Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in as "British Summer Ale"; lightly dry-hopped pale ale, all barley malt, 11 Plato.

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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 adamrobertt
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really great summer beer. Bright flavor that goes down easy. Fizzy carbonation, citrusy hops right at the forefront. Almost a spiced flavor at the back, but not too much of a linger on the palate makes this a very refreshing summer beer. Light body, doesn't stay in your mouth for very long. I really enjoyed this beer and it's nice to have a summer ale that isn't a wheat beer for once.

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Photo of taters21
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color, with a half finger white head.
Smells distinctly of lemon followed by sweet malt.
The lemon and hop notes take up most of the flavor, with malt close to the end, crisp, light finish.
Mouthfeel is perfect for summer, light and crisp.
Overall another nice offering from Brooklyn brewery, and a good summer beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date: Sept. 09

A - Poured out a clear, pale, golden-yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a thick, two-finger, white head of foam that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grains, grasses and lemon.

T - It tasted bready and of grains. There was a spicy hop kick with just a touch of lemon flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - I really liked this brew. It was very tasty and easy drinking

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Photo of confer
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle the Summer Ale is a perfect gold. The perfect color of beer. I am sure this beer is way past best by date as it is February and this is a Summer Ale. I could not find the date on the bottle.
The smell is simple ale aroma nothing fancy.
Taste is also nothing fancy just solid English ale. The hoppiness is non-existent. Could be due to the age.
This is a fine beer. I can't wait to try a fresh one is summer. It is easily a session beer and will be fantastic on a hot summer day.
Once again I'm not disappointed with a Brooklyn offering.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, decent creamy head, good lacing. Smells very floral, some roses, lavender, lilac, slight bready malt, herbal almost, touch of citrus, very fragrant overall. Tastes of light bready malt, nice citrus backbone, raw graininess near the finish. Earthy bitterness with a nice earthy dryness. Nice creamy body with enough carbonation to give it life.

This is a very solid summer beer and English pale ale. Lots of hops with just enough sweetness and dryness to be a great summer beer. Loved it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Summer Ale has a thick, white head and a slightly hazy golden appearance, with streams of bubbles and fine, white particulate matter floating about. Nice lacing rings. The aroma is of sour dough, sweet, mustiness, and the flavor is sweet, white bread, biscuit, a kiss of piney hops, and flowers. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Brooklyn Summer Ale finishes semi-dry and extremely drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer.


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

12oz bottle from Lou's in Augusta. Light amber almost yellow body with a thin film of off-white head. Citrusy hops and caramel malt equally share the aroma, though it's not overpowering. Biscuit malt plays a big role, with some citrus hops in the background, along with hints of a mint-like quality. Again, not overpowering. Light in body making this very drinkable. All around enjoyable light summer beer, though having enough good flavor and aroma to satisfy. One of the best summer beers I've had.

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Photo of matjack85
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL on the advice of one of the cashiers who highly recommended it. A freshness date is stamped onto the glass part of the bottle rather than on the label so it is hard to both find and read. I couldn't read it even with a magnifying glass, so I hope it's still good. The web site says this is only available April thru July, and this is already December, so it might not be the best time to be opening a summer ale, but here goes anyway.

The beer pours a nice looking golden-yellow color with a 1 finger white head that lasted about a minute and a half. It left nice thick rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

The smell was both fruity and floral with a good dose of citrus orange peel aroma to it

The initial taste is bready maltiness but then all the hops kick in and the beer becomes spicy, fruity, and bitter with a lot of orange peel zest to it. I liked the flavor a lot. The finish ends up mostly bitter, but it's a clean, crisp bitterness that I enjoyed.

This stuff is light bodied like you would expect from a summer brew, but man is it ever carbonated. A crisp mouthfeel for sure.

There is no hint of alcohol in here and it goes down easy. Next time I see these I'll have to pick up a 6 pack instead of a single bottle.

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

This is an excellent example of what a summer ale should be - light without being watery, flavorful without being overbearing, a bit tart but not sour, lemony but not citrusy. This beer finds the ideal middle ground on all points so as to be a most drinkable hot-weather quencher, yet not just a lawnmower beer.

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

Summer calls for a summer ale. Brooklyn's version pours a clear golden color with a few centimeters of white foam with nice retention. Clean malt aromas with some citrus hops compose the nose. Bready malt is complemented by some citrus-like hoppiness toward the finish. Clean, crisp, and definitely refreshing.

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

pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a two to three finger head. Depends of how aggressively you pour. Either way, the head eventually rested on a moderated blanket of foam around the glass. This foam on top of the ale stayed for whole life of the ale.

The aroma a mild citrus and soft bread malt. Very clean.

The taste hits the palate at first with a light citrus flavor from the hop, but quickly balances it's self out with the bread flavor from the malt. The finish is clean with a sweet and bitter finish.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Very easy to drink!!!

This pale ale is quite a thirst quencher. This pale ale is a perfect pick year around!

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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 ZenAgnostic
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before Oct 2011. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Transcribed from notes taken a couple days ago.

Appearance - Thick white head with medium retention. Low/no lace. Clear straw body with some bubbling.

Smell - Sweet and balanced. Grainy with light berries.

Taste - Light with very mild hop. Dry. Corn.

Mouthfeel - Mild effervescence. Crisp, but no bite. Very light body. Refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - No off flavors. Light and refreshing. Does a pilsners job well. [ED - it's actually an English Pale Ale]

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Photo of RyanC84
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

English Pale Ales aren't the sexiest style ever, but Brooklyn has nailed it with their summer release.

