piney hops. Definitely in line with the English style of pale ale.

T- Mild flavored, balanced English pale ale. Again, some bready malts, with a decent hop bite. Not incredibly flavorful, but what is there is nice.

M- Mediumish.

O- Very easy drinking. A pleasant, albeit unspectacular beer.

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Photo of BMoldy
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought this and it says "Best before October 2010". Oops. Guess I should have figured...

Clear, light amber/gold appearance with a fizzy white one-finger head that subsides after about a minute of so. Fruity, bready aroma that's complimented with a slight whiff of hops. Tastes very crisp and refreshing, with the 2-row barley really shining strong. A light sweetness on the tip of the tongue is balanced by a good hop bittering in the middle. Finishes with a hint of citrus.

Pretty good summer beer. I definitely would have enjoyed it more on a hot day next to the pool with some BBQ but, hey, you do what you can. Nothing fancy, but still well-balanced and refreshing. Though it was technically expired and had probably spent the past three or four months in a supermarket, it still tasted somewhat fresh and I think I got a pretty decent impression of it.

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Photo of Fnord
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear light amber with almost no head.

Smell - Cream, grass, some aromatic hops, and a little toffee and alcohol.

Taste - Grass, a touch of sweet malts, and a pleasant bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp. Light body and high carbonation.

Drinkability - Extremely drinkable. Capable of being guzzled as a lawnmower beer as well as sipped more judiciously on the patio.

Notes - I think this beer is misclassified. Yeah, so it uses British barley; that alone isn't reason enough to call it an English Pale. It lacks the characteristic EPA diacetyl flavor and the mouthfeel is completely different. It's really more like a cream ale.

Now that I've got that off my chest, the beer itself is quite good. It's hard to find a good example of the (CREAM ALE) style, so this is a welcome addition to my fridge during hot weather.

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Photo of mjw06
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A golden rose to amber color with mild clarity and a nice frothy white head leaving some nice scum for you to admire.

The smell hits kind of waxy and kind of plasticky with a pleasant malt, but nonetheless clean and well-balanced in such a way that waters the mouth.

Well-balanced taste with fruit note that resembled baked apples (no cinnamon) and the sweet nectar of a peach. That's what stood out to me, but this by no means is a fruity or sweet beer. Biscuity body (no butter, but still flaky).

I think the feel of this beer is what really made it superior to me. It was full on the palate, yet light at the same time on the finish. Very soft and very pleasant.

I'm not too well versed when it comes to English pale ales, but I'm a staunch fan of seasonals, particularly the summer. While many summer selections simply lighten up on the body and the taste, Brooklyn's selection seems to have have found a balance between all the things you love about a good tasting/feeling beer, while at the same time making it extremely refreshing. Time to stock up now before the season changes, and enjoy this frequently all the way until mid-September.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Honey yellow very effervescent lots of bubbles which created a very foamy head. The head left but the tiny bubbles stuck around.

S - Earthy hops and Grainy. I can see why this is kind of called an English Pale Ale.

T - Graininess and earthy noble hops but somewhat muted. Very balanced

M - heavily carbonated and thin

D - easy to drink.

This is kind of an American Blonde Ale and English Pale Ale hybrid so that's how I reviewed it.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a very clear transparency. Big fizzy white head. Smells light sweet and summery. A bready smell swirled with a subtle hop aroma. It has a European taste and a well balanced bitter bite to it. A delicious ale that would go well as a session beer.

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Photo of n00tz
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden body containing a very active carbonation, topped by a thin white head.

S - bready, floral, and slightly citrusy.

T - delightful pale floral hop character carried in on a light citrus/bread mix.

M - Light body, clean palate, and a refreshing floral aftertaste not overly citrus or bready like I anticipated from the flavor.

D - Wonderful, light, refreshing, very drinkable. I would be interested in tasting a variance of temperatures to see where it performs best.

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Photo of Momar42
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel artist tulip

A - clear, straw yellow. Moderate head with a vigorous pour that fades quickly. Mild lacing.

S - very typical "summer" beer aroma. Sweet malt with hints on lemons and other light smells. Not a strong nose but present thankfully.

T - lemons first. pale malt body carries it through the quaff (i hate that word). Faint bitterness mixed with lemons finish it off nicely. Easy drinking if a little lack luster.

