Brooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session Saison | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session SaisonBrooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Brewery 1/2 Ale hearks back to traditional farmhouse ales, which used to quench the thirst of farmhands and other laborers on hot sunny days. These saisons were complex yet clean, low in alcohol and high in refreshment.

Brooklyn Half Ale is an unfiltered, clean, and balanced saison, with a hazy, pale yellow pour. It packs a symphony of citrusy hops over a gentle malt base that clocks in at a pleasantly restrained 3.4% ABV.

Added by Jason on 03-14-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
184
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
53
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Quencher
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ok looking bottle (very American) , pours Ok, very sedimenty almost weis beer looking. Citrus /fruity smell.. had to read the ingrdients to get orange..( I got mango out of it) . definitly to be drunk cold. Good thirst quencher but it left a short bitter taste once it fell of the tounge.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

**
10/12/14
On tap at blend.
Lemony aroma and taste, but not complete lemon.
Slight hops in the taste, but not an IPA. No strong esters, yeasts, so not really a saison.
Feel is light and crisp; unlike most saison.

Not sure what this is, but it is not bad.
Nice football beer.

**

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cold from 355ml bottle.

L) Pale yellow, cloudy, a few small bubbles, thin film.

S) Light fruit cocktail, maybe pineapple and orange. No funky like a typical saison.

T) Very light, pineapple sweetness, grapefruit sweetness / bitterness. Not really much like a true Belgian saison. A bit of yeasty bitterness at the end. Pop.

F) Very light and refreshing, easy drinking, just a touch of bitterness to round it. Good.

O) Is this what a saison tastes like in the USA? If so, give me Belgian every time. Having said that I could neck a few of these cold on a hot day and enjoy them. A summer beer drunk in October.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jroof1
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of woomThomas
2.12/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer is not clear and light yellow in color. The foam is white and will properly. The foam is large to medium bubbles. The foam makes no direct traces in the glass. The aroma is fruity with some hops and malt. Here is some orange peel, lemon, apricot some papaya. Some spices and a little pine. The flavor is quite intense in the early fruits. There are lots of citrus, orange, then comes the little papaya and apricot. Is a little thin malt and some hops flavor. But pretty much carbonic acid. The taste is very fruity and intense in the beginning but decreases quite fast. The flavor seems a bit "artificial" and feels more like being appointed. Light to medium body. High Carbonic. Crispy and dry small. The flavors and feels artificial added.

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Photo of vinicole
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw colour. Gently rising bubbles.
Mild citrus hop smell. Malt present.
Initial astringency mellows later.. Rather sour. Spicy yeast. Somewhat medicinal.
Medium carbonation.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is that pickle juice? Tastes like pickle juice. There's a little sweet and tart layer on top of the light peppery spice of the saison. Probably the way I interpret the spice/hop/orange peel flavor combo. Cereal on the backend. Odd beer.

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Photo of chalkda01
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhillyB
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I found this beer truly unexceptional.

Look: Looks like a hazy pilsner. Very light yellow with a bubbly head.

Smell: Struggled to get much if anything from it. Soft hay, maybe some cereal grain.

Taste: Initial swig is of a decent ale but disappears after a second or two. It's so brief I had difficulty naming any distinct flavours. Leaves a finish of stale cereal.

Feel: Barely carbonated soda water.

Overall: A sessionable ale that I personally couldn't finish one of. The results were the same for the rest of my household, specifically "I'd rather session a Pabst."

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

Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here comes the Bottle Backlog, again! I had been CANcentrating on The CANQuest (tm) to winnow that down, but I hear the call of the bottles, crying to me from the depths of Chez Woody & I feel impassioned to put them out of their misery. 1/2?!? Just 1/2?!? I am reminded of being a Fleet Returnee to Storekeeper (SK) Class "A" school in Meridian, MS in late-1985/early-1986 and marching back from class one evening. Most of our classmates were straight outta Boot, yo, & shoulda done better, but on this occasion, they were marching like Frankenstein! My buddy, "Big Guy" Bigham & I were bringing up the rear when I decided to call out, "Hey, Big Guy, how fast are we marching?" "I dunno, Wood. How fast?" "Half!" "Half?" "Yeah, half fast!" "ANNNND HALT! Bigham, Chandler, front of the line! Show us how it's done!" Not only that, but we got some nice Extra Military Training (EMT) that night to reinforce the idea. It was worth it!