A: One of the best English Pales I've seen. Pours a wonderful light golden color with a one finger head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Aroma isn't out of this world. All "bready" malt on this one.

T: Crisp & refreshing. The bready malt dominates with the hops finally showing up at the end providing a citrus finish.

M & D: Low ABV. Good carbonation with a light body. Perfect beach beer.

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Photo of NODAK
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is somewhat citrusy, and some malt showing through. Pretty nice and inviting.

Somewhat crisp upfront....with citrus notes showing through and a little hoppiness. From there, I get a bit of caramel malts and a little sweetness. Just a slight bit of hops show on the finish but very faint, you almost have to really look for it to notice them. Aftertase is pretty clean, a little stickiness remains briefly. A very clean beer. It just feels nice and crisp...a great summer beer.

Drinkability here is high for sure. It wouldn't be hard to put quite a few of these down. Its style is listed as an EPA, but has some characteristics of a wheat beer as well (the citrus).

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Photo of IronLover
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow with excellent clarity and a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly. No lacings. Malty, bready aroma with a hint of orange citrus. Biscuity flavor with a light lemony hoppy taste and a very clean finish. The English malt flavor very nicely subdues the hop bitterness. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Premo88
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass
(best by Oct. 2013)

L: gold, crystal clear; 1/4-inch head of white foam that disipates quickly and doesn't stick; as clear a brew as any I've seen, looks like gold water with bubbles

S: malty malty and maltier as it warms up; sweet yeasty bread notes

T: follows the nose to a degree and a solid copy of the style; just a slight bitterness up front followed by that English pale ale sweet finish; a slight hint of grain (barley, milo); tastes just a hint watered down, but it's not as bad a thing as it sounds ...

F: light but solid, very drinkable, plenty of carbonation ... it is watery but not so much that it ever stops tasting/feeling like a beer

O: thank the beer gods above that I ran into this at Onion Creek in Houston; SO good ... exactly what I've been looking for, an American-made true pale ale in the English style. I don't over-rate beers, so this one's modest numbers from me should not be decieving: If you like beer, you will like this brew.

It is EXACTLY what you want in a "summer seasonal," and it's at least as good as any of I've tried so far, if not the outright best.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

Note: The Brooklyn Website labels this a model of an old fashioned "Light Dinner Ale", produced from the 1800's until the 1940's. The site describes the style as "refreshing and flavorful without being heavy. I'm attempting to review this brew to the standards I imagine would exist for that style.

A - Clear pale golden color. About a finger of snow white head.Lots of tiny bubbles in there rushing to the top. Some sporadic lacing rings.

S - Some light grassy/floral hop.

T - Very clean tasting. A tiny bit of sweetness along with a tart bite followed by a faint tea-like taste. Finish/aftertaste give you a tiny hop impression.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation.

D - This one goes down nice and easy.

I think Brooklyn nailed what they are going for here. I'm not a fan of blonde ale type brews, but I think this is a nice easy drinker for the summer months. Could be a good call as a session brew or a change of pace from the Wits/American Pale Wheat Ales we see in the summertime.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Summer Ale brewed by Brooklyn Brewery with an ABV of 5.0 % This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich grains and sweetness. There is nothing overpowering in the smell. The taste is nothing to write home about. It is clean and refreshing. Brooklyn Summer Ale is also smooth. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. No bad after taste just smoothness. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a translucent golden color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Some biscuity malts, a hint of hops, and a hint of lemon zest. Not much on the nose.

T-Perfect balance between the malts and hops, as neither dominates the flavor profile. There is some light hoppiness and some biscuity malt. There is also a hint of lemon in the flavor. According to the Brooklyn Brewery website there are four hops used, but it is not hoppy at all. It has a very crisp and clean finish.

M-About perfect I think, even though its a little watery, its meant to be an easy drinking beer.

D-Through the roof. Definitely sessionable as it is only 5% alcohol and very, very easy to drink. Its also very tasty and enjoyable. I highly recommend this for Summer consumption.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. This brew has a very classic look. It's color is an old-fashioned gold with a foamy white head that dissipates after the first sip to a light film. Nice webbed lacing. There's also good bubbling activity.

Hops, lemon, and an overall grassy/summer aroma all come through.

Brisk hops are there with a little lemon and grain. I also taste a slightly sweet malt.

Great. It's crisp, sharp, yet finishes smooth and short. Perfect carbonation. A great thirst quencher.


In New England most people only know the Sam Adams summer ale, which is decent. But I think this summer ale offering from Brooklyn is better.

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Photo of DannyS
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my trusty Duvel tulip.

A - crystal clear orange amber with a very thin head that goes away very quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Faint piney hops accentuate the mild, bready aroma. Not a lot going on smell-wise.

T - Crisp, clean bright taste. Citrus, mild hops, and bready flavors converge into this very light but very satisfying taste. Finishes dry and clean.
I also detect a very faint candied presence reminiscent of smarties or marshmallow, but one has to really stretch to find it.

M - Slightly weighty but with nicely active carbonation.

D - A perfect session brew. ABV is modest and it's oh so easy drinking.

overall - It's not an especially complex beer, but it fits the bill of a 'summer ale' very well. Maybe I'm just biased, but I can't find a Brooklyn brewery beer I don't like.

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