M - Light. Easy on the palate as most summer beers are. I should have tried this in cans as it is ideally suited for coolers at the beach/pool.

O - for the style, its fair to average. For a good summer beer with some flavor its slightly better than most of the drivel I've tried over the years. Not bad, so long as you drink it for what it is.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, shows carbonation.

N: Dominated by citrusy lemon with some hints of bready malt.

T: Sweet, bready malt comes first followed by light lemon zest and finally some light citrus hops.

M: Light with high carbonation and little head.

D: Medium to high. Good summer beer.

I felt it relied a bit too much on the lemon zest flavor. Would have liked to see a little more. I did enjoy it overall and would consider it again for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice lemony citrus aroma with abit of grassiness comes out of a very pale beer. The lacing recedes very quickly. This beer is very refreshing, and unique in the world of summer ales. It is very quenching and dry, with a bit of citrusy hop flavor, but you have to search for it. Carbonation is spot on for a summer quaffer. And that's just what this beer is for me. Nothing more, nothing less. Very well done and is a great summer beer if you want to quench your thirst with a very well-made light ale. Incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light Gold-orange hue.

Smell: Citrus, fresh cut apples

Taste: refreshing, light wheat bread flavor, hint of citrus

Mouthfeel: refreshing, mild tannins leaving the mouth watering for more

Drinkability: Very Drinkable - I recommend this to anyone looking for a refreshing beer without the high alcohol level of most craft beer.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fries Cafe. Served in Your standard pint glass.

A- light golden color That is translucent. Nice white head that settles to a Nice silky smooth cap of lace. Spiderman lace grabs my glass

S- subtle malts of bread and very light caramel are finished by lemony hops.

T- lemony hops are playing nicely with very light bread malts. Flavors are somewhat weak but leave nice flavors on the tongue.

M- super light. Very airy That feels good in the mouth. A touch more carbonation would be more welcomed.

Overall a nice hot weather beer. Good Flavors That are paired well with easy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Adrianized
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear, golden, and fizzy.  1 inch of head dissipates to a thin layer that hangs on top.  Good lacing.

S- Bready malt.  Yeast.  Sweet. Do I smell pineapples?

T- Nice malty, bready backbone.  A white bread, like wonder bread.  More of that pineapple sweetness coming through. Ever so slight hop bitterness hangs at the end.

M- Light, well carbonated, and very refreshing.  I could definitely see drinking this while mowing the lawn or just kicking back.

Overall a nice summer ale.  Goes down very easily, and you can have a few.  I'd recommend buying a 12 pack of these for when you have non-craft drinkers over instead of the BMC stuff they're used to.

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Photo of atpben
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer. Was poured into a pint glass. Nice looking light golden color with a nice creamy white head. Wonderful aromas of honey, light citrus and malts. Very easy to drink with more honey and citrus in the taste with high carbonation. A nice crispy sweet finish. Perfect summer beer. I enjoyed this more than Sam Adam's summer ale. Will definately try again.

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In da can, best by 10/2011

A: Pale straw, nice and clear.

S: Cereal grain, faint citrus, slight butter.

T: Much like the aroma, cereal graininess, gives way to a soft citrus finish.

M: Crisp and fizzy. Very Light. Gulp, Gulp,Gulp...

Yeah, this is not a foo, foo, Beer Nerds wet dream, but it sure will hit you in the soft spot after some yard work, kickin back on the deck or porch, or to enjoy at a summer bbq. I'm in, just call me.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got to pick up a nice 12oz can of this stuff on my way to a bbq loved seeing it there and good price too

poured into plastic cup outside immediately thought hey this beer is kinda dark for a summer ale but all good for me

smelled like lemon hops and also some grass a little bit of yeast in there too

taste was damn fine i could have drank this all day one of the best summer beers i had so far this year

nice mouthfeel i would say medium bodied for sure

overall a great beer i would definitely bring this to a bbq again nice one brooklyn

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Photo of airforbes1
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange color, with an effervescent head. I found myself briefly captivated by the bubbles floating to the top. The nose is clean, with hints of citrus and spices. This brew goes down easily, despite the carbonation. I like the smoothness, but the citrus and spice I smelled earlier isn't showing up in the taste as much as I thought it would. I get a grassier taste instead, with a hop bite at the end. Unexceptional, but tasty and drinkable. This beer was a pleasant surprise for me.

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