From the bottle: "We love all kinds of farmhouse ales. But the original farmhouse ales weren't big beers - they were beers you could drink while working in the hot sun all day. Our 1/2 Ale reaches back to that tradition - it's a dry, hoppy, citrusy, and delicious saison[,] all at 3.4% Alc, by Vol. In fact, you CAN hav everything."

I Pop!ped the cap and let fly with a heavy-handed pour since I am not into crystal Saisons & I wanted to rouse the lees. This brought forth three fingers of puffy, rocky, Eggshell White-colored head with decent retention. I watched in rapt fascination as it slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color wa a cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose held a light funk underlain with a lemony citrusiness. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not watery, per se, but very light. The taste was slightly tart & funky with a lemony-biscuity flavor on the tongue. Finish was dry, still lightly funky, but not challenging. I could certainly see this on a hot summer's day. Now, if that is their intent for this beer, why not put it in a CAN?

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Photo of sfsean28
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, bright yellow color with white head. Aroma has intense dill notes, fresh and herbal. Taste is also herbal and slightly hoppy and bitter. Body is medium and well carbonated. Really nice session saison, fresh and easy to drink.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vrendleman
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.26/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Citrus forward. Orange rind. pithy. unbalanced, but a great take on the farmhouse style. Refreshing. Most sessionable!

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Photo of breardon1776
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The most refreshing saison I've had to date. Like lemonade on a hot summer day. Great light yellow hazy look. Clean and crisp.

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Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A must try from Brooklyn. Seeing more of these - see list to right.

A: Very hazed, straw body with a frothed, white head and active carbonation, not much lace.

S: if you let it warm to cask temperature, it's a citrusy, herbal hops bomb with the earthy, spicy accents from dominating yeast. Also light pilsner maltiness. Great smell, great with cheese. I could definitely cook with this beer, and it's a cook's brew!

T: Follows aroma with light, soda cracker pils maltiness that rolls into a barnyard, but now sour, rustic, grassy herbal hay and lemony citrus core.

F: Medium bitterness. peppery phenolics. Nice minerality on the dry finish. Medium-light body. Moderate, lively carbonation, soft in texture.

O: Very drinkable, quite refreshing

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(bottle stamped FEB2015 - poured into my Chouffe tulip)

L: very tall, very loose stand of spongy white foam atop a fairly hazy, pale yellow-amber liquid... little strands of craggy, sparkly lace left here and there... the foam suggests bottle-conditioning, and I am only now noticing sandy sediment in the bottom of the bottle - swirled it up, poured it in - oh yeah, this looks the part

S: wonderfully fragrant smell with the orange peel and Sorachi Ace coming through with force... I'll say right up front that this beer smells very much like most of the (lighter-colored) Hitachino Nest brands - pretty damn uncanny... also coming through is an unripe banana peel, some pink peppercorn, perhaps a touch of clove, strawberry taffy - things like that

T: vague champagne notes, which I wanted to suggest where on the nose, greet you up front... the middle and finish is noticeably light and dry, with little true naked malt flavor... the bitterness can come across biting and is coated in a citrus acidity... the aftertaste has a pleasant tartness that could suggest infection, but seems perfectly fine for this style... the Sorachi is really potent here, and the addition of the sediment is a must... minimal sweetness

F: super-ghostly light bodied underneath, softly foamy on top, dry altogether but with a good amount of hop resin and/or yeast sediment left behind on the palette

O: isn't exactly the perfect weather (here on 20 Nov) for a beer like this, and one would perhaps want about twice the alcohol on a chilly day, but this turned out to be rather nice as a palette and skull refresher prior to cooking dinner... high(er) marks on flavor, surely because of the Sorachi and yeast profile, though I'm curious how good this would be if they removed that hop... I'll almost certainly revisit this come summer

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Photo of nick35712
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.17.15 bottle @ world of beer Syracuse NY

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