Summer Ale
Brooklyn Brewery

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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #178
Ranked #46,370
3.57 | pDev: 13.45%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: Summer in Brooklyn is all about following your impulses, winging it from beaches and barbecues to stoops and rooftops. Brooklyn Summer Ale is a refreshing, flavorful pale ale made to accompany you on all your warm weather adventures.

18 IBU
Reviews: 564 | Ratings: 1,964 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at six flags
Big creamy head, good retention slight hazy golden color

Nose light golden semi sweet malt, light floral citrusy hops, grassy, light spices,

Taste similar, golden sweet grainy malts, pale malt, bit citrusy, vegetal fruity notes with light bitterness, little citrus zest, mild sticky finish mostly dry

Mouth is med bod, med higher prickly carb

Overall pretty nice easy smooth summer beer

Jul 04, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: June 19, 2021... OCCASION: enjoying some Father's Day eve film festivities with the family... catching up with a beer I had years ago at a minor league baseball game... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... pours a pale golden body that is clear and vibrant with bubbles... its head is white and fleeting, compressing from a single finger to a sudsy film... it looks refreshing, if not simple... sharp citrus strikes first, with cracker malts and sweet caramel offering a balance... not much complexity in the way of aroma-in fact, it's pleasant but not exactly a beer that evokes the summer... its sip is dry, medium-bodied, refreshing and light in its finish... the malts linger and marry decently with the emerging flowery accents--lilac and lavender make this more of a spring arrival... the citrus is subdued but present, clean and easy, but I find the malts are as prominent... this works, and maybe it needs a baseball game as a proper setting for its true enjoyment...

Jun 20, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours golden yellow with a 1 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma is hoppy, floral, citrus, hay.

Taste is bready, malty, grassy. Light bitterness.

Light bodied, light carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

A decent summer ale. Much better than AAL's.

Sep 22, 2020
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jadpsu from Georgia

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

LOOK: Pours a very clear pale straw yellow with a good looking white head that slowly fades. Side glass lace is quite prominent.
AROMA: Mild hops with a lemon scent.
TASTE: Didn't pick up the surprising bread malts on the aroma but so in the taste, dry and fits well with the floral lemon hops.
A decent, simple clean summer ale by Brooklyn.

Aug 16, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From bottle, best by 11/20.

L: Light yellow, brief thin white foamy head, peeled away quickly with little retention.
S: Bit of grass and straw, lemon.
T: Unassertive - some sweetness, a bit of lemon - lacking in any hop bitterness.
F: Thin, but refreshing carbonation.
O: Doesn't really seem to fit style - unremarkable outside of it.

Jul 05, 2020
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AmyAnn from New York

2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This tastes slightly better than Budweiser, but not far off and much pricier. Doesn’t remotely resemble a summery pale ale to me. Wouldn’t buy again.

Jul 01, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last Brooklyn brew that I had was the Sorachi Ace, a very nice one indeed, now being the middle of summer it was time to open up their Summer Ale.
Interestingly it smells rather like a pilsner, more specifically, a Czech lezák from Bohemia, which is very good. It was a bit different from what I expected, as it wasn’t your typical pale ale or your session IPA. It also tasted quite fruity but not really as your average ales do but rather like a hoppy lager.
And this is it, actually it was somewhere between an ale and a lager. The feel was smooth like an ale and rounder, fruitier, maltier but the lightness of the character, its hoppy and yeasty thing to it made it taste like a decent lager or rather a good pilsner.
Well, as I love pilsners, I quite liked this one too. It went perfectly well with some corn on cob on a hot and humid summer night.

Jun 27, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty boring. Once thought this was a good brewery, but have had a lot of pedestrian brews from them lately. Oberon and even Sam's Summer are much better. Meh!

Jun 09, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light, refreshing ale that would work well either on a hot summer day or indoors during a cold fall day. Great taste and balance. Best by 11/19/19 printed on bottle. Clean golden color, a little fluffy white head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells of malt, grain, a little hops and wheat. Taste follows the nose, decently bright and refreshing and I enjoyed the balance of flavors. Very smooth, sticky, surprising coating of the palate. Good amount of carbonation. An enjoyable beer.

Oct 30, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Murphy's Law in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells like lightly hoppy lemon, some tea, light malt, and a bit of grassiness.

This is pretty basic, but it's well-brewed and clean. The lemon and grassy hop flavor is nice, and there's a very crisp and clean flavor to it.

This is light bodied, and very drinkable, with no off-flavors or flaws, really.

This is pretty lightly-flavored and basic, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Oct 07, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden clear with a white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It is grainy sweet with some citrus and low lemon.

Taste: It is grainy sweet in the flavor with some lemon and citrus in the background with a slight herbal quality.

Feel: It is medium light bodied.

Overall, an easy drinking beer with summer flavors.

