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Brooklyn Summer AleBrooklyn Summer Ale

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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.

Added by Sammy on 09-04-2006

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of PeteRiz
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of EPseja
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served (all afternoon long) in a 16oz. plastic keg cup from a tapped sixtel kept on ice at between cellar and fridge temperature.

A - Bright, golden yellow color... not piss yellow but sun struck wheat yellow. Head was jumping not only from a well aerated pour (at first), but from perfect carbonation. Lacing was hard to discern in the keg cup, but it was definitely better thank average.

S - Sweet, bright, pseudo-citrusy malts with a nice smattering of dryer English Hops. Light and inviting for a great Memorial Day BBQ.

T - Toasty sweetness on the way in, with a hefeweizen-style tartness just before the back of the throat, where a well place dose of well evenly dispersed hop bitterness dries things out and provides the necessary counterbalance. Bready finish that lasts until the next sip and reins in all other flavors to keep it simple and satisfying. A quick ride through a few different taste points, without any undue overattention to pretention.

M - Tingly coming in, with the body rising alomst immediately to fill the mouth. Turns slick and densely frothy on the way down the hatch, without any belly filling feeling at all.

D - One fantastic summertime beer! With a sub 5% ABV and supreme satisfaction in taste, it's a no brainer that you'll be able to drink it all day without worrying about being crippled the next morning. Well done, Brooklyn!

NOTES: Aside from the use of *some* English hops, I'm not sure that this beer is really an English Pale Ale, especially since it's not even remotely close to others in the class like Fullers, Bass, and Tetley's.

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Photo of auswild
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A refreshing English Pale Ale. A good choice for someone trying to get into IPAs.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this better than I anticipated. There is a nice light bready/biscuity maltiness and a soft floral hop dimension....The body is not immense but it does not come off as watery at all considering the style...I like the fact this does not have that overdone lemony hop bite to it a lot of beers in this style have....it has a subtle lemon impression which fits nicely.

Really a nice fresh floral aroma to this too..

A summer ale that fits the bill. Would drink nicely at the beach or pool, after a softball game or at a BBQ.

Nice beer. Tough to find low abv beers this good.

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Photo of justince
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You've gotta remember to keep this in context for what it is...this is meant to be had with lighter meals, or as a party beer. It's extremely drinkable, definitely not complex, but you do get very well defined floral and citrus notes without it tasting remotely artificial or filling. It's a very safe flavor. Mouthfeel is perfectly crisp and carbonated for this style.

In my eyes, this is THE beer I want when i'm putting down more than one. That's what it's intended for, and it's absolutely brilliant for it.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very light honey color. Thick white head dissipates quickly to a light wispy cap.

S - Mostly cereal grains. Some light hop undertones. Very clean smell, but smells. Smells like a high quality adjunct.

T - Very clean and crisp. Clean cereal malt flavor and excellently balanced. Very good session beer.

M - Excellent

Overall this is a great session beer. Very light and easy drinking. Would make a great improvement to anyone looking for an quality beer on a hot day.

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Photo of shand
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

First summer brew of the season, and how fresh this one is! Pours a brilliant yellow golden color with three fingers of nice head that leaves great lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is of some clean malts and prickly hops, along with some citrus and subtle grains. The taste is just outstanding, especially for a summer brew. The hops are perfectly balanced with some super-clean malts and a touch of floral hop prickliness. Some graininess makes it's way in the middle, and almost comes close to taking over, but fades away to be a pleasant back note with the citrus. Almost perfect.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is exceptional. Hell, I don't know if it's because it's just super-fresh (somehow we got bottles here in Florida before this went on tap up at the brewery), but this really tickled me the right way. Just a great, refreshing summer ale. I need more.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a half inch, creamy looking white head.

Smell - Citrus, caramel, and wheat. Not much stands out. Smells very sweet though..

Taste - Strong hints of caramel and citrus. Maybe a little clove.. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - I think this is a very good beer and it's very refreshing.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn Brand Summer Ale, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a clear pale copper with a golden hue and a minimal bubbly head. Some lacing in bubble rings.

Smell - English barley and bready with a crisp fruit hops overlay. Somewhat subtle but nice.

Taste - Bready and fruit, slightly tart, refreshing, like biting into a piece of fruit.

Mouthfeel - Dry, drinkable, refreshing, and not at all boozy. Slight carbonated snap gives it a bit of a soda feel that the mouth enjoys.

Overall - Beats out Sam Summer Ale in almost every way. As Summer brews go, this is outright grand. I enjoyed and I think fans of this style would definitely appreciate it.

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4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured golden into an American pint glass, with less than a finger of white, which fell rather quickly. Modest lacing, but a healthy dose of carbonation. Apple, pear, lemon, hay, grass, and herbal notes are all evident in the nose. The flavor did yield some modest fruitiness initially, but evolved to a very herbal hoppy finish. Thin and carbonated; makes for a nice session beer/lawnmower beer in the summertime.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear light straw color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of fizzy and creamy head which is pure white and lingers just for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass
S: for a beer so light i really hadn't expected the scent to be as appealing and strong, has nice notes of cereal grains, lemon zest, and a very nice fresh hop scent which is just slightly citrusy
T: begins with a bright lemon note which move into a nice gentle malt note which brings it into balance and smooths it out, leaves the palate with just the slightest sweetness which is wonderful
M: a bit aggressive on the carbonation up front but drinks nicely thin throughout, finishes light and with a very slight dryness on the palate
O: i cant lie, this is right up at the top of my favorite summer beers, it is ridiculously drinkable and phenomenally smooth, so well balanced and in cans it is really ideal for the summer times at the race track, beach, boat, backyard, etc.

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Photo of adamette
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Consumed and enjoyed by me a few hours ago. Poured from a bottle into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Nice light amber body with maybe a hue of orange brown with a moderate one inch head that sticks around for a minute or two.

S Nice light hops smell. Some malt maybe able to be smelled. Inviting and interesting.

T Really great balanced beer with some sweet malt and light to moderate hops. I could tell right away that this is a GREAT session beer. This is a simple beer in one sense as it is strait forward a lightly hopped ale but it has a nice complexity with the interplay of malt and hops that I really like a lot.

M Moderate with the nice malt and moderate hops feel with a low ABV.

D Excellent. Really the best feature of this beer.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn's Summer appears a beautifully clear and bubbly light gold body with a nice big pillowy white head that leaves good amount of lacing. The appearance is beautiful.
Aromas are sweet English malts with a slight fruitiness. Nothing really in the hop department, but I wasn't expecting it.
The flavors are delightful breadiness with a buttery diacytle (sp?),

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Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that takes some time to fade before falling to a ring around the glass. Laces nicely all the way down.
S: Very inticing sweet malts, some citrisy aromas finish off the nose.
T: Very sweet but light tasting malts under a more citrisy flavor for a really nice taste. Not as hoppy as one would expect for any type of pale ale, but really nice tasting regardless.
M: Very fresh, light, crisp, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. I would definately recommend this for a session beer.

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Photo of DavidBeerKid
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color... Smooth and fairly easy to drink. Slight lemon taste and other sweet aromas and tastes. Perfect beer to drink out of the bottle on a hot day. Great for the summer time!

First time drinking this beer, heard some bad things about past brews, but this was quite nice!

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Brooklyn Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
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