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Brooklyn American Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tempest on 05-02-2009

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 75
Reviews by TheGrunt:
Photo of TheGrunt
2.29/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was clearly a dissapointment. I like other Brooklyn products I've tasted and Local 2 is one of my favourites.

Appearance is not that bad, little haziness copperish color. I didn't get much foam after pouring.

Smell is rather unappealing, sort of damp. I can't quite locate the smell, but somehow it's not that great. Sure, some hops but frankly - IMO it smells bad.

Taste is also very unappealing. It's somehow metallic and very mild. No hops, malt, booze. Nothing. Very bland. Mouthfeel goes to same direction.

So, this beer probably goes nicely in bar with having nice time with friends and perhaps straight from the bottle. But from the "serious" beer tasting point of view, this is at most average beer.

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Photo of Airave
2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355 ml bottle, BB date 01/05/16, bought in a supermarket in Helsinki.
Clear, yellow; this is pale ale. Nice moderately persistent head. Pouring, the sound is perfect.
The smell is pleasant but not very strong, herbs and some citrus.
The taste is there, but not sufficiently strong. Hoppiness comes through rather blandly, but continues smoothly.
Feels slightly thin, perhaps watery.
Overall, a good start but disappointing finish.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikkiicky
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend shared a few bottles of this export-only beer. The label reads it's a mix of chinook and cascade hops for Sinebrychoffin in Finland. This beer reminds me of an English ESB (with American hops). There's a mellow caramel and bread crust malt profile followed by bigger pine and citrus hops with a herbal twist from the chinook. Very tasty and drinkable. This a great session ale I wish we had in the U.S.

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Photo of moodenba
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into a glass May 2016.

Recent happy encounters with Brooklyn Lager and IPA encouraged me to try this. I hoped for a tasty pale, moderate alcohol drink. I was thinking along the lines of the old Rheingold/Ortlieb version of McSorleys, maybe? Local ales that fit the bill and taste great are Blue Point Pale Ale and Montauk Driftwood Ale. Brooklyn American tastes more like Genesee Cream Ale. Brooklyn American Ale is well balanced, but doesn't have any real character. It's not so bad that it goes into the sink, but I'll be blending this into some more flavorful stuff.

I'll also try the new Pabst Old Tankard when I find it. The 1970's version that I drank then was very tasty and had a pale color of a typical American Ale. The new brew (and can design) appear to be throwbacks to an earlier strong, deep amber beer.

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Photo of scootny
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden liquid with a Huge white head and a ton of lace. Lovely. Nose is earthy and citrus. Light sweetness. Taste is light malt sweetnes with an earthy and citrusy hop combination. Notes of caramel and bread. Feel is crisply carbonated and refreshing. An easy drinking brew with a low abv that allows long hours of session drinking. An excellent beer for days when things have to get done, you're hangin' in the backyard grilling, or as a hot day thirst quencher. Not earth shaking but solid brew that you can hand to a macro swilling friend and watch the lights go on. Nice.

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Photo of Barracudas
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuddhaBrowett
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn American Ale | Brooklyn Brewery. Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, this beer's head is 2.5 fingers thick, with spottier lacing, and a clear medium lighter golden amber body.

Smells like an earthier malt backbone amidst subtler pine&citrus hop notes.

I taste a very well balanced blend of what I'd just mentioned in the aroma, with a slightly more pronounced malt element. Clean and easy-going all in all.

The mouthfeel here is lighter with mild carbonation. Crisp, clean, and quenching.

I'll give Brooklyn American Ale | Brooklyn Brewery an overall rating of 4. A very sessionable APA that has quite the "craft gateway" potential to the uninitiated.

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Photo of DanielCole
2.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skibum211
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of db12
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of spazx
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arborescence
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale yellow, bubbly. Pours a small one finger head that recedes very quickly.

Aroma: Flowery hops with a hint of honey sweetness. Refreshing.

Taste: Quite light, but rather drinkable. Has characteristics of a hoppy lager rather than an APA in fact. The hops give way to a light malty sweetness, with some citrus undertones.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium carbonation

Overall: It's okay, but nothing amazing. A nice session ale, which I've in fact often had in bars in Helsinki, as you can get it in quite a few places. Decent value for money.

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Photo of 54V4G3
1.94/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of yuenglingade
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.52/5  rDev +8%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden body, white surface bubble head that covers about 90%
Nice citra/citrus sherbert aroma
There is a hoppy citrus start and then malt body then it goes watery
it's thin
Not terrible but as unbalanced as your average Jack Nicholson character

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Photo of gnikola
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.15/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ropowers3
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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Brooklyn American Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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