Aug 10, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strong pour from a 12-oz. bottle yields a finger of white fizzy foam with some large bubbles, short retention and strings of lace. A slight haze(not chill haze) to a light yellow-straw color. Light smell of pale malt and floral hops with lemon and cracker. These follow to the semi-dry and mildly bitter taste. Faint toasted malt and bready yeast add some flavor.
Light body, average carbonation. Session-able and smooth with a sort-of crisp finish.
I don't believe the brewer was trying for EPA and sunny/summer ales are not a style.
Too light on taste and body, low on malt and missing the spicy aftertaste of typical EPAs.
A good beer for summer yard work, average yet enjoyable. BB 11/19

Aug 05, 2019
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MNJR from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes weird. Like a wheat beer, but it has no wheat? It is an English pale ale? Does not taste particularly good. Dry, astringent, bitter, and yet watery. I must repeat this does not taste like a pale ale at all, but to me like a weak and diluted version of a summer wheat beer. No hops flavor. It is refreshing only inasmuch as it contains water and I had it cold. I would not buy this ever again.

Jun 29, 2019
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brocc from Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I got a 6 pack from a friend when I opened the beer look very light gold doesn't have a big smell, taste flat, there is a dry finish but nothing else than an overall beer not my favorite summer ale..

Jun 18, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: clear, very light yellow color almost seems a bit watery; light head and lace
S: although not very strong in smell it had what smelled like a combination of perfume and fruit
T: was surprisingly clean and not as perfuming but a bit watery
F: initial burst of foamy carbonation like feel that was smooth but finished without much pizzazz
O: I was glad to haves tried it but would have wished for a bit more spunk to it

Jun 12, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a twelver at TW, it is summer. Popping the top I get a waft of hops and biscuity malt. Pours to a orange yellow with a multi sized bubble head. Taste is sweet and malty with hints of orange. Not much body. A very light drink for the summer. Brooklyn but brewed in Utica, too funny.

Jun 09, 2019
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UbeerFest from Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this at a wedding this weekend. Very light yellow and clear. Thin body; little to no malt character. Wiry hops that dry out at the end. Undercarbonated (had from can not bottle). Probably not the first time a craft brewery made a beer worse than Bud, probably won't be the last. Unremarkable and disappointing.

Jun 03, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a semi opaque light golden yellow with a fizzy white head, Smells lemony, fresh dough,fresh hay or grass, Taste has a lemon zing with a really nice malt backbone. Feels crisp, refreshing, Finishes semi-dry. Overall for a pale ale this is excellent.

May 02, 2019
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JohnDon from Texas

3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft. Poured a clear straw yellow, thin layer of foam that disappaited quickly. Light mouthfeel. Good balance and can taste the english variation in the malt and yeast. Good and drinkable.

Oct 11, 2018
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nickles from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

has a nice transparent golden color with a very thin persistent head. taste is rather muted but i think thats a summer ale kind of trait. has fruity notes that blend wel with the grainy and hoppy flavors. goes down very smooth as a summer ale should. reminds me of oberon. not a bad session ale.

Oct 01, 2018
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wexmary from New York

2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I guess this is what a session summer ale is like. But 2018 Sam Adams Summer Ale puts this to shame. It is maybe a notch better than an American lager and that is not good. No head, inoffensive taste, carbonated mouth feel, little hop taste. Come on Brooklyn, you can do a better version and you have done a better version. This is Howie from Canarsie.

Sep 02, 2018
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basaywhat from Illinois

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a light golden color with a decent head and bit of lacing. Aroma of citrus, light malt sweetness and grain. Taste is similar to the aroma. Mild bitterness and fairly clean finish. Moderate body, quite crisp and refreshing.

Aug 27, 2018
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JonnoWillsteed from England

1.98/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L - Mid-gold. Clear. Some rising CO2. Thin white head that clears quite quickly to lacing.
S - Subtle, though I do get some mild fruitiness.
T - Quite dry in a precise and crisp kind of way. I'm surprised that I really don't get much flavour from this at all.
M - As above, it's 'precise and crisp' on the front, but I don't sense any body, and meatiness, coming through afterwards.
O - This lacks some dimensions for me. It's blessedly not a currently popular mega hop-bomb, but it is dry and a little sharp. It'd be refreshing on very hot day, but there's not much else going on, it seems to lack character of any sort. As such it's like many other pretty blah beers. And so you ask yourself why you'd be paying a premium to drink this beer in Europe...

Aug 19, 2018
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Can't give this one anything better than a 3. It's light and refreshing which fits the basic definition of a summer ale but it doesn't prove much in flavor or smell. It's an easy drinker and would go well at a BBQ but it's definitely not memorable.

Jul 15, 2018
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, tulip, “BB SEP 2018” on the bottle. Come on, just print a bottled on date!

Straw develops into gold and a pure white head forms and dissipates to a ring. It is very clear.

Fruity, grassy, and light, just like most summer ales for the undiscerning. A little grain, a little green grape.

Same story, but less sweetness. There’s a light apple caramel.

The body is light, but mineral and dry.

This is a pleasant light brew, but emphasis on the light.

Jun 11, 2018
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