Brooklyn 1/2 Ale - Session Saison | Brooklyn Brewery

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

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Superb lacing on top of a very pale cloudy brew. Dry and lighter bodied with phenols and a cracker like graininess. Some citrus and spice with an ample hoppiness. This is pretty much 1/2 a beer though the flavor profile strives to change my mind. I could see having this at lunch ... a long lunch.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of innominat
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and spicy Belgian style aroma with good hints of juicy hops, fruit, and spice. Belgian yeast with hints of white pepper, clove, and farmhouse funk. Scent of Sorachi Ace hops along with some zesty citrus hints of orange peel, lemon, and tangerine. Also some fruit hints of green apple and white grapes. Malt hints of grains, cracker, and straw. A pretty solid zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, fruity, and spicy taste with notes of citrus fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some spice notes of peppers, clove, and farmhouse funk. Good hop presence with a good kick of Sorachi Ace. Citrus fruit notes of lemon zest, orange, and tangerine. Also some Belgian style fruit notes of green apple and white grape. Soft malt notes of cracker, grains, and straw. A pretty nice juicy crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Juicy, spritzy, and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid session version of a Saison. Nice zesty fruit flavors for such a light bodied brew. It’s just like a light session version of Brooklyn’s Sorachi Ace.

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3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this one tonight, from 12 oz into a pint glass. Nice looks to it, golden and a touch cloudy with great head retention. Pretty light aroma, some typical saison smell to it, funky with that spicy yeast. Flavor is good, but there's something on the back end that's nagging me. It starts sweet and then goes into the farmhouse yeast spice, but the spice isn't the best, it's got a weird aftertaste to it like plastic or something medicinal. It drinks super light and easy to crush it, but I can't get past the aftertaste.

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3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn 1/2 Ale
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB APR2015 2964 14:10"

Look: Very hazy, almost cloudy straw gold body beneath a pillowy head of white. Very fine bubbles can be seen streaming quickly towards the surface. The head retention is excellent, supported by the seemingly-natural carbonation, and the lacing is quite nice as well.

Smell: Hoppy! Resinous, citrus pith, soft citrus juice (mainly tangerine), and a bit grassy - I wasn't expecting that. Beyond that there's some spice (unless that's coming from the hops as well), some yeasty mineral, candy sugar, and some clove.

Taste: A little disappointing given the nose, without any of the components living up to the suggestion. The blend of malt, citrusy hops, and gentle spicy/yeasty components, however, marry well. It's perfectly balanced with just a little bit of malt sweetness up front, a squirt of refreshing citrus juice at the center, and grassy, mineralish, and spicy notes throughout the dry finish.

Feel: Light-medium in body with a velvety caress of effervescence on the tongue.

Overall: It certainly hits the mark as a small table beer. I'm not sure what the calories are, but I'd take this over a light beer any day. Perfect for outdoor events in the summer.

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3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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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2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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2.68/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Gmann
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloud golden straw color. Kinda yella. The pure white head is short and airy, settled into a light cap.

The aroma is bright, spicy and floral. Big clove presence and a flowery sweetness. Seems to be the same yeast they use in either the Brooklyn 1 or the Sorachi Ace. There is a lemony thing going on. I find the aroma to be enjoyable as it is more spicier than the traditional saison.

The taste is big on the clove and lemon rind. Quite bitter for the style, perhaps its the lack of malt. A very bright floral flavor adds a layer of complexity. A grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Quite flavorful for a 3.5ABV brew.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but its quite dry. A bit chalky and bitter in the finish. Drinks easy.

A very flavorful session brew. Interesting saison flavors. Its a bit too dry and the bitterness is a bit too aggressive for the style.

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Photo of scootny
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle. Poured into an ale glass. Quite pale with good lacing from a frothy head. Light grain nose with a citrus and peppery spiciness. Some Belgian yeast notes. Taste is light a malt body with a tight crisp hoppiness. Light phenol and crackers lingering with minty hop oils. Feel is light, crisp and well carbonated for a wonderfully refreshing quality. This is a great refresher and lunchtime ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5/31....pours cloudy hazy very pale yellow. Fast fizz and light layer of white foam. Very faint nose, small citrus. Very light taste; some citrus, belgian hop leads to a tiny bitter. Refreshing.

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Photo of PhillyB
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
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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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of goochpunch
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours out a very hazed gold with a thick, white head. Smells grainy and big on sorachi ace - sometimes when used a lot I get aroma of lemon, butter, and burnt rubber/hair. Flavor is a bit thin, even for a beer of this abv. I get huge dill and lemon from the sorachi ace. Nice finishing bitterness and dryness. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. I think where this beer fails is the lack of malt flavor and a concentration of sorachi ace's negative qualities.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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